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The GOP appears to have pulled one out of the fire in the New Jersey Senate race, as they now have a pretty decent challenger to Sen. Frank Lautenberg ready to run.

Biotech executive John Crowley is expected to enter the New Jersey Senate race against Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, according to a source familiar with his thinking. It would give Republicans a candidate with a compelling personal narrative who also has deep pockets to self-finance a campaign.

His pending announcement, which could come as soon as this weekend, will set up a high-profile election year in the Garden State, where Lautenberg is already facing a primary challenge from Democratic Rep. Robert Andrews.

Recent history has not been kind to Republicans in statewide races in New Jersey; although there have been a number of close calls, they haven't won a Senate race there since 1972. I don't think it's exceptionally likely that they will reverse that trend in the current political climate. But Crowley does have an exceptional bio:

Those military obligations are to the U.S. Naval Reserve, in which Crowley is an intelligence officer. Last year he completed a six-month tour of duty at the Center for Navy Intelligence in Virginia, an assignment for which he volunteered.

His life story is literally destined for Hollywood. A book has already been written about how, after his children Megan and Patrick were diagnosed in 1998 with Pompe disease, he raised more than $100 million in investment capital for a series of biotech companies researching a cure. Actor Harrison Ford optioned the screen rights.

Novazayme Pharmaceuticals, the start-up biotech he founded in 2000 with an Oklahoma physician, was bought by a larger company, Genzyme, which developed a treatment for Pompe disease. In 2005, Crowley became president of Amicus, which is researching better treatments for Pompe disease and other rare genetic disorders.

At one point, doctors told Crowley and his wife their children might not live to celebrate their second birthdays. Megan is now 10, Patrick is 8.

Lautenberg also faces a primary challenge from Congressman Rob Andrews, who has been looking to move up for some time.

This isn't a top-tier race right now, although it could get problematic fairly soon if the Democratic primary gets ugly. It is probably their second-best pickup opportunity after Louisiana (which is pretty sad, actually).

Crowley is actually one of the better NRSC recruits this year, and the Republicans are certainly excited about him (John McCain personally recruited him to run). Of course, they've often been excited about New Jersey in the past, and it hasn't worked out for them lately.

I'm certainly disappointed that we'll be facing Crowley in November, and not the legendary Andy Unanue.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 07:01 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  If Lautenberg had to face a primary challenge... (2+ / 0-)

    I kinda wish it was Rush Holt.

    I've always liked him.

  •  Tough Ticket (1+ / 0-)
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    McCain is showing surprising strength in New Jersey. He won't win but he won't hurt either, helping Crowley beat Lautenberg.  

  •  Where's he stand on the issues? (0+ / 0-)

    Is this guy a "moderate" Republican, or what?

  •  All politics aside (9+ / 0-)

    I am happy for the Crowleys and that his quest for a cure wasn't quixotic.  What a great story.  I'll hold my fire for now.  I give extra credit to driven parents.

    My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total. Barbara Jordan 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 07:10:59 PM PDT

  •  Almost forgot, (0+ / 0-)

    thanks brownsox for a good diary that gave us a positive picture of a man rather than a party member.  Kudos.

    My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total. Barbara Jordan 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 07:13:02 PM PDT

  •  Great. New Jersey in a mood. (4+ / 0-)

    and it's not good.
    We give dismal approval ratings to Gov. Corzine (superD for Hillary).
    Taxes are still sky high.
    Our problems under Christie Whitman are still our problems under Corzine.
    Our deficit is killing us.
    He cuts the wrong programs to try to raise money.
    He comes up with the wrong proposals to try to raise money.
    And because New Jersey hates all it's politicians as a matter of tradition, Lautenburg gets low numbers too.
    So the time is ripe for this guy.
    Because people are grouchier than ever around here and I get the feeling they just want someone new and Biotech and Pharma people are well liked in this state. (Large and respected employer in NJ)
    I just hope Frank (whom I love dearly) doesn't suffer because of Corzine.
    Voter backlash and all that.

    SO please for the love of god let me be very conservative because New Jersey hates far right nutz wingers more than it hates politicians.

