Garden State: Senate Race

Thursday, May 29, 2008

On June 3rd, New Jersey will hold a primary for elected offices. Three candidates are vying for the Democratic party's U.S. Senate nomination. We talk with one of them, Congressman Robert Andrews, about his candidacy.


Robert Andrews

Comments [22]

raymond forsch

Haven't listened to the program yet, but I intend too. Lautenberg's office does not even have the courtesy to write back to constituents that contact him on issues. Even though I hate his guts, I will at least give Menendez credit, He always sends back a form letter - "Thank you for contacting me yadda yadda yadda, your opinion matters to us yadda yadda yadda."

The problem we have in New Jersey is we are too solidly a blue state. Democrats take us for granted and Republicans don't even try. Let the politicians know that NJ is a purple state, and they have to work for our vote. Bye, bye Frank!

May. 29 2008 11:50 AM
Peter from Brooklyn

Is Lautenberg the oldest, non KKK afilliated, seantor serving?

May. 29 2008 11:16 AM
hjs from 11211

so the question should be how old is too old??

May. 29 2008 11:00 AM
Norman Douglas from Milford, CT

I heard your Andrews interview.I hope that you will devote some time in the future to the age of John McCain. He is older than Regan was when he ran, and Regan was stumbling around the White House in a fog of dementia while his wife, her astrologist and some unelected handlers ran the country. We can't afford to take this chance with McCain.He will be 82 at the end of 2 terms. Lest you think this is an agist comment, I am a septegenarian.

May. 29 2008 10:56 AM
Jesse Califano from Tampa, FL

How about different levels of 'Hate Crime'- like: 'Distasteful-Crimes';
and then the lesser: 'Don't-Like' Crimes;
and then the even lesser: 'Not-Nice Crimes';

and then the most diminutive: 'Talking-Loud-In-Church Crimes'- the penalty for which would be saying 3-our fathers & 3 hail marys!!

I also think it should be a crime just lighting a match within three feet of an American flag- because this shows INTENT- it's called first-degree 'almost-flag-burning!!

May. 29 2008 10:55 AM
dorothy freeman from croton-on-hudson ny

Regarding McCain's bid for the presidency: for the last few years I've been very aware of the appearances of each president as he enters office and how he looks at the end of his term. They look so much older, haggard, and very gray. I can't image how McCain will look at the end of 4 years, much less 8!! It's scary.

May. 29 2008 10:53 AM
Dave from Morris County, NJ

How can Congressman Andrews say he's not aware of any issues over his campaign ad against Sen. Lautenberg's age? I contacted his campaign personally to register my disgust. He talks about change, but he's just more of the same. So my choice is between a Senator who's running and has been in office for 25 years, but not doing anything to attract people, a congressman who promises change, but shows us nothing different, and a mayor who wants to deputize the police to get rid of the day laborers that do the work that no one else wants to do... It's tough to be a NJ Democrat...

May. 29 2008 10:53 AM
Peter from Brooklyn


Let me get this , he is against the first amendment and pro thought policing - costituionally?

Go Lautenberg!!

May. 29 2008 10:48 AM
mc from Brooklyn

This guy may be a Clinton superdelegate but it sounds like he's trying to fly in on the Obama "change" coattails. His health care proposal sucks, it would be bankrupt in five minutes. That said, Lautenberg should be making a better case for himself. Not that my opinion matters, I live in NY.

May. 29 2008 10:46 AM
hjs from 11211

yes Andrews said that. i wonder if he wants other hate crimes also to be written into the constitution? mabye that would be a good thing?

May. 29 2008 10:46 AM
bib birtha from nyc

what's the freak factor, i mean, whose likely to turn out to be freak once in office?

May. 29 2008 10:45 AM
Chris O from New York City

I do think Lautenberg is too old. It is not so much that he is too old but he has had 4 terms, he retired 8 years ago, then was yanked out of retirement due to some Democratic candidate scandal. He got his extra term, he should step aside.

May. 29 2008 10:43 AM
Prof. Christopher Reiss from China

Has not the standard evolved over time; especially in the last 26 years?

May. 29 2008 10:43 AM
hjs from 11211

but 80 is the new 60

May. 29 2008 10:43 AM
Peter from Brooklyn

Flag burning as a hate crime? did i just hear that? please go into detail on this. That is a crazy thing to say.

May. 29 2008 10:42 AM
hjs from 11211

is Lautenberg a bad senator?
if not keep him.
this guy sounds right wing, worring about flag burning is that a pressing issue??

May. 29 2008 10:42 AM
RJ from Brooklyn

Given that their positions by his own admission are not significantly different, to waste Dem party resources on a primary in this critical year verges on the criminal.

May. 29 2008 10:41 AM
NJ Independent from Metuchen, NJ

As an independent who has traditionally voted Democratic, I have always held my nose when I voted for Lautenberg, in part because of the campaign he ran against Millicent Fenwick. Quid pro quo...I'm voting for Andrews.

May. 29 2008 10:38 AM
Peter from Brooklyn

I ment NJ US Senate Seant , not NJ senate

May. 29 2008 10:38 AM
Peter from Brooklyn

Im from across the river, but what are the policy diferences Between Rep. Andrews and Sen.Lautenberg? All i see on TV is Andrews talking about Sen Lautenberg's age. granted , im not from NJ so i dont get a whole picture.
If NJ is in play in November, would Rep Andrews hold NJ senate for the Dems?

May. 29 2008 10:37 AM

Oh, it's Rob "Two Wrongs Make a Right" Andrews. With his attack ads attacking Lautenberg's attack ads, and criticizing Lautenberg for criticizing a candidate's age while criticizing Lautenberg's age.

May. 29 2008 10:36 AM
Jesse Califano from Tampa, FL

The actual name of the Democratic (sic) party is: Democrat National Party- which is curious inasmuch as it isn't very 'democratic' at all
vis-á-vis the back-room (smoke-filled room) euphemistically referred to as the: 'super-delegates'.

What a joke... and it would actually be funny if the 'joke' wasn't on America!

However- not to worry... Senator John McCain will be elected President in November! The American Public (read: 'The Silent Majority!) is not going to elect a ½-term senator- much less, hire his terminally irascible wife as 'First-Lady'! (Perhaps she and 'Ter-reza' Kerry will campaign together for O-Ba-Ma, and cinch the national election for Senator McCain!) Oh-Yeah!

Going one better-> Perhaps the DNP can hire Ms. Sharon Stone as their branded spokesperson for O-Ba-Ma- that only, of course, if Scott McClellan is not available. These TWO have absolutely NOTHING to say- but that fact doesn't deter them from saying it anyway! And the DNP actually LIKES the 'say nothing' approach to political campaigning... opting for feel-good platitudes rather than anyting substantive in their stump speeches!

So again, not to worry: to paraphrase Tom Cruise's character in 'A Few Good Men':
"(They're) gonna loose- and (they're) gonna loose huge"!

Jesse Califano /NYC /TPA

May. 29 2008 10:13 AM

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