Corzine sounds off on 'millionaire's amendment' ruling

PHILADELPHIA -- New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said today he disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month to strike down the so-called "millionaire's amendment" campaign finance provision he championed and that would have affected New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race this year.

The provision, which Congress passed in 2002, said that when a candidate surpassed a specified self-contribution total the opposing candidate’s contribution limit would rise.

“I thought it was one way for people who end up running against well-to-do candidates who self-finance to be able to have a more level financial playing field,” Corzine told PolitickerNJ.com.

But in its 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court argued the law violated the First Amendment rights of self-financing candidates.

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A House Divided

A House Divided

As labor is burning, our National union leaders are fiddling. Some of them are simply arsonists. While the labor movement has made tremendous progress in the past, every working American knows that we are facing exceptionally challenging economic times and a union movement that continues to decline. Everyone, that is, except for some national union leaders, who these days seem too focused on creating internal divides and engaging in selfish politics to focus on the fight for their members' rights. 

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Salvatore takes interim post as Gloucester super of elections

Gov. Jon Corzine announced today the direct appointment of Stephanie Salvatore of Sewell as Gloucester County’s interim superintendent of elections.

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Adler camp relishes early fund-raising and endorsement victories

State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker photoState Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker photo 

Democrats digested the 3rd District fund-raising totals with glee today as second quarter campaign coffers show state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) with a $1.9 million to $155,406 advantage over Medford Mayor Chris Myers, the Republican nominee to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3).

Myers shook off the news this week by trying to turn Adler’s positive report into a negative.

"He’s going to need every penny to defend his terrible record," Myers told PolitickerNJ.com.

Temporary fund-raising totals aside, the Medford mayor believes Adler’s Trenton establishment background should sink him with property tax-bedeviled voters as the Democrat attempts his climb toward Washington.

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Going forward in different directions, Kyrillos and Rice still prize Romney and Clinton

Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth): Politicker photoSen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth): Politicker photo 

As they find themselves once again among the general election ranks of their respective parties, two state senators in opposing camps still hope their first picks for president end up as running mates for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il).

Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), former state chairman for the Romney campaign, believes Romney would be McCain’s best choice for vice president. Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), meanwhile, hopes Obama picks Rice’s primary candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY).

"Hillary needs to be a match on that ticket to keep some perspective," said Rice. "We’re talking about 18 million votes for her, plus your Obama votes. That team could really keep people coming out in a general election. I feel he needs to identify a vice president, and it should be Hillary."

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GOP in a tangle with Stender over Rangel

Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood)Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) 

Republican State Committee Chairman Tom Wilson today joined the GOP chorus demanding that Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) return contributions from U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-Harlem) following publication of a New York Times story this week detailing sweetheart deals the congressman received on four Harlem apartments.

"Linda Stender has filled her campaign coffers with over $20,000 in contributions from Charlie Rangel and plans to accept even more as a recipient of his annual birthday fund-raiser at New York’s swank Tavern on the Green restaurant scheduled for August 6th," Wilson said.

"Stender likes to tell everyone how she's not a typical politician and that she will stand up to Washington corruption but unless she returns the $21,000 from Rangel and his political action committee that's fueling her campaign and remove her name for his up coming fund-raiser, she just proves that she is another typical double-talking politician that's incapable of changing Washington," added the GOP chairman.

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After Kelly battle, Myers has $155,406 in the bank

Medford Mayor Chris MyersMedford Mayor Chris Myers 

Primaries can be a drain.

Republican Third Congressional District candidate Chris Myers announced today that while he raised $626,549 since January, including $249,162 in the 2nd Quarter, he has just $155,406 cash-on-hand as of June 30.

Myers, who is mayor of Medford, ran up against a tough challenge in Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly, whom he defeated in a three-way primary with 49% of the vote.

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Democrats 2000 raise $35,000 at annual beach bash

Lautenberg district director Steve Lenox, Andrews chief Bill Caruso, and Democrats 2000 executive board member Elizabeth MeyersLautenberg district director Steve Lenox, Andrews chief Bill Caruso, and Democrats 2000 executive board member Elizabeth Meyers

SEA GIRT - It was a happy political scene to walk into there in the basement of the Parker House last night, as Obama button-clad volunteers with clipboards approached Hudson County political operatives and asked them if they wanted to sign on to help with the campaign.

Some of the latter were onetime Hillary Clinton backers for whom the change-up to Obama is a painful perhaps but ultimately natural function of primary politics.

They didn’t need the enthusiastic prodding of volunteers to get them to go there.

"We’re already on board," said Jason O’Donnell, chairman of the Bayonne City Regular Democratic Organization.

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The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 31st

  Christie to Newark hecklers: 'I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else' BELMAR - Gov. Chris Christie's got nothing but love for The Brick City, or so he says. In response to a Newark school student here today -- a 17-year-old president of the Newark Student Union...

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Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

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