Burry chastises Democrats over money, while state GOP aids her campaign

Burry chastises Democrats over money, while state GOP aids her campaign
Freeholder Director Lillian Burry

MANALAPAN – The issue of money comes up, and the Republicans are determined to depict Glenn Mason and Amy Mallet as the drones of a Democratic Party machine mobilized at the frontier of Monmouth County.

Republican John Curley, a former Red Bank councilman who now resides in Middletown, admits he’s struggling in his quest for cash in this freeholder race.

It’s tough, but so be it.

“I’m flat broke,” Curley says. “I had planned initially to get money from automobile dealers. But many of them are broke. We’re doing the best we can. …I’m just trying to be as personable as I can.”

The moderator at this League of Women Voters debate in the Monmouth County Library asks Curley if he’s received any money from outside the county.

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Lance: 'I am extreme in love for wife and dog'

Lance: 'I am extreme in love for wife and dog'
State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) and state Sen. Diane Allen (R-Hunterdon)

 FLEMINGTON – The Stender supporters started lining up on the sidewalk in front of the old Hunterdon County Courthouse moments before state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) arrived with a contingent of women for Lance, including state Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington), and his wife.

Some bitter back and forth ensued between the Stender and Lance women on the state senator’s home turf of this 7th Congressional District, where Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) and Lance are in a toss-up battle to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-New Providence).

For a few minutes it looked as though the women here thought they could settle things on their own, in Flemington’s version of “Street Fight.”

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Patrick Kennedy due in Passaic tonight

Patrick Kennedy due in Passaic tonight
Kenneth Lucianin and childhood friend Lisa Wozny

PASSAIC – Look hard among the lawn signs for the 8th Congressional District race, and you might see a few in there that say “Kennedy for Congress.”

That’s because Democratic Party insider Kenneth Lucianin, a candidate for the City Council, is bringing in  U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) tonight for a bash at his house against the backdrop of the Nov. 4th special elections.

Kennedy is the son of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

Aligned with Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and mayoral candidate Dr. Alex Blanco, Lucianin is a former school board member, former Port Authority employee, and the son of Kenneth Lucianin, Sr., a retired police director and Passaic patriarch.

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Counting on grassroots support, Rone runs against the power

Counting on grassroots support, Rone runs against the power
Mary Rone, Central Ward council candidate

NEWARK – As the juggernaut campaigns of Charles Bell and Eddie Osborne hit each other at full speed in the Central Ward, Mary Rone mounts a grassroots operation from below that she hopes will knock both of the bigger operations to their knees on Nov. 4th.

“I’m going to win it for the people,” says the community activist, who with her late husband, James Rone, advocated for fair housing in the city going back to the late 1960s. “I’ve had enough of the ring-kissing style of politics, and I know the people of the Central Ward have too.”

She comes at the campaign with an extra burst of motivation.

Thirteen candidates are vying in a special election to fill the seat of Rone’s daughter, former Councilwoman Dana Rone, whom an assignment judge removed in August after determining that the councilwoman used her office to impede the work of Rutgers University cops in a Dec. 2006 traffic incident involving her nephew.

“You could say Dana losing her seat was my fault,” says the older Rone. “I instilled in her what my family instilled in me. If a family member is in distress, you help them. That’s all it was. It’s not about her improperly using her authority. My daughter is very protective, both of her community – and of her own family.”

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Poll: Lautenberg leads Zimmer by 52%-36%

Poll: Lautenberg leads Zimmer by 52%-36%
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, with presidential candidate Barack Obama, has a huge lead in his bid for a 5th term

A new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll shows incumbent Frank Lautenberg with a 16 point lead over Dick Zimmer in the race for U.S. Senate -- 52%-36% among likely voters.  A Quinnipiac University poll released this week has Lautenberg ahead by 22 points.  Zimmer, a former Republican Congressman, remains unknown to 56% of voters.

“With just two weeks to go, the incumbent’s stealth campaign appears to be succeeding. Of course, it certainly helps that his challenger has yet to introduce himself to most of the state’s voters,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.  “Given the lack of visible campaign activity, Lautenberg seems to be coasting along on Obama’s coattails.”

Lautenberg has a 48%-28% job approval rating, up from 45%-33% in July.  He has a 45%-24% favorable rating.  Zimmer has a 28%-16% favorable rating.  

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Freeholders' debate underway in Battlezone Monmouth

John Curley and Freeholder Director Lillian Burry: Politicker photoJohn Curley and Freeholder Director Lillian Burry: Politicker photo 

MANALAPAN - The debate is underway here between the Democrats and Republicans in this down-ballot battleground for two seats on the Monmouth County Freeholder Board, and Democrats have opened by going after the incumbent.

Republican Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and her running mate, former Red Bank Councilman John Curley, sit at a table in the Monmouth County Library's main branch, alongside their Democratic rivals, reitred Hazlet Police Detective Glenn Mason and Fair Haven businesswoman Amy Mallet.

Taking a question about transparency in government, Mallet immediately goes after incumbent Burry.

"We recently learned there was a house tour in Colts Neck, put on by the Historic Preservation Committee," says Mallet. "She used her business as a primary outlet for purchasing the tickets (to the tour)."

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More drama in the overheating 5th District congressional race

There’s plenty of outrage to go around in the 5th Congressional District.

Today, the Dennis Shulman campaign decried a mailer from incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) that put a small picture of Shulman, a rabbi, in front of a much larger picture of a Hamas member carrying an AK-47.

“Should we be talking with terrorists,” it reads in large, blood red letters.  “Dennis Shulman thinks so.”

Garrett also put out a commercial asking “What do we really know about Dennis Shulman, the man spearing Scott Garrett?,” and referring to him as an “extremist who believes America must negotiate with terrorists.” 

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Sarlo status update

State Sen. Paul Sarlo remains in the hospital, although he’s miffed that his chief of staff, Chris Eilert, took away his cell phone.

Eilert said that Sarlo, 40, is still undergoing tests.  Doctors still don’t know what happened, he says, although Sarlo is “back to normal.” 

“In terms of his functioning and personality-wise, he’s back to normal.  He’s Paul -- he wants to run the world form his hospital bed,” said Eilert.  “He just called me half an hour ago.  He’s upset at me because I won’t give him his cell phone”

Sarlo was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center at approximately 2:00a.m. Monday morning after reporting difficulty breathing.   

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