Leigh-Ann Bellew is preparing to challenge Kyrillos

Leigh-Ann BellewFormer congressional candidate Leigh-Ann Bellew of Union Beach is circulating a petition to run for State Senate in the 13th Legislative District, according to multiple sources familiar with the petition.

Petitions with at least 100 signatures are due to be filed with the Secretary of State/Division of Elections in Trenton on Monday, April 1st.  13th district incumbent Senator Joe Kyrillos’ petition with 200 signatures has been filed.

Bellew, 43, was the Republican nominee for Congress against Frank Pallone in 2006, running on the theme Mom on a Mission. She managed Anna Little’s primary campaign against Diane Gooch in 2010.

Bellew is a pro-life conservative who describes her political philosophy as Constitutionalist.

Bellew told MoreMonmouthMusings that she has collected about 200 signatures but has not made a final decision to run.  She said she hopes to talk with Kryillos, who she said she likes personally.

“I am not happy with Joe’s apparent lack of conviction and leadership on important issues like life and the second amendment,” said Bellew ,”he says he’s pro-life personally and has a good voting record for life, but he blows with the win with his rhetoric. That’s not leadership.

‘Joe’s record on the second amendment is not good.  He favors restricting gun rights.  That is a big problem, especially given our current government in Washington.  We need leaders on all levels to protect our rights.”

Bellew said she would make her final decision about running over the weekend.

Posted: March 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, Joe Kyrillos, Leigh-Ann Bellew, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | 40 Comments »

40 Comments on “Leigh-Ann Bellew is preparing to challenge Kyrillos”

  1. OMG said at 8:42 am on March 29th, 2013:

    Considering the lackluster campaign she ran against Pallone, which was full of debacles; this is a win for Kyrillos.

    Other than that, I will reserve comment till she decides to run.

  2. Give me a break said at 10:07 am on March 29th, 2013:

    Leigh Ann, you seem like a nice lady so here’s some friendly advice. Come back to planet earth and wrap your head around the fact that it’s the Democrat majority in Trenton that’s the problem, not the Republicans. You are aligning yourself with people who have no clue how to win an election and what’s more, have no clue as to what is wrong with this state. You never see the Tea Party attacking Sweeney, Oliver. Cryan, Greenwald or their union masters. No. Instead, they attack the only ones who keep us from completely going over the cliff. Dumb and getting dumber

  3. Allan b said at 11:47 am on March 29th, 2013:

    Who cares , lets see who wants it more and presents a better case. I personally have a problem with career politicians not being challenged

  4. Barbara said at 1:41 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    I don’t usually comment, as I hate talking to people who hide behind a computer keyboard calling people silly names…but…..to say that the Tea Party doesn’t attack Sweeney, Oliver and Cryan??? Are you freaking kidding me? You obviously do not know anything about the Tea Party, but I already knew that. I just felt that it had to be said. So, now that “Babs” has commented, you will most certainly go on your tirade of insults, so have at it. It makes me work that much harder. So…thank you.

  5. This Late In The Game? said at 1:47 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    And you STILL haven’t decided to run?

    “Bellew told MoreMonmouthMusings that she has collected about 200 signatures but has not made a final decision to run.”

    While I admire Bellew’s commitment to Conservatism, this does not auger well for Bellew’s campaign if she does not yet have a firm commitment to run.

    This IS the problem with the BSTP’s candidates, wanna be people that are ill prepared for the rigors of a campaign.

    Got that Babs?

  6. Potential Kyrillos Challenger EmergesThe Save Jersey Blog | The Save Jersey Blog said at 2:51 pm on March 29th, 2013:


  7. JoeD. said at 3:13 pm on March 29th, 2013:


  8. Give me a break said at 3:35 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    Ok Babs when was the last time the tea party ran someone against Sweeney, Oliver or Cryan? Don’t bother. The answer is never. Instead, they waste their time running anyone with a pulse against other Republicans to help the liberal democrats expand their majority. And Allan B – who cares? Do you understand that these primary challenges cost money, money that would be better spent fighting the well-funded liberal Democrats? So pointless, so wasteful and so stupid.

  9. Maybe time for change?? said at 5:45 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    Oh let the gal run. It’s healthy to bring up issues among the party. What’s everyone afraid of???

