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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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Gottheimer pushes rail safety

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) is sponsoring a bill to leverage big data as a way of enhancing accountability, transparency and safety on the nation's rail system Gottheimer's legislation, co-sponsored by a Republican congressman from Indiana, follows three fatal crashes involving Amtrak trains in the last two months. “In New Jersey, our rails and tunnels are literally crumbling. Bergen County is the worst in the northeast for railway crossing crashes. With
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Tedesco announcing re-election bid on Monday

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco is bring out the heavy hitters tomorrow when he formally announces his bid for re-election to a second term.  Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, Democratic County Chairman Lou Stellato, and Congressmen Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell are scheduled to speak at the announcement. Tedesco is taking a page out of the Joe DiVincenzo playbook -- out of the box with
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McCann praises Trump address

Republican congressional candidate John McCann went all in for President Trump tonight, saying that the president's State of the Union message "showed us how far we have come in just a short year and what it means to Make America Great Again. Making America Great means a strong economy, rebuilding the infrastructure, a fully funded military and affordable healthcare." McCann says that the first year of the Trump presidency included
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NRCC puts McCann on Young Guns list

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has added John McCann to their Young Guns program.  This is not an endorsement, and McCann’s challenger in the fifth district primary, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, was added to the Young Guns list last October. Both want to challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).  Gottheimer unseated seven-term incumbent Scott Garrett in 2016 in a district that Donald Trump carried by one percentage
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Bergen GOP Has No Exec candidate

A promises endorsement from a subset of Bergen County Republicans led by Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo never materialized last night, in part because the only candidate who showed up was former Hackensack Mayor Jack Zisa.   It appears that incumbent Paul DiGaetano is bowing out – although he won’t confirm it – and Zisa is inheriting his base.  Zisa was unacceptable to the Rendo group. The bigger problem for Bergen
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5 of 7 NJ Dems back Trump impeachment

Of the 66 House Democrats who voted to impeach President Donald Trump for “high misdemeanors” today, five of them were from New Jersey: Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing). Two New Jersey Democrats, Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Albio Sires (D-West New York), voted against the resolution, which failed 355-66. The five Republican congressmen from New Jersey voted
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Steinhardt to Senators: Be like Josh

With Chris Christie out of office and somewhere that required airplane travel, Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt is quickly emerging as the voice of the loyal opposition. Steinhardt today praised the Republican Congressmen from New Jersey for supporting a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown, and used the opportunity to take a shot at the state’s two Democratic United States Senators. The chairman called on Bob Menendez and Cory
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Under Stellato, Bergen Dems dominate

Bergen County Democratic Chairman Louis Stellato doesn’t seem to be receiving the accolades he deserves. Whether you liked Joe Ferriero or not, there was no doubt that his success in bringing a county Democratic organization back from the dead and actually winning elections is what made him one of the most powerful County Chairman in New Jersey. When Stellato won in 2011, Democrats were in a rough patch.  Ferriero had
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GOP: Watch Murphy’s radical agenda

With Democrats in control of the governor’s office and both houses of the legislature, Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt says that his party’s “ability to check Phil Murphy’s radically liberal agenda from inside the system is on life support.” Steinhardt, who took over the chairmanship after the general election, say he is skeptical of the direction Gov. Phil Murphy wants to take the New Jersey. “Murphy campaigned on a liberal