2014 U.S. Senate Election

U.S. Senate race: Bell bashes Booker on economics; Senator strikes back on residency

U.S. Senate race: Bell bashes Booker on economics; Senator strikes back on residency

NEWARK - With two recent polls showing incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) with a 13-point lead over Republican challenger Jeff Bell, Booker's rival responded by questioning polling methods and the senator's economic policies.

"It was a good poll for me because it did only registered voters," Bell told PolitickerNJ on Wednesday night at the birthday fundraiser held in East Brunswick in honor of Gov. Chris Christie. "The main reason that I'm trailing in the polls is simply that not enough people know about me. But I'm definitely within range."

According to the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll released on Wednesday, the registered voters polled back Booker by a 42 percent to 29 percent margin over Bell, with 27 percent unsure who they will support in November. 

A poll released Wednesday by the Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy indicated that Booker leads 49 percent to 36 percent over Bell among likely voters polled. Twelve percent were undecided, while 3 percent expressed other choices or declined to answer.

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U.S. Senate race: Booker, Bell spar over abortion

U.S. Senate race: Booker, Bell spar over abortion

NEWARK - Incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and his Republican challenger Jeff Bell assailed each other's positions this week about one of the most divisive social issues in American political life: abortion. 

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U.S. Senate race: Booker on Bell: "bridge builders," not "right-wing ideologues" needed in D.C. as polls tighten

U.S. Senate race: Booker on Bell: "bridge builders," not "right-wing ideologues" needed in D.C. as polls tighten

CAMDEN - With recent polls showing a closer-than-expected battle with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell, incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) laced into Bell on Monday, implying that Bell is part of the problem, not the solution, to partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C..

"I told voters in the last election that I was going to go down there not to be a partisan - I was going down there to build bridges so we could actually get things done for the people in state of New Jersey," said Booker, who defeated GOP conservative Steve Lonegan by 11 percentage points in the special U.S. Senate election in October 2013 to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. "In a very short period of time, I've already got legislation moving with a number of Republicans. From working with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on apprenticeship programs, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on expanding resources for public schools to expand their school year and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a potential presidential candidate, on expanding access to spectrum [Internet] broadband penetration for disadvantaged folk - this is really the norm. 

"I'm demonstrating to voters that I don't want to be a part of the partisan gridlock," Booker added. "I'm going to break through that."

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U.S. Senate race: senior Christie adviser Palatucci vows fundraising help for Bell

U.S. Senate race: senior Christie adviser Palatucci vows fundraising help for Bell

NEWARK - Bill Palatucci, one of Gov. Chris Christie's senior and most trusted advisers, told PolitickerNJ that Christie would soon headline a fundraising event on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell. 

"Most important is following up on the Governor's commitment with Jeff, trying to figure out the first opening on the Governor's schedule so we can help by headlining an event for Jeff," said Palatucci, an attorney with the prominent Gibbons law firm who is also one of Christie's main fundraisers, on Tuesday. "It's in the works. That will happen." 

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U.S. Senate race: Booker campaign, state Dems lash out at Bell after South Jersey GOP rally

U.S. Senate race: Booker campaign, state Dems lash out at Bell after South Jersey GOP rally

NEWARK - The reelection campaign of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) launched a dual attack with the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) against Booker's Republican rival Jeff Bell on Tuesday following comments made by Bell at a South Jersey rally on Monday. 

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PolitickerNJ's Bonamo to appear on radio tonight, weekend TV

PolitickerNJ reporter Mark Bonamo will appear on the WBGO Journal radio program tonight and on a weekend public interest television program. 

 

 

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U.S. Senate race: Bell releases federal tax return, calls on Booker to do the same

U.S. Senate race: Bell releases federal tax return, calls on Booker to do the same

U.S. Senate Republican nominee Jeff Bell released his 2013 federal tax return on Tuesday, then subsequently called on his opponent, incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), to do the same.

"I'm publicly releasing my tax return now because it's in the interest of voters to know about it well ahead of the November election,"said Bell in a written statement. "Cory Booker should do the same thing right away."

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U.S. Senate race: Bell, Booker clash over proposed legislation to overhaul U.S. criminal justice system

U.S. Senate race: Bell, Booker clash over proposed legislation to overhaul U.S. criminal justice system

NEWARK - New Jersey Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell criticized his opponent, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), on Wednesday for his proposal, cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), to curtail the criminal history available for employers to see in background checks. The proposal is part of an overall plan to revamp the U.S. criminal justice system.

“Cory Booker and Rand Paul have proposed legislation that would hide information on criminal history from employers trying to conduct routine background checks. I don’t believe this is a safe policy, or one that will ultimately help with the job searching and matching process," said Bell in a written statement. "Employers deserve the right to know the criminal history of a potential hire, and those who have committed a crime need to be able to explain that as job seekers; it's just common sense.”

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Booker on U.S. Senate race, Republican candidates: let's talk after the GOP primary

Booker on U.S. Senate race, Republican candidates: let's talk after the GOP primary

NEWARK - A general observation of the Republican candidates who have come out to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in November is that they are not the best-known field of GOP contenders.

Jeff Bell, Brian Goldberg, Rich Pezzullo and Murray Sabrin have battled it out among GOP county committees in advance of the June primary. Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie continues to court Republican movers-and-shakers nationally despite his Bridgegate and Sandy aid problems at home.

PolitickerNJ.com asked Booker if he thought that the apparent lack of serious competition in the upcoming U.S. Senate race was a sign that Christie, a native Newarker who has built a bipartisan relationship with Booker, had not done enough to build up the Garden State GOP. 

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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...

Op-Ed

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 >

Contributors

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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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