    As for McCain doing well in NJ right now, we pull this shit every election.
    Telling pollsters "yeah, that GOP guy looks kinda good" and then we vote for the Democrat.
    The only thing I enjoy about that is to see the idiots falling for the lying Jersians and spend money here (i.e. Bush, Dole, etc. )

    "Oh changed your hair color? It's just so dark. You like it? And with your skin tone?" My Beloved Mom, December 25 2007, once again on notice.

    by Christin on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 07:15:05 PM PDT

    •  Do you not like Corzine (0+ / 0-)

      because he's superD for Hillary?.

      As you correctly pointed out, we're still dealing with Christie's bad judgments.  Corzine walked into a mess, and to blame him for not getting out of it the right way, I think is wrong.  He doesn't have a lot of good options... you know, kind of like Iraq strategy, although not the cost of lives or money.

      And because New Jersey hates all it's politicians as a matter of tradition

      That's not true for me.  I think you're inaccurate in your generalizations.  There are many, many NJ politicians that I'm very happy with.

      Because people are grouchier than ever around here and I get the feeling they just want someone new and Biotech and Pharma people are well liked in this state.

      You must be from North Jersey or speaking on behalf of people from North Jersey, because that is certainly not the case in South Jersey.  

      McCain's learning curve takes decades, and we don't have that kind of time. MLK Holiday? GI Bill?

      by gooderservice on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 07:42:39 PM PDT

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      •  First of all - (2+ / 0-)
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        I voted for Corzine, canvassed for Corzine, and would vote him again.
        I could care less than he's a SuperD for HIllary, and nor did I say I did. I simply added that as a sidenote.
        But I'm not going to play games here and state things are great in New Jersey.
        They're not.
        The residents are unhappy, worried, and show that in poll. After poll. After poll.
        His proposal to hike the tolls  fifty percent every five years for the next 80 years pissed off the majority of the voters.
        Closing most out state parks completely to the publc,  and eliminating three agencies, notably the Dept. of Agriculture, further is pissing the voters off.
        And his approval numbers are dismal, and have been dismal almost since day one.
        And Franks numbers aren't any better.
        I don't know.
        He's a great Senator who votes the way NJersians should love - he's a maverick, outspoken, and usualy part of the 34 votes in the Senate that we are proud of.
        And he's done good things for this state.
        And he's clean.
        And yet the voters of this state punish him and give him some of the lowest approval numbers in the US for a Senator.
        It's a known fact New Jersians
        give our politicians the lowest approval numbers for its politicians -
        If you want to pretend that's not the case, be my guest.
        Just because you do not feel this way - does not negate the fact that most of the state disagrees with you. Or me.  

        And for the record, I'm not from North Jersey.
        And just because I love Frank, like Corzine, and love my congressman Frank Pallone  -
        does not mean I'll join you in sticking my head in the sand and pretend that the voters in this state are not pissed off as all hell right now.

        I won a local Democratic seat in my town.
        When I have to canvass my district I get an earful and  it takes me days to cover it.
        People are that worried. That unhappy. That fed up.
        And they turn that anger towards those they elect.
        Me included.

        "Oh changed your hair color? It's just so dark. You like it? And with your skin tone?" My Beloved Mom, December 25 2007, once again on notice.

        by Christin on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 07:56:01 PM PDT

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        •  My experience with (0+ / 0-)

          Jersey democrats and independents is different than yours.  Oh, and by the way, that doesn't mean I'm "sticking my head in the sand."

          I'll tell you what:  I won't "attempt" to belittle you.  

          McCain's learning curve takes decades, and we don't have that kind of time. MLK Holiday? GI Bill?

          by gooderservice on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 08:02:34 PM PDT

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          •  whatever. (0+ / 0-)

            you take every comment in this thread about concern about this senate race a personal insult to you.
            I don't.
            It's politics.
            It's a debate.
            You choose to ingore polls, I pay attention to them.
            Since conversation concerning this topic upsets you, we won't continue.

            "Oh changed your hair color? It's just so dark. You like it? And with your skin tone?" My Beloved Mom, December 25 2007, once again on notice.

            by Christin on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 08:12:27 PM PDT

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            •  Boy, am I tired of this shit. (0+ / 0-)

              I responded to your first comment.  I didn't attack; I didn't inflame; I didn't address you personally - just responded to issues you raised.

              (My last comment in my first reply, after re-reading it, might have come off as "cocky," but that was not my intent.  I intended to imply that North Jersey politics is a completely different thing than South Jersey. I could have said that better.)

