"Less than a week" after entering the race '96 nominee/ex-Rep. Dick Zimmer (R) "has won the endorsement of half of the state's GOP congressional delegation." Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-02), Jim Saxton(R-03) and Mike Ferguson (R-07) "all announced their support for Zimmer" 4/15, "citing his fiscal conservatism."
LoBiondo: "Having served with Dick Zimmer in Congress for two years, I know he will bring his pork-busting, fiscally conservative record into the U.S. Senate and serve the people of New Jersey with honor, which is why I am endorsing his run for U.S. Senate" (Friedman, PolitickerNJ.com, 4/15).
Meanwhile, state Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R) and '00 candidate/'97 Libertarian GOV nominee/Ramapo College prof. Murray Sabrin (R) "have raised roughly equal amounts of money, but Pennacchio has a much larger cash reserve." Pennacchio has raised $361.7K for his run so far -- including the two weeks that have passed since the FEC 3/31 cut off date. He currently has $279K CoH. Sabrin has raising approximately $350K, but has spent $284K, leaving him about $66K CoH. Zimmer won't have to file until after the 2ndQ (Friedman, PolitickerNJ.com, 4/15).
All three vying for the GOP nod "will participate in a debate" hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson U. 4/22. The debate will be moderated by Newark Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine (Friedman, PolitickerNJ.com, 4/15).
Orange You Gladding I Didn't Say Banana
Rep. Rob Andrews (D-01), busy with his challenge to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) for the Dem nod, "found himself under attack from another quarter" 4/15 -- minister/NJ-01 candidate Dale Glading (R). Glading accused Andrews of a conflict of interest for steering funds to the school that employs his wife. Andrews "responded that he had submitted his request" to a House cmte, which ruled in Apr. '07 there was no conflict.
Andrews earmarked $624K in a Labor Dept. appropriations bill in '07 "to support student scholarships and internships at the Rutgers Law School in Camden," from which Camille Andrews is currently on leave as the associate dean in charge of admissions. Glading: "Hand-delivering our tax dollars to his wife's department at Rutgers is immoral and unethical." Andrews "asked for and received approval" from the House Cmte on Standards before submitting the request. He also disclosed the request when he made it. He "defended the grant as entirely appropriate, noting that it will help some law students with tuition and help them and others provide free legal assistance to the needy" (Pearsall, Cherry Hill Courier-Post, 4/16).
Andrews got the endorsement of United Foods and Commercial Workers Local 1360, which represents 11K South Jersey members (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ.com, 4/15).
This article appears in the April 16, 2008, edition of Latest Edition.