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Reader says , “If ever there was a time to roll-out the phrase “typical Hudson County politician” it’s now “

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If ever there was a time to roll-out the phrase “typical Hudson County politician” it’s now. Menendez is the poster child for that brand of self-dealing, always on the take, to hell with the people I actually represent as long as I can line my pockets corruption. Hugin is a successful businessman, veteran of the military and as upstanding a citizen as NJ has. It’s no wonder the screeching, unhinged left hates him. What’s less clear is why people would even consider voting for the worst case example of the Hudson County machine.

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Hispanic Ministers Group Endorse Hugin

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PASSAIC NJ , Monday , U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin received the endorsement from La Alianza Civica Ministerial, a Passaic County Ministers’ Alliance, and he held a roundtable discussion on issues impacting New Jersey’s Hispanic communities.

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Quinnipiac Poll Put Hugin Within Striking Distance

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Mountianside NJ, The Hugin campaign today issued the following statement regarding Senator Menendez’s sinking numbers. Quinnipiac University’s March poll showed Menendez with a 17-point lead, and their new poll shows corrupt, career politician Bob Menendez stuck well below 50%, with a shrinking lead of just 6%. Hugin Communications Director Megan Piwowar issued the following statement.

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Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race

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BY LISA HAGEN – 03/25/17 01:18 PM EDT

Sen. Robert Menendez ongoing corruption case could upend the New Jersey Democrat’s reelection bid in 2018, with the longtime politician scheduled to go to court this fall.

The Supreme Court delivered another blow this week to the embattled senator when it refused to dismiss the case. The trial is scheduled to begin about a year before the midterm elections.

Federal prosecutors charged Menendez, who has pleaded not guilty, in April 2015 on 14 criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery.

Menendez is expected to head to trial on Sept. 6,facing a potential criminal conviction even as he would normally be preparing a re-election bid.

“It makes it very difficult to campaign if you’re on trial,” said Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/325733-corruption-case-could-roil-nj-senate-race

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Bell the fiscally responsible choice for Senate

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Bell the fiscally responsible choice for Senate

Voters who want more redistribution of wealth, more taxation and government spending, and the encouragement of more government programs that drain regular working people, the middle class and small business owners have their choice, Cory Booker. Those who want to stop the redistribution of wealth, want less taxation, less government spending, fewer government programs that drain the middle class, working people, and small businesses have their choice, Jeff Bell.

Mr. Booker failed as Newark mayor; that’s why Newark is financially broke according to recent news reports; the high crime rate is unacceptable. NJ needs a populist, not a cunning politician like Booker.

Mr. Bell has rightfully called out the Federal Reserve, a private entity, which controls interest rates, the printing of monies (money supply), and inflation — yielding tremendous power over the American economy and its people, impacting on Americans’ savings and life earnings.

Bell’s economic plan calls for an end to Federal Reserve policies that devalue the dollar and lower the standard of living for hard-working Americans. He’s taking on powerful interests on behalf of regular working people and small business owners.

The economic recovery is weak. The Federal Reserve’s printing of more monies that devalue the dollar weakens the people’s standard of living. Bell’s call to return to the gold standard ensures currency back up for the issuance of greenbacks. Current Fed policies only aid and abet Congress in its unending government spending spree causing $17 billion plus in national debt.

Deborah K. Smarth

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Don’t Give Booker a Pass

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Don’t Give Booker a Pass

Why are Republicans so soft on “Cory”?

By Eliana Johnson, National Review Online

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384952/dont-give-booker-pass-eliana-johnson

Cory Booker may be the most puzzling man in the Senate. We don’t know where he lives. We don’t know whom, if anyone, he lives with. And he’s been caught in lie after lie about his heroics. Yet, this enigma of a man has emerged as the king of odd-couple bromance, using selfies and Instagram posts to burnish his stardom even as he appears surprisingly vulnerable in his upcoming bid for reelection.

But Booker is less popular in New Jersey than he is in Washington. He is polling below 50 percent in his matchup against Bell, a policy wonk and virtual unknown in the state who has received little support from the national party. Though he was expected to breeze to reelection, a Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday has Booker ahead by just ten points, 47 to 37 percent.

Many of Booker’s fiercest ideological opponents, however, are riding the Booker juggernaut rather than going in for the kill. Cory Booker can be beaten, at least the polls suggest so. So why are they so eager to cozy up to him, so hesitant to take him on?

Take Rand Paul, with whom Booker appeared last week on PBS, CNN, and MSNBC. They were touting their proposal for reforming the country’s criminal-justice system. Paul was one of the few Republican stars who campaigned energetically against Booker last year, but at a cocktail party hosted by Politico’s Mike Allen, they discussed the origins of their “bromance” and joked about co-starring in a reality show. This is the same Rand Paul who has knocked leaders of his own party for being insufficiently conservative, but there he was, arm-in-arm with a man who represents the blue-state liberalism he spends most of his time denouncing.