              So you answer me, but in your answer you say:

              does not mean I'll join you in sticking my head in the sand

              Yes, your damn straight I take that as a personal insult.  You're telling me that I don't know "shit," but you do.  If that's not personal, I don't know what is.

              Yeah, yeah, I used "bad" language in this comment.  I'm okay with that... because those are the words that best describes how I feel when being insulted.

              McCain's learning curve takes decades, and we don't have that kind of time. MLK Holiday? GI Bill?

              by gooderservice on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 08:26:45 PM PDT

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  •  Crowley sort of reminds me of... (7+ / 0-)

    Steve Brozak's 2004 Congressional campaign in NJ-07.

    He had almost the exact same sort of bio - military (retired Lt. Col. in the Marine Corps; served in Iraq and was I believe the first Iraq vet to run for office anywhere, but don't quote me on that...), he was an investment banker whose firm mainly focused on Biotech, an he was a total newcomer to politics himself in 2004.  As a matter of fact, he was a life-long Republican who switched parties in 2004 to run against Bush and Mike Ferguson in 2004.

    He was widely viewed as a 'perfect candidate' for the Democrats in that district that year, in that climate...and you would think he would have done much better than he did, but he was a Democrat running in a Republican Congressional District in what turned out to be a bad year for Democrats.  And he lost by 16 points that year, which was pretty much the same result from 2002 in that same district.

    The parallel I see with Crowley is his bio obviously, and the fact that he's a Republican running in a Democratic state (which as mentioned above, hasn't sent a Republican to the US Senate since 1972) in what looks to be a bad year for Republicans.

    Crowley will win the R primary pretty easily, and he'll get headlines all over the place; he'll probably even lead Lautenberg (or Andrews, but not likely...) in a few polls late in the race, make everybody nervous...

    And then lose to Lautenberg by 8-10 points in the end.

    Definitely can't take him lightly, but "don't believe the hype" is all I'm saying.  We've seen this before in NJ.  Actually, we see it pretty much every time...

    •  brozak was in my district (2+ / 0-)
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      he didn't really even campaign and had no money... i couldn't even get a sign for my lawn from him. but he was a decent guy. No one seemed to know he was even running, and do-nothing-rich kid Ferguson cruised to victory. He didn't so so well against Stender a few years later when she had some money to work with.And now he is chicken shit to run again and is retiring from the office in his 30's. Thanks for nothing, Mike...

  •  There's only one way to feel about this... (4+ / 0-)

    and that's good!  We need the GOP to waste a few million more in their vain malice and NJ is the perfect vehicle.

    Republicans believe in gvmt. intervention for bankers and investors, I believe in intervention for the meek and lowly -- Nulwee.

    by Nulwee on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 07:15:32 PM PDT

  •  OT- Pictures of Iran our media won't show you (0+ / 0-)

    Pictures of Iran our media will never show you

  •  Why is Lautenberg running again? (0+ / 0-)

    I thought he only came in as a stop-gap when Torch flamed out? How old will Lautenberg be this fall? In six years? Why has the party not been better prepared?

    •  What's wrong with Lautenberg? (7+ / 0-)

      I say nothing. He is well respected, and with the exception of one or two instances, his votes are exactly the way I wished he would vote.

      Yes, he came in when Toricelli dropped out, but he won the race.  There's no reason he shouldn't run again if he wants to.

      Rob Andrews is making a BIG mistake by trying to challenge him.  Andrews is less progressive in voting than Lautenberg is.  Andrews SHOULD NOT start a party war with Lautenberg.  It's bad for all of us.  BTW:  I doubt that Andrews would ever make the ActBlue page.  He's not that progressive.

      Andrews is only starting trouble because he WANTS TO BE SENATOR -- to hell with everyone else.  He doesn't stand a chance.  Even if he were to beat Lautenberg, which I doubt, he'll never beat Crowley, and you can quote me on that.

      Andrews was PRO war, and pretended to be serious while telling us it was necessary.

      When Frank Lautenberg is ready to retire, maybe during the next six years, we really need Rush Holt to take his place.  Hopefully, we'll have a dem governor who can effectuate that.

