BOB DECHEINE

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the most powerful one of all?

Bob Decheine probably wouldn’t know how to get from Haworth to Hawthorne, but he’s very much in control of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in New Jersey. His power comes from his day job as Chief of Staff to Congressman Steven Rothman, who has emerged as the leader of the state Obama campaign. And Rothman’s lead in a PolitickerNJ.com online poll of which New Jersey Democrat has the most political power today appears to be the result of Obama’s surge as a national candidate.

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Rothman emerges as winner in New Jersey Obama power struggle

There has been some infighting within Barack Obama’s New Jersey campaign since the February 5 Democratic primary – and the turf battle has resulted in a major political victory for Congressman Steven Rothman. Last week, Obama sent a letter to the Democratic State Committee changing the official representative of his state campaign from Mark Alexander to Rothman and his Chief of Staff, Bob Decheine.

The matter was settled on a conference call that included representatives of the state Obama leadership, including Rothman, Alexander, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and State Senators Loretta Weinberg and John Adler.

Rothman, a six-term Congressman from Bergen County, is the only member of the New Jersey delegation to endorse Obama. Alexander, a Seton Hall University law professor, ran Obama’s New Jersey campaign after serving as his national policy director.

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The Back Room

Source: Destination Lyndhurst

The Northern County Democratic chairs are scheduled to test their newfound alliance tomorrow at a meeting of the principals in Lyndhurst, according to a party source.

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Wake-Up Call

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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 >

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