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Tag: Republican

South Plainfield’s GOP is a Model for N.J. Republicans

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Hanging out with the South Plainfield’s affable Mayor Matthew Anesh (left) in October 2014. (Photo credit: Lou Pirozzoli)

South Plainfield wouldn’t be a Republican town if numbers told the whole story, Save Jerseyans.

It’s a 2-to-1 “blue” blue collar Middlesex County borough of 23,000 residents which found itself relocated to Frank Pallone’s NJ-06 after the last round of congressional redistricting. Out of 14,119 registered voters living in South Plainfield as of 2011, fully 4,368 (or 30.9%) were registered as Democrats and 2,235 (15.8%) were registered as Republicans with another 7,511 (53.2%) classified as Unaffiliated.

First term Republican Mayor Matthew Anesh and his team weren’t deterred by the math, and I was thoroughly impressed by the results during a recent visit to his town’s GOP headquarters.

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North Arlington’s Pronti: “Who are they kidding?”

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

Dan Pronti

Dan Pronti

Continuing my series of interviews with local candidates around the state, I must admit up front to my bias; this candidate is one of my favorites running in the current cycle.

Last year, Dan Pronti won a special election triggered by the resignation of North Arlington Councilman Steve Tanelli following his election as freeholder. His win, realized with his running mates Joe Bianchi and Rich Hughes, created a 3-3 tie on the borough council of Bergen County’s southernmost town.

This year, Pronti is running for a full three-year term on a ticket headed by Councilman Bianchi who is challenging two-term incumbent Pete Massa for mayor, and joined on the council line by newcomer Kerry Cruz.

I sat down with Pronti at a recent Kathe Donovan fundraiser to discuss his campaign in Election 2014’s closing hours.

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Empowerment, Not Entitlement

By Brian Goldberg | The Save Jersey Blog

GOPAs a middle-class, Jewish Republican from heavily Democrat Essex County (and, no, I’m not the only one…), I’ve seen firsthand the number of “closet conservatives” who won’t join our Party because of popular myths characterizing us as, well, take your pick: prejudiced, having a war on women, or out of touch with young voters.

During the course of my recent U.S. Senate campaign, I talked about the need for outreach to these communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in the Republican Party. There, we can find lots of conservatives who just need to know that we’re welcoming and the myths aren’t true. But, it is a two-part process to grow our Party.

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Why Would the GOP Ever Abandon Reagan?

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

reaganI always have to chuckle when my liberal friends tell me that Republicans generally (and conservatives specifically) need to “get over” Ronald Reagan.

Think about how preposterous this notion is.

To begin with, what right do liberals have meddling in the affairs of the opposite party and poking their noses into a movement that is pretty much at odds with everything they embrace? Doesn’t make any sense, does it?

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Christie’s Most Important Election?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie iowaWhile the GOP may be favored to capture the Senate and expand its House majority on November 4th, Save Jerseyans, gains in our nation’s governor mansions appear to be more elusive.

It’s complicated. To be fair, RGA Chairman Chris Christie had his work cut out for him from day numero uno. Big time. Unlike the Senate picture, this year’s gubernatorial battleground map is heavy on Republican defenses. How heavy? No less than nine GOP incumbents are running for reelection in states where Barack Obama won in both 2008 and 2012. An all-but-certain GOP loss in Pennsylvania coupled with a narrow but real Democrat edge in Maine have, cumulatively, kept New Jersey’s Governor on the road, almost constantly, visiting diners and raising money.

So this morning, Gov. Christie will wrap up a retail stop with Jeff Bell in Morris County and depart immediately thereafter for Kansas and Colorado and then, on Tuesday, he visits Maryland, Illinois and Michigan.

But make no mistake about it: the urgency felt by Team Christie extends well-beyond the sky-high stakes of Election 2014.

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WATCH: Ocean County NJ-03 Debate

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Republican candidate Tom MacArthur and Democrat Aimee Belgard, and Democratic-Republican Party of New Jersey candidate Fred Lavergne will face off in the next NJ-03 debate of 2014 tonight at Ocean County College in Toms River, Save Jerseyans.

Belgard badly needs a win after a rough 2nd debate and souring polls.

Radio station WOBM 1160 & 1310 AM is hosting the event which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday night. You can also watch below the fold via a YouTube livestream (click here if it’s not working) and tweet questions to @debateOCC:

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Christie Visits Maine, Lauds “Common Sense Conservative Republican Leadership”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Governor was on the ground in Maine on Tuesday with his colleague Governor LaPage, Save Jerseyans, fighting to help him get across the finish line in a race that’s within 1-point per the RCP average:

Assembly GOP Falls in Line as Override Attempt Fails

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The New Jersey State HouseGovernor Chris Christie’s veto of the A-961 affordability analysis will stand, Save Jerseyans.

