If there’s one thing that I love more than discussing social media and Jersey politics, Save Jerseyans, it’s discussing those topics at the Jersey Shore in May. Life is always a little bit better with an ocean breeze, isn’t it?
There was little talk of bi-partisanship in Colts Neck yesterday morning at the Monmouth Republican Nominating Convention. The Republican nominee for Governor showed up at the Monmouth County Republican Nominating Convention.
Governor Chris Christie brought the crowd of some 400 county committee members and guests to their feet several times as he declared that it is he, and the Republicans who have stood with him “along with some right thinking Democrats,” who have turned Trenton upside down since he was elected in 2009.
Christie acknowledged the impact that the Monmouth GOP had in his 2009 victory over Jon Corzine. “When most people didn’t know me, you gave me a chance. When nobody thought I could win, you did,” Christie told the crowd as he thanked Monmouth for the 64,000 vote pluarity he won in the county in ’09 general election and the first GOP county endorsement he received in the ’09 primary. He specifically thanked former Monmouth Republican Chairman Joe Oxley who is now out of politics after being sworn in as a Superior Court Judge on Friday. “I will miss Joe’s political partnership,” said the governor, “but I know New Jersey will be well served by Joe in his new position, which I had something to do with him getting.”
The Middlesex County Republican organization had their 2013 Convention on Saturday at Royal Albert Palace in Edison, Save Jerseyans.
We had about 800 delegates and guests in attendance, and the energy was sky-high as Governor Chris Christie walked into the room.
Middlesex County GOP Chairman Senator Sam Thompson spoke about the Governor for some time, and announced the actual arrival of the state’s most famous Republican. Councilwoman Lucille Panos actually introduced the Governor, and the speech that followed touched us all and left few dry eyes in the house.
In part of his speech, Governor Christie recounted his experiences in the immediate wake of Superstorm Sandy, and his love for New Jersey couldn’t have come across any clearer. You could feel how this storm caused him much pain, as it did for all of us living in New Jersey as we watch our family and friends struggle and fight for survival.
If you weren’t lucky enough to be there to hear the Governor, here’s the heart of his speech:
The Middlesex County Republican Convention is finally upon us, Save Jerseyans!
I have been looking forward to this event for quite some time for a number of reasons. It’s a great opportunity to meet with candidates and delegates from all across the county, to be surrounded by like-minded people who are collectively rooting for the advancement of our party goals and ideals, and to participate in the voting process that will put candidates on the ballot for the June primary.
The world is fixated on the papal conclave in Rome, Save Jerseyans, but there’s an equally indecisive election transpiring right now in Northern New Jersey.
In the buildup to an unprecedented re-convention in District 38 after last week’s shocking tie vote, surrogates in both Fernando Alonso’s and John Driscoll’s respective camps are making a final push to rally members in the County Committee to their causes, a large group which is comprised of representatives from the communities of Bergenfield, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hasbrouck Heights, Lodi, Maywood, New Milford, Oradell, Paramus, River Edge, Rochelle Park, and Saddle Brook in Bergen County as well as the municipality of Hawthorne in Passaic County.
It was quite a turnout for a chilly early March evening; 240 committee members turned out to cast ballots. Let’s hope LD38 Republicans carry this energy into the general election cycle!
But guess what? Rival challengers Fernando Alonso and John Driscoll tied with 120 votes a piece!
I’m told a new vote is scheduled for next Thursday, March 14th.
The winner would earn the “county line” in June’s primary. It’s a coveted spot on the ballot and a huge institutional advantage. Either way, I’m told both men were expected to respect tonight’s decision and forgo an off-the-line primary challenge, at least heading into the convention. Next Thursday’s victor, therefore, is the presumptive nominee to face Sen. Robert Gordon (D-38) in November.
With a cold, nasty storm looming over the heart of Northern New Jersey today, Save Jerseyans, we have two men vying for the opportunity to run against 38th District Senator Robert Gordon, one of the most vulnerable candidates in the New Jersey Senate: Fernando Alonso and John Driscoll.
Both candidates have impressive resumes in their own right; Alonso is an immigration attorney and Professor at Farleigh Dickenson University who regularly works to inspire the next generation of GOP voters, and Driscoll is a businessman and former Bergen County Freeholder who, as chairman, oversaw a 0% tax increase in the county budget and brought in much needed pay-to-play reform.
The Assembly spots for the GOP LD38 slate are uncontested, as the candidates in waiting are Rochelle Park Mayor Joseph Scarpa, who serves as the Emerson Borough Administrator, and Joan Fragala of Fair Lawn, who has recently retired as Principal of Lodi High School.