Tuesday, June 11, 2013
County executive, sheriff, five democratic mayors and more than a dozen representatives from local churches back governor for re-election.
Five local Democratic mayors, joined County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., Sheriff Armando Fontoura and more than a dozen area pastors in endorsing Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday, emphasizing bipartisanship in Essex County. The hour-long event was held at McLoone's Boathouse Tuesday afternoon where each local official and community leader explained the importance of putting aside political affiliations to better serve the residents of the state. "It's incredibly gratifying to me that mayors of longstanding and new mayors who understand this partnership that we've developed is one that helps the citizens of their individual communities," Christie said. DiVincenzo, an 11-year friend of Christie, praised the governor for his response to the …
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 …
Joseph DiVincenzo will endorse the governor's re-election bid officially on Tuesday.
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo will appear at a special West Orange event Tuesday to announce his endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie, according to NJ.com. DiVincenzo will state his support for the governor's re-election effort at noon Tuesday at McCloone’s Boat House in West Orange, NJ.com is reporting via anonymous sources. Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura reportedly is also backing Republican Christie, as will a number of Democratic mayors and African-American ministers, NJ.com reported.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Announcement that he is pursuing Lautenberg's Senate seat came late Saturday morning.
Cory Booker officially announced his candidacy Saturday for New Jersey’s United States Senator. The Newark Mayor will run for the seat left open by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg in the special election called by Governor Chris Christie in October. Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley introduced and endorsed Booker at the headquarters of Audible.com in Newark. For months, Booker had been preparing to seek U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat in 2014. However, Lautenberg's death this week prompted Christie to call for an Aug. 13 primary and an Oct. 16 election for the remainder of the term, which expires at the end of 2014. The winner of the October election can also run for a full six-year term next year. In his announcement speech, Booker …
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 …
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Republican Assembly candidates have renewed confidence heading into November election.
Some say Republicans don't have a chance of winning a general election in Democrat-heavy District 27, but former Chatham Township member Laura Ali and East Hanover firefighter Angelo Tedesco have a different view. Following their victory in Tuesday's GOP primary over candidate Tayfun Selen, the two are taking on longtime Democratic General Assembly members John McKeon and Mila Jasey in the Nov. 5 general election. Unofficial tallies from the Morris County Clerk's Office show Tedesco with 45 percent of the primary vote, Ali with 43 percent and Selen with a little more than 13 percent. The Essex County Clerk's Office reports a similar result from Tuesday's vote: Both Tedesco and Ali garnered about 46 percent of the vote, with Selen's 8 …
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…
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Democrat stopped by Splurge Bakery on Saturday.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono visited Millburn Saturday afternoon, stopping by Splurge Bakery.