Governor reacts to Christie news

Gov. Jon Corzine's spokesman released a statement today on the occasion of U.S. Attorney Chris Christie's announcement that he would resign effectve Dec. 1. 

"The governor has been clear about the need to confront all of the challenges we face in the ethical environment as it exists in this state," said Corzine Press Secretary Sean Darcy. "Since President Bush appointed him U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie has been a strong contributing actor in those efforts. Now that change is before us, the governor looks forward to the quick appointment of a new U.S. Attorney by President-elect Obama and continued progress in taking on those challenges."

Christie is a probable challenger to Corzine in the 2009 governor's race.

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Bell to be sworn in tonight

Bell to be sworn in tonight
Central Ward Councilman-elect Charles Bell

NEWARK - Charles Bell, the former councilman who on Nov. 4th beat Eddie Osborne to succeed ousted Central Ward Councilwoman Dana Rone, will be sworn into office at City Hall this evening.

In part with the financial backing of former Mayor Sharpe James, Bell defeated Osborne, the candidate endorsed by Mayor Cory Booker.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. 

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Bill Bradley coming to Columbus for conclusion of global challenges discussion

Former 2000 presidential primary contender, NBA Hall of Famer and U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), is coming to Columbus on Thursday to discuss the global challenges and opportunities facing President-elect Barack Obama.

The discussion will conclude a series from the Center for U.S. Global Engagement called "Impact '08 in Ohio." The series is the result of a partnership between the Center, the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, the Columbus World Affairs Council, and The ONE Campaign.

The Center's series is called "Impact '08: Building a Better, Safer World," and is billed as an initiative calling on the presidential candidates "to revitalize America's moral and pragmatic leadership by making greater investments in our diplomatic and development programs."

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Christie to resign effective Dec. 1

Christie to resign effective Dec. 1
Credit: U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie will leave office on December 1, possibly to launch his bid for the Republican nomination for Governor

U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie today announced his intention to resign effective Dec. 1 at 11:59 p.m., according to Michael Drewniak, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In a two-page letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, dated Nov. 17, Christie writes that during his time in office since 2002, “A new level of attention was brought to the scourge of political corruption in this state and we are proud of the results. There have been 130 convictions of elected and appointed political officials in the last seven years without an acquittal.”  

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Payne undecided on Assembly run, content for now with Obama victory

Former lawmaker Bill Payne doesn’t know if he’s going to run for his old seat in the Assembly next year against Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Newark), but he appears less inclined to make a move than he was this past summer.

Payne’s longtime friend, state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark), told PolitickerNJ.com that he would urge the retired legislator not to pursue a run against Spencer.

“I’m supporting the re-election of every member of the Legislative Black Caucus,” said Rice, including the Mayor Cory Booker-backed Spencer, who won Payne’s South Ward-based seat in last year’s election.

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Pennacchio calls on GOP state chairman to resign

Pennacchio calls on GOP state chairman to resign
State Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville)

Citing the need for the state party to follow the national party’s lead and start renewing itself, state Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville) today called on Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson to resign.

“Soon we will have a new spokesperson leading our RNC. It is imperative that New Jersey Republicans waste no time in following suit,” he said in a press release this morning. “Our recent overwhelming losses reinforce the urgent need to change leadership and create a new direction with a purpose and direction for our party.”

Pennacchio, a dentist by trade, has been publicly critical of his party’s leadership ever since they refused to back his U.S. senate bid, instead running through a series of potential choices before settling on Goya heir Andy Unanue and ultimately former Rep. Dick Zimmer. Pennacchio has publicly seethed about the perceived slight, giving up his delegate spot at the Republican National Convention because he didn’t want to “party with the party leaders” who he felt pushed him aside. But up to this point Pennacchio has kept his criticism vague, refusing to single anyone out by name.

"One can argue that Mr. Wilson has put forth his best effort. I disagree. Regardless, it is not efforts but results that we must hold our State Chairman to,” said Pennacchio “Continued losses over his tenure and lack of a unified message of purpose and direction leads to the reasonable conclusion that immediate leadership change is warranted and necessary."

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Bramnick backs Christie for governor; urges GOP to use Lance as a model

Bramnick backs Christie for governor; urges GOP to use Lance as a model
Assembly Minority Whip Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), left, campaigns last year in Atlantic County with Assemblyman John Amodeo (R-Margate) and Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor).

Raging moderate state Sen. Leonard Lance’s (R-Hunterdon) victory should serve as a lesson to every downtrodden member of the GOP as the party tries to shake off tough losses from the Nov. 4th election, argues Assembly Minority Whip Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield). 

The pro-choice Republican believes his party gets into trouble when it tries to use the chambers of government to lecture taxpayers about how to behave in their personal lives. 

“The minute you preach morality, you’re done,” Bramnick said. “That sold after Monica Lewinsky, but frankly, I’m offended by it.” 

Bramnick, who’s flirted with going statewide in recent years and emerged as an early favorite to pursue the 7th District Congressional seat Lance just won before standing down, said regardless of the national party's strategies, Republicans in New Jersey shouldn’t run on family values.  

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The Back Room

Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 23rd

Between RGA gigs, Christie doesn't skip a beat bashing Trenton Dems at seaside LGI town hall LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a...

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Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

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