      McCain's learning curve takes decades, and we don't have that kind of time. MLK Holiday? GI Bill?

      by gooderservice on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 07:37:47 PM PDT

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      •  And he is free of corruption correct? (4+ / 0-)

        That seems to be a big problem for a lot of NJ politicians. But that doesnt seem to be an issue for Lautenberg. NJ Democrats always seem to fare badly in polls, but still win elections, that's the way I look at it.

      •  No no no (2+ / 0-)
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        Christin, gooderservice

        You miss my point. I like him fine, I'm just surprised that after coming out of retirement under near emergency circumstances, he's planning to tough it out for another 6 years. Is this really in the best interests of the man, the state, the party?

      •  Agreed, but... (2+ / 0-)
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        gooderservice, banjolele

        Andrews is only starting trouble because he WANTS TO BE SENATOR

        Andrews would take Governor, too.  And he probably has dreams of becoming President one day, as well.  He's run in, or threatened to run in, every statewide Dem Primary in NJ since 1997.

        Senator, Governor, whatever...doesn't matter.  He just wants to move up some way, and that would be blatantly obvious to the voters if he got the chance to do so this year.  Or any other, for that matter...

        •  You're so right. (3+ / 0-)

          I've "known" Andrews for many, many years.  He was a really good young up and comer when he first started.  I don't know what happened.  Maybe he didn't REALLY have the liberal/progressive values he professed to have or it looked like he had, or maybe he just changed.

          I can understand that he wants more, more, more, but I also understand that sometimes, many times, people don't always get what they want.  

          I don't always get what I want, but I'll tell you that I won't screw with other people to get it.  Rob hasn't learned that yet.  (Or maybe the Camden County Democratic Machine has screwed with him so much that he feels entitled, which I wouldn't totally "blame" him for; I'd understand, but... you know.)

          McCain's learning curve takes decades, and we don't have that kind of time. MLK Holiday? GI Bill?

          by gooderservice on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 08:19:33 PM PDT

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    •  It's his call, he's a NJ institution... (5+ / 0-)

      He's been around forever, and he saved the NJ Dems asses back in 2002.  The Party originally wanted Bill Bradley to step in, but he wasn't interested.

      I'm assuming (no evidence, of course...) that part of the deal was that if Lautenberg agreed to run in 2002, then 2008 would be his call and the Party would back him either way.

      Besides, a hopeless Andrews primary campaign against Lautenberg accomplishes two things -

      1.  It gets Andrews out of that seat, and we can get a much better Congressman in there.
      1.  It saves the Party from the complete and total horror that a truly open Dem Primary for this seat would be.  If Lautenberg chose not to run this year, we'd see not only Andrews...but also probably Pallone, and maybe Holt, Pascrell, or Rothman; and of course countless other mayors and State Assemblymen and Senators vying for this seat.  That would be a truly bloody mess that very well may have handed this seat to the Republicans if Crowley turns out to be a half-decent candidate.

      Lautenberg staying in this race is actually a good thing, and he's a good Senator for NJ.  And Frank's the only reason that there's not a "Senator Forrester" running for re-election this year.

      •  The data in the latest Quinnepac polls (2+ / 0-)
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        njgoldfinch, Hardhat Democrat

        is the reason I'm worried.
        The age thing is killing him.
        I've vote for him if he was 100 - but that's just me.

        Turning on the author of the toll hike plan, New Jersey voters disapprove 52 - 37 percent of the job Gov. Jon Corzine is doing, down from a 46 - 43 percent approval rating in a December 11, 2007 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and among Gov. Corzine's lowest scores ever.

        "Gov. Corzine's toll hike proposal has smashed into a brick wall of massive voter opposition, causing his approval rating to drop from a three-point positive to a 15-point negative," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

        Voter anger is so strong that less than a third think the Governor deserves re-election. Corzine's problems are just made worse by the fact that two thirds of the voters are dissatisfied with the way things are going in New Jersey today," Richards added.

        New Jersey voters say 51 - 32 percent that Corzine does not deserve to be reelected. Voters split 35 - 33 percent on whether they would vote for Corzine or an unnamed Republican opponent.

        A total of 66 percent of voters say they are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with the way things are going in New Jersey today, while 33 percent are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied."

        U.S. Senate Race

        Voters approve 39 - 31 percent of the job Sen. Frank Lautenberg is doing, but say 40 - 32 percent that he does not deserve to be reelected this year. If reelected, Sen. Lautenberg would be "too old to effectively serve another six-year term in the U.S. Senate," voters say 58 - 36 percent.

