In a 1984 debate against Walter Mondale, Ronald Reagan made a memorable quip when asked if his age, then 73, would jeopardize his ability to govern effectively.
“I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and lack of experience,” said Reagan.
Now, with two recent polls citing Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s golden years as a serious concern among voters, one of Lautenberg’s potential opponents has already attempted to pre-empt a similar joke from the senator.
“I hope that age is not an issue, and that my youth and vigor will not be held against me,” said Assemblyman Joseph Pennacchio, who announced last month that he’s considering running for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.Read More >
Two more Republican County Chairmen have joined Anne Evans Estabrook's U.S. Senate Exploratory Committee, along with three state legislators and a former GOP State Chairman. Hunterdon County GOP Chairman Henry Kuhl and Salem County GOP Chairman Paul Reed join GOP county leaders from Monmouth, Union, Camden and Gloucester counties as likely Estabrook for Senate supporters.
Assemblymen Peter Biondi and Sean Kean, Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck, and former GOP State Chairman Virginia Littell are also backing Estabrook. They join State Senators Joe Kyrillos and Diane Allen, and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.Read More >
Rep. Bill Pascrell today endorsed Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Democratic presidetial nomination, joining Reps. Frank Pallone, Rob Andrews and Albio Sires as New Jersey Congressmen supporting the Senator from New York. Pascrell will serve as Co-Chair of Italian-Americans for Hillary, and will advise the Clinton campaign on Homeland Security and first responder issues.Read More >
A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today confirmed what another survey said last month: New Jersey voters think Sen. Frank Lautenberg is too old to effectively serve another term.
Sixty-one percent of respondents said that Lautenberg's age will hurt his ability to represent New Jersey during another term, which he would start at the age 84 and finish at 90. Thirty-one percent of those surveyed said that the senator’s age would not be an impediment.
A Quinnipiac University poll from last month also showed that voters were concerned about Lautenberg’s age. In that poll, respondents said Lautenberg was too old by a margin of 54-40.
The Rutgers-Eagleton poll also said that only 24 percent of registered voters think that Lautenberg deserves another term, while 61 said it’s “time for a change.”Read More >
They say he’s too good for this business, a throw-back to the disinterested days of the Founding Fathers when gentlemen sat among gentlemen and civilly decided which gentleman would be gentleman-in-chief until some gentleman’s hurt feelings led to the inevitable duel, and the inevitable dead gentleman.
Now Leonard Lance, the State Senate Minority Leader, finds himself not in a ten paces, turn and shoot contest, but an all-out fight, and his team is not only outnumbered but on a field of battle that favors the opposition. If Jersey is Gettysburg, Lance is Robert E. Lee stuck with the low ground.Read More >
Toms River has been around since the 18th century, but this year's mayoral race will only be the second ever in this Ocean County town of 89,706.
That’s because the town, which until last year was officially named Dover Township, changed its form of government in 2003 from a Township Committee that appointed the mayor to the more common mayor/council setup. Since then, odd alliances and rivalries have taken shape, giving way to a Democratic mayor, Paul Brush, and a council controlled completely by Republicans.
Now that Brush is not seeking a second term, Democrat Richard Strada, a former committeeman who served a brief stint as Mayor under the old system in 1978, is facing off against Republican town council President Gregory McGuckin. Councilman Carmine Inteso, another Republican, is trying to enter the race as an independent along with a slate of three council candidates, but his petition has been challenged in court.Read More >
ATLANTIC CITY – The Democratic Party’s presumptive gubernatorial nominee officially tapped Jason O’Donnell as chairman of the state party.Read More >
Morning News Digest: Friday, May 17, 2013 By Matthew Arco Smith intends to fight for HCDO seat as Bernie Kenny's name re-emerges in Fulop era Mayor Jerry Healy’s loss Tuesday night inevitably triggered intra-party discussions about consequences to the Hudson County...
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By Tedford J. Taylor No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about. When polled, about 90 percent of people presented with end-of-life scenarios prefer the prospect of dying at home with... Read More >
“You represent the grit and tenacity that make Jersey City special. Thank you for believing in this great American experiment called democracy.” - Jersey City Mayor-elect Steve Fulop, to supporters at his victory party last night.- PolitickerNJ.com
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