Chris Myers is on the Democrats’ list -- not only as a Republican opponent in the third congressional district, but as a potential donor.
Myers’s $500 donation to Democratic incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg early last year first touched off a press release from rival Republican Jack Kelly blasting him for supporting Democrats.
But Rep. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD], who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), hopes that Myers will share the wealth with House Democrats.
Van Hollen wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter to Myers today asking him to make a donation that would effectively work against his own campaign.Read More >
Following his receipt of invitations to participate in candidates’ forums, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews today stepped up his call on Sen. Frank Lautenberg to accept the congressman’s debate challenge.
"The senator has said he’d be willing to have debates if they were sponsored by legitimate organizations, and we’ve received nine offers of debates from legitimate organizations," Andrews said this morning in a conference call with reporters.
He listed the organizations: the Associated Press, the Bergen Record, New Jersey101.5, NJN News, the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC 10, the Press of Atlantic City, Telemundo, WOR TV, and 1210 radio.Read More >
Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was convicted on all counts of a 5-count federal corruption indictment today, and co-defendant Tamika Riley was also found guilty on all 13 charges against her.
James, 72, was the Mayor from 1986 to 2006, and served in the State Senate from 1999 to 2008.
James will remain free on bail until sentencing, and could face several years in prison.
A federal jury found that James rigged the sale of city-owned land to Riley, his former girlfriend. Riley was able to quickly resell the land at a huge profit.
James was indicted last summer on 33 counts.Read More >
Jurors have reached a verdict in the corruption trial of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, who has been charged with manipulating the sale of city land to Tamika Riley, a friend with no development experience. The federal jury has been deliberating the conspiracy and fraud charges since April 9. James served as Mayor from 1986 to 2006. He was also a City Councilman from 1974 to 1986 and a State Senator from 1999 to 2008.
Get ready to decide who the smartest member of the New Jersey Legislature is – voting starts tomorrow. Watch the Cinderella match as Assemblyman Scott Rudder (R-Burlington) takes on our #1 seed, State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden). In a poll of PolitickerNJ.com readers, Rudder defeated Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) by a 53%-47% margin for the 64th slot.
The PolitickerNJ.com Smartest Legislator Tournament is intended to be a contest of sheer intelligence – an online, interactive contest among readers to determine New Jersey’s most intellectually talented state legislator. This is not about political parties, vote-getting abilities, fundraising prowess, legislative achievements, or personal popularity – it’s a contest to look at the minds of the legislators. Think about their ability to reason, to solve problems, to comprehend complicated ideas, to think abstractly, to articulate their views, and to learn. Consider their personal wisdom, their knowledge, and their ability to deal with cognitive complexity.Read More >
The lovefest Republican forums the candidates in the 7th district Congressional race enjoyed in the pre-primary season have come to an end, as the remaining candidates jockey for power in the lead-up to Election Day on June 3.
The first target appears to be Thomas Roughneen of Watchung.
Hailed as a war hero by his rivals, Roughneen today finds himself before an administrative law judge in the Board of Elections office in Elizabeth on a challenge to his petition signatures made by Emilio Dabul of South Plainfield. Two-hundred signatures are required, and Roughneen has 273. Dabul has called into question 79 of Roughneen’s signatures.Read More >
Jim Leonard, chief of staff to state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, is going to be the new senior vice president of community investment for the New Jersey Devils.Read More >
The Shavar shift: Jeffries campaign in Newark appears to gain traction with North and South Jersey playersNEWARK - On the front lines of the four-man Newark mayoral race, so far the most shots have been fired by competing candidates and councilmen Anibal Ramos, Jr. and Ras Baraka. The sons...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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