From one woman politician to another, Weinberg praises Clinton

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen): Politicker photoState Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen): Politicker photo

DENVER - Hours before Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) delivers her runner-up address to the Democratic National Convention, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) praised the former first lady, whose politics Weinberg questioned on the campaign trail last year.

A hardcore Obama backer, Weinberg’s chief complaint about Clinton on the presidential primary campaign trail was regarding her record. Clinton essentially stayed under the radar during the Bush years, in Weinberg’s judgment.

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Myers slams Adler, DCCC

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The campaign of 3rd Congressional District candidate Chris Myers (R-Medford) slammed state Sen. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) today, charging that the content in mailers from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee amounts to "lying" and includes a doctored photo of Myers.

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Kominsky is all for Obama

DENVER -- No matter how Democrats handle the roll call vote question, Hillary Clinton’s former New Jersey campaign director says she knows who she’s voting for.

“I’m voting for Senator Obama on the first ballot,” said Karen Kominsky, who headed up Clinton’s successful New Jersey primary campaign.

Kominsky has actually been volunteering for Obama for the last several months. She even ran a door-to-door Obama operation from her house in Lambertville.

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Pallone plans to stay in touch with Andrews

When U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews decided to wage a primary challenge against Sen. Frank Lautenberg, few politicians went after Andrews as hard as Rep. Frank Pallone did.

But Pallone (D-Long Branch) today indicated that, with Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) expected to depart from the House in January, the two will once again have a working relationship.

“I don’t know if it’s certain that he’s working for Goldman Sachs, but I assume he’s going to be involved in legislation and continue to be involved with Congress in some way, even though he’s not a congressman. I’ve worked with him for years, and will continue to,” said Pallone.

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Quigley sounds off on Jersey City mayoral race

DENVER -- Assemblywoman Joan Quigley (D-Jersey City) is candid about her feelings on the upcoming Jersey City mayoral race.

She’s with Mayor Jerramiah Healy. Not that it’s unusual, considering he’s chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO). She wasn’t in 2004, however, when he ran to replace the late Glen Cunningham.

“He was a dark horse at that point and I didn’t know him well,” she said. And while his status as the head of the powerful Democratic organization could certainly win him friends, Quigley said that’s not the reason.

“I learned to like him a lot better before that happened.”

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Gordon on Christie: "He clearly has his eyes on returning to politics"

Gordon on Christie: "He clearly has his eyes on returning to politics"

DENVER -- State Sen. Bob Gordon (D-Fair Lawn) said he can’t comment on the timing of the FBI’s raid on Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero’s law offices just last week, but after emerging from watching Sen. Bob Menendez speaking at this morning’s delegate breakfast, he couldn’t help but draw a parallel.

“We just listened to Bob Menendez and I was reminded of the U.S. Attorney’s office filing subpoenas and investigating him a matter of weeks before his election,” he said.

Ferriero is in town for the convention, but it’s hard to find him. He’s been laying low, appearing at few public events, although he did show up at the delegation’s downtown party last night.

Gordon actually owes his ascendance from the Assembly to the Senate in part to both U.S. Attorney Chris Christie and Ferriero. If Christie hadn’t investigated former State Sen. Joe Coniglio, which ultimately resulted in an indictment, Coniglio wouldn’t have been pressured to resign his seat. And it was Ferriero whose endorsement virtually assured that Gordon would replace Coniglio.

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Menendez won't speak at the convention

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, won't speak at the convention: Getty Images PhotoU.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, won't speak at the convention: Getty Images Photo
DENVER -- Senator Bob Menendez will not speak at the Pepsi Center during the Democratic National Convention, despite the lobbying by fellow influential New Jersey politicians on his behalf.

Menendez was the New Jersey’s delegation’s hope to place one of their own in the spotlight. Politicians were banking on his Latino appeal.

When asked by reporters whether he felt snubbed, Menendez responded said that he didn’t.

“The bottom line is, look, different conventions, different people speak. Speaking is not important. Winning is important.”

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Adler and Myers set to debate

DENVER - Third Congressional District candidates state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) and Medford Mayor Chris Myers are scheduled to debate on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in a contest sponsored by Veterans for Education, a student organization consisting of military veterans enrolled at Rutgers-Camden.

The free event will be held at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. Anthony Mazzarelli, an on-air personality at 1210 WPHT-AM, will moderate, according to a release issued by Rutgers-Camden.

One of the first - if not the first - elected official to support Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) for president, Adler is in Denver with the New Jersey delegation.

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

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