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 >
MOUNTAINSIDE - With State Sen. Leonard Lance staying out of the line of fire, Martin Marks and Thomas Roughneen let off some steam.
As part of a two-minute statement, and in a clear diss of Lance, Scotch Plains Mayor Marks says he has been "unafraid" to confront leaders in his own party.
"Anybody in the Legislature is by definition a failure on the critical issue of property taxes," Marks says. "Republicans held it (power) in 90s, Democrats held it in this decade, and I ask you why do we keep going back tot he people who fail us?"
Roughneen piggy-backs on that, but expands the criticism to include Marks.
"I have not been part of this," Roughneen says of the leadership by both parties that has created what he says is a property tax crisis in New Jersey.Read More >
MOUTAINSIDE - Newspaper editor Fred Rossi asks Kate Whitman to grade George W. Bush as a commander-in-chief.
"The important thing is not how we got there but what we would do now that we’re there," she says.
Likening herself to the Speaker of the House, Whitman says, "I don’t think I or Nancy Pelosi" should second guess the decision by generals in the field.
Then Sen. Leonard Lance takes a question about whether we are winning the war on terror.
"Yes," he says. "We have not had another attack since 9/11. But we have to be vigilant."
He blasts the president of Iran and urges alertness in the face of aggression by Iran. He gives a shout-out to Sen. John McCain and his "magnificent" service in the Vietnam War.
Now it’s Martin Marks’s turn to talk about the Middle East.
"This will continue to be an unstable region," he says. "I don’t think it’s been made more problematic by our presence there."Read More >
MOUNTAINSIDE - With his campaign manager vigorously shaking her head ‘no,’ Sen. Leonard Lance complies and doesn’t respond to Tom Roughneen’s opening blast in the 7th Congressional District GOP debate.
Roughneen ridicules Lance’s Sierra Club endorsement and criticizes him for mentioning the use of corn husks as an energy alternative.
"We have oil, we need to drill it and we need to take care of ourselves," says Roughneen.
Ignoring the Iraq War veteran, Lance keeps with a question from moderator Fred Rossi about whether he would support making the Bush tax cuts permanent. He responds in the affirmative.Read More >
MOUNTAINSIDE - In his first major debate appearance, Darren Young says the federal government should not increase the age for Social Security elligibility, but insists that the system needs an overhaul starting at the front-end.
"We need to gradually move away from Social Security," says Young, who explains that young people should have the opportunity to opt out of the system.
"There's plenty of money that can be cut in other places," he says, "but we cannot keep it as it is," says the Murray Sarbin-aligned candidate.Read More >
MOUNTAINVIEW - The 7th Congressional District debate has begun.
Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks fields a question from moderator Fred Rossi about why he has placed so much emphasis on social issues in his campaign.
"I'm not sure I've put an emphasis on social issues," says Marks. "Anyone of us will defeat an out-of-tocuh with the district Linda Stender, but our present congressman is a pro-life conservative."
He calls last year's near loss for U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-7) an anamoly.
"He has won quite handsomely (in the past)," says Marks. "There is no reason why we shouldn't be promoting a conservative candidate. All too often we like to go with the comfortable shoe."Read More >
A former administrator and a former shop foreman at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission were convicted at trial today of charges that they directed subordinate employees to complete repairs or improvements at private homes while on-duty for the PVSC, according to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.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 >
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