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Rooney to Address NJCR Convention

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

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Matt Rooney speaking at the 2012 CR Convention at Rowan University

If you’re in Central Jersey this Saturday (March 29th), Save Jerseyans, then here’s a heads up: our Blogger-in-Chief is coming your way.

Save Jersey Founder Matt Rooney will address the New Jersey College Republican’s annual convention at Princeton University. Matt’s speech is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Other confirmed speakers include Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Rep. Leonard Lance, and our former contributor Alex Smith, current chairman of the College Republican National Committee

A full program schedule including the speakers list is below the fold…

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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.

 

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.

 

Eppanapally Out in CD6

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Anthony Wilkinson

Anthony Wilkinson

Hari Eppanapally is out of the CD6 GOP primary, Save Jerseyans, on the eve of Republican county committee conventions in Middlesex and Monmouth counties according to a source close to the district’s Republican leadership. I’m told Mr. Eppanapally already informed Chairmen Bennett and Thompson of his intention to withdraw.

The Livingston resident’s fledgling campaign took a hit last weekend when our friend/guest contributor Art Gallagher of MoreMonmouthMusings revealed his strong history of political and, in some cases, significant financial support for high-profile New Jersey Democrats including Upendra Chivukula, Cory Booker and Barack Obama.

That leaves Anthony Wilkinson of Old Bridge, a Yale-educated attorney based in Freehold, as the presumptive GOP nominee to face Frank Pallone this November. He’s now the only named CD6 candidate participating in Saturday’s committee polls, and the word among Save Jersey informants throughout the contested region is that Wilkinson very impressive albeit inexperienced candidate.

 

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).

Avery, Walsh Win BCRO

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

avery and walshBob Avery and Bernadette Walsh were victorious in tonight’s three-way freeholder battle at the Bergen GOP Convention, Save Jerseyans.

The freeholder vote total:

Avery 456

Walsh 336

Paul 277

For those of you wondering, Bergen elected to skip adopting a U.S. Senate candidate, electing instead of an open primary in June.

Ocean Convention: MacArthur, Goldberg Win

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur at OC ConventionOcean County Convention CD3 results are in, Save Jerseyans:

MacArthur – 72

Hill – 54

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Ocean’s line for the CD3 contest was all-but assured this week when Brick, a key town for Hill if he hoped to stage a successful floor challenger to the screening committee victor, came out in force behind MacArthur’s candidacy

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Brick, Stafford Back MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur

Tom MacArthur

FYI: Brick GOP Club President John Catalano and GOP Municipal Chair Brian DeLuca are on board with the campaign of Tom MacArthur in CD3, Save Jerseyans.

Today’s announcement carries added significance heading into Wednesday night’s Ocean County convention where Toms River Councilman Mo Hill had hoped to derail MacArthur’s march to the GOP nomination by winning a floor fight. The math doesn’t work for Hill without Brick and his Toms River base united behind him, a hope which now appears unrealistic. CONTINUE READING….

Passaic Goes with Goldberg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg

Brian Goldberg

Here’s the U.S. Senate county breakdown thus far as of this brisk yet clear March morning, Save Jerseyans:

We’ve learned that Passaic County went with businessman Brian Goldberg on Saturday morning. Goldberg previously won the line in Essex County, too, and at this stage, he’s the only candidate with two counties in his column. That’s something.

It’s also something that’s not close to over. Monmouth County’s Rich Pezzullo earned Union County’s support back on March 1st. Professor Murray Sabrin walked away with the most votes (but not the line as of yet) from Middlesex County’s screening committee ahead of next weekend’s convention after a multi-ballot duel with former FBI agent Rob Turkavage.

Flip a coin. We’ll know more by the end of next Saturday at which point Ocean, Monmouth AND Middlesex will have formally weighed in on the contest.

BCRO Policy Committee Results

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bob Avery

Bob Avery

The BCRO’s Policy Committee met tonight and made its recommendations with one week to go before the Bergen Republican convention, Save Jerseyans. I’m told approximately 50-ish of the 100 members showed up. Here’s how the participants voted on the freeholder primary race

Bob Avery – 31

Deirdre Paul – 29

Bernadette Walsh - 18

Brian Fitzhenry – 14

Burlco GOP Moves Up Convention

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Christie (left) campaigns with Chairman Bill Layton (Center) in Mt. Holly in June 2013.

