The 2000 Congressional Primary Won’t Go Away

Crossposted from TotallyNJ.com

The Inside Edge has news that is just making my gol-darned day.

Michael Cino, who started a media firestorm that nearly ended Jon Corzine’s candidacy for U.S. Senate six years ago, is challenging Congressman Scott Garrett in the Republican primar. Cino, a onetime Democratic County Committeeman from Demarest and Chairman of the Columbus Coalition, made national news in 2000 by claiming that Corzine had offended Italian Americans with ethnic jokes about construction guys and cement shoes.

I first got to know Cino back in the 2000 Democratic primary election as part of Maryanne Connelly’s team.  After he was recorded threatening now-Governor Corzine on an answering machine with retribution from an astroturn organization Cino created, he was booted from the Connelly office.  He appeared a while later as a Republican.

News Roundup

  • Santorum gets a verbal smackdown from Menendez for threatening NJ.
  • Wal-Mart claims that by setting up a new 220,000 square foot super-store in an ecologically-sensitive part of rural Salem County, they will help protect the watershed, which is home to 7 endangered species, including the Bald Eagle. Also, black is white. Up is down. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.
  • A study finds that for the third year in a row, New Jersey is the most expensive state for low-income residents to rent in. According to the study, “a household’s wage earner must earn $20.87 hourly — or $43,419 annually — to afford a two-bedroom apartment.” Half of New Jerseyans earn less than $33,440/year.
  • Corzine’s office pressured UMDNJ’s president John Petillo to step down.
  • There are nine candidates for NJ for Democracy’s executive board. Check out their bios and applications.
  • Rep. Scott Garrett is being challenged from both the left and right. On the right from Republican Michael Cino who is challenging Garrett in the primary and on the left from Democrat Paul Aronsohn.
  • Paul Aronsohn Officially Announces Campaign to Challenge Rep. Scott Garrett

    Pledging to run as a “pro-business, pro-defense moderate Democrat,” Paul Aronsohn today announced that his campaign to challenge Rep. Scott Garrett in the 5th Congressional district is official. He now has the support of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the New Democrat Network (NDN). His full press release is below.

    Blue Jersey Exclusive – Anne Wolfe to withdraw from 5th District Race

    5th District Congressional Candidate Anne Wolfe is meeting with supporters this weekend to discuss the future of her candidacy. Sources report Wolfe has decided to withdraw from the race. Money appears to be the biggest problem, as the 5th District’s viability has proved a hard sell to the DCCC.

    Wolfe’s withdrawal will leave soon-to-be-declared candidate Paul Aronsohn with the job of dumping Rep. Scott Garrett, but some are doubtful about Aronsohn’s chances.

    UPDATE: (Anne’s Press Release announcing her withdrawal appears below the fold)