Kuhl 'assumes' someone from Hunterdon will seek Lance’s seat

Kuhl 'assumes' someone from Hunterdon will seek Lance’s seat
Hunterdon GOP Chairman Henry Kuhl "assumes" his county will field a candidate for Leonard Lance's State Senate seat

While Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Township) is already pounding the pavement in an effort to succeed Congressman-elect Leonard Lance in the state Senate, no definite candidate from Lance’s native Hunterdon County has emerged to compete for the seat yet.

But long-time Hunterdon County Republican Chairman Henry Kuhl thinks there will be one.

“I would assume that that would happen,” he said.

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Pallone demands that Christie submit schedule, and Pascrell still wants monitor answers

U.S. representatives Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) and Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) teamed up to craft legislation to curtail the power of U.S. attorneys in appointing federal monitors, so it was no surprise when they responded today to Christie’s announcement that he would resign at the end of this month.

The congressmen separately jabbed at the departing U.S. Attorney, with Pallone augmenting Pascrell’s chief complaint with his own worry about what he cited as Christie’s politicization of his office. 

"I remain concerned that Christie has engaged in improper political activities in recent months while still serving as the U.S. Attorney,” said Pallone. “Numerous press reports have highlighted aggressive political outreach by Christie and his political lieutenants in order to develop a campaign infrastructure for a possible run for governor. In an effort to allay these concerns, I hope Christie agrees to release his private and public schedules for the last two years so that the public can make its own judgment regarding any possible political activity by the U.S. Attorney.”

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Wilson not certain whether he’ll stay on as GOP State Chairman after June

State Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s (R-Montville) call for Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson to resign will not likely be answered in the affirmative, but whether Wilson will serve another two-year term is uncertain.

After Wilson’s term expires in June, tradition dictates that the Republican gubernatorial nominee gets to pick the next chairman. That choice will be ratified by the 42-member Republican State Committee, which will likely accede to the nominee’s pick.

“We have a tradition in the Republican Party that the successful gubernatorial nominee is the one who gets to decide who his or her state chair will be,” said Wilson, who said he did not want to respond to Pennacchio’s press release. “I expect that not to be any different. If there’s a nominee who wants to ask me if I’m interested in staying, that will be a discussion between that nominee and I.”

However, multiple Republican sources say that Wilson has never intended to seek another term as state chairman. In fact, there was talk of him stepping down before the primary, although he said today that he will serve until at least June.

Wilson, for his part, said that his decision in June will depend on “who that nominee is and what kind of vision they have going forward.”

"I will defer completely to the nominee, and if that person wants someone different that’s what they’re entitled to. If they want me to stick around for some period of time, we’ll have a discussion about that.”


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Lonegan gubernatorial announcement coming next month

Conservative activist Steve Lonegan will announce his decision on whether or not he’s going to run for governor on December 1st.

“It’s going to be a blast,” said Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota. “I’m looking forward to it. There’s a potential for a really good primary here.”

That date coincides with U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s resignation from office, which he announced today.  Christie is the Republican establishment’s favorite to run for Governor.  But Lonegan said the timing was a coincidence.

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Governor reacts to Christie news

Gov. Jon Corzine's spokesman released a statement today on the occasion of U.S. Attorney Chris Christie's announcement that he would resign effectve Dec. 1. 

"The governor has been clear about the need to confront all of the challenges we face in the ethical environment as it exists in this state," said Corzine Press Secretary Sean Darcy. "Since President Bush appointed him U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie has been a strong contributing actor in those efforts. Now that change is before us, the governor looks forward to the quick appointment of a new U.S. Attorney by President-elect Obama and continued progress in taking on those challenges."

Christie is a probable challenger to Corzine in the 2009 governor's race.

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Bell to be sworn in tonight

Bell to be sworn in tonight
Central Ward Councilman-elect Charles Bell

NEWARK - Charles Bell, the former councilman who on Nov. 4th beat Eddie Osborne to succeed ousted Central Ward Councilwoman Dana Rone, will be sworn into office at City Hall this evening.

In part with the financial backing of former Mayor Sharpe James, Bell defeated Osborne, the candidate endorsed by Mayor Cory Booker.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. 

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Bill Bradley coming to Columbus for conclusion of global challenges discussion

Former 2000 presidential primary contender, NBA Hall of Famer and U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), is coming to Columbus on Thursday to discuss the global challenges and opportunities facing President-elect Barack Obama.

The discussion will conclude a series from the Center for U.S. Global Engagement called "Impact '08 in Ohio." The series is the result of a partnership between the Center, the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, the Columbus World Affairs Council, and The ONE Campaign.

The Center's series is called "Impact '08: Building a Better, Safer World," and is billed as an initiative calling on the presidential candidates "to revitalize America's moral and pragmatic leadership by making greater investments in our diplomatic and development programs."

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The Back Room

POLITICO: GOP on track to expand House majority by 5 or 6 seats

Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year, according to Politicker alum Alex Isenstadt, now of Politico.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 2nd

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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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >


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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"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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