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Category: Election 2014

“Cory Booker was once a one-cell zygote.”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

booker zygoteI’m under no illusions as to the effectiveness of a campaign heavily driven by the Gold Standard and social issues, Save Jerseyans, and the odds of a Jeff Bell upset aren’t getting any less daunting down the home stretch, but you can’t not appreciate his willingness to say what he thinks without pulling any punches whatsoever. Seriously!

My favorite line from Friday’s one-and-only 2014 U.S. Senate debate?

“Certainly, women have bodies, and I respect that,” Bell said when the abortion issue reared its ugly head. “They need to protect their bodies. But unborn babies have bodies, too. Cory Booker was once a one-cell zygote. And a one-cell zygote goes up to be a human being.”

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#NJSen Polling Avg: Booker +16

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

njsen10 days:

  • Monmouth (10/2 – 10/5,  477 LV) — Booker +15 / 53% to 38%
  • Quinnipiac (9/25 – 9/29, 1058 LV) — Booker +11 / 51% to 40%

 

Bonnie Doesn’t Know What’s In It. Or Doesn’t Care?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Eck Coleman Debate

There are plenty of reasons to support Dr. Alieta Eck over Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman in the race to succeed Rush Holt, Save Jerseyans.

This exchange from Wednesday night’s debate is a good place to start:

“$500 million came out of Medicare because of the Affordable Care Act which you are in favor of, correct?” asked Eck, a medical doctor and co-found of the Zarephath Health Center, looking directly at Coleman.

“The Affordable Care Act?” Watson Coleman responded, apparently running on autopilot. “Of course, I’m in favor of it!”

Um… what?

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We the Enablers

We, the People, Grant Legislators the Power of Political Arrogance!

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Capitol Building StaticYou may have heard that Clay Aiken’s is running against Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers this fall in North Carolina’s 2nd District Candidate, Save Jerseyans.

While I have nothing against either one, what I find disturbing is a comment recently made by Ellmers to the Kiwanis Club: “He’s an entertainer. He’s an actor. He believes that he can change costume and get into character and speak to whichever group and win them over.”

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YRs Deploy for MacArthur

By Brendan Quiñones | New Jersey Young Republican Federation

young republican volunteer macarthurOver the past three weeks, the New Jersey Young Republican Federation and its county affiliates have organized three volunteer deployments into various parts of our great state to aid the campaigns of strong Republican candidates. From supporting local candidates in Scotch Plains and Red Bank, to helping Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and his county running mates in Wayne, Young Republicans have been at the forefront of helping to move our state forward.

Now, with two weeks until Election Day, the New Jersey Young Republican Federation is asking for your help in making the final push, a successful push.

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Christie Hits Trail with MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie and macarthurAfter stumping in Morris County for Jeff Bell on Monday and plenty of RGA candidates in the ensuing two days, Gov. Christie will head to the Mastoris Diner in Bordentown on Thursday to boost Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) down the home stretch.

The 1:00 p.m. meet-and-greet photo opportunity is part of the MacArthur campaign’s ambitious “Get Out The Vote for TMAC Tour” which is taking the congressional hopeful to every municipality in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District over the final two weeks before Election Day.

In truth, the Governor’s South Jersey visit may have more to do with Burlington County’s down-ballot contests than the House; MacArthur is building a double-digit lead in the district as GOP independent expenditure groups pile on and their Democrat counterparts check out.

 

South Plainfield’s GOP is a Model for N.J. Republicans

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

matt and matt

Hanging out with the South Plainfield’s affable Mayor Matthew Anesh (left) in October 2014. (Photo credit: Lou Pirozzoli)

South Plainfield wouldn’t be a Republican town if numbers told the whole story, Save Jerseyans.

It’s a 2-to-1 “blue” blue collar Middlesex County borough of 23,000 residents which found itself relocated to Frank Pallone’s NJ-06 after the last round of congressional redistricting. Out of 14,119 registered voters living in South Plainfield as of 2011, fully 4,368 (or 30.9%) were registered as Democrats and 2,235 (15.8%) were registered as Republicans with another 7,511 (53.2%) classified as Unaffiliated.

