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Mercer County Dems - and a handful of gubernatorial potentials - honor Holt at Mountain View fundraiser

Mercer County Dems - and a handful of gubernatorial potentials - honor Holt at Mountain View fundraiser

EWING - The verdict is in: for Democrats in New Jersey, Mercer County -- and specifically the Club House at the Mountain View Golf Course -- was the place to be tonight.

There was certainly no shortage of political interest in the room, as local politickers, friends, family members and Democratic operatives from around the state co-mingled over plates of h'ordeurves and the sound of a jazz guitar playing softly in the corner. Local pols were in attendance, such as Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, and chairwoman of the Mercer County Democrats, Elizabeth Muoio, who emceed the event.

But there were others, like Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who floated in and out of various social circles trading greetings with colleagues and stealing much of the spotlight.

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Mercer bash brings out potential Democratic Party candidates for governor

Mercer bash brings out potential Democratic Party candidates for governor

Three possible candidates for the 2017 Democratic nomination for governor - and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) - are scheduled to attend a party fundraising event tonight for the Mercer County Democrats, proof that Mercer has muscled up since the last Democratic Primary.

Confirmed on the guest list in Ewing this evening are Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19).

Not in attendance tonight, another gubernatorial prospect, former U.S. Ambassador to Germary Phil Murphy will attend a Friday dinner party with Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes.

Fulop and Sweeney have been playing political chess with each other for almost year across the great sprawling board of New Jersey.

Thrown by Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Friday's dinner represents the first time that Murphy - a former Goldman Sachs CEO - will officially be in attendance at a Democratic Party event.

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Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

WALL TOWNSHIP - More than two hundred people came out to the Wall Township backyard of Gary and Linda Faraci on Gully Road to support the candidacies of Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo and Larry Luttrell on Friday night.

Flanked by blooming flower beds, focused political allies and a posse of squawking chickens, the Monmouth Democratic ticket's most prominent supporter spoke out for Grillo and Luttrell.

"People are here because you believe in the leadership of two really fine men, and you believe in the idea that democracy is not a spectator sport," said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who is at the top of the statewide Democratic ticket in November as he seeks a full six-year term. "It is a full-contact participatory endeavor. You have to be able to pay it forward through your contributions, your involvement, your activism and your sacrifice."

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CD 12 race: Labor unions rally around Watson Coleman

CD 12 race: Labor unions rally around Watson Coleman

TRENTON - Organized labor came out in force for state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) on Wednesday, demonstrating its commitment to getting the Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District elected in November. 

Watson Coleman's labor support campaign rally, held at IBEW Local 269 in Trenton and attended by a significant number of union-member campaign volunteers, was co-hosted by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, the Mercer, Middlesex/Somerset and Union CLCs, and OPEIU International, according to a press release issued by the New Jersey chapter of the AFL-CIO.

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The only thing Congress can agree on these days is ending the War on Drugs

(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just because the War on Drugs is an epic failure.)  

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What's at stake on Tuesday night for Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe?

What's at stake on Tuesday night for Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe?

A patient Kevin McCabe threatened the other half of the county with the muscle of the Carpenters and Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19) behind him, came up short, then bided his time to take charge of a fractured and wounded Middlesex County Democratic Committee.

That was 2011.

He assumed control last year as chairman, replacing respected former FBI man Peter Barnes, Sr., who in his first run for the job had the backing of state Sen. Bob Smith (D-17) and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-18).

Once removed from jailed Chairman Joe Spicuzzo, McCabe soon found himself confronted with the test of trying to get Tom Lankey into office in Edison with Gov. Chris Christie at the top of the ticket and Democrats divided between Lankey and wobbly incumbent independent Democrat Toni Ricigliano.

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National progressive organization endorses Watson Coleman in CD12 race

National progressive organization endorses Watson Coleman in CD12 race

A national progressive political action committee endorsed state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) for U.S. Congress in the Twelfth Congressional District on Friday. 

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a non-profit, grass-roots organization which claims to have more than 950,000 members nation-wide, backed Watson Coleman in her June primary fight against state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) and state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17). 

"Bonnie Watson Coleman was New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader and has spent her life as an outspoken fighter for the poor and powerless," according to a written statement released by the Washington, D.C.-based organization, which was founded in 2009. "As Chris Christie's top critic, she was the first legislator to call for the scandal-ridden governor's resignation recently on MSNBC."

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Chivukula encounters establishment party monolith in Greenstein's Middlesex

Chivukula encounters establishment party monolith in Greenstein's Middlesex

While Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) dropped a gauntlet on state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) yesterday, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) threw a bill into the arms of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

“I look at energy issues as national security issues,” said Chivukula, who wants Gov. Chris Christie to reverse his opposition to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and sign Chivukula’s bill that Chair Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-29) and other committee members shipped out of committee.

“We need to develop a longtime strategy,” added the third candidate in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12). Playing the good progressive pro-environment Democrat while Watson Coleman and Greenstein punched and counter punched, Chivukula today in a conversation with PolitickerNJ landed a blow on Christie.

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Seeking traction in Democratic Primary, Watson Coleman proud of Buono alliance

Seeking traction in Democratic Primary, Watson Coleman proud of Buono alliance

The announcement yesterday for Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) by the Reverend Doctor Ronald Owens put an exclamation point on the assemblywoman's alliance with former state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), last year's unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor.

Chair of Buono's gubernatorial campaign, Watson Coleman noted that she stood and fought for Buono while other Democrats fled in the face of a seemingly invincible Republican Gov. Chris Christie. 

Owens surfacing as Watson Coleman's first endorsement out of Middlesex bears a Buono stamp, and may be indicative of Watson Coleman's intentions of reclaiming a moral argument from the wreckage of the Buono Campaign as she seeks support toward her CD12 bid, sources say.

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Watson Coleman mobilizes Mercer Democrats behind her CD12 candidacy

Watson Coleman mobilizes Mercer Democrats behind her CD12 candidacy

Hammering the phones all day long, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) this afternoon folded the tent flaps of Mercer County over her CD12 candidacy.

A veteran assemblywoman and former Democratic State Party chair, Watson Coleman secured the endorsements of Mercer County Democratic Chair Liz Muoio, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Clerk Paula Covello and Deputy Clerk Walker Worthy, Jr.

Watson Coleman welcomed Muoio and her other county allies to the Ewing Twp. Municipal Building to formalize their support.

The endorsements give Watson Coleman a key coalition of power players as she attempts to stare down Middlesex County's state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) in the CD12 Democratic Primary.

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The Back Room

Christie campaigns in New Hampshire

When asked in New Hamsphire today about whether he was considering a presidential run in 2016, Gov. Chris Christie said he wouldn’t discuss his plans until after November.

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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