Doherty touts two Hunterdon County endorsements

Doherty touts two Hunterdon County endorsements
Raritan Twp. Mayor Richard O'Malley, on the occasion of his being sworn in Friday.

Two mayors from Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow’s (R-Raritan) native Hunterdon County have endorsed her rival, Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp), for the state senate seat being vacated by Congressman-elect Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).

Newly sworn-in Raritan Township Mayor Richard O’Malley and Bloomsbury Mayor Mark Peck both cited Doherty’s conservative credentials as the reason for their decisions to endorse him over Karrow.

“Mike Doherty is a Reagan conservative who always stands up for our values in Trenton. Whenever I need help as a Mayor, I know that I can count on Mike to respond immediately and in an effective manner,” said Peck.

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Merkt fights perceived Christie canonization in Passaic County

BRIDGEWATER – If he runs statewide, it’s unlikely Chris Christie will resemble Andy Unanue as a candidate. 

But on learning that Passaic County Republican Chairman Scott Rumana tried to recruit Christie confidante Bill Palatucci to address municipal chairmen last week, Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) feared the abrogation of process and quickly drew an analogy. 

“It’s exactly the Unanue fiasco I want to avoid in the election,” said Merkt, himself a declared GOP candidate for governor. “I don’t want a (state Republican Party Chairman) Tom Wilson candidate to drive away other candidates.” 

An unknown, wealthy Latino businessman who was backed by the upper echelons of his party in a U.S. Senate bid, Unanue last year began sealing county committee support in absentia, effectively making other Republican primary candidates like state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris) feel helpless – at least until Unanue’s campaign imploded.

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Lance to resign state senate seat tomorrow, to be sworn in to Congress Tuesday

Lance to resign state senate seat tomorrow, to be sworn in to Congress Tuesday
U.S. Rep.-elect Leonard Lance (R-Flemington)

RARITAN TWP. – Pledging to make his home county proud in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep.-elect Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) told the crowd here that tomorrow is his last day as a state senator. 

“I will resign at noon under Amendment 20,” he told the group of Raritan Township officials and friends on the occasion of the town’s reorganization this evening.  “I will be sworn in (to Congress) on Tuesday.”  

Lance called the coming Congress the “most historic since the New Deal,” and noted how once on the floor he will have to almost immediately consider the merits of a one trillion dollar second stimulus package.   

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Bateman stays neutral in Doherty-Karrow 23rd District scrum

Bateman stays neutral in Doherty-Karrow 23rd District scrum
State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Somerset) poses with Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.).

RARITAN TWP. – As he stood in a crowd of Hunterdon County politicians, state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) quickly became the object of attention for one of them, who happens at the moment to be in the middle of a political war.  

Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) wanted help from Bateman in the form of an endorsement. 

He and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington), his   rival for the 23rd District state senate seat vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon), have both been aggressively seeking endorsements, and no one has yet seen Bateman pick a side. Now Doherty towered over him. 

Here was Bateman’s chance.

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In familiar setting, Christie tells Raritan, 'I look forward to working with all of you'

In familiar setting, Christie tells Raritan, 'I look forward to working with all of you'
Former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco, left, and former U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie

RARITAN TWP. – There were a lot of bodies in the room here in Raritan Township tonight as former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie swore in Mayor Richard O’Malley – and in the process ratcheted his own gubernatorial drama up another notch. 

Arriving in a suburban and clad in a dark blue suit and powder blue tie, Christie entered the municipal chamber trailing half a dozen whispers about his intentions for statewide office.   

“I’ll have an announcement soon,” he said.   

He’s been making the rounds of these swearing-in ceremonies for seven years – ever since he became U.S. Attorney, and when the newly minted Mayor O’Malley gave Christie the floor, the newly retired lawman and establishment GOP’s best hope for a crack at Gov. Jon Corzine, made his usual good government remarks.

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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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The Back Room

Sources: Why Fox?

With the support of Gov. Chris Christie, Jamie Fox is on the fast track to get back to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The question is why?

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