Zimmer and Lance tag team in Summit

Zimmer and Lance tag team in Summit

Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) in Summit on Friday.: Politicker photoSen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) in Summit on Friday.: Politicker photoSUMMIT - Coming off a train station rally here for presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer and state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) convened a town hall meeting at the high school, where they brandished their fiscally conservative credentials in a room of about 50 voters.

Now in a race with Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) to represent the 7th Congressional District, Lance the veteran legislator underscored his tenacity fighting bloated government, including the administration of disgraced former Gov. Jim McGreevey.Former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer addresses voters in the Summit High School Library as GOP organizer Kelly Hatfield looks on: Politicker photoFormer U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer addresses voters in the Summit High School Library as GOP organizer Kelly Hatfield looks on: Politicker photo

"I am the ‘Lance’ of Lance versus McGreevey," the senator said of his suit against the former administration to curb borrowing to balance the state budget.

The New Jersey Supreme Court in 2004 allowed McGreevey to borrow $1.9 billion, or nearly 7 percent of what was then a $28 billion budget, but forbade the governor from borrowing in the future.

Talking to Summit voters Friday evening in the high school library, Lance took pride too in noting how his proposed Constitutional amendment to ban borrowing without voter approval will appear on the Nov. 4th ballot.

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Kean: time for answers in slush fund case

State Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union): Politicker photoState Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union): Politicker photoSUMMIT - As far back as 2004, Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union) recalls himself and others - state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon), then Assemblyman Kevin O'Toole (R-Cedar Grove) among them - complaining about the lack of transparency in the way legislators obtained money for projects in their respective districts.

Now on the heels of George LeBlanc’s testimony in the corruption trial of former Sen. Wayne Bryant (D-Camden) in which the Senate budget officer highlighted how legislators in 2004 and 2005 siphoned money from a dedicated $40 million property tax relief fund, Kean wants answers.

"The next step is to get our hands around what occurred," the senator told PolitickerNJ.com. "Who was spending and what was being spent? The most important thing now is to expose to the light of day what was happening - expose the process.

"We're talking about a system in which information was being held not just from the public but from other members of the Legislature, a system that resulted in massive overspending with no oversight, which made New Jersey more unaffordable, in which members of the (Codey) administration were complicit."

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Lance narrowly leads Stender in new poll

State Sen. Leonard Lance leads Assemblywoman Linda Stender by four points in the 7th District Congressional District, according to a Monmouth University poll released today.

Lance leads Stender 41% to 37% among registered voters, and 43% to 39% among likely voters. Both numbers are within the poll’s margin of error, however, and 14% of the district’s voters are undecided.

Former Republican Michael Hsing, who’s running as an independent, attracts about 2% of the vote. That’s far worse than he did in an internal Stender campaign poll, where he attracted 9% of voters.

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Democrats rally for Obama in Roselle

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark), and Piscataway grassroots organizer Nadia Brown: Politicker photoU.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark), and Piscataway grassroots organizer Nadia Brown: Politicker photo 

ROSELLE - It’s Garrett Smith country on a Saturday.

Emptying a chair alongside the young Roselle mayor, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) stood in front of a microphone and gave Gov. Jon Corzine props for playing a role in discovering Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il) when Corzine chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Obama’s romping here in Roselle by every indication, but Payne and Obama aren’t eyeball to eyeball on everything, including last week’s Wall Street bailout.

While Obama and his Republican rival in the presidential race on Wednesday quietly supported the $700 billion measure that its critics say falls disproportionately across the shoulders of American taxpayers, Payne twice vociferously bucked the controversial bill in the House.

Today he laid out his views before a cheering crowd in Roselle’s Warinanco Park, where several hundred people gathered in support of Obama on the front-end of a Union County voter registration drive days before the Oct. 14th registration deadline.

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Sources: Lance raised at least $500,000 this quarter

 

State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon): Politicker file photoState Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon): Politicker file photo 

SUMMIT - Sources close to state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) say the 7th District Congressional candidate raised at least $500,000 in this quarter, in addition to a separate $90,000 chip-in from the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC).

The campaign had considerable ground to make up after starting the summer fundraising period with just over $80,000 on-hand after Lance won a primary against the well-connected Kate Whitman, daughter of former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, who is now fundraising for him.

To this point, the GOP nominee lost the television ad war to the well-funded campaign of Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood), who continues to blitz her opponent on cable television.

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Assembly Republicans tried unsuccessfully to find out about legislative slush fund

Two-and-a-half years before a state budget aide brought back to light a slush fund that gave key legislative leaders sole discretion over millions of dollars in state money, Assembly Republicans were suspicious of the program and sought to learn more about it.

They didn’t get very far, however, according to documents the Assembly Republicans provided to PolitickerNJ.

The Property Tax Assistance and Community Development grants program became the subject of controversy again yesterday when Democratic Senate budget staffer George LeBlanc, testifying at former State Sen. Wayne Bryant’s corruption trial, said that Bryant got $4 million from the fund to distribute at his own discretion. $200,000 went to his employer, UMDNJ. LeBlanc also testified that former Senate Majority Leader Bernard Kenny also was allocated $4 million.

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Mallet and Mason attack Burry's ties to real estate sales

Ramping up their Monmouth County freeholder challenge, Democrats Amy Mallet and Glen Mason today charged Freeholder Director Lillian Burry with using taxpayer dollars to fund advertisements for homes that she is selling for personal profit.

In a release issued by Democratic Party spokesman Michael Mangan, the Democrats point out that on October 4th, Colts Neck will have its annual "Historical House Tour," sponsored by the Colts Neck Historical Society.

"Burry serves as chair of the society, which receives taxpayer funding to operate," said Mangan. "One of the primary events sponsored by the Historical Society is the House Tour, and Burry has placed one of the properties she is trying to sell on the tour."

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House delegation goes 8-5 in favor of bailout bill

Of the seven congressmen who earlier in the week voted "no" on the $700 billion Wall Street bailout package, only U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding), and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) flipped their votes to support the bill this afternoon.

Those who dug in against it were U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton), U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Vineland), U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage), U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn), and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark).

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The Back Room

Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

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Morning Digest: July 22nd

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