Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson faxed an angry letter to Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg this morning, accusing his reelection campaign of being the source of today’s Star-Ledger story that quoted a lawsuit related to an intra-family business spat that led to Senate candidate Andy Unanue’s ouster as Chief Operating Officer of Goya Foods.
“It is telling that after nearly 25 years in office, the best you have to offer the people of New Jersey is a tired, old gutter campaign replete with sleazy personal attacks,” said Wilson. “Frankly, the legal proceedings from Andy's family business dispute are no more relevant or appropriate campaign fodder than your divorce proceedings.”
The four year old testimony quoted in the article alleged that Unanue showed up to work drunk. In his own testimony, Unanue disputed that, but admitted that he had come to work hung over.
Wilson went on to outline past Lautenberg campaigns where he said he smeared his opponents, like the campaign against Republican Millicent Fenwick that launched his Senate career.Read More >
Former Democratic State Chairman Tom Byrne confirmed today that he’s seriously mulling a primary bid against incumbent U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
Byrne, who works as a financial consultant and is the son of former Gov. Brendan Byrne (his full name is actually Brendan Thomas Byrne, Jr.), has already commissioned a poll on his prospects and expects to learn its results by Friday. He’ll make a decision on whether or not to run over the weekend.
“The big factor will be whether people think it’s time for a change,” said Byrne, who headed up the state Democratic party between 1994 and 1997.
In September, PolitickerNJ.com reported that Byrne wouldn’t rule out a primary challenge against Lautenberg.Read More >
U.S. Senate candidate Andy Unanue says that a Star-Ledger article alleging that he came to work drunk or hung over is false, and says this came from an “uncorroborated source” during a legal battle involving control of his family business, Goya Foods.“I just got off the phone with a reporter from the Star-Ledger who plans to run an article in tomorrow’s newspaper that contains false allegations made against me years ago. I wanted you to hear from me personally that these allegations, made by one uncorroborated source, are absolutely false. They were no true then and are not true now,” Unanue wrote to PolitickerNJ.com last night.“I am disgusted that Frank Lautenberg and the Democrats are so frightened of facing me in a general election that they are already resorting to these tactics. We haven’t heard Democrat whisperings about the other candidates in the Republican primary. The only reason they’re doing it now is because they feel they have an opponent who can retire Frank Lautenberg in November.”PolitickerNJ.com has obtained copies of partial transcripts of the Goya dispute trial, outlining testimony by Andy Unanue; Robert Unanue, his cousin; and Joseph Perez, a Goya executive who made many of the allegations against the Senate candidate.Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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