Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson doesn’t like where the Republican U.S. Senate primary appears to be going.
Noting the attacks lobbed against Anne Evans Estabrook by the rival campaigns of Murray Sabrin and State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio, Wilson said that the campaigns so far are very close to violating Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican."
“I’m Switzerland here, and I’m beginning to think I need to do what I did in 2005 with all the gubernatorial candidates: invite them to have a discussion about this campaign,” he said. “It’s ok to point out differences, but there’s no reason to get personal about it or ascribe motivations to people. Fight as hard as you can, but fight fairly.”Read More >
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Anne Evans Estabrook’s loss for words while answering a question on gun control may have gone unnoticed a few years ago, but in an age where a video of the awkward moment can circulate quickly in political circles, it could become the silence heard across New Jersey.
“It seemed like kind of a mistake that someone running for the first time in office might make, and it was done in the right kind of context with a small group meeting, where you’re practicing your stump speech, working on your ability to articulate ideas and your policy positions,” said Dr. Joseph Marbach, a political science professor at Seton Hall.
“Unfortunately, it was videotaped,” Marbach noted.Read More >
Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, state chairman of the Democratic Party, today derided the reaction of Republican leaders to Gov. Jon Corzine's budget as "all over the map."
"Too many of the Republicans are resorting to the political rhetoric of the past about budget cuts but they want to exempt their own pet projects," said Cryan in a press release. "They aren't just contradicting each other, they are contradicting themselves. Their budget numbers don't add up and their ideas don't add up."
The governor described his budget as a "turning point" away from the irresponsible practices of the past. "But the Republicans' want to do a u-turn back to the same politics of the past," Cryan said.Read More >
Standing on the steps of City Hall this evening shortly before the start of the city council meeting, Perth Amboy Mayor (and Assemblyman) Joseph Vas announced his intentions to again run for the office of mayor, according to his aide Mel Ramos.
"Being mayor of Perth Amboy is not just about where we have been or what we have accomplished. It is about where we are going, our plans to get there, and having the vision and know-how to get there," said Vas.
"I am committed to continue my vision of change and progress for the betterment of every resident in the City of Perth Amboy, and am as energized today as I was when I first took the oath of office as your Mayor.Read More >
PATERSON - Both sides charge that election year politics are behind a full-blown contract talks stand off here between the mayor and fire department on one side, and the City Council on the other.
Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres said he delivered the city’s $26 million contract with the 217-hard-hat strong Paterson Fire Department to the council in November, but has since received nothing but stall tactics and excuses from the governing body. Torres said he believes council members fear getting blamed for the five-year contract come election time on May 13th, and so are attempting to distance themselves.
Not a good tactic, in his view.
"This contract emulates the police contract they already adopted," said Torres. "It’s consistent with the 4% cap that the governor wants.Read More >
Imagine sharing a confidence with a journalist during an "off the record" conversation that becomes part of a media story. Now think about how you'd feel when that reporter resigns and joins the staff of your political adversary.
The first question that pops into your head is: Will my promise of confidentiality still be honored by the reporter in his or her new position?
The jailing of former New York Times reporter Judith Miller and freelance blogger Josh Wolf raised questions about the need for a federal shield law in order to protect the confidentiality of journalist-source relationships from government-seeking subpoenas.
The debate was silent on the question of whether sources are protected from inquisitive government or political employers once a reporter leaves the news organization.Read More >
PolitickerNJ sits down this weekend with NJTV's Michael Aron for another addition of Reporters Roundtable.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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