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Tag: congress

Rove Drops $600k on Belgard’s Head

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

National Republicans are moving to shore up their position in takeover and open seats at this point in the 2014 midterm game, Save Jerseyans, while the Democrats continue to fall back.

The latest here at home? Crossroad GPS, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation associated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, just put $600,000 behind this TV spot in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District:

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Booker Cruising But House Dems Hitting Red Lights

Big Dem PAC Bolts NJ-03; and Cho Chooses to Vote Where?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

cho and belgardYou can blame gerrymandering to some degree, sure, and the national political climate isn’t hospitable to Democrats this time around, but Roy Cho (D, NJ-05) and Aimee Belgard (D, NJ-03) also can’t seem to get out of their own way.

They can’t blame the top of the ticket. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) leads his Republican opponent, Jeff Bell, by no less than 16-points in the latest FDU poll out Tuesday morning, Save Jerseyans. 

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NJ NRA Questionnaire Ratings: Belgard Leaves It Blank?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgardI’ve been asked by more than a few readers where this year’s New Jersey federal candidates stand on the critical Second Amendment question.

The NRA-PVA isn’t infallible (they endorsed Harry Reid in the past before “breaking up” in 2013) but the organization does important work; here are this year’s ratings for our Garden State races from its official questionnaire.

Four candidates received formal endorsements: Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-02), Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03), Scott Garrett (R-NJ-05), and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07). Lance and Lobiondo were the only recipients of the “Solidly pro-gun” A rating (the NRA’s second-highest designation).

Guess which candidate in a major contest sat on her hands and refused to answer?

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Express-Times Endorses Lance

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

lance kovachThe Express-Times, a newspaper covering the Leigh Valley which encompasses Warren County, New Jersey, is endorsing Leonard Lance for re-election.

“Lance has a record of getting things done…,” wrote the editorial board. “His willingness to break with party leadership is evident, and he hasn’t betrayed the core issues that define his record — jousting with deficit-builders, promoting government reform, restricting government regulation while keeping an eye on environmental needs, and helping small business.”

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Courier Post Backs MacArthur (and Savages Belgard)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Today’s NJ-03 endorsement from Southwest Jersey’s largest in-state daily newspaper was nothing short of EMBARRASSING for Aimee Belgard, Save Jerseyans.

I’m not exaggerating for Tom’s sake. He doesn’t need my help if you believe the latest polling news. In endorsing Republican Tom MacArthur to succeed the retiring Jon Runyan, the Courier Post editorial board explicitly declared that Belgard, the Democrat, was in its members’ estimation “lacking in leadership skills” (yikes!) despite the fact that “her heart [is] in the right place.” (ouch!)

It got worse, too:

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WATCH: Ocean County NJ-03 Debate

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Republican candidate Tom MacArthur and Democrat Aimee Belgard, and Democratic-Republican Party of New Jersey candidate Fred Lavergne will face off in the next NJ-03 debate of 2014 tonight at Ocean County College in Toms River, Save Jerseyans.

Belgard badly needs a win after a rough 2nd debate and souring polls.

Radio station WOBM 1160 & 1310 AM is hosting the event which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday night. You can also watch below the fold via a YouTube livestream (click here if it’s not working) and tweet questions to @debateOCC:

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Lobo! Leads Hughes by 21pts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoNot even close.

That’s the finding of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in its new poll of NJ-02, Save Jerseyans, where Republican incumbent Frank Lobiondo (56%) leads Democrat challenger Bill Hughes, Jr. (35%) by a whopping 21-points.

His opponent’s weak party support (only 76% among Democrats) tells most of the story in this Cook PVI D+1 district. “LoBiondo has held his seat for two decades because of significant crossover appeal in a district that otherwise trends Democratic,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

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Monmouth Poll: MacArthur Leads Belgard by 10

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

This one might be close to over, Save Jerseyans. At least as far as the DCCC is concerned.

The Monmouth Polling Institute, New Jersey’s most accurate 2013 public political survey outfit, found Tom MacArthur (R) leading Aimee Belgard (D) by 10-points in its first NJ-03 general election polling results released Tuesday.

51% of likely voters backed the former Randolph Township mayor; 41% support the Burlington County Freeholder and another 2% aren’t committed.

Click here to read the full report…

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CBS News Poll: Bad News For Dems, Obama

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

PelosiThere’s a new CBS News poll out that has very bad news for President Obama and the Democrats.

But you have to drill all the way down into the poll’s figures to find the bad news.
Apparently, CBS doesn’t want you to find the negative figures but they’re there and they are stark.

Here’s what the poll says:

  • Only 29% of those surveyed think Obama’s policies have made America safer while a whopping 69% say his policies have made us less safe of have had no effect.

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Caption Contest: The Telephone Game

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

An endless barrage of campaign phone bank calls is enough to drive anyone mad, Save Jerseyans, but can you imagine getting a ring from these two? The Belgard campaign posted this photo on their Facebook page over the weekend…

Caption it:

belgard and booker

Cook: NJ-03 Looking Bad for Dems

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

South Jersey's CD3

South Jersey’s CD3

Wondering why Aimee Belgard/NJ Dems need to troll Craigslist for volunteers, Save Jerseyans? Read about her last debate. And then check there’s this updated race outlook from the Cook Political Report... 

Now it looks like he is willing to spend whatever it takes to beat Democratic Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard,” reports Cook’s David Wasserman, “while Democrats are in retreat after an attack ad badly backfired.”

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Slick Willy to Fundraise for Coleman in NJ-12

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Clinton and ObamaBonnie Watson Coleman is bringing in the big guns for her congressional campaign fundraising effort, Save Jerseyans.

Notably, former President (and future First Lady) Bill Clinton. He’ll ham it up at a private home in Lawrenceville on October 23rd.

Host tickets are $2,600 each; the other options range from $500 to $1,000.

Watson is fighting for Rush Holt’s open seat against the Republican nominee, Dr. Alieta Eck. She’s raising money with Rep. Chris Smith (R, NJ-04) at the Colt’s Neck Country Club on October 13th.

Two NJ-07 Debates Announced

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lance kovachFYI, Save Jerseyans… 

DEBATE #1

Leonard Lance and Janice Kovach sponsored by the Gateway Chamber of Commerce on October 24, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM at the Holiday Inn on 36 Valley Road in Clark 

DEBATE #2

A Congressional Candidates Jewish Leadership meeting for Congressional District 7 candidates on October 28, 2014 from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Alex Aidekman Jewish Community Campus located at 901 Route 10 in Whippany.

 

Belgard (or NJDSC) Turns to Craigslist for Volunteers?

 By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

People go on Craigslist to find futons,Save Jerseyans, not political campaign volunteers. Unless you’re NJ-03 Democrat nominee Aimee Belgard? Or whoever posted this solicitation on Craiglist on Thursday evening?

belgard canvass notice

The best part? Hours later, someone changed the ad to something non-Belgard specific, and re-associated the solicitation with the state party, not her campaign:

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