Christopher J. Christie got a big headline yesterday with the indictment of former state Sen. Joseph Coniglio. But his victory in prosecuting another prominent public official was tempered a bit by a Wednesday New York Times story harshly critical of “the way he has conducted business” and a Thursday editorial that slammed him around.
Has the aura of inevitability around Christie as the Republican nominee for Governor in 2009 faded?
The next election is nineteen months away, and it’s not even a sure bet that Gov. Jon Corzine will seek reelection. But of the few Republican candidates on the horizon, this winter belongs to conservative activist and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, whose name is associated with the defeat of two ballot measures in November’s election, and who has taken a stand at the forefront of the anti-monetization movement, warming him to the type of mainstream Republican politicians with whom he’s feuded with in the past.Read More >
It was only a couple of months ago that Jersey native Joe Coletti helped set up a lowkey evening of baseball and politics in Manchester, N.H. for his boss, U.S. Sen. John McCain, who was clawing into contention inch-by-inch after flailing in the background through a tough summer and early fall.
On that particular night, as McCain and Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling shagged questions from the small crowd, the candidate was in the midst of a week-long whirlwind of New Hampshire events, and the polls were showing him slowly becoming a force again.Read More >
A year ago, Damian Bednarz was completing his Master’s Degree at Seton Hall University and sending g-mails out to fellow backpack-clad, 20–something political junkies as a grassroots Barack Obama organizer.
The campaign liked what it saw of the Paterson product, and snatched him up to handle GOTV efforts in New Hampshire, months before the primary there. He worked all summer and fall in the Granite State, and on primary night found himself in the boiler room, taking down polling information as his presidential candidate came up short of knocking out rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.Read More >
At-Large Newark City Councilman Luis Quintana this week told PolitickerNJ.com that he intends to go to Texas to campaign for presidential candidate Barack Obama in the lead-up to that state’s Democratic Party primary on March 4th.
"I love this candidate, Barack Obama," said Quintana, who admitted his own local efforts to stare down the machine makes it easy for him to identify with the first-term Illinois senator’s attempt to buck the system.
Quintana last year campaigned unsuccessfully for state Senate in the 29th district, losing to establishment Democrat - and Sen. Hillary Clinton supporter - M. Teresa Ruiz.Read More >
State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos issued a statement today indicating that he would not pursue a run for the U.S. senate in 2008.
"I am flattered and grateful for the encouragement of some good friends and allies," said the senator from Middletown. "Susan and I considered a race and have made a family decision not to pursue it. Each of the announced Republican candidates would be a far more effective Senator than the incumbent."
Kyrillos spearheaded the New Jersey effort for Mitt Romney's unsuccessful presidential campaign.
Some Republicans, including Monmouth County Republican Chairman Adam Puharic, suggested Kyrillos' entry into the 2008 Senate race would be a game-changing event.Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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