Menendez, Pallone to join Obama for bill signing

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) will join President Obama at the White House today for the signing of legislation reauthorizing and expanding state children’s health insurance programs. 

Pallone, the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, was the lead sponsor of the bill in the House.   Menendez, who is now a member of the Senate Finance Committee, was a leading proponent of the bill.

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McSorley acknowledges interest in running for assembly

McSorley acknowledges interest in running for assembly
Republicans have not yet settled on candidates to challenge Democratic incumbents Linda Greenstein and Wayne DeAngelo for the State Assembly in the politically competitive 14th district.

Former Mercer County sheriff candidate Jim McSorley acknowledged today that he is considering running for assembly in the 14th District.

“I’m thinking about it, to tell you the truth.  I haven’t made any decisions one way or the other,” said McSorley, a Hamilton resident and former State Police captain.  

The 14th is expected to be one of the prime battleground districts this year, with Republicans specifically targeting freshman Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), a labor leader.  DeAngelo’s running mate, Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), is a five-term incumbent.

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Quinnipiac: Christie takes the lead in race for Governor as Corzine disapproval rating dips to 50%

Quinnipiac: Christie takes the lead in race for Governor as Corzine disapproval rating dips to 50%

Republican Christopher Christie leads Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine by six percentage points, 44%-38%, in the race for Governor, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early this morning. 

Corzine's approval ratings have dropped to an upside-down 41%-50%, and his favorable are upside-down at 41%-49%.

"Corzine suddenly has become the underdog in this race and history will surely repeat itself in New Jersey in 2009.  The big question is whether Corzine will come back like Democratic Gov. Brendan Byrne did in 1977 or go down to defeat like Jim Florio in 1993," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

In a Republican primary, Christie, the former U.S. Attorney, leads former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan 44%-17%, with Franklin Mayor Brian Levine at 5% and Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) at 2%. 

More than half of New Jersey voters, 54%-33%, say that Corzine does not deserve to be re-elected to a second term.   Just 23% of independent voters want Corzine for another four years, 64% do not.  Christie leads Corzine among independents by a 49%-24% margin.
Most New Jerseyans still don't know Christie (61%) or Lonegan (78%).  Christie has a 31%-7% favorable rating.

In a head-to-head general election matchup, Corzine leads Lonegan 42%-36%.  Lonegan leads among independents by 12 points, 40%-28%, and has a 15%-6% favorable rating.

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Jewell poised to formally enter Hillside mayor's race

Jewell poised to formally enter Hillside mayor's race
Councilman Jerome Jewell

HILLSIDE – Here it comes – a Hillside free-for-all. 

Sources close to Councilman Jerome Jewell say he will formally enter the race for mayor sometime in the next two weeks. The long-serving Newark detective will run with the backing of the local Democratic Party organization. 

But there’s still political oxygen out there that at least two other candidates are trying to gobble up in the apparent aftermath of the troubled tenure of Mayor Karen McCoy-Oliver, niece of the late Assemblyman Willie Brown, who has not publicly declared her intentions regarding reelection.  

Whatever she does, McCoy-Oliver’s well-publicized head-butting episodes with powerful local party leader Charlotte DeFilippo have made the mayor an off-the-line contender at best now as Jewel commands the organization’s backing.

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In Newark, Oprah's $500,000 little pieces

In Newark, Oprah's $500,000 little pieces
North Ward Democratic Party leader Steve Adubato

Essex County insiders said all along that North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato, Sr.’s incessant political jockeying to the determent of Newark Mayor Cory Booker could come to a standstill with one ring-kissing session. 

That might have come this weekend albeit not in a formal ceremony, as The Star-Ledger reported that Adubato, Sr.’s celebrated North Ward Center received a $500,000 gift courtesy of Booker’s pal Oprah Winfrey, part of $1.5 million the television star gave to nonprofit organizations in the city. 

Adubato told the Ledger the money will be used "to provide scholarships to graduates of the center's charter school, the Robert Treat Academy," which consistently graduates high achieving urban students.

It’s not a given that the gift will grind to a halt the Booker-prodding political machinations of the North Ward mastermind, but insiders say Adubato is certainly less likely to mount a serious challenge to Booker when the mayor runs for reelection in 2010.

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In Hoboken, Cammarano nears formal announcement

In Hoboken, Cammarano nears formal announcement
Councilman Peter Cammarano

HOBOKEN – Sources close to At-Large Councilman Peter Cammarano say the attorney plans to formally enter the race for mayor sometime next week.  

Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer is already in the contest, and sources say Councilwoman Beth Mason will roll out her campaign shortly with the endorsement of Union City Mayor/Sen. Brian P. Stack. 

Stack wouldn’t comment this week when asked him who he’s supporting for mayor in Hoboken. He simply said he’ll have an answer probably in the next couple of weeks.

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DiGaetano to endorse Lonegan

Former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano plans to endorse former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan for governor tomorrow at an 11 a.m. press conference outside his Nutley home.

Already running a grassroots, against-the-grain, campaign, Lonegan's alignment with DiGaetano - himself a gubernatorial candidate in 2005 - will give the GOP candidate for governor some line-building capacity in Passaic, Bergen and Essex.

DiGaetano's 40th Legislative District candidate Joe Caruso of Wayne is waging a primary run against the Republican orgaizations of those counties, and if GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie wins organizational support there, the DiGaetano connection will enable Lonegan to stand up an alternate slate. 

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The Back Room

The Norcross State Senate Seat: two names in the game, sources say

Democratic Party sources say the party organization has not positioned the successor to state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5), who's running to succeed U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) - but there are at least two names circulating as possible choices.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: October 1st

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...

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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 >


(10-1-14) Mayor Fulop’s Working Family Rebellion Spreads - What began as a commitment between Mayor Steve Fulop and the people of Jersey City is fast becoming a movement spreading... more »
In tribute to John Sheridan, a good and great man     I first learned late last night from television news that John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce had... more »
(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

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