John McCain’s call to end the federal ban on off-shore oil drilling yesterday touched on a hot button issue in New Jersey, and critics think his stance could hurt his chances in the Garden State.
State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, a Republican who represents a district that hugs the Monmouth County coastline, said that although he opposes drilling off the coast of New Jersey, he agrees with McCain’s position on doing away with the federal ban in order to ease gas prices.
“It’s fine to have an energy policy that’s rhetorical when you’ve go the luxury to do it, as some members of Congress like to do, but at the end of the day we’ve got households to rub and a big economy to run and a standard of living to maintain,” he said.Read More >
1st District congressional candidate Camille Andrews doesn't seem as enthusiastic about debating her opponent as her husband, outgoing Rep. Rob Andrews, was in the Democratic Senate primary against Frank Lautenberg.
Long shot Republican candidate Dale Glading issued a debate challenge to Camille Andrews on June 5th, asking her to respond by Friday, June 13th. But as of yesterday, Glading still hadn’t received a reply from Andrews.
Andrews is running as a placeholder candidate for the seat her husband vacated to run in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary. Party leaders are expected to choose a replacement for Andrews before the general election in November. Among the top prospects to replace her are Assemblyman John Burzichelli and state Sen. Dana Redd.Read More >
PATERSON - It worked in 2006, and with time running out in which to prop up and target an upside-down President George W. Bush and his allies, senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez took a shot today in front of a Citgo gas station sign that read: Gas: $3.95, cash; $4.05, credit.
While station owner Fadi Sabbagh stood nearby with arms folded and the cars rumbled in and out on Chamberlain and Preakness, Lautenberg and Menendez laid siege to the Bush administration and their Republican helpmates over high gas prices.
"When you have two oil men in the White House, it’s not shocking to wonder where our energy policies are headed," said Menendez, who along with Lautenberg wants to reintroduce legislation that last week failed to reach the required 60 cloture votes (51-43) on the Senate floor.
The Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008 would roll back $17 billion in tax breaks to oil companies and green light the reinvestment of that money into renewable fuels and energy efficiency. It would also create a windfall-profits tax for the top five major oil-and-gas companies (25% on windfall profits), and make price-gouging for gasoline a federal crime.Read More >
The Observer Media Group today announced that it has hired Justine Lam to serve as Director of Online Marketing for Politicker.com.
Lam, who was eCampaign Director of the Ron Paul Presidential campaign, will be responsible for the expansion of the Politicker.com brand and readership through the application of new media and traditional marketing. She will manage all social and grassroots marketing initiatives. She begins her duties as Director of Marketing on June 2, 2008.Read More >
The confusion over who gets to vote at tomorrow night’s election for Bergen County Republican Chairman appears to have ended.
State Sen. Gerald Cardinale will not sue the Bergen County Republican Organization to force it to restrict voting at tomorrow night’s chairmanship runoff to only those who voted last Tuesday.
Cardinale said that Ortiz never had the authority to declare that voting would be open to all county committee members – a responsibility that belongs to the BCRO’s election committee. The committee had previously ruled for restricting tomorrow night’s ballot. Election Commissioner Patricia DiCostanzo even sent a letter informing county committee men and women that only those who voted last Tuesday could vote tomorrow.Read More >
PATERSON - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8) didn't hesitate today when asked whom he would like to see presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois choose as his running mate.
"Senator (Jim) Webb, from Virginia," Pascrell told PolitickerNJ.com at a press conference on gas prices in Paterson, which he attended with senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez and Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres.
"He'd be a great vice president, and you'd always know where he stands," Pascrell said of the freshman Virginia senator, and Vietnam veteran who once boxed Ollver North to earn a controversial loss when the two were in the Marine Corps.Read More >
PARAMUS -- Sitting at a conference table at IBEW Local 164's headquarters with congressionalcandidate Dennis Shulman, several labor officials and two reporters this morning, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was asked whether he planned to back up his visible support of Shulman with a significant amount of cash.
Hoyer, smiling, pulled an envelope out of his pocket and handed it to Shulman.
"Here's another $2,500. Talk is cheap, right?" said Hoyer. "It's not in the mail. It's in his pocket now."
It was the second $2,500 check that Hoyer's political action committee, AmeriPAC, had given to Schulman's campaign - something he said would be a taste of things to come if Shulman continues to run a vigorous campaign against three-term Rep. Scott Garrett in the fifth congressional district.Read More >
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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