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Monday, August 12, 2013

Oliver, Pallone stump in Plainfield Sunday

Candidate Sheila Oliver (center) poses with Mayor Robinson-Briggs (l),
activist Carmen Salavarietta (r), and friends.

Congressman Frank Pallone works the crowd at a Plainfield festival.

NOTE: Post has been updated to reflect Asm Green's endorsement of Cory Booker Monday afternoon.

Candidates Sheila Oliver and Frank Pallone campaigned in Plainfield Sunday for the vacant U.S. Senate seat as the race draws to its conclusion in Tuesday's special primary election.

Oliver, Speaker of the Assembly, spoke to a small crowd gathered at the home of Gerry Harvey, where she had appeared during a previous campaign several years ago.

Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs acted as emcee for the event, which was notable for the presence and support of PMUA commissioners Malcolm R. Dunn, Cecil Sanders and Alex Toliver.

Oliver, who comes in fourth in the crowded field, with an estimated 5 percent of likely voters, has had trouble getting traction for her campaign between a slow start out of the gate and lackluster fundraising.

Frank Pallone, who was Plainfield's Congressman for the past decade (we are now represented by Rush Holt), was also in Plainfield, but chose a very different event. Pallone pressed the flesh in a visit to the Salvadorean Festival that took place over the weekend with a walk-through on Sunday afternoon to work the throngs.

Meanwhile, Cory Booker, the only candidate with a campaign office in Plainfield, was seen prominently at the dueling India Day parades on Oak Tree Road in Edison and Woodbridge (which Pallone and Holt also attended).

Plainfield's Democratic party chairman, Assemblyman Jerry Green, who also chairs the Union County Democratic Committee, has kept a studied neutrality in the four-way race, refusing to endorse any one candidate and saying that he has good relations with them all.

Tomorrow is the Special Primary Day and polls will be open from 6 AM to 8 PM. That will be your turn.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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