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Category: U.S. Senate

Obama – and the Presidency – Hit Rock Bottom

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Angry ObamaPresident James Buchanan didn’t just failed to stop the Civil War, Save Jerseyans, for which I won’t condemn him because it was likely inevitable. He didn’t even try. In his State of the Union message to Congress, Buchanan gave a verbal shrug.

“All for which the slave States have ever contended, is to be let alone and permitted to manage their domestic institutions in their own way, Buchanan said. “As sovereign States, they, and they alone, are responsible before God and the world for the slavery existing among them. For this the people of the North are not more responsible and have no more right to interfere than with similar institutions in Russia or in Brazil.”

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Christie Soliciting Funds for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellThe NJ GOP is certainly stepping up its online fundraising efforts in 2014, Save Jerseyans.

After using its formidable online list serve to raise money for Wisconsin’s Scott Walker last week, this Thursday, the Sate Republican Committee shared an e-mail signed by Governor Christie asking donors to donate directly to Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign and, having done so, “reject the failed agenda of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.” The e-mail blast further noted how recent polling suggests a single-digit race.

More help might be coming soon for the GOP nominee taking on Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in November. Governor Christie’s long-time confidante and national Republican emissary Bill Palatucci recently promised a Christie-headlined fundraiser for Bell.

The NJ GOP’s blast e-mail is below the fold:

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Bell: Booker Peddling “Small Ideas”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellJeff Bell’s old boss Ronald Reagan once opined how “[t]here are no easy answers’ but there are simple answers.”

How true! But what happens when politicians prey on the electorate’s emotions (and in some cases ignorance) with small ideas? Disguising band aid solutions for actual cures? And avoiding hard choices in favor of selling “easy” answers?

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Another Poll Shows Bell Close to Booker (But He Needs Help!)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

jeff bellCory Booker (D-Twitter) has every advantage in the world this cycle, Save Jerseyans, but we now have a fourth consecutive public polling report (this time from Quinnipiac) showing the freshman Dem in trouble, this time leading challenger Jeff Bell trailing by only 10-points, 47% to 37 percent, despite the fact that a full 77% of voters polled don’t feel as if they know enough about Bell to form an opinion.

Click here to see it.

It’s clear what’s happening here; the folks at Q also found that “President Barack Obama gets a negative 44 – 52 percent job approval rating, nearly matching his lowest rating ever in New Jersey, a negative 43 – 52 percent score in an October 13, 2011, Quinnipiac University poll.” Reuters recently discovered a similar result with 37% of New Jerseyans strongly disapproving of our Child President. The President’s polling collapse is horrible news for Dems nationally and politically-fatal news for N.J. Dem House challengers like Aimee Belgard in NJ-03 and Bill Hughes in NJ-02. If this keeps up, districts like NJ-12 could even come into serious play by October.

But Booker’s only in trouble if outside groups show up with $$$. This is your last chance, NRSC/SCF/Tea Party, etc. Get on board now and GROW THE MAP! We’ve got a race in New Jersey without anyone on our side spending a single dime… time to get in the game…

P.S. Check out my interview with Jeff Bell if you haven’t already.

Jeff Bell Meets the Save Jerseyans

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff Bell dropped by my law offices on Monday, Save Jerseyans, en route to participate in the organized protest of Harry Reid’s Cherry Hill fundraiser for Donald Norcross.

I could talk to this guy for hours. He’s an unapologetic public policy wonk and rich depository of political knowledge going back to his years with the Reagan campaign. We did our best to drill down on a few important issues at play in 2014, the state of the race itself, the contrast between Bell and the incumbent Cory Booker (D-Twitter), and how he hopes to win this classic David v. Goliath struggle…

The NY Post says he’s surging. The most recent public poll shows him in single-digit territory. All we can say for sure is that the 2014 cycle is no time to count any good Republican out…

200+ Protest Harry Reid’s South Jersey Visit

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Garry Cobb chats with Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano

Garry Cobb chats with Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano

It was a coalition of the willing, Save Jerseyans, over 200 strong as they casually filtered in and out of the abandoned parking lot adjoining upscale Caffe Aldo Lamberti where Harry Reid and top New Jersey Democrat donors - led by George Norcross III – gathered to raise money for Norcross’s brother.

