Booker with Christie: 'I want to give some guv love'

By Max Pizarro | September 25th, 2013

 

NEWARK – Back in New Jersey after a west coast fundraising swing, Mayor Cory Booker this morning nested in his most reliable comfort zone three weeks before his election: a no-press avail ribbon cutting ceremony complete with front row seating arrangements beside Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

“The lines that divide us are not as strong as the ties that bind us,” Booker exulted. “I want to give some guv love.”

Booker’s opponent in the U.S. Senate contest, Steve Lonegan was here in Newark two nights ago in an attempt to stir up some poetic symbolism. He’s the suburban Republican challenger who’s supposed to get the lawnmower treatment every time he sets his feet on asphalt. Instead, he’s holding red carpet events with local activist Donna Jackson in attendance and other disaffected Newarkers while Booker hobnobs with Matt Damon.

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In Newark mayor's race, Baraka and Ramos scrap over statewide Democratic devotion

By Max Pizarro | September 25th, 2013

 

NEWARK - Irritation over statewide endorsements and how and why they ought to be issued spilled into the Newark mayoral contest yesterday as South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos criticized each other over lack of engagement in the gubernatorial and Senate contests.

Vying to lead an overwhelmingly Democratic city, each side critiqued the other as being less than willing to scrap on behalf of Democratic candidates, or at least of engaging in only very select theaters of political combat.

A dedicated political foe of Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s, Baraka to date has withheld his endorsement of the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.

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Kean U. poll says races are tightening

By Darryl R. Isherwood | September 25th, 2013

A new poll released today shows that both the gubernatorial and Senate races are tightening .

Gov. Chris Christie leads Democrat Barbara Buono 52 to 34, according to the new Kean University poll.  The 18-point margin is the closest of any poll to date and well below the 34- and 28-point margins predicted yesterday by Quinnipiac and Stockton, respectively.

On the Senate side, Newark Mayor Cory Booker leads Republican Steve Lonegan by a 19-point margin, 52 percent to 33 percent.  That margin falls right in between the 12-point margin predicted yesterday by a Quinnipiac poll and the 26-point margin outlined Monday in a Stockton poll.

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Ramos pounces on Baraka's decision to stay out of U.S. Senate contest

By Max Pizarro | September 24th, 2013

 

 

Running for mayor of Newark, North Ward Counclman Anibal Ramos upbraided South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka for being less than forthcoming in his endorsement for Cory Booker for U.S. Senate.

Baraka earlier today told PolitickerNJ.com that Booker's general election opponent, Republican Steve Lonegan, would be a disaster as a U.S. senator.

But he won't publicly back the Democratic alternative, Booker.

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Baraka: Lonegan a disaster, but mayoral hopeful stops short of backing Booker

By Max Pizarro | September 24th, 2013

 

Anibal Ramos backs Cory Booker for U.S. Senate. Shavar Jeffries backs Cory Booker for U.S. Senate.

But Ras Baraka?

He doesn’t support Steve Lonegan, GOP challenger to Booker in the Oct. 16th general election.

But Baraka, Newark’s South Ward councilman and one of the leading candidates for mayor in the 2014 citywide contest, isn’t yet prepared to say he supports the candidacy of old local foe Booker.

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Pope Francis to name coadjutor archbishop to assist Newark Archbishop John J. Myers: report

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger
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on September 23, 2013

Newark Archbishop John J. Myers (Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger )

 

Pope Francis Tuesday is expected to name a second archbishop to serve alongside John J. Myers in the Archdiocese of Newark, a development that comes as Myers nears mandatory retirement age and faces continuing criticism over his handling of abusive priests.

Francis will name Bernard A. Hebda, 54, the bishop of Gaylord, Mich., to serve as coadjutor archbishop, according to the National Catholic Reporter, an independent Catholic newspaper.

Myers’ spokesman, Jim Goodness, declined to comment on the report but said an “announcement of significance” was planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the archdiocesan offices in Newark.

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Lonegan pokes fun at Booker with red carpet affair in Newark

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on September 23, 2013

Lonegan and his wife, Lorraine, greet constituents on the red carpet. The event — featuring “stars from New Jersey,” aka “everyday people that make New Jersey a great place to live” — was the conservative activist’s way of mocking his Democratic opponent, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for how he's spending the evening: In California, at a fundraiser with a-list celebrities. (Steve Hockstein/For The Star-Ledger)

 

NEWARK — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan glided up the red carpet, his wife at his side, and posed as the flash bulbs popped tonight.

Then Lonegan, the former mayor of Bergen County’s Bogota, walked inside a Newark restaurant, into a banquet room where an American flag was projected on a screen and joined a few dozen supporters — some dressed in suits, others in dungarees — for a fried chicken dinner.

The event — featuring “stars from New Jersey,” aka “everyday people that make New Jersey a great place to live” — was the conservative activist’s way of mocking his Democratic opponent, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for how he's spending the evening: In California, at a fundraiser with a-list celebrities.

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Rice doesn't rule out challenging Joe D. but probably prefers a Jeffries candidacy

By Max Pizarro | September 23rd, 2013

 

Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) wants Democrats to mount a challenge against incumbent Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo next year, and he hasn't ruled out himself - although he acknowledges the unlikeliness of a Rice candidacy.

He suspects former AG's Counsel Shavar Jeffries would be a good candidate.

Jeffries is a candidate for mayor in at least a four-way 2014 contest that includes Councilmen Ras Baraka, Anibal Ramos and Darrin Sharif. A source today told PolitickerNJ.com that former Councilman Hector Corchado is also mulling a run.

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Big names at Cory Booker's Jersey City rally, but no Cory Booker

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on September 19, 2013

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago and the former White House chief of staff for President Obama, will stump for Cory Booker Friday in Jersey City. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NEWARK — Rahm Emanuel is well-known to Democrats around the country and by now, Steven Fulop is well-known to Democrats around the state.

So when the mayor of Chicago and the mayor of Jersey City appear together Friday to stump for Cory Booker, their collective firepower should be enough to rally Booker's supporters.

It will have to be, because Booker won't be there.

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Lonegan stays in Booker's face over connection to ex-law firm

By Max Pizarro | September 18th, 2013

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WEST ORANGE –Lonegan maintained an aggressive posture as he continued to attack Newark Mayor Cory Booker today, this time focusing on Booker’s professional relationship with a power law firm.

“A number of issues arise to the term of sketchy,” said Lonegan, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. “Did he receive a payout or a payoff?”

Booker was a partner at Trenk DiPasquale for the last two years (2005-2006) of a six-year employment at the firm.

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