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.

Bob Menendez Is Upset With Fox News

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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.

Menendez Just Spent More Time In Puerto Rico Than He Has In South Jersey

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By now most of you have probably seen the photo of a shirtless U.S. Senator Bob Menendez talking to a bikini clad woman in Puerto Rico. I’ve decided against posting the photo because I have no desire to look at his topless photo again.

There are two things that have me mad about this junket. First, Menendez in just one weekend has spent more time in Puerto Rico than he did in South Jersey during his entire re-election campaign. Second, is that, at least according to his Twitter feed, Menendez is trying to make it appear he is there working on Hurricane Maria relief. Perhaps he forgot there are still folks in South Jersey who still haven’t fully recovered from Superstorm Sandy.

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The fact that Menendez complains about “his wall” in the above Tweet really makes me angry. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about the wall who have no idea what they are talking about. I have friends who live and work along the border, places with very little security. I know one woman living in southeastern Arizona who leaves jugs of water on her property for illegal border crossers, not because she wants to, but because she fears what might happen to her if she doesn’t.

Has Menendez ever talked to her? No! Has he talked to any of the members of law enforcement I know who work along the border? Nope! Has he talked to any of the ranchers I know who make their living along the border? Again, no.

These are people who have had negative experiences with illegal border crossers. Talking to them doesn’t fit the narrative he and other Democrats are pushing. The truth is not every person illegally crossing the border is doing it for “good” reasons. Obviously, Menendez doesn’t want to take the time to lear about all the bad reasons people cross the border illegally.

For Menendez to try and make it appear that he is in Puerto Rico for any reason other than fun is a joke. This is a junket that was scheduled long before the partial government shutdown. He went there with at least 100 lobbyists and corporate executives and some members of Congress have family members with them.

Menendez may be a U.S. senator from New Jersey, but it is obvious he still doesn’t know where South Jersey is.