    But I will state this emphatically: Kyrillos has voted against public workers. He has voted to effectively take collective bargaining rights from them….thats right I am a union Republican worker. Sounds like an oxymoron these days.
    Kyrillos also voted to give Oxley a judgeship despite not requiring Joe release his FBI files. Allegedly these files contain some sort of relationship with Solomon Dwek.
    Not saying Joe did any wrongdoing–but it seems certain people are against transparency–like Kyrillos.
    Didn’t Dwek donate to Kyrillos’ past campaigns??

  10. Allanburns said at 6:01 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    Then raise more money. But if joe did something’s that majority doesn’t agree with. He should be put to task.

  11. Astroboy said at 6:12 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    This is very exciting. I hope she runs on the same ticket with pro-freedom GOP gubernatorial candidate Seth Grossman. The Grossman campaign is gaining momentum and fielding tickets in several counties, including Burlington with a full slate of tea party approved and constitutionally certified candidates. Hopefully the Tea Party can put together a full slate in Monmouth County, led by Seth Grossman, to take out the liberal RINO country club elitists led by Chris Christie and Joe Kyrillos.

  12. Hey Astropoop said at 7:49 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    Are you saying Christie is AGAINST freedom? My God, do you listen to what you are saying sometimes?

  13. People are strange, when you're a stranger... said at 9:18 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    Ummm….ok. “Astroboy” is somebody messing around, right? He’s being funny on purpose, right?

  14. Helene said at 10:12 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    @give me a break
    Getting nervous?

  15. Astroboy said at 11:58 pm on March 29th, 2013:

    Laugh now, but you won’t be laughing on April 1 when the Tea Party presents its Constitutionally Certified ticket led by Seth Grossman for Governor.

  16. Oh Sweetie Helene said at 7:41 am on March 30th, 2013:


    That’s a laugh. So little do you know, youngling.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

  17. Give me a break said at 8:45 am on March 30th, 2013:


    Nervous? Get real. Frustrated with the BSTP? Yes. We are watching a once great organization with so much potential being run into the ground by a handful of people who have no idea what they are doing and refuse to learn what it takes to win an election. They are losing members faster than Bruce Willis is losing hair. They trash anyone who dares to disagree with them on an issue – even if they agree with them 90% of the time. They are hell bent on helping the Democrats increase their majority in Trenton. How sad

  18. Helene said at 9:29 am on March 30th, 2013:

    Perhaps BSTP was a great organization I don’t know. I do know that BTPG is a great organization & we have learned that silly, narrow minded people who hide behind screen names as they take swipes at people, are not to be taken seriously. We will go about our business working tirelessly to improve our community, state & country. You can continue to work for the party & take you marching orders from them. That is until you are no longer of service to them.

  19. John said at 9:31 am on March 30th, 2013:

    Barbara stated she doesn’t comment on threads. She comments on threads all the time. She is egotistical and it shows. I’m waiting for the day the Bayshore Tea Party is dismantled and I think that day is coming soon. The other commenter was right, they do not know how to win campaigns.

  20. Helene said at 10:59 am on March 30th, 2013:

    He that cannot possibly mend his own case will do what he can to impair another’s.
    -Francis Bacon

  21. brian said at 11:13 am on March 30th, 2013:

    Since it takes about $1million to run for Stat Senate, I don’t think Joey short -bus has much to fear from a $1.99 campaign.

  22. brian said at 11:14 am on March 30th, 2013:


  23. brian said at 11:27 am on March 30th, 2013:

    Though I fully agree challenging these filthy Progressicans is in order.
    However, challenging a popular Govs closest ally when both are on the ballot is a fools errand.
    Attempting to match high powered fundraising with $8 bake sales and 4 people on a street corner w/ signs shows a profound lack of political acuity.
    Are there no smaller down ballot races?
    Is this the same group that has yet to win a School Board seat?? Now they are players in a $million race???SMH

  24. @Sweetie Helene said at 1:18 pm on March 30th, 2013:

    Quotes may be nice, but they don’t win elections.

    Qualified candidates, money, qualified campaign leadership and guts win elections. And I am pretty sure the BSTPG or whatever they call themselves possess any of the later.

