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Category: U.S. House of Representatives

New Poll: The Cho-sen One Fades Away

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

choA dominant debate performance? Late deciders breaking Republican in a GOP year? Having decided that the challenger is an empty suit? Or a renewed campaign war room seriousness after a polling scare?

Whatever the causation may be, Save Jersey, Monmouth’s Polling Institute now finds Rep. Scott Garret moving into a comfortable 11-point lead ahead of his Democrat challenger, Roy Cho, in NJ-05.

53% of likely voters now back Garrett while 42% support Cho, up from the modest 48% to 43% lead the incumbent registered in Monmouth’s survey released October 15th. 

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Stockton Poll: MacArthur up overall but losing Burlco

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur poll

MacArthur talks to members of the VFW (District 12) on Tuesday evening.

A new Stockton poll suggests more movement in Tom MacArthur’s direction, Save Jerseyans, riding a 5-point lead over Aimee Belgard in NJ-03.

MacArthur leads 46% to 41% with 8% undecided and 5% passing on both the Republican and Democrat candidates. He’s up 6-points with leaners included. The last Stockton poll from September 15th had the pair tied at 42%. 

Interestingly, it’s weak support among Democrats that’s holding Belgard back; she’s winning only 75% of Democrats whereas MacArthur is supported by 84% of Republicans. MacArthur’s 5-point lead among unaffiliated voters mirrors his overall margin.

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Stockton: LoBiondo Leads by 18-Points

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lobiondo signsBill Hughes, Jr. is turning out to be a bigger flop than The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Save Jerseyans!

A new Stockton poll released Tuesday found Frank LoBiondo leading the Democratic challenger by a whopping 18-points, 53% to 34%, in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District among 600 surveyed likely voters.

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Lance Goes Nazi (Benefits) Hunting

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lance press conference

Rep. Lance with Rep. Maloney and Jewish American leaders at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC.

It sounds like an Indiana Jones movie, Save Jerseyans, and the mild-mannered U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07) isn’t exactly your prototypical action hero, but the New Jersey Congressman is no less determined to bull whip this situation into submission.

What situation? And how?

He’s a force behind the dramatically-labeled “Nazi Benefits Termination Act of 2014″ currently working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Conservative Group Passes “Judgment” on Belgard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The first NJ-03 TV spot from Crossroad GPS (501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation associated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads) was tame compared to this bone-crusher of an ad that hit airwaves today from American Action Network, Save Jerseyans, an organization founded by former MN U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, and aimed at burying Aimee Belgard (D-Central Jersey) in her losing battle with Republican Tom MacArthur.

“Judgment” draws on images of a troubled Obama era world and focuses on Belgard’s time on Edgewater Park Township Committee (prior to joining the Burlington County freeholder board in 2012) when she voted to lay off policemen and hike or bring into being 111 municipal fees.

The independent expenditure group plans to spend $670,000 NJ-03 between this ad and a 15-second version of “Judgment” (the full TV version is below the fold):

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GOP Will Take A Beating Nov. 4, No Matter What

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

ElephantsNo matter how the November 4 mid-term elections turn out the GOP will take it on the chin.

They’ll take a beating.

You bet they will.

No, not necessarily at the polls. That’s not what we’re talking about.

The Republicans will take a beating from the biased, dominant media — the three big networks, the New York Times, New Yorker, MessNBC, Washington Post, LA Times, PBS, NPR, etc. etc. – that whole crowd.

Here’s what the imitative, dominant, unithink media will say:

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NJ-05 Debate: Garrett Chews Cho and Spits Him Out

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

garrettAt least one poll suggests it’s this year’s closest New Jersey House race, Save Jerseyans, and IF that’s true, it’s only because Rep. Scott Garrett wasn’t aggressively responding to Sandy-themed attacks from his Democrat challenger, Roy Cho, taking seed in the 5th Congressional District’s blue-ish Bergen communities. 

But now Garrett is fighting back, both fists fully-engaged, and anyone who listened to Saturday’s WRNJ radio debate was left with little doubt as to which man demonstrated true mastery of the challenges facing our country (Garrett) and, on the other hand, which isn’t quite ready for prime time and is still scraping by on Wikipedia-level knowledge of major issues

Listen:

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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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