Menendez to expand DSCC donor reach

Menendez to expand DSCC donor reach

WASHINGTON – Newly-installed Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-Union City) is eyeing a fund-raising strategy that targets a geographically broader donor base than the one employed by his predecessor, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Like Schumer, Menendez is planning to use his connections to Wall Street and well-moneyed Democratic donors in New York and New Jersey to stuff the DSCC’s purse. But the New Jersey senator, who during his career in the U.S. House served as chairman of the Democratic Caucus, is looking to broaden the committee’s fund-raising reach, and has indicated that he wants to make heavy use of relationships he has established with donors in around 20 cities around the country, sources familiar with Menendez’s planning said.

These sources predicted that Menendez will make overtures to Democratic givers in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. Menendez, who is Cuban-American, will also target donors in South Florida. The effort will be geared at taking advantage of a nationwide network that is already in place.

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In the wake of Fulop's decision, Skinner says she'll wait and see

Shelley Skinner, a downtown Jersey City community activist who planned to run for city council in Ward E, isn’t sure what she’s going to do now that incumbent councilman Steve Fulop has decided not to run for mayor

“I think obviously Steve’s decision does change things somewhat. I think time is really on my side,” she said.  “There are options on the table, and I’m going to take my time to figure out which suits me best.”

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Former assembly candidate pleads guilty to accepting bribes

Former Paterson school board member and assembly candidate Chauncey Brown III pleaded guilty today to taking $13,000 in bribes after being netted in the same sting that took down his one-time opponent, former Assemblyman Al Steele, last year. 

Brown admitted taking the money in late 2006 from a shell insurance company set up by the FBI to steer the board of education’s business to the company. 

In 2007, Brown was the sole Republican assembly candidate in the heavily Democratic 35th district against Democratic incumbents Al Steele and Nellie Pou.  After Steele’s arrest as part of the sting that the FBI dubbed “Operation Broken Records,” Brown told PolitickerNJ  that he was "just taken back in shock” and “totally caught off guard.”

“Al Steele’s a great guy. Every person is innocent until proven guilty, and my prayers are with his family,” he said at the time.

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Fulop's decision not to run could stir up mayoral race

Fulop's decision not to run could stir up mayoral race
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Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop’s announcement that he will not run for mayor breathes new life into a race that has been dormant for months.

Since summer, the field of prospective candidates has remained in stasis, with state Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham’s pending decision on whether or not to run holding up former Assemblyman Lou Manzo’s own candidacy. Former Mayor Bret Schundler has said that he’s going to run, but has yet to make a formal announcement, while Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith has yet to make a decision. Downtown community activist Dan Levin is running as well.

Fulop said that the lack of campaign activity only benefited incumbent Mayor Jerramiah Healy, who he frequently butts heads with.

“It’s to the benefit of the Jersey City residents that it’s going to start the campaign. It has kind of been not moving forward, which doesn’t benefit the dialogue – probably just Jerry Healy,” said Fulop.

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Fulop takes a pass on Jersey City mayoral run

Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop, long considered a potential mayoral candidate next year, announced today that he will seek reelection to the city council instead of running for higher office.

“For me, politics has never been about status, titles or public position, but about purpose. I believe that public service is important whether through a community group, in professional life, or in government. My view has never wavered regardless of the opportunities presented for bigger titles or positions,” wrote Fulop in an email to supporters. “While humbled by an outpouring of support to run for higher office, I have decided to seek re-election in the community that has given me the opportunity and privilege of representing them on the Council. In knowing what my goals were when I set out into public service I think this is the right thing to do in being true to my initial core beliefs on the reasons I entered government, as well as my responsibilities to the people I have represented on completing properly the issues that I have started as a councilman.”

Fulop is the first potential candidate so far to take his name out of the running. Mayor Jerramiah Healy is expected to seek reelection, while former Mayor Bret Schundler and community activist Dan Levin have already announced intentions to run. Other candidates expected to make announcements soon are former Assemblyman and four-time mayoral candidate Lou Manzo, Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith, and state Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham.

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Report: Menendez to meet with Kennedy

Report: Menendez to meet with Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy, who owns a home in Somerset County, is a possible candidate for Hillary Rodham Clinton's soon-to-be-vacant seat in the United States Senate.

The New York Observer is reporting that Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, "has reached out to Caroline Kennedy to gauge her interest in filling the empty seat Hillary Clinton will leave when she joins the Obama administration as secretary of state."  CLICK HERE TO READ.

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Levine to take next step toward running for governor

Still sizing up a run for the GOP nomination for governor, Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine edged closer today, as he plans to go to Trenton on Monday to file paperwork with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

"I'm going to file with ELEC now as the time frame is getting short," said Levine, who plans to take a final exploratory round in the area of fundraising before making an announcement in the coming days about whether he's running.

He watched former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan's gubernatorial kickoff on NJN earlier this week.

"He was good, he laid out some specifics, and he's been a mayor like I am so he can relate to issues impacting local government," Levine said.

The prospective candidate, a GOP moderate, said he intends to deliver his own economic policy speech on Monday, Dec. 15.

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The Back Room

Asbury Park Press corrects Williams error in Christie report

The Asbury Park Press last night mopped up after NBC anchor Brian Williams overreached when he said the feds had cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in a federal investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Morning Digest: September 19th

NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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