Press Release: Fiocchi Announces In LD1

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Sam Fiocchi got into the LD1 Senate race today. His press release follows:

Former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi Announces Candidacy For Senate In LD1

Fiocchi looks forward to going back to Trenton to “fight hard for our district and all of South Jersey.”

VINELAND – Former Cumberland County Freeholder and NJ state Assemblyman from the First Legislative District, Sam Fiocchi, announced today he is a candidate for state Senate in New Jersey’s first district.

“Throughout the last election cycle people from across the district encouraged me to run for this senate seat,” Sam Fiocchi said. “My answer was always that it was not time to talk about the senate seat and that we had to focus on helping Seth Grossman’s congressional campaign. I did exactly that.”

“Unfortunately, Seth wasn’t successful, and folks continued to encourage me to make an announcement.” Fiocchi continued, “After careful consideration, many conversations with friends and family and, most recently, listening to Governor Murphy’s State of the State address I have decided now is the time to announce I am running for state Senate in the first legislative district.”

“Frankly, I found it disingenuous that the Governor would thank our veterans for their service knowing that at least $1.2 million was removed from the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs in his state budget yet he could find $2 million for the defense of illegal aliens in this state,” Fiocchi said. “The fact that our former state Senator, our newly anointed state Senator, the Assemblyman in the district nor any candidate for any office in the first district has said a word about this is just as bad. I am truly thankful for the service of our veterans and intend to fight to restore those funds to the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.”

“The Governor spoke a lot about a ‘stronger and fairer’ New Jersey. I see nothing stronger or fairer about raising taxes and will work hard to halt any proposed tax increase.” Fiocchi added, “There is nothing stronger or fairer about turning New Jersey into a sanctuary state, it makes us less safe, I will always stand up for law abiding citizens and the rule of law. Those living in our state illegally should not be given drivers licenses.”

“After a year of Governor Murphy and a lack of leadership in fighting his progressive agenda in the first legislative district New Jersey is neither fairer or stronger to anyone. I intend to go to the state Senate and fight for the hard working, law abiding residents of our district, just as I did as an Assemblyman,” Fiocchi said. “I look forward to an honest, yet spirited, primary election and beyond to an equally tough general election and going back to Trenton to fight hard for our district and all of South Jersey.”

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Bob Menendez Is Upset With Fox News

Bob Menendez

Bob Menendez

It appears U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is upset with Fox News over the photo of him shirtless and chatting with a woman in a bikini in Puerto Rico.

According to the Washington Times Menendez “lashed out at a Fox News reporter Tuesday over the network’s coverage of a photo showing him shirtless on a beach in Puerto Rico during the government shutdown.”

After watching the video I’m not sure I would say Menendez “lashed out,” but he certainly wasn’t happy about being given the opportunity to tell his side of the story.

Menendez told Fox News reporter Rob Schmitt, “You guys are not fair. You’re neither fair nor balanced.”

I laughed at that line because Menendez is probably the last person who should be talking about being balanced. Just look at his re-election campaign, one campaign swing through South Jersey versus how much time in North Jersey. Was there balance there? I mean he is the senator for the entire state. Take NJ Transit, Menendez talks a lot about northern New Jersey trains and nothing about the Atlantic City line.

If Menendez really cared about balance he would leave the “resist” movement and work with President Donald Trump on border security. But he won’t, he’ll keep catering to his liberal Hudson County base and continue to ignore South Jersey and the things we care about.

For the rest of us this is a lesson learned. I always tell candidates never allow a photo to be taken with a drink in their hand. Now, I’m going to add never allow a photo to be taken shirtless while talking to a woman wearing a bikini.

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt Responds To State Of The State

Doug Steinhardt

Doug Steinhardt

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt went live on Facebook to give his response to Governor Murphy's State Of The State address. Following is a transcript provided by NJGOP:

For everyone who just joined, I'm Doug Steinhardt, Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.

New Jersey is headed in the wrong direction. Businesses and jobs are leaving our State at alarming rates, because the Governor’s ultra-liberal policies make New Jersey the most inhospitable state in the country in which to live and work. 

Murphy promised a stronger and fairer New Jersey, but his policies make us weaker and poorer. What’s worse, his Democratic colleagues in the legislature tell us that they recognize our problems, but vote, year in and year out, to avoid the state’s toughest problems, like pensions and healthcare, and pile onto our already oppressive tax burden.  There’s little trust left in Trenton, and for good reason.

Just this year we saw two longtime New Jersey based employers move their corporate headquarters out of state when Gerber and Honeywell began moving to Virginia North Carolina. 

Governor Murphy's corporate and other tax hikes are a repellant to job creators and businesses. The constant threat of state tax increases disrupts the ability for businesses, large or small, to have predictability and stability in their long-term planning. 

It's no surprise that just a few weeks after New Jersey Democrats voted for over a billion dollars in tax hikes, Amazon made its final decision to take New Jersey out of the running and put its HQ2 in New York and Virginia.

But tax hikes alone aren't the only threat to job growth and New Jersey’s economic viability.  Every day, New Jersey Democrats inch closer and closer to writing into state law government mandated wages. 

Common sense tells us all that a government mandated, $15 minimum wage will force small businesses to lay off the least-skilled and most vulnerable workers and replace them permanently with technology like touch screen kiosks. These same, government mandated costs are then passed on to consumers in the form of higher costs for goods and services, making it even less affordable to live, work and retire in New Jersey.  It’s a vicious cycle that Democrats are unable or unwilling to break.

The results of these policies hit us hard in our wallets, but the consequences are even greater. Jobs are leaving NJ and our family members are leaving with them. Not only does NJ rank worst in business climate and highest in property taxes, we are now number one in out-migration too. 

New Jersey's communities were once made up of multiple generations of families living in the same neighborhoods, having Sunday dinners and growing up together. Today, our kids can't afford to get their start here and our grandparents can't afford to retire here.  I will not be one of those parents or grandparents who is forced to visit his children or grandchildren on Skype or Facetime because they can’t afford to live here, work here or find a job here.  I know we can do better, we have to do better, and our Republican leaders are committed to doing just that.

Agenda item number one must be to make New Jersey competitive and affordable. While that was the theme we needed to hear today, we didn’t. Pie in the sky won’t put food on your table or a roof over your head.  Discipline and better government will.

The first step is to take tax increases off the table. Trenton needs to live within its means, just like every responsible family household would. We need a commitment from Governor Murphy to roll back his liberal agenda and put things like "free college" on the back-burner.  We need a commitment from our single party government to leave our families and children with opportunities and not just debt.  

We will be using 2019 to remind New Jersey voters that there is an alternative to single party rule in this State, one that values the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, diversity and hard work.

Thank you to everyone who listened and supports us. We're not giving up and we'll keep working to turn New Jersey around. 

I'm Doug Steinhardt the Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.