Salmon drops bid for Congress, endorses Malinowski

Scott Salmon, who impressed Democratic officials with his hard work, fundraising skills, and command of issues, has dropped out of the 7th district congressional race and endorsed Tom Malinowski. “Tom and I agree on every major issue, and I have spent enough time with him to know that he will never abandon his values, even when times are tough,” Salmon said.  “At a time when it is easy to be

Salmon makes 12-hour pre-convention swing through Warren

This is about as grass roots as you can get in an internal party contest: congressional candidate Scott Salmon is on a twelve-hour swing through Warren County in a final push for votes before tomorrow’s Warren County Democratic convention. Salmon, a 27-year-old attorney from Scotch Plains, is one of six Democrats seeking the Warren organization line in his bid to take on Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in the fall.  He

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

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

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

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

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

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