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POSTED: Monday, June 17, 2013, 3:28 PM

WASHINGTON – New Jersey’s Senate primary has a famous, ambitious mayor vowing to bring the polarized parties together in Washington. It has two liberal Congressmen who have long-eyed a Senate seat and have each pledged to fight for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s progressive legacy.

And then it has Sheila Oliver, Assembly speaker for the past four years but who, until very recently, wasn’t on the short-list of names insiders tossed around whenever talk turned to statewide campaigns.

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POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013, 2:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maybe the special election date isn't quite set in stone just yet.

The New Jersey Supreme Court will take up a Democratic challenge to the Oct. 16 election date set by Gov. Christie, a court spokeswoman confirmed Friday afternoon.

With an Aug. 13 primary, the case will likely be held very quickly.

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POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:51 PM
The candidates: (top, from left) U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, former mayor Steve Lonegan, (bottom, from left) Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, physician Alieta Eck.

WASHINGTON – If the New Jersey Senate primary was a baseball season, we’d be about 13 games in. Only days have passed since Monday’s filing deadline to run, but when the race is just 9 weeks long, we’re already close to 8 percent through with the contest, as of Friday.

We’re still waiting for the first real big development. So far, there has been a lot of status quo – which is good for the big favorites, Cory Booker on the Democratic side and Steve Lonegan for the GOP.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 9:18 AM
File photo: Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. speaks to a member of the media at Temple University Hospital on Monday, March 11, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

WASHINGTON -- On the six month anniversary of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting that prompted a national debate on gun violence, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey reiterated support for his bill that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases, and said he still hopes it can become law.

"It is a somber week as we remember that it has been six months since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School," Toomey said in a statement Thursday. "The bravery of the survivors and family members has been an inspiration to many who believe – as I do – that we can do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of people who should not have them."

He later added, "I continue to believe this is common-sense policy and hope that we can find the votes needed for passage."

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POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 8:13 PM
Frank Lautenberg and Chris Christie

WASHINGTON – The special election is still on.

A New Jersey appellate court has rejected a legal challenge to Gov. Christie’s call for an October special election to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 5:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- So, those big Democratic labor unions that were going to help Congressmen Rush Holt or Frank Pallone pull off an upset in New Jersey’s Senate primary? Maybe not.

The teachers’ union – the NJEA – sounds unlikely to get involved in a race that features two Democrats who each have close ties to public worker labor unions.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 12:00 PM
The candidates: (top, from left) U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, former mayor Steve Lonegan, (bottom, from left) Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, physician Alieta Eck.

The field is finally set. Four Democrats, two Republicans, two months to primary day, four months to the general election and the selection of a new New Jersey Senator.

Now that the petitions are in, here’s a look at the candidates running for Senate:

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 3:45 PM
Acting Senator Jeffrey Chiesa is the first Republican to represent New Jersey in the Senate since 1982, when Nicholas Brady was chosen by Gov. Tom Kean to serve out a term after Harrison Williams resigned amid scandal. The last time New Jersey elected a Republican to the Senate was in 1972. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

WASHINGTON -- Steve Lonegan, a conservative running for Senate, tried to pull the state’s new Republican Senator, Jeff Chiesa, to the right on the issue Tuesday, zeroing in the most significant issue Chiesa is likely to face in his short tenure.

Chiesa's position will inevitably reflect on the national profile of the man who appointed him, Gov. Christie. It will also be the issue on which Democrats may most miss the reliable support of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who for now has been replaced by a Republican.

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Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer’s Washington correspondent. He writes about the lawmakers, politics and policy that affect Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tamari previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. Before that he worked in Trenton, reporting on the characters and color of New Jersey state government. He lives in Washington.

Reach Jonathan at jtamari@phillynews.com.

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