It's almost a month after the primary, but former Republican Senate primary candidate Murray Sabrin's unorthodox campaign continues to produce reverberations.
James Hogan, who ran for the Republican congressional nomination on Sabrin's slate in the 6th District, wrote a blog entry
excoriating the campaign for its unusual strategy and press release blitzes, which he said ultimate hurt both Sabrin and his down-ballot candidates.
Hogan placed third in the primary with a little over 1,000 votes, behind Robert McLeod, the winner, and Peter Cerrato.
Still, Hogan professes no bitter feelings towards Sabrin - just a slight feeling of bamboozlement.Read More >
It’s difficult to find a Clinton supporter who was as stout during the primary as New Jersey fund-raiser John F.X. Graham, who took his presidential candidate’s loss especially hard.
One of the key members of "the Group" - a conglomerate of Hillary Clinton champions with deep pockets and access to donors with even deeper ones - Graham found it particularly tough to stand at attention within the ranks of Obama backers when the Clinton campaign finally raised the white flag.
In an interview with PolitickerNJ.com two weeks ago, the fund-raiser in fact cringed at the idea of making an easy transition to the team of Clinton’s conqueror.Read More >
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 >
A former administrator and a former shop foreman at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission were convicted at trial today of charges that they directed subordinate employees to complete repairs or improvements at private homes while on-duty for the PVSC, according to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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