Chuck Haytaian, Toys R Us, and really cheap suits

Sometime early in his 1994 United States Senate campaign against Frank Lautenberg, Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian got a meeting with Charles Lazarus, the Toys R Us founder who passed away yesterday at age 94.  Lazarus was a Democrat, but his company was based in New Jersey where Republicans controlled just about everything.  Haytaian wanted Lazarus to help him raise money. If you entered New Jersey politics after 2001 and don’t

The Life and Times of Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell’s upset victory over four-term U.S. Senator Clifford Case in the 1978 Republican primary was one of the great political campaigns in New Jersey history.  Bell was a 35-year-old speechwriter for Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential campaign, and Case became the only incumbent U.S. Senator in New Jersey history to lose a primary. Bell, who died on Saturday at the age of 74, was a thinker, an intellectual who was