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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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Sources: Greenstein running in CD12

Sources: Greenstein running in CD12

Democratic Party sources told PolitickerNJ that proven Mercer/Middlesx vote-getter state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) will run for the 12th District Congressional seat.

A move up by Greenstein would open her state senate seat, conceivably to a war between the 14th District's top vote-getter Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-14) and Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-14).

Greenstein would be taking aim at the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), who earlier today announced his decision to not pursue re-election.

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Holt interested in U.S. Senate seat

Holt interested in U.S. Senate seat

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) wants to be a U.S. Senator.

The news today of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-N.J.) decision not to seek re-election reconfirmed that, although Holt was not ready tonight to say he is definitely running.

"There's no point in being coy," Holt said. "I've made no secret in previous years that I would consider the Senate at the right time. But an expression of interest should not be taken as a campaign announcement."

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Congressmen back Amtrak’s bid for trans-Hudson tunnel funds

WASHINGTON – Several members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation have written a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of Amtrak’s requested funding for components of a new trans-Hudson tunnel.

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LAUTENBERG AND HOLT INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM HARASSMENT

LEGISLATION HONORS THE MEMORY OF RUTGERS UNIVERSITY STUDENT TYLER CLEMENTI

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Election Results

Election Results

State Republicans scored two major victories Tuesday as the GOP took control of the 3rd District Congressional seat and the Bergen County Executive’s office.

Republican Jon Runyan rode the anti-incumbent wave to victory in his 3rd District race, defeating incumbent Democrat John Adler.  Runyan won the district by just two points over Adler in what was the most closely watched race in the state.

Runyan won big in Ocean County though not as big as hoped, while Adler supporters did not come to the polls in Camden County.  The ex-NFL lineman’s victory narrows the Democratic edge in the New Jersey Congressional delegation to 7 to 6.

In Bergen County, Republican Kathe Donovan defeated incumbent Democrat Dennis McNerney by 8 points, delivering the state’s largest county into the hands of the GOP.  Donovan’s campaign had been called unorthodox by some pundits as she embraced organized labor and environmental groups, but the coalition was enough to drive her to victory.

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Christie Scorecard

Christie Scorecard

Gov. Chris Christie has scoured the country over the past month stumping for Republican candidates in far flung locales, both taking advantage of and expanding his national profile.

Here at home the governor has also leapt into the congressional fray, campaigning for Republicans in the 3rd , 6th and 12th Districts, including appearances Monday with 12th District Republican Scott Sipprelle and 6th District Tea Party candidate Anna Little.

With all of the time spent campaigning at home and abroad, does Christie face any risk if his chosen candidates go down?

“I think the governor has lot riding on the election,” said Ben Dworkin of the Rebovich Institute  for New Jersey Politics at Rider University. “ if Republicans are able to flip a couple of these Democratic congressional seats the governor further expands his image nationally as someone who can deliver congressional  seats in the northeast.”

By contrast, Dworkin said, if the Democrats hold onto all three competitive seats tonight, Christie’s shine could be tarnished.

But Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University disagrees. Win or lose his chosen races,  Baker said, Christie has made the right moves politically.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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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...

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Paterson can flourish with a second chance

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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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