Toss-up Time: Christie to fundraise tomorrow in Illinois for Rauner and Scott

Toss-up Time: Christie to fundraise tomorrow in Illinois for Rauner and Scott

Chris Christie, head of the Republican Governors' Association, will head to Illinois tomorrow to fundraise for two candidates for governor who are running in toss-up races.

First on the schedule are a retail campaign event and fundraiser for Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois.

Christie later in the evening is scheduled to fundraise in Chicago for Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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CD 12 race: Labor unions rally around Watson Coleman at campaign kickoff

CD 12 race: Labor unions rally around Watson Coleman at campaign kickoff

TRENTON - Organized labor came out in force for state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) on Wednesday, demonstrating its commitment to getting the Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District elected in November. 

Watson Coleman's campaign kickoff, held at IBEW Local 269 in Trenton and attended by a significant number of union-member campaign volunteers, was co-hosted by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, the Mercer, Middlesex/Somerset and Union CLCs, and OPEIU International, according to a press release issued by the New Jersey chapter of the AFL-CIO.

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After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help

After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help

New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman of the Republican Governors' Association, Gov. Chris Christie.

"The Aspen trip made it clear that governors from around the nation will be helping County Executive Astorino become Governor Astorino," said Jessica Proud, spokeswoman for Astorino for Governor. "It also made it clear that RGA Chairman Chris Christie will not be among them. We can live with that and we will move on."

PolitickerNJ asked the campaign if Astorino met with Christie last night as was his intention.

Yes, the campaign replied, "very briefly."

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ELEC: Passaic County Dems have most COH among party county committees, followed by Somerset GOP; Burlington GOP has highest net worth

ELEC: Passaic County Dems have most COH among party county committees, followed by Somerset GOP; Burlington GOP has highest net worth

County party officials are gradually rebuilding their financial reserves in a year with no state campaigns but with most counties hosting elections for at least some positions, according to the latest reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Quarterly reports filed by county parties showed their combined reserves grew from $1.3 million to $1.5 million since March. Those reserves are smaller than the $1.6 million raised during the same period last year, when there was a governor’s race and all 120 legislators were running. However, the combined war chest is larger than the $1 million amassed in 2012, another year with no major state campaigns.

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Hughes For Congress announces endorsement by Van Drew

Hughes For Congress announces endorsement by Van Drew

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1) has endorsed the congressional campaign of former federal prosecutor and Democratic hopeful Bill Hughes, Jr., in CD2.

“Bill Hughes is someone who will not only fight for what is right, but is also committed to the congressional district that he grew up in. I enthusiastically endorse his bid for Congress,” said Van Drew in a statement today. “His moderate voice and constituent-first approach is much needed in today’s hyper-partisan political arena.”

Hughes, son of former congressman Bill Hughes, Sr., is up against the challenge of unseating 20-year Republican incumbent Frank Lobiondo (R-3) in a district with fairly conservative leanings. At last count, Democrats outnumbered Republicans slightly 115,923 to 109,429, but the district’s 195,665 independents have the habit of leaning Republican for "LoBo”.

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Morning Digest: July 24th

Morning Digest: July 24th

Transgender activist Bowen named executive director of Garden State Equality

Transgender activist Bowen named executive director of Garden State Equality

Following a national search, veteran transgender activist Andrea “Andy” Bowen has been named the new Executive Director of Garden State Equality (GSE). 

Bowen is the nation’s first openly transgender Executive Director of a statewide organization for LGBT civil rights.

She replaces Troy Stevenson, who went on to lead TEN, the Equality Network, after helping to secure marriage equality in New Jersey.

“New Jersey has a lot of forward thinking policy already in place,” said Bowen. “But we must continue to press for full equality for the LGBT and ally community, and be vigilant in working to ensure our current laws are implemented and enforced. My goal is to work with communities across intersections of race, class, gender, age, and ability to ensure that LGBT people and our allies are truly protected from discrimination, physical violence, and economic pain.”

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Federal Highway Administrator in New Jersey division arrested on fraud charges

Federal Highway Administrator in New Jersey division arrested on fraud charges

The feds this morning arrested the Assistant Division Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New Jersey Division, for allegedly using a straw company to get FHWA grant funds he also oversaw as a public official, and for falsifying related federal disclosure documents, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. 

Special agents from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and criminal investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey took into custody Lawrence F. Cullari Jr., 42, of Tinton Falls, at his FHWA office in West Trenton.

They charged Cullari in a criminal complaint with five counts of making false statements and one count of wire fraud.

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The Back Room

The four toss-up states, the two R to D states, according to Sabato - and Colorado

As Gov. Chris Christie barmstorms the country as head of the Republican Governors' Association (RGA), four states have his absolute attention, confirmed as toss-ups by veteran political scientist Larry Sabato.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...

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Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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