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Category: U.S. House of Representatives

Bonnie Doesn’t Know What’s In It. Or Doesn’t Care?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Eck Coleman Debate

There are plenty of reasons to support Dr. Alieta Eck over Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman in the race to succeed Rush Holt, Save Jerseyans.

This exchange from Wednesday night’s debate is a good place to start:

“$500 million came out of Medicare because of the Affordable Care Act which you are in favor of, correct?” asked Eck, a medical doctor and co-found of the Zarephath Health Center, looking directly at Coleman.

“The Affordable Care Act?” Watson Coleman responded, apparently running on autopilot. “Of course, I’m in favor of it!”

Um… what?

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We the Enablers

We, the People, Grant Legislators the Power of Political Arrogance!

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Capitol Building StaticYou may have heard that Clay Aiken’s is running against Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers this fall in North Carolina’s 2nd District Candidate, Save Jerseyans.

While I have nothing against either one, what I find disturbing is a comment recently made by Ellmers to the Kiwanis Club: “He’s an entertainer. He’s an actor. He believes that he can change costume and get into character and speak to whichever group and win them over.”

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Christie Hits Trail with MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie and macarthurAfter stumping in Morris County for Jeff Bell on Monday and plenty of RGA candidates in the ensuing two days, Gov. Christie will head to the Mastoris Diner in Bordentown on Thursday to boost Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) down the home stretch.

The 1:00 p.m. meet-and-greet photo opportunity is part of the MacArthur campaign’s ambitious “Get Out The Vote for TMAC Tour” which is taking the congressional hopeful to every municipality in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District over the final two weeks before Election Day.

In truth, the Governor’s South Jersey visit may have more to do with Burlington County’s down-ballot contests than the House; MacArthur is building a double-digit lead in the district as GOP independent expenditure groups pile on and their Democrat counterparts check out.

 

Email Shocker: House Majority PAC Concedes 2014

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

white flagIt’s not unusual for party leaders to stay quiet when things are going badly, Save Jerseyans, which makes me wonder exactly how bad things are actually getting for national Democrats this cycle.

DCCC chief Steve Israel is openly venting his frustrations to the press. Weird. DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz may be a total nut job, but her stubborn “we’re going to hold the line” attitude is what you’d ordinarily expect from a party leader.

What really raised my eyebrows? Today’s House Majority PAC email ostensibly authored by former DNC Chairman Howard Dean…

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Rove Drops $600k on Belgard’s Head

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

National Republicans are moving to shore up their position in takeover and open seats at this point in the 2014 midterm game, Save Jerseyans, while the Democrats continue to fall back.

The latest here at home? Crossroad GPS, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation associated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, just put $600,000 behind this TV spot in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District:

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Booker Cruising But House Dems Hitting Red Lights

Big Dem PAC Bolts NJ-03; and Cho Chooses to Vote Where?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

cho and belgardYou can blame gerrymandering to some degree, sure, and the national political climate isn’t hospitable to Democrats this time around, but Roy Cho (D, NJ-05) and Aimee Belgard (D, NJ-03) also can’t seem to get out of their own way.

They can’t blame the top of the ticket. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) leads his Republican opponent, Jeff Bell, by no less than 16-points in the latest FDU poll out Tuesday morning, Save Jerseyans. 

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NJ NRA Questionnaire Ratings: Belgard Leaves It Blank?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgardI’ve been asked by more than a few readers where this year’s New Jersey federal candidates stand on the critical Second Amendment question.

The NRA-PVA isn’t infallible (they endorsed Harry Reid in the past before “breaking up” in 2013) but the organization does important work; here are this year’s ratings for our Garden State races from its official questionnaire.

Four candidates received formal endorsements: Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-02), Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03), Scott Garrett (R-NJ-05), and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07). Lance and Lobiondo were the only recipients of the “Solidly pro-gun” A rating (the NRA’s second-highest designation).

Guess which candidate in a major contest sat on her hands and refused to answer?

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Express-Times Endorses Lance

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

lance kovachThe Express-Times, a newspaper covering the Leigh Valley which encompasses Warren County, New Jersey, is endorsing Leonard Lance for re-election.

