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In Garden State politics, much like the world of fashion, one day you are in, and the next day you are out:

Despite being poised to enter the Republican Senate primary race for the second time in two weeks, Princeton biotech executive John Crowley once again withdrew his name from consideration today.

"John was deeply impressed with the outpouring of support for his potential candidacy for the US Senate. Many people both locally here in New Jersey and nationally had been encouraging him to run over the past week, but given his tremendous level of responsibility to his family, his company and to the US Navy, he’s decided not to enter the US Senate race this year," said Crowley’s friend and advisor, Bill Spadea. "I know there was a lot of legitimate anticipation that John would enter this race we’ve been upfront with the many obligations he has, and his decision had to come down to his family."

There were other considerations as well, like Crowley’s role as CEO of Amicus Therapeutics and whether he would be able to disentangle himself from company affairs soon enough to declare a candidacy.

Seriously, how much did they like Crowley? This much:

Mr. Crowley, who turns 41 on Monday, first said no weeks ago to a possible Senate run. But after fielding calls from Senator John McCain of Arizona and other prominent Republicans in recent days, he reconsidered. And several Republicans who had talked to Mr. Crowley lately said he was setting up the machinery to run, with supporters even contacting the media to arrange interviews....

For Republicans, [] Mr. Crowley had been an especially attractive candidate — even though most conceded that they did not know where Mr. Crowley, a Navy reservist with a law degree from Notre Dame and a business degree from Harvard, stood on key issues, like the war in Iraq, the economy and abortion rights.

With their (second) dream candidate out of the race, the GOP field is left with NYC resident and party animal Andy Unanue (who almost was out but now may stay in), Paulite nutter Murray Sabrin and "nationalist" nutter "Jersey Joe" Pennacchio, perhaps the weirdest dentist in American public life since Dr. Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., who has called for the homeless to be interned on former military bases.

So the next time you're fretting about the developing North/South Jersey civil war on the Democratic side, just remember: compared to what NJ Republicans are facing, we've got it easy.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:40 AM PDT.

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  •  Lautenberg is still very competent and as (6+ / 0-)

    reliably a liberal vote as it comes.

    There is no reason why he should feel pressure to step down. I look forward to having him in the Senate for another 6 years.

    How's Barack stacking up against McCain? Find out at Obama-nate the Map!

    by Skulnick on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:43:19 AM PDT

    •  With all the things Corzine it pushing (1+ / 0-)
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      Tensions are high. If South Jersey starts to feel they are getting the shaft in the budget reform process then it could get ugly.

      But yeah, all in all I expect Lautenberg to win no problem.

      Grunge is still in... right?

      by Windowdog on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:50:05 AM PDT

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    •  Lautenberg is leading Andrews by 30 points (0+ / 0-)

      ... in the latest polls according to Blue Jersey.

      Andrews has virtually no name recognition outside his own district.

      And when primary voters are told about Andrews' voting record, Lautenberg even leads him in Andrews' district.

      At least for NJ-Sen, there's no civil war.

      Close your eyes, stop your ears Close your mouth and take it slow Let others take the lead and you bring up the rear And later you can say you didn't know

      by njheathen on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 10:12:41 AM PDT

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  •  New Jersey (1+ / 0-)
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    Wonderful place.

    I spent a few months there last year on an assignment and I have to say it is wonderful in so many ways, but ...

    Where do they get their politicians?

  •  The NJ civil war isn't developing. (5+ / 0-)

    It's been simmering since time immemorial. I wouldn't be surprised if the local indian tribes tried stealing canoe building funds from each other before the Europeans came.

    It's just tradition.

    Grunge is still in... right?

    by Windowdog on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:45:13 AM PDT

    •  Proxy for Philly v NYC (0+ / 0-)

      New York (North Jersey) won it long ago, but that doesn't stop Philly (South Jersey) from continuing the battle.

      I wonder, do Trenton and Camden outweight Newark?

      •  It's not really about NYC and Philly (2+ / 0-)
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        freelunch, CParis

        Though their commuter orbits do cause much of the break. In truth you've got the skylands and the shore which don't really fall into either orbit. Same goes for Cape may and the Agricultural south.

        The Northeast has a much better transit system than anything in the south. We also have more/better highways. To balance that it has the plurality of money and people. The South has long felt it gets screwed on development spending and the like.

        It's a lot lot LOT more complicated than that. But for a small start we have a fierce north/south rivalry.