    Now, being a holiday weekend; I have no need to help bump this up to another 102 comment street war. Let’s see who the rest of the slate is going to be on Monday, IF there is a “rest of the slate.”

    Chances are we will all have a good laugh on Monday.

  25. @Sweetie Helene said at 1:28 pm on March 30th, 2013:

    Make that DON’T possess any of the later. Wouldn’t want to get your hopes up by you thinking I am encouraging you.

    Enjoy your peeps.

  26. brian said at 4:02 pm on March 30th, 2013:

    The shifty blot Cnn must have finally gotten tanked because the misygonist trolls have migrated here. Maybe Art will open the windows so normal people can still post here –otherwise, enjoy the trolls Art as Highlands slides into obscurity.

  27. brian said at 4:04 pm on March 30th, 2013:

    *shitty blog cnj (and committee man lil Bobby eichmann)

  28. Look Double Douche Brian said at 4:46 pm on March 30th, 2013:

    You were almost nice for a few posts till your latest drivel. Go back to the gutter and rip some heads off or your Easter Peeps.

  29. I'm Sorry - But I Am said at 11:20 pm on March 30th, 2013:



    This is what happens when you have ill prepared and goofy candidates, with no organization and no campaign skills.

    It makes me wonder if the wheels will also fall off the bus for the BSTPG challangers

  30. brian said at 12:11 pm on March 31st, 2013:

    Looks like I hit a nerve wittle robby

  31. Double Douch Just said at 1:05 pm on March 31st, 2013:

    HAD to be the one to break the Easter Truce. But then, I expected that.

  32. Peter Townshend said at 2:19 pm on March 31st, 2013:

    Who is Seth Grossman?

  33. sowwy widdle wobby said at 2:30 pm on March 31st, 2013:

    Sowwy widdle comitee man. Today, like every day, as you sit in the basement drunk posting there are NO fwee passes for idiots widdle wobby E.

  34. Astroboy said at 7:26 pm on March 31st, 2013:

    @Peter Townshend: Seth Grossman is the Tea Party Approved and Constitutionally Certified candidate for Governor in the GOP primary. He will defeat Chris Christie, beat Barbara Buono, and restore Liberty and Prosperity to New Jersey.

  35. Astropoop Can't Seem To Read said at 8:14 pm on March 31st, 2013:

    Between the lines:


    Thank God for silly, humorous people while I am paying my bills.

  36. Wow, said at 9:29 pm on March 31st, 2013:

    a very polarizing person and group/ movement apparently turns the conversation into a downward spiral, devolving into personal and childish name-calling,that lends nothing to the dialog, debate, or the main starting point of the article!

  37. In the End said at 9:59 am on April 1st, 2013:

    What would the Tea Party have accomplished? Nothing, except giving the Democrat’s talking heads free dirt. If the TP spent more time figuring out how to unite with the Republicans instead of separating themselves, it would serve a higher purpose and just maybe one of their picks would be taken seriously. Until they get it, the Democrats will continue to benefit from their spite by winning elections, and the Republicans will continue if lucky to win marginally or lose altogether.
    So continue to feed the prey TP, see how that continues to work for you and our Nation. You will be licking your wounds continually, year after year as the Democrats laugh all the way to socialism.
    When will You wake up?

  38. monmouth girl said at 10:11 am on April 1st, 2013:

    Astoboy – that is a good one but you were a day early – today is April Fools Day.

  39. Did She Or Didn't She File? said at 4:41 pm on April 1st, 2013:

    If she didn’t and collected 200 signatures, what a laughing stock Bellew has become.

    If she DID file, this campaign will be as much a laughing stock as her last campaign.

    No Helene, I’m not nervous because you are either supporting the Titanic or you are just rearranging the deck chairs.

  40. I don't know who to believe said at 9:37 pm on April 3rd, 2013:

    First Bellew says she’s an educator, then I can’t find any educational positions on her various facebook, linked in and other pages…

    Then she says she got 200 petition signatures, but I only see 154 listed on the Division Of Elections website.

    Her Assembly running mates seem to have gotten more than twice the signatures.

    Now, I do know that 100 is enough signatures, but having half what your running mates got shows a lack of organization and ground strength, wouldn’t it?

    After all she has eluded to having a “professional” campaign organization.

    Is Bellew a strong enough candidate?