After costly fight with Andrews, Lautenberg begins with $1.3 million in the bank

Lautenberg heads back to the phones for money: Politicker photoLautenberg heads back to the phones for money: Politicker photo 

Now the cash rebuilding effort begins for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

Coming off of a blowout victory over South Jersey challenger U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) in the Democratic Primary, Lautenberg is starting with $1.3 million in the bank in mid-summer as he heads toward his November mano-a-mano with Republican candidate and former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer.

The Lautenberg campaign spent $5 million against the upstart Andrews, according to sources close to the U.S. Senator.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) had feared a Lautenberg dollar drain, and quickly went to the phones to try to take the steam out of Andrews when the congressman pawed the turf in the late days of April.

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2008: The year of the gas station presser

CRANFORD -- In what might be the most common press conference setting of the campaign season, Republican Senate candidate Dick Zimmer and the 7th District Congressional candidate, State Sen. Leonard Lance, stood together at a gas station in Cranford today, where they decried a "do nothing" Democratic congress's record on energy, along with those of their opponents.

Several other candidates - including both Lance's and Zimmer's opponents - have held similar press conferences. In May, Lance's opponent, Assemblywoman Linda Stender, stood with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) at a Scotch Plains gas station to talk about energy independence. Days later, third district Democratic congressional candidate John Adler stood with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) at a Mount Laurel Sunoco. Last month, Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez attacked President Bush on energy prices in front of gas pumps in Paterson, and just last week Zimmer himself held a press conference in Fair Haven.

The station in Cranford, where a gallon of regular gas cost $3.99, was reflective of New Jersey, which just today saw its average price per gallon reach beyond $4.00.

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FOP backs Adler, Stender

The Fraternal Order of Police - New Jersey State Lodge (NJFOP) has endorsed the re-election of every incumbent Congressman except Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, and is backing Camille Andrews, John Adler and Linda Stender, all Democrats, for open House seats.

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Luna becomes political director for OCRO

Frank Luna, former campaign manager for 3rd District congressional candidate Jack Kelly, has accepted a paid position with the Ocean County Republican Organization (OCRO) as the political director.  

"I'm excited," said Luna. "After Kelly's race the chairman (George Gilmore) talked to me. It's a wonderful opportunity and we have a lot of work to do."

The 25-year old Luna started his job this week, according to his post on Red Jersey.

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Perr and Pelios apologize to Merkt over ethics charge

Assemblyman Rick Merkt forced two Democratic County Chairmen to apologize for filing an ethics complaint against himAssemblyman Rick Merkt forced two Democratic County Chairmen to apologize for filing an ethics complaint against himTwo Democrats today publicly withdrew an ethics complaint they filed against Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Morris) last year.

Burlington County Democratic Chairman Rick Perr and former Somerset County Democratic Chairman Elia Pelios last year filed a complaint with the Joint Committee on Ethical Standards alleging that Merkt had violated the state’s conflicts of interest law and the legislative code of ethics related to his vote on the 2002 budget.

The ethics complaint, which was also filed against six other Repulbican legislators, was dismissed a month later after the committee found that it went beyond the statute of limitations. But Merkt took particular offense to it, filing a lawsuit against the the two Democrats charging libel and defamation of character.

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Adler close to $2 million in fund-raising totals

Adler close to $2 million in fund-raising totals

John Adler, the Democratic nominee in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, today announced that his campaign raised over $720,000 in the second quarter of 2008.

"We had a very good quarter," said the candidate, whose campaign has now raised over $1.9 million for the cycle.

The campaign has received over 2,700 donations, nearly 70% of which have come from local New Jersey residents, according to campaign manager Raiyan Syed.

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Ideological changes you can believe in

Telecom immunity. Public financing. Faith-based initiatives. NAFTA. Just words?

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The Back Room

Daily News: PVSC still a patronage cesspool

Despite Gov. Chris Christie's much-covered intevention and rearrangement of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) four years ago, the place is still a mess, according to a story in the Daily News.

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How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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