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Category: Election 2014

LoBo Opens HQ in Mays Landing

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The frost isn’t quite on the pumpkin yet, Save Jerseyans, but we woke up today to falling leaves and continued cooler temperatures. Fall has arrived! And campaigns across New Jersey are entering their final stages.

Incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R-2) opened his Mays Landing Harding Highway campaign headquarters on Saturday morning flanked by Atlantic County GOP allies; the seat is considered a ‘solid R’ by experts but his Democrat challenger just hit the airwaves with an attack ad:

Belgard Attacks MacArthur… for Helping Young Pregnant Women?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Yup, you read that correctly.

Democrat Aimee Belgard is actually criticizing Republican Tom MacArthur for donating $24,000 to a non-profit, North Jersey-based charity that helps pregnant women contemplate alternatives to abortion… a donation made in his deceased child’s name!

Background: MacArthur’s own charitable foundation, In God’s Hands Charitable Foundation, contributed the funds to 1st Choice Women’s Health Center back in 2012. The organization operates crisis pregnancy centers in Morristown, Jersey City, Newark and Montclair, providing a variety of services ranging from counseling and emergency contraception information to ultrasounds and STD screenings. But since they’re not fans of abortion, Aimee Belgard is foaming at the mouth over it…


Christie Barnstorms in N.H.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

November is coming, Save Jerseyans, so Governor Chris Christie was back in the Granite State this week stumping for Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown. New Hampshire remains a critically important state for Chris Christie in 2014 (and 2016). Christie’s RGA put big money into the state and, as first reported by Save Jersey, key Christie operatives are on the ground.

Sights and sounds:

Schundler Headlines Eck Event

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bret Schundler

Bret Schundler

A familiar face in New Jersey Republican politics is getting involved in Election 2014, Save Jerseyans.

Former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler will headline a meet-and-greet for NJ-12 nominee Alieta Eck at a private home in Somerset on Sunday; sponsorships are going for $500 and individual tickets are $25 ($40 for couples).

A staunch conservative and two-time candidate for governor, Schundler has stayed largely behind-the-scenes in New Jersey politics going back to August 2010 when Governor Chris Christie fired him from the administration, claiming that Schundler lied about a botched “Race to the Top” application for $400 million. Schundler vehemently denied the allegation.


Breaking Down the New NJ-03 Polling

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgard and macarthurWe’ve got two polls to digest today out of NJ-03, Save Jerseyans. We’ll take’em one at a time.

The first is a DCCC poll (as slanted and self-interested as they come) showing Tom MacArthur (R) three points up on Aimee Belgard (D), 46% to 43%. The DCCC model relies heavily on super-sized Dem turnout from a Cory Booker (D-Twitter) turnout operation which, to date, I haven’t seen any evidence of. He simply doesn’t need to buy that kind of a win this year; no one thinks he’s in that kind of danger.

Always take committee polling for what it is – a fundraising tool (I received an email touting the “results” not long after the news broke on Monday afternoon). I don’t blame’em for it. They’re doing their job. I just don’t see much positive news for Belgard to celebrate when her prime backer’s results show her (1) behind despite a full summer of rough ads attacking her opponents and, more amazingly, (2) a 10-point drop-off between the top of the ticket (Booker) and herself.


Polls Auger Well For GOP This November

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Obama in EgyptThe latest polls show President Obama’s approval at a new low – 38%.

That’s the verdict from the respected Gallup poll. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, the same poll shows that nearly 60% of those surveyed disapprove of the president’s job performance so far.

And there’s more bad news from a just-released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows Obama’s approval rating for foreign policy is at a new low of 30%

The poll also found that 47% believe the country is less safe than it was before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks—up sharply from 28% just one year ago.

And thats not the half of it. Consider the following:


Christie: “We’ll Get Crist Unconfused”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie’s RGA campaign swing through Florida on Friday was chock-full of fund sound bites, Save Jerseyans, ahead of what promises to be seven weeks of fierce campaigning in a statistically-tied race:

NJ GOP Showcases Historically Diverse House Candidate Team

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey's 2014 GOP House candidates.

New Jersey’s 2014 GOP House candidates.

We always hear about how the Republican Party generally “lacks diversity” and, in many ways, this is true. But you and I know that we’re still the Party of Lincoln, Save Jerseyans, and this year in New Jersey, the group of men and women running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives is very diverse in every sense of the word.

It was on full display at Wednesday evening’s birthday-themed NJ GOP fundraiser in East Brunswick (though it continues to go largely unreported by the mainstream media crowd).

You already know the incumbents, and we’ve written quite a bit about our friends Tom MacArthur, Garry Cobb and Alieta Eck here at Save Jersey.

