100 Grand Buys A Lot Of Condoms; Patterson’s Big Shot Out Of The Gate

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I thought about maybe a headline along the lines of “Patterson’s money shot” simply because my sometimes juvenile sense of humor won’t let me forget that CD2 congressional candidate Robert “Bob” Patterson once wrote that “semen-exposed women have better cognitive skills” and that “condom use deprives women of the remarkable chemicals in semen.

It’s a shame because Patterson, when you meet him, is a likable guy, a bit of a close talker, but a nice guy. Unfortunately, some of his old writings are good for laugh lines to easy to pass on.

That said, once you get past the laugh lines, Patterson has earned a little respect by shockingly raising slightly more than $100,000 in his first fundraising quarter. I honestly didn’t think he had it in him.

Patterson’s respectful 100k means he is no longer an afterthought in next year’s CD2 primary.

And, let’s not forget we do have a new frontrunner in next year’s CD2 primary. David Richter, after posting more than $400,000 this quarter, raised and self-funded, has been attacked as “hoity-toity” by the fancy suit wearing hoity-toity Congressman Jeff Van Drew.

I previously wrote in this blog that “in politics money can buy love and catapults your campaign to frontrunner status,” add to that being the only candidate attacked by Van Drew and there is no doubt Richter has assumed the role of frontrunner ahead of the CD2 primary.

The only question left in CD2, at least for now, is how Brian Fitzherbert responds to his primary election opponents. We know Fitzherbert can build a strong organization, now we’ll see if it converts to fundraising in the fourth quarter.

Note: While Bob has endorsed Brian Fitzherbert for next year’s CD2 primary, Steve is completely neutral and making no endorsement

Testa Wants A Debate And We Think We Have An Offer Andrzejczak Can’t Refuse

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Michael Testa

Way back on March 25th Republican candidate for state Senate in LD1, Mike Testa, sent a letter to Democratic party temporary state Senator Bob Andrzejczak challenging him to a debate “regarding the $4.5 million in school funding cuts foisted upon our district by your Democratic Party leaders in Trenton.”

At the time the Bob & Steve Show ignored the debate challenge because Testa proposed the debate be held on another radio program. It was nothing against Testa, we simply didn’t see the need in us promoting another radio program – even if we do like the host.

Well guess what? Not-so-shockingly more than 60 days later Testa has yet to get a response to his debate challenge from Andrzejczak.

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Why hasn’t Andrzejczak responded to Testa in over two months? Could it be Andrzejczak no longer has Congressman Jeff Van Drew to speak for him?

Whatever the reason we want to see, or at least hear, a debate. Though we haven’t asked Testa directly we are fairly certain he would happily debate Andrzejczak any time, at any place. To that end, we have a solution – debate on the Bob & Steve Show.

We understand the fact that we are unabashedly Republican, mostly conservative and extremely opinionated might give Mr. Andrzejczak a reason not to debate Mr. Testa on the Bob & Steve Show, but we have a solution to that too.

Our solution? Simple! Considering he was once a guest on the show (Episode #005, 8-11-18) we’ll invite the state Senate President, Steve Sweeney, to co-host the debate with us. It’s a safe bet he accepts the invitation, we treated him very respectfully when he appeared on the show. And, to sweeten the pot we’ll even take suggestions for a second Democrat to co-host a debate with us from Andrzejczak.

That second Democrat could be almost anyone. Maybe Jeff Van Drew? Maybe a Cumberland County Freeholder? How about former Cumberland County freeholder Lou Magazzu? He probably hates us given all the unkind things we said about him when Bob was the Cumberland GOP chairman and Steve was the organization’s consultant. That would certainly make things fair.

How about it guys? What do you think?

It Appears At Least One Republican Is Getting Serious In CD2

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David Richter via Facebook

I wasn’t planning on writing anything about CD2 today, but since New Jersey Globe and InsiderNJ have both broken the news that David Richter has formed an exploratory committee to challenge Congressman Jeff Van Drew here we go.

Admittedly, I wasn’t very kind the first time Richter appeared on the Bob & Steve Show radar, but that was only because I do tend to be a pessimistic anti-establishment kind of guy.

I assume Richter announced this exploratory committee via press release, but I guess my pessimistic anti-establishment attitude left the Bob & Steve Show off his press list. I won’t allow that to cloud my judgment and whenever he wants our 50,000 listeners to meet him Mr. Richter is welcome on the show.

I do agree with what both, New Jersey Globe and InsiderNJ report Richter said:

“New Jersey is quickly becoming a one-party state, and that party continues to move leftward towards socialism.  We need elected representatives in Congress who will fight for less government, lower taxes and free markets, and who will protect our individual rights and constitutional liberties,” said Richter.

While it appears Mr. Richter is saying the right things, he does have work to do. There’s been a lot of talk that Hirsh Singh, Seth Grossman, Brian Fitzherbert and some real estate guy John Andrie are all looking at CD2.

Singh, Grossman and Fitzherbert all have some name recognition in the district and all have at least some sort of organization which puts them ahead in a ground game if Richter really is in this.

The one thing Richter appears to have that the others don’t is enough money to self-finance if he must. While there are some that aren’t exactly thrilled that a guy they never heard of with a lot of money appeared out of nowhere to get into this race all that talk could stop as soon as checks start being written. Money does tend to buy some love in GOP primaries.

If the last CD2 primary proved anything it proved the party line can be beaten in crowded GOP primaries which means if Richter and the others are in it could come down to organization. Of course, money can buy organization.

Now that Richter is making some serious noise about getting into this race other Republicans considering it will likely start making moves.  

For now, I’m going to make an effort to be a little nicer to Richter and reserve judgment until we learn more about the guy. Who Knows, maybe he’ll come on the show.