Morning News Digest: October 27, 2010


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Their final debate: Adler v. Runyan

CHERRY HILL – All the bottled up frustrations expel suddenly in campaign exhaustion and battle fatigue as U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) and Republican challenger Jon Runyan batter each other here in Ponzio’s Diner with one week remaining in their 3rd Congressional District contest, debating everything from cap and trade to Peter DeStefano, to how many donkeys inhabit the Runyan homestead.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Two polls show 3rd District race closer than ever

A New Monmouth University poll has 3rd District Republican challenger Jon Runyan leading the contentious race over Democratic incumbent John Adler.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Key Burlco towns could decide Adler-Runyan

They voted for Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 but turned around and voted for Republican Chris Christie in 2009.

Now, eyes are turning to these centrist voters of Moorestown, Mount Laurel, and Evesham – along with their neighbors elsewhere in Burlington County – who could decide the tight race between freshman Democrat U.S. Rep. John Adler and his Republican challenger, former Eagle Jon Runyan.  (Katz, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Another Norcross favored in special Senate election

One of the biggest frustrations rookie State Sen. Donald Norcross says he has encountered in the Statehouse is how long it takes to get anything done.

“I’m an electrician by trade. They give me a set of prints; I go out; I build it; I get it done,” said Norcross, a Democrat representing Camden. “That does not happen in Trenton.”  (Rao, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Will green vote aid embattled incumbents?

In a year when the country experienced its worst oil spill ever, the environment has nonetheless been largely a non-issue in this fall’s hard-fought congressional elections. Until yesterday, perhaps.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)



Republican Sipprelle seeks votes in Democratic stronghold Trenton

TRENTON — South Ward residents who answered their doors Sunday afternoon were treated to a sight that has become a rarity in the city: a Republican candidate stumping for nationwide office.

Scott Sipprelle, the venture capitalist running to unseat Democratic Rep. Rush Holt in New Jersey’s 12th District race Nov. 2, came to Trenton to rally supporters, knock on doors, and generally make his presence known.  (Zdan, The Star-Ledger)



GOP state senator, a longtime Democratic assemblywoman vie in 14th District

CENTRAL JERSEY — Republican incumbent Sen. Tom Goodwin and longtime Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein will face off Nov. 2 in the 14th District state Senate contest.  (Prato, Courier News)



Dem game plan: Divide and conquer

With just six days left until Election Day, a key component of the Democratic strategy to hold the House is becoming clear: In more than a dozen close races, Democrats are encouraging and advancing little-known, conservative third-party candidates in an attempt to fracture the Republican vote enough to eke out narrow victories.  (Hunt, Politico)



Jockeying for House posts

Senior Republicans in the House, pressed by the party’s base to hew to conservative principles and rein in spending, are homing in on that message as they jockey to become chairmen of the chamber’s most powerful committees.  (Hook, The Wall Street Journal)



Independents turn to GOP in Senate races

Independent voters are tuning into Senate races and settling on candidates in the final week before the election, clarifying some of the hardest-fought contests of the campaign.

And with many of these unaffiliated voters unhappy with President Obama and the country’s direction, they’re showing signs of breaking to Republicans.  (Martin, Politico)



Official: Gov. Christie to eliminate Hudson River tunnel project

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is standing firm on calling off the biggest public works project under way in the country — a multibillion-dollar rail tunnel under the Hudson River linking his state with New York City, officials said Tuesday.  (The Associated Press)–Gov.-Christie-to-eliminate-Hudson-River-tunnel-project



Rising stars N.J. Gov. Christie, Indiana governor appear at GOP fundraiser

INDIANAPOLIS — Mitt Romney. Jeb Bush. Haley Barbour. Ronald Reagan. All Republican Party stars, and all former headliners at the twice-a-year Indiana Republican Party dinner.  (Megerian, The Star-Leder)



From the Back Room



Cook moves 6th to “Likely Democrat”

The Cook Report moved the 6th District race from Solid Democrat to Likely Democrat today as a new poll showed Republican Anna Little down by 7 points over U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone.  A poll taken three weeks ago showed Little down by 12.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Christie lands in South Brunswick

Observers of the 14th Legislative District watched Gov. Chris Christie continue his Reform New Jersey tour today in South Brunswick, a key battleground in the race between state Sen. Tom Goodwin (R-Hamilton) and Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro).  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)






Trenton Democrats don’t care about your property taxes

On Monday, October 25th, I went to Trenton to attend an event organized by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, which is the largest and oldest Mayor’s organization in the United States. The purpose of the event was to meet with Governor Christie, the Assembly Republicans and the Assembly Democrats to urge the passage of a key provision of the Governor’s “Tool Kit” reforms: capping interest arbitration awards to the 2% property tax cap passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor last Summer.  (Mayor Michael Halfacre, guest columnist for PolitickerNJ)



Money vs. momentum in Jersey’s biggest race

From the outset of the campaign season, the Third District was expected to be home to New Jersey’s most competitive congressional race, and its congressman, Democrat John Adler, was thought to be the state’s most vulnerable.  (Carl Golden, guest columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  Morning News Digest: October 27, 2010