A Pallone welcome

A Pallone welcome
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) at his home away from home.

WASHINGTON - The train pulls into Union Station and disgorges the New Jersey delegation.

Gov. Jon Corzine and his aides head down the steps and alight on the train platform, moving with the crowd toward the escalators and when they reach the receiving area in Union Station, a beaming U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) is there to provide a Washington welcome.

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Cryan blasts Republican gov. candidates for 'throwing GOP under the train'

Cryan blasts Republican gov. candidates for 'throwing GOP under the train'
Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan, right, hobnobs with Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic)

BALTIMORE - As Republicans like state Sen. Tom Kean, Jr., (R-Union) and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany-Troy Hills) mingled with lobbyists and fellow politicians on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce train trip to Washington, D.C., this afternoon, Democrats seized on the apparent contradiction of their presence here.

“I’d like to know why the three Republican gubernatorial candidates aren’t interested in finding answers for our economic troubles and are instead all too eager to throw their friends and colleagues under the bus as a political stunt,” said Democratic State Chairman Joe Cryan, referring to thumbs-down statements of the chamber event issued by former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie and other Republicans candidates for governor. 

“We’re hopeful that New Jersey residents will make a quick recovery from the greatest economic downturn in our lifetime,” Cryan added.

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Skinner won't run in Jersey City's Ward E; Levin unveils two running mates

With Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop set on seeking reelection to his Ward E seat instead of running for mayor, his ally Shelley Skinner today officially dropped her own candidacy. 

"I have made the decision not to seek a position on the Jersey City Council in 2009 and instead support Councilman Fulop's re-election,” said Skinner, a local community activist.  “While I still have an interest in running for public office one day, I realize that this year is not the best time.” 

DeAngelo prepares for battle in the 14th

DeAngelo prepares for battle in the 14th
Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton)

PHILADELPHIA - A lot of the talk on the train is what to do with the infusion of cash the state will get from the federal government if President Barack Obama's stimulus package clears the U.S. Senate, and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), working a battleground district this year, says the money needs to go to the improvement of infrastructure.

"Fifteen to 20 percent of your work force is made up of blue collar workers, and if you take that money and commit it to sewer and utility projects, roads and infrastructure, bridges, you're going in the direction of economic recovery," says DeAngelo, a union leader in Hamilton.

He concedes he's in a fight this year.

"I'm walking around with a target on my forehead," he says. "I'm their number one target."

Assemblyman David Rible (R-Wall) laughs.

The Associated Press reported that Neptune Township Mayor Randy Bishop will challenge Rible and running mate Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean), but it's not the high profile contest that most insiders predict will result when DeAngelo defends his seat this year. 

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Chamber trip more subdued than past years as governor leads delegation to D.C.

Chamber trip more subdued than past years as governor leads delegation to D.C.
Gov. Jon Corzine on today's Chamber of Commerce trip.

NORTHEAST CORRIDOR – The Chamber of Commerce “Walk to Washington” train lurches out of the station and it isn’t even past Newark before some of the old-timers are predicting – with a degree of sadness - that no one’s going to get thrown off the train.

There’s a sense among the Democrats that if they let it all hang out with booze and bad behavior in an economic downturn and gubernatorial election year, they will appear crass and out-of-touch.

The establishment Republicans who are here probably have in their minds a preposition-ending statement issued yesterday by the gubernatorial campaign of Republican frontrunner Chris Christie: "Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie wants to bring real change to Trenton and that comes with ending politics as usual, which this trip has become a symbol of," said spokesman Bill Stepien.

So they too are restrained as the 14-car train clears the South Ward and this rolling world of business and politics collides in happy but measured ceremony with the gubernatorial election and the economy hovering at the edges of every close-quarters conversation as the train heads for Washington, D.C.

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All GOP candidates accept invitation to speak at Somerset forum

The four Republican gubernatorial candidates will speak at a forum - not a debate -- sponsored by the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women on Saturday in Branchburg.  News 12's Laura Jones will moderate the event, which organizers say will be attended by former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, Franklin Mayor Brian Levine, former Bogota Mayor Steven Lonegan, and Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham).

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Caruso says he's 99% there on Rumana primary challenge

Republican fundraiser Joseph Caruso said today that he's "99 percent" sure he's going to mount a primary campaign for a 40th District assembly seat, although pushback from Republican leaders has frustrated his time table.

Caruso said that it's most likely a go if he can get $50,000 on hand by the middle of February, and plans a cocktail reception at his Wayne home this weekend to help meet that goal.

"I'm still doing what I was doing before - seeing how much money I can raise, how much support I can get on the ground, and just really digging through the numbers and making sure it's feasible," he said.  " I'm pretty much there.  I thought I would have more time than I have.

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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