FEC report roundup

As today marks the filing deadline for FEC reports, PolitickerNJ.com has reported totals as the numbers have become available. Below are links to our complete coverage, broken down by races.

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In 7th District fight with Stender, Lance starts from virtual scratch

Sen. Leonard Lance and his wife, Heidi.: Politicker photoSen. Leonard Lance and his wife, Heidi.: Politicker photo

Tonight, state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) reported "about $100,000" in the bank as he faces the $1.5 million cash juggernaut of Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) in the 7th Congressional District. 

"We're spending the summer raising money," an upbeat Lance told PolitickerNJ.com. "We have a serious fundraising operation ongoing."

Asked if he is optimistic, the Republican nominee said, "Very much so. I'm getting a good reception."

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) website Tuesday evening showed Lance with $80,792.90 on hand for the period ending on June 30.

Stender's team today celebrated their lopsided cash advantage.

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Looking for a Saxton cash infusion

With only $155,000 on hand, Medford Mayor Christopher Myers, is facing the most well-funded open seat challenger in the country: State Sen. John Adler, who has amassed a $1.9 war chest. 

But a potentially huge pool of cash looms on the horizon for Myers.  According to the latest Federal Election Commission filings, Jim Saxton, the retiring 12-term Republican incumbent, has a war chest of a little over $1 million.

Will Saxton help Myers, his protégé and close friend, level the playing field in a district the GOP has held since 1884?

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M*A*S*H star records retaliatory robocall

Voters of the 3rd and 7th Congressional Districts: meet Captain B.J. Hunnicutt.

Blue Jersey reports that a several liberal bloggers have commissioned a retaliatory robocall aimed at two congressional districts in New Jersey that were targeted with calls by Freedom’s Watch, a conservative advocacy group.

The call by Freedom’s Watch blames Democratic congressional candidates John Adler and Linda Stender, both state legislators, for doing nothing to repeal the state’s 14 cent gas tax.

New Jersey has the third lowest gas tax in the country.

The blogger-commissioned call stars actor Mike Farrell, who played the character B.J. Hunnicutt in M*A*S*H, associated the group with the Bush Administration.

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Lonegan gears up for lawsuit against Corzine/State of New Jersey

Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan said he is finalizing the lawsuit he intends to file in Bergen County Superior Court against the State of New Jersey next week, attacking Gov. Jon Corzine’s decision to borrow $3.9 billion to build new schools.

"We’re going into court and we’re attacking the facts," said the Republican. "First, the schools are not crumbling. The Oliver School (in the Ironbound, where Corzine signed the borrowing bill) is a beautiful building.

"Second," he said, "we’re going after the assertion that these towns can't afford to pay anything for schools. They can afford taxes."

The lawsuit would be Lonegan’s fourth against the State of New Jersey since 2000.

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Former Jersey City judge indicted in ticket fixing scandal

Former Jersey City Municipal Court Chief Judge Wanda Molina was indicted yesterday for fixing parking tickets, according to the Star-Ledger.

Molina is accused of dismissing eight parking tickets for a female companion. She stepped down last year during the intial investigation over ticket fixing, which netted half of Jersey City’s municipal judges.

Also indicted as Virginia Pagan, a former court administrator who allegedly fixed 215 parking tickets for herself and her daughter.

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Pallone and Pascrell go after U.S. attorney appointment power

Pallone and Pascrell go after U.S. attorney appointment power

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6): Politicker photoU.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6): Politicker photo

Based in part on U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s awarding of a potentially fat contract to ex-boss Attorney General John Ashcroft, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) don’t want U.S. attorneys appointing federal monitors.

To that end, they announced their intentions today to introduce legislation they say would take politics out of the appointment process, and prevent unelected officials from having "unfettered leverage against companies and corporations who have potentially engaged in criminal behavior," Pallone said.

As it is now, "The U.S. Attorney in this case has total discretion about when to decide who to appoint as a monitor and what the terms are," the 6th District Congressman told PolitickerNJ.com. "Everything we’re addressing is at the discretion of the U.S. Attorney, and it has led to the appearance of political cronyism and a lot of cynicism."

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Lesniak suggests Republican running mate for Obama

Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union): Politicker photoSen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union): Politicker photo 

For the good of the country, a Republican with foreign policy smarts and gravitas would be a wise running mate choice for Sen. Barack Obama, in the view of state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union).

In his NJ Voices blog over the weekend, Lesniak said he likes Indiana senior Sen. Richard Lugar, and today he told PolitickerNJ.com that Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) would also be good.

"It would show that Obama wants to bring this country together," said Lesniak. "I’m most impressed with Lugar’s ability to articulate a tough and reasoned approach to Iran.

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The Back Room

Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council backs Sayegh in Paterson Mayor's race

The Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council today endorsed Andre Sayegh for Mayor citing his effective leadership, efforts to combat crime, and promotion of business and overall economic development in the City of Paterson.

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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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The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"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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