Pringle raised just $60k in short-lived House bid

David Pringle, who had been a powerful force in state politics as the longtime head of the New Jersey Environmental Federation, raised just $60,134 in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Conrgess in New Jersey’s 7th district. Pringle ended his campaign last month after losing endorsement contests in all six counties.  His fundraising came in substantially less than what he had told Democratic leaders he raised.  He spent all

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

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

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.

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

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.