GOP field for Frelinghuysen seat

Today marks the one-week anniversary of Rodney Frelinghuysen’s decision to retire from Congress.  Republicans are trying to sort out the field – with new names still entering the mix – but most understand that there’s a point where this all begins to resemble a reality TV show. Some Republican insiders are privately expressing anger toward […]

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Hugin enters race, sort of

Businessman Bob Hugin, who is expected  to enter the race for United States Senator, is among the four candidates to file letters of intent with the Bergen County Republican Organization — meeting the February 1 filing deadline to compete for the organization line. Celgene announced Hugin’s retirement from the pharmaceutical and bio-tech company last week, […]

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Seven Democrats challenge Lance

There is no clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s seventh district, where seven candidates are competing for the chance to take on five-term Republican Leonard Lance. Linda Weber has secured organization lines in Somerset and Essex counties, and she appears to be the favorite in Union County – though the […]

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GOP businessman urged to seek House seat

A trucking company executive with close ties to former Gov. Chris Christie is being courted to run for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s congressional seat in New Jersey’s 11th district. Jerry Langer, who served on Christie’s presidential campaign finance committee and on his gubernatorial transition team, has been mulling a bid for Congress since Frelinghuysen announced his retirement […]

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NJEA foe backing Sherrill

One of the donors to Mikie Sherrill’s campaign for Congress is Christopher Cerf, who served as Gov. Chris Christie’s Commissioner of Education and as his hand-picked Newark Superintendent of Schools. In a normal environment, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) would be a little pissed off.  The state’s largest teachers union was at war with […]

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What if GOP ran a Muslim for Congress?

Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has positioned himself as one of the most powerful people in the race to succeed Rodney Frelinghuysen in Congress.  His alliance with Passaic County’s Peter Murphy means that the road to the Republican nomination runs through the two counties.  That means in lineless Morris, where the field of prospective congressional candidates […]

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Poll: NJ voters don’t know Murphy, don’t like Trump

Gov. Phil Murphy, who is in his fifteenth day in office, has a 35%-21% approval rating, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released this morning. President Trump has upside-down approvals in New Jersey of 31%-60% — not much different than where he’s been since last March. Murphy’s numbers mark an improvement in approvals for […]

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Where the GOP stands in the race to replace Rodney

The center of the political universe in New Jersey right now is the alliance between Al Barlas and Peter Murphy, two North Jersey Republicans who will likely determine who runs for the open 11th district of retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. Barlas is the Essex County Republican Chairman; Murph used be county chairman in Passaic but […]

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Christie’s guy pushing Myers

The buzz on Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers as a possible Republican candidate for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s congressional seat appears to be coming directly from former Gov. Chris Christie’s wing of the Republican party.  Christie’s best friend, Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci, has called Republican insiders in Washington and New Jersey on behalf of Myers. Myers […]

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Steve Wynn was big Christie donor

Billionaire casino owner Steve Wynn, who resigned today as Republican National Committee finance chairman amidst sexual harassment and assault allegations, was a major donor to former Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign in 2016. Wynn contributed $25,000 to Christie’s super PAC, America Leads, and $5,000 to Christie’s Leadership Matters PAC.  Wynn’s wife, Andrea, donated $2,700 to […]

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Murphy ready to oust Michele Brown

The Murphy administration is preparing to oust Chris Christie loyalist Michele Brown from her $450,000-a-year job at Choose New Jersey and replace her with someone aligned with Gov. Phil Murphy, according to four sources with knowledge of the new administration’s thinking. Choose New Jersey is a privately-funded group formed by Christie allies in 2010 to […]

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