Camden GOP goes with Unanue

Camden County Republicans have endorsed Andy Unanue for U.S. Senate, putting the Goya Foods millionaire on the organization line in the June 3 GOP primary. GOP County Chairman Rick DeMichele said he decided on the endorsment after consulting with his municipal chairs and elected officials.

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Faison says Lautenberg staff misled her and denies endorsement

Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison denies that she endorsed Sen. Frank Lautenberg today, and says she was “hoodwinked” by a Lautenberg staffer who “unfairly turned supportive words for Lautenberg into a false endorsement.”  The 80-year-old Mayor has been taking care of her sick brother, and is “outraged” over the Lautenberg campaign’s misrepresentation of her statement, and says she strongly supports Rob Andrews for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

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Sabrin may not get to address Somerset Republicans tonight; Crowley not expected to show up

Senate candidate Murray Sabrin plans to attend the Somerset County Republican convention tonight, but he may not be allowed to participate.

Republican Chairman Dale Florio told Sabrin spokesman George Ajjan that Sabrin is welcome to take part, but only if he pledges not to run an alternate slate of freeholder candidates.

The convention will formally endorse a U.S. Senate candidate, along with a Congressional candidate in the seventh district -- which is expected to be the real contest of the evening.

“They could not commit to me that they would not run a slate of candidates, so I advised them that they would be unable to participate in our screening process,” said Florio.

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Mayor from Andrews' district endorses Lautenberg

Frank Lautenberg won an endorsement today from the heart of Rob Andrews’ congressional district, with Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison saying she will support the Senator’s bid for re-election to a fifth term.

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Sixteen Democrats are on Norcross' short list for Andrews House seat

Sixteen Democrats are on Norcross' short list for Andrews House seat

Assembly Democratic Executive Director Bill Castner is short listed for Rob Andrews' House seatAssembly Democratic Executive Director Bill Castner is short listed for Rob Andrews' House seatSixteen Democrats are under consideration for the first district congressional seat that Rob Andrews is vacating to run for the U.S. Senate, including Camille Andrews, the Congressman’s wife, according to a list sent out today by South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross.

On the official Norcross short list:

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Irvington, Plainfield mayors back Lautenberg

Democratic mayors in Irvington and Plainfield have endorsed Frank Lautenberg for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

“Frank Lautenberg is a champion on the issues that matter most to us. Issues like health care, education, homeland security, transportation and the environment. I am proud to stand by his side in a primary,” said Wayne Smith, the Mayor of Irvington.

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Lesniak and Scutari endorse Andrews

Lesniak and Scutari endorse Andrews

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews picked up the endorsements today of Sen. Raymond Lesniak and Sen. Nicholas Scutari in his race for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination. Lesniak, one of the state's most powerful political insiders, and Scutari represent Union County.

"Congressman, we need your vision, dedication and energy to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home," Lensiak and Scutari wrote in a joint letter to Andrews. "These qualities will enable you to be an outstanding candidate to serve the entire state of New Jersey.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop



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