Sheila Oliver endorses Andrews

Rob Andrews today picked up the support of Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) for his Senate campaign.

Oliver, who represents parts of Essex and Passaic Counties, is one of a handful of northern legislators who have jumped on with Andrews since he decided to primary incumbent Frank Lautenberg last month.

Andrews is also backed by a few members of the Newark City Council, although Newark Mayor Cory Booker supports Lautenberg.

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Lance runs on the Eisenhower model of conservatism

State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) in Flemington.State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) in Flemington.

FLEMINGTON - Ask a Bush-era Republican to name an American statesman he admires and more times than not he will invoke Ronald Reagan. But State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) invariably gives a different answer to the question.

"I have self-identified with Dwight Eisenhower as an ideal to which I will strive," says the 7th Congressional District candidate. "Dwight Eisenhower brought people together. He was a uniter not a divider, who strongly believed in balancing the federal budget and not robbing our children and our grandchildren of their future."

The Eisenhower model has particular relevance now, according to Lance, who calls fiscal responsibility the transcendent home-front issue as America stares at a $10 trillion debt. The state senator further praises Eisenhower for extracting American forces from Korea when he did, and for not involving the country in other foreign wars, unlike his successors.

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Lautenberg gets local RWDSU endorsement

Citing his years of work in the United States Senate on behalf of working families, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 108 today announced they are endorsing Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg for re-election.

"Local 108 is proud to stand with our friend and New Jersey’s Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) in his bid for reelection," said RWDSU Local 108 President Charles N. Hall Jr. "The record shows he possesses the leadership skills necessary to represent New Jersey's working families in these difficult times. We will work for Senator Lautenberg by contacting our members to urge them to vote in the June 3rd primary. We will be there for Senator Lautenberg because he is there for us."

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Republican Senate hopefuls debate in South Jersey tomorrow

The Republican Senate candidates will participate in their fourth tomorrow evening at Stockton College.

The 90-minute debate is sponsored by Stockton’s Hughes Center for Public Policy and The Press of Atlantic City, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Townsend Residential Life Center on the college’s Galloway Township campus. It’s open to the public and free.

So far, this is the only Senate debate scheduled to be held in South Jersey.

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Rob Andrews keeps the wheel spinning

Rob Andrews keeps the wheel spinning

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Karrow demands Davy step down from education post

Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow today demanded that state Education Commissioner Lucille Davy resign from her post for not trying to recoup misspent money from Abbott school districts. 

Responding to questions at a hearing last week, where auditors questioned the use of $83 million in state funds for the predominantly low-income, inner city schools, Davy said “We are not going backward to collect money.”

Davy also said that the state would not withhold funds for districts with questionable expenditures.  In all, over half of the state’s education budget goes to Abbot districts.

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Andrews ad broaches the age issue

Andrews ad broaches the age issue

Political observers knew it was coming, but maybe not so blatantly. Democratic Senate primary challenger Rep. Rob Andrews has hit incumbent Frank Lautenberg, 84, directly on his age.

In the Democratic Senate race so far, Andrews has couched the sticky issue of Lautenberg’s age in other language, using terminology like “energy” and lamenting what he called Lautenberg’s “stale, tired, old politics.”

But with two weeks to go before primary day, a new television ad from the Andrews camp skips the euphemisms altogether.

The 30-second spot begins by mentioning Lautenberg’s 1982 campaign against Millicent Fenwick, who was 72 at the time. Lautenberg was 58, and made Fenwick’s senior citizen status an issue in that campaign. The ad called the race “one of the low points in New Jersey political history” and insinuates that Lautenberg holds a double standard with men and women with regard to their age.

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The Back Room

Christie: 'I'm the decider'

While describing to fellow Republicans a conversation he said he had with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Chris Christie borrowed a self-attribution from his old pal George W. Bush.

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