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Two GOP’ers Vie for Ocean City

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ed Price

Ed Price via Facebook

One of America’s top family beach resorts is hosting a different kind of entertainment this year, Save Jerseyans, in the form of a contested nonpartisan May 13th mayoral race between two Republicans (note: there are also 5 at-large council candidates on the ballot).

The one-term incumbent is Mayor Jay Gillian. Ocean City vacationers will recognize his surname as the one associated with ‘Wonderland Pier’ and some of Cape May County’s Shore-based amusement parks from years past.

His challenger, Ed Price, is a 54-year-old CEO of and Atlantic County medical laboratory computer firm and a graduate of the University of Delaware and the IBM Programming School. Price serves in a number of civic capacities including as chairman of Ocean City Housing Authority, and he’s running in 2014 primarily on a beach replenishment and resort beautification platform.


Can CPAC Save Christie’s Sagging Republican Poll Numbers?

By Brian McGovern | The Save Jersey Blog

chris christie cpacYesterday, Chris Christie gave a speech at CPAC 2014 that many in the media are considering a resounding success.

Not because Christie came into that hotel in Maryland and blew everyone away with a heavy dose of juicy conservative one-liners (as so many try to do at the yearly conference), but because he largely did no harm to himself with a group that, at least on the national level, has been a bit hesitant to get behind him.

Pretty soon we should be able to see how this “do no harm” strategy worked out, because the poll numbers that created the backdrop for this speech are not looking pretty…


Shiloh Borough Mayor Passes

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Harold Davis

Harold Davis

We are sad to report that Shiloh Borough’s Republican Mayor Harold Davis passed away on Friday, February 20th, Save Jerseyans, at age 65. 

Mayor Davis reportedly suffered from a condition known as thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension which negatively affects blood flow through the lungs. He had served his tiny 500+ person community for over 30 years.

Davis’s 3rd term as mayor wasn’t set to expire until next December.

“We were deeply saddened when we learned of the passing of Harold Davis. He always put his community first,” Cumberland GOP Chairman Bob Greco shared in a Saturday statement. “Serving Shiloh was not about politics to him, it was truly about community service.”


Meet John Sebik

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

John Sebik

John Sebik

Bayonne, NJ – Team Zanowic, the fiscally responsible slate for Bayonne Mayor and city council, are practicing the big tent coalition building in which GOPer’s everywhere should be engaged.

Comprised of Republicans and Independents, conservatives and libertarians, they have been reaching out to and are building bridges across traditionally-Democratic Bayonne. Part and parcel of the cross community relationship building and communications they have done has been their use of social media which was recently recognized by Turning Point USA as a model for local campaigns across the nation.

I recently had the pleasure of posing a few topical questions to Team Zanowic’s Council-At-Large candidate and registered Independent, John Sebik


Murry Sabrin is Running for U.S. Senate

By Art Gallagher |

Murray Sabrin

Murray Sabrin

Ramapo College Professor Murray Sabrin made it official yesterday.  He is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Senator Cory Booker.

Sabrin made his announcement on NJ 101.5′s Dennis and Judy Show yesterday followed  by a fundraising appeal to supporters via email.

Sabrin’s announcement is an indication that he received sufficient encouragement from Republican county chairmen and other party leaders over the last two weeks since he announced his interest in challenging Booker that believes he has enough support to win the majority of establishment party lines in the primary. Sabrin told WHDT 9 News, that he would only enter the primary if he had sufficient establishment support to avoid a competitive primary.

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Unity in Hackensack for Christmas

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

GOP Hackensack rally (photo credit: BCRO Facebook page)

GOP Hackensack rally (photo credit: BCRO Facebook page)

“Is this real? Yes it is!”

Those were the words uttered by County Executive Kathe Donovan last week to the over 100 people who braved icy roads to attend a rally with Donovan and BCRO Chairman Bob Yudin at BCRO headquarters in Hackensack.

A turn of the tide? Christmas miracle? Or temporary tactic to stem the bleeding?

Though many remained skeptical as she pointed out, both Donovan and Yudin were all smiles as they did something no one saw coming, endorse each other for another term. Donovan pointed out that it was important to do this now, to show they were serious and this is really happening.


A Tale of Two Assembly Seats

Amodeo Concedes in LD2 While Scarpa Gains Ground in LD38

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

amodeoA quick Election 2013 recount update for those of you retaining some stomach lining:

Fading Republican hopes of a successful legal challenge in LD2 were dashed today when incumbent Assemblyman John Amodeo conceded, Save Jerseyans.

