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.
Congressman 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:
It’s important to vote this Tuesday, Nov 5th, for State Senate and Assembly in the 1st Legislative District.
The 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:
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):
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.
“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.
Save 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.
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:
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.”