Local dildo scandal may put GOP seats in play

Mountainside (pop. 6,685) is one of the last Republican strongholds in Union County.  Donald Trump carried it with 56% and Leonard Lance with 63% in 2016.  That’s not far off from where the borough was a decade ago, when Lance won 64% and John McCain received 61%.  It’s been Republican almost forever: the GOP won borough council seats despite national Democratic wave elections, 1964 and 1974. It’s possible that the

Jois: Compromise with GOP a mistake

U.S. House candidate Goutam Jois won’t be aiming to capture moderate votes ahead of June’s primary. Buoyed by primary victories by progressive candidates in Nebraska, Idaho and Pennsylvania, Jois is doubling down on progressive policies and opposition to Republican priorities. “We can’t win elections by trying to out Leonard Lance Leonard Lance. We're not going to be better Washington insiders than he is,” Jois said in a statement Wednesday. “The

Planned Parenthood backs Malinowski

Democrat Tom Malinowski has won the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Action Fund in his challenge to five-term Republican Rep. Leonard Lance in New Jersey’s 7th district. “New Jersey deserves a representative that will fight for women and families,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Tom Malinowski knows that unfettered access to preventive care and the full range of reproductive health care – including safe, legal

Progressive group backs Jacob for Congress

Progressive Democrats of America, a grassroots group formed out of the Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich campaigns, has endorsed Peter Jacob for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district. “It is truly an honor to receive the endorsement of Progressive Democrats of America, an organization that has been working hard since 2004 to transform our party and our nation according to principles of accountability, human dignity, peace, justice, and ecological stewardship,”

Lance stood by House Chaplain

An internal battle over the fate of House Chaplain Pat Conroy ended today with House Speaker Paul Ryan backing off. Conroy rescinded a resignation that he felt forced to make after a conversation with Jonathan Burks, Ryan’s chief of staff. Burks “Mr. Burks mentioned dismissively something like ‘maybe it's time that we had a Chaplain that wasn't a Catholic,’” Conroy said in the letter rescinding his resignation, adding later: “At

NARAL backs Malinowski in 7th

NARAL-Pro Choice America has endorsed Democrat Tom Malinowski for Congress in New Jersey's 7th district. “Tom Malinowski has a strong record of supporting women’s access to reproductive healthcare and we know he will continue to make our rights a top priority when he’s in Congress,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Women and families across New Jersey deserve leadership from unapologetically pro-choice fighters like Tom Malinowski and we