Insurgent Democrats Excite Some South Jersey Republicans And Put Machine Democrat Hypocrisy On Display


It’s no secret, much to the dismay of many of my Republican friends, I love a good primary election fight. Unfortunately, for me, there’s only one GOP primary (LD8) for me to write about and it’s kind of boring.

But at least the Democrats in Camden County are giving me something fun to watch, and it appears some Republicans are getting excited about it.

Things started heating up last week thanks to a Philadelphia Inquirer editorial, “The machine age of politics should be over in N.J., Philadelphia” and a piece in Politico by the great Matt Friedman, “Anti-machine Democrats in Camden County complain of ‘phantom candidates’.” Even the folks over at Blue Jersey got into the act.

I take no issue with any of those pieces, but they all had one name in them: George Norcross. And, whenever Norcross’ name is mentioned, Republicans seem to get excited.

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I’ve written before in this blog that “For some reason South Jersey Republicans get excited when they hear the name George Norcross. Well, here’s a newsflash for you. Voters don’t care! His name is not on the ballot.”

Yet, it doesn’t matter, still folks get excited at the mention of the Norcross name. Every time I say something like that I am accused of being pro-Norcross and/or the South Jersey Democrat machine. For the record, I’m not. Frankly, I’m not a fan of machines, period. That said, I do admit to being jealous that Norcross was able to build such a well-oiled machine.

This is not to say that I don’t work to beat that machine. I have and I continue to do so. The machine can be defeated. My co-host Bob Greco and I proved that. Back in 2009 when Greco became chairman of the Cumberland County Republicans he asked me to come work with him. We met a year earlier when I was working on state Senator Joe Pennacchio’s U.S. Senate campaign. Greco told me I could go at the Democrats as hard as I wanted – no leash – naturally I agreed since he promised not to put a leash on me. Together, along with quality mail by Chris Russell, we won and won enough that in only a few years flipped a 7 – 0 Democrat controlled freeholder board to 4 – 3 Republican. We did it with very little money and without mentioning the name Norcross.

Anyway, thanks to another Politico piece this week in the New Jersey Playbook even more people got excited over the insurgent Democrats challenge to the Norcross machine.


I had never heard of GGCNJ before someone sent me a link to their social media post. Apparently, it stands for Good Government Coalition New Jersey and according to Facebook their page was created on June 4, 2017. They even have a website on which they claim to be a “nonpartisan, grassroots group whose mission is to strengthen democracy by working with residents across our state to bring greater transparency, accountability, and participation to our state and local governments.”


Unfortunately, immediately after the line about being “nonpartisan” is the question “Want to build a progressive party from within?” Of course, that makes me wonder exactly how “nonpartisan” the group truly is.

So basically, it appears to me this whole anti-machine thing in Camden County is the progressives versus the establishment. I don’t quite understand why Republicans are getting excited over it – other than it’s fun to watch.

Now, if Republicans really want to make any kind of issue about all this Democratic Party infighting I would suggest they key on a letter penned by Camden County Democratic Committee Chairman state Senator Jim Beach in which he attacks many of the progressive (or are they insurgent) Democrats as “Trump Republicans.”

One glaring example is Jen O’Donnell. From the letter posted on

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True O’Donnell once ran for office with Republicans, I know, I designed the palm card, she might have been registered as a Republican for all I know, but she was never a “Trump Republican.” The palm card was clear, she and her running mates were “Republicans and Independent Democrats.” Trump wasn’t even a candidate when I designed the palm card. Or at the very least not one I was paying attention to. So, to call O’Donnell a “Trump Republican” is a stretch at best.

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Another thing I would take issue within Beach’s letter is that he points out the criminal histories of several of the insurgent candidates.

Another thing I would take issue within Beach’s letter is that he points out the criminal histories of several of the insurgent candidates.

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I’m fairly certain the histories listed by Beach are true, but why speak out about these particular Democrats when he completely ignored the arrest of former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay and only after Republicans discovered the arrest did Beach say anything, and when he did speak, not a word about the arrest, only that Barclay resigned for “health reasons.”

And, that’s not the only time the Camden County Democratic Committee chairman sat silent when one of his own was in legal trouble. I still don’t think Beach has uttered a word about former Haddon Township Commissioner Paul Dougherty, the guy who was involved in a hit and run and tried to blame it on his wife and eventually pleaded guilty on an unrelated charge.

And when the Deputy Mayor in Voorhees was outed for getting into bar brawls Beach had nothing to say.

Considering he didn’t care when his own people ran afoul of the law, it’s obvious Beach’s letter has nothing to do with concerns about the past actions of the insurgent Democrats.

The bottom line here is there might be a reason to be excited by the insurgent Democrats challenge to the establishment Democrats in Camden County, but it’s not because the insurgents have a chance at winning. It is because it appears the hypocrisy of the establishment machine Democrats oozes out when the heat is turned up on them.

Keep it up insurgents! We’re all watching.

