CD3: MacArthur rejoices with news that DCCC to pull 'Fire" ad

CD3: MacArthur rejoices with news that DCCC to pull 'Fire" ad

The following is a statement from Republican congressional candidate Tom MacArthur in New Jersey's Third District upon learning that Comcast's attorneys advised the campaign that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will pull "Fire" from the airwaves. 

"Today is a victory for the truth, and a devastating blow to the empty, dishonest campaign of my opponent, politician Aimee Belgard, and the party bosses and special interests bankrolling her campaign from Washington, DC.," said MacArthur. "Our attorney was literally on the steps of the Ocean County Courthouse to file our defamation lawsuit against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, for their malicious and false attack against me, when he was notified via telephone by Comcast legal counsel that the DCCC's blatantly false new ad was being pulled from the airwaves."

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Firefighters send letter to brother Arizona fireman asking for denunciation of DCCC ad

Firefighters send letter to brother Arizona fireman asking for denunciation of DCCC ad

Today the MacArthur for Congress campaign issued a letter from 41 local firefighters to John Teefy, a firefighter from Phoenix, Arizona, who appeared in an advertisement from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, entitled "Fire."

In the letter,  firefighters from Burlington and Ocean Counties call on Teefy to ask the DCCC to cease airing the advertisement, which MacArthur calls bunk.

Below is a full text of the letter signed by the firefighters...

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At Bergen County Senior Picnic, retail politics opportunity drives pols into the park

At Bergen County Senior Picnic, retail politics opportunity drives pols into the park

PARAMUS - While watching operatives for Congressional candidate Roy Cho following their man around with colored carnations, each tagged with information about Cho, at this year's Bergen County Senior Picnic, it was hard to determine whether Tuesday's event was a prime spot for fall retail politicking, a swag war, or both.

Cho, an attorney from Hackensack who is the Democratic candidate in the Fifth Congressional District, was swarmed by potential voters looking for flowers and a chance at conversation under the tree canopy at Van Saun County Park in Paramus. Kathleen Donovan, the Republican Bergen County Executive, handed out ubiquitous large green-and-yellow bags, while her opponent, Democratic Freeholder Jim Tedesco, tried to keep pace. 

A host of other Bergen-based politicians were also at the event, which has become an annual staple of county retail politics. Present pols included State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), state Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37), state Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37), state Senator Bob Gordon (D-38) and state Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39), among others. 

Amidst the free-stuff frenzy, some politicos spoke about policy issues.

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CD3: Clinton to fundraise later this month for Belgard

CD3: Clinton to fundraise later this month for Belgard

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will headline a New York fundraising reception at Le Parker Meridien for CD3 Democrat Aimee Belgard on September 29th, according to an inivitation obtained by PolitickerNJ.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel are bringing in Clinton, according to the invite.

Belgard is running against Republican Tom MacArthur for a seat currently occupied by retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).

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The political delineations of Linden: Gerbounka v. Armstead Part II

The political delineations of Linden: Gerbounka v. Armstead Part II

So it comes down to this on Nov. 4th in blue collar - heavy on Polish and Eastern European pop. post WW2 with African-Americans entrenched too - Linden: a rematch between two men who ran against each other four years ago.

Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka won that contest by fewer than 200 votes, besting 4th Ward Councilman Derek Armstead in a race where Armstead had the full backing of those establishment Democrats whom he had licked in the primary – Democrats tired of Gerbounka’s independent brand name.

A Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and retired police captain of detectives, Gerbounka annoyed Democrats whenever he dragged a podium out in front of city hall and endorsed the likes of Senator John McCain for president or Chris Christie for governor.

But for his part, Armstead left Democratic Party electeds with a headache in 2010, say sources.

He has another version of events, but his independent streak conjured cowboy impressions of a 4th Ward Gerbounka more than a willing ally eager to be a constructive team player.

In the lead up to this year’s June Primary, Armstead stuck to the same script as last time. The local establishment Democrats propped another candidate in front of him and he beat her in a close contest.

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Booker email solicits campaign contributions for Belgard in CD3 race

Booker email solicits campaign contributions for Belgard in CD3 race

If there was any question over whether U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) would lend a hand in drumming up support for fellow Democratic congressional candidates in the state -- specifically for the Democratic competition in New Jersey's third congressional district, Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard -- let it be answered in the affirmative.

According to an email received by PolitickerNJ today, Booker has begun soliciting donations for Belgard in CD3, sending emails out to supporters asking them to "chip in" to the candidate's campaign.

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The PolitickerNJ Interview: Bell on Fox: 'If you get Jamie Fox out of Democratic Party strategizing, that’s a service for the Republican Party'

The PolitickerNJ Interview: Bell on Fox: 'If you get Jamie Fox out of Democratic Party strategizing, that’s a service for the Republican Party'

Jeff Bell knows Jamie Fox.

The Republican nominee for U.S. Senate met the new Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioner over a decade ago.

When PolitickerNJ asked Bell what he thought of Gov. Chris Christie selecting Fox – a noted Democratic strategist – to helm the DOT, the U.S. Senate candidate answered directly.

“He’s a great guy and a brilliant political strategist,” Bell said. “If you get Jamie Fox out of Democratic Party strategizing, that’s a service for the Republican Party. Let’s hope he stays out of partisan politics even if it’s just for a year or two.”

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U.S. Senate Contest: Booker releases first TV ad of the season

U.S. Senate Contest: Booker releases first TV ad of the season

The Booker for Senate 2014 campaign today released its first television commercial, a seven-figure ad buy to run across cable systems statewide.

“When Senator Booker went to Washington last year, he promised to fight Beltway partisanship and find common ground with senators on both sides of the aisle to move our state forward.  Whether it is working to create jobs, provide greater access to education or protect Social Security and Medicare, Senator Booker has kept his promise to the people of New Jersey,” said Booker for Senate campaign manager Brendan Gill.

Booker is running for a full six-year term against Republican gold standard champion Jeff Bell.

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The Back Room

The Wire: Christie's Springsteen vulnerability

The Wire has a piece this afternoon contrasting Gov. Chris Christie's birthday tweet to rock and roll icon Bruce Springsteen with Bruce's post-Bridgegate public mockery of the governor.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 23rd

Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes They already knew the financial situation was bad in Newark - but it turns out it’s worse. In a conversation with the front office this morning in Trenton, Newark lawmakers expressed worry about the state’s relative sparse offering of...

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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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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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