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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, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With New York state facing massive multi-billion dollar budget deficits over the next two years, both the Democratic-led state assembly and the GOP-led state senate agree there's no way out other than passing the biggest tax increase in the state''s history. Even New York City's Republican mayor vows there will be thousands of layoffs without the tax hikes.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If the veto pen can't do the trick, maybe a court challenge can - at least, New York Governor George Pataki hopes so - after the state legislature overturned Pataki's 119 line item vetoes of a budget he had characterized as a "train wreck."
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, 8:28 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
(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
(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.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Snubbed by his party's establishment, New Jersey's conservative Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bret Schundler, enters the final week of the election campaign down by eleven points, needing to make up ground with voters who are still distracted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the anthrax poisonings.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The editorial boards of twelve newspapers serving New Jersey have released their gubernatorial endorsements - ten for Democrat Jim McGreevey and only two for conservative Republican Bret Schundler. The Atlantic City Press was the only large New Jersey newspaper to endorse Schundler, callilng him "an intellectually driven and principled leader." The Atlantic City Press also praised Schundler's passion, while reminding readers that McGreevey has avoided getting into details during the campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Only one month ago, the mayoral election in New York City, along with the gubernatorial and legislative races in New Jersey appeared destined for Democratic romps. Now, hours before Tuesday's election, the mayor's race in New York City is a statistical dead heat, and in New Jersey, a late rally by conservative Bret Schundler has him predicting an upset victory. The Giuliani Factor
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The New Jersey Republican Party's lack of support for its gubernatorial candidate created a worst-case political scenario for the GOP Tuesday. Propelled by Democrat Jim McGreevey's solid victory over Republican Bret Schundler in the governor's race, New Jersey Democrats also recaptured the majority in the state Assembly for the first time in ten years and picked up enough seats to create a tie with Republicans in the state Senate.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Given the four years of ethics and financial probes that have dogged Sen. Bob Torricelli, the New Jersey Democrat would seem to be an easy target for the opposing party in this election year.However, New Jersey's weakened GOP seems incapable of capitalizing on Torricelli's woes.The state Republican Party was left in ruins after its dismal performance in last November's statewide elections, when it lost both the governor's office and control of the state legislature.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Ethics charges, while not enough to persuade U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White to pursue an indictment of U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), still appear to be dogging Torricelli's 2002 re-election campaign. Only 30 percent of Democrats in a recent poll said they thought Torricelli should be re-elected.
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) - A union of mostly black and Hispanic service workers is bucking its heavily Democratic roots by endorsing the reelection bid of Republican Gov. George Pataki, much to the dismay of the two leading Democrats hoping to replace Pataki in New York. The endorsement by Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union - about 215,000 members strong -- has great political clout in New York City.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives in New Jersey were dealt another major political blow Tuesday when former U.S. Independent Counsel Robert Ray dropped out of the state's U.S. Senate race, citing his inability to collect enough signatures on a nominating petition.Five months ago, Republican Bret Schundler was trounced in the New Jersey governor's race after most of the Republican Party leaders in the state deserted him because they felt Schundler was too conservative.