Update: Van Drew’s First Move of 2013 Campaign is to Criticize Christie
Loyal Save Jersey readers know that the GOP has already gone on the offensive in LD1 because of how attainable the LD1 legislative seats are in 2013.
Yesterday, the Empire struck back.
South Jersey Democrats released a letter endorsing Plan B gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono. Among the signatories of the letter were LD1 Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assemblymen Nelson Albano & Matt Milam. The first two paragraphs were boilerplate, rah rah cheerleader BS, the kind of generic party unity statement that would generate no controversy if a politician signed on to it.
But the third paragraph…
The third paragraph was a fairly direct, fairly inaccurate and downright vicious partisan attack on Governor Chris Christie:
Four more years of Chris Christie would be four more years of protecting multi-millionaires, denying women access to critical lifesaving healthcare services, rising unemployment, no relief for overburdened property taxpayers and the most vulnerable in society being trampled by failed policies.”
We won’t even get into how that statement is just one big lie. What we will talk about is how the Van Drew team just waved bye bye to what was previously their biggest argument: bipartisanship.
Bipartisanship has always been the backbone of Van Drew team’s election strategy. They were making this argument as recently as early January in Ocean City media, claiming that “bipartisanship in Trenton” was their New Year’s wish for 2013. And now a few weeks later, they throw it out the window in favor of embracing their party establishment.
By endorsing this statement, the Van Drew team can no longer claim bipartisanship as the bedrock of their ticket, a core part of their winning formula in the past. They have abandoned the middle of the road where they claimed they used to be and have fully joined ranks of their fellow, hyper-partisan New Jersey Democrats.
Judging by the joint response of Cape May GOP Chair Mike Donohue and Cumberland GOP Chair Bob Greco, the GOP will be reminding voters all year long how the Van Drew team embraced thier party of Obama Democrats:
Jeff Van Drew’s attack on Governor Christie today and his endorsement of the Governor’s opponent come as a great disappointment for the people of the First Legislative District. Chris Christie has been great for South Jersey. He fought for a 2% cap on local budgets, which has led to the slowest growth in property taxes in twenty years. Governor Christie took on the most powerful men in Washington to ensure that our region obtains the federal disaster relief we need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The Governor has listened to our concerns and helped us by making the DEP more responsive and helpful. He has brought a renewed focus to the importance of the tourism industry that drives our local economy.
Yet, Jeff Van Drew wants to defeat Chris Christie in November. Not only did Van Drew endorse Christie’s opponent, he signed a statement attacking the Governor for “denying women access to critical life-saving health care services” These are the same old, worn out, untrue attacks that the Democrats used on Governor Christie when he was a candidate in 2009. It is extremely disappointing that Jeff Van Drew has jumped on the Democratic attack band wagon and joined in these smears against a Governor who has worked across party lines for the good of the people of South Jersey. It is a shame that Jeff Van Drew has chosen pure partisanship over what is in the interest of his constituents.”
It’s already interesting. And it’s only February 1st.