“I congratulate Mayor Vince Mazzeo on his successful campaign and wish him luck in his first term in the New Jersey Assembly,” Amodeo told members of the press on Tuesday. Asm. Amodeo lost the recount of his disgustingly-close legislative race with Democrat challenger Mayor Vincent Mazzeo of Northfield on December 3rd. Amodeo ultimately lost by 39 votes, or 1 more than he had lost by prior to the recount.

It’s a somewhat different story in terms of trajectory at the opposite end of the Garden State Parkway where GOP challenger Mayor Joe Scarpa of Rochelle Park cut his Election Day deficit from 54 to 36 votes in the initial stages of a recount. Whether he can find enough votes to overtake Tim Eustace remains a challenge. More on that later.

At the moment, the NJ GOP is grappling with a net gain of zero after last month’s legislation elections. My stomach lining is GONE in case you were wondering…

Conservatives Neglect School Board Races

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

blackboardAll this talk about Common Core and the DREAM Act has got me thinking about something has bothered me for a long time, Save Jerseyans: the lack of attention that conservatives pay to local school board elections.

As someone who has run as a conservative in a school board election, I can tell you it is no easy task.  These elections, even when they are held in November, are scarcely voted in and controlled heavily by the local PTAs and special interest groups. 

This has allowed spending on “education” to skyrocket exponentially over the years. The truth of the matter is, very little of this spending goes to actual education, and for sake of argument, I am even going to throw in teacher salary as that is money in the classroom. The majority of this increase tends to come from excessive administrative spending and poor planning.

Why does that continue to happen? 

Conservatives continue to ignore school elections while liberals have long relished in our complacency. 


Christie Up But Challenged in IA, OH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie stumping in Iowa during Election 2012.

Governor Chris Christie stumping in Iowa during Election 2012.

Pass the 2013 mashed potatoes, Save Jerseyans, and the put the 2014 jello mold on ice. Your 2016 course is already warming and ready to be served this Thanksgiving day whether you’re ready for it or not.

We had two new Election 2016 polls hit this week and both contain conditionally good news for the New Jersey frontrunner.

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are the 2016 leaders to Ohio voters, locked in a statistical tie,” said Peter Brown, director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute; its latest poll showed Chris Christie performing the strongest against Hilldawg in battleground Ohio, losing by 1-point (42% to 41%). “Ms. Clinton easily defeats a bevy of other potential GOP aspirants. Interestingly, when voters are asked whether she would make a good president, more say yes, than say they would vote for her. Conversely, Vice President Joseph Biden is not presidential material in the eyes of Ohioans. Only 28 percent think he would be a good president.”


What Should Christie Be Thankful For?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

h/t WashPo:

Is there something you’d add to the list, Save Jerseyans?

Let’s hear it in the comments section…

Yudin Blames Donovan for Mitchell’s Loss

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chairman Yudin engaging in last minute campaigning in Hackensack.

We’ve got a better chance of seeing peace in the Middle East before an end to the Bergen GOP’s seemingly endless and destructive civil war, Save Jerseyans.

The latest skirmish: he stopped short of endorsing an alternative candidate in next year’s County Executive race, but in an email to Bergen County Republican leaders this week obtained by Save Jersey, BCRO Chairman Bob Yudin placed the blame for 2013 freeholder board setbacks squarely at the feet of incumbent Kathe Donovan.

Yudin zeroed in on an 11th hour email blast from Donovan urging supporters to back Freeholder Maura DeNicola for reelection but making no mention of GOP running mates, Freeholders John Mitchell and John Felice, only the latter of whom got through with a narrow margin; Mitchell lost of 0.0014%. For those of you who haven’t been following along, DeNicola and Donovan both opposed a controversial county police merger initiative endorsed by the rest of the current board including Mitchell and Felice.

“It is my opinion, if Kathe had advocated everyone, all three Republican Freeholders would have won,” Yudin concluded. He also attached both Donovan’s endorsement email and a robocall script to his own email to support the Yudin faction’s thesis.

The full text of Chairman Yudin’s email is below the fold…


Save Jersey in Warren County Tonight

McGovern to Discuss Save Jersey and State Politics at Warren County College

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

One of Save Jersey‘s own will be in Warren County tonight.


Brian McGovern

Managing Editor Brian McGovern is giving a Wednesday night guest lecture at Warren County College. This is the second time in two years that Brian will be addressing the Warren County students on a range of state and local political topics.

This year the lecture will focus on this year’s exciting election cycle, specifically Governor Christie’s big win as well as his lack of coattails, Save Jersey‘s coverage of the races this year, and a case study in local politics based on a successful Republican campaign in Brian’s heavily Democrat populated hometown of Voorhees.

