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April 9, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Ten-time Olympic medalist Carl Lewis could be running again - for the New Jersey Statehouse. Democrats are trying to persuade Lewis to challenge Republican State Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego in the Burlington County district where he lives. "There are ongoing negotiations with regard to his consideration of him running for the Senate in the Eighth District," said Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D., Burlington). "There's no indication that he has made a definite decision to run. " Addiego, a former Evesham Township Council member and county freeholder, did not return a call Friday.
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September 8, 2009
Amid last week's odes to the outgoing speaker of the New Jersey Assembly, State Sen. Stephen Sweeney was quoted as gushing: "It's impossible to replace a Joe Roberts. " But you wouldn't have known it from the way he and other South Jersey Democrats instantly agreed on the man who would, in fact, replace Joe Roberts. A party press release Wednesday afternoon proclaimed that, in the 90 or so minutes that had elapsed since Roberts (D., Camden) had announced he would not seek reelection, the organization had managed to "coalesce" around a "candidate" for his seat.
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December 11, 1998 | By Tom Turcol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley last night issued his strongest declaration yet of his plans to run for president in 2000. Bradley told a crowd of 500 Democrats gathered for a holiday reception at the East Brunswick Hilton that he needed their help in building a foundation for a national campaign. "I have never felt more right about a decision in my entire life," said Bradley, who had decided against presidential runs in 1988 and 1992. "The taste for the presidency is in my mouth," Bradley said.
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October 25, 2002
Can two play at that political game? Democrats, Republicans share tactics Why was there such a fuss about the New Jersey Democrats replacing Robert Torricelli with Frank Lautenberg? No objection was raised to the election rigging by the Republican hierarchies in Delaware and Chester Counties recently. Rather than wait a month to fill the seat of the late State Sen. Clarence Bell during the general election, the Republicans spent thousands of taxpayer dollars delivering voting machines, printing ballots, and paying poll workers to run an election in the Ninth Senatorial District, only to do it all again soon.
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December 19, 1997 | By Tom Turcol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shut out in last month's state elections and concerned about their performance in the suburbs, New Jersey Democrats began picking up the pieces last night by electing Tom Giblin to a full term as state chairman. Giblin, a veteran Essex County party leader with strong ties to organized labor, was chosen by acclamation after members of the Democratic State Committee and top party officials, including U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, praised his first six months on the job. Giblin, 50, said he would begin focusing immediately on the 1998 mid-term congressional elections and the county-executive battles in Essex and Bergen Counties.
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January 21, 1988 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an attempt to give New Jersey Democrats more clout in the presidential selection process, state Democratic Chairman Raymond Durkin of Essex County has formed an exploratory committee to save the state party from becoming too unruly before the state primary on June 7. However, though New Jersey's primary is the last on the presidential calendar, some Democrats say that efforts to unify the party may already be too late. Only one scenario in presidential politics, Democrats said yesterday, could inspire solidarity among state New Jersey Democrats: U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley's becoming a candidate for the White House.
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May 20, 1995 | By Thomas Turcol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Battered by a succession of defeats at nearly every level of electoral politics, New Jersey Democrats gathered formally for the first time in a decade yesterday in an attempt to stop the bleeding before they lose even more ground to Gov. Whitman and the Republicans. Spirits ran high among the roughly 500 Democrats who traveled to the Ocean Place Hilton in this Monmouth County resort for a weekend of soul-searching and strategy-mapping for a political comeback they hope will begin with this year's battle for all 80 State Assembly seats.
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July 23, 2004 | By Tom Turcol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the roll call to nominate Sen. John Kerry reaches New Jersey during next week's Democratic National Convention, Sen. Jon Corzine will announce the delegate count. That the spotlight in Boston will be on Corzine - and not on Gov. McGreevey - may seem trivial to the national audience. But New Jersey Democrats will recognize the stark symbolism of the moment. Corzine has emerged as the undisputed star of the state Democratic Party, a status that may yet place him on a political collision course with the embattled governor.
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August 19, 2004 | By Tom Turcol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. McGreevey told U.S. Sen. Jon S. Corzine yesterday that he would not resign in time for a November special election that would allow Corzine to run for governor of New Jersey this year. McGreevey rebuffed Corzine during a late-afternoon phone call from the senator, who had contacted McGreevey to inform him he was ready to be the candidate after accepting an informal draft by several Democratic leaders. While Corzine did not try to force McGreevey's hand, he made it clear during their discussion that he would run this year if the governor left office earlier than planned, according to Democrats familiar with the conversation.
