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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Rothman votes 'no' on revised bailout package

After voting against the $700 billion bailout package earlier in the week, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman repeated what he described as his good conscience "nay" vote this afternoon.

"First, I won’t be steamrolled into spending hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money on an approach that will not solve the economic problems we face," Rothman said in a statement. "A vote against this bill is not a vote for inaction. I am prepared to stay in Washington as long as it takes, knowing that infinitely better solutions are right at hand and can be implemented immediately to properly address liquidity, home mortgage failures and the urgent need for a sizable economic stimulus package."

Having passed Wednesday evening in the Senate with the support of both U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park), the revamped bailout bill moved back to the House today, where it also passed by a vote of he measure passed, 263-171.

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Corzine set to rally in Roselle for Obama campaign

Gov. Jon Corzine: Politicker file photoGov. Jon Corzine: Politicker file photo 

Governor Jon S. Corzine on Saturday afternoon plans to address a rally in support of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

According to Obama campaign spokesman Andrew Poag, in his remarks the governor intends to detail why he believes Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) healthcare plan is wrong for New Jersey.

"Additionally, Obama’s New Jersey Campaign for Change will continue to hit the pavement across the state contacting voters in the run up to Election Day," Poag said.

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Pascrell changes vote to affirmative as Congress passes Wall Street bailout package

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) was one of 20 congresspeople who switched their votes from "nay" to "yea" on the revamped Wall Street bailout bill that passed moments ago by a margin of 263-171.

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The Back Room

Christie takes state helicopter to campaign in Connecticut

Gov. Chris Christie took the "upper level" -- helicoptering over the George Washington Bridge -- to beat rush hour traffic from his home state to a recent GOP fundraiser with Connecticut gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, according to a Hearst Media report.

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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