Some of the ideas Joe Pennacchio wrote 17 years ago may seem unusual – or to Republican rival Murray Sabrin, even “fascist.”
But Pennacchio said they’re nothing more than ideas he penned years before he held public office. Some, he says, have been proven to be good ideas. Others he’s “evolved” beyond.
The important thing, Pennacchio says, is that even before he entered the political realm, he was thinking of ways to help his country.
“Keep in mind that was written by a non-politician as a series of position papers for my own edification. I bound them together, paid for it myself and it wasn’t published,” said Pennacchio. “All it shows is that even 18 years ago I was thinking about the problems that affect this country and how we deal with them.”Read More >
Seventeen years after it was written, a booklet authored by U.S. Senate candidate Joe Pennacchio has reemerged as a campaign issue.
Pennacchio’s Republican rival, Murray Sabrin, has begun distributing copies of the book, calling it a “fascist manifesto” and demanding that Pennacchio not only drop his Senate candidacy, but resign from his state Senate seat as well. Sabrin plans to hold a press conference on the topic this afternoon.
This is not the first time that work has been raised in a political campaign. In 1994, when Pennacchio challenged Dean Gallo in the Republican congressional primary, excerpts were taken and distributed by Gallo’s campaign.
But Pennacchio argues that the book was a series of policy papers he wrote years ago filled with some ideas that he still holds true to, along with some ideas that he has “evolved” beyond.
The book, entitled The Nationalist Agenda: A Blueprint for the 21st Century and written under the pen name “Joseph Penn,” advocates setting up an organization called “The Nationalist Party” to challenge the conventional wisdom of Democrats and Republicans.Read More >
In 1991 Joseph Pennacchio sent then-Assembly Minority Leader Chuck Haytaian a 94-page manifesto containing what he thought were solutions to the nation's problems.
Pennacchio said in a cover letter that he had started "The Nationalist Party" to address the issues.
Now that Pennacchio wants to be the Republican candidate to take on Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the campaign of his GOP rival, Murray Sabrin, provided PolitickerNJ.com with a copy of the 1991 document.Read More >
Former First Lady Dina Matos McGreevey has denied former gubernatorial aide Theodore Pedersen’s claim that she engaged in a threesome with him and her estranged husband, ex-Gov. James E. McGreevey, according to an ABC News report. Matos McGreevey says Pedersen’s claims “are completely false and prompted by Jim McGreevey.”
"This all has to do with the publicity I have received since Governor Spitzer resigned,” Matos McGreevey told ABC News. “Jim has enlisted one of his cronies in trying to distinguish that situation from his own, and to discredit me in the media. He cannot stand it when I am receiving attention in the media rather than him.”Read More >
TRENTON - Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) sported an "Obama" button at the Mercer County Democratic Convention on Saturday and affirmed his support for the presidential candidacy of the junior senator from Illinois.Read More >
Zhifei Li, the owner of an antique business in China, pleaded guilty today to organizing an illegal wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which 30 rhinoceros horns and numerous objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million were smuggled from the United States to China.Read More >
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