Never a Dull Election Moment

electionThe presidential election just ended–or so it seems–but political junkies in the New York metro area have other interesting elections to look forward to. Here in New Jersey, Cory Booker got a boost for his planned Senate run when Frank Lautenberg announced last week he would not seek reelection. That doesn’t mean Booker’s a shoo-in, but with his star power, he’s certainly got an edge. And if he were to run against Geraldo Rivera, so far the only Republican to flirt with an NJ Senate run, Booker would trounce him–at least that’s according a Quinnipiac University poll of New Jersey voters, which found that Booker leads Rivera 59-23 percent.

“If TV personality Geraldo Rivera is just testing the water for a U.S. Senate run in New Jersey, he might find that the water is colder than the Atlantic Ocean in February,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

The race for New York’s next mayor may not be as interesting to some in the Garden State, but at least one candidate, Joe Lhota, has suggested bringing back the commuter tax, a move that would affect a great number of New Jersey residents. Though Lhota leads in Republican polls, however, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a Democrat, leads in head-to-head match-ups against him and every other candidate.

One Montclair resident is spending time in another state stumping for a candidate for Congress. Stephen Colbert will be in South Carolina this weekend to appear at a fundraiser for his sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who is running for a vacant Congressional seat in their home state. She will not be taking funds from his super PAC, however, as he donated the remaining $773,704 to Sandy relief and campaign finance organizations.

Closer to home, Mark Alexander is challenging Nia Gill for the 34th District state Senate seat–a move that has gained national attention. The race between Alexander and Gill, who has held the seat since 2002, is “likely to be a marquee primary in New Jersey…with the two African-American candidates battling in the largely minority district spanning parts of Essex and Passaic Counties,” according to the Huffington Post. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal did a profile of Alexander, a Montclair resident, also pointing out that his bid has shaken up the establishment.



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  1. Damn. I think I just might vote for Colbert. Refreshing change from all the politicians in or on their way to jail for misusing campaign funds. And those are just the ones that got caught.

  2. I think Booker gets elected Senator easily. Take my prediction with a grain of salt, I’m the guy that said Mitt Romney would roll into the White House. Although I might have a little credibilty back because I don’t have Dick Morris to lie to me anymore.

  3. “I don’t have Dick Morris to lie to me anymore”

    —what level of responsibility do you take for LISTENING to an obvious imbecile like Dick Morris?

  4. jc, I will cut herb some slack here, I believe he was only half-serious. I believe herb votes the way herb votes because he’s herb.

  5. There are no sure things in politics, especially almost 2 years out, but Cory winning our U.S. Senate seat in 2014 is as close as it comes…

  6. I still wonder why this site so relentlessly promotes Alexander. (Yet has never yet printed, to the best of my memory, a direct quote made by him to one of its crack editorial staff or tried to explain his policies.) This is rather curious. And really, was it necessary to even include a poll for someone who to date remains a political cipher?

    As for Booker, Carl, yes, he has name recognition. But he also doesn’t really have much of a record to run on, now does he? (Only hype from a lap dog media.) And by the time of the actual election, NJ voters may well be tired of Democratic Senatorial candidates, thanks be to God for Menendez. I can certainly hope so.

    I also firmly believe that any NJ Senatorial candidate should be forced to go to Camden, stand in front of its City Hall and explain clearly w. he will do to help this plainly dying city

  7. If you’d like to test your posted hopefulness and ruminations regarding the current attitudes among NJ voters, cathar, someone like Todd Aiken might surely be available, and perhaps you can successfully convince him to run a campaign here in the Garden State. Although his recent campaign prominently crashed and burned in the Missouri heartland, he does have roots in our general area. You two probably share many political views with one another. Should Mr. Aiken find your sales pitch convincing, and therefore chose to run, you can then manage his election campaign, and, in the process, investigate your further hunch regarding the canine aspects of the “lap dog media”.

  8. That was rather a lengthy post for you, Spiro. I didn’t realize you could actually form up a paragraph-sized thought. Particularly given how you usually struggle to create even a sentence or two.

    But if you can force out some more, uh, “prose,” please do start by explaining to me the political triumphs of Cory Booker. Seems like a personally brave man, you bet (not for him any Teddy-at-Chappaquiddick-type moments!). But also someone who’s gotten very little done as mayor of Newark. I realize he thus meets (no, exceeds) your own limited standards, but still…

  9. “a Montclair resident, also pointing out that his (Alexander) bid has shaken up the establishment.”

    If elected, Alexander will be far from an anti-establishment legislator. He will pursue the same hopelessly failed policies that Gill has re education, taxes, etc. One big spending liberal hack replacing another. They are one in the same.

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