With Biden, Corzine gets his second choice

Governor Corzine said earlier this week, and repeated yesterday, that he thought Hillary Clinton would be the strongest possible running mate for Barack Obama.

But Corzine knew that wasn’t likely to happen during the final weeks of the vice-presidential selection madness, and said that, barring Clinton, he’d like to see Obama choose Biden.

“Biden is the person I would pick given that it gives great credence to the ticket with regard to national strategic and policy issues, and it allows for Sen. Obama to give full focus on the economy, which is number one, two and three on the voters’ minds,” he said yesterday.

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Biden brings progressive values and foreign policy cred, says Alexander

Mark Alexander: Politicker file photoMark Alexander: Politicker file photo

DENVER -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's choice of veteran U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) to serve as his running mate prompted an immediate reaction from Mark Alexander of Montclair, Obama's senior adviser and former New Jersey state director.

Alexander cited Biden's foreign policy credentials as a key reason for why he is a good vice residential candidate. He also identified Biden's outspokenness as a positive.

"Joe Biden is an individual with a proven commitment to progressive issues and to speaking his mind about the values he holds dear," Alexander said. "His foreign policy experience is well-informed, principled, and visionary. His long-time leadership as a key member of the Judiciary Committee has been equally inspirational."

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Report: Obama to pick Biden for VP

Barack Obama is expected to name Joe Biden as his running mate today: Getty Images PhotoBarack Obama is expected to name Joe Biden as his running mate today: Getty Images Photo
Barack Obama has picked Joseph Biden, a six-term U.S. Senator from Delaware and the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as the Democratic nominee for Vice President, according to published reports.  Obama is expected to formally announce his selection of Biden this morning at a rally at the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.  Biden, 66, ran for President this year, but dropped out of the race after losing the Iowa caucus to Obama.  He has served in the Senate since January, 1973.

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Cryan touches down in Denver amid talk of Biden as VP

State Party Chairman Joseph Cryan on Friday night.: Politicker photoState Party Chairman Joseph Cryan on Friday night.: Politicker photo 

DENVER - The Denver Broncos had left several hours earlier when Joseph Cryan, state Democratic Party chairman, entered the lobby of the Hotel Inverness on Friday night at around 10 p.m., mountain time. 

The football team trains nearby and evidently they get their pre-home game rub-downs here at the Inverness. 

Now the Broncos could be seen vying against the Packers on suspended television sets in the Spotted Dog bar and all the talk around Cryan from his state committee staffers concerned Barack Obama's veep pick.

Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) apparently were already out of the running, according to news reports, leaving most of the New Jersey staffers assuming that Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) would be Obama's running mate.

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Menendez: number one issue for people is 'how do I get through these tough times?'

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ): Politicker file photoSen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ): Politicker file photo 

DENVER - When Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) attended his first convention, he was running for Congress and serving as a Bill Clinton delegate in 1992.

"It was interesting," Menendez recalled in a phone interview with PolitickerNJ.com. "We invited this little known Southern governor to Hudson County, to our Hudson County dinner. He lost his voice that night, but he was very earnest in his effort, and he went on to become our president."

Fifteen years later, Menendez supported Bill Clinton’s wife for president in what was ultimately her unsuccessful bid for the White House.

Now Menendez, vice chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), backs Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL.), and wants an all-out Democratic Party takeover of not only the executive but the legislative branch.

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Angelo leads the advance team at the Inverness

Rob Angelo in the hotel lobby of the Inverness: Politicker photoRob Angelo in the hotel lobby of the Inverness: Politicker photo

DENVER - Rob Angelo, executive director of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee, walked through the long, carpeted hallways of the Inverness Hotel on Friday afternoon, making preparations.

Angelo landed in town on Wednesday, and he’s been operating ever since to make way for the New Jersey delegation to the Democratic National Convention, which is steadily overtaking the hotel at this point.

"There’s a maximum occupancy here of 302 and we have 240 people from our delegation staying here," said Angelo. "The rest of the people booked to stay here are with the DNC (Democratic National Committee).

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Corzine downplays speculation about Obama cabinet position, but doesn’t end it

Corzine downplays speculation about Obama cabinet position, but doesn’t end it

TRENTON -- Governor Corzine today reiterated that he does not plan to go to Washington if Barack Obama wins the presidential election, but he still wouldn’t rule out the prospect indefinitely.

“I like what I’m doing. I think that, given the opportunity to stay fixing the finances, getting us into a position where we’re growing the economy and we’re not fighting a national recession, where we are improving the education of our children and expanding health care—doing the things I think the public would like to see in the long run -- I’ll be more than happy to have a few more years of this and go sit on the beach,” said Corzine during a 30 minute session with reporters.

But when asked if he would categorically say that he would not go to Washington if appointed to a cabinet position by Barack Obama, Corzine responded “I don’t even know what categorically means.”

Instead he repeated “I like what I’m doing.”

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Corzine doesn't think McCain/Lieberman ticket would make a dent in New Jersey

TRENTON -- While some local Republicans think that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-D, Conn.) could be the John McCain running mate who could appeal to Jewish voters who traditionally go for Democrats and potentially put this state into play, Gov. Jon Corzine said today that the selection would have minimal – if any – impact. 

“I think people elect presidents, not vice-presidents.  At the margin it might take a double-digit victory for Sen. Obama down into the high single digits,” said Corzine.

But Corzine said he wasn’t even sure it would go that far, since a Lieberman selection could cause the party’s most right wing voters to sit the election out.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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