State Sen. Jeff Van Drew says he won’t run for Congress in 2008, making GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo the clear favorite to win re-election to an eighth term this year, the Vineland Daily Journal is reporting. Possible Democratic challengers to LoBiondo are former Fairfield Mayor Viola Thomas-Hughes, who won 36% against LoBiondo in 2006, and Bridgeton City Councilwoman Celeste Riley.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews’ campaign manager from his 1997 run for governor today said if Andrews were to challenge U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg he would need the line in two northern counties.
“In the gubernatorial campaign, we had the line in seven southern counties and Hudson, and it was just not quite enough,” said Pat Politano, reflecting on Andrews’s loss to Jim McGreevey.Read More >
If Rob Andrews decides to primary Frank Lautenberg for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, state Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney will be in his corner.
“I think (Lautenberg) has done a good job, but I think Rob Andrews will do a great job,” he said. “All you have to look is Rob Andrews’ performance numbers in South Jersey – they’re off the charts.”
Sweeney is the latest South Jersey Democrat to come out for Andrews. Both are closely allied with power broker George Norcross. Other Norcross allies have already come out for Andrews should he choose to run, including state Sen. Jim Whelan and Burlington County Democratic Chairman Rick Perr.
Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts, however, attended Lautenberg's campaign kickoff rally yesteray.Read More >
A poll released today by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) shows U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg with a 70%-11% favorable rating and a 77%-10% job approval rating among likely Democratic primary voters.
Over the weekend, the Benenson Strategy Group conducted a poll of 503 Democratic voters from all regions of the state, according to Matthew Miller, communications director for the DSCC.
"We are strongly supportive of Sen. Frank Lautenberg," said Miller. "He is an effective fighter for the State of New Jersey. The poll shows that Democrats strongly support him and make him an overwhelming favorite."
The DSCC released the results of the poll as south Jersey U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews circulated petitions to challenge Lautenberg.
"The poll demonstrates that there’s not a lot of room for a primary challenge," Miller said.Read More >
Since about 8:30 AM, volunteers for Rob Andrews have been at county courthouses and administration buildings in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties circulating nominating petitions for the Democratic U.S. Senate primary. Andrews, a ten-term Congressman from the 1st district, is mulling a primary challenge to 84-year-old incumbent Frank Lautenberg.Read More >
State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who has represented Union County in the Legislature since 1977 and is one of the state’s most powerful lawyers and political powerbrokers, said today that he would retire from the Senate.
“There’s nothing left for me to accomplish,” Lesniak said in a statement released early this morning that is certain to shock the political world.
Assemblymen Neil Cohen and Joseph Cryan, the Democratic State Chairman, could face-off in a Special Election Convention for the District 20 Senate seat later this month.
There is some speculation that Lesniak is leaving to join the Clinton presidential campaign full-time, and that he could replace Harold Ickes as the chief delegate hunter.Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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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 >
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