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Category: Cumberland County

Van Drew Owes Fiocchi an Apology

By Irwin Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

So I’m back from summer vacation, Save Jerseyans, and I ain’t happy.

In fact, I’m angry.

I read about Senator Jeff Van Drew’s appointing 25 people to the 1st District Economic task force. About how Van Drew made himself chair. About how he made Assemblyman Fluff Andrzejczak vice-chair.

And how he snubbed Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi by not only excluding Fiocchi’s 30 plus years of private sector from the task force for purely political reasons, but with these wildly inaccurate statements regarding Fiocchi‘s shock at being excluded:


6 Reasons to Build the BL England Pipeline

BEd Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

pine barrensNo, 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.


LoBiondo Calls On Greco to Resign

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2)

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2)

Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a close long-time ally of Cumberland County Chairman Bob Greco, is calling on the GOP Chairman to step aside on Tuesday morning following a report in the Vineland Daily Journal that Greco had been charged with “theft by failure to make required disposition.”

“I was shocked to learn about the alleged actions of Bob Greco as reported in the press today,” the Congressman said in a statement. “Due to the seriousness of the charges, it is only appropriate that Bob resign his chairmanship of the Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization.”

Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor is alleging that Greco improperly took $149,000 from a retirement home patient.

LoBiondo is seeking reelection in 2014 and he’s grappling with this development only days after concluding an 8-county kick-off bus tour.


Fiocchi Fights to Revive Pipeline

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Sam Fiocchi (left)

Sam Fiocchi (left)

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.”

The plan made plenty of sense…


“Text” of Bob Andrzejczak’s Speech Against Magazine Restrictions

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Bob Andrzejczak

Bob Andrzejczak

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.


Goldberg Wins Cumberland

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg

Brian Goldberg

Brian Goldberg is one step closer to the Republican U.S. Senate nomination tonight, Save Jerseyans. He captured the Cumberland County’s GOP line on Thursday evening the day after he prevailed in deep red deep-red Ocean County

Goldberg also claimed the lines in Passaic and Essex earlier this month, taking an early but decisive lead in the county endorsement count entering into a busy final sprint of conventions as March closes out.

The GOP county convention circuit continues with Mercer (Friday), Monmouth and Middlesex (Saturday), Atlantic (Monday), Somerset (Tuesday), and Hunterdon (next Thursday).

Shiloh Borough Mayor Passes

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Harold Davis

Harold Davis

We are sad to report that Shiloh Borough’s Republican Mayor Harold Davis passed away on Friday, February 20th, Save Jerseyans, at age 65. 

Mayor Davis reportedly suffered from a condition known as thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension which negatively affects blood flow through the lungs. He had served his tiny 500+ person community for over 30 years.

Davis’s 3rd term as mayor wasn’t set to expire until next December.

“We were deeply saddened when we learned of the passing of Harold Davis. He always put his community first,” Cumberland GOP Chairman Bob Greco shared in a Saturday statement. “Serving Shiloh was not about politics to him, it was truly about community service.”


Sam Fiocchi Talks to Save Jersey

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Sam FiocchiAssemblyman-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.


Riding High, JVD Refers to Himself in the 3rd Person

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Van DrewYes, 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. 

Missing Coattails? Or Ground Game?

OPINION: GOP Needs to Look in the Mirror, Not at Governor Christie

CoattailsBy Larry Wallace | The Save Jersey Blog

In South Jersey, the GOP has no one to blame but ourselves.  Before the election of 2013 was over and right after the last vote was cast, it seemed everyone wanted to point a finger at Gov Christie for our losses.  From his picture with Obama to the endless photo ops for all those sudden ground breakings in our area, everyone wanted to blame someone else for blowing a great opportunity to gain seats.

The reality is, when you run for office, the only person you better count on to get the job done is yourself.  Of course a candidate cannot win any election without help from many, many others.  All politics are local and local is where any election needs to start.

Running for office at the state level, as I and my running mates Niki Trunk and Bob Vanderslice just did, requires the type of money, volunteers and town by town, county by county coordination that fell short this year.  This isn’t to place blame.  I’m simply pointing out what’s painfully clear.  We stated early on, publicly, that if we fail to win our seats, we have no one to blame but ourselves.


LD1 GOP Cheers Albano’s Defeat

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LD1“Arrogant” Nelson Albano’s defeat has been a long time in coming, Save Jerseyans.

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.


Analyzing the LD1 Jobs Plans

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

LD1 SlateSave 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…


Trunk Attacks “Union Boss” Sweeney

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Niki Trunk is stepping up her game in the battle to unseat Senate President Steve Sweeney, Save Jerseyans. Big time.

Check out this tough new TV spot which is hitting Philly broadcast and cable channels today:

Did you miss my interview with Niki? Click here.

The Guv Wades Into LD1

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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.