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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, 8:29 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, 8:28 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.
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) - 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) - 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.