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NJ Dems Push for an Article V Convention

By Alyssa Lafage | The Save Jersey Blog

article v conventionEver since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Save Jerseyans, Democrats have criticized the role of Super PACs in politics, claiming that it is a way for evil rich guys like the Koch Brothers to spend unlimited amounts of money thus having too much influence.

A few Democrat State Senators from New Jersey have attempted to take matters into their own hands to address the issue of big money in politics by calling for an Article V Constitutional Convention of the states.


Go. Meet. Do.

By Rich Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

The 2014 GOP U.S. Senate primary field, left to right: Rich Pezzullo, Brian Goldberg, Jeff Bell and Murray Sabrin

The 2014 GOP U.S. Senate primary field, left to right: Rich Pezzullo, Brian Goldberg, Jeff Bell and Murray Sabrin

Tuesday’s news from Freehold and Virginia’s 7th CD show that people who choose to get involved can make big changes.

Having experienced the primary system in the US Senate race, I discovered that in a majority of the counties, Mr. Goldberg “earned” the line by reaching out to county committee far in advance of the county conventions.

Republicans who were active and attended their meetings had a chance to meet him and provided support to him, as opposed to the “relative strangers” who showed up at convention seeking support after a 3 minute presentation.


Davis Easily Reelected in Atlantic

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Davis (left) with LG Kim Guadagno (center) and A.C. Mayor Don Guardian (right) at a NJGOP campaign training seminar on May 31st. (via Facebook)

Davis (left) with LG Kim Guadagno (center) and A.C. Mayor Don Guardian (right) at a NJGOP campaign training seminar on May 31st. (via Facebook)

Heads up:

All NJ GOP eyes are on Monmouth County tonight, Save Jerseyans, but about an hour further south on the G.S. Parkway, Atlantic County’s incumbent Republican Chairman Keith Davis cruised to victory tonight, elected unanimously to another term as head of the county GOP organization by 150+ present committee members.

Renewal of Davis’s tenure seemed secure after a winter challenge from former Assemblyman Vince Polistina never materialized.

Monmouth Chairman’s Race Endgame

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

monmouth bennett goldenThere are runoff municipal elections today in Bayonne, Newark and Trenton on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, but no matter who ultimately prevails, the end result will be the same:

The election of a liberal Democrat. Whoopie!

So whatever. Republican leaders in Monmouth County are voting today; it’s a more interesting contest to me in terms of actual statewide implications given the importance of Monmouth as a lean-right swing county, and this race happens to be a county committee brawl for the chairmanship between the incumbent – former Governor John Bennett – and his challenger Sheriff Shaun Golden.

There’s also plenty of coin on the line as proxies affiliated with large law firms advocate for their preferred champion. High stakes inevitably translates to extremely messy and also somewhat unpredictable due to the fog of war…


Kerry Just Said What They’re All Thinking

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

John Kerry is catching a lot of flack for calling Israel an “apartheid state” last week, Save Jerseyans. He deserves it. He’s an embarrassment to this country; has been since long before I was even born!

But why is everyone out there in media land responding with surprise?

Am I the only one who remembers watching THIS back in September 2012?

Rooney to Address NJCR Convention

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Rooney 1984

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…


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


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…


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


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….