WOODBRIDGE -- Asked to pick a running mate for Sen. Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) mentioned U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.).
"Senator Webb from Virginia would be an interesting choice," Andrews told PolitickerNJ.com. "This is a candidate who is new to the Senate, who was elected in a tough state. He's been vetted. With him on the ticket, Virginia is a state we could certainly win."
A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and a backer of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton's, Andrews in recent days has stopped just short of calling for the New York senator to exit the presidential race.Read More >
MOUNTAINSIDE - The seven Republican candidates for Congress in the 7th District debated at Town Hall here on Thursday night in a one-hour forum moderated by Fred Rossi of the Westfield Leader and Scotch Plains Fanwood Times.
As expected, most of the criticism flew in the direction of state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon), who in turn directed his ire at the $10 trillion national debt.
Iraq War veteran Thomas Roughneen of Watchung attacked Lance’s environmental advocacy, while Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks and businesswoman Kate Whitman of Peapack-Gladstone blasted him for not being a more effective fighter in state government for property tax relief.Read More >
MOUNTAINSIDE - At the GOP debate here on Thursday night, Darren Young, a late entry into the primary running on a ticket with U.S. Senate candidate Murray Sabrin, delivers his closing remarks.
A Ron Paul Republican, Young develops computer software and lives with his family in Summit.Read More >
MOUNTAINSIDE - Martin Marks, mayor of Scotch Plains for the past nine years and a candidate for Congress in the 7th Congressional District, spent mush of the evening targeting presumed front-runner state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon).
"I am unafraid to stand up to members of my own party when they don't act, when they should have," he said.
But when Iraq War veteran Thomas Roughneen and busineswoman Kate Whitman went after Marks on taxes, the mayor chastised both of them.Read More >
MOUNTAINSIDE - Former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman says she likes Tom Ridge as a vice-presidential candidate for Sen. John McCain.
Ultimately the decision hinges on McCain's own comfort level, Whitman acknowledges, but based on her own work with Ridge - both when he was governor of Pennsylvania and head of Homeland Security - she belives he would be a good choice.Read More >
MOUNTAINSIDE - Kelly Hatfield gets the crowd in Town Hall here to clap for the "great Republican farm team we have," while Martin Marks takes verbal slaps at Kate Whitman and Thomas Roughneen and praises Hatfield.
"You two are the probably the youngest people on this dais," Marks tells Whitman and Roughneen, seated to his right and left.
"Why don’t you walk a mile in our shoes?" he asks, referring them to local elected officials.Read More >
MOUTAINSIDE - Sen. Leonard Lance goes for in-the-chamber gravitas in his closing remarks, and goes after Assemblywoman Linda Stender, the Democratic candidate for the 7th Congressional District.
After fielding blows from Roughneen, Whitman and Marks, Lance compliments them all for their various professional qualities, and makes positive comments about the other candidates, including Professor AD Amar and former Summit Councilwoman Kelly Hatfield.
"What I would like to think I bring to this race is experience in Trenton on the transcendent issue of our time - fiscal responsibility," says the state senator, who wants to take a shot at reducing the country’s $10 trillion debt.Read More >
MOUTAINSIDE - With her mother sitting next to her husband in the front row, Kate Whitman notes that her opponents have attacked her for her last name, but insists that she has run the most substantive, issues-driven campaign.
And she throws a verbal punch at the elected officials in the race.
"I’m the only one to release a six-point plan," says Whitman, daughter of former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman. "Every person on this dais - given the chance - voted for tax increases."
Now they have signed a no-new-taxes pledge but "Who can believe them?" the 31-year old candidate wonders.Read More >
State Sen. Donald Norcross’ congressional campaign is getting a little help from the lawmaker’s older brother.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
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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 >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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