Some others with whom you might be less familiar?


Donovan Enters Final Stretch with Labor Backing

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

donovan kick off

$200 million in savings over four years.

That’s the number Bergen’s Kathe Donovan, the incumbent County Executive in New Jersey’s most populous county, chose to focus upon in her formal campaign kickoff with decision day looming under 8 weeks into the future; spending reductions (the Europeans call it “austerity”) have been featured as a consistent theme throughout the campaign thus far.

“When I was fortunate enough to first be elected County Executive, I inherited a bloated, wasteful and inefficient government that was far more interested in self-service than public service and I am happy to say we have turned all of that around,” Donovan told a crowd assembled outside of the Sheet Metal Workers Union. “I am proud to say we have kept every single promise to the taxpayers, working families, seniors, children and young adults of Bergen County.”


Obama Approval Hits 36% in New Jersey

Booker Tops Bell By 13-Points But (Still) Well Under 50%

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama Bows to ChristieYou’re going to miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. The Great One had it right, Save Jerseyans.

A new FDU Public Mind poll of 721 registered voters out Wednesday found 42% of those polled supporting Cory Booker (D-Twitter) for reelection whereas 29% were in challenger Jeff Bell’s corner.

That’s a 13-point lead for His Royal Twitterness but he’s 8-points south of the 50% threshold with two months to go.


Shore GOP Pushes Back Against Dems Over North Jersey Casinos

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

casino protestThe Jersey Shore GOP is waging a 3-cycle war at the moment, Save Jerseyans, precipitated by the distressed Atlantic City casino industry.

Our friend Michael Donohue, chairman of the Cape May GOP, took direct aim at one of Election 2017 likely top political targets, state Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) who, back in the summer months, publicly shared his belief that North Jersey casinos were inevitable (Why an incumbent in a swing district populated by casino workers thought THAT was a good idea is beyond me, but whether it’s foolishness or hubris at play here, Whelan seems predisposed to go along with the state Democrat consensus


Bergen Race Driven By Vehicle Cost Convo

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Bridgegate scandal. County worker fleets. Armored personnel carriers

There’s a common transportation theme in this year’s Bergen County Executive race, Save Jerseyans, and truth be told, it’s better than another “blue law” traffic debate. In case you missed it, the incumbent doubled-down on the vehicle cost-cutting theme during last week’s state of the county address:

We Could Use a Lil’ Voodoo, Mr. Senator!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Liberal 'Simpsons' writers parody "voodoo" economics... even though it worked.

Liberal ‘Simpsons’ writers parody “voodoo” economics… even though it worked.

Cory Booker (D-Twitter) launched his U.S. Senate reelection campaign last week, Save Jerseyans, but the man who prides himself on being a post-partisan and supremely hip leader chose to rely on some antiquated hyper-political rhetoric.

Specifically? For starters, he accused the GOP nominee Jeff Bell of peddling “voodoo economics.”

How retro! Now, Cory was just 11-years old when George Bush coined the phrase back in 1980 during the GOP primary campaign (I wasn’t yet born). So maybe he simply doesn’t know any better?

Background for Cory’s benefit: Bush Sr. was referring to Ronald Reagan’s strong support for supply-side economics.

Reagan won. Bush took the Veep spot. And the Reagan Revolution ushered in the largest peacetime economic expansion in the history of the United States of America.



Howarth Leaves Ticket to Battle Crohn’s Disease

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Joe Howarth

Joe Howarth

Not great news to start the weekend, Save Jerseyans.

Joe Howarth, an incumbent GOP freeholder in Burlington County, is dropping from the party’s 2014 ticket due to complications encountered in his ongoing battle with Crohn’s Disease.

Freeholder Howarth released a letter through the county GOP organization on Friday afternoon.

“A worsening of the condition required me to undergo surgery this week,” Howarth, known for his intense brand of retail politics, explained to the reader. “While my long-term prognosis is good, recuperation from the procedure will make it impossible for me to hit the campaign trail with the same passion and energy that have been hallmarks of my past successful campaigns for Evesham Township School Board, Evesham Township Council and County Freeholder.”


Dr. Eck’s Undervalued Alternative to Obamacare

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Dr. Alieta Eck remains one of the NJ GOP’s most undervalued assets, Save Jerseyans. She’s running for Congress in a tough district, it’s true, but her work in the health care industry through the groundbreaking Zarephath Health Center is truly inspiring. It’s also a tangible path forward for a Republican Party that’s often unfairly accused of being the “Party of No” where one of our era’s major political issues is concerned.

Our friends from Chasing New Jersey recently took a deeper look…