Four campaigns you deserve to but won’t get (and four you’ll get but don’t deserve)
They say you can be assured of two things in life: death and taxes.
Adellizi-Schmidt to challenge Van Drew in LD1
Republican Susan Adellizi-Schmidt of Upper Township will for the state Senate seat currently occupied by state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1), a source tells PolitickerNJ.com.
Scutari says Senate is making significant progress on Superior Court appointments
State senators will hold appointment and reappointment hearings for about two dozen Superior Court judges by the end of the month, and that’s something legislators should be proud of, says one Senate lawmaker.
Matthew Arco- PolitickerNJ.com
Democrat Buono kicks off her campaign for governor
NEW BRUNSWICK – State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) formally launched her campaign for governor this afternoon, presenting herself as a working class champion with the underdog history of defying expectations who will overthrow incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
Max Pizarro- PolitickerNJ.com
Silverstein claims top award for Baby ad
Campaigns & Elections announced today that Silver Strategies and Communication Group is the 2013 Reed Award winner for excellence in the category of Local, County or Judicial Television Advertisement. Silver Strategies was recognized for last year’s Bergen County Democrats “Baby Ad.”
Sires stands by Menendez
U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) stood by his embattled friend tonight in a statement.
Geraldo versus GOP Primary field
Given Geraldo Rivera’s announcement yesterday on his radio program, it’s impossible to make it through the week without considering him in match-ups with the GOP’s top U.S. Senate prospects.
Max Pizarro- PolitickerNJ.com
Winners and Losers: Week of the Walk to Washington
It’s another end to the New Jersey Chamber’s annual Walk to Washington, and more than a few people nursing headaches probably feel the need to head for the confessionals.
Latest from State Street Wire
Weekly Advance: Week of Feb. 4
TRENTON – Last week, the names dropped like flies in the form of bowing out and were replaced by a steady flow of endorsements for the presumed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono.
Matthew Arco – PolitickerNJ.com
Weekly Roundup: Week of Jan. 28
TRENTON – As expected, Gov. Chris Christie on Monday conditionally vetoed the minimum wage bill Democrats supported that called for not only hiking the wage, but phasing in annual increases to keep pace with the rate of inflation.
Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire
From the Back Room
DNC backing Buono; and what was that song?
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released a statement of support for state Sen. Barbara Buono’s (D-18) gubernatorial candidacy.
The Campaign Trail Return of T. Missy Balmir
T. Missy Balmir of Trenton, a former aide to Jon Corzine and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), has emerged as a key advisor to the Buono for Governor campaign.
Where was Booker?
Newark Mayor Cory Booker wasn’t in attendance at the gubernatorial campaign kickoff of state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) this afternoon.
NJ minimum wage question could cost GOP candidates
Governor Christie‘s veto last week of a minimum wage increase sought by Democrats may alter how much money business-advocacy groups pour into November’s elections — and where they may put it.
Juliet Fletcher – The Record
NJ budget official questions Fla. Debris firm’s $100M contract, political connections
TRENTON – The chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee said Sunday he planned to look into a $100 million no-bid contract the state signed with a Florida debris-removal company after Hurricane Sandy, and how the firm aligned itself with several well-placed Republicans and Democrats to also sell its services to towns in New Jersey.
Jarrett Renshaw-The Star-Ledger
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Menendez ‘did nothing wrong’
Nearly a week after critics accused Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) of violating Senate rules by accepting flights from a wealthy campaign donor, the upper house’s top Democrat said he has “utmost confidence” that Menendez “did nothing wrong.”
Jessica Calfeti- The Star-Ledger
Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor’s race
TRENTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono’has raised enough money to qualify for matching state funds for the primary election, according to her campaign.
Matt Friedman – the Star-Ledger
President Clinton to honor Ed Koch at funeral Monday
Ed Koch is being remembered as the quintessential New Yorker — an admired but tough, colorful former mayor who will be honored at his funeral by former President Bill Clinton.
The Associated Press
Christie urged to separate himself from Jersey relief fund
The superstorm Sandy relief fund headed by Governor Christie’s wife is getting ready to distribute its first $1 million in grants. And that’s prompting questions that traditionally come up when politicians sponsor charities.
Melissa Hayes and Harvy Lipman-The Record