PRESS RELEASE: You Said You Were Leaders; Now Lead

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Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino called out “South Jersey women leaders” today. The CCGOP press release follows:

HADDON HEIGHTS – Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino said it’s time for the same “South Jersey women leaders” who “denounced” former U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin “for staying silent as allegations of sexual assault” were made against then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh break their silence over disgraced former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay landing a new county job.

“Assemblywomen Pam Lampitt and Pat Egan Jones and Freeholders Carmen Rodriguez and Susan Shin-Angulo were eager to complain about Justice Kavanaugh and President Trump over allegations. Now, when we find out one of their own, Arthur Barclay, got a new county job after admitting to punching a woman they sit silent,” CCGOP Chairman Rich Ambrosino said. “Apparently, outrage only exists at allegations against Republicans and not admitted facts when it comes to one of their fellow machine Democrats.”

“Lampitt, Egan Jones, Rodriguez and Shin-Angulo claimed to be ‘South Jersey women leaders’ with the fake outrage they directed at Bob Hugin a year ago. Now, with an opportunity to actually lead they sit silent,” Ambrosino remarked.

Ambrosino continued, “It’s disappointing that, after calling themselves ‘leaders,’ Lampitt and Rodriguez, both up for re-election, have remained silent about a confessed girlfriend beater getting a new job in county government. I’m especially disheartened that Shin-Angulo is silent on the issue because she’s now running for mayor in Cherry Hill, the community in which I live.”

“As freeholders, Rodriguez and Shin-Angulo, take part in personnel decisions.” Ambrosino added, “It’s time for them to tell voters and county taxpayers why they are okay with a man who admitted to punching his girlfriend getting a new position in county government.”

“Barclay punched his girlfriend, then resigned from the Assembly for ‘health reasons.’” These are facts, not just allegations,” Ambrosino said, “Despite the punching and the health issue, Barclay was transferred to a new job. It’s time for these self-proclaimed leaders to lead, especially Freeholders Rodriguez and Shin-Angulo who can start by explaining the part they took in the decision to transfer Barclay to a new job. Assemblywomen Lampitt and Egan Jones and Freeholders Rodriguez and Shin-Angulo can show some leadership and join me in calling for Barclay to be fired from county government, because no man willing to punch a woman should be working for this county’s government.”

NJGOP Statement On Trump 2020 Campaign Launch

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NJGOP Executive Director Theresa Winegar’s statement on President Donald Trump launching his 2020 re-election campaign tonight:

Trenton, NJ - Tonight President Trump launched his 2020 re-election campaign. NJGOP Executive Director Theresa Winegar released the following statement in support of the President and his campaign:

"The New Jersey Republican State Committe held a packed rally watch party and digital activism training in in Jackson tonight as we cheered on President Trump's campaign kick off. Republicans in New Jersey are excited to get to work for President Trump and help spread the word on his record of jolting the economy into a boom, supporting veterans and securing our nation’s border."

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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.