Lautenberg bonds with Bikers for Obama

Lautenberg bonds with Bikers for Obama

Lautenberg rallies with Bikers for Obama: Politicker photoLautenberg rallies with Bikers for Obama: Politicker photoWEST ORANGE - The leather-clad bikers roared into the parking lot, revving overtime - and they kept coming, motley in motion, mufflers drowning out the after effects of rhetoric, the noise near to deafening - as a senatorial figure with a shock of white hair practically broke from his handlers and strode down among them.

He looked so senatorial, in fact, that - was it actually...

Yes, it was definitely 84-year old U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) emerging from the opening of the Obama campaign’s West Orange headquarters and personally welcoming a newly formed Essex County club, Bikers for Obama, which this morning numbered about 200 strong.

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) joined the senator, jumping aboard a Harley as one of the bikers outfitted Lautenberg with a leather vest.

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Corzine to appear on Meet the Press on Sunday

Gov. Jon Corzine is scheduled to appear on NBC's Meet the Press this Sunday to grapple with economic issues in a showdown with Republican Rob Portman, director of the federal Office of Managament and Budget for President George W. Bush, acccording to State Democratic Chairman Joseph Cryan.

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On weekend before registration deadline, Dems say Obama volunteer effort at full tilt

When George Cook went to the local barbershop in Hillside last Saturday morning he found a roomful of guys talking politics. A lot of them were already registered, so the grassroots organizer didn’t have to worry about signing anyone up - he just enjoyed the conversation, even filmed some of it for CNN.

“Most politics in this town is local,” Cook said. “You usually don’t go into a barbershop here and hear guys talking about global warming, but it’s different this year.”

The volunteer said he has registered about 40 or 50 people in Hillside in advance of the Oct. 14th voter registration deadline. That’s happening in a lot of places, in what this weekend will be a final push before next Tuesday with phone and foot-soldiers both official and unofficial.

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Lance steamed by what he says is Stender's three debate dodge

Leonard Lance says Linda Stender is dodging more debates: Politicker photoLeonard Lance says Linda Stender is dodging more debates: Politicker photo
Frustrated by what he sees as his opponent’s unwillingness to debate in multiple forums, State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) today chided his 7th Congressional District opponent, Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood), for canceling or refusing three district-wide debates.

“During this economic crisis, voters across Central New Jersey deserve to hear the candidates talk face-to-face about the future of New Jersey,” Lance said in a statement. “We should be having more debates, not fewer. I call on Assemblywoman Stender to stop hiding behind her false and negative advertising and join me on the stage in front of voters in addressing the important issues of the day.”

Lance said he is particularly disappointed with Stender’s decision to cancel their Oct. 24 AARP debate, where he hoped to clarify his views on Social Security. The Lance campaign also noted Stender’s no thanks to debate invitations by the Westfield Leader newspaper and the Gateway Union County Chamber of Commerce.

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Labor hooks up Osborne's council candidacy in Newark

In a race to fill a vacant seat on the Newark City Council in the Central Ward, union rep. Eddie Osborne continues to draw considerable dollars from his friends in Labor.

According to his filing this week with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), Osborne pulled in $40,800, with contributions ranging from ironworkers ($8,200) to the NJ Laborers PAC ($8,200) to the Building and Construction Trades of Essex County ($2,600).

Osborne is fighting for a seat on the council in a field of 13 candidates jockeying to replace former Councilwoman Dana Rone, whom an assignment judge dumped from the governing body this past summer after Rone exhausted her appeals in an obstruction of justice case.

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Zeitz says Smith is ducking debate

Democrat Josh Zeitz wants to stop Rep. Chris Smith from winning a 15th termDemocrat Josh Zeitz wants to stop Rep. Chris Smith from winning a 15th term
In the 4th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) and Democratic challenger Josh Zeitz have two joint editorial board meetings scheduled before election day. Whether those count as debates depends on who you ask.

According to Zeitz, they don’t count, and Smith has ignored legitimate third party invitations to engage in actual public debates.

“They’re not public. Members of public can’t attend them, and the public can’t ask questions,” he said.

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Sandoval self-funding mayoral campaign in Passaic

Jose Sandoval is self funding his bid for Mayor of PassaicJose Sandoval is self funding his bid for Mayor of Passaic
In his filing this week with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), Passaic real estate developer Jose Sandoval showed the richest mayoral campaign, although he slightly trails city supervisor/School Board President Vincent Capuana in cash on-hand. Sandoval lent his campaign $47,830, which is entirely how he’s funded his run. He reported a closing balance of $1,007.85.

Capuana has raised $10,633, and reported a closing balance of $2,116.58. City Councilman/landlord Joe Garcia reported $18,800 raised, which includes a self-loan to his campaign in the amount of $7,500. He closed this period with $539.45 in the bank.

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Smith leads in Bayonne money race

BAYONNE - In the special election for mayor here, the campaign of Police Director Mark Smith this week reported the biggest influx of cash.

Leading the four other men in the money race, Smith has raised $212,902.38 for his campaign, including $154,527.38 since the last period, which ended in July. He reports $33,670.23 on-hand.

His chief rival, retired municipal Judge Patrick Conaghan, reported raising $109,197.77, which includes a self-loan to his campaign totaling $50,247.77. He has $16,321.75 in the bank.

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