Two Hudson County legislators endorse Andrews

Assemblyman Anthony ChiapponeAssemblyman Anthony Chiappone

Two freshman legislators from Hudson County endorsed Rob Andrews for U.S. Senate today, bucking Hudson County Democratic Chairman/Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy’s decision to back Lautenberg.

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Smith calls for Olympics boycott

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already called on President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics this summer, Rep. Chris Smith wants to take it further – a complete boycott of the games.

In an interview with PolitickerNJ.com last week, Smith renewed his call to boycott the Olympics, in part because of the Chinese government’s recent crackdown on Tibetan dissent. But Smith has been a long-time advocate of such a protest, stemming from the Chinese regime’s long record of human rights violations.

“I’ve called for it very aggressively,” said Smith, the former chairman of the House Judiciary’s subcommittee on Human Rights and Law. “We’re calling it the ‘genocide Olympics’ because of their enabling of the genocide in Darfur.”

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Middlesex line goes to Lautenberg

Middlesex County Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Spicuzzo said he will award the organization line to the winners of the March 5 party convention – including U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

“I am bound by the decisions made by our Democratic committeemen and committeewomen during that nominating convention,” said Spicuzzo. “I am aware, of course, that there is a significant difference of opinion being expressed by several of our party leaders. However, at least during the years of my chairmanship, we have awarded the line and its slogan, ‘Middlesex County Democratic Organization,’ to those winners.”

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DSCC poll shows Lautenberg with 52-21% lead over Andrews

Frank Lautenberg has a 31-point lead over Rob Andrews in New Jersey's Democratic U.S. Senate primary: Getty Images PhotoFrank Lautenberg has a 31-point lead over Rob Andrews in New Jersey's Democratic U.S. Senate primary: Getty Images Photo
A poll conducted by Joel Benenson and released by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) today shows U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg with a sizeable lead over challanger U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews.

Matt Miller, spokesman for the DSCC, said the April 1-2 Benenson poll of 500 likely Democratic primary voters gives Lautenberg a 52-21% lead over Andrews.

The poll shows Lautenberg with a 75% job approval rating among Democratic voters, and shows 57% of Democrats voting for Lautenberg and 12% against.

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Weinberg, Gordon endorse Lautenberg

State Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Bob Gordon have endorsed Frank Lautenberg for re-election to the U.S. Senate.  The third Democratic Senator from Bergen County, Paul Sarlo, endorsed Rob Andrews on Thursday.

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Wildes says he'll challenge Rothman if Ferriero gives him the line

Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes today said he would not Mayor Michael WildesMayor Michael Wildeschallenge U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman as long as Rothman has the organization line in Bergen County.

“I would need the party support to go forward,” said Wildes, an ally of Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO) Chairman Joseph Ferriero, who yesterday issued a statement of support for U.S. Frank Lautenberg.

Earlier in the week, Rothman had threatened Ferriero with legal action if the chairman removed Lautenberg from Bergen’s line A on the ballot to replace him with U.S. Rep Rob Andrews, who this week jumped in the Democratic primary against Lautenberg.

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This Week on PolitickerNJ.com

Lautenberg got going.

Andrews said he’d challenge.

Byrne said he wouldn’t.

Cresitello's ready for all comers.

“Jersey Joe” took a tenuous lead.

But voters still don’t know who the Republican Senate candidates are.

Lance gets a big win.

And Corzine reserves the right to change his mind.

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Stender raises $1 million

Stender raises $1 million

Proving the incredible strength and grassroots support behind her candidacy for New Jersey’s 7th District, Democrat Linda Stender announced today having raised nearly $1,040,000 for the cycle and $430,000 in the first quarter of 2008. As of March 31, Stender had $840,000 cash on hand.

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