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Pallone has less than $1 million in campaign cash

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Pallone town hallCongressman Frank Pallone’s (NJ-6, Monmouth and Middlesex) once formidable campaign war chest of roughly $4 million is down to less than $1 million according his latest report to the Federal Election Commission.

New Jersey’s senior Democratic congressman, Pallone spent $3,778,155 in the Special U.S. Senate Primary last summer in his bid to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. He lost that primary to then Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Pallone reported $938,472 cash on hand in his congressional campaign account as of March 31, 2014.  He raised $200,449.64 in the first quarter of this year and disbursed #338,450.67.  $60, 645 remains in his senate campaign account.

The $938,472 that Pallone reports on hand may be inflated by illegal contributions. A cursory examination of his most recent quarterly report reveals $14,200 in contributions from individuals during the current election cycle that exceed the legal limit of $2600 per election.

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The Social Media Primary

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SJtwitter2It’s hardly unusual for campaigns to slam opponents by way of social media in 2014, Save Jerseyans, but when the party establishment writes off the entire race and none of the candidates are “self-funders,” then social media wars take on a whole new level of intensity partly as a matter of necessity, in a way that many never imagined, ironically, before Cory Booker (D-Twitter) came into existence.

U.S. Senate hopefuls Murray Sabrin and Brian Goldberg threw down with each other on Twitter in the run-up to Easter/Passover weekend over guns, abortion and, of course, fidelity to the memory of Ronald Reagan:

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Sabrin Raps “Centipede” Obamacare

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Murray Sabrin

Murray Sabrin

Here’s another less-than swell Good Friday Obamacare update, Save Jerseyans:

The American Action Forum, a D.C.-based right-of-center think tank, is out with the results of new study showing that New Jerseyans are getting slammed by (Un)affordable Care Act mandated changes with Garden State senior citizens suffering average benefits reductions of 18.02%. We’ve already seen hundreds of thousands of fellow citizens lose coverage (thus far) and encounter major sticker shock, but the post-enrollment data is no less grizzly despite proponent’s repeated promises.

U.S. Senate hopeful Murray Sabrin, a professor at Ramapo College and one of four candidates competing for the chance to face Cory Booker this November, pounded away on the findings contained in the survey’s release.

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Declare Your Allegiance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

HBO’s smash hit ‘Game of Thrones’ series is back on the air, Save Jerseyans, and if you’re anything like me, you love every minute of it.

Of course, you and I don’t need to transport ourselves to the fantastical realm of Westeros for an ample supply of corrupt, greed, scheming, perversion, violence and intrigue. We live in New Jersey! Did the Starks close the Wall to punish political enemies? Did the Lannisters sell kidneys on the black market? The Game of Jersey is a game without equal.

Whose side are you on? Declare your allegiance with one of the six Facebook profile badges posted below…

House Christie:

House Christie

House Norcross:

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Senate GOP Camps Have < $65k

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SenateCory Booker has $1,815,704 in the bank, Save Jerseyans.

Unfortunately for Jane and John Taxpayer, all four of his potential GOP general election rivals are trailing by a wide margin at the end of Quarter #1.

In first place, based upon what we know so far (not all reports are processed and posted yet at the FEC site):

Murray Sabrin

Raised: $50,000 ($13,000 from self-loan and wife)
COH: $43,000

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Issue #1 in CD3 Primary: Income?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

The world economy continues to sputter and Russian continues to play a dangerous game of geopolitical chicken with the West, but in one of the country’s most competitive 2014 congressional contests, the biggest issue on the table right now is… income?

It all started on Tuesday when Steve Lonegan sought to counter news of 160 elected official endorsements and a $1.5 million cash on hand edge for his competitor Tom MacArthur by releasing a strongly-worded open letter from committee members Beverly Marinelli of Burlington County and
Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero of Ocean County Republicans.

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Comparative Look: CD3 Q1 Fundraising

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Falling MoneyQuarter #1 – 2008

Myers (R): $275,000

Kelly (R): $200,000

Adler (D): $529,320 (COH: $1.2 million)

Quarter #1 – 2010

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Mo Hill Among 160 Electeds Backing MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

South Jersey's CD3

South Jersey’s CD3

160 county and local elected officials in CD3 – including former GOP primary rival Mo Hill of Toms River – have formally endorsed Tom MacArthur on FEC filing day, Save Jerseyans.

The list:

Burlington County
Senator Dawn Addiego (LD-8)
Assemblyman Chris Brown (LD-8)
Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (LD-8)

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Eck Reports $100k in CD12

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Dr. Eck chats with Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07)

Dr. Eck chats with Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07)

The presumptive GOP nominee to replace Rush Holt in CD12 reported just over $100,000 in first quarter contributions to the FEC this morning, Save Jerseyans.

Alieta Eck, a physician from Central New Jersey, also reported $97,158.48 cash on hand from the original $100,105.00 raised from 266 contributors.

