RIP Rick Rosenberg

Rick Rosenberg

Rick Rosenberg, Jr, 32, was found deceased in his Lakehurst home this morning, according to an Ocean County law enforcement source.

Rosenberg was a well respected Republican political operative who started working on campaigns while a college student at Rutgers in 2004. Most recently he re-joined the Chris Russell Consulting firm after managing the GOP gubernatorial primary campaign of Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli.

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Posted: June 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on RIP Rick Rosenberg

Golden’s Touch: The magic power of “the line” is a myth

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Many pundits are explaining away Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s victory in the NJ GOP gubernatorial primary to the power of “the line” — the party organization’s column on the ballot, particularly in Monmouth and Ocean Counties where Guadagno earned 20,106 of her 37,712 vote margin of victory.

InsiderNJ pointed out this morning that Guadagno had the line in counties accounting for 46.4% of the average GOP vote share.  She won 46.8% of the vote.  Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli had the line in counties with 31.2% of the vote.  He earned 31.1% of the vote.

The implication is that a candidate is endorsed by a county political party is a shoe-in. Primary voters will magically show up on election day and vote down the line.

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Posted: June 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Golden’s Touch: The magic power of “the line” is a myth

Kim Guadagno is New Jersey’s Best Hope To Defeat Phil Murphy

By Art Gallagher

I’m voting for Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in the Republican Primary tomorrow because I’m convinced she’s the only candidate in the field who can defeat former Goldman Sachs banker Phil Murphy, the likely Democrat nominee, in November and prevent the return of unbridled government spending and taxation that will occur if Democrats regain control of the State Executive branch.

Guadagno’s primary campaign has been brilliant in its simplicity. She has deftly managed to put distance between herself and Governor Chris Christie while keeping her eye on the prize….winning the gubernatorial nomination.  Kim has demonstrated that she knows that she is out to win an election, not to sell investors on a business plan. She’s presented herself as likeable, relatable and wanting to make New Jersey “Better.” Her appeal is emotional, not cerebral.

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Posted: June 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Jack’s attack motivates support for Kim

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Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli’s recent attack on Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno appears to be backfiring.  The oversized glossy postcard comparing Guadagno to Hillary Clinton is drawing angry comments on social media and pledges to work for Kim’s nomination on June 6.

Childhood friends of the Assemblyman are turning their backs on his candidacy and Republican women are particularly offended:

Here’s a small sample:

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Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Stockton Poll: Guadagno Expands Her Lead in GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Murphy’s lead in Democratic race slips slightly

Kim Guadagno

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has expanded her lead in the New Jersey GOP gubernatorial primary, according to independent poll by Stockton University released today.

Guadagno is the favorite of 37% of likely Republican primary voters surveyed between May 16 and 23, up from 29% in a Stockton poll taken April 26 though May 1. Guadagno’s surge coincides with her ads running on MMM. Just sayin’.

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarell’s support slipped 1% from 19% t0 18% between the two polls. Undecided voters declined from 41%  to 31%.

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Posted: May 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Stockton Poll: Guadagno Expands Her Lead in GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Watch the Republican Gubernatorial Debate, 8PM

Friendly rivals? Lt Gov Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli

The final televised debate of the 2017 NJ Republican Gubernatorial primary campaign will take place this evening, 8PM at NJTV’s studio in Newark.  The debate can be view here via YouTube, courtesy of NJTV and NJSpotlight.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli are vying for the GOP nomination to replace Governor Chris Christie as the chief executive of New Jersey’s state government and as the titular head of the NJ GOP.  NJTV’s Michael Aron will moderate the debate.  David Cruz, NJTV’s statehouse reporter and John Mooney, CEO and Founding Editor of NJSpotlight will question the candidates.

The Democrat candidates for Governor held both of their televised last week.

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Posted: May 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Watch the Republican Gubernatorial Debate, 8PM

Haney’s LD 12 Senate Campaign Will Spend Less Than $14K, Campaign Manager Quits

Art Haney, Jack Ciattarelli, Debbie Walker and Alex Robotin. photo via the Haney, Robotin and Walker facebook page

With three weeks to go before the June 6 primary, the campaign to unseat Senator Sam Thompson, Assemblyman Rob Dancer and Assemblyman Rob Clifton as the Republican nominees in the 12th Legislative District appears to be on life support.

Art Haney, the Chairman of the Old Bridge Municipal Utilities Authority, Old Bridge Councilwoman Debbie Walker and former Chesterfield Councilman Alex Robotin swore to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) that they will be spending less that $14,000 on their joint campaign.  Haney is the Senate candidate challenging Thompson. Walker and Robotin are on the ballot against Dancer and Clifton.

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Posted: May 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Kim Strikes Back

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli has been hammering Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno for months with negative mailings and videos.  Now, four weeks before the June 6 gubernatorial primary, the Guadagno team is punching back to make sure the race doesn’t tighten as Republican voters start paying closer attention.

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Posted: May 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 8 Comments »

Watch the NJ Gubernatorial Debates Live

The candidates for the Democrat and Republican nominations for New Jersey Governor will be debating this evening at Stockton University.

Republicans Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli will face off from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Democrats former U.S. Treasury official Jim Johnson, state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, and state Assemblyman John Wisniewski will debate from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Did State Senate Candidate Lie On His Resume?

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By Art Gallagher

Art Haney, the State Senate candidate in the 12th legislative district aligned with Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli’s gubernatorial campaign, indicates that he is a Middlesex County Freeholder in his campaign literature.

Haney was a Freeholder in the 1990’s.

Campaign workers distributed Haney’s cards, along with Ciattarelli propaganda, to Republican voters’ homes in Matawan on Saturday.

The 12th district includes Allentown, Englishtown, Manalapan, Matawan, Millstone, Roosevelt and Upper Freehold in Monmouth County; Old Bridge in Middlesex County; Jackson and Plumsted in Ocean County and the Burlington County towns of Chesterfield, New Hanover, North Hanover, and Wrightstown.

Reached on the phone and asked to explain his bio on the campaign literature, Haney refused to say if he proofed or approved the card before it was printed.  He did say, “Yes. I was a Middlesex County Freeholder. You know that. What is the issue?”

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Posted: May 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Old Bridge | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »