Corzine: don't look for me to join an Obama administration, but Kean would make a good Secretary of Education

SPRINGFIELD -- It’s probably the millionth time he’s answered the question, but Gov. Corzine once again today downplayed the possibility that he would accept a cabinet position in the Obama Administration if offered.

“I like my job,” he said.

Still, Corzine chose not to make his response unequivocal. Some insiders are still convinced that he would like to be Secretary of the Treasury, no matter how many times he says otherwise.

On the other hand, Corzine said he would support former Republican Gov. Tom Kean, Sr., a McCain supporter, for Secretary of Education. His name recently turned up in a Politico story speculating about Obama’s cabinet picks (Kean, the former president of Drew University, has been offered three cabinet positions by two presidents over the course of his career).

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Cryan: presidential, senate results are a referendum on Corzine

SPRINGFIELD – At the Union County Central Labor Council’s headquarters this afternoon, Democratic State Chairman Joe Cryan told about 100 union members getting ready to canvass for Assemblywoman Linda Stender’s congressional bid that turnout was high in Democratic areas of the 7th District, but that it was also high in the traditionally Republican counties of Somerset and Hunterdon.

“Our tracks around the state and our tracks around this district show that our folks are coming out to vote, but you know what? Theirs are too.  What you’re going to do over the next few hours are going to make the difference.” 

Speaking to PolitickerNJ.com before the rally, Cryan talked up Gov. Corzine, saying that he was the person most responsible for what is likely to be a victory for Barack Obama in New Jersey, and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

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Stender thinks the numbers are on her side

Stender thinks the numbers are on her side
From left: Union County Central Labor Council President Ed Zarnock; New Jersey AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech; Gov. Corzine; Assemblywoman Linda Stender; New Jersey AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan;

SPRINGFIELD – At a labor rally today, Assemblywoman Linda Stender said that she feels confident that the high turnout today will benefit her campaign.

“I think it’s thrilling for our Democracy to see people get involved,” she said. “And I have to say, as I’m spending my day continuing to talk to voters at diners, the train station and all that stuff, it feels to me like the numbers are with me in terms of people that have already voted for me. We’ll see. It’s going to be a long day.”

Stender said that 20 percent of registered voters had already turned out by 9:00a.m. in her hometown of Fanwood.

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High turnout but no answers in Passaic mayors' race

High turnout but no answers in Passaic mayors' race
Rivals: School Board President Vincent Capuana, left, and Acting Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic)

PASSAIC – Opposing forces converge on School No. 3 in the Third Ward, the local political base of Acting Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer.

Schaer and his ally, mayoral candidate Dr. Alex Blanco, greet people in front of the school as they head in to vote.

A car door slams and a slender man jumps the curb.

It’s School Board President Vincent Capuana, one of Blanco’s rivals in the mayors’ contest.

“We’ve been here in Gary’s base since this morning,” confides one of Capuana’s backers. “He moves, we move.”

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Ferguson and Kean join Lance for last minute Craford campaigning

Ferguson and Kean join Lance for last minute Craford campaigning
Kean, Ferguson and Lance make the rounds in Cranford

CRANFORD -- State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) said turnout is high today, but that it won’t necessarily benefit his opponent in the 7th District Congressional race.

“I’ve been endorsed by every editorial board based upon my independence and views on the issues, and I believe that the public will vote based upon the issues,” said Lance, who’s running against Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood).

At his own polling place in solidly Republican Hunterdon County, Lance and his wife were voters numbers 305 and 306 as of 10:30 a.m., which Lance called a “very healthy” turnout.

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If Obama wins, Byrne suggests Hayden for U.S. Attorney

If Obama wins, Byrne suggests Hayden for U.S. Attorney

Former Gov. Brendan T. Byrne said today that if Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) wins the presidential election, he would like Obama to consider criminal defense attorney Joseph Hayden for U.S. Attorney in New Jersey.

“I think we’ve got to have a good us attorney, especially if Christie is going to be a candidate,” the former governor told PolitickerNJ.com, referring to current U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

“Hayden’s got a nice personality, a sensational record and is well-respected,” said Byrne. “He’s also been very active in the Obama campaign. I want to suggest that they look at him.”

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In town from Paterson, Rodriguez backs Blanco

In town from Paterson, Rodriguez backs Blanco

PASSAIC – Among Dr. Alex Blanco’s street presence in the city on Election Day walks Paterson City At Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez, who’s excited about his fellow Dominican American and his chances here today in the special mayoral contest.

“He’s a good candidate, and I believe he would be the right person to fight corruption in City Hall, which has been very bad here in Passaic,” said Rodriguez.

The councilman had success in his hometown in the last municipal election, as he sent an ally head-to-head with Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’s candidate, Councilman Juan Torres.

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Rone Campaign backed by Sharif, who laughes off suggestion she's a Booker mole

Rone Campaign backed by Sharif, who laughes off suggestion she's a Booker mole
Carl Sharif

NEWARK – The man Mayor Cory Booker calls his political sensei came out of the South Ward today and made a statement.

Power broker Carl Sharif laughed off the suggestion that because he’s funding Mary Rone’s Central Ward Council campaign, it means Rone is toiling as a mole for Sharif’s old ally and political acolyte, Booker.

The argument on the street is that Rone’s campaigning in those areas or at least among those populations where Booker antagonist Charles Bell is strong, in order to divide the vote and enable Osborne to win.

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The Back Room

Newark state correction officer sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

A former senior state correction officer from Newark was sentenced to prison today for trafficking 22 kilograms of cocaine from Texas to New Jersey, according to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.

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