Morning News Digest: October 29, 2010


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Holt leads by eight over Sipprelle

According to a Monmouth University Poll, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) has “slightly widened his lead in the race for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.”  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Tea party referendum as Pallone and Little divide votes in District 6

Are the citizens mad at their elected officials?

Yes, many of them are, which explains the Tea Party movement’s momentum.

Are District 6 voters mad at U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch)?

That question will be answered Tuesday.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Assemblyman blasts Harrah’s position on slot machines

A North Jersey assemblyman said Harrah’s Entertainment’s opposition to expanded slots could spell the end of the state’s gaming industry.

Assemblyman Ralph R. Caputo (D-Belleville) criticized Harrah’s decision to become a partner and take a management role in a $438 million casino in Philadelphia, which reportedly would include 1,500 slots and 70 table games.  (Kitchenman, NJ Biz)



Financier masks Wall Street past in competitive N.J. House race

Scott Sipprelle, a Republican running against a veteran House Democrat in New Jersey’s 12th District, says Washington needs business smarts to fix the U.S. economy. What he doesn’t say is where he got his business experience: Wall Street.  (Green, Bloomberg)



Races tighten in New Jersey

New Jersey voted for change in 2008. Voters did it again in 2009. Now the question is whether the rumblings of discontent in the state are strong enough to knock off incumbents whose congressional races are tightening late in the game.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



GOP chair fires up voters to “fire Pelosi” at rally in Toms River

With five days to go before the midterm elections, National Republican Committee Chairman Michael Steele rolled into town to fire up the GOP base in the 3rd Congressional District with a clarion call to “fire” Nancy Pelosi as House speaker.  (Larsen, Asbury Park Press)



GOP tour bus rallies for Runyan; Adler goes door-to-door in Evesham

The red “Fire Pelosi!” bus rolled into Toms River, N.J., Thursday afternoon, delivering the chairman of the Republican National Committee and the man he came to rally behind, congressional candidate Jon Runyan, in an indication of just how big a deal this South Jersey race is.  (Katz, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Candidate’s link to NJ Tea Party disputed

The tale of Peter DeStefano has taken another strange turn.

Google ads purporting to promote DeStefano’s candidacy for Congress in the 3rd District under the “NJ Tea Party” banner are popping up on the Web.

“Like the Tea Party? Find out more about Peter DeStefano in New Jersey,” reads one.  (Roh, Asbury Park Press)



Runyan is up for political challenge

For Jon Runyan, this year has been as brutal as any training camp he endured in his NFL days. The wealthy former Philadelphia Eagle was expected to enter the political arena with a bang. But at the beginning, with no political experience and unformed oratory skills, he failed to wow the Republican establishment or the punditocracy.  (Roh, Courier-Post)



Surviving in the middle

In an angry, bare-knuckled political year, Rick Snyder seems a little out of place. He’s a mild-mannered, self-described moderate, running for governor of Michigan as a Republican. He won’t say if he considers himself a conservative. And he also looks like a winner.  (Burns, Politico)



Gov. Christie to appear at rally for Michigan GOP candidates

WATERFORD, Mich. — Gubernatorial hopeful Rick Snyder is expected to lead Republican candidates for Michigan state offices in an Oakland County rally heading into next week’s general election.  (The Associated Press)



Sen. Lautenberg launches investigation into cancellation of ARC tunnel project

TRENTON — A day after Gov. Chris Christie killed a proposed multibillion-dollar Hudson River train tunnel, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg launched his own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the project’s demise.  (Ackermann, The Star-Ledger)



Legislature needs to act, Christie says

MOORESTOWN — Gov. Chris Christie visited the Community House here Thursday for a town hall meeting and told the crowd of nearly 300 people he firmly stands behind his decision to scrap the Hudson River Tunnel project.

Defending the tunnel announcement he made Wednesday, Christie said, “My decision is final. I’m done with it.  (Cooney, Courier-Post)



Sarah Pallin, Tea Party Express to stop in Toms River, NJ, on Halloween

TOMS RIVER — Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to make a stop here Halloween night with the Tea Party Express, according to Americans For Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group in Washington.  (Larsen, Daily Record)



From the Back Room



Bergen GOP targets Empower Newark

Republican Bergen County Freeholder candidates John Felice and John Mitchell criticized the Bergen County Democrats for taking $37,500 from Empower Newark, Mayor Cory Booker’s PAC (Political Action Committee).  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



Two-headed McMorrow

Monmouth County Democrats are still at war with former Freeholder Barbara McMorrow, the one-time Democrat turned Republican, who’s running this year as a Freehold Township comitteewoman.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






New Jersey GOP making heartless elitists look cuddly

I have an apology to make.  Recently, I compared one of New Jersey’s highest ranking Republicans, Assemblyman Jay Webber, to a heartless elitist.

That was wrong, and I apologize — to heartless elitists!  (Paul Moriarty, guest columnist for PolitickerNJ)



A little lady predicts a big win

Well, I think we know where this one’s going. The polls came like waves this week. Independents breaking hard for the GOP, those making under $50,000 going Republican, the party has a 20% lead among college graduates. Gallup says 2010 is looking better than the year of the last great sweep, with 55% of respondents now saying they are Republican or lean Republican.  (Noonan, The Wall Street Journal)



Divided we fail

Barring a huge upset, Republicans will take control of at least one house of Congress next week. How worried should we be by that prospect?

Not very, say some pundits. After all, the last time Republicans controlled Congress while a Democrat lived in the White House was the period from the beginning of 1995 to the end of 2000.   (Krugman, The New York Times)



Lautenberg to waste more of your money

Thought you had heard the last of the politicking about the tunnel to Macy’s basement. Ah, no. Sen. Frank Lautenberg says he has launched an investigation of what happened. Let me save you and the taxpayers a bundle of dough on this, senator, not that saving taxpayers money was ever a concern of yours.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)



One derailment won’t stop progress

Two weeks ago, I helped dedicate the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which bypasses the narrow, two-lane road atop the Hoover Dam. It is a marvel of engineering, the longest bridge of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, and it rests on the tallest precast concrete columns ever fashioned.  (Ray LaHood, guest columnist for The Star-Ledger) Morning News Digest: October 29, 2010