ANDY KIM DECLARES VICTORY
After more than 24 hours of counting votes in CD3
CD7 flips to Democrats
Tom Malinowski 50.91% - Leonard Lance 47.54%
CD11 flips to Democrats
Mikie Sherrill 56.10% - Jay Webber 42.79%
In a foregone conclusion engineered by South Jersey Dem machine
And bizarrely, Moms Demand Action, Van Drew 52.24% - Grossman 45.91%
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Kellyanne Conway changed her Twitter profile
So BLUE JERSEY did too (and we VOTED HERE)
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Rush Holt supported by Trenton Times

Warning: This is yet another story about Jon Corzine’s decision on who will take his place in the US Senate.

Today in editorial of the Times of Trenton, Rep. Rush Holt was given a lovely endorsement and commentary on his ability to fill Governor-Elect Jon Corzine’s seat in the Senate, entitled “Why Not Rush Holt?”

The Hyping of a Congressman

Warning: This is yet another story about Jon Corzine’s decision on who will take his place in the US Senate.

Old-fashioned politics is part of the process. Luna said Corzine might “commit suicide” politically if he doesn’t appoint Menendez, especially if Corzine has ambitions beyond being governor. Many speculate Corzine has designs on the White House.

“Luna” is Harry Luna, who is President of the Latino Chamber of Commerce.  The quote is from a story in the Trenton Times.  

Perhaps Luna should run for office because he proves that he can talk out of both sides of his mouth without blinking:

“[Menendez} deserves the position not because he’s a Latino, but because he has worked hard and deserves it,” Luna said. “He is a qualified individual.”

Luna said appointing Menendez would prove symbolically important.

“This will empower other Latinos to break barriers,” he said.

So, Mr. Menendez isn’t being pushed because he’s Latino, but we’re gonna tell you why we need a Latino Senator anyway…

Big Push to Support Congressman Holt’s H.R. 550

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!  

Another election has passed without any action by Congress to protect our votes. Time after time, in state after state, electronic voting machines are proving to be extremely unreliable, with voting shortfalls showing up across the country. In addition, as documented numerous times by sites like BlackBoxVoting.org, electronic voting machines have proven easy to hack into and the results can be changed. There is an unquestionable need for verifying our votes.

A solution to the problem of verified voting was introduced in the House of Representatives last February as House Resolution 550. That solution is a complete answer to the problem and is so thorough that it now has 159 co-sponsors, both Democrats and Republicans, and has been endorsed by the bi-partisan Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform.  For no good reason, the bill is stalled in the House Administration Committee, which is chaired by Robert Wilson Ney (OH-18th).

House Resolution 550, titled the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act, “amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified permanent paper record or hard copy under title III of such Act, and for other purposes” (as described by the bill summary at thomas.loc.gov). Electronic voting machines currently leave no paper trail and there is now way to confirm or recount votes. At the same time, these voting machines have become notorious for their security problems. H.R. 550 addresses those problems; the security issues with these voting machines would become irrelevant if you could perform hand recounts.

Ferguson (NJ07) Gets Second Challenger

Following up on what Juan wrote below…
(From the Star Ledger on Sunday)
“Addendum Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) will seek the Democratic nomination to run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-7th Dist.) next year.

The mayor of Fanwood from 1992 to 1995 and a Union County freeholder from 1994 to 2000, Stender has served in the Assembly since 2002. She faces a primary battle with Democrat Joe Tricarico, the former mayor of Hillsborough, who has already announced he’ll run.”

Find out what the primary means, and what advantages each candidate could bring to the table in the extended…

Rep. Ferguson donates Cunningham’s dirty money

According to the Inside Edge, Congressman Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) has agreed to donate to charity $1,000 which he received from Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA), who yesterday resigned while admitting to accepting millions of dollars worth of bribes. This happened less than a day after Blue 7th PAC demanded that Ferguson return the money:

Congressman Michael Ferguson plans to contribute the $1,000 campaign contribution he received from corrupt ex-Congressman Duke Cunningham to an in-district charity. Cunningham resigned his House seat yesterday after admitting that he took $2.4 million in bribes. Blue 7th PAC, a group that is seeking to oust Ferguson next year, called for the return of the Cunningham contribution yesterday.

But Blue 7th says Ferguson isn’t done yet

So, This is What a Recount Looks Like?

On election night, when all the votes were tallied, the race for 4th Ward Council in the Republican bastion of Westfield, NJ was razor thin. Once provisional ballots were reviewed and counted, Democrat Tom Bigosinski led Republican Eric Leuthold by one vote.

