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Christie Leads Fox News Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A little welcome 2016 news last night (Thursday) for Governor Christie, Save Jerseyans, via a Fox News poll of 1,012 registered voters:

Fox 2016 Poll - April 2014

Issue #1 in CD3 Primary: Income?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

The world economy continues to sputter and Russian continues to play a dangerous game of geopolitical chicken with the West, but in one of the country’s most competitive 2014 congressional contests, the biggest issue on the table right now is… income?

It all started on Tuesday when Steve Lonegan sought to counter news of 160 elected official endorsements and a $1.5 million cash on hand edge for his competitor Tom MacArthur by releasing a strongly-worded open letter from committee members Beverly Marinelli of Burlington County and
Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero of Ocean County Republicans.

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MacArthur TV Ad: Lonegan is “Shameful”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Steve Lonegan opened the door on both mayors’ respective tax records in this year’s contentious CD3 primary, Save Jerseyans, and Tom MacArthur’s campaign is charging right through it with a rebuttal ad that’s going up today:

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Goldberg Lands Three More Lines

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Hudson, Burlington and Hunterdon counties are now in GOP U.S. Senate Primary Candidate Brian Goldberg’s column, Save Jerseyans, giving him a commanding institutional lead with two months to go before primary day.

Hudson and Burlington are declaring for the first time; Hunterdon needed a new horse to back after Bob Turkavage failed to qualify for the primary ballot on Monday.

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Tom MacArthur Talks to Save Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur

Tom MacArthur

I had the pleasure of visiting with the Burlington County Young Republicans on Tuesday night in Evesham, Save Jerseyans, where young leaders from Burlco’s myriad of school boards, municipal committees and town councils mix and meet with freeholders, legislators and party leaders (while washing all of that politics down with some Chicago-style pizza and cold beer).

The Phillies’ game was naturally streaming on a flat screen in the background, too, but a healthy dose of candidate speeches marked by appeals for campaign volunteerism are the hallmark of any respectable party gathering.

Among Tuesday evening’s special guests was Tom MacArthur, candidate for the House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.

At first blush, the almost disarmingly-chill MacArthur’s strongest contrast with primary opponent Steve Lonegan isn’t ideological but stylistic; unlike the notoriously blustery and unapologetically intense former mayor of Bogota, MacArthur exudes a quiet charisma that kept the audience of 50+ attendees fixated as he talked about he and his wife’s decision to “choose life” when they learned that their daughter would be born with severe handicaps, the need to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, and ways to make the tax code fairer for employers struggling to maintain or expand their payrolls.

We’re grateful that Tom sat down for a chat with Save Jersey before the rest of the YRs arrived…

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CD3 Primary Battle Expands

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lonegan rallyIt’s war on all fronts in CD3, Save Jerseyans, with only two months to go before primary voters decide to endorse the latest Lonegan rebellion or go with a new face favored by both county’s Republican organizations.

The stakes are sky-high with CD3 emerging as a top Democrat target (and NRCC defense) and, to boot, a potentially-tough freeholder board control battle on tap for the fall in Burlington County. The kicker? On Monday, in an effort to improve his chances of winning the GOP nomination to replace Jon Runyan, former Mayor Lonegan upped the ante by fielding his own slate of county candidates in both Burlington and Ocean, too.

MacArthur forces insist it’s yet another example of Lonegan putting himself before the party’s well-being.

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Traffic Jam Narrows GOP Senate Field

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

turkAnd then there were five four, Save Jerseyans.

A stranger-than-fiction petition day report from Matt Friedman:

Turkavage said he collected more than the required 1,000 signatures, but was busy today and didn’t give himself enough of a cushion to make it to Trenton with traffic. The state Division of Elections didn’t cut him any slack.

”To make a long story short, I called them to see if I could get down there. They said if you’re not there until 4:00, don’t bother coming,” he said.

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Pezzullo Scores Camco Line

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Rutgers-Camden campus near the Delaware Riverfront

The Rutgers-Camden campus near the Delaware Riverfront

Rich Pezzullo is the winner of my home county’s line, Save Jerseyans.

According to sources close to the decision-making, the charismatic Pezzullo impressed the endorsement screening committee convened by Chairman Tom Booth last week.

Camden County itself is solidly blue but it’s the most populous of the state’s southernmost seven counties (including Burlington) and, consequently, affords a sizable number of Republican votes to the victor of its GOP line.

Pezzullo’s win further muddies the rudderless New Jersey Republican Party’s U.S. Senate primary waters for 2014; the Monmouth resident now lays claim to three lines: Camden, Union, and his home base of Monmouth. Nine other counties have split between three candidates (with Brian Goldberg out in the lead with 7), and a few key counties (such as Bergen and Cape May) have declined to back anyone.

