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2009/2010: NRCC hits the airwaves

The National Republican Congressional Committee is going up with a TV ad hitting Democratic freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (VA) for voting for the energy bill. The ad is part of a media campaign (radio, Web ads) targeting other Dems who voted for the legislation, including Reps. Boucher (VA), Markey (CO), Space (OH), and Kilroy (OH).

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is still behind GOP candidate Chris Christie, but he has "closed the gap a bit," according to a new poll from Farleigh Dickinson-PublicMind. The poll found that 45% favor Christie, while 39% prefer Corzine, with 14% undecided. Despite the tightened margin between the two, "only one in five voters said they believe New Jersey is on the right track, and 54 percent said their view of Corzine is unfavorable."  
 
NEW YORK: "Rep. Carolyn Maloney has decided to take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2010 Democratic primary, refusing to bow to party leaders who want her to stay out, the Daily News has learned. 'She's definitely decided to run,' said a senior Maloney adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'She's in it.'"
 
"Hoping that money talks, Matthew Doheny (R), an investment banker who wants to run in the yet-to-be-scheduled special election to replace Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), opened a campaign account this week and dropped $500,000 of his own money into it," Roll Call reports. "Doheny has also hired Brendan Quinn, a top Republican strategist in New York who is the former executive director of the Empire State GOP." 
 
PENNSYLVANIA: "Former National Constitution Center President Joe Torsella (D), who ended his Senate campaign after Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter defected from the Republican Party and became a Democrat, endorsed Specter on Tuesday."