What’s Happening Today Mon. 09/23/2013

“Showdown week in Congress”: Roll Call reminds us, “House Republicans will push through this week a debt ceiling increase tied to an assortment of GOP wish list items (including of course: death to Obamacare.) But those are sidelines to the main event: whether the government will shut down come Oct. 1.”

Where are our Democratic congressional challengers?: To run a successful campaign against a Republican congressional incumbent there is no time to waste. However, few such candidates have appeared so far. Below is the status and the votes in each of the four closest races against Republican incumbents in the last cycle.

  • CD 3: Jon Runyan: 174,257 – Shelley Adler: 145,509. There are efforts to recruit a candidate but no one’s name is public yet.

  • CD 5: Scott Garrett: 167,503 – Adam Gussen 130,102. Roy Cho, Hackensack, Attorney, Ex-Congressional Aide & Ex-Gubernatorial Aide, raised $80,804 through June 30 – more than Adam Gussen but a far cry from what is needed.

  • CD 2: Frank LoBiondo: 166,679 – Cassandra Shober. 116,463. Conservative (more so than LoBiondo) Mike Assad (R) Ex-Absecon School Board Member and Radio Talk Show Host, seeks to primary LoBiondo, but no Dem. candidate in sight yet.

  • CD 7: Leonard Lance: 175,704 – Upendra Chivukula. 123,090. No candidate has surfaced.

    In the meantime SuperPAC’s are building their warchests: Although SuperPACs are waiting until next year to unload their cargo, the conservative Club for Growth has just landed a big donation. Roll Call reports, Virginia James, a self-employed investor from Lambertville has contributed $500,000. In 2012 she gave $1.2 million to the Club.

    Strong support for a minimum wage increase: Monmouth University poll today indicates that 65% of registered voters say they will vote in favor of the increase. Support comes from majorities of Democrats (74%), independents (63%), and Republicans (54%). The rate still falls below the inflation-adjusted rate from the late 1960s, but it’s a step in the right direction.

    Public Schedule:

    Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: No public events today.

    Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign:  Chris Christie: 10:00am, National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Council ribbon-cutting ceremony, Asbury Park Middle School.

    U.S. Senate Candidate Cory Booker: Fund-raiser: 10:00am, Morning Reception hosted by ECE Works, Los Angeles, CA; 6:00pm, Reception at the home of Ron Burkle, with Matt Damon in Los Angeles. For more info go here.

    Assemblyman (D-38) Tim Eustace: 8:00pm, Fund-raiser: Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, John DeBellis and Brian Karemk, Comedy Night, Paramus Elks Lodge #2001, 200 New Jersey 17, Paramus, $25.00 (for union members) and up. RSVP to Andrew at 201.669-8213.

    U. S Senate 2:30, Hearing on combating Human Trafficking with former NJ Attorney General John J. Farmer testifying on a major concern of Senator Jeff Chiesa, Washington, D.C.

    Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities, 10:00am, hearing on the safety of jitneys, State House, Trenton.  

  • What’s Happening Today 09/23/2013

    Conservative SuperPAC Club for Growth: Although SuperPACs are laying low now and will not get into high gear until next year when we approach congressional elections, the conservative Club for Growth has just landed a big donation. Roll Call reports, http://blogs.rollcall.com/mone… Virginia James, a self-employed investor from Lambertsville has contributed $500,000. In 2012 she gave $1.2 million to the Club.

    Running out of time:  To run a successful campaign against a Republican congressional incumbent there is no time to waste in establishing a Democratic candidate. Below are the votes in the closest races against Republicans incumbents in the last cycle:

  • CD 3: Jon Runyan: 174,257 – Shelley Adler: 145,509 There are efforts recruit a candidate but no one’s name is public yet

  • CD 5) Scott Garrett: 167,503 – Adam Gussen 130,102 Roy Cho of Hackensack raised $80,804 through June 30 – more than Adam Gussen but a far cry from what is needed.

  • Frank LoBiondo: 166,679 – Cassandra Shober: 116,463

  • Leonard Lance: 175,704 – Upendra Chivukula: 123,090    

    Beginning Cash On Hand

    $0

    Ending Cash On Hand

    $67,392

    Net Contributions

    $80,804

    Net Operating Expenditures

    $13,411

    Public Schedule:

    Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: No public events today.

    Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign:

    U.S. Senate Candidate Cory Booker: Fund-raiser: 10:00am, Morning Reception hosted by ECE Works, Los Angeles, CA; 6:00pm, Reception at the home of Ron Burkle, with Matt Damon in Los Angeles. For more info go https://secure.actblue.com/pag… here.

    Assemblyman (D-38) Tim Eustace: 8:00pm, Fund-raiser: Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, John DeBellis and Brian Karemk, Comedy Night,  Paramus Elks Lodge #2001, 200 New Jersey 17, Paramus, $25.00 (for union members) and up. RSVP to Andrew at 201.669-8213.  

  • Comments (11)

    1. zi985

      Assemblyman Herb Conaway Jr. should run against Rep. Jon Runyan in CD 3 next year in 2014.  He is by far the most qualified, experienced Democratic contender to face off Runyan in the 3rd Congressional District and could win in 2014 if he runs a strong campaign.  In addition to having an MD and JD he was also a Captain in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years.  He’s also run for Congress before back in 2004 against then-Congressman Jim Saxton, losing the race by 28.7 points (34.7%-63.4%).  However, Conaway was running against a 20-year incumbent who was actually a moderate Republican (unlike Jon Runyan) and in 2004 Conaway had only been in the Legislature for 7 years.  Now, Conaway has been in the Legislature for 16 years and the new 3rd Congressional District includes his entire 7th Legislative District (with the exception of Palmyra, NJ which remains in the 1st Congressional District).  Conaway’s name recognition and background as a doctor in the military (in a district that has a large military presence), in addition to the fact that he actually lives in CD-3 in Delanco, NJ (unlike Shelley Adler who hails from Cherry Hill, NJ) makes it obvious that he would be the strongest candidate to face Runyan next year.  After Conaway wins re-election this November to his Assembly seat he should be preparing to run in the June 2014 Democratic primary and then face Jon Runyan next year.  Let’s do this!    

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    2. firstamend07

      Campaigning is difficult. Meeting deadlines for 500 word Bio’s is taxing.

      Since there is plenty of time left taking a day off here and there helps one recharge!

      ……un fu**ing believable!

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    3. firstamend07

      OHHH how Weiner cried when Christie made them pay a fair share for pension and benefits.

      So now ,when it is time for ” paybacks” :

      http://www.politickernj.com/68

      THE COPS WIMP OUT!

      Another example of a weak kneed public sector union.

      CWA might be totally inept ,but at least they endorsed based on their beliefs.

      The State PBA? NO POLITICAL GUTS!

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