The final vote: 45 in favor of an override, 23 against and 5 in the meh, blech, or whatever camps, several votes short of the super-majority required for reversal.

I confirmed last week with Save Jersey sources that GOP leadership actively (and aggressively) whipped votes to avoid what was viewed as a potential embarrassment for the Administration.

What Monday’s result tells me? Among other things? While last fall’s Kean vs. Christie dust-up revealed the extent to which the Governor’s coattail-less reelection had damaged his political clout under the dome (e.g. don’t expect another breakthrough Cap 2.0 or pension reform in the near future), a majority of Assembly Republicans are still hesitant to cross the Christie front office… even if it’s to support a measure that they previously unanimously supported… 

 

RNC Profiles Rodriguez-Gregg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In an effort to remind people that the GOP isn’t just a bunch of pissed off old white guys complaining about their taxes, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seizing upon Hispanic Heritage Month to profile Republican Hispanic lawmakers around the country. One of this week’s honorees was our very own Asw. Maria Rodriquez-Gregg (R-8) of Burlington County: 

There’s more dimensions to our New Jersey Republican coalition than some would lead you to believe, Save Jerseyans, partly because “we” have rarely done a good job of showcasing it. Hopefully that’s starting to change; here’s a run-down of this year’s extremely diverse NJ GOP House candidates in case you missed it…

 

Christie Barnstorms in N.H.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

November is coming, Save Jerseyans, so Governor Chris Christie was back in the Granite State this week stumping for Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown. New Hampshire remains a critically important state for Chris Christie in 2014 (and 2016). Christie’s RGA put big money into the state and, as first reported by Save Jersey, key Christie operatives are on the ground.

Sights and sounds:

NJ Assemblywomen Call on Goodell to Resign

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ray rice videoSome of the NJ GOP’s most prominent women just threw a flag on the field, Save Jerseyans. And they want a penalty assessed without delay.

Following the passage of a domestic violence legislative package on Monday in Trenton, a group of Republican legislators – Caroline Casagrande, Nancy F. Muñoz, Mary Pat Angelini, Amy Handlin, Alison McHose, Holly Schepisi, DiAnne Gove, BettyLou DeCroce, Donna Simon and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg – issued a statement calling for the immediate resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:

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NJ GOP Showcases Historically Diverse House Candidate Team

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey's 2014 GOP House candidates.

New Jersey’s 2014 GOP House candidates.

We always hear about how the Republican Party generally “lacks diversity” and, in many ways, this is true. But you and I know that we’re still the Party of Lincoln, Save Jerseyans, and this year in New Jersey, the group of men and women running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives is very diverse in every sense of the word.

It was on full display at Wednesday evening’s birthday-themed NJ GOP fundraiser in East Brunswick (though it continues to go largely unreported by the mainstream media crowd).

You already know the incumbents, and we’ve written quite a bit about our friends Tom MacArthur, Garry Cobb and Alieta Eck here at Save Jersey.

Some others with whom you might be less familiar?

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Shore GOP Pushes Back Against Dems Over North Jersey Casinos

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

casino protestThe Jersey Shore GOP is waging a 3-cycle war at the moment, Save Jerseyans, precipitated by the distressed Atlantic City casino industry.

Our friend Michael Donohue, chairman of the Cape May GOP, took direct aim at one of Election 2017 likely top political targets, state Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) who, back in the summer months, publicly shared his belief that North Jersey casinos were inevitable (Why an incumbent in a swing district populated by casino workers thought THAT was a good idea is beyond me, but whether it’s foolishness or hubris at play here, Whelan seems predisposed to go along with the state Democrat consensus

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The American Jewish Community Should Join the GOP

By Joshua A. Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

David Ben-Gurion (left), Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (center) and then-Congressman John F. Kennedy (right) in 1951.

David Ben-Gurion (left), Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (center) and then-Congressman John F. Kennedy (right) in 1951.

The recent Gaza War has demonstrated that the era of bipartisan support for Israel is over. Republicans overwhelmingly sided with Israel, while Democratic leaders hemmed and hawed over every conceivable statement calculated to alienate the least amount of radical far-left, anti-Israel activists.

From Hillary Clinton’s justification of Hamas human shield tactics (“Gaza is pretty small and very densely populated”) to the FAA’s politically-motivated Israel flight ban; from the suspension of visas for Israelis to the White House condemnation of Israel for firing in the vicinity of UN-run school from which it was receiving fire; and the Obama Administration’s continued pressure on Israel to halt military operations, the Democratic Party has shown it is no friend of the Middle East’s only democracy.

On the right, even Sen. Rand Paul, the GOP’s leading proponent of “non-intervention,” voted for congressional funding for the Iron Dome defense system, which has intercepted hundreds of Hamas rockets targeting Israeli cities and civilians.

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