The clock is ticking on Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls mulling a challenge against Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.
At least, that’s according to one state lawmaker who’s entertaining a statewide bid himself, and who says a candidate has roughly the next month to emerge if they intend to mount a serious challenge to the incumbent.
“I think they probably have to decide no later than late December or early January,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21). “I assume within the next 30 days you’ll have a pretty good sense of who is [running on] the Republican side.”Read More >
Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones hears the payback talk ahead of 2014 but dismisses it as silly, and intends to unabashedly run as the independent entity who refuses to be controlled or undermined by political skirmishes.
The history stings.
Jones backed Steve Rothman over Bill Pascrell in the 2012 CD 9 Democratic Primary. Pascrell won, and now the congressman and his allies want Jones gone.
But Jones points out that Pascrell backed the loser in 2010 when Jones deposed Jose “Joey” Torres, “So who’s creating the double standard?”
At Pascrell’s fundraiser last night, insiders chewed on the name of Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) as the strongest alternative to the recalcitrant Jones, and this morning, “Anybody who puts his name in his hat deserves respect,” Jones admitted.Read More >
GARFIELD – Two years ago at this time some of the closest confidants of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell’s (D-9) looked like they wanted to evaporate into the wallpaper of the Venetian sooner than fall in behind the chariot wheels of the veteran Paterson congressman.
But they did go to war, some of them less reluctantly than others and none more fervently than the candidate, as they all finally reaped the rewards of Pascrell’s stunning victory over U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9), and in the aftermath gleefully awaited the next would-be political bloodbath, in this case the 2014 Paterson mayor’s contest.
“They’ll all be showing up tonight,” said a source at the Venetian at a sumptuous Pascrell fundraiser, referring to the contenders in next year’s mayoral contest.
“Except one,” another source said, and no one asked him who he meant.
Everyone knew he was talking about incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones, who endorsed Rothman over the homegrown Pascrell, who was supposed to lose to Rothman based on the dimensions of the jammed –together new congressional map.Read More >
NEWARK - With the Communications Workers of America, New Jersey's largest public workers union, set to endorse South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka in the Newark mayoral race on Tuesday, Baraka expressed his "excitement" about the union's support.
"The CWA brings a level of union support that we need," said Baraka as he confirmed the endorsement. "They have helped candidates in municipalities like Orange and Jersey City get elected. We absolutely can use anything they have, whether it's money or ground troops."Read More >
TRENTON – Diagnosis: We told you so.
Gov. Chris Christie made it clear today that critics’ worst nightmares about the Affordable Care Act are coming true.
During his first Statehouse press conference since his re-election, Christie defended the decision made last week to leave it up to individual insurers whether or not to honor policies for hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans that would be out of compliance with the program critics deride as “Obamacrare.’’Read More >
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie was disappointed Republicans failed to make gains in the state Senate in the elections, but fell short of placing any of the blame on Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr.
The governor played down his involvement with a recent GOP leadership dispute in the Senate, telling reporters he was “not very” involved with the attempted shake-up. Despite Republican lawmakers filing in and out of his office the day GOP senators narrowly voted to retain their current Senate minority leader, Christie said he only offered his advice to people on the issue who sought his opinion.
“When people asked my opinion I gave it to them and that was the extent of my involvement,” Christie said.Read More >
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie took a shot at Democratic lawmakers over the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey lane-closure controversy Monday.
Assembly Transportation Committee Chair John Wisniewski issued a subpoena last week for the Authority executive director to appear before the committee Dec. 9 with reams of documents and emails concerning the Fort Lee lane closures in September.Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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