Holt and Bateman to debate tomorrow

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Princeton) and Holmdel Deputy Mayor Alan Bateman are set to engage in a  congressional debate tomorrow night in Lawrenceville. 

The debate will occur at 11:45 a.m. at Rider University’s Lawrenceville Campus Corporation Auditorium at 2083 Lawrenceville Rd.

While Holt, who’s seeking his sixth term for the 12th District seat, is the overwhelming favorite, the two candidates have already debated twice in other parts of the district, where they faced off on taxes, the economy, the Iraq War and health care. 

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Poll: Corzine still upside-down

Gov. Jon Corzine continues to struggle to win the approval of New Jersey voters, and has an upside-down 38%-45% approval rating, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released early this morning. 

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Star-Ledger story on DeCroce-Codey allegations is a must-read

The must-read story of the day comes from the Star-Ledger's Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman, who report Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce's allegation that Senate President Richard Codey "alternately threatened and tempted him with state grant money in an effort to halt a Republican hunt for documents that would expose how state funds were really being doled out by ruling Democrats."  The reporters say that DeCroce and Codey "traded charges of impropriety...as allegations over backroom budget deals involving millions of dollars grew increasingly heated and personal - even by New Jersey standards."

"It seemed like he was trying to pacify me by offering me some money," DeCroce told the Star-Ledger.  "I am prepared to take a lie detector test if it comes down to that...and it may come down to that." Margolin reports that Codey "called the assertion 'an absolute lie' and said the only conversation he had with DeCroce was over the use of GOP legislative staffers to conduct 'political opposition research' on state time." 

Click here to read the Star-Ledger story.

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Most voters unfamiliar with Corzine stimulus package

Nearly four out of ten New Jersey voters don't know about Gov. Jon Corzine's economic stimulus package, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll.  Voters narrowly approve, 44%-37%, a financial rescue plan approved by Congress and signed by the President earlier this month.

Of the voters who have heard about Corzine's proposals, 38% say it would make things better for New Jersey families, while 22% think it would make things worse.  More than a quarter of the voters (27%) say it will make no difference.

“The federal government’s plan hasn’t quelled uncertainty among most New Jersey voters and it’s not yet clear whether Governor Corzine’s proposal for state action will do much better,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

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Courier-Post endorses Adler

The Courier-Post has endorsed Democrat John Adler for Congress in New Jersey's third district.  Adler faces Republican Christopher Myers, the Mayor of Medford, for the seat held since 1984 by Republican James Saxton.

"We believe Adler's platform is the better of the two. Both candidates are capable of doing the job, but we believe Adler will do the job best; he gets our endorsement," the newspaper wrote.

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Flotsam & Jetsam

Hackett gets 9 months

Former Assemblyman Mims Hackett was sentenced to nine months in prison and two years probation for accepting bribes while serving as Mayor of Orange.  He paid $9,000 of a $10,00 fine today, and must report on January 5.

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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