First term Republican Mayor Matthew Anesh and his team weren’t deterred by the math, and I was thoroughly impressed by the results during a recent visit to his town’s GOP headquarters.

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North Arlington’s Pronti: “Who are they kidding?”

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

Dan Pronti

Dan Pronti

Continuing my series of interviews with local candidates around the state, I must admit up front to my bias; this candidate is one of my favorites running in the current cycle.

Last year, Dan Pronti won a special election triggered by the resignation of North Arlington Councilman Steve Tanelli following his election as freeholder. His win, realized with his running mates Joe Bianchi and Rich Hughes, created a 3-3 tie on the borough council of Bergen County’s southernmost town.

This year, Pronti is running for a full three-year term on a ticket headed by Councilman Bianchi who is challenging two-term incumbent Pete Massa for mayor, and joined on the council line by newcomer Kerry Cruz.

I sat down with Pronti at a recent Kathe Donovan fundraiser to discuss his campaign in Election 2014’s closing hours.

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Christie Rocks Pancake House for Hogan

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Democrats are busy playing defense with two weeks left to go before America votes, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Chris Christie’s RGA tried to expand its target map on Tuesday by sending the chairman to a pancake house in deep blue Maryland  (he was in DC for a Chamber of Commerce keynote) to stump for gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, a Republican who appears to be closing the gap.

And no, before you ask, he never touched a pancake…

Email Shocker: House Majority PAC Concedes 2014

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

white flagIt’s not unusual for party leaders to stay quiet when things are going badly, Save Jerseyans, which makes me wonder exactly how bad things are actually getting for national Democrats this cycle.

DCCC chief Steve Israel is openly venting his frustrations to the press. Weird. DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz may be a total nut job, but her stubborn “we’re going to hold the line” attitude is what you’d ordinarily expect from a party leader.

What really raised my eyebrows? Today’s House Majority PAC email ostensibly authored by former DNC Chairman Howard Dean…

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Rove Drops $600k on Belgard’s Head

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

National Republicans are moving to shore up their position in takeover and open seats at this point in the 2014 midterm game, Save Jerseyans, while the Democrats continue to fall back.

The latest here at home? Crossroad GPS, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation associated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, just put $600,000 behind this TV spot in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District:

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Booker Cruising But House Dems Hitting Red Lights

Big Dem PAC Bolts NJ-03; and Cho Chooses to Vote Where?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

cho and belgardYou can blame gerrymandering to some degree, sure, and the national political climate isn’t hospitable to Democrats this time around, but Roy Cho (D, NJ-05) and Aimee Belgard (D, NJ-03) also can’t seem to get out of their own way.

They can’t blame the top of the ticket. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) leads his Republican opponent, Jeff Bell, by no less than 16-points in the latest FDU poll out Tuesday morning, Save Jerseyans. 

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Inky Backs Booker for Talking About Talking

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

obama and bookerI loved the Courier-Post‘s weekend smackdown of Aimee Belgard’s substance-bereft NJ-03 campaign, Save Jerseyans.

Endorsing her opponent, the C-P editorial board rightly dismissed Belgard’s candidacy as “talking about talking.”

Ironically, that’s apparently the very reason why the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board seems to think Cory Booker (D-Tiwtter) deserves a full term in the U.S. Senate.

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NJ NRA Questionnaire Ratings: Belgard Leaves It Blank?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgardI’ve been asked by more than a few readers where this year’s New Jersey federal candidates stand on the critical Second Amendment question.

The NRA-PVA isn’t infallible (they endorsed Harry Reid in the past before “breaking up” in 2013) but the organization does important work; here are this year’s ratings for our Garden State races from its official questionnaire.

Four candidates received formal endorsements: Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-02), Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03), Scott Garrett (R-NJ-05), and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07). Lance and Lobiondo were the only recipients of the “Solidly pro-gun” A rating (the NRA’s second-highest designation).

Guess which candidate in a major contest sat on her hands and refused to answer?

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