By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
The NRA-PVA isn’t infallible (they endorsed Harry Reid in the past before “breaking up” in 2013) but the organization does important work; here are this year’s ratings for our Garden State races from its official questionnaire.
Four candidates received formal endorsements: Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-02), Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03), Scott Garrett (R-NJ-05), and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07). Lance and Lobiondo were the only recipients of the “Solidly pro-gun” A rating (the NRA’s second-highest designation).
Guess which candidate in a major contest sat on her hands and refused to answer?
Apparently, every other Democrat answered (or has a voting record) other than her. Kind of disconcerting for a strongly Pro-2A district loaded with military families and sportsmen? You bet!
Give her some credit for consistency. As the Courier-Post noted in its Sunday endorsement of Tom MacArthur, Belgard’s campaign has boiled down to “talking about talking.” I described it as a “click and paste” campaign back in June. Her issues page doesn’t even mention the Second Amendment and she’s made very few 2A-related public comments.
Overall, four candidates received “AQ” ratings reserved for “a pro-gun candidate” based on his or questionnaire answers but one who lacks a voting record on Second Amendment issues: Jeff Bell (R-NJ), Garry Cobb (R, NJ-01), Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) and Alieta Eck (R, NJ-12).
Incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, NJ-11) got a B- for being a “generally pro-gun candidate” during his time in the House, and Chris Smith (R, NJ-04) earned the only C+ for a “mixed record” on gun legislation.
Every New Jersey Democrat, incumbent or challenger, received the F rating (reserved for a “[t]rue enemy of gun owners’ rights”) except, again, for Belgard who doesn’t have a record and didn’t bother to answer.
One Republican – Dierdre Paul (R, NJ-09) – received an F rating. Three Republican challengers in blue districts – Anthony Wilkinson (R, NJ-06), Jude-Anthony Toscornia (R, NJ-08) and Yolanda Dentley (R, NJ-10) also apparently failed to submit responses.