The police presence was strong (including some species of tactical command van) but relatively unaggressive and respectful as the cheerful protesters, deployed in an informal line snaking the distance of approximately 400 yards, paced up and down the sidewalk between the fundraiser site and busy Route 70 a/k/a Marlton Pike, drawing a steady chorus of honks from the rush hour crowd returning home from Philadelphia offices along the busy Southern New Jersey corridor and generating a significant gaper delay.

Everyone came together to stand among the abandon lot’s weeds and uneven soil for a brief time around 5:00 p.m. to hear from Garry Cobb, the former Eagles star who’s taking on Donald Norcross in NJ-01, as well as U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell, Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano and an assortment of other activists led by chief event organizer Tom Crone.

 

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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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Reid/Senate Are Real Obstructionists

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Harry Reid Hell FireThe numbers never lie. Currently, 352 bills that passed the House are awaiting action on Harry Reid’s desk. Of these bills:

- 98% passed with bipartisan support

- Nearly 70% passed with two-thirds support or more

- Over 50% passed with no opposition at all

- And 55 were introduced by Democrats

And still, Harry Reid refuses to bring them up for a vote.

 

Bell Can Beat Booker

By Jim Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

jeff bellA whopping 59% of Americans have a negative view of the GOP, while a smaller majority – 50% – feel negatively about the Democrats. In the early 90s, the GOP polled at 53% favorable, and peaked in 2002 at 61% favorable. It’s hard to dispute that the Republican brand has been tarnished in recent years for any number of reasons.

So the question is: how are Republicans doing so well in so many Senate races despite crushing negativity towards their party? And how can this help Jeff Bell in a state where voters are hugely dissatisfied with both parties?

The answer lies in the candidates themselves.

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3rd Poll Shows Booker Vulnerable

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bell poses for a photograph with NJ-06 Congressional Candidate Anthony E Wilkinson.

Bell poses for a photograph with NJ-06 Congressional Candidate Anthony E Wilkinson.

Am I the only one who senses another blown opportunity in the making, Save Jerseyans?

After two summer polls found Cory Booker (D-Twitter) under 50% in his quest for a full Senate term head-to-head with GOP challenger Jeff Bell, we now have a NYT-CBS poll with Booker at 50% but Bell nipping at his heels at 43%, only 7-points back (for those of you who learned math in a NJEA failure factory).

Yes, Bell has an uphill climb against the younger, hipper, well-heeled Democrat superstar who, of course, hasn’t gone on television yet. But you can turn that analysis on its head by pointing out that Bell, who only recently returned to New Jersey residency and doesn’t have two nickles to rub together, also hasn’t done much of anything.

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Opinion: A Truly Wide-Open #NJSen Debate

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

Debate StageOn November 4, 2014, New Jersey will choose between seven candidates for United States Senate.

Seven?

Yes. Seven, Save Jerseyans.

Cory Booker and Jeff Bell are the two political heavy-lifters when it comes to money and party loyalists. But the other five candidates? Not so much. I don’t believe that necessarily warrants their exclusion from a political process that should, of all things, be inclusive.

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Menendez the Liability

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama and MenendezFending off foreign intriguers and Communist conspirators isn’t cheap, Save Jerseyans.

According to IRS filings for the legal defense fund of Senator Robert “Hudson Bob” Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador) released Tuesday, the Cuban conspiracy *cough cough* to undermine the sitting Senate Foreign Relations Chairman is a $700,000 endeavor to date.

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Breaking Down Bell vs. Booker & Paul

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

Rand PaulCory Booker (D-Twitter), a potential contender for the 2016 Vice Presidential short list, recently teamed up with Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), a potential 2016 Presidential Candidate to introduce (and at the same time make a pretty large political statement) the REDEEM Act (Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment). The Act targets the United States’ criminal justice system in regards to non-violent crimes.

