Another poll shows Corzine with upside-down approvals; he gets a C- on voter report card

Another poll shows Corzine with upside-down approvals; he gets a C- on voter report card

Gov. Jon Corzine has an upside-down 39%-46% job approval rating, and voters give him a grade of C- on his report card, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today. 

Senate President Richard Codey, who served as Governor before Corzine, has a 45%-15% favorable rating – making him the most popular statewide politician in New Jersey.  U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, who is expected to challenge Corzine in 2009, has an approval rating of 29%-9%.  Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts is virtually unknown; he has an approval rating of 11%-9%.  The Legislature is also upside-down at 27%-45%.

On his report card, Corzine gets a D+ on property taxes, C- on cost cutting and ethics reform, a C on Education, a D on cost of living, and a C+ on his level of effort.

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Spencer HQ up and running on Hawthorne Avenue


Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Newark): Politicker photoAssemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Newark): Politicker photo 

Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Newark) officially opened her district office on Hawthorne Avenue in the South Ward on Friday in a well-attended event.

U.S. Rep. William Payne (D-Newark), Essex county Party chairman Phil Thigpen, Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair), Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark), Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Newark), and local elected officials were among the 150 people who joined Spencer for the kick-off.

"I plan to have a larger event in September," said Spencer.

The office opening comes in the wake of a suggestion by former Assemblyman William Payne (D-Newark) that he wouldn't rule out a primary run against Spencer. Although he bucked the system last year and ran off the line, Payne remains in a powerful inner sanctum. He serves as deputy chief of staff to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, a job title shared by Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz, who in 2007 topped the ticket with Spencer. 

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Morin lists potential special election candidates

Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin said he takes no delight in the troubles of Democratic Assemblyman Neil Cohen, who’s under investigation for child pornography that was allegedly found on his legislative office computer.

But knowing  that a resignation from Cohen could come soon -- which would bring about a special election in the 20th Legislative District come November -- Morin does have a few potential Republican candidates in mind. 

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Caucus leaders want internet filtering software on all legislative computers

Amid the shockwaves that hit the political community last night over the revelation that Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union) is under investigation for possession of child pornography, four legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle have requested that the Office of Legislative Services begin installing the “most aggressive” possible internet filtering software on all of the legislature’s computers.

A joint statement by Senate President Dick Codey, Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce said that this morning they directed the Office of Legislative Services to “immediately pursue installing the most aggressive Internet filtering software available on all computers in the Legislature.”

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Union quiet in wake of Cohen shocker

District 20 Legislative Office on Friday: Politicker photoDistrict 20 Legislative Office on Friday: Politicker photo 

UNION - The front door to the District 20 Legislative Office swung open but inside the place was almost barren.

"I’ve been instructed to refer all press to the statement on the front door," said Thomas Lynch, chief of staff to Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union), chair of the Democratic State Committee.

A pair of sound trucks were parked on Stuyvesant Avenue and a handful of reporters stood in front of the office, studying the release taped to the door.

Cryan and state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) released the statement last night, which says they referred tbe actions of their colleague, Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Roselle) to the Office of Legislative Services.

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James sentencing on Tuesday

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, who was convicted on federal corruption charges in June, will be sentenced at 10 AM Tuesday is U.S. District Judge William Martini’s courtroom.  James faces a prison sentence of four to seven years, according to federal sentencing guidelines.

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