After about a year and a half in the Senate, Bob Menendez is struggling to become popular with New Jersey voters.
Voters disapprove of Menendez’s performance by a margin of 39 to 31 percent, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today – the lowest rating Menendez has received in that survey.Read More >
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora wants former Vice President Al Gore to be the next president. So he's launching a statewide grassroots movement to muster the necessary New Jersey delegates to put Gore's name in at the Democratic National Convention next summer.
Forget about a draft Al Gore movement now. It's too late, Gusciora contends. Gore supporters, says the veteran progressive legislator, need to organize and take their cause straight out of the February, 2008, Democratic primary to the convention in Denver.
Coming off a ceremony at Giants stadium last Friday at which Gov. Jon Corzine signed the Global Warming Response Act, which Gusciora co-wrote and which global warming guru Gore personally attended, the Assemblyman said he was pumped up to go statewide with his Go Gore message.Read More >
A Quinnipiac University poll released today shows a mixed bag for the 83-year-old U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, and it’s unclear what it means for his reelection prospects. Fifty-four percent of voters say Lautenberg is too old for another term as Senator, yet voters approve of his job performance 41 to 32 percent. But only 31 percent say he deserves to be reelected, while 42 percent say he does not. Still, he beats a generic republican candidate by seven percent.
Lautenberg’s potential Republican opponents see the poll as further evidence of the elder statesman’s vulnerability. But if Democrats have any misgiving about the numbers – either those of the poll or the accumulated years in Lautenberg’s age -- they’re hiding it well. After all, New Jersey voters have not elected a Republican Senator since Clifford Case won his 1972 re-election bid. Only two other states – West Virginia and Hawaii – have gone longer without electing a Republican Senator.Read More >
Assemblyman Joseph Pennacchio is giving serious consideration to a run for U.S. Senate next year. The Brooklyn-born dentist, who is not expected to have an difficulty winning a State Senate seat this fall, says he will spend the summer speaking to Republican County Chairmen and other party leaders as he explores a challenge to four-term incumbent Frank Lautenberg. Pennacchio says that if he does run, it would be to define “who we are as a party, and what direction we should be going in.”Read More >
U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg has never amassed huge approval numbers in public opinion polls, but he’s never lost an election either.
As he approached his first re-election campaign, Lautenberg was at a 36%-21% approval rating in a February 1988 Eagleton Institute poll; voters said they would re-elect Lautenberg over a Republican by a 37%-24% margin. In that race, Lautenberg defeated retired Army General Peter Dawkins by a 54%-46% margin.
Gov. Jon Corzine’s approval rating took a dip in the latest Quinnipiac University poll released this morning, and Republicans are saying it’s hard not to pinpoint the governor’s ideas on asset monetization as the chief reason.
According to the poll, New Jersey voters approve 48 – 39 % of the job Corzine is doing, compared to 51 – 36 % April 18. In this latest survey, Republicans disapprove of the Governor 60 - 28 %, while Democrats approve 64 - 22 % and independent voters approve 45 - 41 %.Read More >
Add U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's name to the list of Democrats around the state unhappy with the choice of Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell as state party chairman.Read More >
PolitickerNJ.com interview: Jason O’Donnell Confident he has the votes to be the next Democratic State chairman, Jason O’Donnell said his objective will be to drive the core message of the Democratic Party. “My main objective is to bring Democrats home,” said O’Donnell, 41, an assemblyman from Bayonne. “If we...
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By Tedford J. Taylor No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about. When polled, about 90 percent of people presented with end-of-life scenarios prefer the prospect of dying at home with... Read More >
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