Joe Kyrillos


Christie’s renewed ally Kyrillos lands at Horizon

Breaking up can be hard to do, Save Jerseynas, but making up can be easy. Such is the case of former close friends Chris Christie and Joe Kyrillos. This week, the Governor appointed the outgoing state senator from LD13 to the board of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the Garden State’s biggest […]

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Beck backs O’Scanlon in LD13 shadow primary

None of his possible opponents have even announced yet, but Asm. Declan O’Scanlon is continuing his all-out push for the retiring Joe Kyrillos’s Senate seat this week, announcing the backing of another Monmouth Senator. Jennifer Beck (R-11) says she came to admire O’Scanlon when they were still running mates before the 2011 redistricting process shuffled the […]

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O’Scanlon announces bid to succeed retiring Senator Kyrillos

There’s no such thing as ‘Christmas Break’ for politicos when primary season is upon us, Save Jerseyans. On Friday, in an anticipated move, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) announced that he’s officially in the race to succeed Joe Kyrillos in LD13. “Joe Kyrillos has set a very high bar in the difference he has made in […]

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POLL: Who should succeed Joe Kyrillos in LD13?

On Wednesday, Save Jersey Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney discussed some of the likely candidates to succeed Joe Kyrillos as State Senate GOP nominee in the 13th Legislative District primary next June. Democrats are already exploring their options. Which Republican on the following list would get your stamp of approval? If you lived in LD13? And the primary election […]

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Possible Kyrillos successors in LD13

Joe Kyrillos is on his way out, Save Jerseyans. In politics, that means we’re already embroiled in a “the king is dead; long live the king” dynamic. Following Tuesday’s announcement that he won’t seek reelection next year, Monmouth County GOP circles were consumed with speculation (and jockeying) on Wednesday morning ahead of what could now prove to […]

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Allies Spadea and Guadagno mix it up on Twitter over departing Kyrillos’s legacy

News of veteran state Senator Joe Kyrillos’s decision to decline a run at reelection in 2017 is going to keep NJ GOP circles buzzing this week, Save Jerseyans, and it’s also going to highlight some of the fissures in state Republican politics. It began on Tuesday night in the immediate aftermath of Kyrillos’s announcement. NJ 101.5’s […]

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Kyrillos calls it quits

A 28-year veteran of the state legislature is calling it quits, Save Jerseyans. “It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve the people of my district and the state of New Jersey in the Legislature,” state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) told The Observer on Tuesday. “Ever since I was a kid growing […]

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Will regionalization cut K-12 administrative costs and lower property taxes?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog If you’re living in a moderate-sized New Jersey school district, Save Jerseyans, you can expect that roughly $15 of every $100 isn’t making it to the classroom. Where’s it going? Administrative costs. Not text books, smart boards, teacher’s pensions or school lunches. We’re spending big money on […]

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Kyrillos decries “Democrat socialist agenda” behind minimum wage push

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13), the erstwhile BFF of Chris Christie and former NJGOP U.S. Senate candidate, isn’t exactly renown for conservative firebrand impulses. The crazy-stupid Democrat $15 minimum wage push must’ve brought it out in him. I’m glad for it. “New Jersey’s constitution shouldn’t be used […]

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REPORT: Old friends Christie, Kyrillos face-off tonight in Saddle River

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog The holidays haven’t brought former best friends Chris Christie and Joe Kyrillos back together, Save Jerseyans. Several months after Kyrillos, the state senator who was introduced to his wife by Christie, formally defected to the Jeb Bush presidential camp, both he and Christie will host dueling high-dollar fundraisers tonight in […]

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POLL for a hypothetical: O’Scanlon or Handlin to replace Kyrillos?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog The conventional wisdom in NJ GOP circles goes something like this, Save Jerseyans: state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13), once Governor Chris Christie‘s staunchest legislative ally, defected to Jeb Bush in large part over having been passed over for Jeff Chiesa when the Lautenberg Senate vacancy occurred. Why? For […]

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Christie shrugs off Kyrillos split as “business decision” but still “loves” him

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog Governor Chris Christie spent a solid 10+ minutes discussing his imminent presidential campaign on last night’s NJ 101.5 Ask the Governor program hosted by Eric Scott, Save Jerseyans, and, towards the 8:30 mark below, delved into his feelings on the decision of long-time friend state Senator Joe […]

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The Kyrillos defection was years in the making

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog Regular readers know State Senator Joe Kyrillos‘s defection to the Bush camp is not really news, Save Jerseyans, but confirmation from The Washington Post on Monday night of a pending endorsement (and news of a $10,000 donation) is still unwelcome news for Governor Chris Christie on the same day that he scored […]

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Newly-Rebellious Kyrillos takes on the Port Authority

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog It’s no secret that Governor Christie’s relationship with Republican legislators isn’t what it used to be, Save Jerseyans. So much so, that I’m told there was recently a meeting between the Governor and some of them where it was communicated, in no uncertain terms, that they’re either […]

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Is Christie headed for a great fall?

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings Prominent New Jersey Republicans seem to finally be moving out of Governor Chris Christie’s shadow. This afternoon The Star Ledger reported that Monmouth County State Senator Joe Kyrillos was among the 15 or so New Jersey Republicans who met with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a top rival of Christie’s for the 2016 GOP […]