PolitickerNJ.com’s coverage of the last 24 hours in New Jersey politics

In the last 24 hours: Steve Sweeney appears to have beaten Dick Codey in the race for Senate President; Sheila Oliver looks like she has the votes to become the next Assembly Speaker; and new Quinnipiac poll shows a close race for Governor, with Chris Christie leading Jon Corzine by four percentage points.

In the next 24 hours: the candidates for Governor will meet in their first debate, and the federal corruption trial of former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero is scheduled to begin.

PolitickerNJ.com’s coverage of today’s news:

Governor
Quinnipiac poll has Christie ahead by 4 points as Corzine gets closer
Christie camp highlights Corzine’s QPAC negatives
Cryan heartened by poll numbers showing closer race
Webber focuses on Corzine’s 39%
Daggett brings out the impersonators again

Senate President
Sweeney has dinner with Cunningham… and Cardwell
Opposition researcher says OLS tipped off Codey
Codey absorbs news of Sweeney’s backers, won’t give up
Sweeney announces endorsements of majority of Democratic Senators in bid for Senate President
Lesniak: having a Speaker and Senate President from the same county would be ‘unprecedented’ and ‘not good’
When it comes to Codey, DiVincenzo says he’s only ‘Putting Essex First’
Bowser reminded DiVincenzo about the consequences of opposing Codey
Labor group backs Sweeney

Assembly Speaker
Oliver: ‘I am the most independent person ever elected’
Coleman not ready to give up on speakership
South Jersey Democrats back Oliver for Speaker
Wisniewski drops bid for Speaker and endorses Oliver

Assembly Minority Leader
DeCroce/Bramnick flex overwhelming support in face of Biondi faction

Legislative Races

40 Assembly candidates seek ‘return the Legislature to regular citizens’
FOP releases endorsements

Local
Former Irvington mayor pleads guilty to taking kickbacks
Healy files with ELEC for 2013

PolitickerNJ.com’s coverage of the last 24 hours in New Jersey politics