        "Sen. Lautenberg, who faces re-election this year, leads an unnamed Republican challenger 37 - 30 percent. But the number of voters who think he is too old to run again has risen four points to 58 percent, and the number of voters who think he deserves re-election has dropped four points to 32 percent. Lautenberg could be in trouble if the Republicans field a serious challenger," Richards said.

        "Oh changed your hair color? It's just so dark. You like it? And with your skin tone?" My Beloved Mom, December 25 2007, once again on notice.

        by Christin on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 08:05:58 PM PDT

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      •  I know you put it in quotes (2+ / 0-)
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        njgoldfinch, Hardhat Democrat

        but it still made me cringe:  
        "Senator Forrester."  I can't even begin to imagine what hell we would have been put through had he won.  Oh, wait minute... yes, I can.  Boy, we're very, very, very lucky.

        Your second point is very valid.  I hadn't thought of it like that before.  So it makes me even happier that Lautenberg is running.

        And, of course, I agree with your first point.  Well said.

        McCain's learning curve takes decades, and we don't have that kind of time. MLK Holiday? GI Bill?

        by gooderservice on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 08:06:39 PM PDT

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      •  the one thing i hope that andrew's candidacy (0+ / 0-)

        The one thing I hope that Andrew's senate candidacy does is to clear the way for a possible Senator Pallone or Senator Holt.  That would make up a bit for Senator Menendez.

    •  i'm +proud+ to have lautenberg as my senator (0+ / 0-)

      I'm +proud+ to have Lautenberg as my senator.  He's a senator many across the nation would envy, if they looked at his voting record.

      He's up there in age, yes, but his age and experience and tenure in the senate have freed him up to be bold (I loved his chickenhawk graphic on the senate floor, with a huge drawing of an actual chickenhawk -- fantastic stuff).

      He's still sharp.  His age is only an issue because of the number.

  •  93/93!!! (0+ / 0-)

    oh, wait, wrong Crowley.

    Hand me down my walking cane, hand me down my hat...

    by Cheez Whiz on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 07:31:07 PM PDT

  •  Sounds like it might be a tough race, but (3+ / 0-)
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    this may turn out to be our toughest hold this year, which isnt bad.

  •  Wonder where he stands on stem cell research (1+ / 0-)
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    "Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." - Salvor Hardin

    by Zackpunk on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 08:04:19 PM PDT

    •  I would say he's for it, wouldn't you? (2+ / 0-)
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      He founded a Biotech company to try to cure a rare disease his children had?

      Then again, I do know scientists at my job who's conservative views blow me away.

      But my sinking feeling is the NJ GOP learned not to run a hard right conservative in this state as they've been doing.

      "Oh changed your hair color? It's just so dark. You like it? And with your skin tone?" My Beloved Mom, December 25 2007, once again on notice.

      by Christin on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 08:22:20 PM PDT

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      •  The NJ GOP (0+ / 0-)

        I used to be a very minor part of it. There are still enough moderates left (barely!) to influence, if not control, primaries. A decent candidate (as Kean, Jr. was) gives them motivation to try for a win after a very long dry spell statewide.

      •  my wife is in biotech (3+ / 0-)
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        like her, many of them aren't even Americans. Those that are naturalized think 1.) HRC is good because Bill was good for them and 2. mcCain ain't so bad and 3. Obama goes to a crazy Afrocentric church with an angry Black pastor, and many still think he is a Muslim. I laugh when the anti gobal warming crowd acuses scientists of having a political agenda; the scientists i know are the most apolitical people you can imagine. They are wrapped up in research. And they will think highly of one of their own running for office. Many do not know there is a difference between dems and repubs.  Having said that, folks in NJ are angry and complaining, AS THEY ALWAYS are. They are among the whiniest people in America; they hate the fuckin ice and snow in the winter ( we rarely get big snowstorms ) they hate the fuckin governor ( they want lower taxes and more services )they hate corruption ( well maybe ), they hate doctors and their doctor bills, they hate the educational system and the teacher's union ( yet the Catholic schools are closing because of low enreollment )and so on. If you want to get a feel for NJ attitudes, remember they made stars of radio assholes John and Ken, who started here and went off to California ( everyone from NJ wants to live somewhere else, preferably somewhere where they don't "have all this fucking ice and snow"-we had a total of 9 inches this year )and they also hate their highways and traffic and car insurance. Oh, and they hate NYC and Philly too. In short, they hate everything. And they really hate politicians who tell the truth. Tell me something good; that we'll all wake up tomorrow and the school funding problem will be fixed, the public schools will be staffed with nonunion teachers who will only get raises if every kid can read better every year, and they'll pay for their own benefits and get a 401 k like everyone else instead of an expensive pension. And all the state jobs will be contracted out. And then it won't get cold or snow again ever. And summers will be hot and dry with no humidity, no rain but no water shortage either. And then they can start complaining about how much better things were in the good ole days.....I'm on a rant but I'm tired of all the fucking complaining. Thankfully a lot of these folks are moving.

