TOMS RIVER – The CD 3 Republican hopeful who’s been recently racked up screening committee endorsements from Ocean and Burlington counties says attempts by his challengers to paint him as a carpet bagger are misguided.
Tom MacArthur, the former mayor of Randolph, says he’s long been invested in the area that he hopes to represent in Washington. MacArthur recently purchased a Toms River home to advance the CD 3 run to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan.
“I have commitments and roots here,” MacArthur told PolitickerNJ inside the retirement community center in Toms River where Gov. Chris Christie is prepared to host his 112th town hall meeting.Read More >
Today's the filing deadline for the April School Advisory Board Election and a well known name in political circles has surfaced on the Children's First Team backed by Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka.
Crystal Fonseca is the eldest daughter of operative Pablo Fonseca, the former chief of staff of then Newark (and now U.S. Senator) Cory Booker.
Employed at the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, the 28-year old Fonseca turned in her petition signatures this morning.Read More >
NEWARK - Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James emerged from the crowd at Monday night's Newark mayoral candidate forum to say that soon, he would not be standing alone.
"I'm not going to sit on the fence. A candidate is communicating with me now. I'm involved with a candidate. Only one," James, 78, Newark's mayor from 1986 to 2006, told PolitickerNJ.com. "At the appropriate time, at his call, I will stand forth and give an endorsement and the reasons why."
James would not say which of the two main mayoral candidates, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka or former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, he has been engaged in talks with in recent weeks. But if fashion is any indication of political proclivities, on a frigid weekday night, James was wearing the same style of wool hat with a prominent pom-pom on top worn by many Baraka supporters.Read More >
A majority of voters in New York (64 percent), New Jersey (59 percent) and Virginia (56 percent) have a favorable view of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and name her most often in each state as the one eligible person that they would most like to see as the next President according to simultaneous identical polls conducted by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. In early 2016 Presidential horseraces in each state, Clinton tops New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Paul Ryan by over 35 points in New York, 8 (Christie) to 14 (Paul) points in Virginia and even leads Christie by 10 in New Jersey while up there by 25 to 29 over Ryan and Paul.
"It's early, very early, but in these three states worth 56 of 270 electoral votes needed to win, Hillary Clinton is well-liked, the top choice by margins of 4 or 5 to one in New York and Virginia and named more than twice as often in Governor Christie's home state. Head to head, she is untouchable in New York, has majorities in New Jersey and a lead in the potential battleground state of Virginia over not only two lesser known Republican hopefuls, Paul and Ryan, but over Christie who can no longer muster 50 percent favorable in any of the three states," according to Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute.
Burlington County Regular Republican Screening Committee Chairman Steve Solomon this evening chimed the Ocean County GOP Screening Committee's weekend endorsement of former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur in the 3rd Congressional District.
“Our Screening Committee, as well as our Republican Municipal Chairs, are proud to enthusiastically endorse Tom MacArthur for Congress in the Third District and will forward our recommendation to the full County Committee for their consideration,” said Solomon, who is also the Moorestown GOP Municipal Chairman.Read More >
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding developments in Ukraine and a Congressional response:
“Russia's military intervention in Ukraine constitutes a clear violation of international law and demands a swift and coordinated response from the international community to support the Ukraine and counter Russian efforts to annex Ukrainian territory by force.
“The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is developing a bipartisan legislative package to provide critical support to Ukraine, which is teetering on the brink of economic collapse following years of chronic government mismanagement and corruption. This legislation will authorize funds to provide at least $1 billion in loan guarantees to provide structural support to Ukraine's economy, as well as authorize technical assistance for energy reforms, support elections, strengthen civil society, combat corruption, and assist Ukraine in the recovery of stolen assets."Read More >
In response to Russia dispatching forces to the Ukraine and the subsequent news that the United States is preparing sanctions against Russia, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) stood with the Obama Administration.
"Russia's military aggression in Ukraine threatens peace and security in the region and cannot be allowed to stand," Pascrell said. "I strongly believe that the people of Ukraine have the right to determine their own future and respect for their nation's sovereignty must be maintained. This is why I stand with the Obama Administration's actions today to prepare and accelerate sanctions on Russia.
"Furthermore, I believe President Obama and our allies should take immediate steps to have Russia removed as a member of the G-8. There can be no other alternative to this standoff other than Mr. Putin immediately withdrawing all Russian troops from Crimea."Read More >
A former administrator and a former shop foreman at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission were convicted at trial today of charges that they directed subordinate employees to complete repairs or improvements at private homes while on-duty for the PVSC, according to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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