Fulop takes a pass on Jersey City mayoral run

Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop, long considered a potential mayoral candidate next year, announced today that he will seek reelection to the city council instead of running for higher office.

“For me, politics has never been about status, titles or public position, but about purpose. I believe that public service is important whether through a community group, in professional life, or in government. My view has never wavered regardless of the opportunities presented for bigger titles or positions,” wrote Fulop in an email to supporters. “While humbled by an outpouring of support to run for higher office, I have decided to seek re-election in the community that has given me the opportunity and privilege of representing them on the Council. In knowing what my goals were when I set out into public service I think this is the right thing to do in being true to my initial core beliefs on the reasons I entered government, as well as my responsibilities to the people I have represented on completing properly the issues that I have started as a councilman.”

Fulop is the first potential candidate so far to take his name out of the running. Mayor Jerramiah Healy is expected to seek reelection, while former Mayor Bret Schundler and community activist Dan Levin have already announced intentions to run. Other candidates expected to make announcements soon are former Assemblyman and four-time mayoral candidate Lou Manzo, Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith, and state Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham.

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Report: Menendez to meet with Kennedy

Report: Menendez to meet with Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy, who owns a home in Somerset County, is a possible candidate for Hillary Rodham Clinton's soon-to-be-vacant seat in the United States Senate.

The New York Observer is reporting that Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, "has reached out to Caroline Kennedy to gauge her interest in filling the empty seat Hillary Clinton will leave when she joins the Obama administration as secretary of state."  CLICK HERE TO READ.

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Levine to take next step toward running for governor

Still sizing up a run for the GOP nomination for governor, Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine edged closer today, as he plans to go to Trenton on Monday to file paperwork with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

"I'm going to file with ELEC now as the time frame is getting short," said Levine, who plans to take a final exploratory round in the area of fundraising before making an announcement in the coming days about whether he's running.

He watched former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan's gubernatorial kickoff on NJN earlier this week.

"He was good, he laid out some specifics, and he's been a mayor like I am so he can relate to issues impacting local government," Levine said.

The prospective candidate, a GOP moderate, said he intends to deliver his own economic policy speech on Monday, Dec. 15.

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Lonegan strategist predicts Christie won't run

Lonegan strategist predicts Christie won't run
Chris Christie resigned as U.S. Attorney on Monday, but says he hasn't decided if he'll run for Governor next year.

Rick Shaftan, the political point man for gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan, is convinced: the much heralded announcement that former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie is running for governor will never come.

"He's absolutely not running," said Shaftan.

That is, of course, coming from the chief strategist for Lonegan, the  conservative former mayor of Bogota and anti-tax advocate who entered the race on Monday. But Shaftan said that since resigning from his post as U.S. Attorney on Monday, Christie has not acted like a candidate.

"Don't you think Todd Christie would say he's absolutely in this race, 100 percent? On December 2nd the operation starts going. That's what these guys expected," said Shaftan, referring to the former U.S. Attorney's brother and the Republican county chairmen who are hoping Christie enters the race.

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This weekend on TV: Chris Christie

NJN’s Michael Aron will host former U.S. Attorney (and future gubernatorial candidate?) Chris Christie on On the Record this weekend.  The show airs Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00am, and again on Monday at 6:30am. 

On Reporters Roundtable, watch Nick Acocella of Politifax, Cynthia Burton of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Charles Stile of the Bergen Record and yours truly, Matt Friedman.  The show is hosted by NJN Reporter Zachary Fink, and we’ll discuss Steve Lonegan’s gubernatorial run, Chris Christie’s gubernatorial prospects, Rocco Riccio and the Governors’ summit with Obama.  Catch it at 7:00 this evening, or at 10:00am Sunday.

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Andrews praises departing Chertoff

On the day Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff came back to his hometown to address students at Kean University in the waning days of his term of service with the Bush administration, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) took a moment to access his legacy.

“We were fortunate to have a person of Secretary Chertoff's abilities and level of commitment serving our country,” said Andrews said in a statement. “He served well at a difficult time.”

In his speech at Kean, the Union County-born secretary expressed frustration with the traditional committee system in Congress.

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