        •  i am laughing so hard reading this... (3+ / 0-)
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          njgoldfinch, jerseydan, CParis

          :-) oh god..
          as a native (me), you so so so nailed it.
          i am still laughing.

          oh god i loved the part about the fucking snow and ice.
          this was the most MILD WINTER we had, and everyone I know, and I mean everyone is is going "what a long fucking Winter...and now the shittin pollen starts and my car will be green with taht shit and what Spring we go from Winter to mosquito hell humid Summer."
          We had 60 and 70 degree says in December, January, Feb and March.
          One one snowfall this whole year.
          And yet you're right, the moaning and groaning and yelling and screaming is mind boggling.

          Crap. I am so going to read this to my S.O.

          We are miserable.
          That's why I had written it's a tradition for us to hate.
          I think the traffic and high taxes makes everyone very tenses.

          "Oh changed your hair color? It's just so dark. You like it? And with your skin tone?" My Beloved Mom, December 25 2007, once again on notice.

          by Christin on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 09:05:38 PM PDT

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  •  Saturday Night Live sucks (0+ / 0-)

    that skit wasn't funny and just pitching HRC talking points.

    The Democratic Party -- Not democratic, hardly a party.
    Shock and Aww

    by foxsucks81 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 08:36:38 PM PDT

  •  I don't get it (0+ / 0-)

    It's really obvious that experienced politicians are the best candidates for public office.  It's the best predictor of success.

    Just look at all the stunning failures among "Fighting Dems", Tammy Duckworth, etc.  They don't know how to run for office.  

    I am not that scared by some guy who appears to have a good story.

  •  Obama will help NJ ticket (1+ / 0-)
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    NJ will be a good example of how Obama coat tails can help Democrats retain control of the Senate.

    Obama will create a big turnout for Democrats that can help in the Congressional races.  That Obama pulls independents and moderate Republicans will help in races such as NJ.

  •  I grant that Crowley is a terrific businessman (0+ / 0-)

    who has faced serious loss, probably has great character as he has faced devastating losses with a can-do attitude...but as far as I'm concerned politically, he's just another Republican hack with fucked up politics who will drag us down with the stupidity and dishonesty of his ideas.

    This is just to say Forgive us victory tastes delicious so sweet and so cold

    by Dave the Wave on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 09:35:29 PM PDT

  •  PLUS (0+ / 0-)

    Plus he HAS ZERO name reocognition. ZERO NONE NADA.

    With the Pres race and all the ads from that you really think this guy will even be able to get known at all?  Please Lautenberg is old school , he is liked, he is known, he is an incumbent, he is on the Dem ticket,  He has EVERY advantage.  He wins by no less than 8%

  •  But what about Murray Sabrin (0+ / 0-)

    Isn't he good enough for you...
    After all he is an officially endorsed Paul-tard.

    John McCain: wrong on Iraq, wrong on abortion, wrong on the economy, hell he wrong for this country.

    by Student Guy on Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 09:44:30 PM PDT

  •  Well (0+ / 0-)

    Look for the GOP to end up with the same 47% that they get every time that they try to run in New Jersey. NJ Senate races are almost dirty and come down to the wire, but the Democrats usually win with 53-54% of the vote. Look for Crowley to end up with that same 47% on election night.

  •  every republican who runs in Jersey has deep... (0+ / 0-)

    pockets...  it doesn't ever help

    this guy does have an interesting bio BUT it is primarily military and Jersey is hurting domestically.   Jersey needs jobs and infrastructure work (asap) and healtcare help and money for education.  Jersey isn't going to be swayed by a great military resume'  not at this time,  not in my opinion.   the seat will stay democratic.

