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Category: U.S. Senate

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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Van Drew Aids Booker, Looks to 2016

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) took a pass on a CD2 run against Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2) this year, Save Jerseyans, leaving his party’s chances for a New Jersey Democrat House pick-up in the less-than-capable hands of Bill Hughes, Jr., scion of a political family led by his father, former Congressman Bill Hughes.

I say less-than-capable because Hughes has $342,199 on hand, hardly an inspiring amount of cash for a Democrat challenger in a PVI D+1 district where the multi-term incumbent boasts a better than one million dollar advantage. Hughes will likely post a less-than-inspiring finish in November barring a major Lobiondo slip-up or a dramatic reversal of the national climate trajectory (we just found out that President Obama is solidly upside down statewide at the moment, so he’s likely even less popular in the redder reaches of South Jersey).

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2nd Poll Finds Booker Under 50%

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Booker-Corzine-Obama-and-Weinberg43% to Republican nominee Jeff Bell’s 23%, Save Jerseyans (click here to read the full report/data tables).

Here are some more details from Patrick Murray’s Monmouth Polling Institute:

“When asked whether Booker should be reelected, 44% of New Jersey voters say he deserves another term while 35% say it is time to have someone else in that Senate seat. Four months ago, a solid majority of 55% said that Booker should be reelected. The number of voters who say it is time for someone new, though, is basically the same as it was in February (33%). The shift in support for Booker has come from those who previously said he deserved reelection but now say they are unsure – 21%, up from 12% in February.”

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Lance Lauds SCOTUS Obama Rebuke

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

supreme court 2012Conservatives and Liberals on America’s High Court agree on one point, Save Jerseyans: Barack Obama is a not a king.

That’s the gist of today’s unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling (click here to read the NLRB v. Noel Canning opinion), authored by Justice Breyer, confirming that the President of the United States acted illegally when he made three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board back in January 2012 in order to circumvent to the Senate confirmation process.

“Because the Senate was in session during its pro forma sessions,” the Justice wrote, “the President made the recess appointments at issue during a 3-day
recess. Three days is too short a time to bring a recess within the
scope of the Clause, so the President lacked the authority to make
those appointments.”

New Jersey’s own Rep. Leonard Lance (R-07) says it’s “a victory for the Constitution and the rule of law.”

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Getting Under the #MSSen Numbers

GETTING UNDER THE NUMBERS – AN EXAMINATION OF FORREST COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI VOTING IN THE FIRST PRIMARY AND THE RUNOFF

By Rick Shaftan | The Save Jersey Blog

MississippiEvery analysis of the Mississippi debacle has focused on county data, but no one as of yet has broken down the data to the precinct level, but that’s where the real analysis takes place.

One county where McDaniel really underperformed relative to the first primary was Forrest (Hattiesburg), where a 12-point McDaniel lead on primary night (actually a 10-point lead thanks to a math error in McDaniel’s favor) became a narrow 51-49 McDaniel win.

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#MSSen Postmortem

Republicans Defeated Eric Cantor But Couldn’t Defeat Thad Cochran

By Rick Shaftan | The Save Jersey Blog

Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran

Last week we rebutted claims that Democrats elected Dave Brat when in fact the strongest anti-Cantor vote came out of the most Republican of precincts.

The same was true in Mississippi yesterday, but there was one big difference. Republicans were motivated to come out and dump Cantor, but in Mississippi, Democrats were even more motivated to come out and salvage Thad Cochran, and McDaniel didn’t do enough to pump up his own base to match it.

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Cochran Survives Tea Party Challenge

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ElephantsThe 6-term incumbent Thad Cochran is up by approximately 6,000 votes over challenger Chris McDaniel out of over 360,000 cast with over 99% precincts reporting, Save Jerseyans. So says the AP. Whew! Wild.

A Pyrrhic victory for the Tea Party riding high(er) after Eric Cantor’s defeat? Or an outright defeat?

How does it make YOU feel? To quote the great Dr. Frasier Crane.

Would love to hear from you…

#NJSEN Poll: Booker Under 50%

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellHe’s got a steep hill to climb, Save Jerseyans, but a new Rasmussen Reports poll out Thursday found GOP U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell trailing Cory Booker (D-Twitter) by just 13-points, 48% to 35%, in New Jersey. A full 4% said “other and 13% are undecided with about 4 1/2 months to go.

Steve Lonegan lost to Booker by 11-points in last year’s special election. Joe Kyrillos lost by almost 20-points and failed to break the 40% mark in 2012, the last N.J. U.S. Senate race to occur in a general election cycle.

Don’t get too excited, but while polling under 50% is hardly fatal for an incumbent a few months out, it also isn’t great given Booker’s near universal name recognition.

If 2014 turns out to be a GOP cycle, then a well-funded Republican challenger could give the Twitter Senator a run for his money. If. Unfortunately for us, no one in the Republican hierarchy gave enough of a crap to recruit such a candidate – or groom an existing candidate – to challenge Booker; you, me, and the four GOP primary candidates were the only ones who cared.

Let’s do the best we can which is NO SMALL THING. Click here to get started by liking Jeff’s new Facebook page. 

 

Obama diverts $1 billion in Sandy funds away from New Jersey

Kyrillos and Holzapfel cry foul

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

kyrillos talkingPresident Barack Obama announced that he is diverting nearly $1 billion in Hurricane Sandy recovery funds away from New Jersey and New York to fund a nationwide resiliency competition that will ostensibly help the winning communities build infrastructure to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Obama announced the competition last weekend at the University of California Irvine’s commencement, according to The Star Ledger:

“In some parts of the country, weather-related disasters like droughts and fires and storms and floods are going to get … harsher and they’re going to get costlier,” Obama said during the speech. “That’s why today I’m announcing a new one billion dollar competitive fund to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change and build more resilient infrastructure across the country.”

State Senators Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth)and Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean)l condemned the diversion of recovery funds away from their constituents.

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Reports of the Line’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

I’ve heard a few excited claims that the New Jersey Republican Party’s county “lines” were revealed to be of waning performance in the wake of the June 3rd primary, Save Jerseyans.

Relax. The lines didn’t fail. Not really. There’s no doubt that independent expenditures are changing the game, but the party endorsement still plays a big role in most elections including the recent 4-way GOP Senate contest.

Brian Goldberg raked in 55.84% of the vote in GOP powerhouse Ocean County, a margin representing a better than 7,000-vote lead over Rich Pezzullo’s 18.41% and the ultimate victor Jeff Bell’s third place 17.50%. The line even held in counties like my own Norcross-dominated Camden, where the GOP doesn’t have any semblance of a machine but the endorsed candidate Rich Pezzullo won 43.39% (2,559) of the vote to Bell’s 35.83% (2,113), in Essex where Goldberg won easily with almost 49% of the vote in the 4-way race, and in one of two other Pezzullo counties, blue Union, where Pezzullo got 51.86% (3,117) to Bell’s 19.33% (1,162).

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