Newspaper endorsement roundup

Editorial writers from newspaper across New Jersey agree that Barack Obama should be the next president.

Newspapers vary on most other endorsements, however.

Below is a list of federal endorsements made by New Jersey papers and the two major out-of-state publications that cover New Jersey.

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Bergen Republicans want to see subpoena

In Bergen County, Republicans have filed an OPRA request for a copy of the subpoena that the all-Democrat freeholder board received last week from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“There is no legal reason we could find why the freeholders cannot turn over copies of the federal subpoenas that were released last week,” said Republican candidate Chris Calabrese. 

The Bergen County Republican Organization also filed six OPRA request for details about $50 million in projects authorized by the freeholder board this year.

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Endorsements: Lautenberg 3, Zimmer 3

Dick Zimmer might not be polling well in his bid for United States Senator, but in the land of newspaper endorsements, he's holding his own. Zimmer, a former Republican Congressman, has won the support of the Asbury Park Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Courier-Post. Incumbent Frank Lautenberg has been endorsed by the Star-Ledger, the New York Timesand the Home News Tribune.

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Former McCain political director calls Garrett a 'nut'

Former McCain political director calls Garrett a 'nut'
A veteran Republican operative says U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) is a "nut"

Political operatives take note: if you’re going to call a member of your own party a “nut,” you might not want to say it to the daughter of his opponent.

At a rally for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in Houston on Saturday, Cornyn Campaign Manager Rob Jesmer probably did not notice the digital recorder when he struck up a conversation with Democratic rival Rick Noriega’s press secretary, Holly Shulman.

Jesmer -- who was presidential candidate John McCain’s political director for two months before quitting in July of last year, when his campaign seemed to be flailing -- asked Shulman about her father Dennis’s chances in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, where he’s challenging U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).

“Your dad’s running for Congress, right? Is he going to win?” Jesmer asked.

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Asbury Park Press endorses Zimmer

The Asbury Park Press endorsed Dick Zimmer for U.S. Senate yesterday, though not particularly enthusiastically.

The newspaper said that Zimmer fits the bill “at a time when the nation needs people who are better at figuring out how to reduce the size of government than finding new ways to expand it.”

The editorial spent significantly more words criticizing Lautenberg than lauding Zimmer, however, saying that “it’s debatable whether Lautenberg is as sharp and energetic as he needs to be to fulfill the demands of the job. But he has done everything he can to limit the opportunities for the public to judge for itself.”

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In Passaic and Bayonne: the Scarinci factor

In at least two special elections for mayor on Nov. 4th – in Passaic and Bayonne - attroney and big money Democratic Party donor Donald Scarinci stands to lose money if the other side wins.

In Passaic, Scarinci’s powerful firm, Scarinci and Hollenbeck, has the lucrative city attorney contract, with a base salary as high as $600,000 annually, not including add-ons.

City supervisor Vincent Capuana says if elected mayor he would look at trimming the firm from the payroll.

Countering that claim on the day he endorsed former School Board President Alex Blanco, Acting Mayor Gary Schaer said Capuana’s designs on in-house legal work likely wouldn’t save the city money.

In Bayonne, Scarinci represents Fidelco-Roseland Property, a residential developer of the Bayonne peninsula, site of the former Military Ocean Terminal.

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The ghost of Sharpe James

The ghost of Sharpe James
Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, headed to prison, is still a key figure in city politics

NEWARK - When Cory Booker toppled the old regime of Sharpe James and turned James’s most visible allies out of City Hall, the former mayor’s friends began plotting a comeback.

Now James is in a federal penitentiary serving time for fraud - and the deposed politician’s forces  believe they’re closer than ever to defeating Booker in Newark.

Recognized by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) as a rising star, a statewide phenomenon and an orator who at his best makes Obama sound like a blandly serviceable warm-up act, Booker nonetheless faces political trouble at the local level, in each of the city’s five wards.

The mayor will not publicly acknowledge political turmoil.

 “As long as crime is down, it’s a good day for me,” he says.

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Morning Digest: September 2nd

Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080  ...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

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"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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