This weekend on TV: Leonard Lance and John Adler

New Jersey’s two new congressmen-elect – state Sens. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) and Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) -- will appear on On the Record this weekend with host Michael Aron, airing Sunday at 9a.m. and 11a.m., and Monday at 6:30a.m. on NJN. 

On Reporters Roundtable, Aron will host Star-Ledger columnist Mark DiOnno; WBGO-WHYY Radio reporter Mary Fuchs; Gannett’s Michael Symons and the Bergen Record’s John Reitmeyer.  They’ll discuss the Republican state budget lawsuit, the pension deferral bill and Bob Mulcahy. The show airs tonight at 7:00 and repeats on Sunday at 10a.m.

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Karrow wins key Hunterdon organization endorsement

Karrow wins key Hunterdon organization endorsement
Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington)

In the 23rd Legislative District, Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington) has won the support of the Hunterdon County Republican Executive Committee to move up to the state senate seat of outgoing Congressman-elect Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).

The 18-member committee chose to back Karrow over Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt "overwhelmingly," according to Hunterdon County Republican Chairman Henry Kuhl.

The decision is not particularly surprising, as Karrow has been expected to win organizational support from her native county. But it reinforces a geographical advantage Karrow has over Doherty and Holt in a contest where Republican committee members from Hunterdon and the less populous Warren County will decide who gets to fill in for Lance until next January. As it has more residents, Hunterdon County has roughly 40 vote advantage over Warren County.

Although not all members will vote strictly along geographical lines, Kuhl said that the executive committee's support will probably have some influence.

"It has an influence, but I think what is also very important is [Karrow] had 14 Hunterdon mayors and eight Warren County mayors endorse her," said Kuhl.

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Merkt hits 300-town milestone, vows to jog in all 566 towns in longshot bid for Governor

Merkt hits 300-town milestone, vows to jog in all 566 towns in longshot bid for Governor
Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham)

The man in a jogging suit and sneakers turns onto Main Street and runs through Raritan, past the taverns and pizza parlors and churches and convenience stores.


He keeps a good pace as he heads out of the downtown business district, through a few blocks of residential housing and then across Route 206 and into Somerville. “I want to show people I’m hungry for this nomination,” says Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham).  


There aren’t a lot of people out here who appear to be hanging on his every footfall, let alone his every word. With the exception of his campaign manager Chris Venis in tow and his daughter, occasionally – Merkt runs alone.

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Fifth Ward vet Belfiore says Cammarano has right temperament for Hoboken mayor

HOBOKEN - Perry Belfiore will sit out the municipal races next year in Hoboken, where a state monitor has taken over the city's embattled financial situation. He won’t run for mayor and he won’t run for any of the three at-large seats. 

“What are you kidding me? I borrowed $9,000 for my last campaign, and had to get out a second mortgage on our second home,” he told “Every time I mention politics, my wife reminds me how much my hobby costs us. $9,000. So that’s where it’s at. I will be roasting, toasting and hosting but I will not be embroiled.” 

Befiore ran against Peter Cunningham in the fifth ward last year. Cunningham beat him by 104 votes in a runoff election.

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The Back Room

Christie invades South Carolina

On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 17th

U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >


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Quote of the Day

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“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.

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