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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, 8:29 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.
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) - 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) - 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.
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
(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
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) - 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) - 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
(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
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.