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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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

Op-Ed

The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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