“While the total is an important milestone for us, I’m most proud of the number of small contributions from regular folks across all walks of life,” Dr. Eck said in a campaign statement. “Our message of real positive change in Washington is resonating not only here in New Jersey, but across the country as well.”

Who Eck will face in November remains a mystery; Democrats are in the middle of a particularly bruising 2-way primary between Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17). 

Lobo Reports $1.27M COH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2)

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2)

Incumbent GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo has a heft $1.27 million cash-on-hand after raising $290,000 in the first quarter of 2014, Save Jerseyans, one day ahead of the FEC filing deadline.

His Democrat challenger, Bill Hughes Jr., boasts only $328,000 COH after raising $190,515 over the same period.

That’s not going to cut it.

 

MacArthur Posts $2+ Million

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur at OC ConventionCD3 GOP candidate Tom MacArthur is reporting over $2 million raised in the 1st Quarter of 2014 ($2,001,075.00 to be exact), Save Jerseyans, along with approximately $1.75 million cash-on-hand.

“This has been a very good past few weeks for Tom and the campaign,” said campaign spokesman Chris Russell.  “Sweeping the party endorsements in mid-March was a critical first step, and as soon as it ended we began an aggressive campaign on television, in the mail box, online and on the ground.  We have a superior candidate, a more compelling message and all the resources we need to win this primary on Tuesday, June 3rd.”

Primary rival Steven Lonegan told PolitickerNJ back around the beginning of April that he had raised approximately $350,000. MacArthur, for his part, has thus far contributed $2 million of his own money to the race.

The $2 million question for political pundits? Can MacArthur’s growing war chest and county line advantage overtake Lonegan’s name recognition between now and June 3rd? 

 

Democrats: Desperate to Distract in 2014

By Alyssa Lafage | Convictions of Faith

DonkeyGet ready for it people. The Democrats are gearing up their smokescreens in a desperate attempt to keep us focused on anything but the destruction they’ve caused. They don’t want to talk about the debt, or unemployment, or the economy. They definitely don’t want to talk about Obamacare! Heck, we aren’t even allowed to refer to it as Obamacare any more without offending someone. The Democrats are so desperate to distract us in 2014 that we can expect them to pull out all of their favorite arguments and narratives. 

If Republicans talk about securing the boarder, the Democrats interpret that as…

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MacArthur TV Ad: Lonegan is “Shameful”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Steve Lonegan opened the door on both mayors’ respective tax records in this year’s contentious CD3 primary, Save Jerseyans, and Tom MacArthur’s campaign is charging right through it with a rebuttal ad that’s going up today:

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Two GOP’ers Vie for Ocean City

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ed Price

Ed Price via Facebook

One of America’s top family beach resorts is hosting a different kind of entertainment this year, Save Jerseyans, in the form of a contested nonpartisan May 13th mayoral race between two Republicans (note: there are also 5 at-large council candidates on the ballot).

The one-term incumbent is Mayor Jay Gillian. Ocean City vacationers will recognize his surname as the one associated with ‘Wonderland Pier’ and some of Cape May County’s Shore-based amusement parks from years past.

His challenger, Ed Price, is a 54-year-old CEO of and Atlantic County medical laboratory computer firm and a graduate of the University of Delaware and the IBM Programming School. Price serves in a number of civic capacities including as chairman of Ocean City Housing Authority, and he’s running in 2014 primarily on a beach replenishment and resort beautification platform.

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Let’s Leave RINO Talk Out of CD3

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Perhaps there was never any hope for a clean GOP primary in CD3 this cycles, Save Jerseyans. The latest TV spot to hit the airwaves is indicative of what we have to look forward to over the next two months:

A theme is emerging. You may have heard Mark Levin read an anonymously-authored post from Red State on air last Wednesday evening, titled “Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in New Jersey?”

The post echoes many of the points included in the Lonegan ad above, a post which candidate MacArthur labeled “creepy” in a fiery letter to his primary rival since it cited his daughter’s Facebook page to allege that he still doesn’t reside in CD3 (aside: both candidates are transplants from North Jersey).

My honest take?

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Another Ballot Petition Snafu

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb is the latest high-profile 2014 candidate to run into ballot petition problems, Save Jerseyans.

It’s a little complicated so follow along carefully: Cobb needed to file two sets of petitions this time around for both the general election AND the special election to replace Rob Andrews, as did the other Democrat and Republican challengers in CD1.

What does this mean? Unless Garry Cobb gets 200 write-in signatures on June 3 as permitted by N.J.S.A. 19:14-2.1, then he’ll appear on ballot just once in November, in the general election column, but not for the special, setting up a situation where Cobb could theoretically win the general election but lose the special election, a set of circumstances whereupon Norcross would fill Andrews’ vacated seat from Election Day until the new Congress convenes in January 2015.

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