Bucco officially launches campaign Dec. 9, while Cabana looks to rev up next year

Bucco officially launches campaign Dec. 9, while Cabana looks to rev up next year
Tony Bucco kicks off campaign next month.

The announcement that attorney Tony Bucco means to officially kick-off his District 25 Assembly campaign on Dec. 9th contrasts with his primary opponent and fellow attorney, Morris County Freeholder Douglas Cabana, who’s waiting to make his formal announcement in the new year.  

“It’s time to be spending time with family and friends,” said Cabana. “I know where I have support, and it is unsolicited support.”

Bucco, son of state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris), declared during the Republican National Convention that he would run for the seat vacated by Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham), who’s retiring to run for governor.

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Arango takes Christie's joke in stride

Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango doesn’t want to see any member of his party indicted, but he did not take offense at U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s recent joke at the expense of the Hudson County Republicans. 

Shortly after announcing his December resignation, Christie joked in a radio interview  that “a Hudson County Republican would love to be indicted.  It would show they were relevant.”

Maybe a more sensitive Republican county chair would take offense at a joke that calls his or her party irrelevant, but Arango has heard similar jokes before. 

“It doesn’t bother me.  It’s something that’s a reality. It’s a tough deal to be a Republican in Hudson County,” said Arango. 

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Garrett endorses Doherty

Garrett endorses Doherty
From right: Garrett, Doherty and U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-Warren Township) (source: njtrl.org)

Assemblyman and state senate candidate Michael Doherty (R-Washington Township) continued to shore up his conservative credentials today, rolling out the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage.)

“I have worked with Mike for many years, first in the state legislature and now as a Congressman, and he has consistently fought for smaller government, less regulation and lower taxes,” said Garrett, who recently fended off a well-funded challenge to win reelection by a slightly greater margin than in 2006. “Mike is a strong supporter of the Constitution, and he has been consistently endorsed by pro-business groups as a result of his record in the state legislature.”

Doherty is running to replace state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton), who will join Garrett in New Jersey’s Republican congressional delegation in January. Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington) is also running, and Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt is considering a bid.

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In gubernatorial bid, Merkt literally runs in all 21 counties - and keeps running

In gubernatorial bid, Merkt literally runs in all 21 counties - and keeps running

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.

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Does this mean Star-Ledger has already decided not to endorse Corzine re-election?

Does this mean Star-Ledger has already decided not to endorse Corzine re-election?
Credit: Governor's Office Photo
John Farmer, the new Star-Ledger editorial page editor, says he doesn't believe in giving one party more than eight years in office

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:

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Alexander scheduled to stay in NJ, but if Obama offer arises, he could go to D.C.

Alexander scheduled to stay in NJ, but if Obama offer arises, he could go to D.C.
Mark Alexander at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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.

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This Week in New Jersey Politics

Chris Christie resigns, Wayne Bryant is convicted, Jon Corzine remains upside-down, Democrats take Monmouth, and the race for Leonard Lance's State Senate seat takes shape.

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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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"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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