The City of Newark is in the middle of its first post-Booker mayoral race, Save Jerseyans, and on Wednesday evening, candide and councilamn Ras Baraka happily accepted the backing of former Mayor Ken Gibson at a Robert Treat Hotel campaign event.
“Having Ken Gibson on my side is the ultimate reference check,” Baraka told PolitickerNJ. ”It’s the ultimate in street credibility.”
Yes, Mr. Gibson is the first black mayor of a major northeastern city. He also oversaw much of the Brick City’s decline and ended his public career in disgrace. Failures come in all colors, folks. I’m unimpressed by historical auras. Results are what matter.
There are plenty of substantive things we can do to help our cities, and the introduction of school choice reforms should be at the top of everyone’s list. What you and I can’t do, Save Jerseyans, is rescue a dead culture that exalts guys like Sharpe James and Ken Gibson as heroes but denounces folks like Condi Rice and Allen West as “traitors.” America’s cities need real heroes: role models who demonstrate that you can succeed in America by keeping your nose clean, working hard and supporting your family. Newark doesn’t need more base crooks or shallow celebrities to give its children warped views of success; they’re already drowning in them.
The Movoto real estate research blog has ranked New Jersey’s largest communities, Save Jerseyans, and they’ve come up with a Top 10 list of “best cities” in the Garden State. The state’s populous towns were ranked on the basis of (1) Amenities, (2) Cost of Living, (3) Crime, (4) Education, (5) Median Income and (6) Home Value.
My one beef with the list? South Jersey isn’t represented (save for Toms River which some folks consider “Central,” a never-ending debate for another time). Places like Cherry Hill aren’t technically cities but they’re large enough to qualify and certainly provide an excellent standard of living relative to the property tax burden.
Here’s a gallery profiling the top 10 towns including first place Fair Lawn:
Sometimes the margin makes it inconsequential insofar as the final result is concerned, Save Jerseyans, but sloppy, antiquated or in some cases downright corrupt vote tabulation procedures are costing the GOP in close contests.
The 2012 presidential election provided its own examples, but you’ve also been following the drama down in LD2 right here at Save Jersey.
That’s not all. Check out the latest development in Passaic County (h/t Bergen Record):
“Sherine El-Abd, the superintendent, said volunteers from the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization have spent the weeks since Election Day combing through voter logs and checking signatures beside ballots that were cast. Although that probe is not complete, El-Abd said Republicans have identified “more than 10,000” ballots that contain purported voter signatures that bear little resemblance to the handwriting found next to voters’ names in previous elections.”
If that’s the case, then it’s easy to see why Republican Assembly candidate Joseph Scarpa in LD38 (who lost by 54 votes with one Passaic town in his district) thinks a recount is warranted. The usual convenient Democrat response is that “every vote should be counted.” Of course! If it’s actually a vote. Isn’t that the one million dollar question? A fraudulent vote does just as much to disenfranchise citizens as does a non-vote.
There’s no easy solution. A legal fix to tighten up voting standards (including a common sense voter ID law) is unlikely with a Democrat legislature, but if we’re ever going to win these tight ones in the future, Save Jerseyans, the GOP needs to immediately and vastly expand and improve its Election Day poll monitoring operations AND work much harder to get Republican county clerks elected. We’re getting killed out there and it’s a threat to our democratic process that should concern everyone regardless of party affiliation…
We’ve got a better chance of seeing peace in the Middle East before an end to the Bergen GOP’s seemingly endless and destructive civil war, Save Jerseyans.
The latest skirmish: he stopped short of endorsing an alternative candidate in next year’s County Executive race, but in an email to Bergen County Republican leaders this week obtained by Save Jersey, BCRO Chairman Bob Yudin placed the blame for 2013 freeholder board setbacks squarely at the feet of incumbent Kathe Donovan.
Yudin zeroed in on an 11th hour email blast from Donovan urging supporters to back Freeholder Maura DeNicola for reelection but making no mention of GOP running mates, Freeholders John Mitchell and John Felice, only the latter of whom got through with a narrow margin; Mitchell lost of 0.0014%. For those of you who haven’t been following along, DeNicola and Donovan both opposed a controversial county police merger initiative endorsed by the rest of the current board including Mitchell and Felice.
“It is my opinion, if Kathe had advocated everyone, all three Republican Freeholders would have won,” Yudin concluded. He also attached both Donovan’s endorsement email and a robocall script to his own email to support the Yudin faction’s thesis.
The full text of Chairman Yudin’s email is below the fold…
While the perfect storm did not come close to materializing for the legislative race in District 36, Save Jerseyans, just as did not all across the state, the southern end of Bergen County had plenty to be smiling about by the end of Election night.
In the ultimate battleground of the biggest county in the state, Republicans at the local level had a tremendous night.
Governor Chris Christie, Governor Susana Martinez (R-NM) and state Senator Brian Stack (D-Union City) rallied tonight with 2,000 supporters in Stack’s Hudson County home base, Save Jerseyans. It was a surreal scene for New Jersey Republicans who aren’t conditioned to seeing mass urban voter mobilization as a good thing on Election Eve, but this is 2013: welcome to the world that Chris Christie built!
There are still PLENTY of remaining opportunities to see Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno between now and Tuesday evening if you haven’t already availed yourself of their 90-stop bus tour, Save Jerseyans.
Get on the stick! Here’s the schedule and RSVP info for gubernatorial campaign events taking place Sunday through Tuesday:
Governor Chris Christie
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
What: Visit to Jackson Diner (Ocean County)
Where: 21 South Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, NJ RSVP Here