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The Social Media Primary

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SJtwitter2It’s hardly unusual for campaigns to slam opponents by way of social media in 2014, Save Jerseyans, but when the party establishment writes off the entire race and none of the candidates are “self-funders,” then social media wars take on a whole new level of intensity partly as a matter of necessity, in a way that many never imagined, ironically, before Cory Booker (D-Twitter) came into existence.

U.S. Senate hopefuls Murray Sabrin and Brian Goldberg threw down with each other on Twitter in the run-up to Easter/Passover weekend over guns, abortion and, of course, fidelity to the memory of Ronald Reagan:

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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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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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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.

 

Sabrin Raps Goldberg with Abortion

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

The U.S. Senate Primary is little more than two months away, Save Jerseyans, and as of right now, businessman Brian Goldberg boasts seven (7) county lines: Ocean, Essex, Atlantic, Mercer, Cumberland, Passaic and Somerset.

Rich Pezzullo has two (Union and Monmouth), and both Murray Sabrin and Robert Turkavage have one a piece (Middlesex and Hunterdon, respectively). Some of the other 10 counties are offering “open” primaries this time around, permitting someone who isn’t Goldberg to spend money (if they can raise it) and harvest votes elsewhere in places like Bergen and Cape May where ballot position won’t matter quite as much. Still, with a clear plurality of counties in his pocket, it’s safe to assume that Brian Goldberg is the man to beat as of today.

Murray Sabrin intends to make a fight out of it…

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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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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.

 

Magazine Ban Assembly Roll Call

 By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Everyone keeps asking me how their legislators – specifically, the GOP members – voted during Thursday’s Assembly 10-round ammo magazine restriction floor roll call.

The final roll call was 46 in favor and 31 against, Save Jerseyans. It was a party-line vote with four exceptions… 

For starters, Asm. Christopher J. Brown (R-Burlington) – not the one from Atlantic! a common mistake in state political circles as of late – was the sole Republican YEA vote.

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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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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….

Old Bridge Attorney Seeks GOP Nomination in CD-6

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Anthony Wilkinson

Anthony Wilkinson

Anthony Wilkinson, 48, of Old Bridge, will compete with Hari Eppanapally for the Republican nomination to represent the 6th Congressional District on Saturday, March 22 when the Middlesex and Monmouth County Republican organizations convene separately to nominate their candidates.

Wilkinson, the married father of two children, 26 and 17, is a partner at CoffyLaw, an Intellectual Property and Business Law firm in Freehold.

A Michigan native, Wilkinson moved to New Jersey in 1990 upon his graduation from Yale Law School where he was an editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review, a director of the Yale Moot Court of Appeals, and a founding director of the Yale Civil Rights Law Association.  He received a undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1986.

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Senate Candidates Meet with YRs

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

bcyr board membersOver 25 people attended the Bergen County Young Republican “Meet the Candidates” meeting at 8:00pm at local watering hole The Poitin Still in Hackensack last Monday, Save Jerseyans, and they were joined by three of five candidates for the Republican nomination for US Senate: Rich Pezzullo, Murray Sabrin, and Brian Goldberg.

For Bergen County Freeholder, Dr. Dierdre Paul, Bob Avery, and Brian Fitzhenry each spoke (Bernadette Walsh was unable to attend). Addressing the BCYR’s as a surrogate for Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan was County Administrator Edward Trawinski.

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Passaic Goes with Goldberg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg

Brian Goldberg

Here’s the U.S. Senate county breakdown thus far as of this brisk yet clear March morning, Save Jerseyans:

We’ve learned that Passaic County went with businessman Brian Goldberg on Saturday morning. Goldberg previously won the line in Essex County, too, and at this stage, he’s the only candidate with two counties in his column. That’s something.

It’s also something that’s not close to over. Monmouth County’s Rich Pezzullo earned Union County’s support back on March 1st. Professor Murray Sabrin walked away with the most votes (but not the line as of yet) from Middlesex County’s screening committee ahead of next weekend’s convention after a multi-ballot duel with former FBI agent Rob Turkavage.

Flip a coin. We’ll know more by the end of next Saturday at which point Ocean, Monmouth AND Middlesex will have formally weighed in on the contest.