U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) today stood by his advocacy of Gov. Jon Corzine's toll roads proposal in the face of bad mouthing from state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris).
"I give the governor credit," said Andrews, who entered the U.S. Senate race last week against Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
"We want to address the state's problems," Andrews said. "I take Joe Pennacchio's criticism as a high compliment."
As he struggles to secure his party's nomination in a turbulent GOP primary, Pennacchio treated the entry of Andrews into the contest as an opportunity to go after another Democratic target.
When asked to draw a contrast between himself and the Camden Democrat, Pennacchio said, "I never raised a tax.
"Joe Pennacchio has a record of cutting taxes," the senator added of himself.
The Republican referred to Andrews's public declaration of support earlier this year for Corzine's plan to increase tolls by 50% every four years until 2022 on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway and Route 440.Read More >
NEWARK - Since Mayor Cory Booker beat Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex) for mayor, he has gone 0-2 against the maverick West Ward lawmaker.
First there was Rice’s re-election victory last year over Freeholder Bilal Beasely. Over the weekend, it was Rice staffer Rufus Johnson who won the party’s endorsement for a vacant freeholder seat over Booker staffer Terrance Bankston.Read More >
NEWARK - Standing on the steps of Newark City Hall in a city where the largest single political machine backs another candidate, an alliance of elected officials from Essex County today announced their support for Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, state Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex), Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), Mayor Robert Bowser of East Orange, Mayor Ray McCarthy of Bloomfield, freeholders, and council people joined forces to highlight the endorsements of 34 Essex officials for Lautenberg.Read More >
WASHINGTON -- Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chair Chuck Schumer reaffirmed his support for incumbent U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg this afternoon – and took something of a shot at Lautenberg primary challenger U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews.
“We believe that Frank will win the primary. His numbers are good, his popularity among Democrats in a poll we just made public is very high. In the northern part of the state, the northern counties, Frank is ahead, I think, 75 - 11. The Andrews people had thought they could get a few of those northern counties, but they don’t have a one. All 14 are with Frank,” Schumer said.
“So, you know, I think Frank will win,” Schumer added. “Frank has, you know, about double the money in the bank that Andrews has. We support our incumbents. Frank has done a very good job in the Senate, he’s active, he’s strong, and we think we will win. And New Jersey is blue. We don’t think the field of their candidates is as strong as ours. But we think Frank is the stronger candidate in both the primary and the general.”Read More >
Dissatisfied by incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s posture in the week-old Democratic primary, his challenger, Rep. Rob Andrews, issued a statement today calling on Lautenberg to join him in a series of debates across the state.
"Senator Lautenberg has made it clear to the people of New Jersey that he should be anointed to their Senate seat rather than face his opponent in fair and open debates on the issues that matter most to our families," said Andrews. “I sincerely hope he changes his mind and shows the voters the respect they deserve as they decide who is better equipped to represent them in the United States Senate.”Read More >
New Jersey’s Democratic Congressional delegation issued a scathing statement on Rob Andrew’s Senate candidacy today, saying that he broke his pledge to fully support incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg for reelection and that his conduct has been “both outrageous and unacceptable."
Six of the state’s seven Democratic Congressmen -- Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Steve Rothman, Rush Holt, Albio Sires and Donald Payne -- co-signed the statement, in which they called on their Democratic colleague to drop his candidacy.
"It is now clear that Congressman Rob Andrews has failed to gain thenecessary support to realistically compete in this race, and therefore, we urge Congressman Andrews to end his campaign,” they said.
The congressmen, four of whom are interested in succeeding Lautenberg some day, also argued that Andrews’s primary challenge will weaken the eventual Democratic nominee against his Republican challenger.Read More >
Congratulations to The Record’s Jeff Pillets, John Brennan and Tim Nostrand, whose stories on the Encap development plan at the Meadowlands has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. The nomination was "for their probe of how plans to build a luxury community atop old landfills became entangled in questionable state loans and other allegations of favoritism."Read More >
Zhifei Li, the owner of an antique business in China, pleaded guilty today to organizing an illegal wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which 30 rhinoceros horns and numerous objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million were smuggled from the United States to China.Read More >
Christie on bridge controversy: ‘I know you guys are obsessed with this, I’m not’ TRENTON – There’s “no doubt” in Gov. Chris Christie’s mind that the controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is being used by New Jersey Democrats as partisan game. “Inside the Statehouse there’s...
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"I know you guys are obsessed with this. I'm not." - Gov. Chris Christie on the George Washington Bridge story.- PolitickerNJ.com
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