The candidates get a chance to discuss wages and wealth, and when Eric Scott asks U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg what the minimum wage should be, the senator responds, "One can’t place a dollar figure on it."
Pressed by Scott, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews says the minimum wage should be between $15 - $16 an hour, and Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello marks it at $15-$20.
The congressman tries to distinguish himself from Lautenberg on taxes. He says he would repeal taxes for people making over $350,000 annually.
"The senator said he would ‘examine’ tax cuts," Andrews notes.Read More >
Moderator Eric Scott interrogates U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews on his support for Gov. Jon Corzine’s plan to increase tolls over a number of years by 800%. Does he still support it?, the debate moderator wants to know.
"No, because now the governor doesn’t support it either," says Andrews.
The congressman goes on to say that the state has a whining problem. Politicians whine about problems but don’t do anything to solve them.
"The governor stood up and attacked the problem, my friend the senator sounded like Republicans who whined about the problem," says Andrews.Read More >
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg blasts away at U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, urging him to tell the truth about his involvement in the Iraq War, but with the help of Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello, Andrews flips the issue back on the senator by the end of the exchange.
Lautenberg was not in the Senate in 2002, and Andrews helped craft the resolution authorizing Bush to take America to war.
"I didn’t vote for it," Lautenberg says. "At the time I said I might consider voting for it. I didn’t have the benefit of the briefing. I never would I have voted for that war. Congressman Andrews went right to it."
Proud of his opposition to the war from the beginning, Cresitello says, "The senator is misleading the people of New Jersey. They are both responsible for a war costing us $12 billion a month."
Now Andrews heads straight at Lautenberg.
"The senator has just completely misrepresented his position," says the congressman."He said Colin Powell has laid to rest any doubtsRead More >
The New Jersey 101.5 U.S. Senate debate is now underway in the station's Ewing studio.
Eric Scott, vice-president of news, hosts the showdown featuring U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and his challengers U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) and Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello taking phone calls from New Jersey voters.
Lautenberg gives his opening statement, hitting four broad ambitions: ending the Iraq War, improving the economy, attacking global warning and working to achieve energy independence.Read More >
In December 2007, James Devine, a Union County political operative/newspaper publisher, was arrested for owing $20,000 in child support and alimony.
It was the latest fall from grace for Devine, a former Union County Democratic insider. Devine had been, as recently as a few years ago, a somewhat important operative in local political circles, running three weekly newspapers in Union County that depended heavily on financing from county advertisements and legal notices. But when that revenue stream abruptly ended, Devine was out of business and out of luck - a turn of events he blames on Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, a former political ally who he had a falling out with in the early 1990s.
Now he's working to beat Bollwage, who is seeking re-election in the June 3 Democratic primary.
But Devine's detractors hold nothing but venom for a man they characterize as a charlatan who has mucked up the political scene in Union County for decades, and who recently had his bank account frozen for owing tens of thousands in back taxes - something Devine blames on bad legal advice and child support payments.
Some public officials who are used to choosing their words carefully don't hesitate to go on the record slamming Devine.
"He's a sleaze ball, the worst in politics," said Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan, who also represents Union County in the State Assembly. "If they pay him anything, I hope he used it towards his child support."Read More >
NEWARK - The sides have lined up - one against the other - Lautenberg forces versus Andrews forces - but Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has kept his name in no man’s land.
"I’m neutral," he said yesterday when he made an appearance at a Gov. Jon Corzine press conference behind the Oliver Street Elementary School in the Ironbound.
Of course, everyone in his North Ward circle backs U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews over U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), mostly because powerful North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato backs Andrews.
Andrews supporters in Newark include state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Newark) and North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos - all DiVincenzo diehards.Read More >
At a filling station in Mount Laurel where a gallon of regular gas cost $3.89, 3rd District Congressional candidate state Sen. John Adler stood with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) to address rising energy costs.
It was type of retail campaign stop Adler has been privileged to engage in so far. While he's unopposed by any Democrats in a primary, he's sitting on a $1.1 million war chest while three Republican rivals with a fraction of his funds slug it out in a primary.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) won the official support today of Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Plainfield) as part of Andrews’s quest to unseat U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary.
"After watching Rob Andrews travel this state to meet with voters, listen to their concerns and explain his vision for the future, I am convinced he is the kind of strong, effective advocate our citizens here in Union County and across New Jersey need in the U.S. Senate," said Green. "I enthusiastically support Rob, and I urge all Democrats to vote for him in Tuesday's primary. He is our best hope for change."Read More >
This afternoon, PolitickerNJ will be posting the results of our exclusive poll of Republican primary voters in CD3.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
FDU Poll: Christie plummets 20 points Gov. Chris Christie's job approval took a 20 point drop in three plus months, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. Christie’s post Bridgegate job approval rating stands at 41% (with 44% who disapprove), down from 61% last November. Currently about...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
“Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure. As recently as late last year, his approval numbers were consistently bigger than his disapproves - by a pretty big margin - and more voters liked everything about him than disliked everything about him. One of the defining characteristics of the governor that makes him a nationally sought after Republican is his widespread appeal in a Democratic state. Bridgegate continues to erode that asset.” - FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins.- PolitickerNJ.com
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