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LIUNA Endorses MacArthur; DCCC Dumpster Dives

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur endorsementLabor Day is in the rear view mirror, Save Jerseyans, and the final lap to Election Day is turning into a sprint as Congressional Democrats, desperate for offsets to expected losses, attempt to gain a beachhead in New Jersey’s 3rd District.

Republican Tom MacArthur kicked his Tuesday off by accepting the endorsement of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) in Edgewater Park. “We’re here today because we need leaders in Washington, like Tom MacArthur, who will work with people in both parties and build a consensus behind policies that help to create jobs and rebuild America’s middle-class,” said Tony Capaccio, President and Business Manager Construction & General Laborers’ Local 172.  “Tom came from modest means and worked hard to build a successful business.  He believes that we must invest in America and American families, and our members will work hard for him in this campaign.”

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Christie to Raise Cash Over Eggs for MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Governor Chris Christie is stepping up his in-state fundraising this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and the latest beneficiary will be the Republican candidate fighting to retain this year’s most competitive Garden State House seat: Tom MacArthur.

He’s heading to Toms River on Thursday morning for a breakfast at the Route 9 Ramada hotel; it’s happening between out-of-state fundraising trips on behalf of RGA-backed candidates. Next up in the coming weeks: North Carolina, South Carolina and a trade mission to Mexico.

MacArthur opponent Aimee Belgard, one of the only non-incumbents in modern Congressional history to dodge debate challenges, dropped her own e-mail fundraising appeal on the eve of Christie’s Ocean County visit. “Governor Chris Christie’s coming to the district in just 24 HOURS,” it reads. “Why? He plans to rake in thousands of dollars for Aimee’s radical right-wing opponent.”

Yawn…

Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02′s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates:

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MacArthur Steps Up Air War

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

How long before the DCCC decides NJ-03 isn’t worth the money propping up a weak NJ-03 prospect in a toxic Obama backlash cycle, Save Jerseyans? Your guess is as good as mine, but today’s development might help them along.

Just days after the national Democrat congressional organization was, in an unprecedented move, forced to pull back an objectively slanderous TV ad aimed at Republican nominee Tom MacArthur, the GOP campaign is counter-punching with the second of a two-part counter-punch intended to blunt the impact of an estimated $100,000 per week Democrat television buy leading up to Labor Day Weekend:

Retreat! DCCC Drops NJ-03 Attack Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

white flag

The truth is always vindicated eventually, Save Jerseyans.

Today, we learned that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is dropping a malicious and defamatory TV attack aid aimed at Republican NJ-03 hopeful Tom MacArthur.

NJ-03 is slipping away from them yet again after briefly capturing the traditionally GOP seat in 2008 before dropping it just two years later. Their candidate isn’t helping her own case. A lightweight by reputation, Democrat nominee Aimee Belgard is skipping freeholder meetings and avoiding debate challenges; the DCCC tried to make up for their chosen horse’s poor performance by recycling smears that were dispelled back during the primary cycle.

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Chances Aimee Belgard Won’t Cry Watching This Ad? Zero.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard is the first non-incumbent, DCCC-backed candidate to actively AVOID the cameras (and her opponent), Save Jerseyans, and I don’t think this new major TV spot from the MacArthur campaign is going to cure her politically-induced agoraphobia… hmmm….

Debuting Tuesday throughout NJ-03:

Belgard’s Running Alright… Away from Scrutiny!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Freeholder Joseph Donnelly looks on while seated next to Aimee Belgard's empty seat.

Freeholder Joseph Donnelly looks on while seated next to Aimee Belgard’s empty seat.

This Wednesday evening’s Burlington County Freeholder meeting transpired without event, Save Jerseyans, but there was one notable absence.

She tweeted about it; Freeholder and Democrat NJ-03 nominee Aimee Beglard just didn’t show up for it. Maybe it’s the negative influence of her friend Cory Booker (D-Twitter)? A man who believes governing and tweeting are interchangeable terms.

Belgard did bother to call. No, I’m not joking.

Too busy running to succeed Jon Runyan to do her day job? Or is she trying to hide out and avoid tough questions after a particularly nasty DCCC-financed smear against her opponent, Tom MacArthur, backfired in epic fashion?

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Cho is a False Choice for NJ-05

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

cho

Roy Cho in a recent web ad.

NJ-05 Democrat challenger Roy Cho just returned from a trip to Israel, Save Jerseyans, a foreign excursion designed to bring attention to the young attorney who has raised an impressive amount of cash but nevertheless remains out-gunned by his opponent — and under-loved by the DCCC — in his quest to topple Rep. Scott Garrett. It’s the kind of thing a top tier presidential contender is expected to do; it’s a little bit strange for a bottom tier House candidate.

I admire his effort. And hey, maybe he is genuinely concerned about Israel. I’ll take his word for it.

Here’s the problem: Cho’s election would aid Israel’s enemies.

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Rooney Gives N.J. Election 2014 Update On ‘Fired Up’

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

rooney radioElection Day is under three months away, Save Jerseyans, and the final sprint is about to begin.

Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney cut an interview with Alyssa Lafage for WAAR Radio’s ‘Fired Up’ program on Monday night to break down Election 2014′s New Jersey dimensions; specifically, the status of the respective Republican challenger campaigns of U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell and former Philadelphia Eagle Garry Cobb.

Matt’s interview begins around the 47:46 minute mark:

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DCCC Hopes Something Sticks in NJ-03

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard

Aimee Belgard

They’re running out of time to find pick up opportunities to offset their vulnerabilities, Save Jerseyans, so the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is throwing two big money ads at the wall in NJ-03 and hoping that something sticks.

