Chris Christie leads Steve Lonegan 80%-17% among actual recorded votes cast so far at county conventions and screening committees in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor. Christie, the former U.S. Attorney, has won each of the eight contests, amassing a 1,495-321 vote lead over Lonegan, the former Mayor of Bogota. Assemblyman Rick Merkt has won 30 votes so far (2%), and Franklin Mayor Brian Levine remains in the single digits with just eight votes. Four votes have been cast for David Brown, a South Brunswick inventor.
Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan this morning announced the co-chairs of her re-election campaign.Read More >
Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes They already knew the financial situation was bad in Newark - but it turns out it’s worse. In a conversation with the front office this morning in Trenton, Newark lawmakers expressed worry about the state’s relative sparse offering of...
By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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