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Biden coming back to Jersey for Corzine

From NJ.com:

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to campaign for Gov. Jon Corzine at a union event in Atlantic City next week, it was announced today.

Biden will appear alongside the Democratic governor at the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Legislative Conference at the Borgata on Wednesday, according to Corzine’s campaign.

The Governor will need a good turnout from union voters. Here’s more about the appearance:

Biden and Corzine are scheduled to address more than 600 union members between 9 a.m. and noon, Oct. 7. Other speakers then and Oct. 6 will rally members for the governor and the 70 candidates endorsed by the union.

Biden joined Corzine as he kicked off his campaign back in June. Here is some video of that appearance:

Corzine to join Biden in Philadelphia tomorrow

Governor Corzine will join Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder in Philadelphia, PA for what is being touted as “a major American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding announcement for law enforcement agencies across the nation.” They will be joined by  Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and City of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.

However, a story in the Star Ledger say the event was supposed to occur in NJ originally:

Biden and Holder were originally scheduled to hold the event, on community policing grants, in Pennsauken, Camden County, but the location was switched to Philadelphia.

The Ledger implies the event was switched as a result of the corruption busts last week. However Biden’s office said no final decision was made:

“We scouted several locations and Philadelphia was the most convenient and central location for all the principals,” Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said.

It may be the most convenient, but I had also heard that the event was going to be held in South Jersey separately before reading of the current venue. For whatever reason, the event will be held in Philadelphia tomorrow at 10:15am.  

Updated: Could breaking ground on the Nation’s Largest Transit Project end up breaking the bank?

Updated by Jason: Unless things changed in the last week, the Star Ledger Article is off base and the project is funded.  From a separate article in the Asbury Park Press following the press conference announcing:

The director of the Federal Transit Administration said the federal government will fully fund the remaining $3 billion of the new Hudson River rail tunnel.

Peter Rogoff, director of the FTA, made the announcement at the ceremonial groundbreaking here for the $8.7 billion tunnel today. He said it is the largest federal transportation funding commitment in history.

And then in the Hudson Reporter:

The announcement of more federal funding last week now means that the project is currently fully funded.

“I’ve been familiar with this project and worked on it years ago when Frank Lautenberg was my sub-committee chairman, but back then we never really felt that we would get here because we never really thought that the states and localities would be able to put up a sizable enough match to make a project like this a reality,” said Rogoff.

Rogoff continued, “Governor Corzine has proved us wrong, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he did. When you’ve got a tunnel that’s already at capacity and transit ridership alone expected to grow perhaps double in the next 20 years, we don’t have the choice in not doing this project. So that fact that the leadership came together and that the money came together to make it a reality is a thrill for me, especially on the 10th day of the job.”

So I’m not sure what the Star Ledger article author is talking about, because that would be a drastic change in the span of a week.

On June 8th the Governor, along with state and federal officials, broke ground on a new Mass Transit Tunnel under the Hudson River. From the Governor’s weekly statehouse email:

Currently, 10 NJ Transit rail lines use one tunnel to enter Manhattan. The groundbreaking ceremony in North Bergen kicks off the construction of a second way in and out of New York City. Once completed, the new tunnel will double commuter rail capacity on New Jersey Transit from 23 trains to 48 during peak rush hours, increase the number of direct rail lines into New York City from North Jersey and create 44,000 permanent jobs as a result of increased economic mobility in the region.

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“It will create thousands of jobs for hardworking families across the region, promote better mobility and provide enormous environmental benefits,” said the Governor, after handing the shovel he used to break ground to one of the tunnel construction workers standing nearby.

The project has long been championed by the Governor and Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez. Financed with funds from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and federal stimulus dollars made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Barack Obama, the $8.7 billion project is expected to be finished in 2017.

It all sounds great so far. But follow me below the fold to see video of what went right from the groundbreaking, a story of what went wrong and how this project could put us on the hook for a large bill.

Corzine Campaign Update 6/8/09

Glad to see the Governor went to Pride – promoted from the diaries by Rosi

Two new YouTube videos capture just some of the excitement that’s spreading around New Jersey as Governor Jon S. Corzine’s re-election campaign shifts into gear.

Governor Corzine reaffirmed his support for equality this weekend when he spoke at the 18th Annual GLBTI Pride Celebration in Asbury Park on Sunday, June 7th. The Governor told the crowd, “It is important that we make sure we stand up for everybody’s rights and I’m going to be the governor who will bring that to the State of New Jersey if you’ll help me this fall.”

See the Governor’s remarks:

Of the thousands who came to West Orange to help kick-off the Governor’s campaign on June 2nd, one supporter especially had a lot to be excited about. Hava was randomly selected to meet Vice President Joe Biden before the event. We caught up with Hava backstage at the Richard J. Codey arena in West Orange just moments before Vice President Biden and Governor Corzine arrived.

