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Murray Sabrin’s candidacy begins amidst Ron Paul woes

Dr. Murray Sabrin, a longtime friend of presidential candidate Ron Paul, has entered the race for U.S. SenateDr. Murray Sabrin, a longtime friend of presidential candidate Ron Paul, has entered the race for U.S. Senate

Yesterday may not have been the most ideal time for Ramapo College finance professor Murray Sabrin to announce his Republican candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Sabrin, who ran for the Senate as a Republican in 2000 and for governor as a Libertarian in 1997, is a friend of presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and has been one of his most visible New Jersey supporters. Sabrin even kicked off his campaign yesterday with a personal endorsement from Paul.

For a candidate who garnered low votes during his last two runs for statewide office -- 5% in his gubernatorial campaign and 13% in the 2000 Senate primary -- the Paul connection could prove beneficial. If Sabrin can attract even a small fraction of Paul supporters, who raised $6 million for their candidate in a single day last month, then he may be able to raise enough money to have a significant impact on the Senate race.

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It pays to work for Steve Rothman

Three former District Directors for Congressman Steven Rothman have moved on to successful political careers: Adam Zellner was named today to serve as the Governor’s new Policy Director; Brendan Gill is the campaign manager for Frank Lautenberg’s 2008 re-election campaign; and Michael Soliman is U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s State Director.

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Corzine picks Inclan and Zellner for top staff posts

Javier Inclan, a former Hudson County Clerk and Executive Director of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, is slated to replace Jeannine LaRue as Governor Jon Corzine’s Deputy Chief of Staff. And as reported in The Inside Edge last month, Corzine has picked Adam Zellner to serve as his new Policy Director. He replaces Heather Howard, who was named Commissioner of Health.

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Weekend TV

Andrews defends campaign contributions from company at center of Christie-Ashcroft controversy

Stuart Essig, a Director of medical device manufacturer Zimmer Holdings, has contributed $11k to Rep. Rob Andrews' campaignsStuart Essig, a Director of medical device manufacturer Zimmer Holdings, has contributed $11k to Rep. Rob Andrews' campaignsRep. Rob Andrews is defending his acceptance of $11,000 in campaign contributions from a Zimmer Holdings director. Zimmer, an Indiana-based medical device manufacturer, agreed to a $311 million settlement with the Department of Justice -- ending a federal investigation into allegations that they paid off surgeons to use their products.

Plainsboro resident Stuart Essig, a former Goldman Sachs managing director, is one of five members of Zimmer’s Board of Directors. His contributions have come between 2003 and 2007.

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Pascrell wants congressional oversight on federal monitors

Rep. Bill Pascrell says that congressional pressure has caused U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie to admit that the process used to hire federal monitors creates the “perception of coercion,” but said that Christie’s proposal to widen the field of monitor candidates “is no alternative to the congressional oversight and true reform.”

“Deferred prosecution agreements suffer from a litany of deficiencies apart from the flawed process by which federal monitors are appointed.  There is a complete lack of oversight, transparency and impartiality,” said Pascrell, who played a key role in convincing House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers to ask the Justice Department for more information on John Ashcroft’s lucrative monitor project.  “I will continue to work with the Judiciary Committee towards comprehensive legislation that will provide the necessary oversight and continue to impress upon Attorney General Michael Mukasey the need for real reform.” 

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

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Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

Contributors

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.

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