Murphy Vs Norcross. Republicans Probably Shouldn’t Get Too Excited

Gov. Phil Murphy - George Norcross

Gov. Phil Murphy - George Norcross

It’s an exciting time to be watching politics in South Jersey – insurgents are challenging the throne in Camden County and Governor Phil Murphy has decided to pick a fight with George Norcross.

All this appears to have the Norcross machine fighting a war on two fronts. South Jersey Republicans, especially the keyboard warrior types, are motivated. Rank-and file Republicans are motivated too. Over the weekend I chatted with a few GOP municipal chairs and other activist types who are helping some of the insurgent “progressive” Democrats.

Even soon-to-announce Republican congressional candidate in CD1, Josh Duvall, has met with at least one of the insurgent “progressive” Democrats.

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I understand why Duvall would meet with Vida Neil, he has to try to find support where he can and Vida has been an outspoken critic of Congressman Donald Norcross.

What I don’t understand is why the keyboard warriors, a few municipal chairs and activists who actually go out and knock on doors for Republican candidates are lending a hand to these insurgent Democrats. It’s not like, win or lose, any of them are going to help Republicans come November. They proved that much last year in the special election for Assembly in LD5. Many of these insurgent “progressive” Democrats worked to ensure Camden residents could win the ability to elect their school board. The GOP candidate in that race, my father, Nick Kush, sided with them. Some of the same folks that are part of the insurgency made a point on social media to show they had the support of my father in their effort and being a good son I reached out to them on his behalf and every single one of them told me “I could never vote for a Republican.”

What makes Republicans think the insurgent Democrats will do things differently this time?

As to the other front Norcross is forced to fight on – the tax incentive issue, don’t get too excited. Norcross has the best lawyers money can buy. Does anyone honestly believe those lawyers allowed any laws to be broken to get those tax breaks? Sure, Norcross, or his people, may have walked up to the line, they might have even straddled it, but I’m sure those lawyers made certain not one single law was violated.

Some folks seem a little excited about a recent Star-Ledger opinion piece in which Norcross was referred to as “King George” in the headline:

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I don’t understand the excitement. Here at the Bob & Steve Show we referred to Norcross as “the king of kings” in our first ever Naughty and Nice List (https://www.bobandsteve.com/blog/2018/12/25/2018-naughty-and-nice-list) and no one got excited:

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At the end of the day nobody really knows how this whole tax incentive fight is going to work out, but my guess is it’s going to die because the budget needs to get done and no one wants a government shutdown. And the establishment Democrats aren’t going to lose any ground to the insurgents.

The only thing we know for sure is George Norcross never tried to steal $33 million from the state’s firefighters which makes Governor Murphy more evil than George Norcross.

PRESS RELEASE: Camden City Residents Should Have The Right To Elect Their School Board

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Republican candidate for Assembly in the 5th District, Nick Kush, came out in support of the voters in Camden who want the right to elect their own school board this morning. The press release follows:

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Kush: “I side with the parents who want to take an active role in the education of their children.”

RUNNEMEDE – Republican candidate for Assembly in the 5th District, Nick Kush, weighed in on a ballot question in the City of Camden today.

The ballot question, “Shall the Camden City Board of Education remain a Type 1 school district with the Board of Education members appointed by the Mayor of the City of Camden,” has become a contentious issue with many city residents. A “yes” vote “will result in members of the Camden City Board of Education being appointed by the Mayor, as is the current practice.”

“When I agreed to put my name on the ballot I was told winning is a long shot, but you can’t win without trying, so I’ve been meeting voters everywhere, including Camden,” Nick Kush said. “I was talking with one lady and she explained to me the mayor sent a letter to voters asking them to vote to allow him to keep appointing members of their school board.”

“As a father who has had five kids go through public schools, a grandson go through public school and several other grandchildren currently attending public schools, I know and understand the importance of having parents involved in the education of our kids.” Kush continued, “Having one person choose who serves on the school board is nuts. Electing your school board is the first step in parental involvement in education, it gives people who otherwise wouldn’t be interested a reason to be interested.”

“I stand with the parents in Camden who are fighting for the right to elect their school board and applaud them for wanting to take an active role in the education of their kids,” Kush said. “It’s a pretty safe bet the other guy running for Assembly is siding with the mayor on this, they’re in the same party and served on Camden’s council together. Me, I side with the parents who want to take an active role in the education of their children, something I’ll always do if I’m fortunate enough to be elected.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Camco GOP Candidates Respond To Lampitt

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Camden County GOP Candidates Respond To Lampitt And So-Called South Jersey ‘Leaders’

Why were these so-called leaders silent during the Barclay incident

CHERRY HILL – Responding to a statement released by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt and “other South Jersey women leaders” Camden County Republican Party candidates for Assembly and Freeholder asked where the outrage was after former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay was arrested after a domestic violence incident, an incident he admitted happened.

Lampitt, according to a published news release, was joined by Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones and Camden County Freeholders Carmen Rodriguez and Susan Shin-Angulo. The purpose of their statement was to make negative remarks about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump and U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin.

Republican candidate for Assembly in the fifth district, Nick Kush, said. “I’m a candidate for assembly because former Assemblyman Barclay resigned after admitting to a domestic violence incident. Not one of these women stood up against Barclay’s admitted act of domestic violence. One of the reasons I’m running is that I’m tired of the double standards of our elected officials, and this is a huge double standard.”

GOP freeholder candidate Keith Cybulski asked, “Where were Assemblywomen Lampitt and Egan Jones during the Barclay incident? Where were Freeholders Rodriguez and Shin-Angulo? Why have they never called out Bob Menendez for helping to get young women Visas to come into the country for Salomon Melgen?”

“I’ll tell you where they were,” Cybulski said. “They were waiting to be told what to say by their political bosses.”

“As a woman I am deeply offended these ‘South Jersey women leaders’ would use the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh to score cheap political points,” Republican Freeholder candidate Claire Gustafson said. “They refused to stand up for women after the Barclay arrest and, at the very least were complicit in helping those who tried to hide the fact Barclay had been arrested by keeping silent on the issue. It’s time for new leadership in Camden County, leadership that is willing to speak for all county residents and not just speak when a political boss says to.”

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