“Lance has a record of getting things done…,” wrote the editorial board. “His willingness to break with party leadership is evident, and he hasn’t betrayed the core issues that define his record — jousting with deficit-builders, promoting government reform, restricting government regulation while keeping an eye on environmental needs, and helping small business.”

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Courier Post Backs MacArthur (and Savages Belgard)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Today’s NJ-03 endorsement from Southwest Jersey’s largest in-state daily newspaper was nothing short of EMBARRASSING for Aimee Belgard, Save Jerseyans.

I’m not exaggerating for Tom’s sake. He doesn’t need my help if you believe the latest polling news. In endorsing Republican Tom MacArthur to succeed the retiring Jon Runyan, the Courier Post editorial board explicitly declared that Belgard, the Democrat, was in its members’ estimation “lacking in leadership skills” (yikes!) despite the fact that “her heart [is] in the right place.” (ouch!)

It got worse, too:

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WATCH: Ocean County NJ-03 Debate

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Republican candidate Tom MacArthur and Democrat Aimee Belgard, and Democratic-Republican Party of New Jersey candidate Fred Lavergne will face off in the next NJ-03 debate of 2014 tonight at Ocean County College in Toms River, Save Jerseyans.

Belgard badly needs a win after a rough 2nd debate and souring polls.

Radio station WOBM 1160 & 1310 AM is hosting the event which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday night. You can also watch below the fold via a YouTube livestream (click here if it’s not working) and tweet questions to @debateOCC:

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Bell, Lance Call for Ebola Travel Ban

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport

The AP (hardly a conservative think tank) is reporting that African countries are stemming the spread of Ebola by closing their borders.

You and I know how around 40% of the illegals in THIS country arrive legally… then simply vanish.

So wouldn’t temporary travel restrictions for Ebola-stricken countries make sense right now, Save Jerseyans? Given everything that’s going on? And the risks associated with one of the deadliest diseases known to man loose on our home soil? One which the CDC seems woefully ill-prepared to confront?

No! Say the Democrats who remain more obsessed with fealty to political correctness than their duty to defend our homeland. Like Sheila Jackson Lee who, bless her heart, doesn’t seem to understand that quarantines are supposed to precede the outbreak.

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Lobo! Leads Hughes by 21pts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoNot even close.

That’s the finding of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in its new poll of NJ-02, Save Jerseyans, where Republican incumbent Frank Lobiondo (56%) leads Democrat challenger Bill Hughes, Jr. (35%) by a whopping 21-points.

His opponent’s weak party support (only 76% among Democrats) tells most of the story in this Cook PVI D+1 district. “LoBiondo has held his seat for two decades because of significant crossover appeal in a district that otherwise trends Democratic,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

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Nancy Pelosi Fundraiser at Tavistock Met with Protest

By Alyssa Lafage | The Save Jersey Blog

It was a dreary, rainy day in South Jersey but despite the bad weather, Save Jerseyans, a couple dozen protesters showed up with signs and umbrellas in hand outside of the Tavistock Country Club where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a $1,000 per plate luncheon fundraiser for fellow Democrat Donald Norcross.

The protesters were spread out over three different areas along the various residential entrances to ensure that Norcross’s guests would see their signs as they arrived. But even if guests somehow missed the signs, they had no choice but to hear a man dressed as Paul Revere shouting into a megaphone from across the street expressing his disdain for what the Democrat party has become…

Photos below the fold:

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Cho Proves Lies Can Get You Close

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Scott Garrett

Scott Garrett

It looks as if Rep. Scott Garrett could, after all, end up having the longest election night of any New Jersey incumbent this year, Save Jerseyans, assuming new survey results from Patrick Murray’s Monmouth Polling Institute are accurate.

Monmouth found Garrett (48%) leading challenger Roy Cho (43%) by only 5-points with 6% undecided.  Garrett was re-elected by 12-points in the 2012 “Obama year.”

 “This race was not even a blip on most political prognosticators’ radar screens.  It should be now,” said Murray, who serves as director at the Polling Institute.

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