Gloucester County Democrats Fear Competition At The Polls

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I get it, challenging the signatures on nominating petitions is a part of political campaigns in New Jersey (and elsewhere). It’s a part of campaigns I dislike. No campaign I managed has ever challenged nominating petitions – that’s how much I despise the practice. I believe working to remove a candidate who meets the requirements to run for an office from the ballot is a gutless move that proves the person challenging signatures on a nominating petition has very little faith in their chosen candidate to win on ideas.

From my observations, over the years, it appears that more often than not challenges to nominating petitions are intra-party affairs (or is it inter, I always get the two confused) with challenges filed against competitors in a primary election like last year when a supporter of a certain someone who may or may not have led folks to believe he had access to $2 million for a congressional run got Brian Fitzherbert tossed from the primary election ballot.

But that’s not the case in Gloucester County where the County Democrats decided to attempt to deprive voters of a choice for freeholder in November. On April 3, 2019 John Alice, Counsel to the Gloucester County Democratic Committee, challenged the nominating petition of Republicans Diane M. King and Andrea K. Sammons. The challenge left King and Sammons with only 94 valid signatures removing the two from June’s primary election ballot.

So why get the Republican candidates removed from the ballot? Are the Gloucester County Democrats freeholder candidates so weak they don’t want any competition in November? I don’t even know who they’re running and don’t care because there is no way I’m voting for them.

It is possible for Republicans to win in Gloucester County? It’s happened before, remember Larry Wallace and Vince Nestore? And it can happen again. Especially against weak Democratic party candidates. Looking at some historical data one can see it can happen. In the 2014 U.S. Senate race Jeff Bell lost the county to Cory Booker, but Bell was a weak candidate with little money and still managed to earn 45% of the county-wide vote against the well-funded Booker. That same year in the CD1 Garry Cobb managed 44.78% of the vote against Congressman Donald Norcross, and Cobb, like him or not, was a horrible candidate. In 2016, President Donald Trump squeaked by Hillary Clinton county-wide 47.82% - 47.34%. Last year Bob Hugin beat U.S. Senator Bob Menendez 49.72% - 46.37% while the Republican candidates for sheriff and surrogate both received slightly more than 42% of the county-wide vote.

Trump and Hugin both won county-wide in Gloucester County and the other numbers show Republicans have a base of 42% in the county. With a little money and a solid message Republicans can win in Gloucester County. The addition of the new energy brought to the party by Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante helps too.

Diane King has run before and is popular among Republicans in Gloucester County. The addition of the Gloucester County Young Republicans Chair Andrea “Andy” Sammons as King’s running mate brings extra excitement to the ticket. So, yeah, the reason the Gloucester County Democrats decided to have the Republicans bounced from the primary election ballot is that they are afraid of competition.

All is not lost. King and Sammons can still appear on the November ballot. It’s going to require a write-in campaign in June. It’ll be a good test for Vigilante and the candidates and success can build momentum going into November.

The growing popularity of King, the excitement of a young Republican in Sammons on the ticket and the work of Vigilante in building the party in Gloucester County can only lead to good things. I have no doubt King and Sammons will appear on the ballot in November and will do my part to ensure it happens.

Gloucester County Republicans – pay attention as information will be coming soon on how to PROPERLY write-in your vote.

PRESS RELEASE: Cumberland GOP Chair Welcomes Menendez

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Bob Menendez is scheduled to appear in Vineland today and Cumberland GOP Chairman Michael Testa isn’t holding back. Below is Testa’s press release:

Cumberland GOP Chairman Michael Testa Welcomes Menendez To South Jersey

Menendez finally realizes South Jersey exists after a quarter of a century in DC

VINELAND – Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization Chairman Michael Testa, upon learning the Vineland Municipal Democratic Committee is hosting an event with U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today, welcomed the scandal-plagued Senator to Cumberland County.

“I congratulate the Vineland Municipal Democratic Committee on getting Senator Menendez to realize there is a southern portion of the state,” CCRRO Chairman Michael Testa said, “The Senator’s driver probably got directions to Vineland from Bob Hugin.”

“This is Menendez’s first visit to Cumberland County in contrast to Bob Hugin who has been here many times over the course of this campaign.” Testa continued, “I hope Menendez pays close attention after he gets off Route 55 and looks out the window at all the closed businesses.”

Testa added, “Perhaps after realizing that decades of single party rule has devastated Cumberland County with high unemployment, rising crime rates and taxes the highest they’ve ever been Senator Menendez can explain to us why he has done nothing to help South Jersey and Cumberland County since arriving in Washington, DC in 1993.”

“Of course, Menendez will argue he helped get money for New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy, but the truth is Governor Chris Christie led the charge on that,” Testa said. “So, thanks for coming to Cumberland County Senator, it is truly unfortunate that it took the fact that you just realized you need South Jersey to try to win re-election to make you pay attention to the lower end of the state after a quarter of a century in DC. Welcome to Cumberland County and enjoy your stay.”

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Paid for by: CCRRO, Inc.

 

Menendez’s Lawyers Argued It Isn’t A Federal Crime To Leave The Country For Sex With Under Aged Hookers. Does He Agree?

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The mainstream press that covers New Jersey politics – the same press that has continued to let Governor Phil Murphy off the hook for the horrible treatment of the women on his soccer team – the same press that hasn’t written a word about a guy running for sheriff who allegedly once beat up an inmate (I found the inmate’s phone number, I’m sure they could too) keeps writing about Republican candidate for Senate Bob Hugin’s ads referencing Bob Menendez’s alleged involvement with under aged prostitutes with the word “unproven.”

I am sick of it! Almost as sick of hearing the idiots who believe Menendez was found to be not guilty. A hung jury does not make him innocent.

Maybe Menendez’s alleged involvement with under aged prostitutes is “unproven,” but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

In court papers Menendez’s own lawyers argued messing around with underaged hookers in the Dominican Republic “would hardly be a federal crime even had it been true.”

Copied and pasted directly from the court papers:

The defendants present their case as exceptional because the allegations of underage prostitution are “such easily disprovable allegations about something that would hardly be a federal crime even had it been true.”

“Would hardly be a federal crime even had it been true.”  It is a federal crime to leave the country to have sex with under aged hookers, no matter what Menendez’s lawyers argued.

Menendez has never once said publicly if he agrees with the argument of his lawyers.

And let’s not forget “The Independent,” a British online newspaper once wrote:

The Daily Caller suggested last night that the Washington Post had erred because the prostitute now denying having had sex with the senator was not the prostitute in its original report last year. The Post stood by its reporting.

It appears the Menendez camp couldn’t even find the right hooker to recant the original story.

While it may be accurate for the press to continue to refer to Menendez’s alleged involvement with under aged prostitutes with the word “unproven,” based on his own lawyers’ argument and the reporting of The Independent it is possible the allegations were true.

So, “unproven” or not it appears Menendez still has some explaining to do. He should at least tell voters if he agrees with his lawyers that it is okay to travel to a foreign land to have sex with under aged prostitutes.