Morning News Digest: Nov. 4th


Today is Election Day

Polls are open until 8 p.m. as New Jersey voters today pick a U.S. Senator for the next six years. (Editor/PolitickerNJ)




The races to watch

It’s too close to call, according to sources in both camps. Dynamics in incumbent Republican Kathe Donovan’s favor include her longstanding name ID, Barack Obama fatigue, the haunted history of the Bergen Democratic Party, key labor endorsements and a record. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




If GOP wins in Bergen, Guadagno vs. Donovan for governor?

An interesting New Jersey power dynamic could begin to play out in Lyndhurst tonight. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




On Elections Eve, Republicans roast Obama at charged OCGOP rally

TOMS RIVER – It took U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4) all of five minutes to sum up what Republicans here – and nationwide — see as the single greatest issue against Democrats in the year’s election cycle. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen battle stations: Donovan, Garrett and Guadagno lead last-minute GOP campaign flurry

HACKENSACK AND LYNDHURST – On the final day of a campaign season where many statewide eyes will be on Bergen County’s election results, one of the most prominent statewide Republican politicians arrived to assist two Bergen GOP allies. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




CD9: Pascrell, Traier and the nexus of Paterson

Republicans are stepping up efforts in Paterson tomorrow, where they plan to install challengers in about 30 of 50 precincts on U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell’s well-guarded home turf. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen battle stations: Stellato, rallying Dems, says south Bergen needs to ensure it won’t be ‘taken for granted’

LYNDHURST – Bergen Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato stood before more than 250 politicos and Democratic Party faithful on Monday morning and made both a declaration and a vow. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Monmouth Poll: Booker is up 14 points over Bell

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) holds a 14 point lead heading into his re-election bid on Tuesday, according to the Monmouth University Poll.  Voters continue to give the incumbent an advantage when it comes to taking positions more in line with the state as a whole. (Politicker Staff)




In battle with Democrats over votes, Republicans step up their ground game

Obama mailers. Phone banks. Door-to-door GOTV efforts. Republicans in New Jersey have stepped up their ground game this election cycle, according to U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen battle stations: what’s at stake for key county figures

BERGEN COUNTY – On the eve of Tuesday’s election, PolitickerNJ took a look at what the outcome could mean for several of Bergen County’s key political players. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Fajardo to Cuesta: ‘Maybe it’s time for you to go to Florida’

The Elizabeth Board of Ed contest brought two rivals into a fierce text message exchange today following the publication by PolitickerNJ of a quote by Board of Education member Rafael Fajardo. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Chris Christie making final push for LePage

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will rally Maine Republicans in a final push for Republican Gov. Paul LePage on the eve of the election. (AP)




A preview of Election Day in New Jersey

At the top of the ballot, well-known Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is running for his first full term. (Aron/NJTV)




Monmouth Polling Director: local races will have the most impact

With less than 24 hours until Election Day, many local races and federal races will be determined at the polls. Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that some of the local races will be more interesting than the federal races. (NJTV)




Costly and competitive Senate campaign nears end

WASHINGTON   — On a final, furious day of campaigning, Republicans strained to capture control of the Senate while Democrats struggled to limit their congressional losses in elections midway through an unpopular President Barack Obama’s second term. (Espo/Associated Press)




Voters express resignation in Connecticut Governor’s Race

HARTFORD — At the It’s a Gee Thang barbershop in the neglected North End, the clippers have gone quiet and the only hair being sculpted sits on a plastic mannequin’s head. (Mueller/The New York Times) Morning News Digest: Nov. 4th