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Scutari has cover to back Malinowski

Democratic insiders say that Lisa Mandelblatt's endorsement of rival Tom Malinowski  gives State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) some cover to push the Union organization line away from Linda Weber if he wins the special election for county chairman later this month. There had been some pressure on Democrats to back a woman challenger to Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in the 7th district race, but there's more going on behind the
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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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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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Hunterdon Dems voting for a Lance opponent

Seven Democratic congressional candidates are in Rep. Leonard Lance’s home county this morning in pursuit of the Hunterdon County Democratic organization line at their convention in Frenchtown. The county chair, Arlene Quinones Perez, has personally endorsed Linda Weber for Congress, and this morning is considered a test of her political strength.  Tom Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State under President Obama, has been working Hunterdon hard – especially
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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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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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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
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Democrats rip Lance for Doherty invite

(This story has been updated to reflect comment from Rep. Lance) Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) is under fire from two of his Democratic opponents for inviting State Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Oxford) as his guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesday. In an interview with The Record’s Mike Kelly this week, Doherty doubled down on his anti-immigration policies that some New Jersey politicians have viewed as a little
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Malinowski objects to Somerset vote

Two of the congressional candidates on the losing side of the battle for the Democratic organization line in Somerset County had different takes on the decision to endorse Linda Weber in the race to unseat Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).    Somerset held an executive committee meeting last night, instead of a convention; one sources said the 200+ crowd exceeded the number of people who might normally attend a convention. Former Assistant
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Union Dem chairs say they haven’t settled on Lance opponent

Seven Democratic municipal chairs from Union County are denying speculation that they have settled on an organization candidate for Congress in the 7th district – a story that falls somewhere between accurate and false. The chairs – George Devanney of Berkeley Heights, Peter Corvelli of Kenilworth, John Del Sordi of Scotch Plains, Margaret McManus of Winfield, John Salerno of Cranford, Stacey Gunderman of New Providence, and Janice Siegel of Westfield