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By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Snapped within the last couple of weeks by a Save Jerseyan…

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Van Drew Not Running for Congress

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

He must have just been there for the pancakes, Save Jerseyans, because Jeff Van Drew made it official on Monday: he is not running for Congress in CD2 for 2014.

This means that the only official candidate for the Democratic nomination is Bill Hughes, Jr, son of the former Congressman that current Congressman Frank LoBiondo beat in 1994. Unofficially, Obamacare architect David Cole had said that if Van Drew was out, he may be in.

CD2 made headlines recently when the DCCC aired ads in the district attacking Frank LoBiondo for his stance against Obamacare and his efforts to repeal it. That particular move officially forces the Democrat running against LoBiondo to embrace Obamacare during the campaign. Which means we will most likely see a pro-Obamacare Hughes/Cole running against an anti-Obamacare LoBiondo.

Game on…

Do Booker Visits Mean Van Drew is Running?

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter)

We’re not even four weeks into 2014, Save Jerseyans, but liberal junior Senator Cory Booker has already visited Cape May County two times. Once on the 11th to tour the Coast Guard base, and then again on the 25th to a diner in Rio Grande. 

Folks, Cory Booker has officially spent more time in Cape May County in 2014 then he did during his entire 2013 campaign. I’m not sure Bob Menendez or the late Frank Lautenberg could’ve found Rio Grande on a map.

Booker ignored Cape May County and lost big time in 2013; Obama lost it in 2012, too. So what’s he doing in unfriendly territory?

I think it might be a sign that Jeff Van Drew is planning to enter the race for Congress in District 2.

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Will Jeff Van Drew Run for Congress?

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Van DrewSave Jerseyans, the 2014 race in CD-2, a seat currently held by Republican Frank LoBiondo, is going to be a big deal. The Dems who want Nancy Pelosi back as speaker of the house, have targeted CD-2 to help with that goal. Bill Hughes Jr, son of the Democratic Congressman LoBiondo defeated in 1994, didn’t even wait for the 2013 cycle to end before jumping into 2014, declaring his intent to run against LoBiondo in late October.

And of course, the big question still remaining is if District 1 State Senator Jeff Van Drew going to run as well?

Van Drew was rumored to be a candidate in 2012, but his poor showing in Cape MayCounty in 2011 put an end to that. And this year, scuttlebutt is he met with the DCCC about running for this seat.

So will he or won’t he? It’s a good question, and there are persuasive arguments for both. Let’s take a look…

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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. 

LoBo Boosting Van Drew Opponents

On Election Eve, Rep. LoBiondo Joins Christie in Offering Support to the LD1 GOP Ticket

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

lobiondoCongressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ02), a popular political persona throughout South Jersey (see one of those reasons here, as LoBo takes Congress to task over Sandy aid), has joined Governor Chris Christie in his support of Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, Kristine Gabor & Sam Fiocchi in District 1, as the GOP ticket endeavors to unseat Jeff Van Drew, Arrogant Nelson Albano & Bob Andrzejczak on Tuesday.

Here is the Congressman’s endorsement:

Dear Friends:

It’s important to vote this Tuesday, Nov 5th, for State Senate and Assembly in the 1st Legislative District.

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2014 Underway in CD2

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJ 2The 2013 Election is days away, Save Jerseyans, but the fight for New Jersey’s last truly competitive congressional seat is already heating up.

New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District is currently represented by veteran Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ02) but is considered a D+1 district by the Cooker Partisan Voting District. Some Democrats are betting fallout from this month’s shutdown could render Republicans is marginal districts vulnerable next fall.

William Hughes, Jr., the son of former Rep. William Hughes (D-NJ02) who represented the district for all but two years between 1970 and 1995, formally announced his candidacy on Thursday. Meanwhile, Cape May GOP Chairman and Save Jersey contributor Michael Donohue took aim at state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May) who has been openly flirting with a run for the last couple cycles:

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LD1 AC Press Debate (VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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.

New TV Spot Slams Van Drew, Albano

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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…

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Allen Wants Apology from Van Drew

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) sent this letter to her Democrat colleague; she’s taking issue with blatantly misleading Van Drew paid content in the Cape May Herald newspaper.

State Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is hopping mad at her Senate colleague Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), Save Jerseyans, over one of the most egregious campaign representations in recent New Jersey political history.

So angry that she sat down and fired a letter off to the LD1 Democrat incumbent.

