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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.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New Jersey Democrats have tapped three-time former Senator Frank Lautenberg - age 78 - to replace Sen. Robert Torricelli on the ballot -- that is, if they can get his name on the ballot. On Wednesday, both Democrats and Republicans were heading to New Jersey Supreme Court to present arguments for and against allowing Lautenberg's name to appear on the ballot. Republicans say state law forbids it; Democrats argue the voters' best interests should prevail.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday boosted the hopes of Senate Democrats, who are determined to hold onto their one-vote majority in the Senate.In a unanimous vote, the state's highest court said New Jersey Democrats may replace Sen. Robert Torricelli on the November ballot with former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, even though the deadline under state law for making such a change had already passed.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday gave the go-ahead for New Jersey Democrats to replace Sen. Robert Torricelli on the November ballot with former Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Correction: Fixes name of National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2nd to last paragraph.)(CNSNews.com) - If ethics charges doomed the re-election chances of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Torricelli, it may have been the abortion issue that ensured defeat for the Republican hoping to replace Torricelli in Washington, according to pro-life groups in the state.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A series of political missteps by New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, combined with the popularity of President Bush, may have leveled the playing field in a state that's considered a Democratic stronghold. With the 2004 general and 2005 gubernatorial election around the corner, Democratic victories may not be so certain, some analysts think.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New Jersey's liberal Republican Party leadership may be witnessing a surge of conservative ideology and candidates for the State Legislature. Where once it was taboo for New Jersey Republicans to openly refer to themselves as "pro-life" or "a conservative leader," this message is now becoming the foundation of several campaigns, including one against the current State Senate president.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Now that he's completed his report on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky and Whitewater scandals, federal independent counsel Robert Ray is free to turn his attention to politics -- specifically the New Jersey U.S. Senate seat that Democrat Robert Torricelli will defend this year.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - James Treffinger, the Essex County executive and the current front-runner in New Jersey's Republican Senate primary, awoke Thursday to find that the FBI was in the process of raiding his office at the Essex County Hall of Records. Treffinger is trying to win the GOP nomination so he can do battle with incumbent Democratic Sen. Robert Torricelli in November's election.Federal agents searched two offices used by Treffinger, according to FBI Special Agent Sandra Carroll.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The New Jersey Republican Party suffered another political blow Monday when its front-runner in the U.S. Senate primary race abandoned his campaign amid a federal grand jury investigation of possible corruption.Jim.Trefinger, the current Essex County executive, made the decision after last week's raid of his offices by the FBI. Trefinger faces a grand jury probe of his activities as Essex County executive and as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2000.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - James Carville, the man who helped Bill Clinton overcome an incumbent president's high post-war ratings with the simple message, "It's The Economy, Stupid," is about to target another popular incumbent, New York Republican Governor George Pataki.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Douglas Forrester, a wealthy businessman and political neophyte, defeated two state senators on Tuesday to win the state's Republican U.S. Senate primary. That means Forrester will run against incumbent Democrat Robert Torricelli this fall, and he's doing so with a united New Jersey GOP standing squarely behind him.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New Jersey Democrats, led by gubernatorial candidate Jim McGreevey, are crying foul over a court ruling that will allow the Republican National Committee to buy advertisements specifically promoting the state's GOP gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler. While the RNC calls this simply a matter of free speech, Democrats called it a calculated effort to spend more money than state law allows.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the heels of a grilling by the Senate ethics committee, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Torricelli now finds himself, embarrassingly, the recipient of a political contribution from television shock-talk host Jerry Springer.Springer, whose show is more famous for its fisticuffs than its conversation, donated $10,000 in soft money to "New Jersey Senate 2002," an arm of Torricelli's fundraising machine. By law, Torricelli may spend only $1,000 of that total directly on his own campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With all seats in the New Jersey State legislature up for grabs, New Jersey Senate Republicans have set their agenda for the November election, and it appears they are keeping their distance from Bret Schundler, the GOP candidate for New Jersey governor.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
New York, N.Y. (CNSNews.com) - He faced a nasty and public divorce from his second wife and scorn from many in New York City's minority community who felt he was not understanding of their needs. But since terrorists shocked the city and the world with the destruction of the World Trade Center, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's response has galvanized the city and prompted calls for emergency legislation to extend his term in office.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Term limits may have prevented New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani from running for a third term prior to the scheduled September 11th primary, but circumstances since that day, when the primary was postponed because of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, have created a groundswell of support for Giuliani and possibly set the stage for him to challenge the state's term limits law.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
New York (CNSNews.com) - New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he has abandoned any thought of trying to get around term-limits to run for a third term.It would just divide the city and tie up the election process in the courts, he said Wednesday, when he called the chairman of the New York State Conservative Party to decline the party's offer to placing the two-term mayor on their ticket.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(Correction: Clarifies that Democratic governor was replaced, not defeated, by Republican in 1993 Virginia election) New York (CNSNews.com) - In 1993, just one year after Democrat Bill Clinton took office, voters in Virginia and New Jersey shifted gears and replaced Democratic governors with candidates from the GOP. The Republican National Committee labeled that a call to arms, and those two gubernatorial elections laid the foundation for the "Republican Revolution" of 1994, when voters gave Republicans control of the US House and Senate.