New Jersey delegation embraces Palin

Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), campaigning last year with Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon.: Politicker file photoSen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), campaigning last year with Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon.: Politicker file photo 

MINNEAPOLIS - Identifying in her hockey mom, small town mayor’s story the features of a universal American life, and exhilarated by her willingness to put her head down and charge after their rivals, members of New Jersey’s GOP delegation praised the acceptance speech delivered tonight by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, their vice presidential nominee.

"I know my constituents will be able to identify with her, a working mother whose family depends on two incomes," said state Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union).

Since he first declared his hope two or three weeks ago that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would choose Palin as his running mate as a way of reaching base conservative voters, women, and blue collar America, Kean has consistently emphasized as a strength Palin’s distance from the ambitious political culture of Washington, D.C.

"This was someone who was picked because of her competence as governor, as opposed to her going out and seeking the office," the senator added.

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Fulop ordinance becomes law in Jersey City

A year ago, Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop’s two reform ordinances – one banning pay-to-play and one banning council members from accepting more than one public salary – were rejected by the city council.  Tonight the same council passed one of them unanimously, after Fulop gathered enough signatures to get it on the ballot.  The ordinance was  Fulop’s anti pay-to-play law, which bans contributions from vendors with business before the city.

“It’s Democracy in action.  It forced their hand. The same council that voted no passed it unanimously,” said Fulop in a phone interview after tonight’s meeting. 

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Wilson: If you can't trust Andrews on this, what can you trust him on?

Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson said that U.S. Rob Andrews’s decision to seek reelection to Congress shows that a new Congressman is needed in the 1st District.

“Rob Andrews has spent nearly 20 years in Washington. It’s time for a change,” he said just before boarding a bus to watch Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin speak at the Republican National Convention. “It’s a sad statement that the Democrats have to rely on defeated retreads. If you can’t trust Rob Andrews when it comes to one of the most personal decisions of his life, I don’t know what you can trust him on.”

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Davis backs DeCroce

MINNEAPOLIS - Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis today declared his support for GOP Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, who officially announced today that he plans to run again.

"It goes without saying that Alex is a strong leader who has created a brand identity for our party," said Davis. "He’s established a cohesiveness with (Senate Minority Leader) Kean in order to make inroads for our party.

"Now is not the time to be switching horses," he added of a possible challenge to DeCroce by Assembly Conference Leader Pete Biondi (R-Somerville). "I’m sorry, I don’t know Pete Biondi. I don’t recall him being very vocal during the budget crisis."

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Pascrell not surprised by Andrews reversal

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), who butted heads with U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews when he decided to challenge Frank Lautenberg in the Senate primary, kept his statement on Andrews’s return to the ballot short and not-so-sweet.

“Mr. Pascrell has no comment at this point but was not surprised by the news,” said Pascrell spokesman Caley Gray. 


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Murphy: Andrews's decision to return is a sacrifice

Former Rob Andrews Senate Campaign Chairman Michael Murphy said that Andrews changed his mind and “put service to our country after self.”

“Rob’s a good friend and colleague, and I hold him in high regard and have great respect for him,” he said. “It was a uniquely personal decision, and one he made with the input of his friends and family.”

Murphy said he’s been urging Andrews to reconsider his promise to leave the House seat since he lost the U.S. Senate primary against Frank Lautenberg.

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There's the cynical interpretation... and then there's the idealistic interpretation

MINNEAPOLIS - His name was in the mix of those South Jersey Democratic Organization stalwarts who might step up and replace a retiring U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights).

But amid the cry of foul by Republicans, and off-the-record hand wringing by fellow Democrats, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro) said Andrews’s trip to Denver to hear Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) deliver his acceptance speech may have played a role in Andrews’s decision to go back to Congress.

"You listen to the speech-making in Denver, and if you have the opportunity to be part of that, you’re in a position where you can be even more effective," said Burzichelli.

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