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 >
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 >
Former Paterson Mayor, Lawrence "Pat" Kramer, today endorsed Jose "Joey" Torres for mayor of Paterson in the May 13th nonpartisan election.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
FDU Poll: Christie plummets 20 points Gov. Chris Christie's job approval took a 20 point drop in three plus months, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. Christie’s post Bridgegate job approval rating stands at 41% (with 44% who disapprove), down from 61% last November. Currently about...
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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 >
“Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure. As recently as late last year, his approval numbers were consistently bigger than his disapproves - by a pretty big margin - and more voters liked everything about him than disliked everything about him. One of the defining characteristics of the governor that makes him a nationally sought after Republican is his widespread appeal in a Democratic state. Bridgegate continues to erode that asset.” - FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins.- PolitickerNJ.com
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