BRANCHBURG – The Lonegan forces tried to bill this event as “the Thrilla in Branchburg.”
But it proved no Ali-Frazier III this morning, and probably rated little better than the Republican gubernatorial primary of 1985 in terms of give and take, as four 2009 Republican candidates for governor assembled for the first time at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women at the Fox Hollow Golf Club.
Amid rumors that former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan planned to set a confrontational tone, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, the presumptive frontrunner, gave Lonegan and/or anyone else little room to generate drama.
After arriving moments before the event began, speedily working the room and delivering a five-minute set of remarks, Christie told the crowd of 150 people that he had to attend his son’s basketball game and hoped they understood.Read More >
BRANCHBURG – Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie today defended his decision not to attend the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s Walk to Washington event, arguing that it was obvious how the annual chamber trip has become a symbol of what is wrong with state politics.
To the point that key Republican allies and GOP leaders were on the train and did not appear to consider their condition morally compromised, the Republican candidate for governor said, “I make my own decisions.”
Christie was here in Branchburg this morning to participate in a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women.Read More >
Joshua DuBois, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell), will run the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The 26-year-old Minister, who completed graduate school at Princeton University, directed the religious outreach program for the Obama campaign during the 2008 cycle.Read More >
NEW BRUNSWICK - Intent on reviving the Reagan legacy during last year’s presidential election, Republicans established their campaign base camp in the Woodbridge area and jumped on the telephones in search of suburban white voters who might identify with the patriotic and moderate elements of U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) candidacy.
If President Barack Obama stumbled in his bid, the GOP wanted to be in a position to rev up the diner and bowling pin and VFW Hall crowds, but it never happened.
With Obama in cruise control and the game changed when McCain moved rightward with his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, Middlesex County finally went heavily for the Illinois senator: 60 to 38.5% - a margin not as wide as Essex (76 to 23%); or Hudson (73 to 26%), and right around the percentages registered by neighboring Union County (64 to 35%).Read More >
WASHINGTON, D.C. – There’s Assembly Whip Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) at Union Station and someone on the move cries out to him, “Hey, it’s the lieutenant governor,” and Bramnick grins and waves, playing along with GOP buzz that he’s short list candidate for the number two spot on a gubernatorial ticket topped by former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.
“I’m well trained for the job,” Bramnick cracks to a gaggle of reporters wiaiting to catch the Chamber of Commerce train back to New Jersey. “I tell people I’m from District 21 and they look right through me. Then I tell them it’s Tom Kean’s district and suddenly they warm up.”Read More >
New Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO) Chairman Michael Kasparian wants to avoid a primary blowup in a gubernatorial election year, and to that end today made it clear he has only olive branch intentions when it comes to Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood).
There will be no organizational primary challenge to the two 37th District incumbents this year, he said, depite Huttle and Johnson’s initial intransigence regarding Kasparian’s candidacy and his perceived closeness to jettisoned BCDO Chairman Joseph Ferriero.Read More >
The GOP Assembly race in the 23rd District continues, as Warren County Freeholder John DiMaio today secured the endorsement of three-term Warren County Sheriff Sal Simonetti.
“I have always known John to be a steward of the taxpayers monies and in Trenton, I have 100% confidence that he will be just as vigilant in his work to reduce the size of government while returning more money to the local entities,” Simonetti said in a statement.
“As a law enforcement officer, I recognize the need for dedicated and ethical elected officials who truly understand what it means to be a public servant,” the sheriff added. “In John, the residents of the 23rd District can be assured they are getting a man of character, integrity and who possesses the acumen necessary to be a leader in the State Legislature.”Read More >
WOODLEY PARK – NJN political director Michael Aron sits on a stage in a ballroom here at the Marriot in Washington, D.C., taping Reporters Roundtable in front of a live audience on the occasion of the 72nd annual New Jersey Chamber Trip.
Joining Aron and three reporters is Gov. Jon Corzine, who argues the necessity of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan and answers some questions about the unfolding gubernatorial campaign, including former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s campaign kickoff next Wednesday.
“There will be significant political debate and I welcome it; it will make for a better end result,” Corzine says. But “while we’re trying to think about rationalizing a budget, it is better for those of us sitting in office to stay focused on those issues.”
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When asked in New Hamsphire today about whether he was considering a presidential run in 2016, Gov. Chris Christie said he wouldn’t discuss his plans until after November.Read More >
U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...
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By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.- The Times of Trenton
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