Non-violent crimes, as Paul points out, is about the war on drugs; not the type of non-violent crime where some sort of theft or other crime that physically violates the rights of another individual are at odds.

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Reid Coming to South Jersey for Whom?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Harry ReidYou’d think the Senate Majority Leader would focus exclusively on Senate races, particularly in a cycle when his party is widely believed to be in serious danger of losing the upper chamber.

Caveat to this understandable presumption: George Norcross III “invites” you to help his brother.

Then all bets are off, Save Jerseyans.

That’s why Harry Reid will reportedly visit Cherry Hill on August 4th (h/t Matt Friedman) not to stump for Cory Booker, but to attend a fundraiser for Donald Norcross, the Democrat power broker’s brother and a sitting state senator seeking to claim Rob Andrews’s vacated House seat for himself by fending off a challenge from former Eagle Garry Cobb.

The Reid-Norcross connection goes deep; for example, Super PACs staffed by Reid staffers were instrumental in helping N.J. Democrats hold on to their state legislative majority in 2013.

 

Christie Endorses Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie and martinezGovernor Chris Christie has formally weighed in on this year’s U.S. Senate contest, Save Jersey, via a statement issued by the Bell campaign:

“New Jerseyans have made a great choice in electing Jeff Bell as our candidate for the U.S. Senate. Jeff has proven to be a consistent and strong voice for promoting the important fiscal policies and pro-growth agenda that our country so badly needs, and I am proud to support his candidacy for the United States Senate. I look forward to the spirited campaign ahead as Jeff, his campaign team, and supporters prepare for election day this fall.”

The endorsement itself it’s a surprise; what remains to be seen is the extent to which Christie will engage his home state’s Senate contest in a year when his RGA Chairmanship keeps him on the road raising money for governor’s races.

 

Racism? Or Intrigue? Bob Can’t Decide

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bob menendez is austin powersYou couldn’t make this crap up if you tried, Save Jerseyans.

When news initially broke of an alleged Dominican sex scandal involving U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, New Jersey’s senior legislator in the federal upper chamber decried the kerfuffle as the product of anonymous, faceless, nameless individuals from right-wing sources seeking to destroy a lifetime of work.”

Now Menendez is blaming the story on Cuban intelligence, an angle first advanced by Rep. Albio Sires. Seriously.

Tucker Carlson, whose Daily Caller initially reported the sex scandal, can’t help but take note of the evolving character of Menendez’s operative theory. “I guess this means Menendez no longer thinks the story is part of a racist plot against him, as he initially suggested,” Carlson told the Business Insider. “But Cuban intelligence? It’s a bizarre claim, and self-serving, and they’ve produced no evidence of any kind to prove it. Obviously we’re skeptical, but we’re making calls right now to see what we can dig up.”

So which is it? A racist Republican conspiracy? Or an international communist plot? A third possibility un-examined by Menendez (at least in the press) is the reality of manure attracting flies or, said another way, how his penchant for placing himself in questionable situations with shady characters will inevitably lead to unsavory rumors.

Until I have the opportunity to examine hard evidence of a grand foreign anti-Menendez conspiracy, Save Jerseyans, I’m left to conclude that there’s more reason to think the Obama Administration would use the FBI to punish Menendez than the Castro regime has any genuine interest in discrediting the Senate’s foreign relations chair. Just sayin’…

 

Kean Backs Bell; Christie to Iowa

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom KeanAverage Americans are shutting down for the long-holiday weekend but the political class is just warming up, Save Jerseyans. Officious  statements, soaring speeches, patriotic parades and memorial services are a part of the job description on the 4th of July. This is also a midterm year, in case you’ve forgotten, and we actually saw an endorsement come across the wires on a hazy, humid Independence Day Eve, a time when most campaigns are trying to bury news.

“I voted for Jeff in the Republican primary and have known and respected him for more than three decades, including his remarkable Senate race in 1978 and when he helped me develop my economic program in the 1981 campaign for Governor,” Governor Tom Kean, Sr. recalled in a Thursday afternoon statement released by Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign, recalling Bell’s legendary grassroots victory over liberal Republican Senator Clifford P. Case.

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