Morning News Digest: October 28, 2010


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Berdnik in money war with Garcia

WAYNE – Coming to the race late as a Democratic Party replacement for retired Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale, Clifton Det. Lt. Richard Berdnik this week supplemented $65,482 cash on hand with $34,490, including $29,490 from the Friends of Richard Berdnik.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Destination: Plainfield; local Dems intent on GOTV effort in 6th District party stronghold

War weary local Democrats in Plainfield say they want to drive respectable numbers for President Barack Obama ally U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) to offset any Tea Party energy Highlands Mayor Anna Little manages to muster in her Bayshore region of the 6th Congressional District.   (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



New Jersey’s Senate race a referendum on Christie as unions back Democrat

New Jersey’s organized labor and major political parties are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into a special election to serve one year of a vacated state Senate seat, a race that may test the strength of first- term Governor Chris Christie’s attack on employee unions.  (McNichol, Bloomberg)



Adler-Runyan contest is N.J.’s most expensive

More than $5 million from sources known and unknown have poured into New Jersey’s Third District congressional race, one of the nation’s tightest and most-watched elections.  (Burton, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Holt, Sipprelle spar over ad

PRINCETON BOROUGH — Officials with U.S. Rep. Rush Holt’s re-election campaign yesterday said they would not back down from claims made in a recent radio advertisement despite a cease-and-desist demand issued by an attorney for his opponent, Republican Scott Sipprelle, which called the spot “knowingly false and misleading.”  (Fair, The Times of Trenton)



In Fourth District, Democrat Kleinhendler mounts long-shot bid against incumbent Smith

Manhattan trial lawyer Howard Kleinhendler relishes tough jobs, such as his recent work representing victims of Bernie Madoff’s investment scam.

“I’m a fighter,” he said.

The Democrat will have to fight extra hard to topple his latest adversary, who comes not from the courthouse but the House of Representatives.  (Rao, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Money fuels battle in 14th

Candidates in the neck-and-neck 14th District state Senate race have raised more than $1.3 million over the campaign season and spent upwards of $1.1 million. State Sen. Tom Goodwin, R-Hamilton, and Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, D-Plainsboro, look to capture Bill Baroni’s state Senate seat in a special election on Nov. 2.  (Duffy, The Times of Trenton)



Democrats stress social issues

Polls show men leaning heavily Republican this year. That has Democrats and their backers trying in the campaign’s last days to spur left-leaning and independent women to vote, by emphasizing abortion and other social issues.  (Meckler and Belkin, The Wall Street Journal)



A GOP Senate in 2012?

If Senate Democrats think 2010 is a tough cycle, just wait two more years.

They’ll probably hold the Senate majority Tuesday — with a couple of seats to spare, most analysts believe. But 2012 is a different story.  (Toeplitz, Politico)



Foes plan post-vote deals

WASHINGTON—Politicians from both parties are debating ideas on taxes and spending that move the discussion to the right, putting pressure on the White House and top Democrats to work with a newly empowered Republican Party after Tuesday’s election.  (Meckler and Wallsten, The Wall Street Journal)



Coalition for Obama split by drift to G.O.P., poll finds

Critical parts of the coalition that delivered President Obama to the White House in 2008 and gave Democrats control of Congress in 2006 are switching their allegiance to the Republicans in the final phase of the midterm Congressional elections, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.  (Rutenberg and Thee-Brenan, The New York Times)



From the Back Room



I’m Beth Mason and I approve this ad

Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason was up with an ad this week announcing her candidacy for re-election.

So what’s newsworthy about a political ad less than a week before Election Day? Mason is not up for election this Tuesday.  Her big day is not until May.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



Not just a pretty face

During his press conference announcing that ARC was no longer on life support, Gov. Chris Christie showed he’s not only a plodding puncher, but he can float like a butterfly when he’s given an opening.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






The truth about arbitration

Many politicians, local and state, want everyone to believe that binding arbitration is the reason local property taxes are high, when this simply is not true.  Not daunted by the truth, the Governor and his allies are pushing for changes to binding arbitration that will reduce public safety, that will end innovative and cooperative approaches and will not save money nor preserve public safety and it certainly will not reduce your property taxes.  (Dominick Marino, guest columnist for PolitickerNJ)



Familiar face challenges in Jefferson

If you doubt that Horace Chamberlain has deep roots in Jefferson, consider that he lives on a street named after his family.

The Chamberlains arrived in the early 1800s and the street Horace lives on is called Chamberlain Road. A long family history in town often is a political plus and for the current bearer of the family name, that has worked to a certain extent.  (Snowflack, Daily Record)



Christie picks a win-win fight

Rarely in politics do you enter a fight where you can’t lose, but that’s exactly what Gov. Chris Christie did with the aborted ARC tunnel.

Three weeks ago, the governor put down the shovel and put the tunnel on hold, saying he would defer his final decision for two weeks.  (Peter McDonough, Jr., guest columnist for NJ Spotlight)



Tea party’s other half

There is no shortage of hypotheses about what the tea party movement is. Some embrace it as a revival of traditional conservatism. Many insist it is ginned up by billionaire funders as a means to fight regulations. Others view it as arch-social conservative Republicans, motivated by divisive issues like abortion, gay rights or even racial angst.  (Kirby and Ekins, Politico)

  Morning News Digest: October 28, 2010