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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Golden Bests Bennett in Monmouth

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Shaun Golden

Shaun Golden

Our friend Art Gallagher reported the final tally as 335 votes for Golden to 282 for Bennett, Save Jerseyans, in a contest for Monmouth GOP Chairman that tightened considerably down the stretch.

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Davis Easily Reelected in Atlantic

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Davis (left) with LG Kim Guadagno (center) and A.C. Mayor Don Guardian (right) at a NJGOP campaign training seminar on May 31st. (via Facebook)

Davis (left) with LG Kim Guadagno (center) and A.C. Mayor Don Guardian (right) at a NJGOP campaign training seminar on May 31st. (via Facebook)

Heads up:

All NJ GOP eyes are on Monmouth County tonight, Save Jerseyans, but about an hour further south on the G.S. Parkway, Atlantic County’s incumbent Republican Chairman Keith Davis cruised to victory tonight, elected unanimously to another term as head of the county GOP organization by 150+ present committee members.

Renewal of Davis’s tenure seemed secure after a winter challenge from former Assemblyman Vince Polistina never materialized.

Monmouth Chairman’s Race Endgame

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

monmouth bennett goldenThere 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…

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Monmouth YR’s Reboot Amidst Chairman Battle

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bryan Kuderna

Bryan Kuderna

The Monmouth GOP county committee will bring a bloody battle for its chairmanship to a conclusion on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, and either John Bennett or Shaun Golden will be left standing. It’s a post-primary treat for political junkies in an ordinarily sluggish time of the year for political news.

Almost everyone is choosing sides. A notable exception? The brand new county Young Republican leadership that assumed office on Friday afternoon.

The new chairman, Bryan Kuderna, is a young CFP residing in Schrewsbury who currently serves as the chairman of the board of the Red Bank YMCA. The other officers are no less engaged in the public arena including Matt Woolley who works as a legislative aide Monmouth Asm. Sean Kean…

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Sabato: CD3 Now Leans GOP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur at the Ocean County Convention

Tom MacArthur at the Ocean County Convention

Veteran Virginia-based political prognosticator Larry Sabato is changing his rating of the race to replace Jon Runyan, Save Jerseyans, citing the outcome of Tuesday’s primary contest:

New Jersey: The most watched Garden State race of the night was in NJ-3, a potentially competitive district in the fall. With Rep. Jon Runyan (R) retiring after two terms, Republicans picked former Randolph Township Mayor Tom MacArthur over 2013 Senate nominee Steve Lonegan, 60%-40%, nominating the candidate widely seen as the stronger general election choice. MacArthur will now face Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard (D), who easily won her party’s primary. With MacArthur’s nomination victory, we’re moving this race from Toss-up to Leans Republican as Tuesday’s result makes it more likely that the GOP will be able to retain the seat. However, Democrats love Belgard and plan to compete hard for the swing seat.”

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Manalapan Stands with Bennett

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Monmouth CountyAny worthwhile county committee chairmanship contest revolves around winning the support of county committee members, Save Jerseyans. Hamlet-by-hamlet, door-to-door, 24/7. It’s retail politics at its purest level (even if the conversations themselves aren’t always substantively holy).

Sources in Monmouth County tell me that it’s going to be close - much closer than initially expected - when incumbent Chairman John Bennett and Sheriff Shaun Golden clash on June 10th to decide who will lead the organization forward in this year’s only competitive GOP chair battle.

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Inky Endorses Sabrin

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Murray Sabrin

Murray Sabrin

Citing his support for civil liberties and pledge to work across the aisle, the newly-liberated Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board has decided to endorse Murray Sabrin in next Tuesday’s NJ GOP U.S. Senate primary, Save Jerseyans, over his three party rivals:

“Of them, MURRAY SABRIN appears to be Republicans’ best choice. The finance professor at Ramapo College is a human library of monetary theory and a paragon of libertarian principals. Having been a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2008 and the Libertarian Party nominee for governor in 1997, Sabrin also seems most prepared to carry out a vigorous campaign.”

Click here to read the full endorsement. Want to weigh in before June 3rd? You’ve come to the right place. Vote in our open online poll and opine in the busy comments section.

Poll: MacArthur Up By 13-Points

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Steve Lonegan (left) and Tom MacArthur (right) with Michael Aron during a televised debate.

Steve Lonegan (left) and Tom MacArthur (right) with Michael Aron during a televised debate.

Time may be running out for Steve Lonegan to reverse the momentum and regain the upper hand in CD3, Save Jerseyans. That’s not a “RINO” observation. I’m just looking at the numbers.

Data: a new poll out Wednesday morning from the American Action Network found Lonegan’s rival Tom MacArthur leading by 13-points (43% to 30%) among likely GOP primary voters.

You can click here to read the full report. Surveyors found MacArthur leading Lonegan across the board including among those who consider themselves “very conservative.”

The difference-maker? Lonegan’s likability…

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Bennett Wants to Debate Golden

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

John O. Bennett

John O. Bennett

New Jersey’s only competitive county party chairman’s challenge of 2014 is taking another dramatic turn this afternoon, Save Jerseyans, as both incumbent Chairman John O. Bennett and challenger Sheriff Shaun Golden trade correspondence and haggle over ethical precedents.

The latest? Bennett, a former governor and state legislator who isn’t backing down in the face of a robust insurgency, wants to debate one-on-one and put his open-ended proposal in his latest letter to Golden:

“Speaking of the issues, I believe the Party is best served by hearing directly from the candidates. I challenge you to a debate to which all County Committee members will be invited to. You name the time, and you name the place. I look forward to a vigorous discussion about the Party and our visions for the future.”

Click here to read the full letter.