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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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Mandelblatt drops out, backs Malinowski

Lisa Mandelblatt, who has raised the most cash in her bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 7th district, withdrew from the race today and endorsed Tom Malinowski for the chance to take on Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in November. “It is time to put changing our country over my own candidacy and do what is best for our shared goal in November,” Mandelblatt said. “I want
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Lance will hold Town Hall

Rep. Leonard Lance will hold a Town Hall meeting on Saturday morning in Bridgewater.  It’s the 46th one he’s held since becoming a Congressman nine years ago. Attendees must get advance tickets either from Lance’s office or through an online entry program. Lance faces a potentially tough race for re-election in the 7th district, which gave Hillary Clinton a one-point win in 2016.  Seven candidates are vying for the nomination
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Weber slams Lance on Bucco secret settlement

Democratic congressional candidate Linda Weber is calling on Rep. Leonard Lance to make public the settlement terms of a sexual harassment lawsuit against a colleague that he approved in 2004 while serving as minority leader of the New Jersey Senate. A former legislative aide alleged that her job on the staff of State Sen. Anthony Bucco required that she engage in a sexual relationship with him. Claiming that Bucco’s wife
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Malinowski wins Hunterdon convention

Tom Malinowski has won the Hunterdon County Democratic line for U.S. Congress in New Jersey’s seventh district.  He defeated banker Linda Weber by a vote of 96-42, with 25 votes combined for the other candidates at the Democratic convention in Frenchtown this morning. This is the first organizational win for Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State in the Obama administration.  Weber has the organization lines in Somerset and Essex
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Mandelblatt: Fundraising Matters

The top Democratic fundraiser in the 7th district congressional race says that the ability to raise money will play a key role if Democrats are to unseat Rep. Leonard Lance this year. "While the ability to raise money is not everything, it's definitely a necessary part of being a candidate," says Lisa Mandelblatt, who has raised $659,023 and has $413,239 cash-on-hand.  “As a first-time candidate, I have shown my ability
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Lance, MacArthur on FBI memo

A decision by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to release a previously-classified memo concerning the Federal Bureau of Investigation has sparked comment from two Republican congressmen from New Jersey. "The allegations in this memo are serious, but must not be used to impugn the good men and women at the FBI or discredit the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Anytime we are talking about abuse of government,
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Seven Democrats challenge Lance

There is no clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s seventh district, where seven candidates are competing for the chance to take on five-term Republican Leonard Lance. Linda Weber has secured organization lines in Somerset and Essex counties, and she appears to be the favorite in Union County – though the terrain is extraordinarily fluid right now as Democrats focus on a fight to replace Jerry
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Jois raises $282k

Goutam Jois has raised $282,410 in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 7th district.  He has $259,181 cash on hand. This propels Jois into the top tier of fundraisers for the chance to take on Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in the fall.  He has more than double the warchest of Linda Weber, who has won the organization line in Somerset and Essex counties.  Weber has
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Huge money raised in Lance race

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) is in the best cash position of the candidates running in New Jersey’s 7th district.   The five-term incumbent has raised $790,609 and has $607,730 in the bank.   The real news is that the group of Democrats seeking to challenge him have collectively raised nearly $2 million. Lisa Mandelblatt has raised the most: $659,023. She’s self-funded almost half of that, not that New Jerseyans have a