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The last two New Jerseyans to be in serious contention for the presidency were Bill Bradley in 2000 and Steve Forbes in 1996 and 2000. Bradley, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997, passed on a chance to run in 1988 and lost his place in line after nearly losing his seat to Christine Todd Whitman in 1990. Al Gore beat him 50%-46% in the 2000 New Hampshire Democratic primary, and Bradley dropped out after losing nineteen consecutive primaries to the sitting vice president.
Forbes spent $75 million of his own money in his two bids for the GOP presidential nomination. He won the Arizona and Delaware primaries in 1996, and his 2000 campaign fizzled out early after finishing a distant third in early primaries behind George W. Bush and John McCain.
Republican U.S. Sen. Clifford Case ran in the 1968 New Jersey presidential primary as a favorite son – some though as a stalking horse for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller -- but 18 of his 40 delegates bolted on the first ballot after a group of GOP leaders led by Nelson Gross decided to back Richard Nixon for the nomination.
Gov. Robert Meyner gave serious consideration to a presidential candidacy in 1960, announcing three months before the Democratic National Convention that he was available to be drafted for the nomination if party leaders were unable to agree on a candidate. Meyner was nominated at the convention by U.S. Sen. Harrison Williams and won the support of 43 delegates, including all 41 from New Jersey, despite considerable speculation that as many as 35 New Jersey delegates were prepared to abandon the sitting governor and back John F. Kennedy for the nomination.
All 35 New Jersey delegates to the 1948 Republican National Convention voted for favorite son Gov. Alfred Driscoll on the first ballot; 24 delegates switched to New York Gov. Thomas Dewey on the second ballot.
Even though Democrats have occupied the White House for nearly fourteen months, U.S. Marshal James Plousis, a Republican who served as Cape May County Sheriff before George W. Bush appointed him in 2002, remains in office because New Jersey’s two Democratic United States Senators have been unable to agree on a candidate to replace him.
Sources say that Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) prefers Lourdes Timberman Correa, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marshal's office. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) is said to prefer retiring Bergen County Freeholder Tomas Padilla, a Hackensack police captain. Either would become the first Hispanic federal marshal.
Lautenberg believes that the senior U.S. Senator ought to pick the U.S. Marshal. Menendez apparently disagrees and thinks the two Senators should make the decision together. Therein lies the reason for the delay.
Initially, there were two other candidates. Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire had sought the post, and U.S. Rep. Steven Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) had endorsed his candidacy, but McGuire eventually withdrew and endorsed Padilla. Gov. Jon Corzine was actively pushing Samuel Plumeri, the Director of Security for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a former Mercer County Sheriff. Later, Corzine named Plumeri to the State Parole Board.
Lautenberg and Menendez came to an early agreement on Paul Fishman as the United States Attorney – just three weeks after Barack Obama became president. Fishman was nominated on June 4, one of the first seven federal prosecutors named by Obama.
Ronald Reagan narrowly edges out Bill Clinton as New Jerseyans’ favorite president, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett poll released this morning.
Overall, 24% of New Jerseyans picked Reagan as their favorite president, while 22% picked Clinton -- a difference within the poll's margin of error. John F. Kennedy comes in third with 11%, followed by Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama tied in fourth place at 7%, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in sixth place with 5%. George Washington, whose birthday this holiday was created to commemorate in 1880, is tied with Harry Truman at 3%, while Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush bring up the rear of New Jerseyans’ top 10 a 2% each.
Neither of the Garden State’s two presidents – Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson – made the list.
If you’re reading this from work today, you’re in the same boat as the majority of state residents. Just 38% of the state’s workforce gets today off with pay, although 70% of public sector workers do.
The Monmouth University Polling Institute surveyed 803 adult New Jersey residents between January 27-31, producing a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%.Read More >
A Chris Christie internet video released today likens his campaign’s message to President Obama's, while a Jon Corzine web ad from three days ago ties Christie to former President George W. Bush with his own words.
In Christie’s video, titled “Mr. President” and timed to coincide with Obama’s rally for Corzine today, several Obama speeches are cut together over solemn piano music and images of impoverished parts of New Jersey, including Camden’s Transition City, which Christie has raised on the stump. In the audio clips, Obama calls for an end to partisan rancor, calls the financial crisis a “direct result of the greed and irresponsibility that has dominate Washington and Wall Street for years now” and talks about challenging “the money and influence that stood in our way.”
“New Jerseyans are still fighting for change,” reads the text at theend of the ad.
A Rasmussen poll released yesterday put Obama's approval rating in New Jersey rightside up at 53% approve to 39% disapprove.
