Bill Clinton coming to Cranford

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

As reported on 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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Live blogging the U.S. Senate debate

Contrary to popular belief, there is a New Jersey U.S. Senate race this year.

Aside from their joint editorial board meeting with Gannett, tonight is the first debate between U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and former Rep. Dick Zimmer – a race that, to Zimmer’s chagrin, has been fairly under the media’s radar.

The two are going head to head at New Jersey 101.5’s studios, but the debate will be rebroadcast on News 12 New Jersey tomorrow night. On Saturday, they’ll go one-on-one at NJN. Those are the exact same outlets that Lautenberg agreed to debate primary challenger U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews on. Like those debates, these both occur shortly before the election, making it unlikely that they’ll change the course of the campaigns.

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Up against union muscle in the Central Ward, Bell blasts Booker

Up against union muscle in the Central Ward, Bell blasts Booker
Central Ward Democratic Chairman Dwight Brown,left, and Central Ward Council candidate Charles Bell.

NEWARK – Holding a street sign accusing him of waste and corruption, former Councilman Charles Bell denounced a high-end campaign launched against him by “They Work for Us,” a labor organization based in Washington, D.C.

Neither his most visible rival in the Central Ward Council race, labor leader Eddie Osborne, nor Osborne’s campaign, would take responsibility for the signs.

“The only campaign Eddie Osborne is running is a positive, grassroots campaign focused on creating jobs, protecting jobs and making Newark a safer place for Central Ward families," said spokesman Joshua Henne. "We don’t know anything about any other groups independently highlighting issues they think might be important to the voters. The only thing Eddie Osborne is focused on is bringing Barack Obama’s change to the Central Ward next Tuesday." 


“They Work for Us” didn’t respond. Their signs hit the streets this week, along with a couple of glossy anti-Bell mailers.

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The Back Room

Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 30th

  With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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