    "THE SURGE IS WORKING" is the 2008 replacement for "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"

    by KnotIookin on Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 12:28:41 AM PDT

  •  kiss Frank goodbye (0+ / 0-)

    The guy is 1,000 years old ... we can't mock McCain on this and ignore Lautenberg's age.  He might be facing what Roth did in Delaware: no one really has a beef with him; he's just too damned old anymore.  And Crowley, if not a nut, is pretty well poised.  We can't count on the 'NJ always comes through' thing forever.  I figure we net two Senate seats this fall; fine with me.  Landrieu is toast; Franken is a novelty candidate when all is said and done; Collins will probably survive.  NH, VA and one of NM or CO look good.

    Dear Democratic Party: Win This One or Just Disband

    by Tuffie on Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 03:50:04 AM PDT

  •  I,too,am also worried about the age (1+ / 0-)
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    issue,Lautenberg will be 90 when his term ends and that is a bit much for alot of voters,provided Crowley doesn't turn out to be a wing nut,which I don't think he is.And the unpopularity of Corzine hurts.

    Corzine has yet to seriously deal with the public employees union and taxes are high in New Jersey because their wages and benefits are out of control. a few days ago,a Ramsey,NJ cop was charged with embezzlement from the PBA.The guy was making $101,000 a year in a low crime,high income town.If Corzine would demand that the Legislature put a strict cap on the raises of public employees,his popularity would soar.

    •  yeah and we public employees (1+ / 0-)
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      would sink him ( Corzine )for good in a minute. and he knows it. we vote too. A six figure salary ain't much in NJ. Hell, lots of school employees make six figures in NJ. It ain't enough to get by on. We were promised a pension; it isn't our fault the POLITICIANS get generous pensions for part time work or that Whitman and company failed to fund the pensions,or that the republicans starting with Reagan made such war on the middle class that they lost their pensions in the private sector and now have crappy 401 k's and a high degee of pension envy. i don't know what kind of job this cop did, but I can tell you where I work we are so stressed out and understaffed we can barely get through the day; there's just too much to do. I'll remind you that the teachers union ( well at least the NJEA; there were two at the time ) did not come out against Whitman and had they done so she would not barely have squeaked by with a 2nd term. She was only ushered in the first time because Jim Florio had balls but no personality ( remember himm accusing Allstate of having NJ by the balls, the "good hands people"? That was the beginning of the end forhim, even tho he was right )and so he dared to raise taxes thinking peope would understand. They didn't. Corzine won't raise taxes but is making cuts and everyone is complaining ( except the GOP who say he needs to cut more! )and hell we have hospitals like Muhlenberg in Plainfield which are closing down before they even finished making renovations! Folks need to know that public employees work just as hard as everyone else; my sister is in a long term care ( a state run one ) where she has had the same aides for decades; they are vested in their pensions and take the job seriously. Compare that to the privately run group homes, where legislation had to be enacted because residents were DYING due to negligence, high turnover, etc. I have no truck with folks who chose to work int he private sector, often for better money, but when they come after my pension and pay I am going to fight any politician who is going to make my life harder. We don't have it on easy street; how many private ector employees got caught embezzling? Does it make the front page? Is ti repeated over and over again ad nauseum by Jim Blowhard on 101.5? No.

  •  If McSame is too 'old'... (0+ / 0-)

    If we're gonna use 'McSame is too 'old' to serve' (as president anyway - and - i think he is, and, is already showing signs of dementia) then, it's going to be problematic for Lautenberg, too.  

    Old boys (v gals, for the most part) club (The Senate) that is notwithstanding, Lautenberg, like Byrd (WV) does/will take some of the weight out of the ageism arguements v McSame.

    I know, I know.  It's NOT the same, powers (like article 2) of the president (even the UNexpanded powers befroe BushCo got ahold of them) and all are a BIG difference v sensible, sage, senate deliberators but... still, i think it's 'time' to shop for a new guy.

