If you're a fan of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rush Limbaugh or (ironically) Barack Obama, this post is for you!Read More >
WEST ORANGE – State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-28) paced in the wings of the West Orange High School cafeteria with pen in hand, jotting 11th hour words on a scrap of paper, amid rumors of a coming Joe DiVincenzo-dress down.
He was a few speakers removed from his moment at the microphone.
The most memorable political productions attributed to Steve Adubato, Sr. over the years have a ring of grandeur and symbolic suggestion somewhere on the order of the best Broadway renditions of Titus Andronicus.
Today bore some of that dramatic allusion, as the Essex County Democratic Committee regrouped following the general election to anoint a new chairman to succeed the late Phil Thigpen, a loyal Democrat who died at 87 amid optics of the most powerful countywide elected official in Democrat-powerful Essex campaigning with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
That would be Essex County Executive DiVincenzo, who appeared today along with the other stars of the party, including U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10), state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34), Assemblywoman (and former Speaker) Sheila Oliver (D-34), Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-34), and Rice, in a brace of party district leaders anchored by the proud East Orange contingent here to affirm the organization’s new chairman, Leroy Jones of East Orange.Read More >
(11-13-13) Barbara Buono’s Loss at the Polls Is Still a Victory for Women - While Governor Chis Christie is the focus of national attention for his win last week, the achievement of Barbara Buono cannot be understated.Read More >
Chris Christie enters the final stretch of his gubernatorial re-election bid with a 20-point lead in today's Monmouth University Poll. The minimum wage hike is also set to pass, with most voters not being bothered by the fact that future increases will be written into the New Jersey Constitution.
Garden State voters likely to participate in the November election give Christie a 57% to 37% lead over state Sen. Barbara Buono. The incumbent’s margin is down slightly from 24 points three weeks ago, but is similar to the 19- to 20-point leads in prior Monmouth University polls since August.Read More >
BRIDGEWATER - Gov. Chris Christie said the one thing that worries him ahead of Tuesday's election is the overconfidence of his supporters who look to 2016, and yet in his speech this morning to launch the day's bus tour four days before Election Day, Christie admitted New Jersey has the country's attention.
"America's watching Tuesday night," said the governor, who leads his Democratic opponent 59-40%, according to this week's Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll. "This is not a typical election. They will see Republicans, Independents and Democrats uniting, coming together to vote for the same person; African Americans and Hispanics coming together to vote for the same person. They're going to see our state brought together like it's never been brought together before, and they are going to see the example from here to make the United States great again."
A parking lot crowd roared approval as it observed the governor's wife Mary Pat and former Acting U.S. Senator (and former Attorney General) Jeff Chiesa of Branchburg, exit the Christie campaign bus and unite behind the candidate at his campaign headquarters here on Route 22.Read More >
RUTHERFORD - The rain receded Friday before Gov. Chris Christie rolled into Rutherford for a campaign stop.
His wingman on his Bergen County trip: former New York City Mayor and 2008 United States Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.
Their goal: to rain down retribution on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono just five days before the Nov. 5th election.Read More >
Insiders are talking about Milly Silva and her future with the Democratic Party.
Plucked from relative obscurity, the candidate found arguably a greater degree of it as the ticket mate of a gubernatorial nominee running 30 points behind Gov. Chris Christie.
But the vice president from SEIU Local 1199 still persuaded more than dissuaded observers of her value, and there’s buzz about her future in the event that Buono, as the polls predict, fails in her bid for governor next week.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, two Republican sources said they thought Silva gonged Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the LG candidates’ lone debate, for example. “Did you see that?” one of the GOP sources asked.Read More >
“The trouble with some women," said Cher, "is that they get all excited about nothing - and then marry him.”
Rearrange the wording and you get the new era in New Jersey, which was never known for being all that romantic but now becomes the 13th state to allow legal same-sex marriages.Read More >
New Jersey’s registered voters give incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie a favorability rating of 61%, versus 28% of respondents who view him unfavorably, according to this morning's Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
The poll shows that the incumbent governor's overall job grade and approval are strong: 60 percent grade the governor B or higher and 67 percent approve of the overall job he is doing.
Voters remain persistently negative, however, toward Christie’s efforts on what they perceive as the two most important issues facing the state, the economy and taxes. Only 42 percent approve of his handling of the economy and jobs, which more than a third say is the biggest problem facing New Jersey. Similarly, 38 percent approve of his performance on taxes, the top problem for 25 percent. But, as earlier polls have found, Christie’s overall support is not hurt by disapproval on specific issues.Read More >
SOUTH JERSEY – That GOP squall Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-21) wants would hit down here amid the inlets, sand stretches and docks on Nov. 5th, or so it would appear, but for Democratic incumbents’ staunch messaging of bipartisanship with Gov. Chris Christie, distinct name brands and shock and awe independent expenditure artillery.
While Christie has stayed away from making public appearances with battleground Republicans in key South Jersey firefights, Kean has run headlong into South Jersey’s throne room and challenged the dominant figure on the landscape: Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
Head fake?Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."- Nelson Mandela
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