Adler raises $550k

State Sen. John Adler raised about $550,000 for his 3rd District congressional race last quarter, according to a press release issued by his campaign.

That brings Adler’s total raised so far to $2.4 million, and he has $1.2 million on hand (early in the summer, Adler had $1.4 million on hand).

In the release, the Adler campaign tried to rub in their fundraising advantage in to Myers, noting that in September they received $9,000 from residents of Medford, where Myers is the mayor.

"The people who know Chris Myers best, the residents of Medford, are clearly fed up with Mayor Myers' tax-and-spend policies and are showing their displeasure by contributing their hard-earned money to John Adler,” said Adler Campaign Manager Mark Warren.

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Rinaldo dies at 77

Rinaldo dies at 77

Matthew Rinaldo, a Congressman from 1973 to 1993, died today.Matthew Rinaldo, a Congressman from 1973 to 1993, died today.
Matthew J. Rinaldo, who represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty years, has passed away this morning. He was 77.

Rinaldo won an open House seat in 1972 when Florence Dwyer retired. He did not seek re-election in 1992, dropping his re-election bid in September to pursue private sector opportunities. Bob Franks took his seat. Rinaldo was elected to the Union County Board of Freeholders in 1963, and to the State Senate in 1972.

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For '08 cycle, Corzine keeps national

Nobody can accuse Gov. Jon Corzine of not being politically active this election cycle.

He's become one of Barack Obama's point men on the economy, campaigning for him in Philadelphia and Florida and just yesterday appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" as a surrogate. But when it comes to the campaigns of New Jersey Democrats who are engaged in tight federal races, Corzine has largely played a background role, having made only a couple brief campaign appearances with 7th District congressional candidate Linda Stender and none with 3rd District candidate John Adler.

Nationally, Obama can use Corzine's image as the economically savvy Goldman Sachs CEO. That idea no longer applies in New Jersey. Throughout the campaign, Corzine has been to Republicans what President Bush has been to Democrats: a public figure to rally the troops against, though to a lesser than Bush.

Tonight, Corzine will attend Sen. Hillary Clinton's fundraiser for Stender, but it's not open to the press or general public. Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray thinks the Democrats want to keep it that way.

"Neither George Bush nor Jon Corzine helps any candidates in those races," said Murray. "So the more Jon Corzine stays out, the better it is. George Bush is the lesser popular of the two figures, so the Democrats want to keep that focus on George Bush and they don't want it muted or neutralized by bringing Jon Corzine into the picture."

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Myers raised $369k last quarter, not counting Bush visit

Third District Republican congressional candidate Chris Myers raised $369,224 last quarter and has $287,832 on hand, according to Campaign Manager Chris Russell.

That sum does not account for the likely large cash infusion that came from President George W. Bush’s visit to New Jersey last month to raise money for him and fellow Republican House candidate Leonard Lance. Although the fundraiser took place last quarter, the campaign did not receive its share of the proceeds until after September 30th.

Myers' total raised so far is just shy of the million dollar mark, at $995,773 – much of which he had to spend in his contentious primary against Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly.

Democratic rival John Adler’s campaign has not released their fundraising totals yet, but as of last quarter he had the largest war chest of any open seat challenger in the country, with $1.46 million on hand.

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Biden's sister to speak Tuesday at Rider

Joe Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, and her daughter Missy Owens, are scheduled to co-host an Obama campaign rally at Rider University on Tuesday, Oct. 14, according to campaign spokesman Andrew Poag.

The Biden family members will be joined by Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman, Poag said.

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Atlantic Republicans accuse Cooper of playing coy with campaign finance disclosure

Two Atlantic County Freeholder candidates today scoffed at the notion that incumbent at-large Freeholder Alisa Cooper is spending less than $3,500 on her reelection campaign.

Cooper, who’s campaign has so far been low profile, filed the required form with the Election Law Enforcement Commission on September 30th announcing that she intended to spend less than $3,500. 

Republican candidates Tom Ballistreri and Manny Aponte, who are both running for at-large seats on the board, suspect that it’s a method for Cooper to delay disclosing expenses. 

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Romney coming to Medford

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney will hold a press conference with 3rd District Republican Congressional candidate Chris Myers tomorrow night.

The event will take place in downtown Medford at 5:30p.m., where Myers is the mayor. 
Romney is also holding a fundraiser for 7th District Congressional candidate Leonard Lance tomorrow.

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Poll: New Jerseyans not so cynical

New Jersey residents may be used to reading headlines about corrupt public officials on a near-daily basis, but it hasn’t made them overwhelmingly cynical about the idea of holding public office, according to a Monmouth University poll released yesterday.

Fifty-five percent of New Jerseyans think that getting involved in politics and government is “honorable,” compared to only 32% who think it’s a “dirty business.”

“Although New Jersey has developed a reputation for ethically-challenged government, most residents feel it doesn’t have to be that way,” said pollster Patrick Murray.

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The Back Room

Christie v. Astorino in Aspen

Dismissed by Republican Governors' Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino plans to confront his tormentor tonight at a GOP fundraiser in Aspen.

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Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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