In some ways it’s been unbelievably satisfying in the early going. If you had told me in early 2009 that Democrat mayors would be tripping over themselves to endorse a pro-life, pro-business, pro-tax cut Republican governor only four short years later, I might’ve accused you of harboring admirably but unrealistic expectations. Go figure.
The latest Dem to abandon ship is Mayor Jim Fazzone (D-Burlington City); he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Chris Christie on Friday in a municipality of just under 10,000 where President Obama garnered 72.49% of the vote in 2012 and Jon Corzine managed 60.43% just three years prior:
It might already be too late unless she has some incredible, game-changing opposition research up her sleeve (e.g. we discover that Governor Christie’s lap band was born in Kenya, or that his fleece has a felony record). Not because it isn’t possible to catch up in six months. It is. I just don’t see any signs that her campaign is capable of doing anything that could reverse Chris Christie’s fearsome momentum or get key Democrat local leaders to change their minds, fall in line and risk angering the likely victor.
NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) is having another tantrum.
The puerile legislator who called Governor Chris Christie a prick over a budget veto and responded to Superstorm Sandy by calling for the elimination of beach badges on the Jersey Shore is upset that he will face competition in November.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) had the audacity to recruit a strong candidate, Niki Trunk, to challenge Sweeney in the 3rd legislative district. Sweeney’s been pissed about that for months, as if he is entitled to being reelected without having to make his case to the voters in November.
Sweeney went off the deep end when he learned that Kean donated $8,200 to Trunk’s campaign.
Yesterday Sweeney knocked all Republican sponsored legislation off of the Senate’s agenda. The following bills won’t be heard in committee next week:
We ordinarily don’t spend too much time covering New Jersey’s mayoral contests in the larger urban centers here at Save Jersey. Why? Because it’s usually liberal-on-liberal violence. There’s rarely a genuine contest of ideas worth expounding upon.
I believe there’s no more important domestic issue than school choice, folks. You know this as regular readers. We’re losing an entire generation of Americans in our cities’ failure factories. Anyone willing to do anything about it other than throw more money at the problem is worth hearing out. Here’s hoping all of Mayor-elect Fulop’s pro-school choice associations translate to a meaningful change for Jersey City’s kids.
And if nothing else… tonight’s result is a little extra sweet because Obama had endorsed Healey. Any loss for the Big O is a W for the American people.
“Meet Barbara Buono, Jon Corzine’s budget chair and now running for governor,” a legislator who “voted 154 times to raise our taxes.”
That’s how Chris Christie’s new “negative” TV ad begins, Save Jerseyans, the second spot of his 2013 campaign which will broadcast statewide beginning today. His first purely positive piece went live earlier this month:
Let’s just keep it simple and recognize this new TV ad for what it is: as an honest accounting of Senator Buono’s record! Yes, Barbara Buono’s record is negative, both in terms of how it’s negatively impacted our state economy and how it’s likely to affect her own electoral fortunes. Simply pointing out the obvious isn’t really a negative act in of itself, ’cause it’s not negative if it’s true my friends.
In my efforts to introduce candidates to the voting public, I started a weekly column called Meet the Candidates. In essence it is a past day stump speech updated for the virtual world and a chance for candidates to tell the voters why they deserve their vote.
For this week’s column, I am honored to introduce to you Middlesex County Freeholder Candidate, Bob Jones. Jones obtained his bachelor degree in Communications from Rutgers University and his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School. Currently he has his own law firm in Woodbridge, New Jersey, is the Board Attorney for South Plainfield and East Brunswick Zoning Board of Adjustments and is an Adjunct Instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Bob Jones also has a strong political background. He was the South Plainfield Republican Chairman from 2003-2008 and the 18th District Assembly Candidate in 2009.
The following is my interview with Candidate Jones…
Governor Christie’s first television ad of the 2013 cycle, “Jersey Proud,” will likely be on a TV near you this week, Save Jerseyans. I’m told it’s a 1 1/2 long, $1M+ buy encompassing both the New York and Philadelphia metro markets.
In my efforts to introduce candidates to the voting public, I started a weekly column called Meet the Candidates. In essence it is a past day stump speech updated for the virtual world.
For this week’s column, I am honored to introduce to you State Senate Candidate, James Sanford. Sanford is running in the 33rd Legislative District and is trying to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Brian P. Stack. He is thirty year old Berkeley College alumni with a degree in Accounting and as a former Chairman of the Hudson County Young Republicans and a current Republican Committeeman. James is not entirely new to politics; currently, he is the Manager of the Procurement Department at a credit union in New York City.
My interview with candidate Sanford is below the fold: