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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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."Read More >
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.Read More >
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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.Read More >
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.Read More >
MONROE - U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell Twp.) said three outside groups have run radio against him this cycle - Americans for Prosperity, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Energy Committee for Israel, but the Democrat exuded pre-Election Day confidence in his 12th District war with GOP challenger Scott Sipprelle.
"I realized I could verbalize what I hadn't verbalized, and it wasn't a personal attack against Mr. Sipprelle, but a recognition that his work as a hedge fund manager on Wall Street is very private work that is not directed to the public good," said the congressman, who over the past two or three weeks has defined his message as public interest against Sipprelle, who he says represents a private interest brand.Read More >
Democratic Party insiders are converging tonight on the Morristown home of attorney Phil Sellinger.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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