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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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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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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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