Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The incumbent, Robert Menendez, is well financed and heavily favored over Republican State Senator Joseph Kyrillos.
U.S. Senate candidates Robert Menendez and Joe Kyrillos agree on little when it comes to the issues. The veterans of New Jersey politics are largely pushing party-line policy as voters take to the polls on election day. Menendez, a native of Union City, has been the heavy early favorite over the state legislator. A recent Philadelphia Inquirer poll had Menendez up 50-32 over Kyrillos, in line with polls conducted by Richard Stockton College and Quinnipiac University. Kyrillos, echoing larger party sentiments, favors extending tax cuts for the "job creators" making large sums of money and also relaxing corporate taxes. It's a philosophy not shared by Menendez, who says New Jersey families have been "victimized" by corporate loopholes and …
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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State has given its electoral votes to a Democrat in the last five elections.
If history is any indication, Barack Obama should have no problem winning New Jersey's 14 electoral votes in his quest for re-election on Tuesday. In the past four presidential elections, the Republican candidate has never been within 240,000 votes, and only once did a candidate get within 500,000 of his Democratic opponent. A look at statistics kept by the state shows that in the last four elections, incumbent president George W. Bush was the closest at picking up the NJ's nod, still losing to John Kerry by more than 240,000 votes. The biggest winner among the Democratic candidates in that span was incumbent Barack Obama, who won the state by more than 600,000 votes in 2008. The closest vote in 20 years came in 1992, when Bill Clinton …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Both parties also approve of governor's level of support for those more affected by Sandy.
Republicans will be mostly likely to benefit from a down voter turnout Tuesday in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, New Jersey political insiders believe. According to a Patch poll of state elected officials and party insiders, 15 of 22 Republican respondents believe voter turnout will be down slightly from where it would have been otherwise. Of 27 Democratic respondents, 26 expect there will be either a slight or sharp decline in turnout. "The areas likely to remain without power by Tuesday are predominantly smaller, suburban and rural communities that are typically Republican bases," one Republican respondent said. "Power restoration to urban areas, with higher Democratic concentration, seems to have been prioritized," the respondent …
Longtime Ocean County Sheriff William L. Polhemus has been purposely kept out of the limelight long before Hurricane Sandy Hit
Flashback to August 2011. Ocean County Emergency Management officials and municipal coordinators from most of the 33 towns gathered at Robert J. Miller Airpark to discuss the rapidly advancing Hurricane Irene. Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari was at the dais, along with Capt. Michael A. Armstrong from the Ocean County Sheriff's Office, the late Undersheriff Wayne R. Rupert and a host of other officials. But one person wasn't there. The county's chief emergency management coordinator had been carefully excluded from the meeting. That's because - according to top sources - they didn't think Polhemus would be able to handle the press conference. The 84-year-old sheriff has been a no-show throughout much of 2012. Berkeley Patch contacted his office…
One would authorize $750 million in facilities grants for state colleges and universities; the other would force New Jersey judges to pay into their benefits. Polls say both will likely pass.
Monday, November 5, 2012
New Jersey voters won’t just be choosing the next U.S. president on Election Day. Two questions on the ballot could have an impact on their wallets, as well. The referendums deal with extra funding for colleges’ infrastructure and benefits payments for judges. #1: Do you approve the “Building Our Future Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $750 million to provide matching grants to New Jersey’s colleges and universities. Money from the grants will be used to build, equip and expand higher education facilities for the purpose of increasing academic capacity. #2: Do you approve an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, as agreed to by the Legislature, to allow contributions …
Weekend hours will be offered at the Ocean County Clerks office
Residents can vote on Election Day, and earlier. Those polling places that are operational will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters who have been displaced from their homes can text their home address to 877877 to find a polling place. Weekend hours will be held to accommodate those residents who are struggling to recover from the storm. To vote absentee, go to the Ocean County Clerks Office. Registered voters can request a Vote by Mail ballot on the first floor of the Administration Building, Room 116 from Wednesday, Oct. 31 thru Friday Nov. 2 from 8 am to 9 pm. On Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 ballots will be available from 9 am to 4 pm. The ballot can be submitted at the Ocean County Administration …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Displaced voters can submit ballots by fax or e-mail.
The New Jersey Department of State issued a directive on Saturday ordering county elections officials to permit New Jersey registered voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy to vote electronically. The directive also is intended to assist displaced first responders, whose emergency recovery efforts away from home would otherwise make voting a challenge, according to a Saturday afternoon press release. “This has been an extraordinary storm that has created unthinkable destruction across our state and we know many people have questions about how and where to cast their vote in Tuesday’s election," said New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. "To help alleviate pressure on polling places, we encourage voters to either use electronic voting or the …
Friday, November 2, 2012
You don't have to wait until Tuesday to cast your election ballot. Visit your county election board office this weekend.
Hurricane Sandy has turned many New Jersey residents' lives upside down. If you want to do your civic duty and vote in the 2012 election but aren't sure you will be able to make it to the polls on Tuesday, county clerks' offices will be holding weekend hours. Simply stop by the central and southern New Jersey election offices listed below for the county in which you reside and are registered to vote, and cast an election ballot. The Mercer County Clerk's Office will have walk-in voting at two locations: the Old Courthouse, 209 S. Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Trenton and the County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad Street, Room B-8, Trenton. The hours of operation are as follows: For more information, contact the following Mercer County …
A New Jersey governor's office directive issued Thursday makes it easier for voters to cast last-minute ballots this year.
In an effort to accommodate NJ voters affected by Hurricane Sandy, the governor's office issued a directive Thursday evening easing voting restrictions and ordering election offices to remain open through the weekend. Per Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno's directive, the state has extended the deadline for mail-in ballot applications -- normally due no later than one week before election day -- to close of business Friday, to make voting more accessible. Additionally, the state has ordered that county clerks and all election offices remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Friday, Nov. 2 until Monday, Nov. 5 to accommodate early in-person voting. By law, voters may apply for and submit in person a mail-in ballot at their county clerk's office …