Allen took particular umbrage with the following portion of Van Drew’s ridiculously and trasparently duplicitous paid content in the Cape May Herald:

“Albano is the latest in a long list of lawmakers to have their cases taken up by the ethics panel on such procedural grounds. That group includes former Atlantic County Republican Senator Bill Gormley, as well as current senators Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Kip Bateman (R-Somerset), and current Assembly members John Amodeo (R-Atlantic) and Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth). Former Atlantic County Republican Assemblyman Vince Polistina also faced a similar hearing in 2010.”

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Sen. Van Drew’s embattled running mate Asm. Nelson Albano (D-Vineland) is the subject of a formal legislative ethics investigation after a joint bipartisan committee unanimously voted to initiate it last week. The investigation stems from the “Troopergate” scandal covered extensively here at Save Jersey. Recognizing the potential electoral consequences of losing his Cumberland County/labor connection, Van Drew is doing quite literally everything (including making stuff up) to rescue Albano’s seat; most recently, he ran the paid newspaper article, referred to by Allen, brazenly claiming that the joint committee declined to find wrongdoing on Albano’s part despite the fact that the investigation is ongoing.

Senator Allen didn’t like having her good name associated with Albano’s conduct. “I am amazed the paper let you print such a dishonest charge,” Allen says in her letter. “Dragging my name into this as part of strategy to minimize the charges against Assemblyman Albano is wholly irresponsible, and I would appreciate you correcting the record publicly.” We’d like to see a correction, too, but we suspect there’s a better chance of Cory Booker forsaking his Twitter account. Liars lie. It’s their nature.

Now He’s Lying to Senior Citizens

Van Drew’s Home Care Vote: Another Textbook Example of His Trademark Duplicity

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

GrandparentSave Jersyens, due to the high percentage of seniors in Southern New Jersey, a lot of people are worried about a Senate bill, S2100, that just recently cleared the Senate regarding home care. A lot of seniors are worried that this legislation will drastically change the costs of thier home services, and possibly lead them to go into a facility of some sort against their will.

A little background.

Home care companies provide all sorts of in home care services at various levels, and each caregiver at each level typically has a state certification due to the personal care nature of the work. RNs, LPNs, CNAs, CHHAs, physical therapists, etc.

There is one level of care referred to as “companions” that does not require certification. Companions don’t provide actual personal care, but rather help seniors with every day tasks that, as you age, become difficult to manage on your own but do not justify going into a nursing home either. These are tasks, like taking out the garbage, grocery shopping, meal preparation, are the sort of every day chores with which many of us have assisted an elderly family member or neighbor. These companions are a low cost alternative to putting otherwise capable people into expensive nursing homes. And these companions work for home care companies where they typically undergo background checks, drug testing, reference checks, and interviews before being sent out.

There currently is no state certification for companion; even our habitually-intrusive legislature realized that requiring government training for picking up milk and bread for an elderly person was a bit much.

Or at last not until S2100…

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Van Drew Crosses the Line in LD1

Sen. Jeff Van Drew Flat Out Lies About Status of the Albano Ethics Investigation

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

jeffvandrewliar-liarSave Jerseyans, I was floored today when I read some sponsored content in the Cape May County Herald and paid for by Jeff Van Drew’s solo campaign account. Floored!

Last week, by a vote of 8-0, the Joint Commission on Legislative Ethics, made up of 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans, decided to investigate Albano for his role in Troopergate (which Save Jersey has covered); Albano is accused of trying to use his position to get a state trooper fired on baseless grounds.

It is an undisputed fact that the Commission could have voted to dismiss the compliant, and it’s also an undisputed fact that Albano is now under active investigation by the committee’s attorneys.

Van Drew, however, flat out lied about it today in the aforementioned ad. Van Drew had the gall to not only say the vote was simply a procedural matter, glossing over the fact that Commission could have chosen to dismiss the compliant if they wanted but chose not to, but then lied and THANKED THE COMMISSION FOR DECLINING TO FIND ANY WRONG DOING ON ALBANO’S BEHALF:

“We are extremely pleased that the committee declined to find any wrongdoing on behalf of Nelson.”

Click here to read it for yourselves. This crosses a line…

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A Vote for JVD is a Vote for Steve

By Matt Rooney The Save Jersey Blog

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.

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Van Drew Team’s Response To Ethics Probe is Insulting

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Van DrewIn case you missed it last week, Save Jerseyans, by a unanimous 8-0 decision, Assemblyman Nelson Albano is now under formal investigation for his actions in the Troopergate scandal.

That’s what happens when you try to get a trooper fired because he wouldn’t rip up your ticket.

