Three progressives crowd narrow lane in primary vs. Van Drew

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew had a Marco Rubio moment of his own on Wednesday night when seventeen-year-old Emily McGrath challenged him for taking campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association. Van Drew is a right-of-center Democrat who is the favorite to flip New Jersey’s 2nd district congressional seat being vacated by twelve-term Republican Rep. […]

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DCCC Chairman backs Van Drew

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Ben Ray Lujan was in Vineland today for the opening of the Jeff Van Drew’s campaign office.  Van Drew, a four-term state senator, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 2nd district.  Republicans have held the seat for 24 years, but the retirement of Republican Frank LoBiondo […]

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Cook Report: LoBiondo seat “Leans Democratic”

The Cook Political Report has moved Republican Frank LoBiondo’s 2nd district House seat from Toss Up to Leans Democratic. LoBiondo is retiring after 24 years in Congress, and the leading candidate is State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat who regularly wins big numbers in Republican areas.   Republicans have been unable to recruit a top-tier […]

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Some suggest age is a factor for Petillo

The potential candidacy of Sussex County Freeholder Sylvia Petillo for Congress in the 11th district is sparking an interesting conversation among some Republican insiders: is her age – 67 – a disqualifying factor in considering her potential candidacy. Petillo spoke recently with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), a conversation that reportedly focused on her […]

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Van Drew skips progressive forum

The front runner for the Democratic nomination for Congress is skipping a candidate’s forum sponsored by three grass-roots progressive groups. Event organizers say that State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) declined an invitation to attend. Three Democrats — Tanzie Youngblood, Sean Thom and William Cunningham – will be participating in the forum, at 2PM Sunday […]

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Sabato: LoBiondo seat now leans Democrat

Republican Frank LoBiondo’s second congressional district seat was moved from Toss-Up to Leans Democrat this morning by the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ Sabato’s Crystal Ball. This is one of the top non-partisan congressional race rankings. “It may seem odd that we now list a seat that Trump won by nearly five points, NJ-2, […]

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Ex-Booker staffer wants House seat

Will Cunningham, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, has become the third Democrat to enter the race for the open seat of Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Vineland). Cunningham, 36, worked for Organizing America in Ohio during Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, and then as South Jersey Field Organizer on Booker’s 2013 Senate bid.   He worked […]

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Ex-FBI agent seeking LoBiondo seat

Robert Turksavage, a retired FBI agent who has made two unsuccessful bids for U.S. Senate, announced today that he would seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s second district. NJ.com was first to report Turksavage’s candidacy. Turksavage wants to succeed Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Cumberland), who announced in November that he would not seek re-election […]

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Sweeney dumps Sacco as Transportation chairman

Senate President Steve Sweeney has removed Nicholas Sacco (D-Hudson) as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and replaced him with Bob Gordon (D-Bergen). This comes as no surprise, since Sacco aligned himself with factions of the Democratic party that had opposed Sweeney in 2016.  Sacco is also a political ally of now-deposed Assembly Speaker Vincent […]

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Is Guadagno for Congress GOP’s best shot?

Other than her peculiar inclusion on a list of potential Republican successors to Rep. Frank LoBiondo, there is no evidence that soon-to-be former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has any interest in running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Guadagno for Congress ’18 only comes up because Politics1.com, one of the top national sources for lists […]

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Grenier pays for poking the bear

There is already speculation that Salem County Republicans will seek new leadership after a disastrous 2017 for their chairman, Fran Grenier. Grenier won just 41% against Senate President Steve Sweeney in an $18.7 million contest that may be the most expensive state legislative race in American history. Republican Freeholder Bob Vanderslice lost by seven points, […]

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