Leonard Inzerillo can’t seem to catch a break.
He ran a close Assembly race in 2003, coming within 244 votes of ousting Joseph Azzolina, despite getting virtually no financial support from the state Democratic Party. But his quest for a rematch fell short in 2005, when he was denied the party line and came in a distant third in the Assembly primary. And after failing to file ELEC reports for parts of his 2003 and 2005 Assembly races, he dropped his bid for Monmouth County Freeholder under pressure from Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Victor Scudiery.
But you won’t hear Inzerillo blame anyone for his losses. Reports of his criticism of Scudiery and other members of the party leadership for not giving him any help were overblown, he said. Besides, he added, nobody expected him to beat Azzolina.
District 8 Senate candidate Phil Haines, a Republican, continues to assail his opponent over his professional record, while the Democratic Party undercard is fighting back by making Haines’ running mate, Dawn Marie Addiego, the issue.
Haines wants to know what Democratic Assemblyman Francis Bodine did as an employee with the South Jersey Port Corporation between 1989 and 1992, and why he collected $250,000 from the public entity and had a personal car.
"Fran needs to tell voters what he did there, since in response to our repeated requests the South Jersey Port claims they can produce very little proof that he did anything," said Haines.Read More >
The battle with Bob Menendez may have ended in a loss for District 21 State Sen. Tom Kean, Jr., but, "I never left the ring," he says as he faces the immediate challenge of Gina Genovese, a former Long Hill Township mayor.
Fight metaphors aside, insiders in both parties say they anticipate Kean winning comfortably in this Republican district. The strategy for Democrats is to keep him occupied here on his home turf, tied up and busy for the next month - and maybe leave him bruised and with sore hands as he heads back to Trenton.
That’s Genovese’s job.Read More >
There was an awkward moment at the Dumont Street Festival today.
Democratic Assembly candidate Carl Manna was walking along Madison Avenue with a couple supporters when he ran into his opponents, State Sen. Gerald Cardinale and Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk, surrounded by an entourage of four youth wearing red campaign shirts.
“Sen. Cardinale! Welcome to Dumont,” said Manna, reaching out to shake the incumbents’ hands.
“Glad to see you’re out working,” responded Cardinale.Read More >
At a breakfast hosted by the Democratic State Committee today, congressional candidate Camille Abate mentioned to Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean that she is running for Congress against Scott Garrett.
“He’s the worst,” said Dean.
But despite Dean’s personal opinion, national Democrats apparently don’t think enough of it to pump many resources into a fight against him. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that they have three targets in 2008, and Garrett isn’t one of them.
President Barack Obama will return to New Jersey next week to tour the Jersey Shore with Gov. Chris Christie.Read More >
Christie cuts Jersey Shore reopening ribbon on “Today’ Show Gov. Chris Christie is walking the Jersey shore Friday morning along with members of the TODAY show. The governor is appearing on the morning news program ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The TODAY show appearance is the first of...
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By Tedford J. Taylor No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about. When polled, about 90 percent of people presented with end-of-life scenarios prefer the prospect of dying at home with... Read More >
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