Six state Senators representing Monmouth and Oceans Counties have written to New Jersey’s U.S. Senators and Members of Congress asking for help in correcting inequities and inefficiencies in the federal government’s response to Superstorm Sanday.
In a letter dated March 31, Senators Jennifer Beck and Joe Kyrillos of Monmouth County, Robert Singer, Christopher Connors and James Holzapfel of Ocean County and Sam Thompson of Middlesex raised six issues concerning Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the Small Business Administration (SBA), FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program.
With all those agencies and initials, how could anything be going wrong?
“Blue” Jersey is predominantly red at the Jersey Shore, Save Jerseyans, and the mostly-Republican legislative delegations representing those counties were less than pleased in the wake of Friday’s joint legislative Ashbritt contract hearing.
While the Democrats say that politics had nothing to do with today’s hearing, it is crystal clear that is exactly what their intention was In the immediate aftermath of this crisis, Governor Christie made an informed and swift decision offering towns an option as to how to clean up their debris. Many communities along the Shore were in shambles and people were looking for guidance as to where to begin digging out of this catastrophe.
Republicans are likely going to have to find a way to win their first New Jersey U.S. Senate seat since 1972. Bob Menendez is a known fighter who worked his tail off to win reelection in 2012; unless the law or his colleagues intervene, don’t expect the mounting Dominican Republican travel/prostitution allegations — however salacious — to drive him from office under his own power.
For now, I’m going to focus on the “who” question since, at the end of the day, Governor Chris Christie would choose a Republican replacement in the unlikely event that Bob Menendez becomes a “former” senator:
1. Jon Bramnick
The Union County Assemblyman and current GOP Minority Leader is considered by many insiders to be the most likely contender to face Frank Lautenberg (or his Democrat successor) in 2014. That makes him a leading contender should a vacancy occur in the interim.
Strengths: The charismatic, affable 60-year old Bramnick is a part-time comedian and well-liked by his colleagues. The establishment GOP appreciates his ample fundraising prowess, and the Administration values his loyalty and ability to keep the Assembly GOP caucus moving in the same direction. He’s also a socially liberal legislator and right-of-center on fiscal/economic issues, a combination which many pundits/consultants/decision makers in Trenton and other halls of power believe is an ideal fit for the blue New Jersey electorate.
Weaknesses:One biggie to note out of many strengths… he’s an ardent social liberal; it’s a double-edged sword in NJ, folks. In the past, some have even perceived Bramnick’s comments about social conservatism to be downright hostile. That means he could run into trouble in a future contested primary with a Lonegan/Doherty/[insert conservative/libertarian challenger here] and, when the general election finally arrives, experience more trouble keeping the base intact than the uniquely-skilled Christie. His name recognition is also next to nothing outside of NJGOP circles and his home district. That can be fixed, most definitely, but in an expensive state like NJ, it’s not an easy task.
Senator Kyrillos thanks first responders in Atlantic County, New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
When Joe Kyrillos formally launched his campaign for U.S. Senate, Save Jerseyans, the veteran legislator certainly hoped to find himself in a different position than he does today. There’s no use spinning the obvious… my job is to give you the straight dope from a conservative perspective.
The mainstream media barely feigned interest as a result (though you could argue they’re complicit in keeping voters in the dark); they’ve even refused to entertain an alleged sex scandal involving Kyrillos’s opponent. Journalistic malpractice? On this point, absolutely! But who’s listening?
To make matters even worse, Hurricane Sandy struck Kyrillos’s Jersey Shore political base with devastating fury and forced major diversions from the trail.
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Last week’s New Jersey U.S. debate is in the books, Save Jerseyans.
U.S. Senate candidates Joe Kyrillos and the incumbent Bob Menendez will square off in their second debate of the campaign tonight at 7PM.
Debate #2 will be broadcast on NJ 101.5 and moderated by Eric Scott. Listeners can send debate questions by telephone (1-800-282-1015), text (type DEBATE to 89000) or on Twitter with the hashtag #SenateDebateNJ.
Most reviews of Debate #1 haven’t been positive for the Republican challenger, Joe Kyrillos. But it is what it is, Save Jerseyans. What’s done is done. And now it’s time for Senator Kyrillos to do anything and everything he can this evening to illustrate the contrast between himself and Senator Menendenz which he has thus far failed to articulate…
I like this new Kyrillos television spot better than the first two, Save Jerseyans.
But what is it still lacking in my humble opinion?
Contrast. Sure, voters need to (1) know you and (2) have a solid idea of what you stand for. They also need to know why you’re preferable to the incumbent; I haven’t seen that all-important aspect explored in any of the three Kyrillos for U.S. Senate ads thus far. Here’s hoping commercial #4 ventures into that territory?