You can watch the first independent expenditure ad right here. I’m not going to give the DCCC a free space to peddle their bulls**t.

And hypocritical B.S. at that? “It’s no surprise that Nancy Pelosi’s campaign organization would launch a despicable and slanderous attack ad on Aimee Belgard’s behalf,” NRCC Spokesman Ian Prior opined. “After all, Belgard has spent her whole campaign hiding in a heavily fortified bunker hoping to avoid questions about her record and letting others do the talking for her. Of course, what the ad fails to mention is that ‘do as I say, not as I do’ Belgard made big money as a lawyer helping insurance companies defend and deny claims to New Jersey families.”

We’ve heard all of this before. A similar line of attack was leveled against the campaign of Republican Tom MacArthur back during the primary, a tactic that ultimately yielded nothing for the people attempting to leverage it other than a costly defamation law suit. I suspect Team Belgard will reap similar results this November.

 

Two Smith Laws Signed Into Law On The Same Day

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings

chris smithIt is rare for most congressmen to get one of there bills signed into law. Frank Pallone, for example, has only had 6 bills, two naming post offices, become law in his entire 26 year career in congress.

Congressman Chris Smith is #4 of all members of the 435 member House of Representatives in getting their bills through both houses and signed by the president.  On Friday, two more of Smith’s bills became the law of the land. Families and children are better off because of Smith’s new laws.

Between ordering airstrikes in Iraq and flying off to vacation in Martha’s Vineyard on Friday, President Obama signed two separate bills sponsored by Smith. One to help prevent international child abduction and return American children now held overseas, and the other targeting $1.3 billion in federal funds to assist families touched by autism.

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Cobb: LBJ “Destroyed” Black Families

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s a true and awful shame that Garry Cobb isn’t getting more (defined as “any”) help from the powers-that-be, Save Jerseyans, because the former Philadelphia Eagle and current NJ-01 Republican nominee has a story to tell voters whom the GOP just can’t seem to reach. When they even try. Some candidates were just born on the wrong side of the North Jersey/South Jersey ‘Berlin Wall’ if you catch my drift.

In any event, what he shared during a recent segment with Newsmax TV is along the lines of what I said last week following Willingboro’s bizarre decision to honor Barack Obama at JFK’s expense but, for a host of patently obvious reasons, it’s more important to hear this message from an upstanding, successful and famous guy like Garry:

Cook Says LoBo is a ‘Solid R’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lobiondo and ChristieDemocrats are quickly running out of House pick up opportunities in the Garden State, Save Jerseyans. Some of that’s by design in the wake of redistricting; to a large extent, however, it’s a sign of what is looking like an ugly midterm cycle for the President’s party.

Over the weekend, venerated political handicapper Charlie Cook moved Frank LoBiondo’s 2nd Congressional District to “solid Republican” from the likely column; 5 of 6 districts currently held by the NJ GOP are considered solid:

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Protesters Await Harry Reid in Cherry Hill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

protestThe center of New Jersey’s political universe on Monday won’t be Trenton, Newark, or any of the usual flash-points north of the I-295 corridor, Save Jerseyans.

Sprawling, suburban Cherry Hill, South Jersey’s second most populated municipality, will play host to a fundraiser for Democrat State Senator and U.S. House candidate Donald Norcross at his power broker brother George Norcross III’s favorite restaurant, Caffe Aldo Lamberti, situated at the intersection of Haddonfield Road and Route 70 across from what used to be the legendary Garden State Race Track (now a large upscale outdoor shopping mall). The guest of honor is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a close ally of the Norcross Machine. Big money donors are expected to flock to the popular Italian bistro to pay homage.

Various grassroots groups are also intent on showing up for the high-ticket event but they don’t plan on staying for dinner or even partaking in the calamari appetizer.

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Smith: “Textbook Anti-Semitism”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rep. Chris Smith (R, NJ-04) has a reputation for championing underdogs domestically and internationally, Save Jerseyans. The ultimate underdog in human history has been the Jewish people, scapegoated and abused throughout the ages and still today in even the most unlikely of places.

To hear the media tell it, the Israeli Defense Force’s ongoing campaign to destroy terror tunnels and rocket launching sites in Gaza is little more than the latest dust up in an arcane border dispute or, worse, a human rights travesty perpetrated by a U.S. puppet.

On Tuesday, Smith took to the house floor and articulately called on the Obama Administration to grow a spine (my words, not his), speak out in Israel’s defense, and help explain to the world that anti-Semitism is what’s really at work here…

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MacArthur Launches FreeholderBelgard.com

With Three Months Left, Republican Campaign Goes After Debate-Ducking Belgard with Big Online Ad Blitz

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A screenshot from freeholderbelgard.com

A screenshot from freeholderbelgard.com

At the end of June, Save Jerseyans, we talked about how strange it was that Democrat CD3 hopeful Aimee Belgard continued to duck debate challenges from her Republican opponent, Tom MacArthur, in her quest to succeed Jon Runyan and become only the second Democrat since Reconstruction to hold the seat.

Yes, well-heeled incumbents or candidates who are waaay ahead in polling have few incentives to risk giving their opponent an opportunity to get back into the game with a well-landed punch. Belgard doesn’t fit into either category. She needs that big “punch” to make a go of this thing — and quickly — before October arrives and national Democrats who’ve flirted with her candidacy get bored and turn their attention and resources to defenses.

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Still Waiting to See What Makes Jeff “Independent”

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

rubberstampAs 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.