At Leuthold’s request, a Judge ordered a recount, which took place yesterday. Before the recount, the results were as follows:

Democrat Bigosinski received a total of 1,469 votes: 1,391 counted on voting machines, 76 absentee ballots and two provisional ballots.

Republican Leuthold received a total of 1,468 votes: 1,409 counted on voting machines, 56 absentee ballots and three provisional ballots.

So, guess what happened at the “recount?”

Heads up: Codey on The Daily Show tonight

Hotline’s Last Call says that Dick Codey will be on the Daily Show tonight:

“Peggy Noonan and NJ Acting Gov. Dick Codey (D) on “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central, 11 pm).”

but the Daily Show’s website says:

TONIGHT: Author of “John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father,” Peggy Noonan! Plus, Jason Jones on “New Jersey Slogan!”

I think Jason Jones is just doing a segment which will feature Codey, so it won’t be a live interview with Jon. Most likely they’ll splice together content completely out of context to make him look ridiculous. Those are the best segments.

Did Corzine Tip His Hand?

The Inside Edge has a scoop:

In August, Governor-elect Jon Corzine contributed $2,600 to Albio Sires’ campaign for Congress — a campaign that only takes place if Corzine appoints Bob Menendez to the United States Senate. Corzine gave Sires $500 on August 7th and then another $2,100 eleven days later.

Could mean nothing, but could be telling.


VOTE IN THE POLL: DOES THIS MEAN ANYTHING?


Update: Thinking on this, it seems sort of odd.  If this contribution had been public prior to the election it would have set off all kinds of firestorms.  The Republicans would have gone nuts, saying Corzine had made up his mind and refused to be honest with the public.  Also, it would have played into their “Boss of Bosses” theme.

Southern NJ Democrats would have gone nuts that Corzine was hiding this from them just to keep their support, and maybe have stayed home/withheld support on election day.  Progressives would have had the same sort of pique because Payne, Pallone and Holt were blown off.

It just made no sense for him to tip his hand that early.  There was too much risk.

However, why else make the contribution unless to make the point that Menendez was his guy?  That money would have been just as helpful to a Congressional run now as it was then.  Sires isn’t spending any cash at this point for Congress.  He didn’t need the money then as opposed to now unless it was a promise.

Making the contribution — unless there are others out there we don’t know about — was pretty risky.  If he picks Menendez now, it will start a new round of weak press releases from GOP chair Tom Wilson.

USA Today pushes for Nia Gill

Like it or not, race and gender tends to be a player in who Gov. Elect Corzine picks to fill his Senate seat.  That doesn’t mean Corzine is racist or sexist, it just means that its the reality of the situation. It is shameful to think that someone will be appointed to any political position to pander to some gender or racial segment of the voting population. However, it is equally shameful that only 5 African Americans have served in the United States Senate, only one of which was a woman.

DeWayne Wickham of USA Today makes the case for appointing State Senator Nia Gill. He mentions how Gill was the co-chair of Corzine’s campaign.  Which to me means that she knows how to run a campaign. In simpler terms, this means she can win an election.  

Wickham also makes an excellent point regarding the loss of black votes to Republicans.  He notes that this has occured in the past and that the recent appointments of Condi Rice and Colin Powell have played a role in the Republican gains in the black community.

Hey Assembly Speaker Roberts, we’re mad as hell (aren’t we?)

OK kids, what does a crooked congressman in CA remind you of?

(CNN) — Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham said Monday he is resigning from Congress after pleading guilty to taking more than $2 million in bribes in a criminal conspiracy involving at least three defense contractors.

Hint: look in the mirror

(NJ Times 11/11/05) “Whatever we do [about proposed campaign finance legislation] has to be constitutionally sound, and when you talk about restraining the ability of citizens to make legal political contributions, like it or not, that’s affecting their First Amendment rights, and I think it’s irresponsible for members of the Legislature to advocate a position that is constitutionally unsound,” Roberts said.

Another hint: compare the above with George Bush and Orrin Hatch on McCain Feingold

BUSH [to Hatch]: I believe the McCain Feingold bill will hurt the Republican Party and hurt conservative causes.

HATCH: [The] bill is unconstitutional. [It] leaves all the first amendment rights for the public interest groups to speak and do whatever they want to and raise any kind of moneys they want to and takes away the first amendment rights from the two political parties…