In the 3rd congressional district, unopposed Democrat John Adler continues to dominate in fundraising, while Republican Jack Kelly has slightly more cash than rival Chris Myers.
Adler has raised a total of $1.4 million for the cycle and is sitting on $1.1 million cash-on-hand. He raised $240,000 between April 1st and May 15th.
On the Republican end, Kelly raised $59,778 last quarter, bringing his total raised so far to $365,892. He has $134,989 on hand, but is $10,500 in debt.Read More >
In the no holds barred contest for the 3rd district Republican congressional nomination, the Chris Myers campaign said today that they have proof that their candidate is winning against rival Jack Kelly: Democrats are attacking Myers.
Myers’s camp today issued a press release along with a copy of a mailer the Democrat State Committee sent to Republican primary voters that notes that Myers, the mayor of Medford Township, missed a quarter of his town council votes, and that he voted to raise taxes in the town.
That’s an attack frequently aired by Myers’s Republican opponent, Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly.Read More >
Assemblyman John Rooney (R-Northvale) has still not made a decision on whether he will retire from the legislature after his current term is up.
But Rooney, who after 25 years in office has become longest serving current member of the Assembly, said that the speculation that he will face a primary challenge from Washington Township Council President Bob Schroeder, a wealthy defense contractor and former gubernatorial candidate, is wrong.
“He’s absolutely confirmed that he’s not going to run against us,” said Rooney, who had the conversation with Schroder at his own birthday party last month, which also commemorated his 25th year in the Assembly.Read More >
Frank Lautenberg today received the endorsement of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
The organization, founded by former Ronald Reagan press secretary Jim Brady, who was paralyzed after being shot during the assassination attempt against Reagan in 1981, pushes for stricter gun control measures.
On a conference call with reporters, Sarah Brady, who co-founded the organization with her husband, characterized Lautenberg as a stalwart champion of gun control.
“I’ve worked with him for years. What a dynamo and what a leader he has been for us. It’s one thing to just vote with us and to agree with us, but Senator Lautenberg has been in the forefront,” she said.Read More >
Democratic House Judiciary Committee members are not completely satisfied with the Department of Justice’s release of a list of 85 deferred prosecution agreements (dpas).
Two of the committee’s members -- Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Linda Sanchez (D-,Calif.) -- said that the information was incomplete and that they would consider legislation to set stricter guidelines on how corporate monitors are selected.
The brouhaha over dpas started right here in New Jersey, after it was revealed that U.S. Attorney Chris Christie awarded a lucrative federal monitoring contract to former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who used to be his boss. That contract was worth anywhere from $28 to $52 million.Read More >
Rob Andrews today picked up the support of Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) for his Senate campaign.
Oliver, who represents parts of Essex and Passaic Counties, is one of a handful of northern legislators who have jumped on with Andrews since he decided to primary incumbent Frank Lautenberg last month.
Andrews is also backed by a few members of the Newark City Council, although Newark Mayor Cory Booker supports Lautenberg.Read More >
FLEMINGTON - Ask a Bush-era Republican to name an American statesman he admires and more times than not he will invoke Ronald Reagan. But State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) invariably gives a different answer to the question.
"I have self-identified with Dwight Eisenhower as an ideal to which I will strive," says the 7th Congressional District candidate. "Dwight Eisenhower brought people together. He was a uniter not a divider, who strongly believed in balancing the federal budget and not robbing our children and our grandchildren of their future."
The Eisenhower model has particular relevance now, according to Lance, who calls fiscal responsibility the transcendent home-front issue as America stares at a $10 trillion debt. The state senator further praises Eisenhower for extracting American forces from Korea when he did, and for not involving the country in other foreign wars, unlike his successors.Read More >
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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