LONG BRANCH - U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone leads the way up to the top of the Windmill and considers a question regarding the main difference between U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and his Democratic Primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews.
He doesn’t hesitate to take a shot.
Pallone’s in this fight, on Lautenberg’s side. All up and down Ocean Avenue and in other vital pockets of the 6th Congressional District stand lawn and street signs to that effect: "Lautenberg-Pallone. Vote June 3."
Andrews’s signs interface his rival’s with only one name on them: his own. And yet it’s the mention of Andrews’s longtime closeness with South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross III - the unseen figure in this race - that creates an opening for Pallone to draw what he considers a solid argument for Lautenberg.Read More >
The two Democrats running for the U.S. Senate spent Memorial Day on the campaign trail, marching in parades in northern New Jersey.
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews today described the small Memorial Day parade in the tiny working class town of Wood-Ridge today as reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting.
About 20 miles north, in Bergenfield, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg spent part of his day in a town that much less resembles a Norman Rockwell painting: Bergenfield, where the 84-year-old World War II veteran energetically marched in a much larger, more ethnically diverse crowd at its Memorial Day parade.Read More >
WOODBRIDGE - U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) wasn’t supposed to face a primary opponent, and when he did, few were as irked as U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
In the months preceding U.S. Rob Andrews’s challenge of Lautenberg, Schumer saw the elder statesman bringing in big donors and positioning himself to make a convincing stand come the November general.
Andrews’s entry into the race was at best a headache for Schumer because it meant Lautenberg would have to spend money in a primary - maybe a lot of money.
With McCain at the top of the ticket and competitive here against Obama but the Republican Party otherwise in shambles after Bush, Schumer didn’t want to have to worry about New Jersey. There were other opportunities for senate seat wins, enticing red-to-blue prospects - namely in Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Virginia, and Maine. Schumer didn’t want to have to look at Lautenberg until Nov. 5th, let alone spend money on him.
Andrews’s throw down prompted Schumer to call U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). The command was simple: stop the uprising.Read More >
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The Star-Ledger and the Philadelphia Inquirer have endorsed Rob Andrews for U.S. Senate against incumbent Frank Lautenberg in the Democratic primary. Both papers also endorsed Dick Zimmer for the GOP nomination, although the Star-Ledger said they would back Andrews or Lautenberg over Zimmer in the general election.
WNBC reports that the United States Attorney launched a corruption probe in Bergen County today, serving subpoenas in several municipalities and at least one county agency.
Sources tell PolitickerNJ.com that attorney Dennis Oury, the former counsel to the Bergen County Democratic Organization, is at the center of the probe.
Among the towns hit by subpoenas is Paramus, where Mayor James Tedesco told WNBC’s Brian Thompson that he’s not a target of the investigation. Bergen County sources say that subpoenas were also served in several towns where Oury has contracts, including Bergenfield, New Milford and Fort Lee. They specifically ask for documents related to his billable work. The Bergen County Improvement Authority also received a subpoena.
More party muscle will arrive in New Jersey next week to help the Democrats' Congressional candidate in the 7th District.
Assemblywoman Linda Stender will campaign with Majority Whip U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) in Scotch Plains on Tuesday afternoon, where they will talk about the rising price of gas and the need for energy independent, according to the Stender campaign.
Last month, Stender invited U.S. Rep. Chief Deputy Whip Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to Fanwood to talk about senior health issues.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) raised $1.7 million more than U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) in the last six-week period ending May 14, according to Herb Jackson's "Capital Games," covering Congress and Washington for The Record.
The report also shows that Lautenberg has more cash on hand: $4,123,000 to Andrews's $1,640,170.
The 4/11 through 5/14 money totals show $3,048,707 for Andrews - including substantial funds from his House fundraising arm - compared to $1,322,125 for Lautenberg, according to Jackson's report.Read More >
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) today unveiled an ad running on network and cable television, stating that his primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1), broke his word by making age an issue in his challenge of the incumbent senator.
Although Andrews’s early campaign trail statements reflected that he wouldn’t make age an issue, his latest television advertisement assails Lautenberg for his age.
Lautenberg’s campaign pounced on that, returning to an earlier campaign theme of theirs that Andrews has a problem keeping his word. They noted at the beginning of the primary that Andrews had promised he would not run against Lautenberg, then contradicted himself by running.
Andrews said at the time that he had promised not to run if the senator ran "an inspiring campaign," which he didn’t, in Andrews’s opinion.
But his ad earlier this week didn’t attack Lautenberg for being uninspiring, but rather for being old, and Lautenberg responded today.Read More >
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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