Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The three-term Democratic assemblywoman cites family reasons for not seeking re-election.
Editor's note: Updated from an earlier version with comments from Assemblywoman Connie Wagner. Assemblywoman Connie Wagner announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election to the state assembly in November citing family reasons which will require her to spend much of her time out of state in the next year. Wagner, of Paramus, a three-term Democratic assemblywoman in the 38th legislative district said in a statement: "The only responsibility greater then serving as your Assemblywoman is my commitment as a wife, mother and grandmother. In recent weeks it has become clear that my son, daughter in-law and soon to be born grandchild will need my assistance. Over the next year I will be spending a great deal of time traveling back and forth …
Monday, June 10, 2013
Newark mayor benefits from name-recognition, Rutgers-Eagleton survey finds.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s high public profile appears to have contributed to a strong lead over his rivals for U.S. Senate, according to a Rutgers University -Eagleton poll released Monday. Booker announced Saturday he seeks to fill the unexpired term of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died last week. Gov.Chris Christie called for a primary election Aug. 13 to be followed by a general election Oct. 16. The current Senate term expires in January 2015. Booker will run in the primary against Sheila Oliver, an Essex County Democrat and Speaker of the state Assembly, as well as two members of Congress, Rush Holt and Frank Pallone. Oliver, who filed her candidacy shortly before the deadline Monday, was not included in the polling. The …
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Among them are a current U.S. Representative and a former New Jersey mayor and Tea Party activist.
With Monday the deadline for prospective U.S. Senate hopefuls to get their signatures into the State in time for August's primary, the list of candidates vying for the vacant seat has operated as a sort of accordion, growing and shrinking as announcements are made, rumors dispelled, and campaigns kicked off. Opting for a special election to find a replacement for five-term U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) who died earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie's decision generated critcism but plenty of significant interest from both Republicans and Democrats, many of whom see their potential election this October as a leg up in the 2014 race. But, when it comes to making an official announcement, there's been some reticence. Though some …
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Governor will face Democrat Barbara Buono, who defeated Troy Webster to earn her respective nomination for the November elections.
Amid chants of "four more years" from Republicans from around the state, Gov. Chris Christie celebrated his primary win Tuesday night with a GOP event at the Bridgewater Marriott. Christie thanked the gathered crowd for their support as he easily defeated opponent Seth Grossman to earn the Republican nomination in the November election. Christie will face Democrat Barbara Buono, who defeated Troy Webster to earn her respective nomination for the November elections. "America will be watching to see if the elections will be about tomorrow or yesterday," Christie said as he stood on stage with his wife, Mary Pat, and four children. "New Jersey's tomorrows are filled with much more potential than our yesterdays." The event was held near …
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie has 30 days to announce an appointment, but conflicting state laws could have an election this November or November 2014.
The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) leaves an open spot in the U.S. Senate, a seat Gov. Chris Christie will appoint a candidate for in the interim. However, when candidates face the voters is not yet known. The U.S. Constitution affords Christie (R) the power to appoint a replacement within the next 30 days, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Christie can appoint either a Democrat or a Republican. New Jersey Office of Legislative Services (OLS) Public Information Office Assistant Director David Inverso said two state statutes offer guidance on when appointments and special elections may occur following a vacancy. These statutes are somewhat in conflict, however. One state statute calls for an election this …
Monday, June 3, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans seek votes in their respective primary races Tuesday.
Sporting a sky-high approval rating that's fluctuated between the high 60s and low 70s percentile during New Jersey's recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie has more than a fair chance at re-election in the upcoming gubernatorial race this fall. His opponents, however, are hoping that public opinion proves to be fickle. In Tuesday's primary election, two Democratic candidates are seeking approval to face off against Christie in the next election under the party banner. On the Republican side of the ballot, Christie is facing a primary challenge from an opponent who believes the governor has failed to adhere to the sense of conservatism and small government demanded by Republican ideals. For the Democrats, frontrunner…
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Governor to speak ahead of primary election
Gov. Chris Christie will be in Hackensack Monday for a pre-primary rally at the Bergen County Republican Organization's headquarters, an announcement from the party said. "The Governor will discuss his plans to continue moving New Jersey forward and rally support in the final days of the primary election," the announcement said. Monday's rally comes a day before the state primary election. Christie last visited the BCRO in March. Doors open at 5 p.m. with Christie scheduled to speak at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP at this link. The BCRO is located at 339 Main Street in Hackensack.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
New Jersey's only female governor spoke at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration.
Former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman urged attendees at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration Wednesday to vote for minorities, women and Gov. Chris Christie. "We need people with different life experiences, with different ways of thinking, to be at that [decision-making] table," Whitman said during her keynote address at Seasons in Washington Township. Whitman, New Jersey's first and only female governor, said she supported more women and citizens from minority groups running for office and also voiced support for Governor Christie in his run for re-election against Democrat Sen. Barbara Buono. Whitman pointed to Christie’s willingness to work across party lines. "We really can set the pace for the nation…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Organizer denies political action committee sought to hide contributions
A political action committee financed largely by contractors doing business in Bergen County paid for an event celebrating the county Democratic party's election night victory last November in Hasbrouck Heights, the Star-Ledger reported Wednesday. The PAC that covered the $10,033.54 event, the New Leadership Council of New Jersey, was created by Daniel Ortega, a former Democratic party official under ex-chairman Joe Ferriero. The former party chair was indicted on mail fraud charges, but his conviction was later overturned. Ortega said the PAC was not seeking to hide contributions, according to the report. The celebration was not an official Democratic party event, he said. "The purpose of this PAC is to support current and new …
Monday, April 8, 2013
New Jersey law allows contributors who donate less than $300 to remain anonymous.
A published report Sunday revealed New Jersey’s current campaign donation system needs to be revised after it was disclosed politicians can receive more money while still keeping the names of their donors secret — as long as the contributions are less than $300. The NJ.com report said most states allow campaigns to keep only those donors who give $100, $50 or less private, but Garden State politicians don’t have to report any information about people who contribute less than $300. The report said because of the state’s secretive laws, candidates were able to hide about $12 million out of the $100 million donated. The state’s rule allowing campaigns to keep these donors anonymous could undergo a re-evaluation after one of the state’s most …