        Grunge is still in... right?

        by Windowdog on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:54:17 AM PDT

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  •  hmm biotech company (0+ / 0-)

    it must be tough to be a republican doing research like that as well as Iraq and abortion rights.

    Maybe he found out he was a Democrat after all?

    Republicans are not a national party anymore.

    by jalapeno on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:45:55 AM PDT

  •  Their Guy is a Deposed (1+ / 0-)
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    Phoenix Woman

    Rice and Beans King how big a bozo do you have to be to screw up a company that sells rice and beans.

    Saying the Iraq "Surge" worked is like saying Thelma & Louise had a flying car.

    by JML9999 on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:47:51 AM PDT

  •  Impressed (1+ / 0-)
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    Johnny Pez

    I'm actually impressed with the homeless internment scheme.  I mean think about it... this is a big step for the GOP.  Rather than focusing on race or sexual orientation or religious preference they are now spreading the hate er... love, around to all homeless people, equally.  See... there's hope for a equal opportunity GOP yet! <snark>

    ...honor is a harder master than the law. It cannot compromise for less than 100 cents on the dollar and its debts never outlaw. - Mark Twain, a Biography

    by billd on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:49:53 AM PDT

  •  Bloomberg (R-NJ) (0+ / 0-)

    With all the rumors flying around NYC about the Obama campaign talking with the Mike Bloomberg (IR-NY) hobbycampaign about drafting Bloomberg for Obama's "bipartisan VP" (and giving our billionaire plush fascist the Cheney Bunker), I'd love to see the Republican Party just offer him his natural payoff: NJ senator.

    The Democrats are going to push their Senate majority towards, and maybe past, a 60 seat supermajority. They can afford to risk one seat in NJ by grounding out Bloomberg.

    He'd probably beat Lautenberg. But it would keep him out of the Cheney Bunker for at least 4, and probably 8 years (to say nothing of the Bush Catapult). He'd probably fail like any Republican to run against an incumbent Obama in 2012. And he'd probably fail again in 2016, having just run to keep his seat in 2014, or faded from intensity for a couple years doing whatever famous global trillionaires do with their downtime.

    Keeping someone as Republican but competent as Bloomberg out of the Cheney Bunker or the Bush Catapult is way more important than ensuring NJ has a million-year-old Democrat still representing it in the Senate.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:50:42 AM PDT

    •  I think Bloomberg might have a little residency (2+ / 0-)
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      DocGonzo, DemocraticLuntz

      problem, given that he's the sitting mayor of NYC.  Don't think he'd be willing to give that up to establish residency in NJ and spend $$$ to run for Senate.  
      I don't think New Jerseyans would necessarily respond well to a carpetbagger from across the river running for Senate when he couldn't cut it as a presidential candidate.

      •  I'd Bet Not (0+ / 0-)

        I think there's zero chance that Bloomberg doesn't have someplace right over the river in NJ where he escapes to once in a while or hides some assets. He'd be one of the few NYC billionaires who didn't.

        And NJ wouldn't see Bloomberg as a "carpetbagger". They love him there, most of the time. Especially those who commute to NYC, and know damn well that Bloomberg lets them consume all kinds of expensive NYC services without their paying any taxes, because they've got their own "NJ residency" scam going.

        Besides, NJites would probably welcome Bloomberg using them as a stepping stone to the presidency, which is how it would look (and would probably be true). I mean, that's why we in NY elected Clinton to represent us in the Senate, even after she'd demonstrated that's all she was doing "for" NY in that seat.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 09:49:06 AM PDT

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        •  filing 2 state returns on April 15 (0+ / 0-)

          "Especially those who commute to NYC, and know damn well that Bloomberg lets them consume all kinds of expensive NYC services without their paying any taxes, because they've got their own "NJ residency" scam going."

          Income earned in NY is taxed by state of NY, even if you are resident of another state.  NJ residents who are NYC commuters pay income taxes in NY and can credit those against their NJ income tax.  No free ride.

          •  Still Kinda Free (0+ / 0-)

            Are you also paying NYC taxes (other than sales taxes, which you can avoid by shopping in NJ)?

            A lot of those NY state taxes don't go to NYC, even if you do have to pay them.

            "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

            by DocGonzo on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 10:48:23 AM PDT

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            •  not free, pay NYC income tax (1+ / 0-)
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              on income earned in NYC.  There was a lawsuit (during the Gooliani era) that was settled when it prevented NYC from collecting extra taxes from non-residents.

