He rolled out the backing of Lacey Township’s GOP committee on Thursday and, this morning, announced the support of Point Pleasant.
“As we continue to try and recover from Sandy and improve the economy, we are confident that Tom will be an asset in Congress on both fronts,” read a joint statement issued by Club President Tom Szymanski, GOP Municipal Chairman William Hoey, Council President Bob Sabosik, Councilwoman Toni DePaola, Councilman John Wisniewski, Councilman Bill Borowsky and Councilman Joe Furmato. “Tom will have our votes at the March 19th Ocean County Republican Convention and our full support in both the June Primary Election and November General Election. We look forward to working with Tom as the next Representative from the 3rd Congressional District.”
New Jersey Republicans aren’t accustomed to competitive primaries. The closest we’ve seen in recent history was back in 2005 (the first statewide race in which your Blogger-in-Chief was eligible to vote) when Doug Forrester edged by Bret Schundler by less than 5-points in a very crowded field.
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.
We’re kicking off our Election 2014 Senate coverage by sharing my interview with Brian D. Goldberg, Save Jerseyans, a businessman originally from Monmouth County who made his money in the concrete business and who now hopes to bring private sector common sense to Capitol Hill.
He’s one of five GOP nominee hopefuls including former U.S. candidate and Reagan campaign staffer Jeffrey Bell, Monmouth businessman Rich Pezzullo, retired FBI agent Robert “Turk” Turkavage, and Ramapo Professor Murray Sabrin.
Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh (Left) with her sister Patrice Miller in Asbury Park, Election Night 2013.
We are all aware of the importance of the 2014 Bergen County Freeholder race for Republicans, Save Jerseyans, and I implore everyone to take time to get to know all the Republican Candidates seeking your vote.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Bergen County Freeholder Candidate and current Ridgewood Councilwoman, Bernadette Walsh. We spoke about a wide array of issues facing Bergen County, her vision for Bergen County, and her experiences serving as a Councilwoman in Ridgewood.
We initially spoke of Councilwoman Walsh’s vision for Bergen County. “My specific vision for residents of Bergen County is to feel a level of comfort living here,,” said Walsh.
As a member of the governing body in Ridgewood, Walsh learned first hand just how much of your tax bill is paid over to the County Government. “People should feel at ease knowing that I will work hard to make sure that [residents] can live here comfortably, remain employed here, and that I will do what is necessary make it better to have a business here.”
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden told MMM that he will not be a candidate for Congress this year.
Monmouth County Republican Chairman John Bennett has been urging Golden to take on Congressman Frank Pallone due to the sheriff’s strong record of accomplishment and his popularity at the polls.
“I would love to see Shaun Golden run for Congress, ” Bennett said earlier this month, ‘Not only is popular and a demonstrated vote getter, he has an outstanding record with a documented ability to get things done.”
Golden said that it is just not the right time for him to take on a congressional campaign.
Former Howell Mayor Joe DiBella said last week that he “would love to run against Pallone” if Golden doesn’t. Bennett told MMM that he received a message from DiBella expressing his interest. DiBella has not returned several phone calls inquiring about his candidacy from MMM this week.
More potential 2016 presidential candidates by far are in the Republican Party than the Democrat Party. For example: Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley (Indian), Susanna Martinez, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz (Hispanic) and Allen West (African-American).
And the history of the GOP speaks for itself:
The first woman ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court was a Republican, appointed by a Republican president.
The first African-American ever elected to the US Senate post-reconstruction was a Republican. The only African-American currently sitting on the US Supreme Court is a Republican.
Goldberg addresses Monroe Twp. GOP Club on Thursday evening. (Photo credit: Goldberg Campaign)
Brian D. Goldberg made it official today by filing to run for U.S. Senate, Save Jerseyans. Click here to read the letter.
“I’m thrilled to be able to officially announce that I’m seeking to challenge Senator Cory Booker this November,” said Goldberg in a statement. “Republicans need a positive, unwavering and effective messenger to give voice to common sense solutions in the U.S. Senate.”
Goldberg first make it public that he was exploring a run back in December; his campaign also used today’s announcement to say that Daniel Beckelman, Hudson County Young Republican Chairman, would serve as the Senate campaign’s treasurer.
A loyal (and bored) long-time Save Jerseyan decided to do a little research on the Facebook presence of our state’s esteemed members of the General Assembly, folks, and subsequently shared the results with your Blogger-in-Chief.
It’s 2014 and Facebook has been a “thing” for quite some time now. So you might imagine that our elected leaders in Trenton would have a significant Facebook presence by now… right?
“I was looking forward to debating the critical issues facing America and New Jersey with Congressman Holt. Particularly the looming healthcare crisis with the ramp up of the ill advised Obamacare act. But my campaign was and will not be about my opponent. It is about solid, common sense ideas to get our economy back on track, creating good careers for upcoming generations, safeguarding the retirement funds of those who worked so hard for them, and making government less expensive and intrusive.”
“All across our district people told me they were looking for a positive change in Washington. It appears that in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District they now have a real opportunity to get the change they’re looking for.”
Last year, I attended the Conservative Political Action Conference known to many as CPAC. As a Rutgers University College Republican, I went every year and encourage Save Jerseyans to attend next month. It is guaranteed to be a great time, one where you can meet great people and learn lot.
However, there was one event in particular that has made me think critically about my politics.
Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, spoke in a panel discussion called “In the Tank: The Smartest Guys in the Room.”As a great admirer of Dr. Brooks, I hope to share with you his insight and a new way of looking at issues.
From the start, Dr. Brooks explained why conservatism is losing.
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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Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ02) is one of 28 Republicans drawing heavy criticism for voting to raise the federal government’s debt ceiling without qualification, Save Jerseyans, but the veteran Congressman told conservative blogger Alyssa Krumm that avoiding another debt ceiling fight was in his party’s best interest:
“I know some people are not pleased with this vote but if we didn’t make a move here, this would have been an early Christmas present for the president and the Democrats. The Speaker solicited ideas from House members on what to attach to the bill. Anything substantive we would have proposed would be rejected by the president and rejected by Harry Reid in the Senate.”