In a solidly Republican House district in Illinois, Democrat Bill Foster won a special election to replace ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He defeated Jim Oberweis by a 52%-48% margin in a race managed by two onetime New Jersey political operatives. Foster's race was run by Tom Bowen, who managed campaigns for Paul Moriarty and David Mayer in 2003, while the Oberweis campaign was headed by Bill Pascoe, who ran campaigns for Bret Schundler, Douglas Forrester and Nicholas Asselta. Does Bill Foster’s victory in Illinois District 14 provide insight into the competitive U.S. House races in Districts 3 and 7? According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, it does.Read More >
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS - Embracing the mantle of the greatest generation, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg asked Monmouth County Democrats to join him in the battle to restore America to the people who own it, in his words: working and middle class people.
"For the first time in eight years we can change America for the better," said Lautenberg. "We can and we must. People still want to know their children can do better than they. That’s the cradle of America."Read More >
Anxious for a majority after they picked up two seats in the last two years -- Republicans now have a 3-2 edge -- the Democrats unveiled Mallet and Mason as "change" candidates.
"We're one seat away from a majority," said Mallet. "With you're help, we are going for a super-majority."Read More >
Save Our State NJ, Inc., the group that Gov. Corzine helped set up to lobby for his fiscal restructuring plan, released its donor list this afternoon.
“We remain committed to ensuring that this is a transparent organization as we advocate for sound financial restructuring and debt reduction in our state,” said Executive Director Jennifer Godoski, who noted that the organization.Read More >
Calling homeland security the most important issue of these times, former state Sen. Brian T. Kennedy of Wall would like to challenge Sen. Frank Lautenberg, and said he plans to discuss the matter with GOP State Chairman Tom Wilson and Monmouth County GOP Chief Adam Puharic.
"I am very, very seriously thinking about this," said Kennedy, 73, who served in the state Senate from 1977 to 1983, before losing to Democrat Frank Pallone.Read More >
New Jersey Democratic Representatives Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell will testify on Tuesday at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law’s hearing on deferred prosecution agreements.
Pascrell had requested the hearings in November, after it was reported that U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie assigned his former boss, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, to an a federal oversight contract with a medical implant device company worth between $27 and $52 million.Read More >
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s inspector general is launching its own investigation into the lane closure controversy on the George Washington Bridge.Read More >
Sires erupts on Obama after Castro handshake incident U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) wasn't happy with President Barack Obama for shaking the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a South African memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela earlier today. "I'm very disappointed that the President would...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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