As you know, Save Jerseyans, Democrat Bill Hughes, Jr is looking to unseat Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo in District 2 so Hughes can rubber stamp Obama’s agenda and help make Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House again (because it worked out so well the first time).
And State Senator Jeff Van Drew just endorsed the wanna-be Obama rubber stamp Bill Hughes, Jr. this week.
This should come as no shock to you, loyal Save Jersey readers, because Van Drew, while pretending to be an across the aisle moderate, is a proud Democrat who sticks with his party at the end of the day. And Van Drew just demonstrated in this instance how he is willing to ignore all the good LoBiondo has done for the district and his efforts to bring jobs to the area, endorsing Hughes… why?
Because Hughes is a Democrat.
LoBiondo is going to beat Hughes. Bank on it. Which means in 2015, when Van Drew is on the campaign trail, trying to convince voters to re-elect his mouthpiece, Assemblyman Fluff Bob Andrzejczak, Mr. Middle of the Aisle Van Drew is going to have explain to people why he tried to send an Obama rubber stamp to Washington.
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).
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.
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.
Save 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…
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.”
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.