Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week, Save Jerseyans, as part of a last-ditch effort to rescue the plans of roughly 90,000 New Jersey residents whose Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield B&E plans will be destroyed by ObamaCare come January 1st.
“Time is of the absolute essence. Thousands of New Jersey residents are scrambling this holiday season to ensure continued health coverage for families,” said Lance. “The federal government should ensure that these New Jersey residents who like their health care plans are able to keep them and meet the President’s promise.”
Governor Chris Christie, for his part, refused to require insurance company compliance with President Obama’s executive order permitting the extension of certain B&E plans for one year despite the fact that they no longer comply with Obamacare’s mandates. The President’s gesture was empty; it’s nearly impossible for most companies to reconfigure their insurance products now that rates have been calculated and set for 2014.
Text of Rep. Lance’s letter to Administrator Marilyn Tavenner is below the fold; click here for a pdf copy.
I do not want, nor can we afford, another liberal in Washington, D.C. to rubber stamp Barack Obama and the Democratic Party’s “progressive” policies that are wreaking havoc on our economy, our liberties and our national security. Oh, and fulfill Barack Obama’s wish to see Nancy Pelosi as speaker again.
Repeat, having a Democrat win this seat is unacceptable and not an option.
That is why Steve Lonegan needs to stay out of this race, Save Jerseyans…
It’s not news that Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill is interested in the Third Congressional District seat, Save Jerseyans, but the retired rear admiral appears to have stepped up his efforts over the past week, making phone calls to key regional political players and committee members to gauge their support for a hypothetical candidacy according to Save Jersey sources in the district.
Hill might be the perfect candidate, at least on paper. In addition to a decorated naval career, Hill is a husband, father, civic leader and practicing dentist. You can read a little bit more about him here at the Toms River site.
What are his chances? Great question.
It may still be a little while longer before we get a clearer idea of what’s happening in CD3. We already gave you an initial breakdown of the Burlco/Ocean political landscapeafternews of Jon Runyan’s retirement broke on November 6th. Both county chairmen are likely weighing the potential interest levels of any self-funding candidates in the district or someone of Runyan’s profile like former MLB pitcher Al Leiter at the moment, but that doesn’t mean they’ll prevent other prospects from making calls and testing the waters in a non-committal fashion.
If they can’t find one, folks, then we may very well see a primary like we did back in 2008.
Something we were the first to point out back in October has finally come to fruition, Save Jerseyans: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11) will assume control of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.
This decision by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers comes after the passing of legendary Florida Congressman Bill Young.
“Rodney is a thoughtful, steady, and strong leader, is staunchly dedicated to doing what is best for the country and his district, and has a determined focus that allows him to rise above politics to get things done,” Chairman Rogers announced in an official statement. ”He has an unwavering devotion to the safety and security of our nation, and to the care and protection of our men and women in uniform, and I know he will be a great leader of the Defense subcommittee.”
The Committee’s power is tied to its control over hundreds of billions of dollars in the defense budget. In FY 2010, the House Committee on Appropriations’s defense subcommittee steered $636 billion for the Pentagon. Having assumed the helm of it half-way through his 10th term in Congress, Frelinghuysen is now unarguably one of the most powerful men on Capitol Hill.
Who could blame them? Granted, 2011 redistricting took the heavily populated (and Democratic) Camden County township of Cherry Hill out of the equation, making it a R+2 district according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index. On paper, NJ-02 to the immediate south is a more enticing prospect (it’s PVI D+1) than the nearly 86% white NJ-03 populated by a large military presence.
But nothing’s that simple, is it? President Obama carried the district in both 2008 and 2012. Burlington County continues to undergo significant demographic changes and an open seat injects significant uncertainty into any contest. The DCCC trumpeted the news of Runyan’s early retirement as a “a new opportunity” for a 2014 pick up. And it could happen.
This news from NJ-03 creates another competitive New Jersey House seat in 2014 to compliment NJ-02.
Early on, I’m told early contenders are state Senators Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) and Christopher Connors (R-Ocean), both of whom were easily reelected yesterday in their respective districts. That could set up another titanic primary contest between Bill Layton and George Gilmore if the GOP heavyweights can’t agree on a common candidate.
Now Anna Little (R-NJ06) is launching a third bid for New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District seat.
“You deserve a Congressman who will take your voice to Washington,” said Little, a former Monmouth County mayor and freeholder, in a late Thursday night email. “You deserve a Representative who will challenge failed policies, cut through spin and tell the TRUTH about ‘Obamacare.’ I’m Anna Little and I want to work for YOU in Washington.”
But with all of that being said, folks, you can’t discount Little’s determination and charisma in low-turnout primary fights. I’ve participated on panels with her in the past and she’s a smart cookie. What remains to be seen (besides who else might get in the race) is how she’d treat 2014 differently from a strategic/coalition-building perspective and, as the competing CD2 story line illustrates, no one is quite sure of what the 2014 cycle will look like by this time next fall. An Obamacare backlash? Or a shutdown rebuke? Roll the dice…
Text of her full announcement email is reproduced below the fold:
An angry and animated Congressman Frank Pallone slammed his Republican colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee this morning for holding a “Monkey Court” designed to discourage enrollment in ObamaCare.
Pallone, after a bobble head soliloquy, angrily refused to yield to “this Monkey Court.” “Do what ever you want,” Pallone shouted, “I’M NOT YIEDLING!”