The McCain campaign played down a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released today that shows their candidate with a double digit deficit against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
Democrats, meanwhile, stayed on message about how a belly up Bush administration has left the GOP in tatters.
Looking at today’s poll, Peter Feldman, spokesman for the McCain campaign in New Jersey, noted that Obama recently beat Sen. Hillary Clinton to become the presumptive Democratic Party nominee.
"That obviously gave him a bump in the poll," Feldman said.Read More >
Jersey City Heights businessman Michael Yun, a long time friend political ally of Bret Schundler, said that the former mayor and gubernatorial candidate will seek to reclaim the city's top office in 2009.
“He’s definitely going to run, yes, and we’re organizing,” Yun told PolitickerNJ in a phone interview this morning.
Schundler has spent the last couple weeks attending neighborhood meetings and asking local politicians for support, aided by Yun. He recently announced his mayoral intentions to a gathering of Hudson County Republicans at their reorganization meeting, though in less definite language.Read More >
A New Jersey presidential poll released on Friday by Fairleigh Dickinson University shows Democratic Sen. Barack Obama leading Republican Sen. John McCain, 49%-33%, with the Bush administration and Iraq War causing significant damage to the presumptive GOP nominee.
"The more McCain is associated with Bush administration policies the more it hurts his support among independent voters," said Dan Cassino, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and survey analyst for the university’s PublicMind poll.
According to Cassino’s polling, 18% of voters say that they approve of the job President George W. Bush is doing while 75% disapprove. Just 15% say that the country is moving in the right direction and nearly three in four say the country is headed in the wrong direction.Read More >
When most of his Democratic colleagues endorsed backyard darling Hillary Clinton for president over a year ago, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) cut from the pack and picked Illinoisan underdog Barack Obama.
The Obama campaign rewarded Rothman with a position as northeast regional co-chair and through a long-slog primary he played a leading and aggressive role on behalf of his presidential candidate.
Now that Obama has beaten Clinton, Rothman enjoys a point position in the general election campaign here in New Jersey as former Clinton travelers realign behind Obama and acknowledge Rothman’s win.
"To the victor go the spoils," a congressional staffer said with a shrug in his voice.
In that vein, the Bergen lawmaker told Obama’s people in Chicago that he wants his chief of staff, Bob Decheine, running the New Jersey-based campaign headquarters in advance of the Nov. 4th showdown with presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain.Read More >
On Tuesday, rival congressional candidates State Sen. Leonard Lance and Assemblywoman Linda Stender ran into each other, fresh from tense budget proceedings in the legislature.
The two caught the same 7:00 a.m. train to Washington, where each was meeting with party leaders to plot strategy for the months ahead. The two commiserated on the long night in Trenton, but they didn’t sit next to each other.
Stender was headed to an event hosted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for about five top tier female congressional candidates. Lance was on his way to meet with National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole and other party bigwigs.Read More >
Democratic Cape May Councilman David Kurkowski, who's challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Frank LoBiondo in the 2nd Congressional District, is facing the hard reality of the campaign traill.
So far, he estimates, he's spent most 90% of his time fundraising, and expects to make it just past the $100,000 mark by the Federal Election Commission's June 30th deadline.
"It's my first time doing this, and it's quite a learning experience to realize you have to spend so much time fundraising, but it's part of the reality," he said. "If you want this seat, you have to do this job."Read More >
Mocked by Bridget Ann Kelly and David Wildstein last year in a text message exchange, Democratic Party/Latino activist Cid Wilson is now the butt of a joke on the Conan Show.Read More >
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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