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Category: Election 2014

NJEA Endorses 9 Dems, 1 GOP’er

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJEA Menendez Mailer 1If this doesn’t tell you everything that you need to know, Save Jerseyans, than I’m not sure what will…

  • U.S. Senate: Cory Booker (D)
  • CD-1: Donald Norcross (D)
  • CD-2: Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (R)
  • CD-3: Aimee Belgard (D)
  • CD-4: No endorsement
  • CD-5: Roy Cho (D)
  • CD-6: Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)
  • CD-7: Pending
  • CD-8: Rep. Albio Sires (D)
  • CD-9: Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D)
  • CD-10: Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D)
  • CD-11: Mark Dunec (D)
  • CD-12: Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)

Christie, Webber, Carroll to Raise Money for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

webber and christieWe now have some details for the much-anticipated Christie fundraiser designed to boost U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell, Save Jerseyans.

The event is scheduled for September 18th at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton; the host committee includes Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll (the campaign chairman), Christie friend and National GOP Committeeman Bill Palatucci, and former NJ GOP Chairman Asm. Jay Webber.

It’s an interesting list of headliners.

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LIUNA Endorses MacArthur; DCCC Dumpster Dives

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur endorsementLabor Day is in the rear view mirror, Save Jerseyans, and the final lap to Election Day is turning into a sprint as Congressional Democrats, desperate for offsets to expected losses, attempt to gain a beachhead in New Jersey’s 3rd District.

Republican Tom MacArthur kicked his Tuesday off by accepting the endorsement of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) in Edgewater Park. “We’re here today because we need leaders in Washington, like Tom MacArthur, who will work with people in both parties and build a consensus behind policies that help to create jobs and rebuild America’s middle-class,” said Tony Capaccio, President and Business Manager Construction & General Laborers’ Local 172.  “Tom came from modest means and worked hard to build a successful business.  He believes that we must invest in America and American families, and our members will work hard for him in this campaign.”

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Why Jeff Bell is Getting No Love

By James Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

jeff bellI’ll be the first to tell you that I’m frustrated with the NRSC and other national Republican and Conservative groups for not ordering in the troops in support of Jeff Bell, the GOP nominee battling Senator Cory Booker in a closer race than most observers anticipated.

The reasons for supporting Bell are manifold; for Conservative groups, he offers a stellar opportunity to elect a real Reagan Conservative, and he offers a populist approach that would normally attract Tea Party groups as well as a gold standard position which has a massive nationwide following at a time when no other significant supporters are the ballot.

For NRSC and the Washington establishment, it isn’t primarily Bell’s victory that would ordinarily make New Jersey uniquely enticing: it’s Booker’s defeat.

Cory Booker is a rising national star in the Democratic party. His appeal is far greater outside NJ than it is here, and should a Republican take the White House in 2016, he would be a force to be reckoned with in the 2020 Presidential election. A defeat here in 2014 by a little-known Conservative challenger would likely head Booker’s ambitions off at the pass, and the GOP will have robbed the Democrats of one of the most charismatic, popular politicians on their bench.

The question, then, is why aren’t national Conservative groups and the NRSC taking an active role in the New Jersey Senate race?

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Defiant Perry Rouses 3k Strong Dallas Crowd

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

rick perry“What does the American Dream mean to you?”

That’s the unofficial theme of this year’s ‘Defending the American Dream’ summit in Dallas, Texas hosted by Americans for Prosperity, Save Jerseyans, and I’m having a heck of a time discussing it with like-minded economic conservatives from around the country, but the small army of grassroots activists gathered at the onset of Labor Day Weekend aren’t debating definitions among themselves. They know what it means, and they very much believe it’s alive and well in the United States (notwithstanding an ongoing assault from the Left).

Their primary point of concern is its survival AND, refreshingly, what to constructively and proactively do about it.

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Christie: ‘No’ to Open Space Question

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Plenty of his fellow Republicans voted YEA and, so I’m told, the addition of a costly open space preservation question to this year’s ballot was critical to winning liberal legislative votes for bail reform, a top administration priority. All the same, Governor Chris Christie took a break from celebrating Sandy recovery efforts in Sea Bright on Thursday to answer a number of press inquiries ranging from pension management allegations to his opposition to the latest open space scheme:

The Land of Opportunity

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

From the Land of Lincoln to the Land of Clinton, Governor Chris Christie spent the Wednesday before Labor Day Weekend stumping in Arkansas for Asa Hutchinson, Save Jerseyans; the RGA Chair hopes that this particular state lives up to its nickname and yields another pick up in November; recent polling isn’t doing anything to dissuade anyone:

Bell Debuts First Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff Bell megaphoneHis war chest doesn’t come close to that of his well-heeled celebrity competitor Cory Booker (D-Twitter), Save Jerseyans, but Jeff Bell proved during this year’s GOP primary that he knows how to maximize the impact of dollar (regardless of whether the dollar is backed by gold).

The Republican nominee went up on Wednesday with a biographical radio ad on WCBS-FM and WOR-AM, one that will run during the afternoon drive-time rush hour. Click here to listen. “Ahead of His Time” focuses tax cuts, the Gold Standard and the candidate’s relationship with Ronald Reagan, all topics which we explored at greater length during our recent sit down interview.

Bell trails Booker by 12.5% in the RCP average, but the last two polls showed him down 10 and 7 points, respectively.

Christie to Raise Cash Over Eggs for MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Governor Chris Christie is stepping up his in-state fundraising this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and the latest beneficiary will be the Republican candidate fighting to retain this year’s most competitive Garden State House seat: Tom MacArthur.