Governor Christie (left) campaigns with Chairman Bill Layton (Center) in Mt. Holly in June 2013.

It’s been a busy day in CD3, Save Jerseyans.

Coming on the heels of the first exchange of primary verbal hostilities between Tom MacArthur and Steve Lonegan, Save Jersey has learned that Burlington County’s Republican organization is moving up its county committee nominating convention to this upcoming Saturday morning, March 15th at the Riverton County Club.

Burlington originally scheduled its convention for the 29th after neighboring Ocean County holds it vote next week. Both counties’ respective screening committees endorses MacArthur, but aggressive efforts by Lonegan and Toms River Councilman Mo Hill convinced Burlco leaders to reschedule their convention to give MacArthur a stronger, quicker start, and at the same time put to bed any rumors among CD3 committee members that Burlington’s position could change based on what happens at the Ocean convention.

On a totally unrelated note, Governor Christie will be at the YMCA of Burlington County in Mt. Laurel on Thursday for one of his signature town hall meetings. Trenton hasn’t formally injected itself into CD3.

Hitting a Brick Wall in CD3?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

brick wall“The math simply isn’t there.”

That’s what Save Jersey sources in Ocean County are saying about the chances of councilman, dentist, and former rear admiral Mo Hill mounting a successful convention floor challenge to the screening committee-backed candidate to succeed Jon Runyan, Tom MacArthur.

Their logic is compelling regardless of whether it ultimately holds true…

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Burlco Piles On, Backs MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur

Tom MacArthur

As anticipated, Save Jerseyans, the Burlington County Republican Organization sought to kill Steve Lonegan’s congressional candidacy in its cradle on Monday by giving his primary opponent, Tom MacArthur, the county line only 24 hours after we learned that Ocean County had done the same.

“Our Screening Committee, as well as our Republican Municipal Chairs, are proud to enthusiastically endorse Tom MacArthur for Congress in the Third District and will forward our recommendation to the full County Committee for their consideration,” said Screening Committee Chairman Steve Solomon in a Monday evening press release.

“Not only were we deeply impressed by Tom’s experience of helping to create jobs and prosperity for his employees and their families, but also by his vision for the future of our party and our nation,” continued Solomon.  “Tom’s compelling story as a self-made success and someone who has dedicated his life to giving back to those in need made him stand out among the candidates we interviewed.  We believe he will make an excellent Congressman for the people of Burlington County and the people of the Third District.”

Steve Lonegan and the Burlington County establishment have scrapped openly for weeks.

Pezzullo, Eck Win Union Convention

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rich Pezzullo talks to students

Rich Pezzullo talks to students

It’s finally convention season, Save Jerseyans, and the first GOP committee members are beginning to select their preferred choices for the June Primary.

Today it was Union County’s turn. In one of the only contested races, delegates assembled in Union Township on a cold but sunny March day voted to back Rich Pezzullo for the U.S. Senate nomination.

Pezzullo reportedly ended up with 75 votes; Professor Murray Sabrin landed 33, former FBI agent Robert Turkavage earned 31 votes, and concrete businessman Brian Goldberg secured 13. A fifth candidate, Jeffrey Bell, submitted his letter of intent but did not appear.

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Bergen GOP Freeholder Hopefuls File

Deadline Approaches for Bergen Freeholder; Fitzhenry and Walsh Emerge as the Favorites

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bergen county mapAs the deadline approaches for BCRO convention participation tomorrow, Save Jerseyans, no less than four candidates have filed a letter of intent to run for Bergen County freeholder.

The current list includes former District 36 senate candidate Brian Fitzhenry, Ridgewood Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh, Ridgefield Municipal Chair Bob Avery, and former District 37 assembly candidate, Deidre Paul.  It is also possible, report Save Jersey sources, for an as-of-yet unconfirmed individual out of Old Tappan to file.

Here’s what we’re hearing so far in the early going…

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