TOMS RIVER - At one glance, the Jack Kelly (R) headquarters may not resemble the high-tech Myers HQ in many fashions. But Frank Luna, Kelly's campaign manager, doesn't seem to think it needs to. In an interview at the Kelly HQ, Luna told PolitickerNJ.com ,"We're doin it the old fashion way - person to person, grassroots, very fundamental." He calls his strategy a "typical RNC turnout model."
Russell's thoughts on Kelly's shot at winning have followed a day long theme - few observers are clear which candidate has the best shot at taking home the Congressional District 3 Republican primary.
Luna reiterated the fact that turnout in the district has remained low all day. "As of 2:40 [in the afternoon] there were less than 100 voters in three of the biggest districts in Medford" Luna said. "I think those numbers are good for us, but at the end of the day I'm sure each camp feels equally as confident."Read More >
Update: McHale reportedly threatened to quit in an emotional outburst, but sources say he immediately reconsidered. A statement from McHale is expected either tonight or tomorrow morning.
Rumors are flying around Bogota Borough Hall that Mayor Patrick McHale decided to abruptly resign this afternoon, but at this moment it’s unclear whether he has actually done so.
The phone line to the mayor’s office was busy.
Borough Clerk Frances Garlicki said she had heard rumors, but said the mayor had not talked to her about it.
“I haven’t heard from the mayor, so I don’t know what to say,” she said.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) started the day early, voting in Haddon Heights then making his way north for one last surprise incision into Essex and Middlesex to try to pilfer votes out of Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) base.
"We’re seeing low turnout statewide, and we’re about average in the south," said Andrews campaign chairman Michael Murphy. "You have to figure average to good turnout in a primary election like this is 20% to 25."
The Election Day trip up to Essex and Middlesex was not initially on the congressman’s schedule.
"We’re going to stay in the south the last two days," Andrews told PolitickerNJ.com on Saturday.Read More >
For a town where politics is a blood sport, Jersey City is pretty quiet today.
One thing’s clear in Ward F – whether it’s because Mayor Healy appeased Joe Cardwell with a spot on the Municipal Utilities Authority or for some other reason, there does not appear to be a serious push from or State Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham on behalf ofRob Andrews in this heavily African-American section of town.
Driving through Martin Luther King Drive, which cuts through state Cunningham’s strongest constituency, you’re hit with two blocks approaching Freeholder Director Jeffrey Dublin’s headquarters that are plastered with sign’s bearing Dublin’s face, and where Lautenberg posters adorn about every lamp post. But one block farther south, campaign signs disappear almost completely.
The Hudson County Freeholder candidates are the only ones with significant troops canvassing the city and standing outside of polling places. For the most part, their campaign literature makes no mention of Senate candidates, even if they share a line. And altogether, turnout seems to be quite low across the board.
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Assemblyman/Freeholder Ralph Caputo, battling to hold onto his District 5 freeholder seat, today hopes to break a bad streak in which candidates he backed for school board and Belleville Town Council recently lost.
Now Caputo himself is the candidate, and facing a revved former Montclair Mayor Bob Russo, who’s challenging the freeholder off the line.
Russo has ties to the three most populous Democratic Primary towns in the fifth district: Montclair (13,021 registered Democrats), Bloomfield (9,724 Democrats), and Belleville (6,394 Democrats).Read More >
NEWARK - State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark) leaves Democratic Party headquarters at the Robert Treat Hotel to head back to the streets.
"I want to be out there," he says.
His son, West Ward Councilman Ron Rice, meanwhile, already is - driving from polling place to polling place in his ward and finding turnout sluggish at best.
First elected to the Newark City Council the same year Frank Lautenberg became a U.S. senator - 1982 - the elder Rice, and his son both back the re-election of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) over U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews.Read More >
SCOTCH PLAINS - A familiar face joined 7th District Congressional candidate Kate Whitman as she trailed through diners along US-22 today, her mother former Gov. Christie Whitman.
"I thought I was done with this," the former governor said jokingly. Her public presence, only the second time in this campaign, lent a familiar face to voters who seemed to be caught off guard that today was Primary Day.
"I didn't even know she was running for anything," Cindy Soloway of Scotch Plains told PolitickerNJ.com, "What is she running for?"
When one diner asked Whitman who else was running, Whitman raised her right hand and swiftly rattled off the names of her 6 opponents, "Its me, Leonard Lance, Kelly Hatfield…" she continued, counting her finger tips.Read More >
MOUNT HOLLY - The Chris Myers campaign has gone high-tech with their last-day canvassing efforts in the Congressional District 3 Republican primary against Jack Kelly. According to Chris Russell, Myers campaign manager, the Mount Holly headquarters is equipped with the same technology used to streamline voter contacts during last year's county and district elections.
Russell told PolitickerNJ.com that "it worked very well for us, so the Myers campaign decided to come back and use it here for this primary."Read More >
A former administrator and a former shop foreman at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission were convicted at trial today of charges that they directed subordinate employees to complete repairs or improvements at private homes while on-duty for the PVSC, according to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
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