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Passaic YRs Launch with Strong Crowd

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

Passaic YR

From left to right: Passaic County Young Republicans Sergeant-at-Arms Hector Nieves, former Passaic County Sheriff candidate Frank Feenan, Passaic County Young Republican Anthony Valente, Passaic County Freeholder candidate Claudia Chávez, Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado, Passaic County Young Republicans Chairman Daniel Poeschl, Passaic County Young Republicans Secretary Vincent Stevens, Passaic County Young Republicans State Committeeman Antonio Lombardo, and Passaic County Young Republicans Vice Chairman David Martinez. — with Hector Luis Nieves Jr., Frank Feenan, Anthony Valente, Claudia Chavez, Daniel J. Poeschl, Vincent Stevens, Antonio Michael Lombardo III and Dave Martinez at Passaic County Young Republicans.

On Wednesday night at the headquarters of the county organization in Woodland Park, Save Jerseyans, the Passaic County Young Republicans held their inaugural meeting to a strong crowd and a wealth of enthusiasm.

Though a Democrat-leaning county, the group has the goal of being a force to help elect Republicans in a county which just a few years ago swept three freeholders and a clerk into office. That clerk, Kristin Corrado, who is up for re-election this year and stands as the last remaining county-wide elected Republican, was present to lend support and expressed how she was encouraged to see young people ready to get involved with her campaign.

Also on hand was freeholder candidate, Claudia Chavez, who was equally excited to get young people involved in her campaign. She vowed to take her campaign to the streets of Democrat bastions including Paterson and Passaic in an effort to begin to bring new folks into the party.

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Goldberg Lands Three More Lines

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Hudson, Burlington and Hunterdon counties are now in GOP U.S. Senate Primary Candidate Brian Goldberg’s column, Save Jerseyans, giving him a commanding institutional lead with two months to go before primary day.

Hudson and Burlington are declaring for the first time; Hunterdon needed a new horse to back after Bob Turkavage failed to qualify for the primary ballot on Monday.

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Kovach: Competent Enough for Congress?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Janice Kovach: competent enough for Congress?

Janice Kovach: competent enough for Congress?

N.J.S.A. 19:14-2.1 will likely bail out Janice Kovach in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, Save Jerseyans, but her would-be constituents should not.

You may have heard that Kovach’s bid to challenge incumbent Leonard Lance in November fell short on Monday when her campaign failed to file sufficient signatures to earn a sport on the primary ballot. No other Democrat nominee stepped up to try their own hand at federal politics so, at the moment, it’s clear-sailing for Lance provided he can defeat perennial challenger David Larsen in the GOP primary. She’s vowing to appeal.

Allow me to appeal to the good people of CD7: regardless of what happens to Kovach’s candidacy, moving forward, there are two extremely troubling problems underlying the Kovach campaign’s petition screw-up which should worry anyone who was predisposed to giving her a chance either this year or at some point in the future…

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Photo of the Day

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Maybe it’s because they’ve never fully recovered from losing access to Jon Corzine’s formidable patronage. Or perhaps there simply isn’t much demand for a tax-obsessed opposition party in a county where taxes have remained un-hiked for two consecutive years in row.

Whatever the reason, Save Jerseyans, the Morris County Democrat Organization has undoubtedly seen better days…

Morris Democrat HQ

Guadagno, Citing Report, Zings Zimmer

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Kim Guadagno in WildwoodIt’s nothing I haven’t said before, Save Jerseyans, but Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno took the opportunity of today’s Bridgegate/Sandygate internal report release to defend herself from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s accusations:

“When I addressed the allegations made by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer in January, I categorically denied them as false and illogical. I also stated that my position would be borne out by a full evaluation of the facts. Now, after an exhaustive review, it is clear that Mayor Zimmer’s allegations do not stand up to scrutiny, and in truth, are demonstrably false based on contemporaneous documents, other witness accounts, and her own prior statement(s), all contained in the report. In fact, Mayor Zimmer’s version of events was and is fictional.”

 

Goldberg Wins Somerset Line

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

somerset89 for Brian Goldberg and 55 for Murray Sabrin, Save Jerseyans, after two ballots at Tuesday night’s convention.

Only Goldberg, Sabrin and Rich Pezzullo were in attendance among the 5-candidate field.

Brian Goldberg has now claimed the county lines in Somerset, Ocean, Atlantic, Cumberland, Mercer, Passaic, and Essex counties, giving him a formidable base of support heading into the June Primary.

 

Sources: Paul to Challenge Pascrell

CD9By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

After coming up short in last week’s 3-way BCRO freeholder convention battle, reliable Save Jersey sources report that Dr. Deirdre Paul is planning to challenge Rep. Bill Pascrell for his CD9 House seat.

