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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has left the Republican Party and has changed his voting status to "unaffiliated," further fueling speculation that he may run for president."A nonpartisan approach has worked wonders in New York," Bloomberg said in a statement. "We've balanced budgets, grown our economy, improved public health, reformed the school system and made the nation's safest city even safer."
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the verge of leaving office, New Jersey Acting Gov. Richard Codey has ordered that high school athletes in the state will have to undergo random drug testing for steroids in the 2006 school year.While the news was cheered by some people, others are concerned that the tests will have to be funded by residents who already feel overtaxed and are saddled with a multi-billion-dollar state budget deficit.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton has more than a 40 to one campaign cash advantage over the most significant challenger to her Senate seat. For that reason and several others, Clinton is expected to win re-election this year in landslide fashion. However, more New Yorkers still want her to remain where she is, rather than run for president in 2008.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New Jersey's smoking ban, the 11th such prohibition in the nation, puts a stop to smoking inside public places -- all except the casinos of Atlantic City. New Jersey's ban on lighting up includes restaurants and bars, public transit areas, sports facilities including race tracks and bowling alleys, health-care facilities, parking areas, lobbies, bingo parlors, malls, all public schools and school grounds, theaters, clubs, concert halls, museums and libraries.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Going into September, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tom Kean, Jr. was either leading polls or in statistical ties with his Democratic rival, Sen. Bob Menendez. At the time, Menendez was fighting through a storm of allegations and a federal probe of wrongdoing involving grant money steered to a nonprofit organization renting a house he owned.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The New Jersey Supreme Court's decision to have the state Legislature tackle the issue of same-sex "marriage" has divided an already partisan state Senate and Assembly, and the repercussions may impact New Jersey's bitterly contested U.S. Senate race.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New Jersey voters apparently were more concerned about Iraq than they were about corruption on Tuesday, when they sent Democrat incumbent Sen. Robert Menendez back to Washington.The contest was characterized by Menendez's pledge to "stand up to George Bush" and by Republican Tom Kean, Jr.'s attempts to remind voters that his opponent was "under federal criminal investigation.""The real issues of the state were overshadowed this year by the national concerns," said former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, a liberal Republican.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Buoyed by his party's successes in the midterm election, New York Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel has renewed his earlier call for reinstating the military draft - but as with earlier attempts, his latest proposal was quickly shot down.Both House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader-elect Steny Hoyer told reporters that a resolution on the subject is not planned for when the new, Democrat-led Congress convenes in January.
July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A series of recent polls show Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), who just last month won re-election by a landslide, trailing against likely Republican challengers for the presidency in 2008.A Fox News poll of registered voters shows Clinton losing a hypothetical race against Republican Sen. John McCain 48-40, and against former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Clinton trails by a nine-point margin.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't have to run for re-election until 2005, but Republicans dissatisfied with the GOP mayor's liberal leanings and Democratic insiders have already begun to speculate about who might mount an intra-part challenge.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As thousands of same-sex couples get marriage licenses in San Francisco -- by order of the Democratic mayor -- a small group of Republicans sees nothing wrong with men marrying men and women marrying women."It's a pretty basic issue. It's about equality," said Plattsburgh, N.Y., Mayor Daniel Stewart, who is openly homosexual. Plattsburgh, located along the banks of Lake Champlain near the US-Canadian border, has a population of just over 18,000.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - He went from being an altar boy to graduating with a master's degree from Harvard University. A former assistant prosecutor, mayor of Woodbridge, state senator and state assemblyman, he rose through the ranks to become New Jersey's 51st governor, so it caught many people in the state -- and the nation -- by surprise when Gov. James McGreevey announced to the world that he "is a gay American."
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New Jersey four years ago dealt then-presidential candidate George W. Bush one of his worst state-level defeats. Bush knew he never had a chance in New Jersey so he decided not to campaign in the Garden State and lost by 16 points to Democrat Al Gore.Fast-forward to 2004, to a time and place in which residents are unmistakably and dramatically affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "I am sorry that I have disappointed the citizens of the state of New Jersey who gave me this enormous trust," said New Jersey Governor James McGreevey in his farewell address to the state on Monday. He officially leaves office next week.In his last speech as governor, McGreevey, a Democrat, touted his positive accomplishments, but he did not mention the scandals that plagued his shortened term, including the alleged homosexual affair with a state employee that prompted him to resign.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The New York woman who quit her job to follow her lesbian partner to Virginia has a surprising ally in her quest to obtain unemployment benefits from New York state - Republican Gov. George Pataki.Jeanne Newland moved to Virginia in November of 2000 after her partner of six years obtained a better-paying job in that state. Unable to land a new job for over a year and with mounting credit card debt, Newland applied for New York unemployment benefits, but she was turned down because she and her partner were not married.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate Select Committee on Ethics rebuked Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) on Tuesday for accepting gifts from political contributor David Chang. In a three-page letter, the bipartisan ethics committee unanimously agreed that Torricelli's "actions and failure to act led to violations of Senate rules (and related statutes) and created at least the appearance of impropriety, and you are hereby severely admonished."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A rebuke by the U.S. Senate seems to be having much more of an impact on Sen. Bob Torricelli's re-election campaign than the troubled New Jersey Democrat expected. The latest poll on the Senate race shows GOP challenger Doug Forrester soaring to a double-digit advantage over Torricelli, and now a labor group affiliated with the New Jersey AFL-CIO is throwing its support to Forrester.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Robert Torricelli's ethical lapses have dogged him for the last five years in the U.S. Senate, and those lapses followed him right into his first debate Thursday night with Republican challenger Doug Forrester, who has made Torricelli's questionable ethics the central theme of his campaign. "This is a pattern of behavior which is far more serious than he is letting on and we cannot let it pass," said Forrester, seizing every opportunity to remind New Jersey voters that Torricelli, a Democrat, may not be fit to serve.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - It is a rare day when the leaders of both the Democratic and Republican Parties arrive in the same state to stump for their respective candidates in the same race. But that indicates how much importance both parties are placing on this year's U.S. Senate contest in New Jersey.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Citing "a campaign devoid of all issues" and facing mounting ethical questions and poor poll numbers, Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) abruptly dropped his reelection bid a mere five weeks before election day. Now the New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case Wednesday morning.The state Supreme Court issued an order saying it would hear the case first instead of waiting for a lower court to act. As a result, a hearing set for Tuesday afternoon in Middlesex County Superior Court was canceled.