Myers and Adler exchange fire over fundraising

Medford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker photoMedford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker photo

If the latest scrap between riled 3rd Congressional District candidates is to be believed, there are actors out there who aren’t angels in the world of campaign fundraising.

In arguably the most acrimonious congressional battle of the summer, state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) and Medford Mayor Chris Myers this week each accused the other of stirring scandal-tainted cash into the mix of their respective campaigns.

First, Myers called on Adler to return a $4,000 contribution from GOP target of the week: U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY).

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Zimmer raises $751,555

Zimmer raises $751,555

United States Senate candidate Dick Zimmer raised about $273,000 since May 15th, bringing his total raised since entering the race in April to $751,555.

Zimmer has $411,029 on hand.

“Considering that my fundraising began in mid-April, I am very encouraged by the level of support I have received in such a short amount of time,” said Zimmer. “It is clear that, as the cost of living in New Jersey becomes more and more unaffordable, New Jerseyans want more effective leadership in Washington.”

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Pascrell and Pallone to unveil regulations for federal monitors' process

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8), right, (with U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg).: Politicker photoU.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8), right, (with U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg).: Politicker photo 

Two New Jersey congressmen intend to announce tomorrow their plans for legislation to regulate how U.S. attorneys award federal monitoring contracts.

Their Washington, D.C. news conference comes as part of the fallout from U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s having awarded his former boss, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, a federal monitoring contract in which Ashcroft could make up to $52 million.

As part of their investigation, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) requested full disclosure of 85 deferred and non-prosecution agreements and lists of corporate monitors selected in 41 agreements.

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Running against the odds

This election season, there are hotly contested races in the 3rd and 7th Congressional Districts. Then, one tier down, there are a couple of races in which challengers have some inkling of hope against a well-entrenched incumbent and may count on a bit of national party support.

And then there are the challengers to whom national parties don’t even bother paying lip service, like Tom Wyka in the 11th District, Vince Micco in the 9th District and Robert McLeod in the 6th District, among others.

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Corzine heads to Israel

Governor Jon S. Corzine is scheduled to travel to Israel this week, where he plans to foster trade, investment and commercial relationships between New Jersey and Israel, according to a release issued this afternoon by the governor's office.

The governor intends to focus on stem cell research, alternative energy, green technologies, and research and development in other high technology fields, according to the release. Corzine will meet and open dialogue with high-level government officials and key business leaders.

"New Jersey's unique position as a gateway to the nation's major markets offers us a tremendous opportunity to forge new economic relationships that will be beneficial to all concerned," the governor said. "Israel has emerged as one of our state's most important partners in terms of both economic and cultural

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Myers opposes while Adler bludgeons Bush drilling plan

State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker photoState Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker photo 

President George W. Bush’s plan to lift a federal offshore drilling ban provoked a gush of harsh words out of the 3rd Congressional District, where state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) and Medford Mayor Chris Myers are vying to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3) in a coastal district.

In the face of Bush’s stated attempt to handle the country’s gas crisis, Adler issued a chastising release.

"Lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling will have catastrophic consequences on our state’s tourism industry, jeopardize the livelihood of anglers and cause great harm to the Jersey Shore," Adler said in a statement.

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5th District fundraising totals

Fifth District Democratic Challenger Dennis Shulman and incumbent Rep. E. Scott Garrett raised close to the same amount of money last fundraising quarter, though Garrett retains a significant cash advantage.

Shulman raised $270,000 last quarter, according to his campaign, bringing his total raised so far to about $585,000, with $258,000 cash on hand after a primary against attorney Camille Abate.

“We’re excited that grassroots energy for Dennis’s campaign is translating into the resources that we need to get the message out in November,” said Shulman Campaign Manager Jeff Hauser.

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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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