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Mandelblatt drops out, backs Malinowski

Lisa Mandelblatt, who has raised the most cash in her bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 7th district, withdrew from the race today and endorsed Tom Malinowski for the chance to take on Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in November. “It is time to put changing our country over my own candidacy and do what is best for our shared goal in November,” Mandelblatt said. “I want
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Some Hunterdon Dems want party to unite behind Malinowski

A group of 22 Democratic officials from Leonard Lance's home county of Hunterdon has written to party leaders in Warren Union and Morris with a call to unite the party behind Tom Malinowski for the Democratic congressional nomination.  Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State under President Obama, won the Hunterdon Democratic convention three days ago by a wide margin. Among the signers were Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, Democratic State
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Steinhardt slams Murphy on sticker shock comment

During the 1993 gubernatorial campaign, Democrats skewered then-candidate Christine Todd Whitman for an unfortunate gaffe, when she said something like “as funny as it seems, $500 is a lot of money to some people.”  That clearly wasn’t Whitman’s intent, but the line stuck – largely because Gov. Jim Florio’s political team made sure of it. Now Republicans are pounding Gov. Phil Murphy’s for a comment he made about a plan
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Governor Murphy’s Grade Today

Today is Phil Murphy’s 23rd day in office.  The quote in the Burlington Times about free community college tuition costing a mere $200 million is the kind of thing that can get him in real trouble down the road.  But his job isn't easy, and people learn from their mistakes. (PoliticsDW will give Murphy a grade every day — either a check, a check plus, a check minus, or an incomplete.  He’ll
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Lance will hold Town Hall

Rep. Leonard Lance will hold a Town Hall meeting on Saturday morning in Bridgewater.  It’s the 46th one he’s held since becoming a Congressman nine years ago. Attendees must get advance tickets either from Lance’s office or through an online entry program. Lance faces a potentially tough race for re-election in the 7th district, which gave Hillary Clinton a one-point win in 2016.  Seven candidates are vying for the nomination
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Bucco releases huge group of supporters

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) has added 41 more supporters for his exploratory committee as he considers a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district. Bucco’s list of supporters include Rockaway Borough Mayor Russell Greuter and Boonton Township Mayor Tom Donadio, and GOP municipal chairs Sharon Crooker (Boonton), Marilyn LaPlante Cioffi (Denville), Joe Falco (Madison),  and Joe Calvanelli (Morris Township) Also backing Bucco are local
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DeCroce won’t run for Congress

Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) will not be a candidate for Rodney Frelinghuysen's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. "Sadly, the amount of money required to run makes pursuing federal office prohibitive for nearly everyone.  Candidates spend more time asking for money than they do talking with voters.  Even worse, campaigns have become an exchange of nasty, partisan insults, as opposed to a substantive debate about how we
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Morristown Mayor Fined

Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty has been fined $4,790 for violating state campaign finance laws during his 2009 campaign. The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission announced today that Dougherty had settled a 2015 complaint against him and his campaign treasurer for not reporting contributions and expenditures to his first campaign nearly nine years ago -- and for then filing the information in some cases more than 2,500 days late. Dougherty
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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 ability to raise money – and her willingness to invest personal financial resources on the
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Local GOP Leader Backs Webber

Hanover Township Republican Club President Michael Rinaldi has endorsed Jay Webber for Congress in the 11th district GOP primary. "I wish to donate money to your campaign, display your yard sign, make phone calls for you and knock on doors for your campaign," Rinaldi wrote in a Facebook post. Rinaldi stressed that his endorsement is a personal one, and that the Republican Club does not officially endorse candidates in a