NEWARK - The Senate primary campaign of U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) today announced support from other Essex County politicians.
Assemblyman Fred Scalera (D-Nutley), Assemblyman Albert
Coutinho (D-Newark) and Newark East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador all endorsed the South Jersey congressman, who is running against U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).
Democrat Linda Stender continues to outpace the field of seven Republicans in the seventh congressional district.
Stender raised $135,000 between April 1st and May 14th, and has approximately $900,000 on hand.
The next best fundraiser in the district is Kate Whitman, who wasn’t too far behind Stender during the same period. She raised $102,000, bringing her total raised to $547,989. As of May 14th, Whitman had $205,384.81 on hand.Read More >
On March 7, 46-year-old Republican political consultant Tom Blakely and his wife, Deborah, sent off a check to Transamerica Life Insurance Corp., beginning the family’s second life insurance policy with the company.
The timing of the Blakelys' decision to take on that policy turned out to be a tragic coincidence.
On March 15, while running a weekend 5K race in Bordentown, Blakely suffered a heart attack, collapsed and died on the spot. Shockwaves immediately reverberated through the political community, many of whom had known Blakely, a fit former Marine with two children ages three and one, for decades, and who had used his company, Jamestown Associates, to run their campaigns.
But two months after Blakely’s death, Transamerica is disputing his family’s claim for the second life insurance policy, and still has not paid their first one.Read More >
The Democratic U.S. Senate candidates are currently locked in a game of chicken regarding the public release of their latest fundraising numbers.
Both have filed their latest reports with the Federal Election Commission. But unlike the House, Senate candidates file by mail, which means that the numbers can take much longer to appear on the agency’s Web site.
Right now, Lautenberg will only reveal his fundraising totals if Rob Andrews comes out with his.
Andrews, however, will only show his totals if Lautenberg releases at least the last four years of his full tax returns (Lautenberg has emailed reporters summaries of the last several years of tax returns, but not the full returns).Read More >
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 >
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 >
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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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