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Bell Debuts First Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff Bell megaphoneHis war chest doesn’t come close to that of his well-heeled celebrity competitor Cory Booker (D-Twitter), Save Jerseyans, but Jeff Bell proved during this year’s GOP primary that he knows how to maximize the impact of dollar (regardless of whether the dollar is backed by gold).

The Republican nominee went up on Wednesday with a biographical radio ad on WCBS-FM and WOR-AM, one that will run during the afternoon drive-time rush hour. Click here to listen. “Ahead of His Time” focuses tax cuts, the Gold Standard and the candidate’s relationship with Ronald Reagan, all topics which we explored at greater length during our recent sit down interview.

Bell trails Booker by 12.5% in the RCP average, but the last two polls showed him down 10 and 7 points, respectively.

Christie Soliciting Funds for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellThe NJ GOP is certainly stepping up its online fundraising efforts in 2014, Save Jerseyans.

After using its formidable online list serve to raise money for Wisconsin’s Scott Walker last week, this Thursday, the Sate Republican Committee shared an e-mail signed by Governor Christie asking donors to donate directly to Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign and, having done so, “reject the failed agenda of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.” The e-mail blast further noted how recent polling suggests a single-digit race.

More help might be coming soon for the GOP nominee taking on Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in November. Governor Christie’s long-time confidante and national Republican emissary Bill Palatucci recently promised a Christie-headlined fundraiser for Bell.

The NJ GOP’s blast e-mail is below the fold:


GOP Chairs Elect Leadership

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ailish Hambel

Ailish Hambel (right) with LG Kim Guadagno (left) (via Sussex GOP Facebook page)

The state’s 21 Republican county chairman gathered on Wednesday evening at the East Brunswick Hilton, Save Jerseyans, and as first reported by Save Jersey, this is what the chairman association’s leadership looks like going forward:

Jose Arango (Hudson) – Chairman

Mike Donohue (Cape May) – First Vice Chair

Ailish Hambel (Sussex) -Secretary

Ron Gravino – Treasurer

Congrats, lady and gentlemen!

You have your work cut out for you.


A Third GOP Term? It’s Doable!

By James Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

GOP State HousePerusing various news outlets, Save Jerseyans, you might think that the 2017 Gubernatorial election is a done deal for the Democrats. They’ve got a field of “strong” candidates – led by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop – they’ve lost just two statewide elections in this millennium, and they’ve capitalized on growing distrust for our current Republican governor, whose favorability stands at a net of 0 at 47-47 in the latest Quinnipiac survey.

All of this would appear, on the surface, to be the death knell of the New Jersey Republican Party’s hopes of keeping Drumthwacket come 2017.

But fear not, Save Jerseyans: there is hope that the Governorship will stay in Republican hands.


Arango, Donohue Set to Lead Chairmen

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jose Arango (left) and Mike Donohue (right)

Jose Arango (left) and Mike Donohue (right)

It’s already been reported that Hudson County GOP Chairman Jose Arango is the presumptive incoming “chair of chairs” for the NJ GOP, the individual who honorifically heads the association of the New Jersey Republican Party county chairs. Keith Davis of Atlantic is the outgoing incumbent.

Now we’ve learned that Cape May County GOP Chairman Mike Donohue has declared his intent to stand for vice chairman; I’m told no opposition is anticipated to him, either.

Arango works as Jersey City’s Director of Economic Development, setting up an interesting dynamic should Jersey City’s Democrat Mayor Steven Fulop run for governor. Donohue is an attorney and former legislative candidate in perennially competitive LD-1. They certainly hail from very different counties – the urbanized and deep blue northeastern corner and rural, red southern shore – but the challenge ahead is the same… and daunting. New Jersey’s 21 Republican county chairman must tackle their own local and regional races while simultaneously beginning to figure out what a post-Christie landscape looks like.

FYI- the chairmen are scheduled to formally vote next Wednesday, August 13th.


Gubernatorial Primary Straw Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

drumthwacketJust taking your temperature, Save Jerseyans…

Which of these N.J. political figures would be your first choice, as of right now, to face Steve Sweeney/Steven Fulop, whoever, when Governor Christie moves on? Or is your preferred candidate not listed?

Let’s get a conversation going; it’ll be here before you know it:


Jeff Bell Meets the Save Jerseyans

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff Bell dropped by my law offices on Monday, Save Jerseyans, en route to participate in the organized protest of Harry Reid’s Cherry Hill fundraiser for Donald Norcross.

I could talk to this guy for hours. He’s an unapologetic public policy wonk and rich depository of political knowledge going back to his years with the Reagan campaign. We did our best to drill down on a few important issues at play in 2014, the state of the race itself, the contrast between Bell and the incumbent Cory Booker (D-Twitter), and how he hopes to win this classic David v. Goliath struggle…

The NY Post says he’s surging. The most recent public poll shows him in single-digit territory. All we can say for sure is that the 2014 cycle is no time to count any good Republican out…

Bell Can Beat Booker

By Jim Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

jeff bellA whopping 59% of Americans have a negative view of the GOP, while a smaller majority – 50% – feel negatively about the Democrats. In the early 90s, the GOP polled at 53% favorable, and peaked in 2002 at 61% favorable. It’s hard to dispute that the Republican brand has been tarnished in recent years for any number of reasons.

So the question is: how are Republicans doing so well in so many Senate races despite crushing negativity towards their party? And how can this help Jeff Bell in a state where voters are hugely dissatisfied with both parties?

The answer lies in the candidates themselves.


