Labor leader Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Essex) said no comment today in response to a question about who he plans to back in the U.S. Senate primary between fellow Democrats Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Rob Andrews.
It was Giblin in 1997 who as chairman of the Essex County Democratic Party decided to support Woodbridge Mayor James McGreevey over Andrews after first lining up to support the Camden congressman for governor.
Now Andrews is heading into a primary battle with U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and at this point Giblin is staying out of the party's public fray.
But he has only good things to say about the underdog senate canddiate.
"He is a bright and articulate congressman whom I have a great deal of respect for," Giblin said of Andrews. "I have high regard for him personally and he has made a good contribution to our state."Read More >
TRENTON - Hounded by questions over the weekend about whether their candidate would indeed materialize as a public figure running for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate, the fledgling campaign of Andy Unanue today said he’s definitely in the race.
"I just filed the petitions," Unanue spokesman Mark Duffy said this morning as he returned to State Republican Committee headquarters from the Division of Elections office.
While Unanue was unavailable to talk to the press or pose for pictures, Duffy said he had more good news.
"He’s in the state," Duffy announced.Read More >
TRENTON - Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello today filed petitions to run for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary.
"We've collected 1,300 signatures and we hope to collect another 200 by noon," Cresitello said this morning.
This afternoon, Cresitello told PolitickerNJ.com that supporters of his delivered over 1,300 peititons to the state Division of Elections office at about 20 minutes to four.
"Not bad for a week's worth of collecting," said the mayor.Read More >
Incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg isn’t happy that Camille Andrews has been selected to fill the ballot spot that her husband, Rep. Rob Andrews, is vacating to run a primary against Lautenberg.
“This doesn't pass the smell test -- at all,” said Lautenberg Campaign Manager Brendan Gill in a statement. “New Jersey needs a Senator who will fight on behalf of the people of this state everyday -- not someone who plays games with the voters to protect his local political boss, George Norcross. Like much of the Andrews campaign so far, this latest maneuver demonstrates the old school politics that the voters of New Jersey are sick and tired of."Read More >
United States Rep. Rob Andrews wants to put the speculation to rest: if he doesn’t win the Senate primary against incumbent Frank Lautenberg, he will not return to his House seat.
“I’m running to win the Senate primary. I’m thoroughly committed to it,” he said. “Win or lose, I’m not running for the House.”
Many political insiders had wondered whether the selection of Camille Andrews to fill the primary ballot spot meant that Andrews was hedging his bets – that if he lost the Republican primary, his wife could step aside and let him run again for a ninth term in his safe Democratic district.
Andrew’s commitment came just after the Democratic Chairmen of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties – which comprise Andrews’s congressional district – released a statement officially announcing that Andrews’s wife, Camille, would fill in for her husband on the House primary ballot. She will hold onto the spot while the party deliberates on who to nominate for the seat.Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie is California’s favorite among potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, according to a new poll.Read More >
Donovan rolls out Bergen County Exec re-election campaign CARLSTADT - In this Bergen borough on the edge of the Meadowlands, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan announced her re-election bid on Tuesday, with the Republican hoping to emerge from the swamp of county politics triumphant in the November 2014...
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BY MARTIN PEREZ In the wake of the Governor’s historic win of 51% of the Latino vote, the issue of in-state tuition has become the site of a heated turf war between N.J. Democrats and Governor Christie. This lame duck battle is a good sign for... Read More >
"I think it's going to be fine. I don't take this personally. Some people in my party agree with me, some don't. Senator Cardinale is very gracious by supporting me tonight, and [Bergen County GOP Chairman] Bob [Yudin], of course, is celebrating Hannukah, so I don't expect him to be here tonight." - Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan, at her campaign launch last night.- PolitickerNJ.com
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