              •  Wait... (0+ / 0-)

                Are you referring to the "Commuter Tax" here? I remember that Giuliani and Pataki let the Commuter Tax go, and that Bloomberg said he wouldn't try to reinstate it. Is that the tax under which you're paying these NYC/NYS taxes?

                "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                by DocGonzo on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 01:48:19 PM PDT

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                •  mis-typed (0+ / 0-)

                  have to pay NY STATE income tax only.  
                  In reality the largest number of people who paid the old commuter tax were NY residents commuting in from Westchester, Long Island.  Albany repealed the tax for NY state residents; NJ and CT threatened to sue due to disparate treatment and the whole thing was ended in 2000 (I think).


                  There have been periodic calls to bring it back, but there is always concern that companies will use any excuse to move more operations out of NYC and to NJ, Westchester, CT, North Carolina, anywhere...

                  •  Kinda Free Then (0+ / 0-)

                    That's what I was talking about. Though I'll tone it down now, since you pay NYS taxes. But I'm paying NYC taxes that keep NYC a good place for you to work, and you're not. I don't think that you should be paying much, if any, NYS taxes that support Buffalo and Elmira - you should be paying NYC taxes, or whichever county in NYS you're using to earn money in.

                    Those "they'll move out of NY" arguments are a scam. So what if they move across the river to NJ, or down the Turnpike to Connecticut, if they're not going to pay their way? They're also not going to get the best people. NY has already suffered quite a lot losing its appeal as a place to live for people up and down (mostly losing those down, or really in the middle) the economic scale, compared as a place to work. There's plenty of highly profitable, and therefore good paying and (theoretically) taxed companies competing to locate in NYC (and bidding up all the prices).

                    These taxes are necessary. They're twisted all around to serve all kinds of agendas that aren't support of the services consumed to produce the money that gets taxed.

                    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                    by DocGonzo on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 04:38:03 PM PDT

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                    •  take it up with Albany (0+ / 0-)

                      NJ and CT were bystanders in this fight.  The impetus came from NYS legislators representing commuters from Westchester and Long Island.  After the tax was repealed for those commuters, it was determined to be discrimination to have non-resident commuters from NJ & CT be the only ones charged NYC income taxes.  As noted before, we all pay taxes on income earned in New York state.

                      •  Albany for Albanians (0+ / 0-)

                        Well, since NJ and CT were the ones threatening to sue over "discrimination", they were hardly bystanders.

                        I don't see why NY state can't choose to subsidize other NY'ers, like those in Westchester and LI, by freeing them from an NYC commuter tax that would pay for services they consume while working in NYC, but not subsidize NJ'ites and CT'ers. I subsidize all kinds of suburbs throughout NY with higher taxes (and receiving fewer subsidies) I pay living in NYC, but I'll be damned if I'm going to prop up people in other states, too (that's a job for my Federal taxes). So in fact I'd prefer to see that lawsuit, and to see it argued properly on behalf of NY state's privilege to treat NY'ers better than we treat people from outside (at least once in a while).

                        That doesn't mean I think it's OK to let Westchester and LI off the hook for the tax. They've got even more reason to pay, given all the other subsidies (like in the MTA, which charges their riders less in fare per dollar budget spent, compounded by lower taxes on them to pay the MTA). But that's a separate issue from NY state charging different outsiders different rates, which is the kind of arbitrary privilege that states have. If we threw out taxes because they were "unfair", we'd have a totally different tax system. Which I'd like, but I don't believe that dropping a commuter tax because it's "unfair" to NJ and CT is any step towards actually fixing our tax system.

                        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                        by DocGonzo on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 09:20:02 AM PDT

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    •  Bloomberg wouldnt want to be a senator (1+ / 0-)
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      I think he likes executive type positions better, and he might have a good chance at being NY's next governor.

      •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

        Whatever it takes to keep him out of the Cheney Bunker or Bush Catapult.

        Bloomberg as NY governor would suck, but possibly not as much as him as mayor (which hasn't totally sucked, certainly not as measured by 9iu11ani or Dinkins, or really any of the rest since LaGuardia). Since Democrats have totally blown the best thing to happen since Cuomo a generation ago, it's hard to argue that Democrats would do better. Because other than his hooker hobby, Spitzer was the best NY Democrats have done since Moynahan, and they're obviously not going to come close again for quite a while.