PRESS RELEASE: Young Republican Federation Of New Jersey Announces New Charter, Executive Board, and Directive to Counter Governor Murphy’s Radical Agenda

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The Young Republican Federation of New Jersey (YRFNJ) announced today that they have received their charter to the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF). The YRFNJ press release follows:

Scotch Plains, NJ – The Young Republican Federation of New Jersey (YRFNJ) has announced today that they have received their charter to the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) at the last national quarterly meeting. YRFNJ Chairman Joe Sarno is thrilled to announce the executive board team of Brian Fitzherbert (Vice-Chairman – Egg Harbor Township), Vicki Chadwick (National Committeewoman – Brick), Al Davis (National Committeeman – Manchester), JD Bryden (Treasurer – Mountainside), and Derek DeLuca (Secretary – Morganville).

YRFNJ Chairman Joe Sarno is eager for the next steps for the newly chartered organization, stating, “We will work diligently with all Young Republicans in the state to move our party forward and remind voters that Governor Murphy’s radical agenda infringes on our rights to bear arms, increases our taxes every time it rains, and maintains a sanctuary state that creates a safe haven for criminals in our communities.”

If you are between the ages of 18-40 and looking to get involved, please reach out to our Chairman Joe Sarno at Furthermore, if your local county Young Republican Chapter is interesting in joining our growing umbrella of chapters throughout the state, Joe and the team would love to hear from you as well!



Phil Murphy’s Rhetoric Doesn’t Match His Actions When It Comes To Women

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Here at The Bob & Steve Show we’ve talked a lot about Governor Phil Murphy’s double-standard problem when it comes to his treatment of women.

More than 30 times, on this blog, we’ve mentioned the mistreatment of women on Murphy’s professional soccer team (forcing young women to live with a dirty old man, forcing players to live in a house with plastic bags for windows, reports that “Suburban recreation leagues for 8-year-olds have better accommodations” when it comes to the professional team’s practice facilities and the list goes on).

And, I can’t count how many times the mainstream press mentioned the piss poor way Murphy handled the Katie Brennan situation.

There was the much less covered Allison Kopicki who said she was resigning from her position in the Murphy administration because she alleged she has faced retaliation from Murphy’s administration. To refresh your memory about the Kopicki story here is an excerpt from an article:

Shortly after Murphy was elected in November 2017, Kopicki told members of Murphy’s transition team about concerns that Kelley created a hostile work environment for women, according to the Journal report.

That included allegations that Kelley threw a chair while a female subordinate was in the room. NJ Advance Media later confirmed those accusations.

Kopicki was a deputy policy director to Murphy’s transition.

Murphy’s transition team hired an outside attorney to look into the complaints. The probe found that Kelley did throw the chair but did not find evidence that he treated women unequally, the Journal reported.

Kelley was later hired as a deputy chief of staff after Murphy became governor last January.

The women’s soccer, Katie Brennan and Allison Kopicki situations all add up to a track record of Phil Murphy not believing women. In fact, the only instance of Murphy believing women I could find was involving Brett Kavanaugh.

All this has had me wondering if “#MeToo” and “#BelieveWomen” are nothing more than political tools to Murphy.

If those three situations weren’t enough to cause anyone else to wonder if “#MeToo” and “#BelieveWomen” are nothing more than political tools to Murphy then yesterday’s Bob & Steve Show blog post should get you asking questions.

I wrote about the very kind words Murphy had for Nick Sacco at a recent Sacco campaign event. To refresh your memory Murphy said of Sacco:

“I talk about a stronger and fairer New Jersey all the time, and if you want to see an embodiment of strong and fair, look at the leadership we have on stage tonight,” Murphy said. “I know the mayor as a friend, supporter, and confidante when times are tough. I know him as one of the most senior, distinguished, and respected state senators in Trenton, and most importantly I know him as Mayor Nick Sacco of the great North Bergen.”

Governor Murphy said all these nice things about Sacco despite the fact that in 2010 North Bergen paid April Tricoli-Busset $90,000 because she sued over sexist remarks. Keep in mind those sexist remarks included Sacco allegedly discussing “boobs” with Tricoli-Busset.

And, there’s the voicemail messages left on Lydia Coleman’s phone allegedly by Sacco. An expert said the recordings were authentic. Coleman said the alleged voicemail messages came after she rejected Sacco’s sexual advances in a bar in 2003.

All this adds up to one big question: Does Phil Murphy really believe women?

I say the answer is no. Even if you want to believe in Phil Murphy and give him a pass on the women’s soccer, Katie Brennan and Allison Kopicki situations, at the very least the fact that Murphy had no problem standing with and supporting Nick Sacco even though Sacco has been accused of sexual harassment and/or sexist remarks at least twice and his town settled one of those instances for $90,000 you have to wonder if Murphy really believes women.

Murphy is always ready with the rhetoric to make it appear he supports women, like the time during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings when Murphy said Kavanaugh "ought to just pack up and leave town." Unfortunately for Democrats, the reality is Murphy’s rhetoric doesn’t match his actions.

If Murphy’s rhetoric truly matched his actions he wouldn’t have stood with Sacco and instead said “he ought to just pack up and leave town.”

The only question left is will Murphy follow his own advice and pack up and leave town since his record on women doesn’t match his rhetoric?