New Jersey Republicans will have a primary after all, Save Jerseyans.
On Tuesday evening, Save Jersey learned that a New Jersey administrative law judge declined to disqualify U.S. Senate candidate Alieta Eck from the August GOP Primary ballot on the basis of an objection filed last week by the Lonegan for U.S. Senate campaign.
Reached for comment, a spokesperson for the Lonegan campaign told Save Jersey that they ”had serious concerns about the origin, collection, and notarization of Dr. Eck’s petitions and those concerns continue.”
Click here for a digital copy of the decision and a pretty good summary of the key points from MMM.
Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic NJ) voted against it. No shock there. 5 other Republicans (including Florida’s Marco Rubio) also voted “NAY.” Attempting to explain his vote and avoid a base backlash, Senator Rubio cited a lack of “specifics.”
Chiesa previously voted to allow debate on the primary legislation during last week’s session. It now seems all but certain that (1) the Senate will pass it, (2) the House will spike it, and (3) true immigration reform will remain an unreachable goal pending a favorable change in leadership.
What else is new?
If you want to thank Senator Chiesa for today’s vote (and encourage him to go the right way on the final vote) click here for his D.C. office contact information.
Among other allegations, Lonegan attorney F. Michael Daily says “numerous books contain signatures purportedly witnessed by Alieta Eck and investigation has disclosed that contrary to her affirmations she did not witness such signatures.”
Dr. Eck’s campaign filed approximately 2,300 signatures on Monday, or about 1,300 more than the amount required to make the August primary ballot. It isn’t immediately clear whether the Lonegan camp’s legal challenge, if successful, will be enough to knock Eck off of the ballot outright or simply attempt to pressure the North Jersey physician to suspend her campaign.
A little late breaking news tonight, Save Jerseyans.
The New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division has ruled that Governor Chris Christie’s October 16th special election plan passes muster. Christie’s initial action following Frank Lautenberg’s passing drew a lawsuit from Democrats.
Chris Christie is up over Barbara Buono by 30 points ahead of November. Cory Booker leads his Democrat primary field for August and the potential GOP challengers heading into October. No surprises thus far, Save Jerseyans.
The most interesting aspect of Patrick Murray’s latest Monmouth University poll concern a potential turnout model for this fall’s elections:
Current voter models suggest that turnout for the November general election will be about 45% of registered voters. This is slightly lower than the 47% to 49% turnout levels New Jersey has seen in gubernatorial races over the past decade. The U.S. Senate race in October appears likely to result in even lower turnout, currently pegged at about 40% compared to a more typical 46% to 48% turnout. The Monmouth University Poll’s likely voter model is based on a combination of past voting history from voter registration files and self-reported intention to vote in either the October special election or the November general election.
And you and I both know that little doozy is just the tip of the iceberg, Save Jerseyans. Name an area of Garden State life and I’ll find you an example of public waste. Newsflash for new readers who’ve inhabited the underside of a rock for the past 20 years: New Jersey government isrife with corruption,waste, and as of late, an excessive degree of naked partisanship at the expense of constituents’ urgent needs; if our government wasn’t such a wasteful mess, then there wouldn’t have been an audience for blogs like Save Jersey, Bob Ingle would’ve never had enough material to write a New York Times bestseller titled Soprano State, and a certain former U.S. Attorney might’ve had a hard time racking up enough convictions to help launch a historic gubernatorial campaign.
Criticism of special election spending from Trenton Democrats who’ve played a central role in our state’s tragic fall from fiscal stability simply doesn’t pass the laugh test.