Former CR State Chair Seeks Council Seat

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

connor monterrat

Connor Montferrat

Save Jersey monitors races at both ends of the ballot. Typically, the ones the “bottom” are what matter most to you and your community.

I recently sat down with one of the youngest candidates seeking office this year, Save Jersey, seeking to represent Hightstown at age 23. Some of you will know the name.  During my time as Seton Hall CR chair, while I would like to claim restoring the club as a dominant force was all my own doing, I had a lot of help from the state organization.  The chairman of that organization was Connor Montferrat; he’s become one of my good friends and I am truly excited to see him running for council in his hometown this year.  

We discussed a wide-range of issues:


Party-Building Happens Online, Too

Republican National Committee Fundraising Email Generating Some Negative Responses Among the Base

ElephantsBy Christopher A. Canarelli | The Save Jersey Blog

Those who live politics tend to look at Fridays as optimal days to release news, dump documents or relay information that may not go as noticed; especially during the summer when we here in New Jersey are getting a head start on the weekend drive down the Garden State Parkway to the Jersey Shore.  The Republican National Committee followed this pattern, but did not prepare for the response it would garner.

Last Friday, a fundraising email from Tony Parker, Treasurer of the Republican National Committee, went out to many members of the Young Republicans, not just in New Jersey, but across the country.

What was likely meant as an attention-grabbing headline and opening, came across quite negatively to its recipients.


29-Year-Old Enters Essex Fray

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

John KellyAlways striving to help Republicans fighting hard around the state, Save Jerseyans, I have decided to embark on a series of interviews with local candidates for the 2014 cycle.

For my first interview, I sat down with John V. Kelly III who is running for the Essex County 5th Freeholder District that encompasses Nutley, Bloomfield, Belleville, Glen Ridge, and Montclair.


GOP Solutions? They’ve Been There All Along…

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Republican ElephantObamatons want you to believe that Republicans have no solutions to the problems America faces.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, the GOP solutions have been there all along for anyone who wishes to open his/her mind and at least consider them. 

Here’s is some of what the Republican Party stands for:


200+ Rally for Monmouth GOP Ticket

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

monmouth gop hq

It may be tourist season, Save Jerseyans, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also an election year at the Jersey Shore. Still, it’s no small feat to draw a large crowd for a political rally at any Shore point between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

They pulled it off. Over 200 Monmouth County elected officials, County Committee members, and Party supporters were on hand at the Monmouth County Republican Party Headquarters on Saturday morning for a General Election kickoff rally. It was the first such large-scale event in Monmouth since Sheriff Shaun Golden was elected as the new Chairman on June 10th.

Freeholders Director and Deputy-Director Lillian Burry and Gary Rich (respectively), this year’s Freeholder Candidates, each gave speeches touting their accomplishments: specifically, passing four consecutive budgets with a 0% tax increase, all while maintaining the county’s enviable AAA bond rating.


It’s Okay to Disagree and Compromise

By Alyssa Lafage | Convictions of Faith

Reagan Bush 1984Before I begin, I want to remind my fellow conservatives that there has yet to be a perfect Republican or a perfect conservative. Each and every person we have elected to represent us has been flawed, and has let us down. The letdowns typically come in one of two forms –or a combination of the two. One is compromise; what seemed like a good faith attempt by our guy (or gal – for you PC police out there) to work with the other side of the aisle, but what all too often ends up resulting in advancing a Democrat plan.

Naturally, after watching this happen time and time again, we have become suspect of those who talk of compromise and bipartisanship. The second letdown usually comes when someone we thought we agreed with, disagrees with us on an issue. Most times the disagreement has more to do with tactics than whether or not we agree on the ideal outcome. None the less, we all to often use this as a reason to separate ourselves from the person, question their motives, scrutinize their every word and to top it off, call them a RINO – even when they agree with us on 80% of other issues.

We can not afford to continue on like this. So let me first address the issue of compromise.


NJYRs to Honor Chair in Bayville

By Christopher J. Dasti | New Jersey Young Republican Federation

Mike Thulen

Mike Thulen

This Friday, June 27, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Ocean County Young Republicans will be honoring one of their own, who, has made a particularly powerful impact in both Ocean County and the State as a whole – New Jersey Young Republican Federation Chairman Michael Thulen, Jr.

For those of you Save Jerseyans from Ocean County, you will undoubtedly have been acquainted with Michael during his tenure as the Chairman of the Ocean County Young Republicans where, along with a great group of Young Republican activists, Michael was able to help elect strong, Republican leaders into offices across the county, particularly in his hometown of Brick.


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.


Young Republicans Will ‘Do AC’ This Summer

By Brendan QuiñonesNew Jersey Young Republican Federation

atlantic city skylineAs you may have noticed, Save Jerseyans, the New Jersey Young Republican Federation and its affiliated county chapters have recently been making an upswing in activity. Only weeks ago, the Passaic County Young Republicans officially chartered themselves as a Young Republican chapter, becoming the first group of Young Republicans from that county to make a well-organized, concerted effort to bring Republicans under the age of 40 into the fight against the Democrats. Likewise, the Monmouth County Young Republicans, a once active organization, was revived under interim leadership, and looks to continue to build upon the great Republican tradition of Monmouth County, and the Jersey Shore.

Though these great accomplishments tell only a small snippet of the story of the growing Young Republican movement in the New Jersey, yesterday evening’s news provides us the best example yet: the New Jersey Young Republican Federation has been chosen to host the Young Republican National Federation’s Summer Board Meeting and Conference, this August 1-3 in Atlantic City.