In Corzine’s spot – his most watched internet-only ad, at close to 16,000 views – Christie’s comments are cut out and allowed to stand on their own. At a press conference the Corzine campaign says took place on March 26, 2007, Christie, then the state’s U.S. Attorney, says "Listen, I plead guilty to having raised money for Governor George W. Bush because I thought he was the best person to be President of the United States.”Read More >
Former Vice President Al Gore will be in New Jersey today, lending a hand to Gov. Jon Corzine's re-election by addressing an annual meeting of Democrats in Atlantic City. Gore becomes the second of the eight living Democratic nominees for President to stump for Corzine; Barack Obama was in the state last July. Democrats expect two others to be in New Jersey over the next few weeks: former President Bill Clinton, and U.S. Sen. John Kerry. There are no plans for any of the other four onetime Democratic standard bearers to campaign for Corzine: George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis.
There are four living Republican presidential candidates. It's almost certain that former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush will not campaigning for GOP gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie. There is no word if Bob Dole or John McCain will be visiting New Jersey before November.
Gore also puts in checkmark under the living former Vice Presidents column. It seems certain that Christie won't ask Dick Cheney to come to New Jersey this fall - the heavy traffic on Route 1 notwithstanding. There are no apparent invitations for Mondale or Dan Quayle to stump for Corzine or Christie, respectively.
Vice President Joseph Biden appeared at a Corzine rally on the night of the Democratic primary.
Of the other five living former VP candidates, three almost certainly will not be invited: Sarah Palin, John Edwards, and Joseph Lieberman. Sargent Shriver has health issues and is no longer making public appearances. That leaves Geraldine Ferraro, and there is a decent chance the Corzine campaign won't want her.Read More >
Democrats have a real problem in New Jersey, if a new poll released by Public Policy Polling, a North Carolina-based firm that polls mostly for Democratic candidates and Democratic-leaning interest groups, is correct. The poll has President Barack Obama’s favorables upside-down among N.J. voters, 45%-48%.
The poll has New Jersey’s two Democratic United States Senators also upside-down: Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) has approvals of 38%-44%, and Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) has approvals of 27%-40%.
“There are more Obama voters in New Jersey now who don’t approve of him than there are (John) McCain voters who believe he’s doing a good job,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “This is the first time we’ve found that anywhere and it makes you wonder how effective Obama’s really going to be on behalf of Jon Corzine.”
The weirdest part of the poll: 21% of New Jerseyans believe Obama is not a natural born citizen, 19% say George W. Bush had advance knowledge of 9/11, and 8% say Obama is the Anti-Christ.Read More >
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush, turned up at a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie tonight.
“He was invited by one of the host committee members,” said Christie spokeswoman Maria Comella.
The host committee member reached out to Bush directly and did not check with the Christie campaign.
Comella did not know whether Bush donated any money at and would not name the host committee member who invited him. She also could not say whether Bush had any other business in the region.
Gov. Jon Corzine has spent millions of dollars reminding voters that Christie – who was appointed U.S. Attorney by President Bush in 2001 – was a major fundraiser for Bush’s 2000 campaign, earning the honorary title of “Pioneer.”
In a November, 2008 Quinnipiac University poll, President Bush had an 18% approval rating in New Jersey.Read More >
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush attended a Chris Christie for Governor fundraiser in Princeton earlier this evening. Democrats have made an issue of Christie's connection to Jeb Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush.Read More >
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Belleville) was one of four Democratic legislators to bash GOP gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie for opposing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which they say could have cost unemployed New Jerseyans $200 million in extended unemployment benefits.
"New Jersey families who are unemployed are struggling to make ends meet, yet Christie would refuse more than $200 million in federal stimulus funding that is a direct lifeline for these families in need," Caputo said in a statement released by the Democratic State Committee. "Hardworking New Jerseyans who through no fault of their own have already suffered the loss of their job and income deserve support, not Christie's bloated rhetoric and Bush policies that would have devastating impacts on their future."
But Republicans had a good comeback to the use of Caputo as a surrogate, pointing out Caputo's two public offices.
"The irony of state Democrats preaching about unemployment that's climbed to a 32 year high on their watch is only matched by the insensitivity of Assemblyman Ralph Caputo," said Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for the Republican State Committee. "While struggling, out-of-work New Jerseyans continue looking for jobs that Governor Corzine has lost, Caputo sits on the sidelines collecting two paychecks as a county freeholder and state assemblyman. How much more out of touch can you be?"Read More >
The two Port Authority officials who resigned in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy have hired outside counsel, according to reports.Read More >
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