New Jersey Republicans aren’t accustomed to competitive primaries. The closest we’ve seen in recent history was back in 2005 (the first statewide race in which your Blogger-in-Chief was eligible to vote) when Doug Forrester edged by Bret Schundler by less than 5-points in a very crowded field.
I’ll say this for Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador), Save Jerseyans: his foreign policy track record is a lot better than Joe Biden’s. That’s not saying a WHOLE lot, but there you have it.
For example, when he joined Jake Tapper to discuss the Ukrainian/Russian situation last week, only hours before the invasion, Menendez correctly identified Putin’s imperial ambitions:
It’s finally convention season, Save Jerseyans, and the first GOP committee members are beginning to select their preferred choices for the June Primary.
Today it was Union County’s turn. In one of the only contested races, delegates assembled in Union Township on a cold but sunny March day voted to back Rich Pezzullo for the U.S. Senate nomination.
Pezzullo reportedly ended up with 75 votes; Professor Murray Sabrin landed 33, former FBI agent Robert Turkavage earned 31 votes, and concrete businessman Brian Goldberg secured 13. A fifth candidate, Jeffrey Bell, submitted his letter of intent but did not appear.
Some Republicans had hoped that Ciattarelli, who certainly looks the part and is a proven vote-getter in a less-than-deep red district, would apply his considerable resources to give Cory Booker (D-Twitter) a run for his money. Sources report his major concern was the effect a federal bid – and hypothetical job in Washington – might have on his young family.
Moving forward: our discussions with the other hopefuls are already underway. Click here to watch this week’s interview with candidate Brian Goldberg.
We’re kicking off our Election 2014 Senate coverage by sharing my interview with Brian D. Goldberg, Save Jerseyans, a businessman originally from Monmouth County who made his money in the concrete business and who now hopes to bring private sector common sense to Capitol Hill.
He’s one of five GOP nominee hopefuls including former U.S. candidate and Reagan campaign staffer Jeffrey Bell, Monmouth businessman Rich Pezzullo, retired FBI agent Robert “Turk” Turkavage, and Ramapo Professor Murray Sabrin.
Goldberg addresses Monroe Twp. GOP Club on Thursday evening. (Photo credit: Goldberg Campaign)
Brian D. Goldberg made it official today by filing to run for U.S. Senate, Save Jerseyans. Click here to read the letter.
“I’m thrilled to be able to officially announce that I’m seeking to challenge Senator Cory Booker this November,” said Goldberg in a statement. “Republicans need a positive, unwavering and effective messenger to give voice to common sense solutions in the U.S. Senate.”
Goldberg first make it public that he was exploring a run back in December; his campaign also used today’s announcement to say that Daniel Beckelman, Hudson County Young Republican Chairman, would serve as the Senate campaign’s treasurer.
Sabrin’s announcement is an indication that he received sufficient encouragement from Republican county chairmen and other party leaders over the last two weeks since he announced his interest in challenging Booker that believes he has enough support to win the majority of establishment party lines in the primary. Sabrin told WHDT 9 News, that he would only enter the primary if he had sufficient establishment support to avoid a competitive primary.
In case you missed it earlier this week, Save Jerseyans, Cory Booker (D-Twitter) delivered his first big floor speech in the United States Senate since taking office late last year. Tweeters were atwitter over it. Colleague Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic & Ecuador) took to the floor immediately afterwards and praised the junior senator’s “aplomb.”
My reaction? It was certainly a classic Booker performance.
We got (1) one Bruce Springsteen quote (a poor substitute for A.A. Milne?), and (2) a lengthy speech replete with good inflection and SAT words but devoid of either substance or originality. To hear Sen. Booker tell it, America’s greatness is attributable to unemployment benefits, ones which all objective indicators demonstrate are a poor substitute for economic growth. But oh well. The celebrity senator’s half-hour speech proved, yet again, that he’s nothing new or special. Just another politician lazily content to continue his predecessors’ habit of treating the symptom rather than addressing – or even admitting to the existence of – their role in catalzing poverty’s root causes…
Football-related political news heading into your Super Bowl weekend, Save Jerseyans:
Time is running out for a decision, but I’m told that the NJ GOP isn’t giving up on one of the few New Jersey Republicans who wouldn’t need to worry about the fundraising prowess of Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in 2014.
Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson IV is best known as the owner of the New York Jets. I’ve been told by multiple reliable Republican sources that a group of county chairman (worried about a lack of direction from the Governor’s embattled team and the prospect of a Booker landslide) approached Mr. Johnson to discuss the possibility of his entrance into the uphill race; no word yet, however, as to how seriously he’s taking these establishment overtures although it’s a known fact that Johnson is a big-time GOP donor who’s considered it in the immediate past. The Johnson family is worth was reportedly worth $13 billion as of 2010; the New York Jersey are valued at north of $1 billion.
Former ABC Philly reporter, radio host, public relations consultant and occasional Save Jersey contributor Susanne LaFrankie (R-Haddonfield) could soon be the latest entry into this year’s wide-open GOP U.S. Senate sweepstakes to face Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in November.
I can confirm that Susanne is actively consulting with party leaders and professionals this week. She’s also been mentioned as a possible CD1 candidate in recent weeks but her broadcasting experience and name recognition in Southern New Jersey (plus Burlington and Mercer) could give her an edge in a Republican U.S. Senate primary if “big” and/or well-heeled names continue to scoff the race.
For South Jerseyans interesting in taking a walk down memory lane (and those of you from North New Jersey who don’t know her), here’s vintage footage of Susanne on WPVI-6 heading into Memorial Day Weekend 1991…
We’re not even four weeks into 2014, Save Jerseyans, but liberal junior Senator Cory Booker has already visited Cape May County two times. Once on the 11th to tour the Coast Guard base, and then again on the 25th to a diner in Rio Grande.
Folks, Cory Booker has officially spent more time in Cape May County in 2014 then he did during his entire 2013 campaign. I’m not sure Bob Menendez or the late Frank Lautenberg could’ve found Rio Grande on a map.
Booker ignored Cape May County and lost big time in 2013; Obama lost it in 2012, too. So what’s he doing in unfriendly territory?
I think it might be a sign that Jeff Van Drew is planning to enter the race for Congress in District 2.
Excessive TV consumptive may have led you to mistakenly believe that Chris Christie is the first “bully” in American political history, Save Jerseyans.
Buy Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) a drink or tweet him at an off hour and maybe, just maybe, he’ll tell you about the time Barack Obama’s OFA put the fear of God into him. This is, after all, the same Administration known for turning a blind eye to IRS profiling of tea party groups. The former secretary of state’s own campaign kept a revenge list! You don’t mess with these Obamacrats or Clintonites and not expect retaliation. They won’t simply close your bridge lanes.
They’ll bury you under the bridge without batting an eye.