Days after former Vice President Dick Cheney aired his doubts about Chris Christie to FOX News host and Christie Mendham neighbor Neil Cavuto, Ron Paul returned to declare how, in his opinion, the New Jersey Governor is doomed to the same fate as the last two GOP presidential front runners:
The Paulbot-in-Chief is obviously more than a little biased. His son Rand continues to serve as one of the Governor’s chief antagonists and potential primary rivals. Still, it’s interesting to see an old guard Republican like former Vice President Cheney and a hardcore libertarian whose Cheney’s polar opposite like former Rep. Paul expressing similar concerns (albeit in very different ways).
Democrats, for their part, don’t want to a lose a much-desired foothold in a key swing county controlled by Republicans. We know they’ll find the money.
Other names are circulating due to the depth of the GOP’s bench down there, including but not limited to former legislator Kirk Conover and A.C. Mayor-elect Don Guardian, but here are the top 5 possible Republican challengers who came up most regularly when I asked LD2 sources for their honest, unbiased, no-spin but strictly on background take for the post-Amodeo landscape…
A quick Election 2013 recount update for those of you retaining some stomach lining:
Fading Republican hopes of a successful legal challenge in LD2 were dashed today when incumbent Assemblyman John Amodeo conceded, Save Jerseyans.
“I congratulate Mayor Vince Mazzeo on his successful campaign and wish him luck in his first term in the New Jersey Assembly,” Amodeo told members of the press on Tuesday. Asm. Amodeo lost the recount of his disgustingly-close legislative race with Democrat challenger Mayor Vincent Mazzeo of Northfield on December 3rd. Amodeo ultimately lost by 39 votes, or 1 more than he had lost by prior to the recount.
It’s a somewhat different story in terms of trajectory at the opposite end of the Garden State Parkway where GOP challenger Mayor Joe Scarpa of Rochelle Park cut his Election Day deficit from 54 to 36 votes in the initial stages of a recount. Whether he can find enough votes to overtake Tim Eustace remains a challenge. More on that later.
At the moment, the NJ GOP is grappling with a net gain of zero after last month’s legislation elections. My stomach lining is GONE in case you were wondering…
We learned today that the location of Governor Chris Christie’s inauguration celebration will be none other than historic Ellis Island, Save Jerseyans.
“Today, Ellis Island stands as a symbol of the hope, freedom, and promise of opportunity afforded by our state and our nation and continues to be a powerful connection for millions of Americans to their family history,” the Inaugural Committee, headed by Bill Palatucci and Todd Christie, shared in its email announcement. “Estimates suggest that nearly half of all Americans can trace their lineage to at least one ancestor who was one of the more than 12 million individuals who passed through Ellis Island during its operation as a federal immigration station. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument shared by New Jersey and New York.”
Ellis Island has, at various times, served as an oyster bed harvesting hot spot, arsenal and, most famously, and immigration station. A nice little subplot to January’s big event is the often dormant but never settled issue of whether Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are in New York or New Jersey territory. For one night at least, Save Jerseyans, it’s unambiguously within the borders of Christie Country.
Dick Cheney dropped in on Chris Christie’s Mendham neighbor Neil Cavuto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, and he expounded on a number of topics including the current front runner for the 2016 GOP Republican nomination:
“I watched him operate. I wasn’t a fan of the way he welcomed Barack Obama to New Jersey when the hurricane hit,” the former Vice President opined, but allowed that Christie “was the governor of New Jersey; he did what he thought was necessary.”
The all-out Democrat push to wound Governor Chris Christie ahead of 2016 is already well underway, Save Jerseyans, but the New Jersey Dems think they’ve finally bloodied the waters with the unlikeliest of all scandal fodder: traffic jams.
You can click here to get caught up on the substantive details. The allegations boil down to one question: did the Port Authority get political and retaliate against the Democrat Mayor of Fort Less for refusing to endorse Governor Christie’s bid for reelection?
For those of you without much North Jersey commuting experience, the lanes from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge constitute a vital traffic artery up that way.
The man reported to be at the center of it all is former Livingston Mayor David Wildstein. Most of our readers have never heard the name, but a few veteran New Jersey political blog patrons will recall that Wildstein served as editor of PolitickerNJ for many years under the pen name “Wally Edge,” a nom de plume derived from the Republican Governor and U.S. Senator who loomed large during the Nucky Johnson era of Garden State politics.
I-295 covered in ice and snow during Saturday’s surprise winter storm. (12/9/13)
New Jersey (and especially South Jersey) got walloped yesterday by a surprise snow storm. The Burlington County= bedroom community of Medford took the prize with 9.4 inches of the heavy, wet white stuff blanketing everything by Sunday evening.
“Surprise” is the key word. No one saw it coming; meteorologists had predicted a coating to a couple of inches. South Jersey averaged between 6 and 9 inches.
Winter doesn’t even officially begin until the 21st of December but it’s already been a cold one. That hasn’t stopped some die-hard liberal ideologues from regurgitating the same, tired, long-debunked global “warming” argument they’ve been making since I was a little kid in 1990s…
Francis is a good man with plenty to teach us. Economics isn’t one of those things. His latest literary offering wasn’t wrong: “the excluded are still waiting,” especially in his poverty-stricken native Argentina, but his home country is a model of socialism, not “trickle-down” capitalism. How can he not know that?
My humble suggestion: the His Holiness should seriously consider with whom he’s siding on the economic front. He can start by signing up for the email list of U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-Twitter).
“[...] the Supreme Court could decide that for-profit employers can limit access to birth control by constraining insurance options available to their employees,” Booker said in a Saturday morning email blast referring, of course, to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider an Obamacare contraception mandate challenge. “Allowing employers to inject themselves into these intensely personal decisions would be a huge step backward.”