Lacing on the sneakers and hitting the pavement, Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) started literally running for governor in early September. Today the Republican announced that his campaign has achieved a milestone as he has jogged in 118 communities located in all 21 counties of New Jersey since kicking off the plan in September.
“I have run in more than 20 percent of New Jersey’s municipalities and in every county throughout the state,” said Merkt. “It’s taken quite a bit of effort, but the feedback on issues I have received from local residents while doing it has been outstanding.Read More >
The NJ Voices interview with John Farmer, the new Editorial Page editor of the Star-Ledger, is a must-read for the New Jersey political community. Farmer says he’s an Independent (a political “agnostic”) who voted for George W. Bush in 2000 “because I don't believe in giving any one party more than eight years in office.”
On the Star-Ledger’s political leanings:
“The editorials over the past eight years have been largely liberal. But that's as much a function of events as it is of any internal inclination of the paper. Largely, it's been a reaction to the record of the Bush administration. He hasn't given us much to cheer. We supported him quite enthusiastically after 9/11. But as the record of the Bush administration has unfolded, we've been pretty critical.”
On newspapers competing with the Internet:Read More >
Mark Alexander, state director of the Obama campaign during the primary and a senior policy director during the general, has not been offered a position in the president-elect's administration.
But he could be tempted if the offer comes his way.
“I am on the schedule to teach Constitutional Law at Seton Hall in the spring term, and I look forward to that," Alexander told PolitickerNJ.com. "I love my life here in New Jersey, and I can’t comment on any future job possibilities in Washington. If I were offered an opportunity to serve in the Obama Administration, I would of course have to consider that opportunity seriously.”
Following the Feb. 5th New Jersey Primary, Alexander worked in other primary states in addition to later fulfilling duties in his homestate.
In the wake of the Nov. 4th election, he told friends that after months on the trail, he would find it difficult to uproot his family from Montclair to re-locate to Washignton, D.C. Whatever happens, he said he wants to relish the time he has here in his home state in the aftermath of the grueling campaign.Read More >
When State Democratic Chairman Joseph Cryan focused his players in the middle of the Obama presidential campaign, he told them to get ready for a long game, a two-year operation, in fact.
Despite all temptation to treat Obama’s victory like the ultimate end-zone rush and champagne romp, Election Night on Nov. 4th should be handled more the way a geared-up squad treats a 15-point lead in their favor in the locker room come half-time.
Everyone’s first job was to elect Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) president. In comfortably accomplishing that, the campaign made up of 45 field organizers coordinated over a million volunteer calls, pounded on 750,000 door knocks, and built a volunteer base of more than 10,000 bodies.Read More >
Tonight at 7:00 and Sunday at 10am, catch Reporters Roundtable on NJN, hosted by Michael Aron and featuring The Star Ledger’s Dusty McNichol, Gannett’s Greg Volpe, The Gloucester County Times’ Trish Graber and yours truly, PolitickerNJ’s Matt Friedman. We’ll discuss Christie ’09, the Wayne Bryant verdict, the race to replace Leonard Lance in the state Senate and the state budget crisis.
On the Record with Michael Aron will feature The Legislative Leadership Panel at the State League of Municipalities Conference: Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts, Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce. The show airs Sunday at 9am and 11am, and on Monday at 6:30am.Read More >
Former Republican state Sen. Bill Schluter wants to see his old seat kept in moderate Republican hands, and he thinks Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt is the man to do it.
Schluter, 81 is actively working to help Holt, the grandson of former U.S. Sen. Clifford P. Case, run for the 23rd District state Senate seat.
“I’m definitely in the camp of Matt Holt. I think he’s an outstanding individual and would make a good state senator. I’d like to retain the district as a Republican district, and I think he could do that,” said Schluter.
Holt has formed an exploratory committee, but yesterday told PolitickerNJ that he would not make a formal announcement until after Thanksgiving.
True, the 23rd District is drawn to be safely Republican, but, Schluter said, “stranger things have happened.”Read More >
A polling memo prepared by a company with ties to Gov. Chris Christie shows public support for red light cameras.Read More >
Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080 ...
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By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students. The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >
"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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