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Senate GOP Camps Have < $65k

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SenateCory Booker has $1,815,704 in the bank, Save Jerseyans.

Unfortunately for Jane and John Taxpayer, all four of his potential GOP general election rivals are trailing by a wide margin at the end of Quarter #1.

In first place, based upon what we know so far (not all reports are processed and posted yet at the FEC site):

Murray Sabrin

Raised: $50,000 ($13,000 from self-loan and wife)
COH: $43,000

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Goldberg Lands Three More Lines

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Hudson, Burlington and Hunterdon counties are now in GOP U.S. Senate Primary Candidate Brian Goldberg’s column, Save Jerseyans, giving him a commanding institutional lead with two months to go before primary day.

Hudson and Burlington are declaring for the first time; Hunterdon needed a new horse to back after Bob Turkavage failed to qualify for the primary ballot on Monday.

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Traffic Jam Narrows GOP Senate Field

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

turkAnd then there were five four, Save Jerseyans.

A stranger-than-fiction petition day report from Matt Friedman:

Turkavage said he collected more than the required 1,000 signatures, but was busy today and didn’t give himself enough of a cushion to make it to Trenton with traffic. The state Division of Elections didn’t cut him any slack.

”To make a long story short, I called them to see if I could get down there. They said if you’re not there until 4:00, don’t bother coming,” he said.

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Pezzullo Scores Camco Line

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Rutgers-Camden campus near the Delaware Riverfront

The Rutgers-Camden campus near the Delaware Riverfront

Rich Pezzullo is the winner of my home county’s line, Save Jerseyans.

According to sources close to the decision-making, the charismatic Pezzullo impressed the endorsement screening committee convened by Chairman Tom Booth last week.

Camden County itself is solidly blue but it’s the most populous of the state’s southernmost seven counties (including Burlington) and, consequently, affords a sizable number of Republican votes to the victor of its GOP line.

Pezzullo’s win further muddies the rudderless New Jersey Republican Party’s U.S. Senate primary waters for 2014; the Monmouth resident now lays claim to three lines: Camden, Union, and his home base of Monmouth. Nine other counties have split between three candidates (with Brian Goldberg out in the lead with 7), and a few key counties (such as Bergen and Cape May) have declined to back anyone.

 

Sabrin Raps Goldberg with Abortion

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

The U.S. Senate Primary is little more than two months away, Save Jerseyans, and as of right now, businessman Brian Goldberg boasts seven (7) county lines: Ocean, Essex, Atlantic, Mercer, Cumberland, Passaic and Somerset.

Rich Pezzullo has two (Union and Monmouth), and both Murray Sabrin and Robert Turkavage have one a piece (Middlesex and Hunterdon, respectively). Some of the other 10 counties are offering “open” primaries this time around, permitting someone who isn’t Goldberg to spend money (if they can raise it) and harvest votes elsewhere in places like Bergen and Cape May where ballot position won’t matter quite as much. Still, with a clear plurality of counties in his pocket, it’s safe to assume that Brian Goldberg is the man to beat as of today.

Murray Sabrin intends to make a fight out of it…

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Goldberg Wins Somerset Line

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

somerset89 for Brian Goldberg and 55 for Murray Sabrin, Save Jerseyans, after two ballots at Tuesday night’s convention.

Only Goldberg, Sabrin and Rich Pezzullo were in attendance among the 5-candidate field.

Brian Goldberg has now claimed the county lines in Somerset, Ocean, Atlantic, Cumberland, Mercer, Passaic, and Essex counties, giving him a formidable base of support heading into the June Primary.

 

Goldberg Carries Atlantic Convention

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Atlantic CountyBrian Goldberg was the victor at tonight’s Atlantic County convention, Save Jerseyans, securing the Boardwalk Empire’s line on the second ballot:

Goldberg – 709

Pezzullo – 281

Turkavage - 159

Goldberg has now won 6 of the last 9 lines awarded in the 5-way fight to face Cory Booker on the November ballot.

Sabrin Looks Beyond Middlesex

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s not going to be easy. Brian Goldberg boasts 5 of the last 8 county lines awarded and Rich Pezzullo now owns two county lines of his own. Professor Murray Sabrin nevertheless views his first big Election 2014 victory at Saturday’s Middlesex convention as a sign of things to come.

Sabrin tells Save Jersey that he aims to raise the requisite monies to leverage his admittedly best-in-the-pack name recognition in key unaffiliated counties (such as Bergen and Cape May where leaders elected for “open” primaries) and win the primary, with or without a bevy of lines in hand: 

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Pezzullo Feels Buoyed by Monmouth Victory

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg may have won 5 of the last 8 county lines awarded in this year’s GOP Senate primary, Save Jerseyans, but after taking a second county of his own on Saturday (vote-rich Monmouth), Rich Pezzullo told me at Middlesex’s convention that he isn’t in any mood for surrender: 

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Monmouth: Pezzullo Wins, Sabrin 2nd

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

TillywbDeveloping…

Rich Pezzullo and Murray Sabrin ended the first ballot in a runoff, Save Jerseyans; Pezzullo won the second 153 to 101 for Sabrin. Exciting stuff!

