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Calabrese joins Assembly as youngest member

The scion of a legendary Bergen County political family, 31-year-old Clinton Calabrese (D-Cliffside Park) took the oath of office this afternoon as the newest and youngest member of the New Jersey State Assembly. Calabrese ran unopposed in a special election convention last week for the seat of Marlene Caride, who resigned after being named Commissioner of Banking and Insurance by Gov. Phil Murphy. A member of the Cliffside Park Board
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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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Analyst: Menendez seat “likely Democratic”

A top independent analyst says that Bob Menendez remains favored to win re-election, but must still deal with the effects of the now-dismissed corruption charges that have affected his approval ratings. Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia said that “Menendez should benefit from the midterm political environment.” “If Hillary Clinton were president, we would view this race differently,” Kondik and Skelley wrote.
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Ex-Jets player thinking about run for Congress

Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold is considering a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 11th district, according to a source familiar with the potential candidacy. A group of Republican leaders approached the recently retired 34-year-old Chatham resident about seeking the seat of retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, and after a series of discussions, Mangold has agreed to think about it. Mangold could enter the race with
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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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Some Hunterdon Dems want party to unite behind Malinowski

A group of 22 Democratic officials from Leonard Lance's home county of Hunterdon has written to party leaders in Warren Union and Morris with a call to unite the party behind Tom Malinowski for the Democratic congressional nomination.  Malinowski, a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State under President Obama, won the Hunterdon Democratic convention three days ago by a wide margin. Among the signers were Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, Democratic State
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Steinhardt slams Murphy on sticker shock comment

During the 1993 gubernatorial campaign, Democrats skewered then-candidate Christine Todd Whitman for an unfortunate gaffe, when she said something like “as funny as it seems, $500 is a lot of money to some people.”  That clearly wasn’t Whitman’s intent, but the line stuck – largely because Gov. Jim Florio’s political team made sure of it. Now Republicans are pounding Gov. Phil Murphy’s for a comment he made about a plan
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Governor Murphy’s Grade Today

Today is Phil Murphy’s 23rd day in office.  The quote in the Burlington Times about free community college tuition costing a mere $200 million is the kind of thing that can get him in real trouble down the road.  But his job isn't easy, and people learn from their mistakes. (PoliticsDW will give Murphy a grade every day — either a check, a check plus, a check minus, or an incomplete.  He’ll
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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