CD1: Duvall Will Announce Intention To Seek GOP Nomination; Appears To Have Cherry Hill Organization’s Support

Josh Duvall via Facebook Campaign Page

Josh Duvall via Facebook Campaign Page

We have our first Republican looking for the opportunity to take on Congressman Donald Norcross in 2020. Yesterday, by way of press release, Josh Duvall announced he will launch his campaign on Saturday May 18.

I don’t know Duvall well, I only met him once but, he appears to be motivated by all the recent George Norcross news.

I’ll let his press release speak for him:

CHERRY HILL - On Saturday, May 18 at 3pm at his Cherry Hill home, young professional/business owner Josh Duvall will announce his campaign to unseat incumbent lawmaker, and brother of South Jersey power broker, Donald Norcross.

“Democracy does not exist in South Jersey,” says Duvall. “This campaign isn’t about Democrats versus Republicans, or left versus right. This is about the good people of South Jersey, versus the Norcorss political machine. This is about restoring a voice and a vote to people who have been silenced. Voters in Burlington, Gloucester and especially Camden County are sick of the status quo,” Duvall said.

Recent events have once again brought Camden County into the national spotlight as accusations of fraud and corruption related to the Economic Development Authority tax break scheme make headlines. Coupled with the Democratic primary ballot contest, which saw progressive members of the South Jersey Democratic party pushed out amid rumors of “phantom candidates” filling ballot spots, Duvall believes the movement for political upheaval in South Jersey is gaining momentum.

“Look at what’s transpired in Camden County under the watch of George, Phil and Donald Norcross. Massive tax breaks for the business and political friends of the Norcross machine have starved Camden of much needed revenue for investments in locally owned businesses, infrastructure and schools. Now they are resorting to dirty political tricks to tamp down dissenters within their own party who are fighting for real change for Camden’s residents. It’s politics at its worst - right here in South Jersey,” said Duvall.

While Duvall will seek the GOP nomination to face Norcross in the November 2020 election, he’s running on a platform of solutions for constituents, not the partisan political games we’ve been accustomed to seeing in Washington.

“I am proud that Josh has decided to step forward to help rid South Jersey from the reign of the Norcross Brothers,” Cherry Hill GOP Chairman Jeffrey Land said. “People are starting to see that this band of brothers from Pennsauken have become very rich controlling the wheels of government, and by extension our hard earned tax dollars. Josh has the integrity and drive that this party needs to help lead us out of this dynasty. As a fellow Cherry Hill resident, I am gratified that Josh has committed to run for Congress. The Cherry Hill Republican Organization is united behind his candidacy,” said Land.

Josh Duvall’s platform of solutions for South Jersey involves ambitious ideas, like:

  • Criminal justice reform to expunge the records of low-level, non-violent offenders from employment background checks, helping people get out of poverty and back working again.

  • Changing the way we approach public education by removing the zip code barriers to school access, reforming the funding process for public schools and getting students out of the classroom and into the real world learning and applying their skills, instead of focusing on non-productive standardized testing.

  • Simplifying the tax code to remove the loopholes, deductions, exemptions and carve-outs that force the middle class to shoulder the tax burden while big businesses get the benefit of special treatment that saves them money.

While there's no sugar-coating the reality of an over 40 year establishment Democrat hold on this seat, Duvall is confident that he can build a diverse coalition of support to challenge, and unseat the incumbent next November.

RSVP for launch party here.

Duvall received his bachelors in Management, concentrating in Finance and Marketing from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and his Executive Degree in Financial Planning from the Fischer School of Business at The Ohio State University. Duvall currently runs his own financial planning and accounting business, and works with other organizations managing their marketing and online content. He also works with several non-profits, sits on the Cherry Hill GOP committee, volunteers with youth sports, and is actively involved in his local church. Duvall is a cancer survivor and is married with two young children.

For more information visit www.duvallforcongress.com.

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.

South Jersey Fight Club Has Six Rules, Besides All Its Members Being Democrats

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Former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, Voorhees Township Deputy Mayor Jason Ravitz, Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam and Atlantic City Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy and failed Democratic sheriff candidate Bob Gant are all members of the South Jersey Fight Club. They’re all Democrats and they all follow the rules.

The first rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: you never reprimand a fellow Democrat. The second rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: you never reprimand a fellow Democrat.

The third rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: deny, deny, deny. At least that’s what Gant did when The Bob & Steve Show called him out for his role in the beating of a defenseless inmate at the old Salem County Jail, and that’s exactly what Gilliam and Fauntleroy did until confronted with video from a member of the media.

The fourth rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: say “It is what it is.” That’s the exact phrase used by Barclay and Fauntleroy.

The fifth rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: blame someone else for your own actions, even if it’s on video. That’s what Ravitz did and it appears Fauntleroy is doing the same. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer:

"When we go out, we're actually targets," Fauntleroy added. "Sometimes things get provoked into situations where you have to, actually … things happen."

The sixth rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: hide! Several media outlets reported that Gilliam hid in his city hall office most of yesterday and Barclay was missing for nearly two weeks after his incident.

Other than following the rules and being Democrats these South Jersey Fight Club members have something else in common. South Jersey’s Democratic leaders haven’t said one single word about their poor behavior. Not Senate President Steve Sweeney, not Congressman Donald Norcross, not Congressman-elect Jeff Van Drew, not Camden County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Beach, not Salem County Democratic Party Chairman Steven Caltabiano, not Atlantic County Democratic Party Chairman Michael Suleiman. Not even the party’s municipal leaders said a word about these South Jersey Fight Club members.

Maybe South Jersey’s Democratic leaders need Tyler Durden from the Fight Club movie to yell his famous movie quote, “Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else,” at them.

If that doesn’t do the trick maybe, just maybe, South Jersey voters will get sick of the bad behavior of Democrats and start rejecting them at the polls.