Wednesday, April 09, 2008

New Print Edition: New Jersey 3 & New Jersey 7

The April 7, 2008 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report is on its way to subscribers. The print edition comes out every two weeks and the content is not available online. Subscribers get in-depth analysis of the most competitive races in the country, as well as quarterly House and Senate ratings, and coverage of the gubernatorial races nationwide. To subscribe, simply click on the Google checkout button on the website or send a check.

Here is a brief sample of what's in this edition...

New Jersey 3: South Jersey Sans-Saxton
By Nathan L. Gonzales

Eighteen years after his first loss, John Adler (D) was ready for another run in New Jersey’s 3rd District. His path got significantly easier when Cong. Jim Saxton (R) announced he wouldn’t seek reelection.

Now, Republicans are sorting through a developing field and will likely nominate Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly or Lockheed Martin vice president Chris Myers to try to keep the seat in the GOP column.

Adler is off to a ferocious fundraising start. While he represents only a small corner of the congressional district in the state Senate, and Democrats in New Jersey aren’t particularly popular these days, the national environment still favors Adler and his party. Get the whole story in the print edition of the Report.

New Jersey 7: Open for the Taking

Some retirements are easy to explain: old age, high paying job or higher office. In the case of Republican Cong. Mike Ferguson, the reasons are murky, but the consequences remain the same. Republicans have yet another competitive open seat to defend.

Ferguson was facing a tough reelection rematch with Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D), but it was certainly a winnable race. Now with the congressman out of the picture, Republicans are sorting through a primary while Stender stockpiles campaign cash.

The GOP field is crowded, but Republicans are likely to nominate state Sen. Leonard Lance or Kate Whitman, daughter of the former New Jersey governor. Each Republican brings strengths and weaknesses to the table, but both face a tough battle in November unless the political environment warms up to the GOP. Get the whole story in the print edition of the Report.