Days after former Vice President Dick Cheney aired his doubts about Chris Christie to FOX News host and Christie Mendham neighbor Neil Cavuto, Ron Paul returned to declare how, in his opinion, the New Jersey Governor is doomed to the same fate as the last two GOP presidential front runners:
The Paulbot-in-Chief is obviously more than a little biased. His son Rand continues to serve as one of the Governor’s chief antagonists and potential primary rivals. Still, it’s interesting to see an old guard Republican like former Vice President Cheney and a hardcore libertarian whose Cheney’s polar opposite like former Rep. Paul expressing similar concerns (albeit in very different ways).
Democrats, for their part, don’t want to a lose a much-desired foothold in a key swing county controlled by Republicans. We know they’ll find the money.
Other names are circulating due to the depth of the GOP’s bench down there, including but not limited to former legislator Kirk Conover and A.C. Mayor-elect Don Guardian, but here are the top 5 possible Republican challengers who came up most regularly when I asked LD2 sources for their honest, unbiased, no-spin but strictly on background take for the post-Amodeo landscape…
As Christmas approaches and snow blankets the Garden State, most of my fellow Save Jerseyans probably are thinking of the November elections as an event long in the past.
However, in one legislative district, things just refuse to end and, as Republicans looking for elusive legislative progress, we should be in no hurry. The battle for the final seat in the extremely close 38th is actually heating up.
After having a slim lead on Election Night, Rochelle Park Mayor Joe Scarpa trailed incumbent Tim Eustace by 54 votes after absentees and provisional were counted. On Tuesday night, there was cautious optimism among Scarpa backers that the GOP challenger may erase that deficit once again.
Dr. Alieta Eck is laying the groundwork to run against 12 District Congressman Rush Holt. She expects to make a formal announcement of her candidacy after the first of the year. She was a candidate in the Special Senate Primary to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg this summer, losing to former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. Lonegan went on to lose to then Newark Mayor Cory Booker by 11%.
Eck told MMM this afternoon that she is setting up meetings with the Republican County Chairs of the distirct (Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Union) and the National Republian Congressional Committee. She hopes to avoid having to defend her nominating petitions come April. She also hopes to be unopposed for the GOP nomination. Eck said she is being advised by GOP consultant David Millner and former Congressman Mike Pappas. Holt unseated Pappas in 1998.
A quick Election 2013 recount update for those of you retaining some stomach lining:
Fading Republican hopes of a successful legal challenge in LD2 were dashed today when incumbent Assemblyman John Amodeo conceded, Save Jerseyans.
“I congratulate Mayor Vince Mazzeo on his successful campaign and wish him luck in his first term in the New Jersey Assembly,” Amodeo told members of the press on Tuesday. Asm. Amodeo lost the recount of his disgustingly-close legislative race with Democrat challenger Mayor Vincent Mazzeo of Northfield on December 3rd. Amodeo ultimately lost by 39 votes, or 1 more than he had lost by prior to the recount.
It’s a somewhat different story in terms of trajectory at the opposite end of the Garden State Parkway where GOP challenger Mayor Joe Scarpa of Rochelle Park cut his Election Day deficit from 54 to 36 votes in the initial stages of a recount. Whether he can find enough votes to overtake Tim Eustace remains a challenge. More on that later.
At the moment, the NJ GOP is grappling with a net gain of zero after last month’s legislation elections. My stomach lining is GONE in case you were wondering…
We learned today that the location of Governor Chris Christie’s inauguration celebration will be none other than historic Ellis Island, Save Jerseyans.
“Today, Ellis Island stands as a symbol of the hope, freedom, and promise of opportunity afforded by our state and our nation and continues to be a powerful connection for millions of Americans to their family history,” the Inaugural Committee, headed by Bill Palatucci and Todd Christie, shared in its email announcement. “Estimates suggest that nearly half of all Americans can trace their lineage to at least one ancestor who was one of the more than 12 million individuals who passed through Ellis Island during its operation as a federal immigration station. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument shared by New Jersey and New York.”
Ellis Island has, at various times, served as an oyster bed harvesting hot spot, arsenal and, most famously, and immigration station. A nice little subplot to January’s big event is the often dormant but never settled issue of whether Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are in New York or New Jersey territory. For one night at least, Save Jerseyans, it’s unambiguously within the borders of Christie Country.
Will the government be calling up small businesses and intimidating them over their insurance, Save Jerseyans?
If what I have been hearing is true, that very well could be the case.
You may not know this yet but, on October 1, all employers were required to send their employees a government provided letter outlining how that employee could go to healthcare.gov and get insurance and providing the necessary information about the employer (EIN, name, address) for an employee to sign up. As you may know, you have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting that site to work. So employees who received that letter have been redirected to a phone number to try to enroll.
And this phone number is where things get shady, folks, because since there is a live person at the other end, callers can ask questions.
Several small businesses in the area have told me shocking things about conversations their employees reported to have had on this phone line.
Dick Cheney dropped in on Chris Christie’s Mendham neighbor Neil Cavuto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, and he expounded on a number of topics including the current front runner for the 2016 GOP Republican nomination:
“I watched him operate. I wasn’t a fan of the way he welcomed Barack Obama to New Jersey when the hurricane hit,” the former Vice President opined, but allowed that Christie “was the governor of New Jersey; he did what he thought was necessary.”