Shulman and Garrett raise equally in 3rd quarter

The fundraising race is neck-and-neck in the 5th Congressional District, where Democratic challenger Dennis Shulman raised almost exactly as much money as incumbent Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).

Shulman raised $274,231.85 last quarter to Garrett’s $276,589. That brings Shulman’s total raised so far to $823,462, and Garrett’s to $1,259,604.

Shulman also kicked in $50,000 of his own money into the race.

Garrett does have a larger war chest remaining, however, with $570,777 on hand to Shulman’s $279,096.

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Romney for Lance, Hoyer for Stender

In the 7th District, Leonard Lance and Linda Stender both brought the heavy hitters in today.

Lance had a fundraising luncheon this afternoon with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who yesterday raised money for Lance's 3rd District counterpart, Chris Myers.

Stender is having a diner sit down in Woodbridge with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who’s made at least three trips to New Jersey this election cycle, campaigning for for Stender, 3rd District Democratic candidate John Adler and 5th District candidate Dennis Shulman.

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Codeword: Machiavelli

BCRO debuts "Corruption Tax" ad

The Bergen County Republicans promised to raise the specter of indicted Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero a campaign issue, and they’ve done so, tying alleged corruption within the party to higher taxes in a new campaign commercial called “Corruption Tax.”

The advertisement, which was produced by the Bergen County Republican Organization, shows someone wearing an FBI jacket in front of a giant Bergen Record headline about Ferriero’s indictment on eight corruption counts last month.

In front of a pile of cash are pictures of Democratic incumbents Bernadette McPherson, David Ganz and Vernon Walton.

“Party boss Joe Ferriero gave them millions. They did what he told them. The Democrats raised spending $133 million,” says the narrator. “Waste. Abuse. Patronage. Now Ferriero is indicted for corruption. Higher taxes plus corrupt government equals corruption taxes. You pay.”

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New Jerseyans have little faith in government

New Jerseyans have little confidence in the workings of state and local government, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett poll released today.

“The vast majority of New Jerseyans have come to the conclusion that the government in Trenton is broken,” said pollster Patrick Murray.

The poll found that only 1-in-10 Garden State residents feel that state and local government works well enough in its current state.  Twenty-one percent thinks it only needs minor improvement, while the whopping majority – 64% -- think that in order for government to improve, it needs a major overhaul.

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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 PolitickerNJ.com 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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The Back Room

Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 30th

  With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...

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Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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