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 >
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 >
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s office has served subpoenas to Bergen County, Hackensack and North Arlington seeking information about the employment of public relations consultant Thomas Ammirato, who works for all three government entities, according to a report in the Bergen Record.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
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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 >
"It sounds like Councilman Baraka is talking about regionalization similar to what happened to the Camden Police Department. Clearly, if you regionalize, there is going to be a layoff of Newark workers. We cant afford to have more cops laid off right now. During Mr. Baraka's time on the council, the city laid off about 170 cops, when has led to our streets being much more dangerous than they need to be." - Newark Mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, the former state Assistant Attorney General, referring to the disbandment of the South Jersey police force.- PolitickerNJ.com
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