Watch the video:

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Joe Biden, a Picket Line and 2016

Promoted from the diaries and cross-posted at Huffington Post – Rosi

Just how strongly is Joe Biden considering a third presidential bid in 2016? He’s made more headlines for gaffes and botched jokes than he has for helping the President in moving legislation through the Senate or navigating G-20 leaders…. But if anyone understands that a successful political career is a marathon, not a sprint, it’s Biden… and eight years is a long time.

Last night in New Jersey, the Vice President gave a speech to the Democratic faithful rallying behind Governor Jon Corzine, who faces a tough reelection campaign this fall. Biden’s appearance had been hyped for weeks by nervous Jersey pols – a sign that the Obama administration would not hang the unpopular Governor out to dry… and yet it almost didn’t happen. But not because Corzine has negative approval ratings… because Biden would not cross a picket line.

Election Night Open Thread

UPDATE # 2 by Jason:  Kate Whitman lost her race for Council, Donald Cresitello lost the Mayor’s primary in Morristown and Jun Choi went down in Edison as well. Oh and they still can’t count votes in Monmouth County.

UPDATE: Okay, I’m taking down the live stream link. It’s off-air, has been for a while, won’t get back up again and it’s slowing things down for anybody participating in the open thread and trying to refresh for new comments. See comments for why – Rosi

It’s primary election night and by the end of the evening, we will officially have the General Election matchups for Governor along with all seats in the Assembly and many local offices. The Governor stopped by to give a personal thank you yesterday before tonight’s campaign kickoff.

We are doing Blue Jersey Radio at 7:30pm with Jeff co-hosting live on site in West Orange for the Kickoff Rally. The campaign will be streaming the nights festivites live and you can follow along.

You can watch along with NJN’s live coverage through their stream.  What are you doing this election night? Join us to discuss the night’s results and look forward to the upcoming election campaigns.  Share your thoughts in this election night open thread.  

Blue Jersey Radio – LIVE at 7:30 p.m. from the Corzine-Biden Campaign Kickoff Rally

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  Campaign Kickoff!

Each week, Blue Jersey Radio streams LIVE with New Jersey’s latest political buzz, interviews with newsmakers, and your stimulating calls.

This week: We’re LIVE in West Orange for the Primary Night Kickoff Rally with Vice President Biden and Governor Corzine. Will we have an exclusive interview with Almost-Jersey Joe? Well, um, Almost-Surely No.

But, then again, stranger things have happened. We’ll be on the ground, getting quotes, and sharing the energy in the room LIVE tonight at 7:30 p.m., and if opportunity knocks, maybe we’ll finally score the Biden interview we should have nailed back in Fall 2007.

Now, while I’m trapped in the bubble tonight, I’ll be counting on you to help me and Jason with updates from around the state. So, let us know in the comments how things are going.

Or, you can always give us a call during the show and join the conversation. Remember, it’s all LIVE. That number again is: 646-652-2773.

Talk to you later!

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White House sends Biden for Corzine

With only two states – NJ and Virginia – running governor’s races this year, it stands to reason that the Democratic Party’s biggest names will come out to throw their support to NJ’s incumbent Jon Corzine. The opening volley is Vice-President Joe Biden, whose origins from neighboring Delaware make him a state favorite. He’ll be here Primary Night.

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Primary Election Night Rally

Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Jon Corzine

June 2nd, evening

Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain in West Orange.

Free tickets here.

The campaign is also raffling off the chance to hang out a little backstage with the Vice President. Put your name in for the raffle here.

The cultural community’s opening volley is pretty big, too.

And by the way, we’re 176 days out, if anyone’s counting.  

Biden in Bergen with Corzine & Lautenberg tomorrow

Vice President Biden will be in Lodi tomorrow with Governor Corzine and Senator Lautenberg.  He will be there to discuss the federal stimulus package and make the public aware of how the money is being spent.

“There are literally hundreds of these visits brought on by the stimulus program,” Corzine said. “This is about jobs. It’s about building schools, environmental projects. People should expect there to be many many more.”

But the Governor didn’t want to hear anything about the visit being political:

Corzine shrugged off the suggestion that the vice president’s visit may benefit him in his bid for re-election, saying that Biden was just in Minnesota to examine how the stimulus money is being spent there.

“I can’t emphasize enough. This is about pushing for economic recovery,” the governor said.

He may not want to talk about the politics, but it can’t hurt to have the Vice President in a popular administration talking about spending projects in a county that is vital to the Governor remaining in that position come the fall. Corzine also said that Biden will help him inaugurate a road project. If you’re near Lodi and attend the event, feel free to post photos and a story here on the blog.