Fight of the Week: Christie versus Shumlin

Fight of the Week: Christie versus Shumlin

Republican Governors Association Chairman Chris Christie versus Democratic Governors Association Chairman Peter Shumlin

It was hard to escape the optics: Christie zooming down to Arkansas for another campaign event, while Shumlin soaked up victory in his own low-key, low-turnout primary election.

The Combatants

Chris Christie

He won re-election last year with over 60% of the vote, got mangled by Bridgegate and now appears unwilling to let the scandal inhibit his brand as he ravenously campaigns countrywide. Chair of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) and a prospective 2016 presidential contender, Christie’s breakneck pace through the summer months has taken him to places like Colorado, Illinois, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Iowa, and (today) Arkansas. Occasionally he comes back to New Jersey to stick a boardwalk landing.

Peter Shumlin

For those who don’t know him he’s the governor of Vermont, which, for people who don’t know, is a state located north of New Jersey in the United States, which is the country where both New Jersey and Vermont are located, which gives them something in common. A political animal (by Vermont’s standards), Shumlin was in Montpelier yesterday to celebrate his Democratic Primary win in the Vermont Governor’s race, but says he does not intend to begin campaigning until after Labor Day.

Read More >

Morning Digest: August 27th

Morning Digest: August 27th

As troubled One Newark school enrollment plan process continues, Baraka amplifies need for local control

As troubled One Newark school enrollment plan process continues, Baraka amplifies need for local control

NEWARK - The school year is set to start next week in the state's largest city, but many Newark residents feel schooled by what they see as a confusing school enrollment plan put in place by the controversial One Newark school reorganization plan.

"I can't find the right school for my kids," said Yahira Mallol of Newark's North Ward on Tuesday afternoon, standing outside of Newark Vocational High School on West Kinney Street moments after she enrolled her daughters, Yarlissa, 15, and Noelia, 11. At this point, Yarlissa has been placed in a North Ward high school, while Noelia could be placed in a South Ward grammar school. "In Georgia, where we used to live, if you come from out of state, you don't have to wait. You just sign up, and you go to school." 

Read More >

One night in Clifton: Pascrell town hall crystallizes New Jersey's side of Arab-Jewish divide

One night in Clifton: Pascrell town hall crystallizes New Jersey's side of Arab-Jewish divide

CLIFTON – It was the typical crowd with black yarmulkes and leopard-patterned hijab sprinkled among uncovered bald heads – Ukrainian, Turkish, Polish – Spanish Flamenco-style hair pulled back and framed by loop earrings and at least one tricorn hat: a Great Falls-sized confluence of humanity crammed into Town Hall here where U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) stood at the front of the room straddling the most obvious divide.

“Israelis don’t want peace more than the Palestinians, Palestinians don’t want peace more than the Israelis, but I do know one thing: Hamas is a terrorist organization,” said Pascrell.

It’s a delicate balance with war in the Middle East: strikes in Libya, President Barack Obama authorizing surveillance flights over Syria and an American journalist executed by ISIS last week.

Read More >

CD 7 race: Kovach campaign laces into Lance assertion that GOP incumbent represents district's views

CD 7 race: Kovach campaign laces into Lance assertion that GOP incumbent represents district's views

CRANFORD - Last week, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) shot down the notion that a critically-perceived drift to the Republican Party's right wing could cost him votes in November.

"I'm not sure there has been a change. I've always voted my conscience," Lance told PolitickerNJ at a Somerville town hall meeting. "I think my views represent the views of the overwhelming majority of the residents of the district."

This week, the campaign of Lance's Seventh Congressional District challenger, Democratic Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, fired back at Lance's claims that his policy stands are reflective of the district, which includes all of Hunterdon, the shared home county of Lance and Kovach, as well as parts of Essex, Morris, Somerset, Warren and Union counties. 

“Mr. Lance has become the poster boy for the National Rifle Association (NRA) with the highest rating of any New Jersey member of Congress from the gun industry. He’s become anti-choice and supports the Hobby Lobby decision. He denies climate change. Lance is a [U.S. Rep.] Paul Ryan (R-1-WI) sycophant supporting budgets that slash programs for seniors, veterans and the poor. He might as well put on a tricorn hat and Colonial costume at the next Tea Party rally," said Pat Politano, the Cranford-based spokesman for the Kovach campaign, in a written statement provided to PolitickerNJ on Tuesday. "He’s not the same Leonard Lance New Jersey sent to Congress.”

Read More >

LoBiondo For Congress announces four 'Meet The Candidate' events

LoBiondo For Congress announces four 'Meet The Candidate' events

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2), seeking re-election in the 2nd congressional district this year, has accepted and will participate in four candidate events in the lead-up to the November elections, according to an announcement by the candidate's campaign today.

LoBiondo, a 20-year Republican incumbent in the district, is looking to hold his seat against Democratic challenger Bill Hughes, Jr. The events will take place throughout October in Salem, Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties.

Read More >

Key Christie campaign strategist: no comments about 2016 until end of 2014 elections

Key Christie campaign strategist: no comments about 2016 until end of 2014 elections

WESTFIELD - The lead campaign strategist for Gov. Chris Christie told PolitickerNJ on Tuesday that, regarding plans for a potential Christie run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, inquiring minds will have to wait.

"I'm not doing any '16 stuff on the record until the '14 elections are over," said Michael DuHaime, a partner at the public strategy firm Mercury Public Affairs, in a phone conversation from his Westfield office. "That's just kind of a rule I've made for myself." 

Read More >

Sweeney has 'a lot of respect' for O'Dowd, but won't take position until Christie submits AG nomination

Sweeney has 'a lot of respect' for O'Dowd, but won't take position until Christie submits AG nomination

ROSELLE - Senate President Steve Sweeney said today that he won't stake out a position on Gov. Chris Christie's top pick for the state's next attorney general until the governor actually submits the nomination.

Appearing at a presser in front of the Gordon Street Bridge in Union County to champion recent efforts to raise money for a currently depleted Transportation Trust Fund, Sweeney remained somewhat mum on the subject of a forthcoming nomination for current Christie chief of staff Kevin O'Dowd, saying it's too early to take a stance.

"The governor has to make the nomination and he hasn't done it yet, and once he makes the nomination we can take a position on it. But we can’t make assumptions on if he will or won't," Sweeney said.

Read More >

The Back Room

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

Sign up for the Wake Up Call

Get the latest New Jersey politics headlines delivered right to your inbox, every morning. Sign up for the PolitickerNJ Wake Up Call.

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

Poll

Who is a better field general for his party as both try to win governor's races around the country?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources