The combative Republican governor of New Jersey stood on a stage earlier this year and told the U.S. Senator from Kentucky that the reason Republicans lose elections is because of Tea Party Libertarian extremists like Paul.
A conflagration ensued, and experts looking at the 2016 presidential contest identified Christie and Paul as the leading contenders for Republican Party Primary love.
In that kind of environment, every election becomes a testing ground.Read More >
NEWARK - It's a big tent party, even big enough to include Republicans - or Democrats - depending on who's inside.
In this case it was Gov. Chris Christie, Essex County Executive Joe DiVIncenzo and Senator-elect Cory Booker, all throwing hearty hugs on one another in a blow-up tent on a vacant lot, a day after Booker beat Tea Party Republican Steve Lonegan.
There were football jokes.
Christie's a Cowboys fan; Booker likes the New York Giants.
"I'm happy for the mayor and his victory," said Christie. "It was the first win the Giants had all year. Little did Tom Coughlin know he'd have to rely on a washed-up tight end from Stanford. Desperate times call for desperate measures, eh Cory?"Read More >
For John Sette, veteran chairman of the Morris County Republican Party, it comes down to one word.
He sees GOP energy for underdog Republican candidate Steve Lonegan in his sprawling suburban county, where the establishment Republican has had to ride the bucking bronco of Tea Party rebellion and now feels only too happy to harness some of that internal combustion behind Lonegan.
And Sette sees it elsewhere.Read More >
Republican candidate Steve Lonegan faced his supporters on the Morristown Green last night before today's special election for the United States Senate.Read More >
MORRISTOWN – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan led an election eve rally at the green here, vowing to defeat Newark Mayor Cory Booker in a resounding win for America and the ideas furnished by the country’s founding fathers.
“The things we stand for are the values and principles of our ancestors, our neighbors, our friends, the people who go to work every day… going to the shooting ranges on Saturday, church on Sunday and work on Monday,” said Lonegan, who staunchly backs the Tea Party-led shutdown of the federal government.
“The nation tomorrow night will be rocked,” he added, vowing to paint in bold colors, not pale pastels.
The crowd of a couple hundred people loved it, sporting straw hats with “Lonegan” printed front and back and waving and shaking signs in support of the candidate.Read More >
NEWARK - U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker campaigns in the Ironbound section of Newark.Read More >
Higher turnout won’t help the two candidates equally in tomorrow's U.S. Senate special election, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll of registered voters
The poll acknowledges difficulty in estimating turnout due to the historic nature of the election and its unique timing on a Wednesday in October — three weeks before a gubernatorial election. But responses to certain survey questions suggest that turnout is likely to be light, with only 77 percent of registered voters even knowing that elections are coming up, and only 64 percent knowing about a Senate election. Only a third (34 percent) of registered New Jersey voters can name both candidates in the Senate election without prompting, and just 57 percent know that Booker, considered a political celebrity, is in the race. Low turnout generally means that independent voters stay home – and Republican candidates in New Jersey need independent voters to overcome Democrats’ advantage in raw numbers.Read More >
Below is a letter I sent to The Record about its profile of Steve Lonegan on August 6.Read More >
At one point during his 2009 Republican Primary run, movement conservative Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan confessed to PolitickerNJ.com that he didn’t know why he was bothering to go after the support of county committees obviously pre-arranged to back Lonegan’s rival, Chris Christie.
Lonegan would show up to an event, give a speech, and then hear a gavel drop ordaining Christie – the former U.S. Attorney – as the party nominee for governor.Read More >
The big question for Gov. Chris Christie as a presidential candidate is whether he would be able to offset with force of personality the issue-by-issue scrutiny of angry Republican voters insisting on a conservative litmus test.
His friends and allies here say Christie better than any other candidate running for president right now so powerfully embodies voter anger and presents such deep-impact contrast to President Barack Obama, that fine-point agreement on issues like gun control, immigration and climate control won’t matter to a sufficient number of GOP voters.
“He is straightforward without being crazy,” said Assembly Minority Conference Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21), Westfield.
The strategy worked in Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial primary. But there are significant differences between Christie’s 2009 statewide run and what he would confront now on a 2012 national presidential stage.
Here are Christie's observable campaign talents and the challenges he would confront in trying to replicate them nationally…Read More >
The Democratic National Committee is targeting Gov. Chris Christie as the New Jersey executive begins his term serving as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.Read More >
Former Mayor Gibson endorses Baraka for mayor if Newark NEWARK - Former Mayor Ken Gibson tonight formally backed South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka for mayor of Newark at a campaign event at the Robert Treat Hotel. "I'm endorsing Ras Baraka for mayor," Gibson told PolitickerNJ.com in the Crystal Ballroom. "He...
BY Giancarlo Tello As an undocumented New Jersey student of 17 years, forced to drop out of Rutgers University because I could not afford the discriminatory out-of-state rate of $27,500 a year, I find Martin Perez’ misguided response to the... Read More >
"It's incredible, it's a dream. I would never have imagined that I would be running for mayor, but to have Ken Gibson say that, I didn't expect it. Having Ken Gibson on my side is the ultimate reference check. It's the ultimate in street credibility. Mr. Gibson said it, when he was running for mayor, people said that they weren't ready, but Mr. Gibson said 'ready or not, here I come.' I think that's apropos for my campaign. Newark is ready for this." Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka- PolitickerNJ.com
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