"President Trump named John R. Bolton, a hard-line former American ambassador to the United Nations, as his third national security adviser on Thursday, continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history. Mr. Bolton will replace Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer who was tapped last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation but who never developed a comfortable relationship with the president." Bolton was an outspoken advocate of military action during the George W. Bush administration, and has "called for action against Iran and North Korea."
Former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur (R-NJ 03) beat former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) by a wide margin in the scrappy primary race for Rep. Jon Runyan’s (R) seat. State Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ 12) will likely succeed Rep. Rush Holt (D) after winning the Democratic nomination. State Sen. Donald Norcross (D-NJ 01) will be the favorite against former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb (R) in the race for Rep. Rob Andrews’ (D) seat. And Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ 02) will face attorney Bill Hughes, Jr. (D).
Garry Cobb: 6,378 (68%)
Claire Gustafson: 1,334 (14%)
Gerard McManus: 863 (9%)
Lee Lucas: 766 (8%)
Donald Norcross: 18,264 (72%)
Frank Broomell: 3,878 (15%)
Frank Minor: 3,274 (13%)
Voter registration heavily favors Norcross, but he and Cobb both “have serious name recognition. Norcross is the brother of Democratic political powerhouse George Norcross and served as head of the AFL-CIO Central Labor Union and president of the Camden County and Vicinity Building Trades Council.” Cobb played for the Philadelphia Eagles was is well-known in the area as a sports broadcaster. (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Frank LoBiondo: 13,736 (82%)
Mike Assad: 2,935 (18%)
William Hughes: 10,922 (82%)
David Cole: 2,462 (18%)
“Hughes’ father held the seat from 1975 until his retirement in 1995. In 1992, Hughes Sr. fended off a challenge from LoBiondo, who went on to win the seat when Hughes did not seek re-election in 1994.” (Newark Star-Ledger)
Tom MacArthur: 15,261 (60%)
Steve Lonegan: 10,314 (40%)
Aimee Belgard: 11,649 (84%)
Howard Kleinhendler: 1,623 (12%)
Bruce Todd: 673 (5%)
Belgard faced a much less competitive primary than MacArthur and built up more than $332,000 in cash heading into the general election, but that is dwarfed by the more than $800,000 MacArthur has after loaning himself $2 million at the start of his campaign.
MacArthur said after the victory that he expects Republicans to come together after the divisive primary. “Lonegan called me a few minutes ago and conceded… . I do intend to reach out to the people who supported him,” he said. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Bonnie Watson Coleman: 15,121 (43%)
Linda Greenstein: 9,974 (28%)
Upendra Chivukula: 7,775 (22%)
Andrew Zwicker: 2,587 (7%)
Watson will be a heavy favorite over pharmacist Alieta Eck (R) and will likely “become the first African-American congresswoman in New Jersey history. ‘I believe that Congress and our Legislature can always benefit from having someone that sees the issues and the needs and opportunities through the lens of both women and the minorities,” Watson Coleman said in her victory speech. “We have a big step to climb over, but we have time.’” (Newark Star-Ledger)
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"When a Russian news agency reached out to George Papadopoulos to request an interview shortly before the 2016 election," deputy communications director Bryan Lanza encouraged him to respond. "You should do it," Lanza wrote in a September 2016 email, "emphasizing the benefits of a U.S. 'partnership with Russia.'" The Trump campaign has "sought to paint the 30-year old energy consultant as a low level volunteer" in the campaign, but recently disclosed emails show that Papadopoulos had contact with "senior campaign figures" in the Trump campaign, "such as chief executive Stephen K. Bannon and adviser Michael Flynn," who encouraged him to "broker ties between Trump and top foreign officials."