Democrat Frank Lautenberg and Republican Dick Zimmer are in a statistical dead heat , 45%-44%, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll released today – the first since the June 3 primary election. The survey was conducted last week, after Lautenberg, a five-term incumbent, defeated Rep. Andrews in the Democratic primary. Zimmer, who served in Congress from 1991 to 1997, won a three-way GOP primary.Read More >
After 28 years as Hunterdon County Republican Chairman, Henry Kuhl isn’t ready to call it quits.
Tomorrow night, Kuhl, who runs a commercial egg incubator corporation, will face the fourth challenge in his political career from 39-year-old Bloomsbury Mayor Mark Peck.
To Kuhl, the old cliché applies perfectly to his tenure as chairman: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
When Kuhl was first elected, the county had a Democratic freeholder and a Democratic Assemblywoman. Since then, Republicans have completed their domination, knocking off those two Democrats almost immediately after Kuhl took over and keeping and in subsequent years the area solidly under Republican control.
Three Somerset County Democrats hope to succeed outgoing Chairman Elia Pelios tomorrow.
Peg Schaffer, Mike Ceponis and Rebecca Perkins all hope to reinvigorate the party, which has struggled over the last couple decades to overcome complete Republican domination.
Schaffer, who’s backed by Pelios, appears to be the favorite, with state Democratic sources saying they expect her to be the next chairwoman. But her opponents have used that against her, saying that electing her to the top position will essentially be a continuation of the last 10 years under Pelios.Read More >
When everyone else in the Congressional delegation went with backyard pick Sen. Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) instead stood with Chicago newcomer U.S. Sen. Barack Obama for president.
"If you’re the only one to endorse a candidate like that, you could stand to be in line for a cabinet position or something else," said Ray Durkin, party elder and former State Party chairman, who went way out of the box and against the establishment grain when he endorsed New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson last year.
"You never know, Durkin said.
Unlike Richardson, who belly-flopped early in his presidential bid, Obama ascended to become his party’s presumptive nominee. Now, as the exodus of Clintonistas makes its way over to Obama, they already find Rothman among the handful of New Jersey for Obama diehards.Read More >
Immediately after Rob Ortiz was elected to preside over the beleaguered Bergen County Republican Organization ten months ago, he told the party rank and file not to expect any miracles.
While Bob Yudin and Ben Focarino did not expect divine intervention, the two believe that Ortiz has failed to deliver on last summer's campaign promises, and both are competing with him for the party's top post tomorrow night.
Ortiz campaigned last year on his ability to raise money and has pulled the Republican Party out of debt - even if the party coffers are far from flush. And Ortiz touts local pickups in several Bergen County municipalities last November, even after just three months in office. But that's not enough for Yudin and Focarino, who feel that Ortiz has turned inward to a small circle of advisors and hold that, while Republicans made progress in some local towns, it was in spite of - not because of - Ortiz.Read More >
State Criminal Justice Division Director Gregory M. Paw will resign from his post on June 20th to take a job with at the law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Paw, who became director in February, 2006, sent a letter on Friday to Attorney General Anne Milgram announcing his impending resignation.
“It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the people of New Jersey as the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice…” wrote Paw. “The Division has undergone tremendous improvement in our term, and I am very proud of our accomplishments.”Read More >
The trouncing Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) gave U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) last week sends the South Jersey congressman to the back of the line among those Democratic members of the congressional delegation intent on succeeding the 84-year old senator.
It depends on the region where the question is asked, of course, but among those eyeballing Lautenberg’s seat, the names of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6), U.S. Rush Holt (D-12), and U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) surface more frequently than U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8), U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10), and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D- 13).Read More >
Atlantic County’s minority party will elect a new chairman tonight.
Democratic Chairman Ron Ruff will step down from the post tonight. Running to replace him at tonight’s convention is Patrick Darcy, a lawyer from Galloway, and Marc Ginsberg, the Egg Harbor Township Municipal Chairman
Darcy appears to be the favorite, at least based on endorsements. He’s was originally tapped for the position by state Sen. Jim Whelan, and has the support of Ruff.Read More >
Former Paterson Mayor, Lawrence "Pat" Kramer, today endorsed Jose "Joey" Torres for mayor of Paterson in the May 13th nonpartisan election.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
FDU Poll: Christie plummets 20 points Gov. Chris Christie's job approval took a 20 point drop in three plus months, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. Christie’s post Bridgegate job approval rating stands at 41% (with 44% who disapprove), down from 61% last November. Currently about...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
“Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure. As recently as late last year, his approval numbers were consistently bigger than his disapproves - by a pretty big margin - and more voters liked everything about him than disliked everything about him. One of the defining characteristics of the governor that makes him a nationally sought after Republican is his widespread appeal in a Democratic state. Bridgegate continues to erode that asset.” - FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins.- PolitickerNJ.com
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