Lance thanks his home county faithful

7th Congressional District GOP nominee Leonard Lance7th Congressional District GOP nominee Leonard Lance 

FLEMINGTON - State Sen. Leonard Lance, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 7th District, just thanked the overflow crowd here in GOP headquarters.

"I'm grateful to everyone in this room," said Lance, who last week romped to victory in the GOP primary.

The candidate, who made his remarks moments before heading out the door to attend reorganization meetings in Somerset and Union counties, endorsed chair Henry Kuhl for another term over challenger Mayor Mark Peck of Bloomsbury.

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Sabrin casts chairman vote in Bergen

Fresh from his U.S. Senate candidacy, newly minted Bergen County Committeeman Murray Sabrin walked into Republican Headquarters tonight to cast his vote for county chairman. 

Sabrin was accompanied by his wife, Florence, who started a freeholder bid here on Sabrin’s rebel slate before Chairman Rob Ortiz’s allies successfully challenged her petition signatures.  She is now also a county committeewoman. 

Sabrin, a Fort Lee resident, wouldn’t say who he planned to vote for, but he eliminated one of the three choices.

“Let’s put it this way: it’s not Rob Ortiz,” said Sabrin.

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Candidates, Corzine await results of Quinnipiac poll

Candidates, Corzine await results of Quinnipiac poll

We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the results of the Quinnipiac poll that measures Gov. Corzine’s approval rating and the Senate race between Frank Lautenberg and Dick Zimmer.

But state Senator/Essex County Republican Chairman Kevin O’Toole predicts that the poll on the Senate race will be close.

“Lautenberg has not been loved by the electorate. Look at his number. He has a 54% or 55% (approval) on his best day,” said O’Toole. “I think his best days are behind him.”

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Kyrillos gets ready for Oxley era in Monmouth County

Monmouth County Republicans don’t anticipate any dustups tonight as two-year chairman Adam Puharic hands over the gavel to former Sheriff Joe Oxley.

Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), dean of the Monmouth Republicans, has known Oxley since the two were ten and eleven years old. He calls the incoming chairman a “straight arrow,” who is well-qualified to help withstand what the Democrats promise will be a tough fight for two freeholder seats.

Control of the board is at stake this year.

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Booker at the midway point

Mayor Cory Booker last night in the Central Ward.Mayor Cory Booker last night in the Central Ward. 

NEWARK - After his loss on Monday night, the last one of this cycle to draw his record to 0-3 in ward fights, Mayor Cory Booker walked outside in the Central Ward and was swarmed instantly by children.

"Mayor Booker!" they shouted. "Mayor Booker!"

They wanted to play in the middle of the heat wave that caused several power outages in the city on Monday, and Booker indulged them, even as his detractors seethed.

"He just got his butt kicked and he’s outside playing Simon Says," said a Newark operative.

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Novick denies running for Hunterdon County Democratic Chairman

Joey Novick today “denied” that he’s running for Hunterdon County Democratic Chairman (the quotes were his idea).

“In New Jersey politics, the more that you deny it, the more it becomes solid that you’re doing it,” said Novick.

Novick, an attorney/stand up comedian/blogger who chaired the county party between 1996 and 2000, has come across several people under the impression that he’s running to replace outgoing chairman David Del Vecchio in tonight’s election, despite his repeated denials.

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New Quinnipiac poll tomorrow

Quinnipiac University will release a new poll on the U.S. Senate race between Frank Lautenberg and Dick Zimmer, and on Gov. Jon Corzine’s job approval, on Wednesday morning.  The last Quinnipiac poll, in February 2008, showed Corzine with an upside-down 37%-52% approval rating.

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Morin safe in Union County

Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin will likely go unchallenged tonight for re-election. 

Former freeholder candidate Patricia Quattrocchi had considered challenging Morin late last year, but decided not to run based on health issues and a cautious sense of encouragement about the direction of the party.

“I think we’re kind of on the way to making some changes and getting the organization united,” she said.  “I’m just relieved at this point.  Let’s just go forward. I’d love to see the republicans statewide come out and support the candidates elected on primary day.  And to the committee people, come out and do your job.”


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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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