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Frank Lautenberg

Frank Lautenberg

STATE – U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg easily won re-election for a record fifth term last week. The Democrat won 55 percent of the vote to Republican Dick Zimmer’s 43 percent.

“Tonight is not simply a victory for me, it’s a victory for America and the people of New Jersey,” Lautenberg told a cheering crowd at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Election Night.

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STATE—With the general election just weeks away, more than two-thirds of New Jersey’s likely voters (71%) have not heard of, or have no opinion of, former Congressman Dick Zimmer, the Republican nominee for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate seat. According to the latest poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, one in four Republicans (23%) say they’ve not heard of Zimmer and another two in five Republicans (39%) say they have no opinion of him.

“Zimmer jumped late into a fractious primary and won, but he has gotten no traction since,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg leads Zimmer by 50% to 34% in the poll. Another 14% say they’re undecided.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate voted 74-24 to approve legislation boosting funding to improve and expand intercity passenger rail in New Jersey and across the nation last week.

The bills, authored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), will increase funding for Amtrak over the next five years, require new safety controls on trains that help reduce crashes and allow states to regulate solid waste processing facilities along rail lines.

“As Amtrak ridership continues to hit record levels, our bill gives passenger rail the resources it needs to meet increased demands,” said Sen. Lautenberg, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation. “Our bill also modernizes safety laws and decreases risk with smarter regulation and new technology.  Now that both the House and Senate have passed this package, it is time for the president to sign it into law and give Americans the rail service they deserve.”

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ATLANTA, Ga. – Strategic Vision, LLC, an Atlanta-headquartered public relations and public affairs agency, announced the results of a three-day poll of 800 likely voters in New Jersey on Oct. 1.  The poll showed that the Obama/Biden ticket leads McCain/Palin ticket 48% to 39% with 3% for other candidates; and 10% undecided.  The Democrats increased their lead dramatically over the past two weeks with the Republican ticket losing four percent.

The poll has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points.  In the poll, 320 respondents identified themselves as Democrats (40%); 224 respondents identified themselves as Republicans (28%); and 256 identified themselves as independents or other party affiliation (32%).

“New Jersey is returning to its traditional Democratic moorings,” said David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision.  “The economy has hurt McCain dramatically and white females have shifted back to the Democrats.”

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STATE – New Jersey Republicans found little humor in a comment Sen. Frank Lautenberg apparently intended as a joke while being interviewed at the Democratic National Convention this week.

During an ABC World News segment about parties hosted by lobbyists, Lautenberg told ABC News’ Brian Ross that is it his “duty” to attend the parties.

“Of course, you must visit, make sure that the food they serve is OK, that it passes the taste test and the liquor is the right vintage,” Lautenberg said.

The senator’s re-election campaign said that Lautenberg was “obviously joking in his comments to ABC,” but Republican challenger Dick Zimmer was not convinced.

“His so-called joke was evidently his best explanation of what he was doing there. I’d like to know what he would have said if he were speaking seriously. There are a lot of things said in jest that have more truth than the speaker lets on,” Zimmer said.

“These kinds of statements are precisely why Sen. Lautenberg is being sheltered away from the public view by his handlers,” Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson said in a statement.

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STATE – On Monday, top New Jersey Democrats called for a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling from Maine to North Carolina.

Gov. Jon Corzine, U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez, and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone said that the ban is needed to protect the New Jersey shore, which is critical to the state’s economy.

President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, the expected Republican presidential nominee, both favor repealing the federal ban on coastal drilling in response to the public outcry over gasoline prices that have topped $4 per gallon, but Democrats disagree.
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STATE – Four-term Sen. Frank Lautenberg easily defeated Rep. Rob Andrews to win the Democratic Party nomination to run for one of the state’s seats in the U.S. Senate. Lautenberg will face former Republican Congressman Dick Zimmer in the November general election.

Lautenberg, 84, is heavily favored in the general election. New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the Senate in 36 years.

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