Currie on mayor's race: 'I'm keeping out of that one'

County Chairman John Currie: Politicker file photoCounty Chairman John Currie: Politicker file photo 

As five candidates for mayor continue to slug it out in Passaic City, John Currie, chairman of the Passaic County Democratic Party, said he doesn't want to get in the middle of the action.

"I'm keeping out of that one," the chairman told moments before joining elected officials at an Obama rally in Paterson on Monday.

He's mostly focused on presidential politics and on his freeholder candidates, not the county's biggest local battle, he insisted. 

"I'm spending more money than I'd like on the freeholders' race, but that's all right," said Currie. "Registration's through the roof."

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Stender and Lance go at it in TV debate

State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) and Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood): Politicker file photoState Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) and Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood): Politicker file photo 

In their hour-long News 12 television debate tonight, state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) and Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) used names associated with tarnished political reputations in an effort to sink each other in their tightly contested 7th Congressional District race.

Stender tried to tie Lance to President George W. Bush and former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, while Lance fingered Stender as a onetime silent foot-soldier of former Gov. Jim McGreevey and drone for Gov Jon Corzine.

The Democrat stayed on the offensive more than the Republican, in part because Lance is running on a Lieberman-like message of bipartisanship. It was the same theme he used to illustrate his willingness to stand up to his own party if it means protecting taxpayers - and here he strongly objected to Stender’s attempt to tie him to Whitman.

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Romney expects to be back for 2009 gubernatorial race

MEDFORD -- Expect to see more of Mitt Romney in New Jersey.

In May, he founded the Free & Strong America PAC. He was here today to raise money for the congressional campaigns of Chris Myers, after doing the same for Leonard Lance. And he thinks he’ll probably be here next year to help whoever the Republican gubernatorial candidate will be.

When asked if he expects to be here next year, Romney said “My guess is yes.”

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Romney stumps for Myers, fills his coffers

MEDFORD -- Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to this quaint little one traffic light downtown tonight to help its mayor become a Congressman.

In a short press conference just before attending a private, $1,000 per head fundraiser for Chris Myers at a private residence in Southampton, Romney, who recently founded Free & Strong America PAC, touted Myers a kindred spirit – a fellow businessman suited to carry on the legacy of retiring Rep. Jim Saxton, who was also present.

“Chris is a person who has experience in the military sector, the private sector and the public sector,” said Romney, standing in front of a gazebo in a small park. “All three areas have given him the kind of perspective which gives him a unique opportunity to help the people of this district.”

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Early numbers: new Republicans nearly double new Dems in Ocean

Ocean County Clerk Carl Block said the numbers of newly registered voters in his county bulged in the past four and a half months, with forms still coming into his office on deadline day.

As of this afternoon, the GOP stronghold numbered 100,724 Republicans, 79,257 Democrats and 195,859 unaffiliated voters. That’s up from the June Primary in which voter registrants numbered 92,616 Republicans, 74,840 Democrats and 150,204 independents.

“We still have a lot coming in,” said Block. “Those new numbers will be off by a couple of thousand by the time it’s over. We’ll take them as long as they’re postmarked by today.”

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Durkin: 'We are experiencing high volume'

Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin: Politicker file photoEssex County Clerk Chris Durkin: Politicker file photo 

The people stood outside the offices of Essex County today in long lines, registration forms in hand, trying to get in under the gun, in the words of County Clerk Chris Durkin.

“We’re experiencing high volume,” said the clerk. “The interest is incredible.”

Since the June 2008 primary, numbers of newly registered voters in the Democratic Party stronghold have jumped by 60,000, estimates Durkin, whose office was under siege all day today on voter registration deadline.

“We have 43,000 newly registered voters in the system,” said Durkin. “In the room here we have bags and bags, what we estimate to be more than 17,000. And that’s not accounting for 19 town halls that will be open until 9 p.m. tonight and mail - as long as a registration form is post-marked by today, we’ll take it.”

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McCain unveils endorsement of Latino businessman in New Jersey

The McCain campaign issued a list of endorsements from 50 Hispanic business leaders around the country, with a heavy emphasis on California and Texas. Among the names was one from New Jersey: Alfredo Gutierrez.

“Alfredo Gutierrez is an entrepreneur and owner of Xtra Supermarket in Newark,” said McCain spokesman Peter Feldman. “He sits on the board of United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is the first Dominican to ever hold a seat on the board.”

Feldman said after his arrival to the United States in 1966, Gutierrez worked as a stock boy in a New York grocery store. He later opened his own bodega, followed by five area grocery stores.

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The Back Room

Christie: 'I'm the decider'

While describing to fellow Republicans a conversation he said he had with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Chris Christie borrowed a self-attribution from his old pal George W. Bush.

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