Meet Yvonne Lopez of Perth Amboy

New Jersey Assembly Democrat have produceda short video to introduce freshman Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Perth Amboy).  Little attention has been given to newly-elected legislators from both parties who come from districts that are not particularly competitive in general elections -- even though most future Senate and Assembly powers seem to start in exactly those kind of districts. [embedyt][/embedyt]

Middlesex stands with Menendez

Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe says he's solidly with Bob Menendez for re-election to the U.S. Senate. “We live in a country where the presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle of our democracy," McCabe said in a statement released this afternoon. "Bob Menendez is entitled to that presumption like any other citizen. I fully stand behind Senator Menendez, as he has stood behind the residents of Middlesex County

Middlesex back with statewide power

Middlesex County Democrats haven’t been this powerful since the John Lynch Era ended almost fifteen years ago.  They have an Assembly Speaker, Craig Coughlin.  Middlesex is dominant in six legislative districts.  Four Democratic State Senators all chair Senate committees.  Three Assembly Democrats chair committees, plus another three for Assemblymen who represent large portions of Middlesex.  After Chris Christie carried Middlesex twice, Phil Murphy won it by almost 30,000 votes; that