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January 3, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey Democrats have long argued that they would approve only "diverse" nominees to the state Supreme Court. But now, as liberal opposition builds against Gov. Christie's most recent picks, the definition of diverse appears to be changing. One of the two nominees, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman, was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and would be the first Asian American on the high court. Yet the Legislature's black caucus, the state Latino Action Network, and a broad coalition of more than 50 groups, including teachers' unions and Planned Parenthood, are opposing Bauman and the other nominee, Robert Hanna, who is white, primarily because they would not make the court more diverse - and specifically, because they're not African American or Latino.
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June 25, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - New Jersey Democrats' top priority in passing a budget for the fiscal year that begins next Wednesday is to make a full contribution to the underfunded pension system for public workers. They have taken familiar steps to accomplish this, such as pushing legislation that would raise taxes on the state's highest earners and on corporations. Those components are part of a budget they advanced in committee Tuesday, setting up a full vote by the Legislature on Thursday. But Democrats also used a slick accounting maneuver to say they are making the full $3.1 billion payment for fiscal 2016, as was required by a 2011 law. (A state Supreme Court decision this month struck down that requirement.)
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February 23, 2013 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
TRENTON - The New Jersey Assembly's majority Democrats, citing the elementary-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., passed 22 gun-control bills Thursday that backers said would help curb gun violence. The measures, which have to clear the Senate, would limit ammunition rounds, require mental health clearances and photo IDs for gun permits, and bar anyone on the federal terrorist watch list from obtaining a gun. "We've got some of the best gun laws in the country, but we also know we have some things we can tighten up," Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex)
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January 3, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey Democrats have long argued that they would approve only "diverse" nominees to the state Supreme Court. But now, as liberal opposition builds against Gov. Christie's most recent picks, the definition of diverse appears to be changing. One of the two nominees, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman, was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and would be the first Asian American on the high court. Yet the Legislature's black caucus, the state Latino Action Network, and a broad coalition of more than 50 groups, including teachers' unions and Planned Parenthood, are opposing Bauman and the other nominee, Robert Hanna, who is white, primarily because they would not make the court more diverse - and specifically, because they're not African American or Latino.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - Two things are certain in Trenton these days: Talk of cutting taxes and Gov. Christie's taking credit for starting the trend. The Legislature's Democratic leaders unveiled their counterproposals Tuesday to Christie's plan to cut income taxes 10 percent across the board, an idea he included in his budget proposal in February. Both Democratic plans would restrict tax relief to households with an annual income of $250,000 or less. Under Christie's proposal, the highest wage earners would reap the largest amounts from the tax breaks.
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November 8, 2011 | By Maya Rao, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
There's an election this week that will have a substantial effect on New Jersey policy - and it's not Tuesday's vote to choose all 120 members of the Legislature. This election will come Thursday, when the Assembly's 47 Democrats meet to select new leaders. And just as a state redistricting commission this year made the legislative elections a foregone conclusion in most districts by protecting incumbents, this one appears to be a done deal. A coalition dominated by South Jersey and Hudson and Essex County legislators is prepared to back Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver for another two-year term, after months of private grumbling by some that she should be ousted.
NEWS
April 9, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Ten-time Olympic medalist Carl Lewis could be running again - for the New Jersey Statehouse. Democrats are trying to persuade Lewis to challenge Republican State Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego in the Burlington County district where he lives. "There are ongoing negotiations with regard to his consideration of him running for the Senate in the Eighth District," said Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D., Burlington). "There's no indication that he has made a definite decision to run. " Addiego, a former Evesham Township Council member and county freeholder, did not return a call Friday.
NEWS
March 11, 2011 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just over four years since her reinvigorated Democratic Party made its first serious raid on Burlington County government, Mary Anne Reinhart stands alone. The Shamong Township resident - who, with Chris J. Brown, broke the Republicans' 25-year iron grip on the Board of Freeholders in 2008 - is the county's last high-ranking Democrat. In the last 12 months, Brown and two other Democratic officeholders have defected to the well-oiled GOP organization that has long controlled county posts.
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February 10, 2011 | By Cynthia Burton, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lexicon of recent American political slang has two words for what befalls black and other minority voters at redistricting time: packing and cracking. As politicians prepare to redraw the map for New Jersey's 40 legislative districts, Democrats are afraid Republicans will "pack" African Americans and the state's fast-growing Latino community - historically reliable Democratic voters - into a small number of districts to soften their political punch. Accentuating their fears is the presence of a renowned Republican "packing" expert.
NEWS
September 8, 2009
Amid last week's odes to the outgoing speaker of the New Jersey Assembly, State Sen. Stephen Sweeney was quoted as gushing: "It's impossible to replace a Joe Roberts. " But you wouldn't have known it from the way he and other South Jersey Democrats instantly agreed on the man who would, in fact, replace Joe Roberts. A party press release Wednesday afternoon proclaimed that, in the 90 or so minutes that had elapsed since Roberts (D., Camden) had announced he would not seek reelection, the organization had managed to "coalesce" around a "candidate" for his seat.
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