Even after today’s filing deadline, it seems like everybody still wants to change the candidates in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. At least a few high ranking Republican activists are hoping that they can convince Goya Foods heir Andy Unanue to drop out, but his friend and advisor, Bergen County Republican Chairman Rob Ortiz, said that’s not going to happen.
“Andy has no intention of stepping down,” he said.
Unanue, entered the race just two weeks ago as the party’s darling but quickly fell from grace amidst questions about his residency and allegations stemming from an intra-family business dispute.
Some Republicans say that Unanue is upset at the national Republicans’ all out effort to push biotech millionaire John Crowley into the race, which went so far as to have John McCain and Rudy Giuliani call him and urge him to run. What’s unclear is whether that anger will make Unanue more or less likely to forego his run.
According to Ortiz, however, Unanue isn’t mad.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) today stood by his advocacy of Gov. Jon Corzine's toll roads proposal in the face of bad mouthing from state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris).
"I give the governor credit," said Andrews, who entered the U.S. Senate race last week against Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
"We want to address the state's problems," Andrews said. "I take Joe Pennacchio's criticism as a high compliment."
As he struggles to secure his party's nomination in a turbulent GOP primary, Pennacchio treated the entry of Andrews into the contest as an opportunity to go after another Democratic target.
When asked to draw a contrast between himself and the Camden Democrat, Pennacchio said, "I never raised a tax.
"Joe Pennacchio has a record of cutting taxes," the senator added of himself.
The Republican referred to Andrews's public declaration of support earlier this year for Corzine's plan to increase tolls by 50% every four years until 2022 on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway and Route 440.Read More >
NEWARK - Since Mayor Cory Booker beat Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex) for mayor, he has gone 0-2 against the maverick West Ward lawmaker.
First there was Rice’s re-election victory last year over Freeholder Bilal Beasely. Over the weekend, it was Rice staffer Rufus Johnson who won the party’s endorsement for a vacant freeholder seat over Booker staffer Terrance Bankston.Read More >
The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey issued a list of its 2013 honorees.Read More >
Burlington Dems a lock on CD 3 nominee, other candidates still emerge As names of possible Republican replacements for U.S. Rep. John Runyan (R-3) swirl around GOP circles, so do Democratic congressional hopefuls among their respective party organizations. The Republican-leaning district that comprises Burlington and Ocean counties has yet...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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