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Category: Election 2014

Trick-or-Stump: Christie Spends Halloween on RGA Circuit

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie pumpkinWith the race for control of America’s governors’ mansions all tied-up per the RCP average and his political street cred on the line, Save Jerseyans, RGA Chairman Chris Christie is spending the final 12o hours leading up to Election Day on the road shoring up some of his priority candidates… including Scott Walker! So calm down, conspiracy theorists.

Details via the RGA:

On Friday, Governor Christie will travel to Arkansas to attend an event for GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Asa Hutchinson, to Kansas to attend events for Governor Sam Brownback and the RGA, and then to Wisconsin to attend events for Governor Scott Walker.

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New Poll: The Cho-sen One Fades Away

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

choA dominant debate performance? Late deciders breaking Republican in a GOP year? Having decided that the challenger is an empty suit? Or a renewed campaign war room seriousness after a polling scare?

Whatever the causation may be, Save Jersey, Monmouth’s Polling Institute now finds Rep. Scott Garret moving into a comfortable 11-point lead ahead of his Democrat challenger, Roy Cho, in NJ-05.

53% of likely voters now back Garrett while 42% support Cho, up from the modest 48% to 43% lead the incumbent registered in Monmouth’s survey released October 15th. 

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Young GOP candidates build coalitions in blue towns

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

brekke voters

Rachael Brekke (center) enjoys a meal and a chat with Voorhees senior voters.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, Save Jerseyans, but I’ve tried to highlight examples of Republicans doing good things in tough spots this cycle. Fresh sprouts breaking through the concrete if you get my meaning.

For starters, I wrote about the NJ GOP’s remarkably diverse 2014 House candidates; we also visited South Plainfield, a Middlesex County community where Republicans continue to produce majorities in the face of a large voter registration disadvantage.

Next up: meet millennial friends of mine running hard (and well) in blue Garden State municipalities.

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Record Roots for GOP Freeholder Slate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Avery and Walsh

Avery and Walsh

Here’s the best part of Wednesday’s endorsement of Robert Avery and Bernadette Walsh from The Bergen Record (of all places!), Save Jerseyans:

“We recognize that changing control of the board to Republicans may not result in better government, but a new direction is needed. And a one-vote Republican majority will not stifle internal debate among freeholders.”

I’ll translate that for you: “we’re still liberals who hold our noses when passing Republicans on the street but wow, these Bergen Democrats really suck… badly… to the point where we can’t bring ourselves (or risk our reputations) to bail’em out.”

What else do you need to know heading into next Tuesday, Bergen voters?

Stockton Poll: MacArthur up overall but losing Burlco

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur poll

MacArthur talks to members of the VFW (District 12) on Tuesday evening.

A new Stockton poll suggests more movement in Tom MacArthur’s direction, Save Jerseyans, riding a 5-point lead over Aimee Belgard in NJ-03.

MacArthur leads 46% to 41% with 8% undecided and 5% passing on both the Republican and Democrat candidates. He’s up 6-points with leaners included. The last Stockton poll from September 15th had the pair tied at 42%. 

Interestingly, it’s weak support among Democrats that’s holding Belgard back; she’s winning only 75% of Democrats whereas MacArthur is supported by 84% of Republicans. MacArthur’s 5-point lead among unaffiliated voters mirrors his overall margin.

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Stockton: LoBiondo Leads by 18-Points

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lobiondo signsBill Hughes, Jr. is turning out to be a bigger flop than The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Save Jerseyans!

A new Stockton poll released Tuesday found Frank LoBiondo leading the Democratic challenger by a whopping 18-points, 53% to 34%, in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District among 600 surveyed likely voters.

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Conservative Group Passes “Judgment” on Belgard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The first NJ-03 TV spot from Crossroad GPS (501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation associated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads) was tame compared to this bone-crusher of an ad that hit airwaves today from American Action Network, Save Jerseyans, an organization founded by former MN U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, and aimed at burying Aimee Belgard (D-Central Jersey) in her losing battle with Republican Tom MacArthur.

“Judgment” draws on images of a troubled Obama era world and focuses on Belgard’s time on Edgewater Park Township Committee (prior to joining the Burlington County freeholder board in 2012) when she voted to lay off policemen and hike or bring into being 111 municipal fees.

The independent expenditure group plans to spend $670,000 NJ-03 between this ad and a 15-second version of “Judgment” (the full TV version is below the fold):

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Governor Christie: “I Did Not Reverse Any Decision”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

El Rushbo and the rest of the chattering close are wrong on this one.

I explained earlier Monday how Governor Chris Christie had, contrary to sloppy media reports, NOT reversed himself re: the Ebola quarantine/Kaci Hickox, Save Jerseyans, but since (1) propping up Obama and (2) ripping down Christie is a major media obsession, here’s the man himself, setting the record straight, on the trail with Rick Scott in battleground Florida:

Vote NO on County Question 2, Middlesex County!

By Marie Tasy | New Jersey Right to Life

unborn babyDo you live in Middlesex County?

If so, vote No on Middlesex County Ballot Question # 2, Women’s Health funding!

Don’t be fooled – this is not about women’s health! This is another effort to use millions of our tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. These services are already being provided through state funding of over 100 Federally Qualified Centers throughout NJ.  

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GOP Will Take A Beating Nov. 4, No Matter What

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

ElephantsNo matter how the November 4 mid-term elections turn out the GOP will take it on the chin.

They’ll take a beating.

You bet they will.

No, not necessarily at the polls. That’s not what we’re talking about.

The Republicans will take a beating from the biased, dominant media — the three big networks, the New York Times, New Yorker, MessNBC, Washington Post, LA Times, PBS, NPR, etc. etc. – that whole crowd.

Here’s what the imitative, dominant, unithink media will say:

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Christie on Fox News Sunday: “CDC eventually will come around to our point of view on this”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie fox news sundayGovernor Chris Christie once again managed to place himself at the center of the national conversation this week, Save Jerseyans, but this time it had nothing to do with RGA campaigning, lane closures or assorted other Christie mainstream media topics de jure.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, the Big Guy defended his decision (in conjunction with Andrew Cuomo) to institute a mandatory Ebola quarantine, a step to which he boldly (and characteristically) insists “the CDC eventually will come around to our point of view” even if the first quarantined individual feels inconvenienced (rolls eyes)…

Watch:

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NJ-05 Debate: Garrett Chews Cho and Spits Him Out

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

garrettAt least one poll suggests it’s this year’s closest New Jersey House race, Save Jerseyans, and IF that’s true, it’s only because Rep. Scott Garrett wasn’t aggressively responding to Sandy-themed attacks from his Democrat challenger, Roy Cho, taking seed in the 5th Congressional District’s blue-ish Bergen communities. 

But now Garrett is fighting back, both fists fully-engaged, and anyone who listened to Saturday’s WRNJ radio debate was left with little doubt as to which man demonstrated true mastery of the challenges facing our country (Garrett) and, on the other hand, which isn’t quite ready for prime time and is still scraping by on Wikipedia-level knowledge of major issues

Listen:

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N.J. Dems need a geography lesson

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Everyone working up at the N.J. Democrat State Committee graduated from the public school system BEFORE the Common Core curriculum standards, Save Jerseyans, so there’s really no excuse for this e-mail (excerpted below):

central jersey gaffee

No one in Burlington or Ocean County considers themselves Central Jersey. Most New Jerseyans don’t even consider Central Jersey to be a real thing.

Is it any wonder why they’re getting destroyed in NJ-03? Knowing where it is would’ve been a nice start! Now they WISH it was only a 1-point race…

 

“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 grows up to be a human being.”

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