And I must say, the reaction of Albano and his ticketmate Jeff Van Drew to this news is downright insulting to their constituents.

First off, Albano isn’t even man enough to respond directly to this news. He had no problem writing letters himself, and making phone calls himself, but now he won’t talk to anyone about it. He issued a statement through his Chief of Staff blowing it off, dismissing the vote to investigate him as strictly “procedural.”

Bull

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GOP on TV First in LD1

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Democrats and their allies are ducking debates and pouring big money in New Jersey’s First Legislative District, Save Jerseyans, but it’s the Republican ticket that’s first on the air with a television spot this time around.

Titled “What If?” and running 30 seconds, the biographically-centric ad endeavors to introduce LD1 voters to Senate hopeful Susan Adelizzi-Smith, a small businesswoman seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Jeff Van Drew:

For those of you tuning in for the first time to Save Jersey and/or this particular race: most politicos consider LD1 a top GOP pick up opportunity in 2013. Van Drew held on by 3,700 votes in 2011 out of nearly 46,000 cast, largely fueled by Democrat turnout in Cumberland County, and the Republican ticket came without about 1,000 votes of capturing an Assembly seat. 2013 is a different ballgame and one member of the Dem ticket is brand new and untested. NJ GOP leaders and local chieftains are hoping the Chris Christie “wave” will be enough to close that gap and make history.

Van Drew to Put Department of Labor on Double Secret Probation

Van DrewFolks, late last night I was wrapping things up at the office and quickly checked Facebook. And amongst pictures of my friends’s “dogs” (real dogs are supposed to be BIGGER than cats, people) and Monday night Applebee’s check-ins in my newsfeed, there was this gem from the Jeff Van Drew team’s (the Dems seeking re-election in LD1) Facebook page.

While New Jersey residents are working hard to make ends meet, pay bills, mortgages, and student loans NJ criminals are getting free room and board as well as other state benefits.  It shouldn’t be the burden of New Jersey residents to pay …the way for criminals.  This is why I have sponsored S1082 and S2626 making criminals with sufficient means pay their own incarceration costs and preventing incarcerated individuals from collecting unemployment benefits, respectively.
This post is Van Drew’s very delayed, by about 3 months, reaction to New Jersey Comptroller Matthew Boxer, one of the few New Jersey officials who knows math, “shocking” report that the New Jersey bureaucracies that provide a chunk of the funding for Van Drew’s party were wasting millions by giving benefits they weren’t supposed to New Jersey prison inmates.
From above, Van Drew’s delayed reaction to this waste that everyone but Trenton knew about is to charge rich guys for jail and make something illegal more illegal.
Corzine Addressing Media in 2009His rich guys pay for jail bill is crap for several obvious reasons, so I’m gonna limit myself to three. First, you’re assuming they’re competent enough to actually go and get the crooks assets. The criminals with actual assets know just where to hide those assets. That or they lose them and just cannot remember where they went.
Second, just like I said with Obamacare, you don’t reduce costs by changing the billing address, you do it by reducing costs. Its a basic business truth. Maybe if you spent more talking to business owners in your district instead of taxing them you’d know that. I’m sure we could count on two hands how many prisoners would actually receive an invoice if this became law. How about a bill that reduces costs across the board? I made some great suggestions to Gloucester County a while back on that issue.
Third, there is the moral implication of paying people and bills with blood money. And I can’t speak for you or anyone else, Senator, but personally, I would not be ok with accepting payment in blood money.
Van Drew’s second bill is even more idiotic. Preventing incarcerated individuals from collecting unemployment benefits IS ALREADY ILLEGAL! The whole point of Boxer’s report was that it was happening DESPITE THE LAW SAYING THAT IT SHOULDN’T! That they knowingly broke the rules and fundamentally failed at thier jobs, and suffered ZERO consequences for it. And you think making it illegal even though it’s already illegal will magically fix the situation?
delta_houselogoI can think of only one other person dumb enough, besides Senator Van Drew, to propose something like that. And he’s fictional! You’re proposing to the same thing Dean Wormer did when he found out that Delta House was already on probation: put them on Secret Double Probation! And it didn’t do a damn thing, the Delta’s didn’t change their behavior at all. And niether will your proposal. In order to fix the situation, the bureaucrats whom work in the Department of Labor and whose unions are big supporters of your party need to be held accountable and disciplined for their past actions and measureable standards for accountibility need to be put in place for the future. That is how you solve the problem, not Double Secret Probation.
Someone needs to bring their foot down on this guys, Jeff. But that foot it obviously not you.