A powerful clue that U.S. Senator Robert Menendez might ultimately be forced to withdraw from his bid for a full term in New Jersey emerged last Friday, when he addressed the question head-on just hours after the world learned that he is the subject of a federal criminal investigation.
“The answer is no,” he said. Read More
Robert Shrum, the political consultant whose words and ideas have helped define the Democratic Party for 40 years, has signed a contract to write his first book.
At age 62, Mr. Shrum has been a writer for most of his career, and is, in his way, one of America’s best-known. Phrases like “Come home America” Read More
Time to hit the blogs:
Bloomberg’s voters were wildly outnumbered… by registered voters who didn’t cast ballots, laments Andrew Friedman at DMIBlog.
Doug Forrester, the failed Republican candidate for New Jersey governor, blames his defeat on Bush. But over at the New York Young Republican Record, Rick Brownell doesn’t buy it. Read More
When New Jersey polling stations closed at 8 p.m., Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jon Corzine was relaxing upstairs at the East Brunswick Hilton, tucked away in a suite with his mother, brother and three children. Below, the hotel’s grand ballroom began to swell with elected officials, campaign operatives and assorted well-wishers, all of them confident.
All Read More
Um. Is this some kind of joke?
Doug Forrester’s campaign Web site has a prominent link to A Lyrical Tribute to Doug, which turns out to be an extraordinarily bad poem by one Habibullah Saleem.
It’s also a very long poem, so I’ve edited out the slower parts. But really, read Read More
If you’ve been following the madness in Jersey (or at least reading the NYT metro section, you’re familiar with the unprecedented, escalating arms race of attack ads between gubernatorial candidates Doug Forrester and Jon Corzine.
Hoping for a last minute infusion of elevated dialogue? Don’t hold your breath. You can watch Read More
Last Sunday, Senator Jon S. Corzine, the former Goldman Sachs chairman and current Garden State gubernatorial hopeful, was waiting backstage at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange, N.J. Sharply attired in charcoal banker’s pinstripes, he was battling a cold with lozenges and preparing to rally support from an audience of local Democrats. Read More
In New Jersey they do things differently: farce first, tragedy second.
A veteran politician, one of the state’s top elected officials, wakes up one day to find himself crushed by a burgeoning scandal. His party’s fretful chieftains convince him to drop out of the imminent election for the sake of the greater cause. When he Read More
The strange and abrupt end to the political career of Senator Robert Torricelli of New Jersey has left his Democratic colleagues in New York somewhat confused. Publicly, there’s a cautious optimism about the possibility of prevailing in a race that Democrats had almost no chance of winning if Mr. Torricelli had stayed in. Privately, sentiment Read More
Doug Forrester is not a natural politician. He spent his career as a numbers-crunching bureaucrat and, later, as a private broker of prescription drugs. He looks and sounds like a cross between Lou Dobbs and Cardinal Edward Egan. He almost never smiles.
A wealthy, conservative Republican who once held the rotating mayoralty of West Read More