It all started on Tuesday when Steve Lonegan sought to counter news of 160 elected official endorsements and a $1.5 million cash on hand edge for his competitor Tom MacArthur by releasing a strongly-worded open letter from committee members Beverly Marinelli of Burlington County and
Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero of Ocean County Republicans.
The presumptive GOP nominee to replace Rush Holt in CD12 reported just over $100,000 in first quarter contributions to the FEC this morning, Save Jerseyans.
Alieta Eck, a physician from Central New Jersey, also reported $97,158.48 cash on hand from the original $100,105.00 raised from 266 contributors.
“While the total is an important milestone for us, I’m most proud of the number of small contributions from regular folks across all walks of life,” Dr. Eck said in a campaign statement. “Our message of real positive change in Washington is resonating not only here in New Jersey, but across the country as well.”
Who Eck will face in November remains a mystery; Democrats are in the middle of a particularly bruising 2-way primary between Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17).
CD3 GOP candidate Tom MacArthur is reporting over $2 million raised in the 1st Quarter of 2014 ($2,001,075.00 to be exact), Save Jerseyans, along with approximately $1.75 million cash-on-hand.
“This has been a very good past few weeks for Tom and the campaign,” said campaign spokesman Chris Russell. “Sweeping the party endorsements in mid-March was a critical first step, and as soon as it ended we began an aggressive campaign on television, in the mail box, online and on the ground. We have a superior candidate, a more compelling message and all the resources we need to win this primary on Tuesday, June 3rd.”
Primary rival Steven Lonegan told PolitickerNJ back around the beginning of April that he had raised approximately $350,000. MacArthur, for his part, has thus far contributed $2 million of his own money to the race.
The $2 million question for political pundits? Can MacArthur’s growing war chest and county line advantage overtake Lonegan’s name recognition between now and June 3rd?
On Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, I offered you my two cents on the tax hike allegationin Steve Lonegan’s new CD3 GOP primary ad. Now allies of Lonegan primary rival Tom MacArthur are hitting back against a second allegation, also lodged in the same ad, that MacArthur supported affordable housing projects as mayor of Randolph.
One major MacArthur supporter, Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R-8), went so far as to charge that Lonegan’s camp “intentionally used the phrase ‘low-income housing’ as a code word meaning that people like me aren’t welcome in our communities or in our party.” I told you this one would get rough quick, folks!
What’s the truth?Here’s a linkto the actual town council meeting minutes to which the TV ad refers. It relied primarily on this MacArthur quote…
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) took to the floor of the House on Thursday to express support for Concurrent Resolution 96, otherwise known as the “Path to Prosperity” championed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a measure which balances the budget in 10 years but has nevertheless generated considerable controversy among Republicans both inside and outside of the beltway.
The measure ultimately passed narrowly, 219 to 205. Here’s the video of Rep. Lance’s brief remarks:
Perhaps there was never any hope for a clean GOP primary in CD3 this cycles, Save Jerseyans. The latest TV spot to hit the airwaves is indicative of what we have to look forward to over the next two months:
A theme is emerging. You may have heard Mark Levin read an anonymously-authored post from Red State on air last Wednesday evening, titled “Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in New Jersey?”
The post echoes many of the points included in the Lonegan ad above, a post which candidate MacArthur labeled “creepy” in a fiery letter to his primary rival since it cited his daughter’s Facebook page to allege that he still doesn’t reside in CD3 (aside: both candidates are transplants from North Jersey).
Garry Cobb is the latest high-profile 2014 candidate to run into ballot petition problems, Save Jerseyans.
It’s a little complicated so follow along carefully: Cobb needed to file two sets of petitions this time around for both the general election AND the special election to replace Rob Andrews, as did the other Democrat and Republican challengers in CD1.
What does this mean? Unless Garry Cobb gets 200 write-in signatures on June 3 as permitted by N.J.S.A. 19:14-2.1, then he’ll appear on ballot just once in November, in the general election column, but not for the special, setting up a situation where Cobb could theoretically win the general election but lose the special election, a set of circumstances whereupon Norcross would fill Andrews’ vacated seat from Election Day until the new Congress convenes in January 2015.
I had the pleasure of visiting with the Burlington County Young Republicans on Tuesday night in Evesham, Save Jerseyans, where young leaders from Burlco’s myriad of school boards, municipal committees and town councils mix and meet with freeholders, legislators and party leaders (while washing all of that politics down with some Chicago-style pizza and cold beer).
The Phillies’ game was naturally streaming on a flat screen in the background, too, but a healthy dose of candidate speeches marked by appeals for campaign volunteerism are the hallmark of any respectable party gathering.
Among Tuesday evening’s special guests was Tom MacArthur, candidate for the House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.
At first blush, the almost disarmingly-chill MacArthur’s strongest contrast with primary opponent Steve Lonegan isn’t ideological but stylistic; unlike the notoriously blustery and unapologetically intense former mayor of Bogota, MacArthur exudes a quiet charisma that kept the audience of 50+ attendees fixated as he talked about he and his wife’s decision to “choose life” when they learned that their daughter would be born with severe handicaps, the need to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, and ways to make the tax code fairer for employers struggling to maintain or expand their payrolls.
We’re grateful that Tom sat down for a chat with Save Jersey before the rest of the YRs arrived…
N.J.S.A. 19:14-2.1 will likely bail out Janice Kovach in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, Save Jerseyans, but her would-be constituents should not.
You may have heard that Kovach’s bid to challenge incumbent Leonard Lance in November fell short on Monday when her campaign failed to file sufficient signatures to earn a sport on the primary ballot. No other Democrat nominee stepped up to try their own hand at federal politics so, at the moment, it’s clear-sailing for Lance provided he can defeat perennial challenger David Larsen in the GOP primary. She’s vowing to appeal.
Allow me to appeal to the good people of CD7: regardless of what happens to Kovach’s candidacy, moving forward, there are two extremely troubling problems underlying the Kovach campaign’s petition screw-up which should worry anyone who was predisposed to giving her a chance either this year or at some point in the future…
Fueled by 3 cups of coffee on Saturday morning, Save Jerseyans, I headed over to the first stop of Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s bus tour in Ocean City.
Stop #1 was a well attended event despite the early hour and pouring rain. There were numerous elected and Cape May County officials present, so I’ll just try to highlight a few (I needed 3 cups of coffee to get there, so I may not have seen everyone who was there and don’t want to unintentionally leave anyone out): Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, Freeholder Kristine Gabor, Sheriff Gary Schaffer and Ocean City Council members Mike DeVlieger and Michael Allegretto were among the elected officials who came to show the Congressman their support.
Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor is expected to announce his candidacy for the open seat. He’s been in office 11 years and also works as a top official at the Delaware River and Bay Authority. The only announced Democrat in the race, state senator Donald Norcross, has much of the announced official party support. But Minor is undaunted.
“I don’t have the resources to compete with the Norcross machine obviously. We’ll run a spirited campaign,” Minor tells KYW Newsradio. “We’ll run a campaign based upon the issues and the qualifications and we’ll run a campaign with whatever resources that I have at my disposal.”
Legendary Philadelphia Eagle Garry Cobb made it abundantly clear that he was running to replace Rob Andrews back in February, Save Jerseyans, but the formal announcement was indefinitely on hold over the last couple of months, reportedly so that he could continue making sports-related media appearances via 610 WIP talk radio and other regional outlets without running afoul of FEC regulations.
All of that ends Monday. According to Save Jersey sources, Cobb will host a press conference at Camden County GOP headquarters in Cherry Hill at 10:30 a.m. on Monday in order to make it official.