Congressional cash on hand summary

It’s not exactly a surprise, but the incumbent Congressmen in safe districts who have statewide aspirations tend to have the largest war chests.

Take, for instance, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch).  His Republican opponent, former Judge Robert McLeod, didn’t even raise the $5,000 that would require him to fill out a report with the Federal Election Commission.  But Pallone is raising and spending money anyway, raking in $302,139 last quarter for a total of $2.18 million this election cycle.  He has $3.36 million on hand – the largest war chest in Congress – and spent $304,000 this quarter.

That money is not being spent against McLeod.  The expenditures listed in the FEC report includes a $189,015 cable television ad buy.  The commercial, which began on Tuesday, is playing all over the state north of Interstate 195, in places well beyond Pallone’s district.

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Schaer endorses Blanco for mayor and Lucianin for council

Passaic Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) today endorsed Dr. Alex Blanco for mayor and Kenneth Lucianin for City Council.

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Codey says he won't invoke executive privilege

Senate President Richard Codey says he will not invoke executive privilege in the investigation of the Property Tax Assistance and Community Development Grants program approved during his fourteen months as Governor, and said he will support the release of all documents.

"Although legally we have the right to invoke executive privilege, to the contrary we want this information to be released.  People have a right to know how their money is being spent.  I think the public will see, as they scrutinize these lists, that this money helped support many good causes,” Codey said. “The release of these documents will help clarify many questions surrounding the grant program.

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Myers promised Armed Services Committee seat

U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Mount Holly) yesterday announced that his preferred successor, Medford Mayor Chris Myers, has been assured a post on the House Armed Services Committee if he wins the election.

Myers won the promise from House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Oh.), no doubt with the help of Saxton, who has served decades on that committee and leaves as a high ranking member.  He’s credited with saving the four military bases on the congressional district from closure. 

"By seeking out Leader Boehner’s commitment, Chris Myers has demonstrated clear intent and a solid plan to serve on the committee that will best serve the interests of the people of Burlington and Ocean Counties, and Cherry Hill,” said Saxton..  “He will be able to assist Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, Ocean County’s largest employer, and McGuire AFB, Burlington County’s largest employer. He will also be poised to help Fort Dix, which is split between Ocean and Burlington Counties. Leader Boehner’s support is absolutely essential to getting on the Armed Services Committee.”

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Jackson will be Corzine's new Chief of Staff

Jackson will be Corzine's new Chief of Staff

Gov. Jon Corzine's new Chief of Staff, Lisa JacksonGov. Jon Corzine's new Chief of Staff, Lisa JacksonGov. Jon Corzine will announce today that Lisa Jackson, the state Environmental Protection Commissioner, will be his new Chief of Staff.  Jackson will succeed Bradley Abelow, who will be staying on as an advisor to the Governor.

Editor's note: Corzine will not make an announcement regarding Jackson's appointment today, but will do so in the very immediate future.

Corzine will need to nominate someone to replace Jackson in his cabinet.

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Debate Sketchpad: Too little, too late

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Stender vs. Ledger


Linda Stender’s campaign chastised a Star-Ledger columnist for writing that a piece of campaign literature from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee came from her own campaign.

At issue is conservative columnist Paul Mulshine’s most recent piece, which was circulated by Stender rival Leonard Lance’s campaign via press release this morning. The campaign literature Mulshine referred to claimed that Lance was in cahoots with former Gov. Christie Whitman on pension bonding in 1997.

Lance was actually one of the most vocal critics of pension bonding, and has made that a centerpiece of his current congressional run.

Mulshine called the mailer “the single sleaziest campaign ad I have ever seen.”

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Five ideas for strengthening the state's political parties

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