August 14, 2013 |
The six candidates for U.S. Senate in New Jersey spent the last few days crisscrossing the state pleading for voters to head to the polls Tuesday in what is expected to be a low-turnout special primary election. Polls show that two candidates are overwhelming favorites in their respective parties: Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota. But their opponents - U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in the Democratic primary, and physician Alieta Eck in the Republican one - are holding out hope that the unusual primary date could make things interesting.
August 14, 2013
Midsummer in New Jersey brings to mind the boardwalk, the ocean, and, of course, the election. OK, the election is just this summer. Thanks to Gov. Christie's novel approach to election scheduling, which takes note of nothing so much as his own election, New Jersey will choose a successor to the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg in October - three weeks before Christie runs in the regularly scheduled November election. The Senate nominees will be chosen in a special primary today. On the Democratic side, The Inquirer has endorsed Newark Mayor CORY BOOKER , who has earned national recognition for his handling of urban issues.
August 12, 2013 |
The underdogs in New Jersey's Senate primaries enter the final days of the campaign hoping that a relatively quiet race ends with a shocking twist. Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan have dominated public opinion polls in the short run-up to Tuesday's primary, and both have widely been expected to walk to their parties' nominations. Their opponents, though, are hoping that the unusual election day, coming in mid-August, could provide one final wild card and limit the advantages of the better-known favorites.
August 10, 2013 |
The sharpest exchanges of New Jersey's brief Senate race arrived Thursday night. U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt used the second and final Democratic debate before Tuesday's primary to launch their most pointed, aggressive attacks on Newark Mayor Cory Booker, questioning the front-runner's liberal credentials, his dedication to his job, and his ties to big business. The normally laid-back Pallone was most aggressive, repeatedly criticizing Booker's work in Newark. "I don't know how the mayor expects that he's going to get things done because he's always been aligned with Wall Street and Bain Capital and all these special-interest groups," Pallone said.
August 9, 2013 |
It might be the most important legislative contest you have never heard of. State legislative races typically are obscure events tracked mostly by political diehards and insiders - people who make their living off politics or follow elections as a kind of entertainment. Why anyone would, when television has rich offerings like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad , is an enduring enigma. But that's an issue for another day. There is one race, or group of races, that has the potential to smash this stereotype, and the results could resonate for years.
August 7, 2013 |
MONTCLAIR, N.J. - The biggest contrast in the first debate among the four Democrats running for the Senate came down not to policy, but approach. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the front-runner, said he has proven that he can cross the aisle to create progress in Newark and would bring a cooperative spirit lacking on Capitol Hill. But U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone said voters should place a premium on Washington experience. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt touted his biography as a scientist, and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver called for adding a woman to New Jersey's all-male congressional delegation.
August 2, 2013 |
The first, and likely only, debate in the Republican Senate primary produced few substantive distinctions between the two candidates and even fewer fireworks. Steve Lonegan and Alieta Eck staked out similar positions, calling for a less intrusive government, less spending, and a repeal of President Obama's health-care law. Each supported tougher border security, questioned the size of the $50 billion aid package passed after Hurricane Sandy, and praised the tea party as a positive force against government overreach.
August 2, 2013 |
Second in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. On a recent Monday morning, Mary Martinez needed $530 worth of medicine to treat her asthma. But Martinez, 49, a certified nurse's aide who works at a rehabilitation facility in Hillsborough, Somerset County, cannot afford health insurance. She anticipates also that she will have to take a pay cut soon to spend more time caring for her husband, who has diabetes. And now, she worries that President Obama's health-care overhaul will be a "kick in the teeth.
July 31, 2013 |
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, called the disparities in U.S. public schools "the closest thing that America has to apartheid" Monday as he vowed to fight for cities' needs should he win election to the Senate. His primary opponents - U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt, and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver - took aim at Booker's outspoken support for charter schools and school vouchers, saying a better education system hinges on more investment in traditional public schools.
July 28, 2013
Democratic Senate candidates debate, but without Cory Booker. B1.