State Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset) began making calls late yesterday to express some interest in the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, and has spoken with several GOP County Chairmen about entering the race to challenge incumbent Frank Lautenberg.
Bateman, 50, is the son of former Senate President Raymond Bateman, the 1977 GOP candidate for Governor, and is a law partner of former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco. He spent fourteen years representing Somerset County in the State Assembly before winning a State Senate seat last November.Read More >
Republican U.S. Senate Murray Sabrin has declared war on the New Jersey Republican Party, calling for the resignation of GOP State Chairman Tom Wilson and pushing Assemblyman Mike Doherty as a possible replacement.
But that’s just the first step in Sabrin’s plan to completely tear down the New Jersey Republican Party’s establishment and build it anew, a process that includes running an entirely new slate of delegates and candidates for every single office on the ballot in the June primary.
"The Chairman's recent words and actions during this campaign have highlighted the lack of leadership at the top of the Republican Party in New Jersey,” Sabrin said. “Tom Wilson should immediately step down as Chairman before he causes any more harm to this fragile political party. I am asking Joe Pennacchio to join with me in asking for his resignation. We need a strong conservative like Assemblyman Mike Doherty to guide the GOP while we begin this rebuilding process."Read More >
The Middlesex County Republican Screening Committee voted to back Joe Pennacchio for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination. Pennacchio defeated Murray Sabrin by a 32-7 vote. Anne Evans Estabrook, who dropped her Senate bid this morning after suffering a mini-stroke, received one vote.Read More >
In a setting-the-record-straight conversation today with PolitickerNJ.com, Amanda Woloshen, spokeswoman for state Sen. Leonard Lance, clarified that Lance remains a candidate for the U.S. Congress in the 7th District, and has no intention of pursuing a run for the U.S. Senate in 2008.
Anne Evans Estabrook’s suspension of her U.S. Senate campaign this morning due to health concerns sparked Lance’s rival, businesswoman Kate Whitman, to jokingly drop Lance’s name as a candidate for that office.Read More >
In the aftermath of news that Anne Evans Estabrook would not run for the U.S. Senate, Monmouth county GOP Chairman Adam Puharic today said he was calling for an emergency meeting of Republican county chairmen to discuss the party’s options in nominating a candidate.
As for his own personal choice for a GOP senate candidate now that Estabrooks is out, Puharic said he would be happy joining a coalition of New Jersey Republicans calling on former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to enter the race, or "other talented Republicans."
But in the meantime, "Everybody needs to freeze until we have a chance to talk," said Puharic. "If a majority of the county chairs believe we should rally around state Sen. Joe Pennacchio, fine, but if a majority are not happy with the choices they have now, I beseech everyone not to rush to judgement."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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