U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg blasts away at U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, urging him to tell the truth about his involvement in the Iraq War, but with the help of Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello, Andrews flips the issue back on the senator by the end of the exchange.
Lautenberg was not in the Senate in 2002, and Andrews helped craft the resolution authorizing Bush to take America to war.
"I didn’t vote for it," Lautenberg says. "At the time I said I might consider voting for it. I didn’t have the benefit of the briefing. I never would I have voted for that war. Congressman Andrews went right to it."
Proud of his opposition to the war from the beginning, Cresitello says, "The senator is misleading the people of New Jersey. They are both responsible for a war costing us $12 billion a month."
Now Andrews heads straight at Lautenberg.
"The senator has just completely misrepresented his position," says the congressman."He said Colin Powell has laid to rest any doubtsRead More >
The New Jersey 101.5 U.S. Senate debate is now underway in the station's Ewing studio.
Eric Scott, vice-president of news, hosts the showdown featuring U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and his challengers U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) and Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello taking phone calls from New Jersey voters.
Lautenberg gives his opening statement, hitting four broad ambitions: ending the Iraq War, improving the economy, attacking global warning and working to achieve energy independence.Read More >
In December 2007, James Devine, a Union County political operative/newspaper publisher, was arrested for owing $20,000 in child support and alimony.
It was the latest fall from grace for Devine, a former Union County Democratic insider. Devine had been, as recently as a few years ago, a somewhat important operative in local political circles, running three weekly newspapers in Union County that depended heavily on financing from county advertisements and legal notices. But when that revenue stream abruptly ended, Devine was out of business and out of luck - a turn of events he blames on Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, a former political ally who he had a falling out with in the early 1990s.
Now he's working to beat Bollwage, who is seeking re-election in the June 3 Democratic primary.
But Devine's detractors hold nothing but venom for a man they characterize as a charlatan who has mucked up the political scene in Union County for decades, and who recently had his bank account frozen for owing tens of thousands in back taxes - something Devine blames on bad legal advice and child support payments.
Some public officials who are used to choosing their words carefully don't hesitate to go on the record slamming Devine.
"He's a sleaze ball, the worst in politics," said Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan, who also represents Union County in the State Assembly. "If they pay him anything, I hope he used it towards his child support."Read More >
NEWARK - The sides have lined up - one against the other - Lautenberg forces versus Andrews forces - but Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has kept his name in no man’s land.
"I’m neutral," he said yesterday when he made an appearance at a Gov. Jon Corzine press conference behind the Oliver Street Elementary School in the Ironbound.
Of course, everyone in his North Ward circle backs U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews over U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), mostly because powerful North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato backs Andrews.
Andrews supporters in Newark include state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Newark) and North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos - all DiVincenzo diehards.Read More >
At a filling station in Mount Laurel where a gallon of regular gas cost $3.89, 3rd District Congressional candidate state Sen. John Adler stood with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) to address rising energy costs.
It was type of retail campaign stop Adler has been privileged to engage in so far. While he's unopposed by any Democrats in a primary, he's sitting on a $1.1 million war chest while three Republican rivals with a fraction of his funds slug it out in a primary.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) won the official support today of Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Plainfield) as part of Andrews’s quest to unseat U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary.
"After watching Rob Andrews travel this state to meet with voters, listen to their concerns and explain his vision for the future, I am convinced he is the kind of strong, effective advocate our citizens here in Union County and across New Jersey need in the U.S. Senate," said Green. "I enthusiastically support Rob, and I urge all Democrats to vote for him in Tuesday's primary. He is our best hope for change."Read More >
In its two Republican Primary endorsements, The New York Times today backed former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer for United States Senate, and state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) for Congress in the 7th District.
The Times endorsement of Zimmer over state Se. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris) and economist Murray Sabrin criticized Zimmer for setting a deadline for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq while advocating for a permanent extension of the Bush administration tax cuts.
But the paper praised him for compiling a "strong record" in the House on ethics reform and the environment, and appreciates his pro-choices views.Read More >
Impressed by the senator’s political perspective and his work to secure greater federal commitment to mass transit and Amtrak, The New York Times today endorsed U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) for re-election over U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) and Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello.
"What really matters is that he has not lost his enthusiasm for sensible, progressive causes," the editorial notes of the 84-year old senator, also citing Lautenberg’s work to protect chemical plants from terrorist attacks.
Writing Cresitello off as not a serious candidate, The Times criticizes Lautenberg and Andrews for voting in favor of the 2006 law that suspended habeas corpus for "illegal enemy combatants," which both lawmakers now admit was a mistake.
But the newspaper is pointedly critical of Andrews regarding his work leading up to the Iraq War.Read More >
Democratic Party insiders are converging tonight on the Morristown home of attorney Phil Sellinger.Read More >
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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