Oliver is running for Senate

Aseembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. facebook photo

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. facebook photo

The Democratic Special Primary for U.S. Senate just got a whole lot more interesting and a whole lot more competitive.

The Star Ledger is reporting that Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver has collected 1500 signatures and will file as a candidate on Monday. She will compete with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Congressman Frank Pallone and Congressman Rush Holt in the August 13 primary for the Democratic nomination to fill the Senate vacancy cause by Frank Lautenberg’s death.

Oliver, of East Orange, cuts into Booker’s base of African-American and urban voters far more powerfully than the suburban congressmen, Pallone and Holt.

In the Republican Special Primary, former GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan and newcomer Dr. Aleita Eck of Piscataway are expected to file their petitions in Trenton tomorrow.

Bayshore Tea Party co-flounders Barbara Gonzalez and Bob Gordon, former State Senate candidate Leigh-Ann Bellew and former Assembly candidate Edna Walsh announced their endorsement of Eck on Sunday evening.  Bellew and Walsh lost the GOP primary in the 13th Legislative District last week by a 80-20 margin, with the support of the Bayshore Tea Party.

Posted: June 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, Cory Booker, Frank Lautenberg, Frank Pallone, Pallone, Rush Holt, Senate Special Election, Sheila Oliver | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Oliver is running for Senate”

  1. Puzzled said at 5:05 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Let me get this straight,
    the Bayshore Pee (sic) Party have scheduled a “meet the candidates” meeting June 18th, (where they sent an e-mail saying one candidate would not be invited); has endorsed a candidate before their members hear anyone.
    Why don’t Bob & Babs call Bayshore “mien kampf”.
    They’re obviously going to distribute Russian ballots that Tuesday. Sorry, they don’t speak for me.

  2. @Puzzled said at 7:58 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Their support for Eck is a death knell for her. The support they provide is meaningless.

    And, the non invited candidate probably is Lonegan, for this is a “knife in the back.”


    Silence Dogood, Redux

  3. @@Puzzled said at 9:08 am on June 10th, 2013:

    Lonegan gave them an HQ and paid their rent for the first year (until Kyrillos started doing it). So it seems natural that Lonegan would be treated the way Kyrillos was.

  4. TheDigger said at 11:27 am on June 10th, 2013:

    @ puzzled …It’s “Mein Kampf”, the autobiography and anti-semetic rantings of a former Austrian Corporal and would be painter and architect, whose name will not be repeated by me. The name of the book, in English, means ‘My Struggle”, and also has possible overtones of the Islamic “Jihad” which can also mean the eternal struggle of fighting good and evil within oneself .

    I must admit, at first I thought this was inappropriate as a reference to the BTPG, but upon reflection, it may be even more accurate than you envisioned.

    Has anyone heard if the BTPG has yet condemned the Abuse of Power by the IRS? What about the clear violations by this government of our Fourth Amendment rights against government intrusions? FISA is supposed to be “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978” – why are ALL Americans considered to be under the “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978”?

    Inquiring minds would like to know why we haven’t heard a peep from the BTPG on these important issues.

  5. Well, we can count on Lonegan said at 3:03 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    to express and condemn what many, though maybe not enough, people believe is institutionally ruining our Constitution and Declaration of Independence.. with 4 Dems and counting in, this is shaping up to be a test of how well they unite behind one lib or the other, to take on what seems to be our only answer, Mr. Lonegan..never a dull moment in and for NJ..

  6. Focus, people- said at 3:10 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    do we want that Senate seat, or not? The last thing we need is diverting our attention with small and insignificant, and unimportant occurrences in the past! It’s this inability for many Republicans to ever forgive, forget, and move on,for the greater good and prize, finally winning something important in this state,for a change!!! Can we please let the bygones be flushed, for once, and concern ourselves with trying to beat whomever of the libs we get? Or, do we just keep internally back-biting and whacking each other, over and over, while the libs and incompetents wind up with the wins and the offices??

  7. bill said at 4:19 pm on June 10th, 2013:

    I think I am voting for Lonegan this time. I am a proud Republican.