For '08 cycle, Corzine keeps national

Nobody can accuse Gov. Jon Corzine of not being politically active this election cycle.

He's become one of Barack Obama's point men on the economy, campaigning for him in Philadelphia and Florida and just yesterday appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" as a surrogate. But when it comes to the campaigns of New Jersey Democrats who are engaged in tight federal races, Corzine has largely played a background role, having made only a couple brief campaign appearances with 7th District congressional candidate Linda Stender and none with 3rd District candidate John Adler.

Nationally, Obama can use Corzine's image as the economically savvy Goldman Sachs CEO. That idea no longer applies in New Jersey. Throughout the campaign, Corzine has been to Republicans what President Bush has been to Democrats: a public figure to rally the troops against, though to a lesser than Bush.

Tonight, Corzine will attend Sen. Hillary Clinton's fundraiser for Stender, but it's not open to the press or general public. Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray thinks the Democrats want to keep it that way.

"Neither George Bush nor Jon Corzine helps any candidates in those races," said Murray. "So the more Jon Corzine stays out, the better it is. George Bush is the lesser popular of the two figures, so the Democrats want to keep that focus on George Bush and they don't want it muted or neutralized by bringing Jon Corzine into the picture."

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Myers raised $369k last quarter, not counting Bush visit

Third District Republican congressional candidate Chris Myers raised $369,224 last quarter and has $287,832 on hand, according to Campaign Manager Chris Russell.

That sum does not account for the likely large cash infusion that came from President George W. Bush’s visit to New Jersey last month to raise money for him and fellow Republican House candidate Leonard Lance. Although the fundraiser took place last quarter, the campaign did not receive its share of the proceeds until after September 30th.

Myers' total raised so far is just shy of the million dollar mark, at $995,773 – much of which he had to spend in his contentious primary against Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly.

Democratic rival John Adler’s campaign has not released their fundraising totals yet, but as of last quarter he had the largest war chest of any open seat challenger in the country, with $1.46 million on hand.

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Biden's sister to speak Tuesday at Rider

Joe Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, and her daughter Missy Owens, are scheduled to co-host an Obama campaign rally at Rider University on Tuesday, Oct. 14, according to campaign spokesman Andrew Poag.

The Biden family members will be joined by Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman, Poag said.

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Atlantic Republicans accuse Cooper of playing coy with campaign finance disclosure

Two Atlantic County Freeholder candidates today scoffed at the notion that incumbent at-large Freeholder Alisa Cooper is spending less than $3,500 on her reelection campaign.

Cooper, who’s campaign has so far been low profile, filed the required form with the Election Law Enforcement Commission on September 30th announcing that she intended to spend less than $3,500. 

Republican candidates Tom Ballistreri and Manny Aponte, who are both running for at-large seats on the board, suspect that it’s a method for Cooper to delay disclosing expenses. 

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Romney coming to Medford

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney will hold a press conference with 3rd District Republican Congressional candidate Chris Myers tomorrow night.

The event will take place in downtown Medford at 5:30p.m., where Myers is the mayor. 
Romney is also holding a fundraiser for 7th District Congressional candidate Leonard Lance tomorrow.

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Poll: New Jerseyans not so cynical

New Jersey residents may be used to reading headlines about corrupt public officials on a near-daily basis, but it hasn’t made them overwhelmingly cynical about the idea of holding public office, according to a Monmouth University poll released yesterday.

Fifty-five percent of New Jerseyans think that getting involved in politics and government is “honorable,” compared to only 32% who think it’s a “dirty business.”

“Although New Jersey has developed a reputation for ethically-challenged government, most residents feel it doesn’t have to be that way,” said pollster Patrick Murray.

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Sandoval and Blanco face off on streets of intensified Passaic ground war

Sandoval and Blanco face off on streets of intensified Passaic ground war
Jose Sandoval

PASSAIC - Mayoral candidate Jose Sandoval stands on the porch of a voter who’s frustrated by gangs, sexual predators, drug dealers, cops and politicians. 

The voter says the cops own local bars and nitpick residents with parking violations if they get in the way of business traffic. If the drug dealers harass the pit-bull that guards his property, he’s convinced the cops will kill his pit-bull. 

It’s frustrating. 

He calls to his son-in-law, who stands dutifully at attention as the man grasps the child’s slender shoulders in two calloused hands. The boy shows no emotion in the face of three strangers who tower over him.

“He’s autistic,” explains the man. “He can’t play outside here. There’s a child molester who lives up the street with three children. His wife’s a crack head. There are gangs in the streets. How can this boy play outside?” 

As for politicians...don’t get him started.

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Clinton and Romney to help Stender and Lance

Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney will both be making fundraising appearances in New Jersey this week, according to a report in the Star-Ledger.

Clinton will be here today to raise money for Assemblywoman Linda Stender’s (D-Fanwood) congressional bid, while Romney is coming sometime later this week to help her opponent, state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) with his campaign, according to a report in the Star-Ledger.

The report does not say whether Clinton or Romney will make any public campaign stops for the candidates.

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The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

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The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

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