Quinnipiac to release Corzine vs. Christie poll tomorrow

Quinnipiac University will release a new poll Wednesday morning that looks at Gov. Jon Corzine's approval rating and tests him in a head-to-head matchup against former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie  for the 2009 gubernatorial race.  A November 19 Quinnipiac poll had Corzine's jon appoval upside-down at 43%-46%.  Corzine led Christie 42%-36%.

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DCCC on radio criticizing Lance stimulus vote

DCCC on radio criticizing Lance stimulus vote
The DCCC is on the air with a radio ad attacking U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, who has been in Congress about a month.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will begin running a radio advertisement today attacking newly-elected U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) for voting against President Obama's $89 billion economic stimulus plan.  The DCCC did not disclose how much they are spending on the Lane ads, but Democratic party sources said it was not an expensive media buy.

Lance easily held the 7th district House seat last November (51%-42%) despite substantial financial help from the DCCC for Democrat Linda Stender, a four-term Assemblywoman. 

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GOP chair slams party switching ex-legislator for new government job

Gloucester County GOP Chairman Loran Oglesby is accusing former Assemblyman Steve Altamuro traded his endorsement for a legal job at the Washington Township public library.  Altamuro, a former Councilman, switched from Republican to Democrat in 2008 to back Matt Lyons for mayor. 

"I am not shocked that Altamuro received this contract.  Steve Altamuro is an opportunist at best.  He was a Republican and when the political winds blew Altamuro's way, he abandoned the Washington Twp Republican Party who were loyal to him throughout his political career," said Oglesby.  "Steve Altamuro switched to Democrat last year knowing that if Matt Lyons becomes Mayor, then he will get a job from his good friend.  No other person was able to bid for this contract. No wonder  the Democrats get away with this in New Jersey, these deals of party flipping and then receiving political favors, needs to end." 

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Christie to embark on statewide announcement tour

Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s gubernatorial campaign today announced a multi-stop formal announcement tour throughout the state on Wednesday and Thursday.

The campaign begins with an announcement speech at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark at 10a.m. Wednesday.  From there, Christie will move on to a diner stop in Hamilton, a South Jersey announcement in Haddon Heights, and an evening diner stop in Westville.

On Thursday, Christie will be joined by Republican county leaders, in Ocean County at the Toms River Town Hall.  From there he’ll move up to Monmouth and Union Counties before finishing up at that evening the Zeris inn in Mountain Lakes, in his home county of Morris. 

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Test for Pablo monday final

Pallone wants Justice Department to review prosecutor's attendance at Christie party

Pallone wants Justice Department to review prosecutor's attendance at Christie party
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown with her former boss, Chris Christie, at a forum at Fairleigh Dickinson University last year.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) wants the Justice Department to look into First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown's attendance at a social/political gathering at the home of Christopher Christie, a former federal prosecutor seeking the GOP nomination for Governor.  Pallone wants Acting U.S. Attorney General Mark Filip to determine if Brown had permission to attend the event and if it violated any laws or guidelines regarding prosecutors at her level.

Pallone says the January 25 party at Christie's Mendham home "was an organized function of Mr. Christie's political campaign, and not simply a social gathering.  It included, among other things, speeches from prominent Republican fundraisers about campaign fundraising strategy, as well as remarks from key personnel of Mr. Christie's political campaign and Mr. Christie himself about campaign strategy for his candidacy for governor."

"Given the many examples of misconduct and excess over the last few years at the Justice Department, it is clear that such confidence has been shaken and considerable work needs to be done to ensure that we once again have faith that our laws are faithfully executed and justice is administered fairly and without regard to political consideration," wrote Pallone, who is also seeking a review of DOJ gudelines so that senior members of the U.S. Attorney's staff do not become part of a campaign infrastructure.

Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, said that Brown did nothing wrong.

“We are not required to act like cloistered drones when it comes to the political process and, with some obvious restrictions, we are allowed to associate with and support campaigns and make political contributions if we so choose  -- just like all Americans," Drewniak said. "I would refer you and anyone else who is genuinely interested to read the rules governing our conduct in this regard.”

Pallone's full letter to Filip:

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Winners and Losers: Week of September 15th WINNERS Chris Christie NBC News reported Thursday evening that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has determined after a nine-month investigation that there is 'no evidence" so far that the governor had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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 >

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Quote of the Day

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"In many ways, Fulop has embraced McGreevey’s granular-level approach to retail politics, racing around the state to raise money for congressional candidates in South Jersey one night, showing up at a Morris County Democratic Party function the next. His administration has also awarded legal work to Weiner Lesniak, the Parsippany-based firm run by state Sen. Ray Lesniak, the Union County Democratic Party power broker." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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