 

Sources: Paul to Challenge Pascrell

CD9By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

After coming up short in last week’s 3-way BCRO freeholder convention battle, reliable Save Jersey sources report that Dr. Deirdre Paul is planning to challenge Rep. Bill Pascrell for his CD9 House seat.

We wish her all the best. It’s a lot for any Republican to bite off, even in the best of GOP cycles…

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Pezzullo Feels Buoyed by Monmouth Victory

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg may have won 5 of the last 8 county lines awarded in this year’s GOP Senate primary, Save Jerseyans, but after taking a second county of his own on Saturday (vote-rich Monmouth), Rich Pezzullo told me at Middlesex’s convention that he isn’t in any mood for surrender: 

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Results: Sabrin Wins Over Middlesex GOP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

middlesex gop convention floor

I’m here at Royal Albert Hall in Edison (Middlesex) chatting with committee members and watching the program unfold; early on, Sabrin surrogates were feeling bullish about their chances here today as they battle for the U.S. Senate line in one of the state’s most populous counties.

They had reason to be optimistic; the professor of finance won solidly on a second ballot:

Pezzulo – 39

Turk – 60

Sabrin – 104

Meanwhile, in Monmouth County, Rich Pezzullo captured his second county line with a victory over Murray Sabrin by about 50 votes…

Stay tuned for updates…

 

Beck Backs Pezzullo

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jennifer Beck

Jennifer Beck

Add state Senator Jennifer Beck to the list of Rich Pezzullo’s Monmouth supporters, Save Jerseyans.

The campaign tells me that the Monmouth legislator will “second” his nomination at Saturday morning’s county convention. Pezzullo’s wife is slated to voice the initial nomination from the floor as Monmouth County committee members decide who to endorse for the right to face Cory Booker in November. Pezzullo has already won the backing of Asm. Declan O’Scanlon

I can’t speak to the convention bylaws (I’m no expert), but Pezzullo looks strong 12 hours out. Rich is also doing quite well right now in our online #NJSen poll, too. It isn’t scientific but it’s fun! Click here to cast your ballot.

 

Poll: Your Choice for #NJSen GOP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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The next several days could prove decisive in the GOP #NJSen primary race.

Businessman Brian Goldberg appears to be on a roll with decisive wins in the key county Republican county of Ocean and battleground Cumberland, a battleground where any statewide GOP candidate needs to close the gap if they’re going to have a prayer in the general.

With that being said, Save Jerseyans, his in-hand county line total as of Friday afternoon is 4 out of 21. Mercer will decide tonight, followed by Monmouth (where Rich Pezzullo snatched a key endorsement) and Middlesex (where Sabrin almost won the screening) on Saturday, and then Atlantic on Monday, Somerset (Tuesday), and Hunterdon (next Thursday). A lot can still happen.

With whom do you stand? As of today? Who is YOUR preference to take on Cory Booker in November? Vote in our exclusive online poll below the fold, and share your rationale in the comments section…

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Ocean Convention: MacArthur, Goldberg Win

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur at OC ConventionOcean County Convention CD3 results are in, Save Jerseyans:

MacArthur – 72

Hill – 54

Lonegan -3

Ocean’s line for the CD3 contest was all-but assured this week when Brick, a key town for Hill if he hoped to stage a successful floor challenger to the screening committee victor, came out in force behind MacArthur’s candidacy

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Sabrin Nets Leg Backing

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Senator Oroho

Senator Oroho

U.S. Senate Candidate Murray Sabrin rolled out legislative endorsements from Northwestern N.J. on Tuesday morning, Save Jerseyans, including State Sens. Steve Oroho and Mike Doherty along with  Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space.

A word cloud consisting of one word: liberty.

“Murray Sabrin’s decades-long commitment to limited government, individual liberty and independence and personal responsibility place him head and shoulders above his primary opponents,” said Oroho, McHose and Space in a joint statement.

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Brick, Stafford Back MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur

Tom MacArthur

FYI: Brick GOP Club President John Catalano and GOP Municipal Chair Brian DeLuca are on board with the campaign of Tom MacArthur in CD3, Save Jerseyans.

Today’s announcement carries added significance heading into Wednesday night’s Ocean County convention where Toms River Councilman Mo Hill had hoped to derail MacArthur’s march to the GOP nomination by winning a floor fight. The math doesn’t work for Hill without Brick and his Toms River base united behind him, a hope which now appears unrealistic. CONTINUE READING….