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.
On Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, I offered you my two cents on the tax hike allegationin Steve Lonegan’s new CD3 GOP primary ad. Now allies of Lonegan primary rival Tom MacArthur are hitting back against a second allegation, also lodged in the same ad, that MacArthur supported affordable housing projects as mayor of Randolph.
One major MacArthur supporter, Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R-8), went so far as to charge that Lonegan’s camp “intentionally used the phrase ‘low-income housing’ as a code word meaning that people like me aren’t welcome in our communities or in our party.” I told you this one would get rough quick, folks!
What’s the truth?Here’s a linkto the actual town council meeting minutes to which the TV ad refers. It relied primarily on this MacArthur quote…
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.
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).
Six state Senators representing Monmouth and Oceans Counties have written to New Jersey’s U.S. Senators and Members of Congress asking for help in correcting inequities and inefficiencies in the federal government’s response to Superstorm Sanday.
In a letter dated March 31, Senators Jennifer Beck and Joe Kyrillos of Monmouth County, Robert Singer, Christopher Connors and James Holzapfel of Ocean County and Sam Thompson of Middlesex raised six issues concerning Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the Small Business Administration (SBA), FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program.
With all those agencies and initials, how could anything be going wrong?
This isn’t the first time that Chris Christie declared defeat in the so-called War on Drugs, Save Jerseyans, saying something very similar back in 2012 at the Brookings Institution. Since that time, Governor Christie has signed a controversial “Good Samaritan” law immunizing people reporting overdoses from prosecution for possession and pushed for sentencing reforms but refused to consider decriminalization of pot for non-medicinal purposes.
I had the pleasure of visiting with the Burlington County Young Republicans on Tuesday night in Evesham, Save Jerseyans, where young leaders from Burlco’s myriad of school boards, municipal committees and town councils mix and meet with freeholders, legislators and party leaders (while washing all of that politics down with some Chicago-style pizza and cold beer).
The Phillies’ game was naturally streaming on a flat screen in the background, too, but a healthy dose of candidate speeches marked by appeals for campaign volunteerism are the hallmark of any respectable party gathering.
Among Tuesday evening’s special guests was Tom MacArthur, candidate for the House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.
At first blush, the almost disarmingly-chill MacArthur’s strongest contrast with primary opponent Steve Lonegan isn’t ideological but stylistic; unlike the notoriously blustery and unapologetically intense former mayor of Bogota, MacArthur exudes a quiet charisma that kept the audience of 50+ attendees fixated as he talked about he and his wife’s decision to “choose life” when they learned that their daughter would be born with severe handicaps, the need to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, and ways to make the tax code fairer for employers struggling to maintain or expand their payrolls.
We’re grateful that Tom sat down for a chat with Save Jersey before the rest of the YRs arrived…
It’s war on all fronts in CD3, Save Jerseyans, with only two months to go before primary voters decide to endorse the latest Lonegan rebellion or go with a new face favored by both county’s Republican organizations.
The stakes are sky-high with CD3 emerging as a top Democrat target (and NRCC defense) and, to boot, a potentially-tough freeholder board control battle on tap for the fall in Burlington County. The kicker? On Monday, in an effort to improve his chances of winning the GOP nomination to replace Jon Runyan, former Mayor Lonegan upped the ante by fielding his own slate of county candidates in both Burlington and Ocean, too.
MacArthur forces insist it’s yet another example of Lonegan putting himself before the party’s well-being.
Plenty of politicians talk about “creating” jobs, Save Jerseyans, but only a few actually try to unshackle the free market and let it put people back to work.
Freshman Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) is trying to do just that, strongly urging the Pinelands Commission to reconsider its vote that killed the much-anticipated BL England (BLE) Pipeline Project.
“From a safety, economic and environmental standpoint, this project is a winning combination for all stakeholders,” said Fiocchi during a presser last week in the Cape May County community of Upper Township. “The state-of-the art pipeline will help a power supplier provide cleaner energy without damaging our natural resources as it will run under and adjacent to already paved roadways. It will also provide nearly 300 temporary construction jobs and, when completed, 100 permanent jobs.”
Governor Chris Christie listens to a resident’s question in Belmar. March 25, 2014 MMM photo/Art Gallagher. Click for larger view.
Governor Chris Christie told the 650 people in attendance at his Town Hall Meeting in Belmar yesterday that he went to Washington last week to ask HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to waive the rule that is keeping Sandy victims from rebuilding their homes while they are waiting to find out if they will be approved for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grants of up to $150,000.
The RREM program will not reimburse homeowners for work done on their homes prior to their acceptance into the program. Over 3000 people are on the RREM waiting list for the second round of HUD funding which is expected to be awarded late this spring. They are in limbo, living in temporary housing, paying rent and mortgages, while their ruined homes are dormant.
Christie said that Donovan told him he could not waive the rule because a specific federal law prohibits grants being used to pay for work performed prior to the federal approval being secured.
Add state Senator Jennifer Beck to the list of Rich Pezzullo’s Monmouth supporters, Save Jerseyans.
The campaign tells me that the Monmouth legislator will “second” his nomination at Saturday morning’s county convention. Pezzullo’s wife is slated to voice the initial nomination from the floor as Monmouth County committee members decide who to endorse for the right to face Cory Booker in November. Pezzullo has already won the backing of Asm. Declan O’Scanlon.
I can’t speak to the convention bylaws (I’m no expert), but Pezzullo looks strong 12 hours out. Rich is also doing quite well right now in our online #NJSen poll, too. It isn’t scientific but it’s fun! Click here to cast your ballot.