5th district campaigns use humor to score points

U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett’s (R-Wantage) campaign today demanded that Democratic challenger Dennis Shulman return $167,000 in donations from a contributor they consider to be a “radical extremist.”

The donor, according to a tongue-in-cheek press release from Garrett : Dennis Shulman.

“Shulman has cashed in on his support for extremist policies, and recent fundraising data proves how out of touch Shulman is with the constituents he claims to want to represent,” read the release.”

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Poll: Lautenberg has 20 point lead over Zimmer

Poll: Lautenberg has 20 point lead over Zimmer
Frank Lautenberg is positioned to become the first five-term U.S. Senator in New Jersey history

Democrat Frank Lautenberg has a 52%-32% lead in his bid for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, and 72% of voters haven't heard of his Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer, according to a poll released this morning by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Senator Lautenberg has not had to run hard this year,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “He’s caught in the updraft of enthusiasm for the Democratic presidential candidate and frustration with the Bush administration.”

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Bill Clinton coming to Cranford

There are a couple major political rallies in New Jersey this weekend.

As reported on PolitickerNJ.com yesterday, Former President Bill Clinton will be in-state on Saturday to campaign for Assemblywoman Linda Stender’s (D-Fanwood) Congressional bid.

The rally will be held in the commons are of Union County College in Cranford at 12:30p.m.

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Pindell: Obama can put Snowe in his cabinet so Democrats can get their 60th Senate seat

If Democrats wind up with 59 U.S. Senate seats on Election Day, they can still reach the magic filibuster-proof number of 60 if the new President appoints Republican Olympia Snowe to his cabinet. The Governor of Maine, John Baldacci, would presumably appoint a fellow Democrat to serve until a November 2010 special election to fill the balance of Snowe's term.

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Whatever happens, Spencer readies for next year

Whatever happens, Spencer readies for next year

NEWARK – Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Newark) welcomed friends to the Robert Treat Hotel for a low-key fundraiser on Wednesday night, including State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Newark), Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-South Orange).

Booker hailed Spencer as a tireless public advocate and joked that she often text messages him late into the night with advice about what he should do to run the city.  

An ally of the mayor’s who was part of the deal last year among North Ward Democratic Leader Steve Adubato, East Ward Democratic Leader Joseph Parlavecchio and Booker that joined the District 29 team of Ruiz, Coutinho and Spencer,  the assemblywoman relies on Booker’s support.

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Menendez rallies Obama supporters in Newark

Menendez rallies Obama supporters in Newark
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) in Newark tonight.

 NEWARK – Standing on a stage crammed with Essex County politicians in the Robert Treat Hotel, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) cranked up the volume tonight with a speech in support of the Democratic presidential nominee in front of a crowd calling itself “Latinos for Obama.”

Menendez made his remarks shortly before boarding a plane bound for Miami where he said Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) wants him campaigning for the next two days in advance of Election Day on Nov. 4th.

He capitalized on the long-time-coming sentiment in the large crowd of urban Democrats, less finally a specifically Latino group than a conglomerate of Newarkers bused in for the event from the city’s residential areas.

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U.S. Senate debate live blogging continued

Update, 7:39pm: WHOA. Lautenberg just said that Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) -- who was just convicted for corruption -- held a fundraiser for Zimmer.

"Just recently, a felon, Sen. Stevens of Alaska, held a fundraiser for Dick Zimmer.”

Say what?

Zimmer denied that. He said that he "never accepted a penny" from Stevens, and that “I’m delighted that you called for his resignation today, as I did.”

UPDATE: Lautenberg spokeswoman Julie Roginsky provided the documentation. Stevens' name did appear on an invitation for a Zimmer fundraiser set for July 29th -- the same day, incidentally, that he was indicted on seven corruption counts. But there were 28 other Republican Senators on that invitation as well.

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The Back Room

Christie: 'I'm the decider'

While describing to fellow Republicans a conversation he said he had with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Chris Christie borrowed a self-attribution from his old pal George W. Bush.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 29th

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Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

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- The New York Times

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