Muller to run Dems' coordinated campaign

Joe Cryan, chairman of the Democratic State Committee, announced onMichael MullerMichael Muller Thursday the party’s selection of Michael Muller of Mount Laurel to run the Democratic Party’s "coordinated campaign" operation in New Jersey.

"This is an important election year that offers opportunities for Democrats at all levels," said Cryan. "We have the best candidates, we have the issues on our side and we have a strong Democratic tide fueled by the accumulated failures of George Bush and the Republicans. Hard working and skilled campaign staffers such as Michael will help convert Democratic advantages into Election Day victories."

Associate Executive Director for Communications for the Assembly Democratic Majority, Muller served as campaign director for Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) presidential primary race in New Jersey.

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He won't run against Smith, but Sowell hints at mayoral run

Council President John SowellCouncil President John SowellIRVINGTON - Council President John Sowell said he is not ruling out a mayoral run in 2010, however, he said he would not run against Mayor Wayne Smith if Smith decides to pursue a third term.

"I don’t rule out anything, two years out," Sowell told PolitickerNJ.com, "But I wouldn’t run against Wayne, that’s not my style."

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Rider names institute after Rebovich

Dr. David Rebovich, a leading political scientist in New Jersey, passed away last October.Dr. David Rebovich, a leading political scientist in New Jersey, passed away last October.
The Rider Institute for New Jersey Politics will be renamed in honor of its late founder and managing director, David Rebovich.

Rebovich, a political scientist and prolific media commentator who wrote a column for PolitickerNJ.com, died suddenly of a heart attack in October.

The school also announced that the institute will be directed by veteran Democratic political operative Ben Dworkin, a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University. Dworkin has recently worked for several communications firms in New York and New Jersey, and started off his New Jersey political career as an aide and protégé of the late state Sen. Matthew Feldman.

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Allen leaving job as Rothman's communications director

Kimberly Allen, communications director for U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9), is relocating to Richmond, VA.. with her husband, who is beginning graduate studies.

She said she would continue to work for the congressman on a variety of projects, however, starting on July 28, Jean Roehrenbeck would be the day-to-day press contact.

"On a personal note, it has been a privilege to serve Congressman Rothman and to get to know the New Jersey press corps," said Allen. "I will truly miss working with you on a daily basis."

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Most House challengers can't raise money

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) isn’t taking his bid for a 15th term for granted, raising $143,300 over the last three months and now has $503,944 cash on hand.  His Democratic challenger, history professor Josh Zeitz, raised $108,101 during the same period.  Zeitz has raised $259,267 so far and has $124,535 in the bank.

Statewide, Zeitz ranks second in challenger fundraising.  Dennis Shulman, a blind Rabbi and psychologist running against Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) raised $270,000 last quarter, according to his campaign.  He has raised $585,000 so far, with $258,000 cash on hand.

Most New Jersey challengers are faring poorly in the fundraising game.

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Zimmer starts to dig out of fundraising hole

Zimmer starts to dig out of fundraising hole

Dick Zimmer has some catching up to do.

Across the board, fundraising figures for New Jersey’s Republican candidates for federal office look bleak, and Zimmer’s are no exception: he has about $411,000 cash on hand to go up against Frank Lautenberg, who has $1.3 million after a primary fight with Rep. Rob Andrews.

Already, Zimmer has put $300,000 of his own money into the race. After a press conference today on an unrelated topic, Zimmer wouldn’t say whether he plans to put any more of his own money in.

“I have no comment on that,” Zimmer said. “What I have said is that I can’t self-fund.”

Lautenberg can, however.

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Zimmer says Lautenberg gets some blame for mortgage crisis

Standing in front of a vacant, foreclosed house in Linden that was in possession of mortgage giant Fannie Mae, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer blamed incumbent Democrat Frank Lautenberg for complicity in allowing the mortgage crisis to get this far.

The troubled Fannie Mae, he said, a “hybrid” mortgage company --- part private and part government owned -- suffered from lack of regulation and oversight.

Zimmer said that he was one of a handful of Congressman who opposed a 1992 bill that set up the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight because he saw the potential of a bailout crisis under the law’s weak oversight powers. The lax regulation allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to engage in risky business practices, he said.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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