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…
Issuing a handful of strongly-worded press releases in recent days on topics including foreign policy (e.g. Sabrin is an outspoken non-interventionalist who opposes any U.S. involvement in the Ukrainian-Russian conflict), the Ramapo finance professor unloaded with both barrels on Friday in the front runner’s direction by attacking his pro-choice stance on abortion, one which Mr. Goldberg shared in interview with Save Jersey and later PolitickerNJ.
Sabrin didn’t just put his criticism in a release; he forwarded a letter to the chairmen of each county that backed Goldberg.
Yup, the gloves are off.
The text of Professor Sabrin’s letter:
Hon. Keith A. Davis, Chairman, Republican Committee of Atlantic CountyHon. Robert Greco, Chairman, Republican Committee of Cumberland CountyHon. Al Barlas, Chairman, Republican Committee of Essex CountyHon. George Gilmore, Chairman, Republican Committee of Ocean CountyHon. John Traier, Chairman, Republican Committee of Passaic CountyHon. Al Gaburo, Chairman, Republican Committee of Somerset County March 28, 2014
It is the primacy of ideas over personality that makes our party — the Republican Party — different from others. Beginning with the Republican National Convention that nominated Ronald Reagan for President, Republicans have had a platform that reflected our determination to “protect the right to life for unborn children.”
Every Republican Party platform since has unequivocally re-affirmed this support.
Your county recently endorsed the candidacy of Brian Goldberg for the Republican nomination for United States Senator from New Jersey. Indeed, Mr. Goldberg will appear on the official county Republican Party “line” at the primary election in June.
Mr. Goldberg does not support the Republican Party platform when it “assert(s) the sanctity of human life and affirm(s) that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
In contrast to this core Republican principle, Mr. Goldberg has adopted the same tired position put forward by liberals like former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy — that he “personally” opposes abortion but supports it otherwise. In other words, he’s really pro-abortion without any limits or restrictions, including on third-trimester or partial-birth abortions. Does any Republican anywhere in New Jersey want to be that much of a clone of Teddy Kennedy? Apparently Brian Goldberg does.Further, Mr. Goldberg has claimed that your county GOP’s endorsement of his candidacy is an endorsement of his policies and vision for the Republican Party.
Mr. Goldberg’s vision would scrap the Pro-Life Plank of the Republican Party Platform.
While there is some merit to Mr. Goldberg’s assertion that your support of his candidacy equates with support of his policies and vision, I cannot believe that you and your committee would simply reject a core tenet of our party so casually.So I am putting it to you directly: Do you and your committee support Mr. Goldberg’s position on protecting the lives of unborn children, or do you support the Platform of the Republican Party on this issue?
Please respond within a week as many Republican voters are concerned and want to know. If you fail to respond, we can only conclude that your endorsement of Mr. Goldberg is an endorsement of his policies and vision in this and other regards.
Thank you for your assistance.
Murray Sabrin for U.S. Senate