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Friday, March 09, 2007

The New Politics NJ.com

We see the Blue Jersey blog has been supplanted with the new PoliticsNJ.com website. Apparently, the moneyed people have made their move to take over the liberal side of the New Jersey blogosphere.

"Wally Edge," announced that the site had been bought by the Observer Media Group, owner of the weekly New York Observer.

Observer owner and publisher Jared Kushner confirmed Thursday that he'd arranged to buy the site for an undisclosed sum a month earlier.

A new owner, new design, new staff and new bloggers were unveiled Thursday for a Web site that has become a mainstay among those who can't get enough of the Garden State's dramatic and sometimes corrupt politics.
The Kushners, including Jared, have long been mega contributors to the Democratic Party.

You may remember the Kushner family being in the news, especially, Charles Kushner, Jared’s father. Charles Kushner was a major backer and pal of disgraced former senator Bob Torricelli and was known as ex-governor Jim McGreevey’s ‘main man’.
“It was no accident that when Bill Clinton was president, he made several appearances at Kushner functions in Florham Park. And so, especially, had Governor James McGreevey, who, more than any of the others, was a political creature built of his [Kushner’s] will and cash.”
“Kushner Cos. has been Senator Menendez's biggest donor in the past five years.” Charles Kushner even teamed up with Jon Corzine in an attempt to buy the New Jersey Nets basketball team in 2004 - the deal apparently fell apart when the partners couldn’t get the state to help fund the purchase.

Charles Kushner is also the guy who pled guilty to 18 federal crimes that included: making illegal campaign contributions, lying to the Federal Election Commission, tax fraud, hiring a prostitute and using videotapes to try to entrap his brother-in-law to stop him from cooperating with the Feds. He’s out of prison now.

We suppose Blue Jersey will be kept around to organize and raise cash for Democrats. PoliticsNJ is now “the center of gravity for New Jersey [Democrat Party] politics”.

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6 Comments:

At 1:53 PM, Anonymous hhangel said...

I was upset when I saw this purhase. I enjoyed checking on the website to get the NJ politcal gossip. I believe, like you do that it will now become a PR and donation vehicle for the Dems.

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

And...it wasn't before?

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger Trochilus said...

What is surprising to many, is that former Governor Christie Todd Whitman has now put her prestige on the line, appearing as a lead columnist for the new site.

I wish her well, but by doing so, she has agreed to a twin billing with Bob Torricelli, for crying out loud.

And, she will be perceived as taking a seat at the Kushner table!

Who knows -- maybe she intends to try to keep them honest. Hey, I'll continue to post my comments there as well.

But so far, she is now seen as a part of their establishment.

My read on her first post was that it was a rather thinly disguised regurgitation of the same theme, "It's my party . . ."

So, what will be next, "It's My Party, Seven?"

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

They also just added Steve Lonegan which I'm actually pretty happy about. I guess they're really trying to establish some credibility.

 
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