Rothman bringing in Koch to help go after Jewish vote for Obama

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch will campaign for Barack Obama in Paramus this weekend: Getty Images PhotoFormer New York City Mayor Ed Koch will campaign for Barack Obama in Paramus this weekend: Getty Images Photo
Obama supporter U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) plans to welcome former Mayor of New York City Ed Koch, and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer to Paramus on Sunday evening to participate in a town hall forum. Rothman will lead a discussion about why he believes his presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) is the right choice for President. The congressman said he and the two other speakers, all prominent supporters of Israel and of Obama, will discuss how an Obama presidency would also improve Israel's security.

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Winners & Losers of the Week

Winners & Losers of the Week
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Lance questions Stender's committment to economic issues based on her absence from commission

In July, 2005, Acting Gov. Dick Codey appointed Assemblywoman Linda Stender to the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission.

Since then, the commission has held 13 meetings at Rutgers University’s Piscataway campus -- 12 miles from Stender’s hometown of Fanwood.  Stender, who’s still a member of the commission, has not attended a single one of them. 

The position is unpaid, and other board members sometimes skipped meetings as well, although few as consistently as Stender.  But her opponent for the 7th Congressional District seat, State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington), argues that she didn’t do the job that was asked of her – especially in light of the nation’s economic crisis. 

“When elected officials commit to doing a job, they are expected to do it.  Clearly Assemblywoman Stender failed to show up and do the job asked of her,” he said.  “With our economy in crisis and unemployment rising, the work of the State Employment and Training Commission is more important that ever, so it’s extremely unfortunate that Linda Stender failed to attend a single Commission meeting.”

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The last of the "Monmouth 11" goes down

The last of the “Monmouth 11” has been found guilty of bribery.

Former Asbury Park Councilman/Deputy Mayor John J. Hamilton, Jr. was convicted late yesterday by a federal jury of accepting a free paving job for his driveway worth $5,000 at of taking a $2,000 cash bribe.

Hamilton was one of 11 sitting or former public officials from Monmouth County charged with corruption n February, 2005.  His trial last year ended in a hung jury. 

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Obama campaign sending volunteers into Pa. this weekend

Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Il.) New Jersey operations employ 25 full-time staffers to man the ground game here and harness volunteers in the lead-up to and in the hours of Election Day.

But with the Democratic presidential candidate now leading Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by 13 points in the latest Fairleigh Dickinson University poll and Pennsylvania still a battleground, N.J. for Obama plans to dispatch volunteers across the state’s western border this weekend as part of a coordinated voter registration drive.

“This weekend the Obama New Jersey Campaign for Change will test the strength of our ground operation in preparation for Election Day by launching a Countdown to Change Voter Contact Weekend,” said Obama campaign spokesman Andrew Poag. "The operation will unleash two separate teams of New Jersey volunteers. Team Fired Up and Team Ready to Go.

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McCain's New Jersey Democrats

WOODBRIDGE -- John McCain’s New Jersey campaign today rolled out three Garden State Democrats who are backing the Republican presidential candidate. It’s evidence, they say, that despite Barack Obama’s double-digit lead in the polls, “The Maverick” is making inroads with the state’s traditionally Democratic voters -- even if at least two of the Democrats they showed off today already voted Republican in the last presidential election.

At McCain’s regional headquarters in Woodbridge, former Real Estate Commission Executive Director Dawn Rafferty – a self-described life-long Democrat who served under Governors McGreevey and Codey -- said that she fears for her children’s future if Barack Obama is elected president. She was joined at the press conference by the voice of her mother, former Secretary of State Joan Haberly, who endorsed McCain via speakerphone while on a business trip in Las Vegas.

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Burlington versus Trenton in 3rd District showdown

Trying to get disentangled from a corruption trial narrative that has put Democrats on the run these last two weeks, state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) trained his sights on the Republican-engineered Burlington County Bridge Commission scandal, and urged his GOP rival in the 3rd District Congressional race to demand a return of $2.7 million in taxpayer dollars pilfered during that more local example of government gone bad.

“When it comes to rooting out corruption in Burlington County, (Medford Mayor) Chris Myers is nowhere to be found," said Mark Warren, Adler's campaign manager. "His silence is deafening."

The Adler campaign charged that Myers has kept his mouth shut on the issue despite the conviction of a lobbyist who was found guilty of over-billing the commission by $2.7 million. The convicted lobbyist, Robert Stears, headed a Trenton lobbying firm in which Tom Wilson, chair of the state Republican Party, was also a partner.

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The Back Room

Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 29th

  Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership JERSEY CITY – And then there were three. That’s what it looked like, at least, when a late-arriving and widely beaming Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in cream-colored suit joined political allies Jersey City Mayor Steve...

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Op-Ed

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 >

Contributors

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