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Category: South Jersey

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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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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What’s up with the Taj Mahal?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Save Jersyans, on Friday you read how the Press of Atlantic City reported that the Taj Mahal casino was now expected to stay open. I was happy, as that meant 2,800 jobs would not be lost.

Unfortunately, since that report, there has been a flurry of news about the Taj.

A quick recap:

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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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VIDEO: Chris Brown Does AC with Save Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

chris brown interviewYes, one of the most hotly contested midterm elections in recent memory is only days away, Save Jerseyans, and our New Jersey Election 2014 coverage remains unmatched! Without question. And it’ll remain our focus over the next week-and-a-half. Count on it.

But this is the Save Jersey blog after all, so retaking Trenton in the name of the taxpayer will always remains our #1 focus. With that goal in mind, I dropped in on our friend 2nd term Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) last Friday to discuss, among other topics, his personal and progressional background (for the benefit of those of you tuning in for the first time), recent developments in Atlantic City which lies at the heart of his district, and the perennial battle against tax/spend/borrow insanity in Trenton.

Keep an eye on this guy! Not just because he’s a central figure in the next cycle’s political drama; he’s got a the intelligence, passion and communication skills to go places in N.J. politics…

Watch below the fold:

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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):

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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…

 

Good News for 2,800 Taj Mahal Employees

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

taj mahalGood news, Save Jerseyans:

As I was putting on the finishing touches of my ideas to keep the Taj Mahal open, The Press of Atlantic City reported that the Taj Mahal, which was in danger of closing on November 13, has no immediate plans to announce its closure (click here to read my last post if you’re not all caught up).

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YRs Deploy for MacArthur

By Brendan Quiñones | New Jersey Young Republican Federation

young republican volunteer macarthurOver the past three weeks, the New Jersey Young Republican Federation and its county affiliates have organized three volunteer deployments into various parts of our great state to aid the campaigns of strong Republican candidates. From supporting local candidates in Scotch Plains and Red Bank, to helping Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and his county running mates in Wayne, Young Republicans have been at the forefront of helping to move our state forward.

Now, with two weeks until Election Day, the New Jersey Young Republican Federation is asking for your help in making the final push, a successful push.

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Christie Hits Trail with MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie and macarthurAfter stumping in Morris County for Jeff Bell on Monday and plenty of RGA candidates in the ensuing two days, Gov. Christie will head to the Mastoris Diner in Bordentown on Thursday to boost Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) down the home stretch.

The 1:00 p.m. meet-and-greet photo opportunity is part of the MacArthur campaign’s ambitious “Get Out The Vote for TMAC Tour” which is taking the congressional hopeful to every municipality in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District over the final two weeks before Election Day.

In truth, the Governor’s South Jersey visit may have more to do with Burlington County’s down-ballot contests than the House; MacArthur is building a double-digit lead in the district as GOP independent expenditure groups pile on and their Democrat counterparts check out.

 

Rove Drops $600k on Belgard’s Head

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

National Republicans are moving to shore up their position in takeover and open seats at this point in the 2014 midterm game, Save Jerseyans, while the Democrats continue to fall back.

The latest here at home? Crossroad GPS, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation associated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, just put $600,000 behind this TV spot in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District:

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Courier Post Backs MacArthur (and Savages Belgard)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Today’s NJ-03 endorsement from Southwest Jersey’s largest in-state daily newspaper was nothing short of EMBARRASSING for Aimee Belgard, Save Jerseyans.

I’m not exaggerating for Tom’s sake. He doesn’t need my help if you believe the latest polling news. In endorsing Republican Tom MacArthur to succeed the retiring Jon Runyan, the Courier Post editorial board explicitly declared that Belgard, the Democrat, was in its members’ estimation “lacking in leadership skills” (yikes!) despite the fact that “her heart [is] in the right place.” (ouch!)

It got worse, too:

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CNN Profiles South Jersey’s Shyanne Roberts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Shyanne Roberts

Shyanne Roberts

10-year old ccompetitiveshooter Shyanne Roberts, a Gloucester County native, has gone mega-viral – perhaps that’s an understatement of sorts – since Save Jersey first posted her Trenton committee testimony back in the spring.

Now she’s quite literally everywhere, Save Jerseyans; this Friday, she was profiled by CNN in a stunningly-balanced look at children and firearms, and Shyanne made the case (without even trying to be political, I suspect, given her age) that gun violence is predominately a cultural problem, one which gun control laws as we currently conceive of them are ill-equipped to address.

“I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader,” Shyanne told CNN. “Kids and guns don’t always mean bad things happen.”

She rocks! And she’s one of our own, so you can support her and keep up with Shyanne’s travels, competitions and pro-2A musings here on her official Facebook fan page.

Forget I Ever Said ‘Thank You’ Vince Mazzeo

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Vincent Mazzeo

Vincent Mazzeo

Save Jerseyans, you may remember back in July, when I was one of the first to point out that the GOP was working to save Atlantic City while Democrats appeared to be ready to declare it dead, that I also noted that the sole Democratic exception was District 2’s Vince Mazzeo.

At the time, Mazzeo came out against North Jersey casinos, and I gave him credit for that. I even thanked him.

But now, I feel I must retract those sentiments.

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Lobo! Leads Hughes by 21pts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoNot even close.

That’s the finding of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in its new poll of NJ-02, Save Jerseyans, where Republican incumbent Frank Lobiondo (56%) leads Democrat challenger Bill Hughes, Jr. (35%) by a whopping 21-points.

His opponent’s weak party support (only 76% among Democrats) tells most of the story in this Cook PVI D+1 district. “LoBiondo has held his seat for two decades because of significant crossover appeal in a district that otherwise trends Democratic,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

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