Joe Kyrillos: “I’ve talked to job creators from Burlington to Bergen, they tell me the same thing. Taxes, regulations, unfair competition from China, are killing jobs. My jobs plan will put America back to work. It reduces job killing regulations, streamlines government, and levels the playing field with China. Governor Christie and I are making progress in New Jersey, now it’s time to put America back to work.
Last week, Save Jerseyans, I had the pleasure of hearing New Jersey State Senator and GOP nominee for U.S. Senate Joe Kyrillos speak at an event organized by the Hoboken branch of the Women for Kyrillos.
The Senator and I chatted, and he was kind enough to spend some time with Save Jersey last Friday to discuss his political background, experience, and what our nation needs to do to get back on the right footing. A special thanks goes out to the Kyrillos campaign as well as Diana Davis, Chairman of the Hoboken Municipal Republican Club, for helping make this interview happen:
Middle Eastern policy. Closing tax loopholes. U.S. energy policy. Health care reform. Federal government spending. And, of course, the less-than-inspiring congressional record of incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez.
With just seven weeks to go before Election 2012, Save Jersey felt it was high-time to conduct a comprehensive interview with the head of the NJGOP ticket this November: Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), candidate for U.S. Senate.
Our Hoboken-based contributor, Josh Einstein, deliberately left few stones unturned in an effort to help Save Jerseyans get a better window into the mind and background of a candidate whose consistently largest obstacle to high office throughout this campaign has been a lack of statewide name recognition.
We’re sure you’ll have comments of your own after listening to it! And possibly learn a few things about state Senator Kyrillos that you didn’t know before? Feedback is always welcome.
Please check back in with us tomorrow, Monday September 16th around 9:00 a.m. EST to hear the full interview.
Despite the fact that we’re in the middle of a fiercely competitive campaign cycle, Save Jerseyans, it’s been an American tradition since September 11, 2001 to ramp-down negative political ads, phone banking, and other aggressive campaigning for one day in order to honor the victims of 9/11.
New Jersey’s leading Republicans are no exception. Earlier today, Governor Christie signed Executive Order No. 102. All flags in New Jersey will fly at half-staff today in memory of New Jersey’s 746 9/11 victims and all of the other beloved dead, and September 11, 2012 has been formally designated “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” throughout the entire state.
Three statements from Chris Christie, Joe Kyrillos and Jon Runyan, respectively, all worth reading and sharing…
It has been forty years since New Jersey elected a Republican to the United States Senate. No other state has gone nearly as long without electing a member of the opposition party.
Even liberal strongholds such as New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine currently have Republican representation in the Senate. It’s time for New Jersey to joins their ranks, and the candidacy of State Senator Joe Kyrillos presents the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Joe Kyrillos is a moderate Republican for a moderate New Jersey.
This latest ad is a “soft” Labor Day spot featuring familiar Jersey Shore scenes and playing up Kyrillos’s roles as a father, husband, and advocate for abused women.
The ad script:
Susan Kyrillos: “I’m Susan Kyrillos. My husband Joe is running for United States Senate. Joe is a different kind of Republican. He fought to preserve our beaches and environment. Joe’s a father. He sees a world of possibility in our children, Max and Georgia. Joe cares. He’s been a leading advocate for organizations that provide safe haven for women who’ve fallen victim to violence. He’ll always put us first.”
Senator Kyrillos: “I’m Joe Kyrillos and I approved this message.”
What do you think, Save Jerseyans? As always, we’re encouraging you to “grade” the TV ad in the comments section below.
We caught up with him and, during our brief chat, he doubled-down on a consistent message in all of his messaging – that New Jersey needs to take Chris Christie’s “jersey comeback” national in November by electing Mitt Romney, himself and the entire GOP ticket:
Rep. Jon Runyan campaigning in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District.
Election 2012 is just 83 days away, Save Jerseyans, and the Republican National Convention is only a week down the road. That means campaigns (candidates and staff included) are fighting through the heat to maximize voter contacts while the rest of us are beginning or dreamingof a long-overdue summer vacation.
Earlier today, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno made her fifth stop on a month-long “agribusiness” tour of the Garden State; this time, she visited Barnegat Light’s Viking Village in Ocean County. She may not be on the ballot until next year, but it’s clear enough to anyone watching that the Governor’s team is trying to keep her visibility up. For the regular reasons or a more mysterious purpose?
On Satuday (8/17), U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Kyrillos will stump in battleground Middlesex County; first, in South Brunswick around Noon at an EARTH Center Garden Field Day event and later in Iselin at a 1:30 p.m. Indo-American Flag raising ceremony. If he’s going to upset Bob Menendez in November, he probably needs to win in Middlesex like Governor Christie did in 2009.
Meanwhile, the ever-controversial but never discouraged NJ-6 Congressional Candidate Anna Little will assemble with supporters at her Woodbridge Campaign Office (located on Amboy Avenue) tomorrow morning for a canvassing effort.