Loretta Weinberg : biography
Loretta Weinberg ( born February 6, 1935) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served as a member of the New Jersey Senate since 2005, where she represents the 37th Legislative District. She currently serves as Senate Majority Leader. Weinberg served in the General Assembly before being selected to replace retiring Senator Byron Baer.
Weinberg was the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey in the 2009 election, having been selected by Governor Jon Corzine as his running mate on July 24. Corzine and Weinberg were defeated by Republican challenger Chris Christie on November 3, 2009.
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 37th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 7, 2012.
- Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, and
- Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson
2009 lieutenant governor campaign
Weinberg was selected as the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey in the 2009 election by Governor Jon Corzine on July 24.http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/corzine_picks_sen_loretta_wein.htmlvia Associated Press. , KYW-TV, July 24, 2009. Accessed July 24, 2009.http://www.politickernj.com/wallye/30427/booker-will-back-weinberg-lg She was attempting to become the state's first Lieutenant Governor.
In August during the campaign, following Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie's acknowledgment that he had loaned $46,000 to First Assistant U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Michele Brown two years prior, while serving as her superior as the state's U.S. attorney, and that he had failed to report the loan on either his income tax returns or his mandatory financial disclosure report to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, Weinberg called on Brown to recuse herself from the task of retrieving U.S. Attorney’s Office records requested by the Corzine campaign under the Freedom of Information Act.
Weinberg engaged in a debate between herself and the other two major candidates for lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno and Frank Esposito, at Monmouth University on October 8.http://www.politickernj.com/wallye/32846/final-debate-schedule Corzine and Weinberg were defeated by Chris Christie on November 3, 2009.
Run for State Senate
Weinberg ran for the New Jersey Senate after fellow District 37 legislator Byron Baer resigned from the Senate on September 8, 2005. From the outset of his term, the resignation of the often-ailing Baer had been the subject of much speculation and maneuvering. In a January 7, 2004 for , political reporter Steve Kornacki wrote, “Depending on whom you listen to, the 74-year-old Baer will step down sometime between the next few months and January 2008, when his term expires.”
Kornacki identified a number of "potential successors" to Baer, including Hackensack Police Chief and former Assemblyman Charles “Ken” Zisa, who had briefly mounted a challenge to Baer’s 2003 re-nomination before withdrawing it in what some have said was a deal brokered by Bergen County Democratic Organization Chairman Joe Ferriero; Bergen County Freeholder Valerie Huttle; Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes; and Weinberg. “But,” wrote Kornacki, “whether Weinberg, who backed Zisa in his brief bid to topple Baer last year, does want it [the Senate seat] is an open question.”
Sixteen months later, that question appeared to have been answered. In a May 3, 2005 PoliticsNJ.com , Kornacki reported, “Weinberg essentially admitted to striking a deal with Ferriero. She said the chairman agreed to back her for [Assembly] majority leader, while she pledged to support a candidate of his choosing to replace state Senator Byron Barer when the 75-year-old steps down...some say she also had pledged support to Valerie Vainieri Huttle, a freeholder, for the Senate spot.”
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