Jamestown Associates clients swept the Middlesex County Republican convention on Saturday, with U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) and congressional candidates Diane Gooch and Scott Sipprelle besting challengers by wide margins. This represents another loss for Bill Spadea, who is one of Fair Haven Mayor Michael Halfacre’s consultants. Sipprelle beat Halfacre in Mercer and Middlesex, both places where Spadea has been working hard. Another Spadea client, former Assemblywoman Barbara Wright (R-Plainsboro), won just 29% of the vote in a special election convention for State Senate earlier this month.Read More >
Former Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks and newcomer Bo Vastine are seeking State Assembly seats in a district that trends Democratic. But they must smell an opportunity because they've hired Jamestown Associates, a GOP political consulting firm, which has made something of a cottage industry out of beating up Linda Stender. Stender, a four-term Assemblywoman, came close to beating U.S. Rep. Michael Ferguson in 2006 when Jamestown labeled her as “Stender the Spender” and helped Ferguson eke out a one percent victory. Last year, Jamestown (working for Leonard Lance), beat Stender by nine points, despite being outspent by a 3-1 margin.Read More >
Of the two New Jersey congressional districts where Republican incumbents did not seek re-election this year, the third district in parts of Ocean, Burlington and Camden counties is arguably more Republican than the seventh district, which includes parts of Hunterdon, Somerset, Union and Middlesex counties. In District 3, Jim Saxton won 58% of the vote in 2006 and 63% in 2004; George W. Bush won with 51% in 2004. In the 7th, Mike Ferguson nearly lost his 2006 re-election bid to Democrat Linda Stender, 49%-48%, after winning 57% in 2004; Bush won 53% four years ago. Republicans have held the Saxton seat since 1884 and the Ferguson seat since 1956.Read More >
Larry Weitzner, the CEO of Jamestown Associates, issued a statement this evening on the death of his business partner, Tom Blakely:Read More >
Republican political consultant Tom Blakely died this morning after collapsing during a 5k run in Bordentown. He was 47.
Blakely was the President of Jamestown Associates, a New Jersey-based GOP consulting firm. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served as an aide to Rep. Dick Zimmer and was Campaign Manager of Zimmer’s 1996 U.S. Senate bid against Robert Torricelli. He also ran County Executive campaigns for James Treffinger and Robert Prunetti, and was Director of Appointments for Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.Read More >
Third district congressional candidate Christopher Myers has dropped Jamestown Associates as his campaign consultant – just a week after Jamestown scored a major victory in Maryland where their client ousted a seven-term incumbent in a GOP primary.Read More >
A must read for political insiders is an Op-Ed written by GOP political consultant Tom Blakely, reprinted with his permission, on the danger of running for re-election as an incumbent in 2008. Blakely's firm, Jamestown Associates, is the consultant to Anne Evans Estabrook's U.S. Senate campaign, and the House campaigns of Leonard Lance in the 7th district and Christopher Myers in the 3rd district. Last week, a Jamestown client ousted a Republican Congressman in the Maryland GOP primary:
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Buried in Tuesday's defeat of nine-term incumbent Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) is a message that should be heeded by incumbents everywhere: You must earn the support of the people you represent.
When Gilchrest was first elected, incumbents were considered nearly unbeatable. But during the 18 years he served in Washington, the world changed and he failed to change with it.
The change is not Fox News, YouTube and text messaging; they are symptoms of the change. The real change is that elected officials can be held more accountable. And if you forget this lesson, someone will remind you.
The winner of the day in New Jersey is Jamestown Associates, the Princeton-based political consulting firm, for running the successful primary campaign of Andy Harris for Congress in Maryland. Harris ousted seven-term incumbent Wayne Gilchrest in yesterday’s Republican primary. Jamestown is also working for U.S. Senate candidate Anne Evans Estabrook and congressional candidates Leonard Lance and Christopher Myers.Read More >
A polling memo prepared by a company with ties to Gov. Chris Christie shows public support for red light cameras.Read More >
Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...
By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students. The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >
"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi- The Daily Beast
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