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Off to the races: Outside group comes to Gomez's aid

NBC’s Alex Moe previews Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative Thursday in Chicago: “No two figures will stand apart more from the business luminaries, government officials and nonprofit leaders gathered in Chicago than the Republican governor of New Jersey and former secretary of state, who is just re-emerging into public life after serving four years in President Barack Obama’s administration.”

Bill Clinton’s interviewed by Bloomberg News and talks about the importance of U.S. manufacturing.

MASSACHUSETTS: This doesn’t sound very “progressive.” “A new political group called Americans for Progressive Action is set to soon launch more than $558,000 in television ads in support of Republican US Senate hopeful Gabriel E. Gomez, according to Democratic and Republican sources,” the Boston Globe reports.

Bill Clinton will campaign with Ed Markey Saturday.

Gomez reacted strongly to Trent Franks’ comment on rape, calling him a “moron.” "I think that he's a moron and he proves that stupid has no specific political affiliation,” he said. “I have no idea what goes into the mind of a moron like that... These kinds of comments only come from a moron and they shouldn't be tolerated one bit."

NEW JERSEY: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) “enthusiastically” endorsed Cory Booker in the Senate special election. He cited his work as mayor of Newark and implementation of CitiStat. “In these challenging times, there is a clear contrast emerging between leadership that works and ideology that doesn’t,” O’Malley said in a statement. “The fundamental question is no longer about whether we move left or right, but whether we move forward or back. We need more entrepreneurial, collaborative, results-driven leaders like Cory Booker in the U.S. Senate, not more politics as usual.  I plan to work hard to get him elected.”

VIRGINIA: The headline from the Richmond Times-Dispatch on E.W. Jackson’s news conference yesterday: “GOP’s Jackson discusses past drug use, bankruptcy.” And while he says he took courses at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard has no record of it, the Times-Dispatch writes.

And he said, ““I do not believe that yoga leads to Satanism. One of my ministers is a yoga instructor. What I said was that Christian meditation does not involve emptying oneself but filling oneself ... with the spirit of God. That is classic biblical Christianity.”

WEST VIRGINIA: The NRA’s going after Joe Manchin with $100,000 in ads in West Virginia. Manchin pushed for a compromise, bipartisan gun background check bill and says he hopes it comes up again. But the NRA isn’t having it. The Hill: “One of the new NRA ads begins with a clip of a 2010 Manchin Senate campaign ad where he says ‘as your senator I'll protect your second amendment rights.’ ‘That was Joe Manchin's commitment,’ a voiceover in one of the ads says. ‘But now, Manchin is working with President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Concerned? You should be. Tell Sen. Manchin to honor his commitment to the Second Amendment and reject the Obama-Bloomberg gun control agenda.’” Here’s the ad.