He’s heading to Toms River on Thursday morning for a breakfast at the Route 9 Ramada hotel; it’s happening between out-of-state fundraising trips on behalf of RGA-backed candidates. Next up in the coming weeks: North Carolina, South Carolina and a trade mission to Mexico.

MacArthur opponent Aimee Belgard, one of the only non-incumbents in modern Congressional history to dodge debate challenges, dropped her own e-mail fundraising appeal on the eve of Christie’s Ocean County visit. “Governor Chris Christie’s coming to the district in just 24 HOURS,” it reads. “Why? He plans to rake in thousands of dollars for Aimee’s radical right-wing opponent.”

Yawn…

Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02′s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates:

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Save Jersey Heads to Dallas

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Dallas skyline

The Dallas skyline

I’m going to have this tune stuck in my head all week, Save Jerseyans, because your Blogger-in-Chief is en route to the Big D.

Why am I headed to Dallas? In August, no less? On Labor Day Weekend? All fair questions! And before you ask, it has nothing to do with my decision to draft Jason Witten for my 2014 fantasy football squad.

The real answer: Save Jersey is proudly participating in the Defending the American Dream Summit hosted by our friends at Americans for Prosperity. The annual program runs on August 29th and 30th; it’s an unrivaled opportunity for economic conservatives from all 50 states (2,800+ conference-goers are pre-enrolled) to gather and compare notes in a crucial midterm election year.

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Christie: Illinois Makes New Jersey “Blush”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is spending a healthy chunk of his RGA chairmanship (and war chest) in the Land of Lincoln, Save Jerseyans, helping Republican Bruce Rauner finish the job and build on his lead over Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn. It’s all for good reason. As Christie noted during a Monday campaign swing in a conversation with supporters, he detects real parallels between this year’s race in Illinois and his own in 2009 against Jon Corzine.

Turning one of America’s bluest states red would also be a huge feather in Chris Christie’s cap heading into 2016 when, again, Illinois might prove as crucial to his delegate count as it did for Mitt Romney in 2012. He can’t run nationally on taking back the N.J. legislature or an unimpeachable conservative track record; his team does want to make the point that he’s a party-builder and Illinois is one of the places they’d like to point throughout 2015 and beyond. It’s a “point of contrast.”

Democrats aren’t going down easily. Keeping it light, Gov. Christie pointed to Illinois 11th hour law changes, including a same-day voter registration law, as evidence of very un-Democrat behavior even by Garden State standards…

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MacArthur Steps Up Air War

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

How long before the DCCC decides NJ-03 isn’t worth the money propping up a weak NJ-03 prospect in a toxic Obama backlash cycle, Save Jerseyans? Your guess is as good as mine, but today’s development might help them along.

Just days after the national Democrat congressional organization was, in an unprecedented move, forced to pull back an objectively slanderous TV ad aimed at Republican nominee Tom MacArthur, the GOP campaign is counter-punching with the second of a two-part counter-punch intended to blunt the impact of an estimated $100,000 per week Democrat television buy leading up to Labor Day Weekend:

Christie Soliciting Funds for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellThe NJ GOP is certainly stepping up its online fundraising efforts in 2014, Save Jerseyans.

After using its formidable online list serve to raise money for Wisconsin’s Scott Walker last week, this Thursday, the Sate Republican Committee shared an e-mail signed by Governor Christie asking donors to donate directly to Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign and, having done so, “reject the failed agenda of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.” The e-mail blast further noted how recent polling suggests a single-digit race.

More help might be coming soon for the GOP nominee taking on Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in November. Governor Christie’s long-time confidante and national Republican emissary Bill Palatucci recently promised a Christie-headlined fundraiser for Bell.

The NJ GOP’s blast e-mail is below the fold:

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Christie in Kansas Talking Missouri

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The reelection campaign of Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS) remains close, Save Jerseyans, prompting a high-level visit from none other than RGA Chairman Chris Christie on Wednesday, but the nation’s most high profile Republican public official couldn’t get away from questions about the events 300 miles away in Ferguson, Missouri…

Retreat! DCCC Drops NJ-03 Attack Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

white flag

The truth is always vindicated eventually, Save Jerseyans.

Today, we learned that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is dropping a malicious and defamatory TV attack aid aimed at Republican NJ-03 hopeful Tom MacArthur.

NJ-03 is slipping away from them yet again after briefly capturing the traditionally GOP seat in 2008 before dropping it just two years later. Their candidate isn’t helping her own case. A lightweight by reputation, Democrat nominee Aimee Belgard is skipping freeholder meetings and avoiding debate challenges; the DCCC tried to make up for their chosen horse’s poor performance by recycling smears that were dispelled back during the primary cycle.

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Which Came First: The Referendum Or the Egg?

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Fried egg sunny side upRecent political story lines covered right here at Save Jersey have me thinking to how we got where we are today, Save Jerseyans. 

Embryonic stem cell research played a huge role in the campaign when I ran against Congressman Rush Holt back in 2006.

My opponent had wanted government to finance research in this area. My response at the time was that adult stem cell research has shown more promise than embryonic and, moreover, that government should not be in the business of funding questionable research; why should our tax money fund a less-promising, ethically-questionable approach when there were better options? 

Rep. Holt responded that it isn’t our tax money that would be spent on the research as it would be…. federal money that would fund it. Huh? Where does that Federal money come from? 

A year later, in 2007, this question was placed on the ballot for New Jersey voters:

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