Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) isn’t taking his bid for a 15th term for granted, raising $143,300 over the last three months and now has $503,944 cash on hand. His Democratic challenger, history professor Josh Zeitz, raised $108,101 during the same period. Zeitz has raised $259,267 so far and has $124,535 in the bank.
Statewide, Zeitz ranks second in challenger fundraising. Dennis Shulman, a blind Rabbi and psychologist running against Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) raised $270,000 last quarter, according to his campaign. He has raised $585,000 so far, with $258,000 cash on hand.
Most New Jersey challengers are faring poorly in the fundraising game.Read More >
Dick Zimmer has some catching up to do.
Across the board, fundraising figures for New Jersey’s Republican candidates for federal office look bleak, and Zimmer’s are no exception: he has about $411,000 cash on hand to go up against Frank Lautenberg, who has $1.3 million after a primary fight with Rep. Rob Andrews.
Already, Zimmer has put $300,000 of his own money into the race. After a press conference today on an unrelated topic, Zimmer wouldn’t say whether he plans to put any more of his own money in.
“I have no comment on that,” Zimmer said. “What I have said is that I can’t self-fund.”
Lautenberg can, however.Read More >
Standing in front of a vacant, foreclosed house in Linden that was in possession of mortgage giant Fannie Mae, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer blamed incumbent Democrat Frank Lautenberg for complicity in allowing the mortgage crisis to get this far.
The troubled Fannie Mae, he said, a “hybrid” mortgage company --- part private and part government owned -- suffered from lack of regulation and oversight.
Zimmer said that he was one of a handful of Congressman who opposed a 1992 bill that set up the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight because he saw the potential of a bailout crisis under the law’s weak oversight powers. The lax regulation allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to engage in risky business practices, he said.Read More >
U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie has launched a probe of ousted CWA Local 1034 President Carla Katz and federal agents served a subpoena at the CWA national headquarters in Washington yesterday, according to a Star-Ledger report. Katz is the former girlfriend of Gov. Jon Corzine, who could face Christie in the 2009 gubernatorial election.Read More >
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NJN News anchor Kent Manahan will retire after more than thirty years as an anchor and reporter, the New Jersey Network announced today. Manahan, who has won five Emmy Awards, has filed for the state’s retirement incentive, which has specific deadlines of August 1 or a later date, with the potential of an extension until July 2009. Manahan and NJN are seeking an extension to provide for an orderly transition.
Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop hasn’t announced his candidacy for mayor next year, but he’s already begun cobbling together a slate.
Former Hudson County Sheriff Joseph Cassidy today announced that he will join a ticket headed by the 31-year-old Fulop in next year’s election. Cassidy, 67, plans to run as a council candidate along with James Carroll, who hopes to run in Ward D.
Jersey City has nine council seats – six from different wards and three at-large. Cassidy has not yet determined whether he will run for an at-large seat or for the Ward A spot currently occupied by Michael Sottolano.Read More >
Prospective mayoral candidate Bret Schundler’s conservative record was raised last night in one of the first attacks of the developing Jersey City mayoral race.
At a rally touting the establishment of a task force to fight crime against Jersey City’s LGBT community last night, Walt Boraczek, founder of the Hudson Diversity Action Council and an ally of Mayor Jerramiah Healy, ripped into Schundler’s record on gay rights, both as mayor and as a gubernatorial candidate, calling him “homophobic.”
Schundler, who was mayor from 1992 until 2001, is considering running for mayor again. The city holds non-partisan elections, and Schundler was initially narrowly elected in a crowded field of candidates. He went on to form alliances with key Democrats on the council to hold the seat. Last night’s rally was a clear indication that Schundler’s rivals will use his conservative record against him in this Democrat dominated city, should he choose to run again.Read More >
This afternoon, PolitickerNJ will be posting the results of our exclusive poll of Republican primary voters in CD3.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
FDU Poll: Christie plummets 20 points Gov. Chris Christie's job approval took a 20 point drop in three plus months, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. Christie’s post Bridgegate job approval rating stands at 41% (with 44% who disapprove), down from 61% last November. Currently about...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
“Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure. As recently as late last year, his approval numbers were consistently bigger than his disapproves - by a pretty big margin - and more voters liked everything about him than disliked everything about him. One of the defining characteristics of the governor that makes him a nationally sought after Republican is his widespread appeal in a Democratic state. Bridgegate continues to erode that asset.” - FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins.- PolitickerNJ.com
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