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 >
NEWARK - As the Newark mayoral race comes closer to the May 13 municipal election, the voice of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10), the scion of one of Newark's most powerful political families, has yet to be officially heard. Yet several Democratic sources have told PolitickerNJ.com that has had serious discussions with the campaign of former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries about a potential endorsement, a move that would have repercussions for this year's election and beyond.
"It's a power thing. Why should [Payne Jr.] give [Baraka] more power?" said an Essex County Democratic political operative who requested anonymity. "If you want to centralize control in the South Ward, why would you want to have to fight with Baraka as mayor, when you can have a closer ally with Jeffries, who would not be coming after your base?"
Payne Jr.'s decision, if he ultimately decides to jump into the 2014 mayoral race, should be seen in the context of Newark's political history. In the aftermath of the 1967 riot, African-Americans achieved political dominance in Newark with the victory of Ken Gibson in the 1970 mayoral election. During the following decades, the Payne family, led by the late U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Sr., built a strong political base in Newark's South Ward. At the same time, the Baraka family, led by the late poet and activist Amiri Baraka, constructed an overlapping foundation of grass-roots political and cultural support based in the same neighborhood.Read More >
A CD 3 hopeful running with the South Jersey Democratic establishment’s support is also getting some attention from national Democrats.
Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard’s campaign announced Monday she earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue program. The nod amounts to DCCC financial and strategic support as Belgard battles two other Democratic challengers vying for a spot on the ticket in Republican-leaning CD 3.Read More >
In the race to find a Republican candidate to take the reins of an upcoming vacancy in CD 3, its as easy as “ABC”, a Republican source told PolitickerNJ.
“Anybody but a carpetbagger,” the source said.
The Ocean County GOP Committee’s screening committee gave the CD 3 candidates the once over on Saturday and formally recommended Tom MacArthur, former mayor of Randolph, for the position of U.S. congressman to fill the seat set to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).
But not every Ocean County GOP official is onboard with the committee’s recommendation.Read More >
A new poll finds a majority of Garden State residents are in favor of giving freshman N.J. Sen. Cory Booker (D) a full term in Washington D.C.
According to a recent Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll, Booker enjoys a 47 percent approval rating from New Jersey residents compared to just 20 percent who disapprove. Fifty-five percent of voters say Booker should be re-elected in November, according to the poll.
New Jersey voters are just getting to know Cory Booker as their Senator and generally giving him positive reviews,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “They feel they have seen enough to say he deserves a full term.”Read More >
Steve Lonegan acknowledged a setback tonight, but he won’t give up.
The screening committee of the Ocean County GOP selected a CD3 candidate to recommend to the committee as a whole and the candidate is not the former mayor of Bogota.
“This is one small step in a process,” Lonegan told PolitickerNJ. “This was the decision of a small hand-picked group. Ultimately I will be the nominee and I will be the congressman. I am disappointed, but there are many more steps in the process.”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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