New Jersey

  • Dueling sukkah events

    Now that the debates are over, the sukkah portion of the presidential campaign begins in just a few hours. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will both be visiting sukkot this evening on behalf of their party’s presidential candidates. First, at 6:15 p.m., Nadler will speak about the Obama-Biden ticket to invited… More ▸

  • Vote of confidence for Shulman

    The Democratic Party likes the blind rabbi’s chances in New Jersey. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week upgraded Dennis Shulman from one of its “emerging races” to “Red to Blue,” meaning that the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s Fifth District will get additional financial, communications and strategic support from the party in his race… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Hastings apologizes, more Jewish pro-Obama videos

    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) now says he regrets his comments last week about Sarah Palin, but maintains a McCain-Palin administration would be “anathema” to most African Americans and Jews. Georgetown University professor Jacques Berlinerblau, in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, likes Sarah Silverman’s “The Great Schlep” video, but doubts it will have much impact… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: A new addition to the oneg Shabbat this week in Fla.

    A South Florida synagogue will be watching Friday night’s debate together after Shabbat services, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Yoav Sivan, in the Jerusalem Post, believes John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate makes the Obama-Biden ticket “the natural ticket” for American Jews. The St. Petersburg Times finds Jewish voters in South Florida… More ▸

  • Asking “what’s at stake” in this election

    The New Jersey Jewish News is asking Jewish leaders in the state what issues they would like to see the presidential candidates address. The answers include Israel and Iran, but also immigration reform, health care and income inequality. “What’s at Stake” will be a regularly updated feature through the election. More ▸

  • Jewish push polling?

    Some Jewish voters claim they have been the target of anti-Obama push polling aimed at Members of the Tribe, according to the folks operating the new pro-Obama Web site: JewsVote.org. The Associated Press reported incidents in Florida and Pittsburgh: Jewish voters in Florida and at least one other state are being targeted by a telephone… More ▸

  • NJ Jews at Dem convention want unity

    The little Jewish corner of the New Jersey delegation was hardly united in designation: two were delegates for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), two were for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and one was an unpledged “superdelegate.” They were united in opinion, however: The time had come to unify the party and back the presumptive nominee. I… More ▸

  • Mucho pro-Israel money for McCain (but not an official endorsement)

    John McCain raised more than $1.5 million at a New Jersey fundraiser Tuesday night, and upwards of a third of it came via donations through the pro-Israel political action committee NORPAC– with even more coming through other NORPAC-affiliated donors. But the president of the group said that the fundraiser was not an official endorsement of… More ▸

  • A “Frozen Chosen” congressman in Alaska?

    News on some congressional races to watch over the next few months: Could we have a Jewish member of Congress from Alaska? Two weeks before the primary, it’s certainly not out of the question. A poll shows state represenative Ethan Berkowitz is looking pretty good in the race to be the Democratic nominee, and in… More ▸