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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 candidate to replace LoBiondo. Van Drew, a slightly right-of-center Democrat, faces three primary challengers who
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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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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 at Stockton University. The South Jersey Women for Progressive Change will endorse a candidate to
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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, as among the likeliest Democratic pickups," said Kyle Kondik, the Crystal Ball managing editor. Kondik noted
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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 in the Senate for two years, and then on the Democratic staff as investigate counsel
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If Van Drew wins, here’s what comes next

If Jeff Van Drew is successful in his bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives this fall, it will set up a series of moves for the legislature next year.  Republicans may see greater opportunities in the State Senate and Assembly seats, especially with the absence of a logical heir apparent to retiring twelve-term Rep. Frank LoBiondo. Van Drew would need to resign for the State Senate
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NJ Open House Seats rarely flip parties

If Jeff Van Drew wins Frank LoBiondo’s seat in Congress, it will be just the sixth time since World War II that an open New Jersey House seat was won by the other party. Two of those were in 1948, when Republicans Fred Hartley (of Taft-Hartley fame) and Frank Matthews retired.  Their seats were won by Democrats Peter Rodino, whose 40 years in Congress included national fame as Chairman of
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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 to a thirteenth term in Congress.   The district was drawn to favor Republicans, and LoBiondo
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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 Prieto, the Hudson County Democratic Chairman. Gordon, who has turned a competitive 38th district into
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PBA back bi-partisan corrections bill

PBA 105 President Brian Renshaw applauded the passage of S1651/A796. The bipartisan bill, which cleared the Senate and Assembly calls for the title of State corrections officers to be renamed “Both sides of the aisle need to be recognized for their efforts on this issue and I want to thank both houses for passing this bill,” said Brian Renshaw, President of Local PBA 105. “During the academy, State corrections officers