There 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…
“I think Cory did was he was supposed to do… he moved on to the Senate.”
That’s how front runner Ras Baraka summed up the tenure of the last elected mayor of Newark, Cory Booker (D-Twitter), during a radio interview on the eve of the election that he hopes will propel him to City Hall’s top spot. And he won’t get an argument from me on that particular point!
The million dollar question: if elected today, will Ras Baraka give Newark the time that it deserves unlike his infamously-absent predecessor? Or will he return the Brick City to the Sharpe James era of old school urban Democrat politics?
We’ve got our own spring elections to worry about both tomorrow (May 13th) and June 3rd, Save Jerseyans, but some of you might be following the pitched Democrat gubernatorial primary battle across the Delaware in Pennsylvania.
I don’t get to cast a ballot in that one, but just for the record, allow me to visually relate to you why this abused, battered and scarred property taxpayer couldnever pull the lever for front runner Tom Wolf…
Last week I walked into a storefront on Bloomfield Avenue in Newark for a purpose different than any I ever had before, Save Jerseyans: I was there to see how I could help a Democrat.
Before someone revokes my Save Jersey writing credentials, let me try to explain!
For those of you who do not know me, I am a student at Rutgers-Newark law school; the future of the biggest city in our state definitely matters to me. But as a New Jersey taxpayer, each and every one of you are paying for Newark (whether you realize it or not). For me, the election on May 13th may literally be a matter of life or death, or at least from the perspective of my level of safety on a daily basis, but for all of us, what happens in the upcoming Newark mayoral race has strong statewide implications.
That is why I was there in this crowded storefront. I recognize that no Republican is going to get elected in Newark in 2014, and Shavar Jeffries stands head and shoulders above his opponent Ras Baraka.
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.
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…
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.”
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…
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.
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 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…
All 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.
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.”