The Note: The State of Our Union Is . . . Confused

New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Forrester campaigns in Iselin, New Brunswick, Westfield, Bordentown, Middletown, Toms River, and Hamilton. His schedule includes a 10:00 am ET press conference with New York Gov. George Pataki in Ridgewood.

Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) campaigns in Newark, Wallington, Lyndhurst, East Rutherford, Cliffside Park, Passaic, Hackensack, Jersey City, Hoboken, Newark, Bordentown, and Trenton.

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg begins his day riding the 7:30 am Staten Island ferry from St. George to White Hall and ends it on top of the Empire State Building at 11:00 pm ET.

Mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer begins his day campaigning in Queens and ends in Brooklyn.

The Senate resumes consideration of the defense authorization bill at 2:00 pm ET.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) hold a press event on DOD authorization at 2:00 pm ET in the Mansfield Room.

The National Press Club hosts a 10:00 am ET forum on the Alito nomination. Participants include Ralph Neas, People for the American Way, Jay Jorgensen, former law clerk of Judge Alito, and Michael Seidman, professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University.

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments beginning at 10:00 am ET in Arbaugh v. Y&H Corp. and Dolan v. U.S. Postal Service.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds an address by Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of the Multinational Security Transition Command, Iraq, addressing "Iraq's Evolving Forces" at 10:30 am ET at the St. Regis Hotel.

2005:

The New York Times' Robin Toner reports that both parties will look to Tuesday's elections for signs of added meaning in the wake of Bush's declining popularity. LINK

The message here, as elsewhere: Democrats are more into nationalizing the races, while Republicans go the Tip route of "all politics is local."

Time.com's Mike Allen previews the stakes. LINK

2005: New Jersey:

Quinnipiac's election eve poll shows Sen. Corzine edging out Doug Forrester 52 percent to 45 percent among likely Garden State voters.

The New York Times' Richard Lezin Jones lands on the newspaper's front page with his write-up of the smiley Sunday that capped off New Jersey's "mean campaign." LINK

The Asbury Park Press looks at how the traditionally Republican leaning Monmouth County has become a battleground in the race for Governor this year. LINK

2005: Virginia:

Sen. Clinton's camp is closely watching the outcome of the Virginia gubernatorial race, claims the New York Daily News, out of concern that a Kaine win could make Gov. Mark Warner a more formidable opponent for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. LINK

In the close Virginia gubernatorial contest, the Washington Post explores which voters are being most targeted by the campaigns. LINK

"Recent surveys show Kaine and Kilgore in a virtual dead heat. With traditional supporters accounted for, the Republican and Democratic campaigns are hoping to lure new voters. Republican operatives call them 'lazy voters'; Democrats have dubbed them 'federal voters.' Tomorrow, they will almost surely decide who becomes the next governor."

"Hundreds of thousands of Virginians line up at polling booths every four years to vote for president. And then they take four years off, ignoring city council, school board, legislative and governor's races."

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