Meanwhile, the incumbent Monmouth County Freeholders Lillian G. Burry and Gary J. Rich Sr. won renomination. 

Rep. Chris Smith got the CD4 nod by acclamation; Anthony Wilkinson won an uncontested CD6 vote.

Keep checking here for Middlesex results, too, live from Edison…

 

Goldberg Wins Mercer

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Brian Goldberg is the big winner in Mercer County tonight, Save Jerseyans, winning 63% of the committee vote and improving his statewide county line total to 5, which is 4 better than anyone else at the moment.

It’s a big step forward for his bid to be the NJ GOP’s U.S. Senate nominee.

I’m told Goldberg, an decorative concrete business owner, earned 50 votes from the participants, followed by 20 for Rich Pezzullo and 9 for Murray Sabrin. Sabrin was reportedly not in attendance but sent a surrogate in his stead.

Candidate Goldberg’s toughest challenges may come tomorrow (Saturday 3/22) with Monmouth County’s convention, for which the Monmouth resident Pezzullo has racked up two big legislative endorsements, and then Middlesex County where he was further back in the screening committee pile and, due to the interesting format (any registered Middlesex GOP’er can sign up, pay and vote), predictability is challenging.

Beck Backs Pezzullo

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jennifer Beck

Jennifer Beck

Add state Senator Jennifer Beck to the list of Rich Pezzullo’s Monmouth supporters, Save Jerseyans.

The campaign tells me that the Monmouth legislator will “second” his nomination at Saturday morning’s county convention. Pezzullo’s wife is slated to voice the initial nomination from the floor as Monmouth County committee members decide who to endorse for the right to face Cory Booker in November. Pezzullo has already won the backing of Asm. Declan O’Scanlon

I can’t speak to the convention bylaws (I’m no expert), but Pezzullo looks strong 12 hours out. Rich is also doing quite well right now in our online #NJSen poll, too. It isn’t scientific but it’s fun! Click here to cast your ballot.

 

Poll: Your Choice for #NJSen GOP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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The next several days could prove decisive in the GOP #NJSen primary race.

Businessman Brian Goldberg appears to be on a roll with decisive wins in the key county Republican county of Ocean and battleground Cumberland, a battleground where any statewide GOP candidate needs to close the gap if they’re going to have a prayer in the general.

With that being said, Save Jerseyans, his in-hand county line total as of Friday afternoon is 4 out of 21. Mercer will decide tonight, followed by Monmouth (where Rich Pezzullo snatched a key endorsement) and Middlesex (where Sabrin almost won the screening) on Saturday, and then Atlantic on Monday, Somerset (Tuesday), and Hunterdon (next Thursday). A lot can still happen.

With whom do you stand? As of today? Who is YOUR preference to take on Cory Booker in November? Vote in our exclusive online poll below the fold, and share your rationale in the comments section…

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Goldberg Wins Cumberland

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg

Brian Goldberg

Brian Goldberg is one step closer to the Republican U.S. Senate nomination tonight, Save Jerseyans. He captured the Cumberland County’s GOP line on Thursday evening the day after he prevailed in deep red deep-red Ocean County

Goldberg also claimed the lines in Passaic and Essex earlier this month, taking an early but decisive lead in the county endorsement count entering into a busy final sprint of conventions as March closes out.

The GOP county convention circuit continues with Mercer (Friday), Monmouth and Middlesex (Saturday), Atlantic (Monday), Somerset (Tuesday), and Hunterdon (next Thursday).

O’Scanlon Endorses Pezzullo

 By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rich Pezzullo talks to students

Rich Pezzullo talks to students

A sign of things to come this weekend, Save Jerseyans? On Thursday morning, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon announced his support for U.S. Senate candidate Rich Pezzullo (R-Freehold) ahead of Saturday’s Monmouth County convention.

“Rich Pezzullo has a unique combination of skills that are rare in the Senate,” Assemblyman O’Scanlon said in a campaign press release.

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Ledger Aiding and Abetting Booker

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Cory Booker (D-Twitter)This ‘letter to the editor’ from Murray Sabrin’s comms director is worth a read, Save Jerseyans… it very much encapsulates what we’ve been saying for years:

Star-Ledger Editor:

How special that The Star-Ledger has all the time in the world to grill Sen. Cory Booker on his NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket picks and hold him accountable for his “gut thing” upset prediction of Stephen F. Austin over VCU. After all, didn’t New Jersey voters elect him to waste his time and their money this way?

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