Would you like to see Save Jersey in your part of the world? 

Click here to view our ever-evolving calendar of upcoming events.

Kean-Christie Wounds Are Festering

By Art Gallagher |

Guadagno, Kean and ChristieWhile Trenton Democrats are planning their aggressive “lame -duck” agenda with an eye on making Governor Chris Christie’s 2016 prospects more difficult, New Jersey’s two most popular Republicans, Christie and former Governor Tom Kean, are letting hurt feelings over the attempted ouster of Tom Kean, JR as Senate Minority Leader dominate the news on the Republican side of the aisle.

In case you missed it or didn’t care, on the heels of his landslide reelection with no coattails, Christie made it known that he wanted Senator Kevin O’Toole to replace Kean, JR as the Republican leader in the upper house of the legislature.  Junior got wind of the coup attempt and rallied the majority of the caucus to stick with him.  The day after the election, Christie publicly expressed his commitment to continue working with Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and declined to comment on who the leader of the Republican minority in the Senate should be.  Junior released a letter signed by 11 of the 16 Republican Senators that expressed their support of him.  The following morning, prior to the Republican caucus meeting to elect their leader, Christie summoned Junior and Republican Senators to his Statehouse office, in view of the press corps, to lobby for O’Toole taking over the minority leadership.

Junior fought back and 9 other Republican Senators stuck with him, giving him a 10-6 victory over O’Toole and giving Christie the first act of defiance from Republicans in four years.

Why did Christie want to oust Junior? He’s not saying. Speculation centers on two reasons: 1) Christie was doing Sweeney’s bidding in the Senate President’s ongoing feud with Junior for having the gall to try and win his seat in the Senate and 2) Christie wanted Junior to take the fall for Republicans not picking up any seats in the legislature.

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Amodeo Up 10; Court Scrutiny Coming

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brown, Amodeo and Davis in LD2It’s been a real roller coaster ride in LD2, Save Jerseyans.

With the provisional ballots counted, incumbent Asm. John Amodeo (R) leads challenger Vincent Mazzeo (D) by just 10 votes. Democrats dispute this total, claiming Amodeo’s lead is down to 2 votes.

Since 118 provisional ballots were challenged, an election judge will now need to intervene and make a ruling as to whether these ballots will be included in the final tally.

109 of the 118 were allegedly challenged due to the fact that only one poll worker signature on each provisional ballot (I’m told New Jersey law requires the signatures of two poll workers). The other 9 ballots were challenged following expressed concerns pertaining to the authenticity of the actual ballot signature.

We’ll see you in Court…

Q Poll: Christie Tops Clinton

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Clinton and CorzineThis is self-explanatory, Save Jerseyans:

In an early look at the 2016 presidential campaign, 43 percent of American voters back New Jersey’s Republican Governor, Christopher Christie, while 42 percent back former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democrat, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Ms. Clinton has leads of nine points or more against other possible Republican contenders, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds:

  • 49 – 40 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;
  • 51 – 36 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;
  • 49 – 40 percent over U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

The gender gap in the Christie-Clinton matchup is obvious: women go to the Democrat 48 – 39 percent while men go Republican 47 – 35 percent. Independent voters go to Christie 48 – 32 percent, with Democrats for Clinton 85 – 6 percent and Republicans for Christie 85 – 5 percent. White voters back Christie 50 – 35 percent with Clinton ahead 77 – 12 percent among black voters and 46 – 38 percent among Hispanic voters.

Click here for the full polling report.

Christie’s Improvised Landslide

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie Map

Few would doubt Governor Chris Christie’s political resourcefulness, Save Jerseyans, but last Tuesday’s landslide may be the ultimate example of his uncanny ability to control, shape and project a narrative of strength capable of masking an underlying weaknesses.

Look at the numbers. In addition to winning about 60.4% of the vote and a whopping 19 of 21 counties in the 2-2013 gubernatorial contest, CNN’s exit polling suggests Chris Christie’s victory was broad-based… at least among those who actually showed up. Specifically, the incumbent Republican won:

  • 57% of women
  • 55% of 25-29 year olds
  • 51% of Latino voters
  • 62% of those with some or no college
  • 55% of those earning between $30k to $50k
  • 73% of Catholics

The Governor’s landslide is nevertheless a bit misleading based solely on the demographic information provided by CNN. You might fairly say it was “improvised.” Not a giant turnout wave so much as a small, well-breaking one which the Big Kahuna expertly rode to Shore…