New Jersey’s junior senator is popular in Washington. His Republican opponent, former Reagan official Jeff Bell, even got a chilly reception from Ted Cruz, according to a source who attended the meeting the two had – the same Ted Cruz who precipitated the confrontation over the government shutdown last year. Cruz, according to the source, grilled the staunchly conservative Bell about why he hasn’t raised more money and asked him, pointedly, “How do you think you can win?” (Cruz’s office describes the conversation as a “fairly standard” one that it has with lots of candidates, and it is true that the latest Federal Election Commission filings show that Booker has nearly $3.5 million cash on hand while Bell has $0.) Cruz was spotted breaking bread with Booker in March, and Booker later gushed about their “great intellectual discussion.”Booker has spent much of his nine months in office charming his colleagues, partly by photographing himself with them. He’s in the midst of a campaign to take selifies with each of his fellow senators. In the pictures he’s posted to his Instagram account, he’s praised Senate majority leader Harry Reid as a “profoundly kind, caring, compassionate, and decent man” and South Dakota Republican John Thune as a “valued colleague and friend who challenges me on issues in constructive ways.” You get the idea.

It’s Booker’s second statewide race in a year, and it’s the second time polls have shown him unexpectedly vulnerable. “It’s been surprising both times,” says John Weingart, associate director of Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. Last year, Booker was expected to trounce long-shot candidate Steve Lonegan in October’s special election, but after national media began for the first time to scrutinize his record, he stumbled on the campaign trail.

The New Jersey Republican party didn’t put up much of a fight. “The refusal to expose Cory Booker is frustrating,” says a Republican operative who has worked on campaigns both nationally and in New Jersey. “In 2013 the state GOP appeared to be on lockdown, refusing to go after both Cory Booker and Bob Menendez.” Even without that sort of institutional opposition, Booker saw a 30-point lead narrow to an 11-point win on Election Day.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384952/dont-give-booker-pass-eliana-johnson

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In Senate race to watch, Jeffrey Bell is running against Janet Yellen

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In Senate race to watch, Jeffrey Bell is running against Janet Yellen

Why isn’t the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee coming in for Jeffrey Bell in New Jersey? He’s in a remarkable political fight, running surprisingly close to the incumbent, Cory Booker, despite having zilch in his campaign account. Yet he can’t get his phone calls returned by the national GOP. This is all the more amazing because Mr. Bell is framing a national issue — the failure of the Federal Reserve to create jobs. It’s almost as if Bell’s real opponent were not the glad-handing Booker but Janet Yellen, the Fed chairman. (Lipsky/The New York Post)

http://www.nysun.com/new-york/in-senate-race-to-watch-brjeffrey-bell-is-running/88806/

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U.S. Senate candidate Bell says his focus is economy

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U.S. Senate candidate Bell says his focus is economy

With less than 100 days until the November election, recent polls have shown Republican candidates coming on strong. U.S. Senate Republican candidate Jeff Bell told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that he has been a man for big ideas and that his campaign is focusing on the economy. (Williams/NJTV)

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/u-s-senate-candidate-bell-says-his-focus-is-economy/

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Over 200 Protest Harry Reid’s South Jersey Visit

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Over 200 Protest Harry Reid’s South Jersey Visit
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By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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It was a coalition of the willing, Save Jerseyans, over 200 strong as they casually filtered in and out of the abandoned parking lot adjoining upscale Caffe Aldo Lamberti where Harry Reid and top New Jersey Democrat donors – led by George Norcross III – gathered to raise money for Norcross’s brother.

The police presence was strong (including some species of tactical command van) but relatively unaggressive and respectful as the cheerful protesters, deployed in an informal line snaking the distance of approximately 400 yards, paced up and down the sidewalk between the fundraiser site and busy Route 70 a/k/a Marlton Pike, drawing a steady chorus of honks from the rush hour crowd returning home from Philadelphia offices along the busy Southern New Jersey corridor and generating a significant gaper delay.

Everyone came together to stand among the abandon lot’s weeds and uneven soil for a brief time around 5:00 p.m. to hear from Garry Cobb, the former Eagles star who’s taking on Donald Norcross in NJ-01, as well as U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell, Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano and an assortment of other activists led by chief event organizer Tom Crone.

– See more at: http://savejersey.com/2014/08/harry-reid-protest-photo-cherry-hill-norcross-senate/#sthash.Pmz2WBsK.dpuf