        It would be a real treat to watch Clinton run against Bloomberg for NY governor in 2010.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 09:53:55 AM PDT

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  •  They wanted him to pay for it (1+ / 0-)
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    You can be our candidate, it will only cost you $15 million of your own money.

    Sweet deal ... wonder why he's reluctant to take it.

    Molly Ivins wanted WHO for President?

    by Positronicus on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:56:51 AM PDT

  •  Will be a very short civil war (2+ / 0-)
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    Windowdog, CParis

    Pallone said he and every Democratic congressman other than Andrews have pledged to run on a slate with Lautenberg -- and he expects to be bracketed with Crabiel and the senator. "If that were to change, myself and all of the congressmen would run with him (Lautenberg) and create our own freeholder line" to run against the endorsed slate, Pallone said last night.

    from bluejersey

    The fact that the congressmen are willing to form their own tickets and share the line with Lautenberg is a VERY important in jersey politics. The threat caused Bergen county chair to back off supporting Andrews.  The same thing is starting to occur in middlesex county.  local office holders don't want to fight a line against the incumbanent popular senator and their local congressman.  

    "The woman's life is misery; for God's sake, people, at least give her a few good songs". NYT review of The Color Purple

    by arogue7 on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 08:57:38 AM PDT

  •  back in december (0+ / 0-)

    i happened to catch the last ten minutes or so of a "lesser known presidential candidates" debate on cspan.

    i thought i was going to be hearing some of the marginalized but saner voices being ignored by the msm, so it piqued my interest.

    instead i was treated to nothing more than a tired rehash of republican soundbites from about ten z-list giulianis, tancredos and huckabees i'd never heard of.

    i was amused only because the "debate" seemed to indicate, if the last ten minutes were representative of the entire program, just how far out of orbit the party as a whole has become. is this really all they have to offer? if so, the insanity truly runs deep. one candidate insisted that as president, once he'd gotten the country back on track following the bible, we'd see results in just 60 days! (this candidate seemed to make sure to mention the bible every chance he got.)

    what a sad end to an entire party, but i have no tears for rubbish.

  •  Nothing like RW dentists (1+ / 0-)
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    Especially when they call for interning particular groups of people.

    I wonder if he'll use any insights into the quality of particular groups of humans based on their tooth formation.  

    ♔ ♚ ♕ ♛ ♖ ♜ ♗ ♝ ♘ ♞ ♙ ♟

    by otto on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 09:04:00 AM PDT

  •  slightly off-topic (0+ / 0-)
    but is that movie "garden state" as pretentious and self-absorbed as everybody says it is?  The imdb rating is high and I haven't seen it yet so ... i'm conflicted here, don't want to be disappointed
  •  Is George Norcross behind the Andrews run? (0+ / 0-)

    If it's just Andrews alone, he won't win unless Frank kicks it between now and the primary.

  •  It's hard to decide who's craziest. I know (0+ / 0-)

    kos favors Unanue for that title, but Pennacchio is pretty darn fucking crazy.

    And Sabrin's the son of Holocaust survivors who hired white supremacist pro-Holocaust Hal Turner as his campaign manager in the past, in addition to being a Paul nut

    •  The true problem for the NJ GOP (1+ / 0-)
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      their primary base listen to 770 WABC, and just live in that right wing world. The hardcore base of the GOP is so far to the right of the most of the electorate that they just keep blowing their chances to produce a good candidate.

      Grunge is still in... right?

      by Windowdog on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 09:57:46 AM PDT

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      •  Don't forget NJ 101.5... (0+ / 0-)

        ... which is basically all-the-time Repug cheerleading.

        Close your eyes, stop your ears Close your mouth and take it slow Let others take the lead and you bring up the rear And later you can say you didn't know

        by njheathen on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 10:15:04 AM PDT

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  •  i LOVE project runway!!! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  IT'S OVER FOR THE GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave the Wave


  •  Oh, it's not nice to rub it in....Buh WHAAAAH HAH (0+ / 0-)


    No really... let's have a few seconds of silence for the death of the Republican Party followed by 15 minutes of hysterical laughter.

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

    by Dave the Wave on Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 10:09:39 AM PDT

  •  A Ghost from the past (0+ / 0-)

    So that's what Bill Spadea is doing these days... he was last seen on the business end of a spanking from Rush Holt in an NJ12 race a few years ago.  Can we stop talking about this primary race like it's even close?  

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