CAMDEN - With recent polls showing a closer-than-expected battle with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell, incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) laced into Bell on Monday, implying that Bell is part of the problem, not the solution, to partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C..
"I told voters in the last election that I was going to go down there not to be a partisan - I was going down there to build bridges so we could actually get things done for the people in state of New Jersey," said Booker, who defeated GOP conservative Steve Lonegan by 11 percentage points in the special U.S. Senate election in October 2013 to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. "In a very short period of time, I've already got legislation moving with a number of Republicans. From working with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on apprenticeship programs, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on expanding resources for public schools to expand their school year and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a potential presidential candidate, on expanding access to spectrum [Internet] broadband penetration for disadvantaged folk - this is really the norm.
"I'm demonstrating to voters that I don't want to be a part of the partisan gridlock," Booker added. "I'm going to break through that."Read More >
NEWARK - Bill Palatucci, one of Gov. Chris Christie's senior and most trusted advisers, told PolitickerNJ that Christie would soon headline a fundraising event on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell.
"Most important is following up on the Governor's commitment with Jeff, trying to figure out the first opening on the Governor's schedule so we can help by headlining an event for Jeff," said Palatucci, an attorney with the prominent Gibbons law firm who is also one of Christie's main fundraisers, on Tuesday. "It's in the works. That will happen."Read More >
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."Read More >
HACKENSACK - The day after Bergen County native U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) strongly reiterated his support for Democratic Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco's bid to unseat Republican incumbent Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan in November, Bergen Republican Chairman Bob Yudin verbally slashed Booker, calling the senator's endorsement of Tedesco "meaningless" based on his assessment of a critical component of Booker's resume.Read More >
LAVALLETTE - Former Alaska Governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced on Tuesday that she endorsed Steve Lonegan's bid to be the GOP's candidate in New Jersey's Third Congressional District.
"Steve is the type of conservative leader we need," said Palin, who served as Alaska's governor from 2006 to 2009 and was the GOP's vice-presidential candidate in a losing 2008 effort against the Democrats, in a written statement. "He believes in the free market principles this country was founded on because he has seen first hand how they can lead to success. In Washington, he will be a dedicated fighter for lower taxes, balanced budgets, and lessening the burdens of regulations on small businesses."Read More >
It’s a developing situation right now in CD3 and once again Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore finds himself gingerly handling nitroglycerine objects otherwise known as congressional candidates, one of them named former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan requiring particularly delicate care.
Watching with gritted teeth - and fearing more for its own safety than Gilmore’s –is Burlington County, one half of the 3rd District, where organization Republicans favor former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur to run for the seat being vacated by a retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).
A nice man, by general acclimation in Burlington – and Ocean, for that matter – businessman MacArthur offers a singular overriding enticement for Republicans looking to fend off Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard and secure Runyan’s seat: money.
Already on record vehemently opposing failed 2013 U.S. Senate candidate/movement conservative leader Lonegan, Burlington wants Gilmore to drop the hammer on him. But expungement is not Gilmore’s plan, say sources, as his county committee looks to a Saturday screening of 15 candidates, including rivals Lonegan and MacArthur.Read More >
TOMS RIVER - Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan this afternoon declared his candidacy for Congress in the 3rd District with broadsides against Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the liberal media, and projections of Ronald Reagan on a screen in front of a packed room in the Toms River Hotel.
But he did leave himself some wiggle room at the end of it all when PolitickerNJ.com asked him if he's in this campaign until Election Night 2014 regardless of what the two GOP Party organizations do early next month.
"I don't feel like running a primary against two organizations," said the movement conservative, last year's GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate who lost by 11 points to Cory Booker in a lusty effort.
Right now, one of those organizations - Burlington - doesn't mind bashing Lonegan as an unacceptable alternative to fill the seat vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).
Early, the Burlington GOP likes former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur, so its emissaries don't mind smothering Lonegan on Reagan's birthday.Read More >
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 >
A polling memo prepared by a company with ties to Gov. Chris Christie shows public support for red light cameras.Read More >
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...
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 >
"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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