Following her loss to state Sen. Leonard Lance last week in the 7th Congressional District GOP primary, Kate Whitman reached out to the winner and offered her help.
Today, Lance spokesman Amanda Woloshen confirmed that his campaign has made Whitman a member of its finance committee.
"She'll be an important member of our team," Woloshen said of the daughter of former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman.
Whitman's congressional campaign raised more money than any of her primary opponents.Read More >
Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan said that the Governor’s 38% approval rating in the Quinnipiac poll released today was “not unexpected.”
Corzine is undertaking some tough but necessary reforms in the state budget, Cryan said.
“The Governor has been dealing with the economic problems in the state. He’s not doling money out. We think that people ultimately are going to respect what we’re doing and it will put us in a positive position next year,” he said.
Nor was Cryan surprised by that the email controversy between Gov. Corzine and union leader Carla Katz, an ex-girlfriend, hasn’t stoked the public fury – despite GOP Chairman Tom Wilson’s push to make the emails public.Read More >
Bergen County Republican Chairman Rob Ortiz and challenger Bob Yudin are furiously working the phones today in preparation for Tuesday’s runoff election for the party’s top seat.
The key to winning the chairmanship will be to appeal to the 115 voters who supported Ben Focarino last night before he was knocked out of the race. But, due to a rule reversal, Ortiz and Yudin will also have the opportunity to appeal to voters who missed last night’s election.
That has renewed controversy over whether or not to allow those who didn’t vote last night to vote next Tuesday.
When the results were read last night, Election Committee Chairwoman Patricia DiCostanzo announced that Tuesday’s runoff would be restricted to last night’s voters.
That first upset Yudin, who objected to it before acquiescing a few minutes later, while Ortiz’s supporters agreed with it.
But that ruling was apparently reversed this morning by Ortiz, allowing all county committee voters to participate.Read More >
Ned J. Parsekian, who passed away on Monday, only served two years as a state Senator.
But those who remember Parsekian recall an independent, vocal liberal whose political career was shortened by the circumstances of the times, and whose life-long designs on the governor’s office may have been thwarted by his outspoken stands against politics as usual.
Elected to the Senate in 1965, Parsekian lost just two years later, when an anti-Democratic wave related to voter disenchantment over their creation of a state sales tax and a general feeling of dismay over the Vietnam War knocked many Democrats out of office.Read More >
Salem County has a new Democratic Chairman.
Chairwoman Brenda Hall stepped down yesterday and was succeeded by Steven Caltabiano.
Caltabiano, a 31-year-old financial advisor for Morgan Stanley, faced no opposition for the post at last night's convention. He said it was the largest turnout he'd ever seen for a county committee vote, despite temperatures that reached nearly 100 degrees.
Democrats control the freeholder board in Salem, which is the smallest of New Jersey’s 21 counties.Read More >
NEWARK - Coming off a big Election Day loss, South Ward Councilman Oscar James II said the combination of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) and the Democratic Party organizational line made it difficult for his team to get traction.
"The line hit us hard," said James.
Moreover, the fact that James was trying to get voters to go to two separate lines proved problematic.
Along with former Freeholder candidate Terrance Bankston, James launched a two-front offensive in the South Ward, working to elect U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1), and to elect county committee district leader candidates for the Booker Team.
His team ended up winning just seven out of 82 candidates in the South Ward against candidates backed by Payne, according to the Essex County Clerk’s Office.Read More >
Politifax’s Nick Acocella reports this week that former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley is a top contender to become Barack Obama’s veep pick.
Acocella wrote that a former Democratic governor from another state told him “that the former Hall of Fame basketball player, the former Senator, the former presidential candidate, and the current post-politics intellectual is not only very high on Barack Obamas vice presidential short list but also the preferred choice of master strategist David Axelrod.”
While the bulk of the state’s prominent politicos came out for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, Bradley endorsed Obama in January.
Bradley sought the Democratic presidential nomination against Al Gore in 2000.Read More >
Democratic Party insiders are converging tonight on the Morristown home of attorney Phil Sellinger.Read More >
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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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