We wish her all the best. It’s a lot for any Republican to bite off, even in the best of GOP cycles…

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“Lots of Reasons for the Firing” of Kelly

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Attorneys for Bridgegate targets Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien are pushing back by attempting to portray the ongoing SCI investigation as nothing more than a political witch hunt. There’s some truth to that, Save Jerseyans. Governor Christie, for his part, restricted his public comments at last Thursday’s Flemington town hall to personal disappointments… plural…

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Avery, Walsh Win BCRO

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

avery and walshBob Avery and Bernadette Walsh were victorious in tonight’s three-way freeholder battle at the Bergen GOP Convention, Save Jerseyans.

The freeholder vote total:

Avery 456

Walsh 336

Paul 277

For those of you wondering, Bergen elected to skip adopting a U.S. Senate candidate, electing instead of an open primary in June.

Christie Reps Arb Cap in Flemington

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

At the moment, Save Jerseyans, New Jersey’s landmark 2% property tax cap is exacting real downward pressure on property taxes. A key component of the reform was the arbitration cap which limits annual raises for police and firefighters to 2% as well, but without legislative action by the end of March, the single greatest curb on property tax growth could be gone.

Governor Christie spent a considerable amount of time discussing the issue at Thursday’s Flemington town hall meeting:

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Ryan’s Racist? Then Which Dem Isn’t?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

daniel-patrick-moynihanThis particular story really pissed me off, Save Jerseyans, which is really saying something since I’m pretty much immune to most liberal idiocy from covering it on a daily basis. There are still exceptions.

On William Bennett’s Morning in America radio talk show last week, a program where the former education secretary and drug czar focuses heavily on cultural issues, Rep. Paul Ryan appeared as a guest (he used to be Bennett’s intern back in the day) and matter-of-factly cited the “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value of work,” as serious problem for the country.

Uncontroversial? Sure. But for a political party that thrives on exploiting -isms, Ryan’s candor presented an irresistible opportunity for partisan-motivated race-baiting…

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Here They Come Again…

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

First Amendment rights are always subject to place/time restrictions, Save Jerseyans. Governor Christie’s public sector union opponents don’t dwell on the nuances, so if you had any doubts as to why the state police started snapping photographs, then here’s your answer:

arco protester tweet

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And Then There Were Three…

BY THE STAFF | THE SAVE JERSEY BLOG

The BCRO HQ in downtown Hackensack.

The BCRO HQ in downtown Hackensack.

There is plenty on the line ahead of Thursday’s convention at the BCRO headquarters in Hackensack, Save Jerseyans.

The Bergen County Republican Freeholder primary will decide whether Republicans take back control of the Bergen County Freeholder board and consequently impacts all Bergen County residents immensely as well as future statewide races given Bergen’s size and things are heating up.

Last week ended a double header of sorts for BCRO candidates including a Candidates Night and the Policy Committee meetingOne candidate is now out; three remain. An active councilwoman, a reserved attorney, and a college professor who supported Barack Obama in 2012…

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REPORT: Fitzhenry Out of Bergen Race

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Fitzhenry with Gov. Chris Christie (2013)

Brian Fitzhenry with Gov. Chris Christie (2013)

And then there were three, Save Jerseyans?

According to reliable sources, former LD36 Senate candidate Brian Fitzhenry is withdrawing from consideration ahead of Wednesday’s Bergen County Republican Organization Convention (BCRO) in Hackensack.

Fitzhenry’s decision comes after a disappointing showing at last week’s policy committee meeting when he finished 4th out of four candidates.

While no official announcement has been made, Fitzhenry reportedly missed a key GOP meeting over the weekend and the LD36 Facebook page affiliated with his supporters has switched over to boosting Bernadette Walsh and Bob Avery in the last 24 hoursThe fourth candidate, Dr. Deirdre Paul, finished 2nd at last week’s policy committee gathering.

 

Senate Candidates Meet with YRs

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

bcyr board membersOver 25 people attended the Bergen County Young Republican “Meet the Candidates” meeting at 8:00pm at local watering hole The Poitin Still in Hackensack last Monday, Save Jerseyans, and they were joined by three of five candidates for the Republican nomination for US Senate: Rich Pezzullo, Murray Sabrin, and Brian Goldberg.

For Bergen County Freeholder, Dr. Dierdre Paul, Bob Avery, and Brian Fitzhenry each spoke (Bernadette Walsh was unable to attend). Addressing the BCYR’s as a surrogate for Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan was County Administrator Edward Trawinski.

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Passaic Goes with Goldberg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg

Brian Goldberg

Here’s the U.S. Senate county breakdown thus far as of this brisk yet clear March morning, Save Jerseyans:

We’ve learned that Passaic County went with businessman Brian Goldberg on Saturday morning. Goldberg previously won the line in Essex County, too, and at this stage, he’s the only candidate with two counties in his column. That’s something.

It’s also something that’s not close to over. Monmouth County’s Rich Pezzullo earned Union County’s support back on March 1st. Professor Murray Sabrin walked away with the most votes (but not the line as of yet) from Middlesex County’s screening committee ahead of next weekend’s convention after a multi-ballot duel with former FBI agent Rob Turkavage.

Flip a coin. We’ll know more by the end of next Saturday at which point Ocean, Monmouth AND Middlesex will have formally weighed in on the contest.