Tornoe's Toons: Dick who?

Tornoe's Toons: Dick who?

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Salem County freeholder candidate arrested for disorderly conduct

Today’s Sunbeam reports that independent Salem County freeholder candidate Ken James was arrested for disorderly conduct after being escorted out of a Penns Grove council meeting.

James, a former mayor of Penns Grove, had a heated argument with current Mayor John Washington over taxes, according to the report.

The newspaper quotes James comparing the incident to the American Revolution.

“During the Revolutionary War, they would hang you if you spoke out about taxes,” he said. “If you see me hanging from a tree ... cut me loose.”

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Adler goes up on television for the first time

The Adler campaign started running its first televison advertisement this morning on Philadelphia broadcast TV, according to Adler Campaign Manager Mark Warren.

"It is a biographical ad that introduces voters to John," Warren said of state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden).

The campaign’s foray into television comes with just over a month to go before Election Day. Warren said he is not aware of any television ads run by Adler’s Republican rival, Medford Mayor Chris Myers.

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Myers and Adler scrap over bailout package

Sen. John Adler (D-Camden)Sen. John Adler (D-Camden)In their ongoing war of words in the 3rd Congressional District, state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) and Medford Mayor Chris Myers at least vigorously agreed that the partisanship needs to end.

Then each continued to wale on the other, blaming trickle down economics and bad government practices respectively as the source of the Wall Street financial crisis.

Characterizing the actions of a deadlocked U.S. Congress, Myers used the word "bickering" and Adler used "finger-pointing," as they stuck to their essential positions. Myers would have voted against the bailout package as it currently stands, while Adler - employing vaguer language - suggests he would have voted in the affirmative.Medford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photoMedford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photo

"My problem with the legislation that failed in Congress today is that it apparently lacks any provision which would prevent unscrupulous lenders from turning around and using this $700 billion to go out and write more bad sub-prime loans," said Myers in a statement issued on Monday, parting company with U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Burlington).

Adler didn’t disagree that basic principles must be in place, but bemoaned Congress’ inability to take action on Monday’s bailout bill.

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GOP launches Somerset phone banking effort

Thomas Roughneen in GOP HQ Tuesday: Politicker photoThomas Roughneen in GOP HQ Tuesday: Politicker photo 

SOMERVILLE - Led by Iraq War veteran Thomas Roughneen, Republicans kicked off a concentrated nightly phone-banking effort here today on behalf of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

"Every night for 18 nights we will have people from a different town in Somerset County in here making calls for Sen. McCain, supplemented by women making targeted calls on Wednesdays and veterans calling people on Tuesdays," said Roughneen, who serves as the McCain campaign’s coordinator for Somerset County.

Roughneen, a Watchung lawyer who ran for Congress unsuccessfully in the 7th District earlier this year, is a longtime McCain supporter.

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Two polls show Obama up in New Jersey

Two polls show Obama up in New Jersey

Barack Obama leads John McCain by nine points in New Jersey, according to a Strategic Vision poll set to be released tomorrow. 

That poll comes on the heels of today’s Survey USA poll that showed Obama leading McCain 52% to 42%. 

Survey USA also polled the U.S. Senate race, going as far as to pronounce incumbent U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg the winner in its headline, though probably not intentionally.   

Lautenberg leads Zimmer 51% to 38% in the Garden State.

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Menendez: ‘Doing nothing is not an option’

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken)Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) 

On the floor of the United States Senate this afternoon, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) addressed the ongoing financial crisis, tried to ascertain its real world impact, and argued for why Congress needs to act decisively.

"What’s not making the headlines is what this economic crisis means for people in our hometowns," said Menendez, who acknowledged a Star-Ledger editorial, which criticized elected officials for not making a cogent argument for why the package is necessary. The $700 billion Wall Street bailout failed yesterday.

Simultaneously, the Dow lost $1 trillion, $200 billion in value.

"The problem is we see no stability, so losses are real," said Menendez, a member of the Senate Banking Committee. "...Each member of the Senate, each member of the House needs to find the courage to act on something that isn't very popular."

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