Snapped within the last couple of weeks by a Save Jerseyan…
Category: Cape May County
Assemblyman-elect Sam Fiocchi (R-1) was the NJ GOP’s silver-lining, Save Jerseyans, on an Election Night 2013 devoid of any other down-ballot legislative successes.
I recently visited South Jersey’s newest legislator to get an idea of what he plans to do next:
Sheppard: Sam, let me ask you, right off the bat, how did it feel to win?
Fiocchi: Well, it certainly was a bittersweet victory. It’s great to win, you know this was my second try. I was hoping, actually, I was pretty confident, I thought my running mate Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt on the Senate side and Kristine Gabor on the Assembly side, that they were going to win as well, but it just didn’t work out that way. But I was certainly elated, it feels great, and I’m looking forward to the job in Trenton.
Yes, he won a decisive state senate victory on November 5th, thanks to record Super PAC spending and a favorable redistricting map. He could be the front runner to challenge Frank LoBiondo next fall. He has every reason to feel a little smug. For now.
I still don’t think he’s quite earned the right to refer to himself in the third person. I’m not sure anyone is sufficiently cool to get away with that! But state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May) tried it anyway in a new interview with Shore News:
“But I don’t think he wants to work with Sen. Van Drew,” Van Drew said.
He’s referring to Assemblyman-elect Sam Fiocchi (R-Cumberland), the only Republican legislative pick-up from Election 2013, who vanquished Van Drew’s running mate “Arrogant” Nelson Albano.
Who could blame Fiocchi even if it was true, Save Jerseyans? Van Drew was even willing to lie about the status of a legislative ethics investigation. It’s impossible to work with anyone that arrogant, or at least that’s been Matt Rooney’s experience.
Cape May County GOP Chair Mike Donohue celebrated what might be the Assembly GOP’s only 2013 win this morning:
“We have been at this for a long time and we have finally broken through.
I went down to the Ocean City GOP HQ today to see Governor Christie speak, Save Jerseyans, and everyone reading this post in Cape May and Cumberland Counties should take note:
Notwithstanding his “bipartisan” alliances, Chris Christie explicitly said that he wants to work with Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, Kristine Gabor & Sam Fiocchi in Trenton, not Jeff Van Drew, Arrogant Nelson Albano & Bob Andrzejczak. Why would he want to work with 3 Democrats who endorsed Barbara Buono? Exactly.
From the Big Guy himself, flanked by the LD1 ticket and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ02):
Some people have asked me if my silence was due to fear of the vindictive Democrats incumbents trying to hold onto their seats (Troopergate anyone?).
Please, I don’t fear bullies. Those who have read the few posts I have had time to write know that the real reason is that I unable to post is because I have been buried under the horrendous, job killing, money sucking, rights trampling, Democrat darling monstrosity known as Obamacare.
And those who have read my posts in the past know that I am a nerd who loves to dust off his double major from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and analyze the hell out of stuff. And this year, in the hotly contested LD1 race, where polling shows that JOBS are the number one concern in the District, I was looking forward to getting my nerd on by putting each ticket’s job plan through my Hoya Saxa inspired analysis then comparing and contrasting them.
Nerdvanna! I hit a snag, however. Only one ticket actually has a plan! Nerdvanna denied…
Governor Chris Christie is starting to appear in ads for politicians who aren’t him, Save Jerseyans. Check out what’s up on the air down in the hotly-contested First Legislative District:
There types of ads don’t get cut without the express consent of the Governor’s inner circle. The Governor will personally visit Vineland (Cumberland County) and Ocean City (Cape May County), two of LD1′s largest and most electorally critical towns, to campaign with the Republican candidates during the final week push as part of his dramatically-expansive 90 stop bus tour. Bottom line: his people think the LD1 assembly seats are very winnable or, if you prefer to look at things the other way around, that “Arrogant” Nelson Albano is extremely vulnerable.
Want to know more about Kristine Gabor and Sam Fiocchi? I interviewed them earlier in October. Click here for the audio.
We’re continuing our whirlwind interview tour around the Garden State, Save Jerseyans, with Election 2013 less than two weeks away and Democrat special interests spending huge money to defeat legislative Republican challengers.
Here’s my interview with LD1 GOP Assembly candidate Kristine Gabor (R-Cape May) and Sam Fiocchi (R-Cumberland), the pair who is trying to retire Arrogant Albano:
Click here to watch our interview with their senatorial running mate, Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt.
In case you missed it on Monday evening, Save Jerseyans, here’s the video of last night’s AC Press debate between incumbent state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt (R-1):
Want more LD1 coverage?
Click here to watch my interview with Susan.
Check back here tomorrow (Wed. 10/23), too, for my interview with the LD1 GOP Assembly candidates, Kristine Gabor and Sam Fiocchi.
Lonegan’s Results Should Fire Up Republicans in Legislative District 1
OK folks, obviously the biggest news from Wednesday night’s election results is that we are sending another unqualified Democrat to Washington DC. But since we have another election in a few weeks, its time to suck it up and play through the pain.
Ironically, these results should also provide Republicans in District 1 with incentive to unseat Jeff Van Drew, Arrogant Nelson Albano and Bob Andrzejcak and cause Democrats to panic and ask the party boss/NJEA funded, Harry Reid disciple-led SuperPAC for more money.
Some say it’s impossible to compare a special election’s results to a general. I don’t think that’s true without qualification.
District 1 composes all of Cape May County, three towns from Atlantic County and most of Cumberland County. Unfortunately for us, only Cape May County currently provides election results broken down by town, so this analysis includes some guestimating…
With Election Day less than one month away, Save Jerseyans, the LD1 GOP is taking aim at incumbents Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Asm. Nelson Albano for their conduct subsequent to the Troopergate scandal:
The TV ad’s transcript is below our fold…
Save Jerseyans: I was perusing the Spout Off message boards on the Cape May County Herald‘s website (The Herald recently made statewide news when Jeff Van Drew bought misleading paid content designed to help cover for Nelson Albano’s troopergate mess); I was shocked by what I saw.
I saw one poster who was bashing Cape May County Republicans… Especially those living in Middle Township…
With the user name “IrwinFletcher.”
Regular Save Jersey readers are all-too-familiar with LD1 and its reprehensible Democrat representatives. Political watchers on both sides of the aisle still consider all three legislators to be among the state’s most vulnerable incumbents this year; they’re certainly acting like it!
I stopped by Ocean City on Saturday to meet with the woman who hopes to replace Democrat state Senator Jeff Van Drew in the state legislature in January: businesswoman Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt.
To learn more about the LD1 campaign and ways to help Susan win this November, visit susanforsenate.com.
I love this news GOP TV spot out of the First Legislative District, Save Jerseyans, because its message is as important as it should be obvious: you can’t change New Jersey without changing the legislature:
Governor Chris Christie ran on a similar theme in 2009. Now it’s more true than ever before. Incumbent state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May) is a prime example of the problem.