2014 U.S. Senate Election

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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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 22nd

Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell Fight of the Week Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan v. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/79736/fight-week-donovan-v-pascrell     Paramus mayor's race: Candidates in closely-divided Bergen borough spar over taxes, towing issues PARAMUS - When voters go to the polls in November...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

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