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The Life and Times of Paul DiGaetano

There was a time back about a generation ago when Paul DiGaetano was a bright, rising star in New Jersey Republican politics.  He he was one of the most powerful politicians in the state.  Some Republicans openly fawned over the idea of a young, blue-collar, Catholic, Italian-American Republican running for statewide office.  He was likeable, popular, and incredibly ambitious. Jump ahead thirty years, and sadly for him, the only thing
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Torricelli votes for Pringle

Former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli, a member of the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee, says he voted for David Pringle for Congress this morning. "I always support the strongest environment candidate," Torricelli said. Pringle is a longtime environmental activist and heads the New Jersey Environmental Federation and Clean Water New Jersey. Tom Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State under President Obama, won the Hunterdon organization line by a 96-42
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Menendez wins Hunterdon

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez won the Hunterdon County Democratic convention this morning, assuring him the organization line in the June primary. Menendez's primary opponent, Michael Starr Hopkins, was a no-show for the convention. Menendez was the overwhelming pick, although a handful of county committee members voted no on a voice vote.  Sources say that former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli, a county committee member, voted for Menendez.
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The day Frank Pallone took a walk

It’s difficult to admit that the 2002 U.S. Senate race was so long ago that many people involved in New Jersey politics today don’t remember it.  Bob Torricelli was the Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey and he was dealing with the aftermath of an admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee. To help keep the seat in Democratic hands – Democrats had a one-seat majority in the Senate at the
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Torricelli slams DOJ for re-trying Menendez

Former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli says he told Gov. Phil Murphy that he doesn’t want to return to public life, but he will consider it if Democrats need him. “I think it’s regrettable that the federal government decided to re-try Bob Menendez,” Torricelli told New York radio host John Catsimatidis today. He said that while the jury was deadlocked after seven-week trial, it was still heavily in favor of Menendez.
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Hugin should learn Forrester story

Before Bob Hugin enters the race for United States Senator, he ought to call Doug Forrester. Sixteen years ago, Forrester was a self-funder whose $10 million investment -- $14 million in today’s dollars – was supposed to send him to the U.S. Senate against a Democratic incumbent weakened by ethical woes.   A Star-Ledger/Eagleton Rutgers poll released the last weekend of September had Forrester ahead by 13 points. Bob Torricelli, “severely
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Kyrillos leaving after 30 years

Joe Kyrillos will begin the next chapter of his life tomorrow after thirty years in the New Jersey Legislature -- and as one of the top vote-getters in Monmouth County history. In early 1987, I was serving as Executive Director of the Assembly Republican Majority campaign committee.  The GOP was looking for a candidate to hold a 13th district Assembly seat going into Gov. Tom Kean’s second mid-term election. Roger
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Diane Allen’s last day in Trenton

Diane Allen will spend her last full day in the Senate today, capping a successful 22-year career as one of the most popular legislators in Burlington County history. [caption id="attachment_675" align="alignleft" width="195"] Diane Allen as a reporter for Jerseyvision, later NJN News, in 1973.[/caption] She’s also one of New Jersey’s most eclectic politicians.  A former Miss Burlington County, she was also a daredevil hang-glider, judo expert, national swimming champion, and
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Call it the Gottheimer Society

Two years ago, former Clinton White House speechwriter Josh Gottheimer mounted a successful challenge to seven-term GOP Rep. Scott Garrett. Now two members of the Barack Obama’s administration, Tom Malinowski and Andy Kim, are looking to take on Republican Congressmen. Malinowski, 52, served as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State from 2014 to 2017. He wants to take on Rep. Leonard Lance in the seventh district. The 35-year-old Kim was the