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Desire for change likely to power Republicans

Desire for change likely to power Republicans
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

If the polls are accurate and if the people who make a living predicting political outcomes are correct, national Democrats will awake on the morning on Nov. 3 and gaze at a pile of smoking rubble that was once their party.

They will have lost control of the House of Representatives and their margin in the Senate will have been shaved to as few as two seats.

As news accounts repeatedly depicted Democrats as bracing for the worst mid term result in many years, party strategists suggested its Congressional candidates position themselves as outsiders who understand that government hasn't adequately addressed the ills — particularly the economic ones — which afflict the country.

They didn't overtly recommend that candidates run against their own party and President, but the clear message was to avoid fully running too closely with them, either.

The strategy has shifted, however, as insurgents, once given little chance of success, achieved a string of stunning victories, defeating establishment-backed candidates in Republican primary contests.

 

The good, the bad and the ugly in government today

The good, the bad and the ugly in government today
BY IRWIN STOOLMACHER
COMMENTARY

If the polls are right, the public is totally fed-up with government. More than 70% of the public says government isn't working well. Fewer and fewer folks see governm...

Advertising on New Jersey school buses is win-win for children and taxpayers

Advertising on New Jersey school buses is win-win for children and taxpayers
BY CONNIE WAGNER AND SCOTT RUDDER
COMMENTARY

Across the state, school funding has been cut dramatically this year, forcing many local school boards to eliminate programs, reduce services and increase cl...

New Jersey has funding options for ARC tunnel project

New Jersey has funding options for ARC tunnel project
BY NAOMI M. BRESSLER
COMMENTARY

A little more than 24 hours after canceling New Jersey's commitment to help pay for a second rail tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie met with ...

Doublespeak of the N.J. DEP’s Transformation Plan

Doublespeak of the N.J. DEP’s Transformation Plan
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is touting a new Transformation Plan that it says will make the DEP more "customer friendly." However, all this so-called ...

Christie Whitman: Republicans should lead Tea Party anger to goals

Christie Whitman: Republicans should lead Tea Party anger to goals
BY CHRISTIE WHITMAN
COMMENTARY

President Obama rode into the White House on a wave of optimism. "Change we can believe in," however, quickly tempered into something ordinary in the eyes of many of the s...

Citizens United not all to blame for growth of outside groups involved in political campaigns

Citizens United not all to blame for growth of outside groups involved in political campaigns
BY JEFF BRINDLE
COMMENTARY

The U.S. Supreme Court is being blamed for the growth in independent, outside groups.

Early in the year, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), the court issu...

Westboro Baptists go to Supreme Court

Westboro Baptists go to Supreme Court
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Supreme Court will hear the case of a family whose son's military funeral was protested by wackos from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. —...

Christie’s no conservative on medical marijuana issue

Christie’s no conservative on medical marijuana issue
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Last week the Christie administration created new rules for dispensing medical marijuana in New Jersey. Instead of allowing patients who desire to alleviate pain and other a...

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