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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Fulop on Schundler offer of support: no thanks

Things appear to be getting a little prickly between Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop and former Mayor Bret Schundler – two prospective candidates in next year’s mayoral election who share the same base of voters downtown.

At issue are the two ballot initiatives Fulop plans to put on the ballot in November – one which enacts a pay-to-play ban and another that bars city council members from accepting more than one public salary.

The initiatives also work as an organizing tool for Fulop, who’s used dozens of volunteers in the effort and hopes that it will increase his name recognition outside of his own Ward E.

After Fulop turned in enough signatures to get the initiatives on the ballot, Schundler came out wholeheartedly in support of them, and mentioned that he’d be willing to hold a joint press conference with Fulop in support of them.

Fulop, however, shot down that idea.

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Corzine sounds off on 'millionaire's amendment' ruling

PHILADELPHIA -- New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said today he disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month to strike down the so-called "millionaire's amendment" campaign finance provision he championed and that would have affected New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race this year.

The provision, which Congress passed in 2002, said that when a candidate surpassed a specified self-contribution total the opposing candidate’s contribution limit would rise.

“I thought it was one way for people who end up running against well-to-do candidates who self-finance to be able to have a more level financial playing field,” Corzine told

But in its 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court argued the law violated the First Amendment rights of self-financing candidates.

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A House Divided

A House Divided

As labor is burning, our National union leaders are fiddling. Some of them are simply arsonists. While the labor movement has made tremendous progress in the past, every working American knows that we are facing exceptionally challenging economic times and a union movement that continues to decline. Everyone, that is, except for some national union leaders, who these days seem too focused on creating internal divides and engaging in selfish politics to focus on the fight for their members' rights. 

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The Back Room

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 22, 2014

Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC reportNEWARK - Newark First, the independent expenditure group that supports Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries in the run-up to the May 13 municipal election, has been on the attack lately against Jeffries'...

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How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"You know what? I'm still Vinny Prieto. I'm still the same guy. This is always a great event — to see people, to talk about business, to hear about issues and concerns." - Assembly Speaker Vinny Prieto (D-32).

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