Longtime McCain backer Kean likes McCain-Crist ticket

ASBURY PARK - A supporter of Sen. John McCain’s since the Arizona senator’s first run for president in 2000, state Sen. Sean Kean (R-Monmouth) said he believes Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Jr., would be a good running mate for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

"Florida’s an important state and Crist is popular," Kean told PolitickerNJ.com.

He also likes the fact that Crist is a governor, which adds an executive dimension to the candidacy of McCain, who has served in the U.S. Congress for two decades.

Kean personally likes former Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, but acknowledges that Ridge’s pro choice views might alienate critical base Republican voters.

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Republican freeholder candidates target Wallace in Gloucester

Republican freeholder candidates target Wallace in Gloucester

Gloucester County Freeholder Warren Wallace refused to discuss legal action he has taken against UMDNJ, despite Republican Freeholder candidates Phyllis Scapellato and Larry Wallace questioning his timing in filing a lawsuit against his former employer.

In his May 28 lawsuit, Wallace claims he was a victim of racial discrimination when UMDNJ fired him two years ago as a dean at the school’s Stratford campus.

The Republicans say Wallace’s relations with disgraced former state Sen. Wayne Bryant (D-Camden) have more to do with the Democratic incumbent’s UMDNJ troubles.

"Simply amazing," Scapellato said. "He waits until he’s up for re-election to file a bogus lawsuit to take the attention away from his wrongdoings. Warren Wallace filed this suit as an election year stunt to hide from his connections to Wayne Bryant."

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DuHaime assumes top post in McCain campaign

Mike DuHaime is now running John McCain's political operationMike DuHaime is now running John McCain's political operation
New Jerseyan Mike DuHaime is the new political director for John McCain’s presidential campaign, according to published reports this morning.  DuHaime, the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, will assume the management of McCain’s political operation following a management shakeup earlier this week. 

He had been campaign manager of Rudy Giuliani’s bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

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Happy Fourth of July from PolitickerNJ.com

Readers Request: Rob Tornoe's July 4, 2007 cartoonReaders Request: Rob Tornoe's July 4, 2007 cartoon

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Round 2: Doblin takes on Torricelli

Alfred Doblin, the editorial page editor and columnist for The Record, was offended by former U.S. Sen. Bob Torricelli's PolitickerNJ.com Op-Ed that sharply criticized his newspaper.

"Being lectured on meanness by the likes of Bob Torricelli is akin to Amy Winehouse leading a rehab retreat for substance abusers," Doblin wrote.  CLICK HERE TO READ DOBLIN'S COLUMN

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Pennacchio reflects on Senate run

State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio lost his bid for the GOP U.S. Senate nominationState Sen. Joseph Pennacchio lost his bid for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination
While dozens of candidates were making last minute appeals on primary day, Republican Senate candidate Joe Pennacchio spent the afternoon working on dental fillings and root canals. The next day, about 12 hours after congratulating rival Dick Zimmer on his victory, Pennacchio was at his Mount Arlington dental practice again, engaging in his pre and post-election routine: going to work.

“I make a habit of working my regular job on election day and the next morning,” he said. “It grounds me. It tells me who I am, gets me back with the people and in the mix.”

Pennacchio, a conservative, lost to the more moderate Zimmer, 46% to 40%, with Murray Sabrin, a finance professor at Ramapo College, taking 14% of the vote. But despite a respectable showing, Pennacchio was true to the persona he cultivated during the campaign, exemplified by his “Jersey Joe” moniker and the slogan that accompanied it: “He’s one of us!”

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NJN news chief to retire

William Jobes, the Director of News and Public Affairs at NJN for the last 21 years, is retiring next month, according to the network.

Network spokeswoman JoAnne Ruscio said that a successor has not yet been named.

“From Governor Tom Kean to Governor Jon Corzine, Jobes has guided the newsroom in its coverage of issues and policies and legislative actions – providing facts and commentary to keep NJN’s viewers and the state’s residents well-informed about their government,” read a statement from the network.

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Jersey City deputy mayor arrested

It’s a rough day on Grove Street.

The Jersey Journal reports that Jersey City Deputy Mayor Kabili Tayari was arrested yesterday for driving a rental car that was reported stolen.

Tayari, who was charged under his original name, Randy Brown, had reportedly failed to return a car he had rented from an agency at Newark Airport.

“This is purely a civil matter where clearly there was no intent to take the rented vehicle beyond the contracted time limit. We believe this issue will be resolved amicably between both parties,” read a statement by Healy spokesman Stan H. Eason.

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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