  •  Why Republicans are genuises and we are not (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric J in MN, jerseydan

    Yeah, you think? What was the first thing Dkos did on the front page when confronted with a few hilariously weak , easy-to-destroy Republicans? Gleefully destroyed them on the front page! Brutally so! And now it is a big surprise that Republicans are running a hard-to-beat challenger? Who you can't insouciantly dismiss out of hand? Hello, McFly? Let the awful ones run! Don't get rid of them now just because you can. What possible good does that do other than it lets you wallow in your own self-satisfying poo? Christ. If Republicans are stupid enough to run candidates who are chinks in the armor, let them for fuck's sake!

    And yet we wonder why Republicans still are a party with chances in what should be a Democratic tidal wave.

  •  Update-Crowley Is Not Running (6+ / 0-)

    He has changed his mind again.

  •  NY Times says he won't run (4+ / 0-)
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    New Jersey G.O.P. Fails to Lure Senate Candidate

    Published: April 6, 2008

    Never mind.

    After listening to requests over the last few days from Senator John McCain of Arizona and other prominent Republicans, John F. Crowley, a biotechnology executive from Princeton, N.J., announced Sunday that he would not enter the New Jersey Republican primary for United States Senate.

    "John is not going to run for the U.S. Senate this year," said Bill Spadea, a spokesman for Mr. Crowley, who turns 41 on Monday. "Did I anticipate that he was looking more and more like a candidate than not? Sure. He was deeply affected by the outpouring of support. But the bottom line is, he has a tremendous level of responsibility to his family, his company and the Navy." Mr. Crowley is in the Naval reserve.

    Republicans had been enthusiastic about a Crowley candidacy, partly because he is a wealthy executive with a compelling past. He was an executive at Bristol Myers Squibb, the pharmaceutical company, when he learned that two of his children had a rare muscular disorder. He left Bristol Myers, started his own biomedical company to search for a cure, then sold that company for $130 million in 2001 to a company that later developed a treatment for the disorder.

    That story was the subject of a book by a Wall Street Journal reporter titled, "The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million and Bucked the Medical Establishment in a Quest to Save His Children."

    But Republicans who have talked to Mr. Crowley in recent days say that he found it difficult to leave Amicus Therapeutics, the company of which he is president and chief executive, in so abrupt a fashion.

    "A lot of it comes down to timing," Mr. Spadea said. "Moving away from private citizen to public person within an incredibly compressed time frame was difficult. I think it was difficult to put everything together in five days."

    Mr. Crowley’s wavering stance — first he said he was out, then he was believed to be in, before saying that he was out — had certainly generated a great deal of interest in the Senate race, as the filing deadline of Monday looms for the June 3 primary. He was viewed as an especially attractive candidate.

    Now, Republicans will choose among three candidates for the right to take on the Democrat nominee (either the incumbent, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, or his challenger, Representative Robert E. Andrews). The three Republicans include two conservatives, State Senator Joseph Pennacchio, a dentist from Morris County, and Murray Sabrin, a finance professor at Ramapo College; and Andrew Unanue, a nightclub owner and Manhattan resident whose family runs the Goya food company.

    There had been speculation that Mr. Unanue, a moderate who has been ridiculed for refusing to return to New Jersey because of an extended family vacation in Vail, Colo., would drop out if Mr. Crowley entered. It was not immediately clear whether he would now stay in the race.

    "Calmer than you are."

    by Sheffield on Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 12:29:49 PM PDT

  •  O.K so we effed up. (0+ / 0-)


    (I voted for Lieberman in the Aug primary and Lamont in November. I donated $50 to the Lamont campaign)

    Folks should stop bashing the well meaning, but under informed  Democratic and Independent voters here in Connecticut who sadly voted for HoJo in November of 06. Many here won't like this but some of the blame needs to be taken by the Lamont campaign. In my opinion the TV ads they ran between the primary and November sucked! Sure, they had cute little kids for Lamont, a Mr. Smith Goes  to Washington featuring Ned as Mr. Smith and a few other lame ads, but the only message they really had to deliver was just so simple, yet they barely addressed  it: Lieberman=Bush=War. After years of watching negative political advertising, anyone here could have produced these ads. I remember commenting on this at FireDogLake about two weeks before the November election and I got flamed good. Concern troll and all that kind of crap.

    Liberman's an asshole warmonger, thats easy to see now, but back in '06 lots of folks here didn't  know that. I think the Lamont campaign was in the best position to communicate this, but they failed.  

  •  woops..commented on the wrong diary sorry! (0+ / 0-)

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