Apparently, Bob Menendez Took A One-Sided Look At The Border Last Week

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Bob Menendez

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez went to McAllen, TX last week to tour the border and get “…a first-hand ability to see it in real life.”

He took the time to Tweet about his visit today saying:

This is what I saw at the border last week: Adults and children locked in cages. Overcrowding. Some haven't been able to make a phone call, shower, even brush their teeth. This is not the America I know—and it breaks my heart.

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The thing is Menendez could have seen a lot more, another side to the story, but he chose not to, just like every other left-winger I’ve complained about in the past.

Menendez decided to share a story of despair with NJ.com, telling a reporter, in part:

“These parents overwhelmingly face a choice: Stay and see my daughter raped or have my child put forcibly into a gang and if not, they die,” U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said Friday after visiting the U.S. southern border with other Senate Democrats. “If that’s my choice as a parent, as a grandparent, I’m going to leave.”

Maybe the stuff he was told is true, maybe it’s not, but guess what, while unfortunate there are places right here in the United States with that kind of gang violence.

The thing Menendez fails to mention is that illegal immigration happens to bring the exact violence he spoke about to America. And that violence is not new. Way back in 2009 Latina.com wrote about the “rape trees” that are “popping up in Southern Arizona.” Rape trees aren’t only in Arizona, they’ve been found in New Mexico and Texas.

Imagine having to live among “rape trees” and avoiding areas near where you live because you know what happens.

Menendez, like many of his fellow Democrats, doesn’t want to know about the ugly realities of illegal immigration and the dastardly tactics used by “coyotes.” If he wanted to know he might try visiting parts of the border where there is no security. We could give him a list of folks to call who would be happy to show him around.

Those who listen to our radio show heard some of the stories earlier this year. We’ve talked time and again about how folks living along the border have to carry guns with them at all times.

One of our guests on a past show is a fourth-generation rancher who also happens to be a former county sheriff. He’s built a high fence around his home and has “two mean dogs” patrolling that fence line and still carries a gun at all times, “just in case.”

Think about that for a minute. Basically, this man had to build a fence around a property that’s already fenced in because of illegal immigration. That’s just wrong!

Menendez obviously doesn’t care. If he did care he would have sought out folks and listened to the other side of the story. I can only guess that the reason Menendez didn’t bother to talk with a single American citizen negatively affected by illegal immigration is that their stories would not fit his narrative.

It’s time for Menendez and his friends to stop playing politics with illegal immigration and start worrying about law-abiding Americans.

Sens. Menendez And Booker Decided To Defend Camden’s Machine Democrats

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Sens. Menendez & Booker

It looks like South Jersey’s insurgent progressive Democrats have two new enemies. US Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker penned an editorial on June 7th in the Star Ledger.

They did a bit of tightrope walking, but the Senators’ editorial is a defense, actually an endorsement, of the tax incentives the insurgent progressive Democrats have been screaming about. They use the same words the establishment machine Dems use in support of everything happening in Camden. They talk about the schools, things local activists, for whatever reason, are against. They talk about public safety, you know the police department everybody else helps to pay for. And, they talk about jobs, jobs local activists and the insurgent progressive Democrats complain aren’t going to local residents.

As I’ve written before I’m not going to get into the debate about whether tax incentives are good or bad. We can argue that all day. What interests me is the fact that our state’s two US Senators have penned an editorial that goes against everything a very loud group of their constituents are against. These are the same constituents who by continuously supporting whatever Democrat appears on the ballot for any office helped create the problems with the tax incentives in the first place.

A quick look at the results of last year’s election shows the insurgent progressive Democrats in Camden County came out in droves for Menendez, a guy they now know stands for everything they campaigned against this year.

With Booker up for re-election this year, while simultaneously running for president, out publicly as a proud supporter of everything the insurgent progressive Democrats in Camden County are against one has to wonder if these folks will finally do something different and vote against someone who does not stand with them.

My guess is they’ll just keep doing what the machine tells them to do and wonder why nothing changes. Hopefully, they will prove me wrong.

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.