Crowley won't rule out challenging Corzine

Gov. Jon Corzine and biotech businessman John Crowley: Politicker photoGov. Jon Corzine and biotech businessman John Crowley: Politicker photo

CRANBURY - Although their meeting might have lacked the hype of a heavyweight fight buildup - mostly because it is unknown if they will ever square off - Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican biotech millionaire John Crowley shook hands today like respectful would-be rivals with private industry street cred.

"Not all of life is about politics," Corzine told reporters after participating in a ceremony at Crowley's company, Amicus Therapeutics, which in its sixth year of operation today celebrated the hiring of its 100th employee.

"We've come a long way from the incubator on Route 1," said Crowley, standing earlier at the boardroom podium in his sprawling, hi-tech Cranbury complex, facing Corzine in the front row.

The governor attended as Crowley's guest, a nod to the fact that Amicus became the first graduate of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority's (EDA) Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies, and exemplifies the kind of biotech development Corzine champions.

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Corzine and Crowley

CRANBURY - Gov. Jon Corzine will speak at Amicus Therapeutics' "100th Employee" celebration here later this morning to help celebrate a thriving New Jersey business in a difficult economy.

The intriguing political context of his appearance is that Amicus Therapeutics was founded - and is owned and operated - by Republican John Crowley of Princeton, a potential challenger to Corzine in 2009. 

Nearly the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate as he flirted with running last spring, Crowley has been making the Republican circuit, and is considered by some party insiders to be a potential establishment favorite if U.S. Attorney Chris Christie stumbles. 

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Obama has 10-point lead in N.J., passes 50%

A new Quinnipiac University poll gives Barack Obama a 51%-41% lead over John McCain in the race for New Jersey's 15 electoral votes: Getty Images PhotoA new Quinnipiac University poll gives Barack Obama a 51%-41% lead over John McCain in the race for New Jersey's 15 electoral votes: Getty Images Photo
Barack Obama has a ten point lead over John McCain in New Jersey, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this morning. Obama leads 51%-41% among likely voters in the Gardem State.

"New Jersey continues to wear its true blue stripes and appears to be solidly in Sen. Barack Obama's corner heading into the Fall campaign. Like most strong Republican contenders, Sen. John McCain can wish, but it is unlikely that he can swing the tide in New Jersey unless he swings the tide dramatically nationwide," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Obama, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Illinois, gets the support of 94% of black voters, and has a 15 point lead among women, is ahead among men, narrowly, 48%-45%, and leads among Independents, 45%-42%. McCain leads among white voters (50%-42%).

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Do as I say, not as I do

Poll: N.J. voters back offshore oil drilling

New Jerseyans say gasoline prices is the economic issue that worries them the most, and by a 64%-34% margin, state voters support offshore oil drilling, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. New Jersey voters also support new nuclear power plants (61%-32%) and drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuse (53%-41%).

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Mason set to introduce salary ordinance in Hoboken

HOBOKEN - Councilwoman Beth Mason will introduce an ordinance on2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason: Politicker file photo2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason: Politicker file photo Wednesday night that would limit public salaries of city council representatives who already hold public jobs to $1 apiece.

The Mason ordinance would also prevent council members from receiving healthcare benefits.

A Hoboken elected official who receives health benefits from employment outside the city would be given financial compensation in lieu of the city’s health benefits to a maximum of $2,500 per year, according to a release issued by Mason.

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Campaigning New Jersey style: Cindy McCain stumps at a diner

RED BANK - In quintessential New Jersey fashion, potential First Lady Cindy McCain made her first solo public campaign stop today at a diner.

With State Sens. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank) and Bill Baroni (R-Hamilton) at her side, McCain shook hands and briefly conversed with patrons at the Broadway Diner in Red Bank, sharing the usual niceties we’ve come to expect at such events.

On her way out, McCain took one question from reporters about whether her husband, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, actually had a shot at carrying a state no GOP presidential candidate has carried since 1988.

“Absolutely. We’ve not written off New Jersey,” she said. “This is a very important state. We’re going to be up very late on November 4th, and New Jersey is a very important part of that. We intend to be here quite a bit before the election. I’m happy to be here on a great day. It was stormy a few days ago so maybe I brought the sunshine with me.”

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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Paterson can flourish with a second chance

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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