State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) took a pass on a CD2 run against Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2) this year, Save Jerseyans, leaving his party’s chances for a New Jersey Democrat House pick-up in the less-than-capable hands of Bill Hughes, Jr., scion of a political family led by his father, former Congressman Bill Hughes.
I say less-than-capable because Hughes has $342,199 on hand, hardly an inspiring amount of cash for a Democrat challenger in a PVI D+1 district where the multi-term incumbent boasts a better than one million dollar advantage. Hughes will likely post a less-than-inspiring finish in November barring a major Lobiondo slip-up or a dramatic reversal of the national climate trajectory (we just found out that President Obama is solidly upside down statewide at the moment, so he’s likely even less popular in the redder reaches of South Jersey).
No, I’m not talking about the Keystone Pipeline (though I do think that should also be built already!), Save Jerseyans. I’m talking about the BL England Pipeline Project. You’ve read about Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi’s efforts to get this pipeline built on Save Jersey. You’ve probably heard the loud objections of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups about burying a pipeline along the shoulder of a road that runs through the Pinelands. You’ve probably read about the politics of the pipeline.
What you haven’t read or heard is why this Pipeline needs to be built.
Author’s Note: I am a member of the Cape May County Young Republicans, helping to organize ATF Day, and have organized ATF Days for other organizations in the past.
What the hell, Save Jerseyans?
In order to promote its 2nd Annual ATF Day (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms), Cape May County Young Republican President Tom Rotondi paid to “boost” a Facebook post the group made asking prospective attendees to save the date for the event.
According to Rotondi, Facebook predicted that between 5,000-9,000 “boosts” would occur, i.e. appear in 5,000-9,000 news feeds. The post reads “Save the Date CMC Young Republicans 2nd Annual ATF day is coming!” and includes a link to the email blast that CMCYRs sent out to its membership.
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.
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.”
Folks: last week’s roll call of the Assembly vote on restricting magazines to 10 rounds has caused some debate in my neck of the woods on Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak’s (D LD-1) commitment to the Second Amendment.
Andrzejczak voted “No”, not that his vote was a tiebreaker. Some people have argued that the Assemblyman is not a true advocate for the Second Amendment, that he does not stand up to the Democrats who are chipping away at gun rights, that he merely said what Jeff Van Drew told him to say to get backing from the NJ2AS membership last fall, and will only vote in favor of 2A issues if there are enough Dem votes to shoot down the bill. Others have countered that Andrzejczak is a strong 2A advocate, who does speak up on behalf of NJ gun owners, and just found himself in the same situation as many GOP 2A legislators: the numbers simple weren’t on his side.
Well, Save Jerseyans, there’s a very easy way to determine which side is right, the “Bob’s a poser” or the “Bob’s the real deal” factions. Below please find the transcript of every speech Bob Andrzejczak gave in opposing this legislation.
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.
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.
Save Jerseyans, you might have noticed I have been quiet on the election front this cycle in my neck of the woods.
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):
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.
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…