MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform that includes a return to the gold standard.
"A lot of people say why are you talking about [the gold standard], because your audiences are falling asleep. But not one of those people has gone to look at my audiences," said Bell after speaking at an event sponsored by the Montclair Republicans at a Bloomfield Avenue restaurant on Tuesday night. "The Fed is in a bind. When I put it in those terms, it's a very lively reaction."
Bell's comments countered a lively statement from Rick Shaftan, the political operative who advised Republican candidate Steve Lonegan is his 11-point loss to Booker in last year's special election.
"Bell's running where Steve was running," Shaftan told PolitickerNJ, referring to recent polling that show Bell running between 11 and 13 points behind Booker with an underfunded campaign. "I think they think they can't win. I think they can win more than the campaign thinks it can win. Their first ad Bell wants to talk about the gold standard? That tells me he's more interested in an issue than winning."
"I know that people are going to say 'I told you so' if I lose. That's fine," Bell replied. "But I think the gold standard is the most important thing we can do with the economy. It's the first order of business to turn the economy around. I have a lot of optimism about the willingness of voters in New Jersey to consider a big idea."Read More >
A Republican operative who last year advised longtime political charge Steve Lonegan this afternoon upbraided the Jeff Bell camp for running when he sees as a lame campaign.
"It should be an incredibly Republican year; people are ready to throw [President Barack] Obama out of office," said Rick Shaftan. "But Jeff Bell is more interested in talking about the gold standard than getting elected."
Shaftan panned Bell's effort, calling a challenge today by the candidate to debate U.S. Sen. Cory Booker's (D-NJ) campaign manager "silly."
"There's none of the energy in the campaign that there was in Steve's campaign last year," said Shaftan.
The operative notes that Booker beat Lonegan in last year's special election by 11 points.Read More >
PARK RIDGE - The Park Ridge Diner sits on the corner of Kinderkamack Road and Park Avenue. The avenue there was renamed James Gandolfini Way after the late actor who played the iconic cable television role of Tony Soprano, and who grew up in this Bergen County borough.
Inside the diner late on a Sunday morning, the woman who hopes to stay the boss of Bergen County politics pressed the flesh of the locals and addressed some of the key issues in the race.
"People said hi and things like they knew me through their daughter or somebody else," said Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, the veteran Republican incumbent looking to beat back her challenger, Democratic Freeholder Jim Tedesco. "It's retail politics, getting on the radio and TV and a lifetime of working with people that will come into play over the next 57 days."Read More >
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) kicked off his fall re-election campaign this week by reaming his opponent, Republican Jeff Bell, over all the things a popular, liberal-minded incumbent might take issue with in a policy-minded conservative who's spent the last 30 years of his political life living in Washington D.C.
Lobbyist. Washington insider. Perpetuator of "defunct and defective" Nixon-era ideologies.
It was a verbal assault that should have (or, at least, that one might have expected it to have) drawn an immediate response from Jeff Bell for U.S. Senate cheerleaders across the state. Particularly, one might have expected a reaction from fellow conservatives in Trenton, rushing to the defense of the scrappy-but-sure Republican hopeful who's dared to take on one of the Democratic Party's brightest stars.
The actual response from members of the GOP establishment in New Jersey following Booker's tour? Crickets.Read More >
CAMDEN - With recent polls showing a closer-than-expected battle with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell, incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) laced into Bell on Monday, implying that Bell is part of the problem, not the solution, to partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C..
"I told voters in the last election that I was going to go down there not to be a partisan - I was going down there to build bridges so we could actually get things done for the people in state of New Jersey," said Booker, who defeated GOP conservative Steve Lonegan by 11 percentage points in the special U.S. Senate election in October 2013 to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. "In a very short period of time, I've already got legislation moving with a number of Republicans. From working with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on apprenticeship programs, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on expanding resources for public schools to expand their school year and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a potential presidential candidate, on expanding access to spectrum [Internet] broadband penetration for disadvantaged folk - this is really the norm.
"I'm demonstrating to voters that I don't want to be a part of the partisan gridlock," Booker added. "I'm going to break through that."Read More >
NEWARK - Bill Palatucci, one of Gov. Chris Christie's senior and most trusted advisers, told PolitickerNJ that Christie would soon headline a fundraising event on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell.
"Most important is following up on the Governor's commitment with Jeff, trying to figure out the first opening on the Governor's schedule so we can help by headlining an event for Jeff," said Palatucci, an attorney with the prominent Gibbons law firm who is also one of Christie's main fundraisers, on Tuesday. "It's in the works. That will happen."Read More >
WALL TOWNSHIP - More than two hundred people came out to the Wall Township backyard of Gary and Linda Faraci on Gully Road to support the candidacies of Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo and Larry Luttrell on Friday night.
Flanked by blooming flower beds, focused political allies and a posse of squawking chickens, the Monmouth Democratic ticket's most prominent supporter spoke out for Grillo and Luttrell.
"People are here because you believe in the leadership of two really fine men, and you believe in the idea that democracy is not a spectator sport," said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who is at the top of the statewide Democratic ticket in November as he seeks a full six-year term. "It is a full-contact participatory endeavor. You have to be able to pay it forward through your contributions, your involvement, your activism and your sacrifice."Read More >
HACKENSACK - The day after Bergen County native U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) strongly reiterated his support for Democratic Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco's bid to unseat Republican incumbent Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan in November, Bergen Republican Chairman Bob Yudin verbally slashed Booker, calling the senator's endorsement of Tedesco "meaningless" based on his assessment of a critical component of Booker's resume.Read More >
LAVALLETTE - Former Alaska Governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced on Tuesday that she endorsed Steve Lonegan's bid to be the GOP's candidate in New Jersey's Third Congressional District.
"Steve is the type of conservative leader we need," said Palin, who served as Alaska's governor from 2006 to 2009 and was the GOP's vice-presidential candidate in a losing 2008 effort against the Democrats, in a written statement. "He believes in the free market principles this country was founded on because he has seen first hand how they can lead to success. In Washington, he will be a dedicated fighter for lower taxes, balanced budgets, and lessening the burdens of regulations on small businesses."Read More >
It’s a developing situation right now in CD3 and once again Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore finds himself gingerly handling nitroglycerine objects otherwise known as congressional candidates, one of them named former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan requiring particularly delicate care.
Watching with gritted teeth - and fearing more for its own safety than Gilmore’s –is Burlington County, one half of the 3rd District, where organization Republicans favor former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur to run for the seat being vacated by a retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).
A nice man, by general acclimation in Burlington – and Ocean, for that matter – businessman MacArthur offers a singular overriding enticement for Republicans looking to fend off Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard and secure Runyan’s seat: money.
Already on record vehemently opposing failed 2013 U.S. Senate candidate/movement conservative leader Lonegan, Burlington wants Gilmore to drop the hammer on him. But expungement is not Gilmore’s plan, say sources, as his county committee looks to a Saturday screening of 15 candidates, including rivals Lonegan and MacArthur.Read More >
On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.Read More >
Bergen County Executive's Race: Tedesco goes up on cable TV with introductory ad James Tedesco, Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive, goes up on cable television Tuesday for the first time this season. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/81501/bergen-county-executives-race-tedesco-goes-cable-tv-introductory-ad Stockton Poll: Belgard and MacArthur tied in CD3 In New Jersey’s key...
By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
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