Poll: Corzine leads Christie, but continues to struggle for voter approval

Poll: Corzine leads Christie, but continues to struggle for voter approval
Gov. Jon Corzine has a 7-point lead over Republican Chris Christie in a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll. In the GOP primary, Christie, the former U.S. Attorney, has a 17-point lead over former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.

Gov. Jon Corzine leads Republican Christopher Christie by seven points, 40%-33%, and has a 45%-40% approval rating, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released this morning.   Christie, the former U.S. Attorney who announced yesterday that he would run for Governor, is unknown to more than half (56%) of the New Jerseyans polled.

In head-to-heads against other Republican candidates, Corzine leads former Bogota Mayor Steven Lonegan, 46%-28%, and Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) by a 43%-23% margin.  Lonegan is unknown to 71% of the state, while 89% don't recognize Merkt.  A fourth candidate, Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine, was not included in the survey.

In a Republican primary matchup, Christie leads Lonegan 32%-15%, with Merkt running third at 5%. 

Christie has a 50% name ID among Republicans, while Lonegan is at 44% and Merkt is at 14%.

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Laboy prepares to run again in Passaic

Laboy prepares to run again in Passaic
Angel Laboy

PASSAIC - When Angel Laboy lost his city council bid last year to Ken Lucianin by 24 votes, he said he would probably come back this year, and time’s proved him right. 

Laboy, a public school vice principal, is holding a fundraiser on Jan. 15th in which he hopes to lay the groundwork for what he believes will be about a $5,000-$6,000 race for council. 

“I would like to run alone,” he said. “I have been approached to run on a ticket with several of the mayoral candidates, and I’m not ruling it out, but I’m leaning against it.”

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In Union County, Christie makes first public appearance as candidate for governor

In Union County, Christie makes first public appearance as candidate for governor
GOP candidate for governor Chris Christie arrives at the party at the Marco Polo on Thursday evening.

SUMMIT –To the oft-muttered intra-party charge that Republicans plan to coronate former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie as their candidate for governor, Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin said his organization stands on its record. 

Last year, millionaire businesswoman Anne Evans Estabrook was supposedly the money candidate for U.S. Senate. Then the county committee here awarded the line to erstwhile underdog state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris), dropping the jaws of not only Estabrook’s campaign infrastructure but the party establishment in all 21 counties.  

After Estabrook pulled the plug on her candidacy owing to health problems, Morin resisted pressure to hold another convention to dump Pennacchio and swap in the state GOP’s latest frontrunner, former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer, who would ultimately go on to secure the statewide nomination. 

Morin’s view was Jersey Joe earned it the hard way, he should have it.

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Obama picks New Jerseyan as DOD top lawyer

Obama picks New Jerseyan as DOD top lawyer
Montclair attorney Jeh Charles Johnson hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama in New Jersey last year.

President-elect Barack Obama has picked Jeh Charles Johnson, a Montclair attorney, top serve as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense.  Johnson served in the Clinton administration as general counsel for the Department of the Air Force, and is now a partner at of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a New York law firm.  He served as special counsel to the John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.

Two years ago, the bi-partisan bipartisan New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination nominated Johnson to be Chief Judge of New York, but then-Gov. Elliot Spitzer instead renominated Justice Judith Kaye.

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High Bridge mayor backs Doherty

High Bridge mayor backs Doherty
Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.)

Assemblyman Michael Doerty (R-Washington Twp.) announced two Hunterdon County endorsements for his 23rd District state senate run, that of High Bridge Mayor Mark Desire and Tewksbury Municipal Chair Shaun Van Doren.

  "Mike Doherty is the best candidate for State Senate in the 23rd Legislative District,” said Desire. “He clearly has more experience than anyone else in the race, and, more importantly, he shares my conservative values. As our Assemblyman, Mike has always been there to help High Bridge when we need his assistance. He has my wholehearted endorsement for State Senate."

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Lance appointed to Financial Services Committee

Lance appointed to Financial Services Committee
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) last November on Election Night.

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) today announced that he has been appointed to the House Financial Services Committee.
“This assignment will allow me to work immediately as a member of the House Committee that will directly address the historic financial crisis facing our country,” said Lance in a release.  “I am extremely honored and pleased to be a new member of the House Financial Services Committee, and I look forward to using my experience to advocate for fiscal responsibility in Washington and deliver economic relief and reform to New Jersey’s working families and their counterparts across the country.”

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Pascrell appointed to House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee

Pascrell appointed to House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), right, with Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park).

Veteran U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) today accepted a new assignment on the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.     

“I am honored and excited to become a member of the Health Subcommittee during such a critical time in the history of our nation,” Pascrell said in a press release.  “Health care is inextricably linked to the American economy and both stand at a tipping point that demands bold and immediate action in Congress.  With health care reform a top priority on President-elect Obama’s agenda, Congress has a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the economy by lifting the incredible burden that health care costs have placed on American families.” 

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Roberts praises Brown as principled legislator

Willie B. Brown, the former Assembly Minority Leader who passed away on Monday at age 68, will be remembered for sticking to his principles and standing up for his beliefs, “even if that wasn’t the most expedient and popular choice,” Speaker Joseph Roberts said in a statement today.

“His fight in the 1980s to halt the investment of state pension funds in companies doing businesses with South Africa was not only righteous, but courageous and groundbreaking,” Roberts said.  “His willingness to get arrested outside the South African consulate in New York served as example to us all of standing up for what is right.”

Brown's wake is scheduled for Sunday from 4PM to 7PM at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark.  A funeral service will be held at 10AM Monday.

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >


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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast


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