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My sample ballot came in the mail yesterday. And lo and behold, Lenny Luciano (and his excellent driving skills) is running for re-election to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Has it been 3 years already? Wow, let's Google him to see what he's accomplished.
Uh, maybe not. Because there's not one positive news story about him. His little brushed-under-the-rug late-night car vs tree episode is all that comes up. (Plus my "where's Lenny?" post on him being awol for a crucial George-Norcross-enriching vote.)
The guy's a big fat zero. So naturally he'll be re-elected, because he's a Democrat, and the sheeple in this county wouldn't vote for a Republican if his name was Jesus Christ.
Must be nice Lenny. Schoolteacher by day, no-show Freeholder by night. Two government jobs, two pensions accruing, zero accountability, and a guaranteed lifetime sinecure.
Your tax dollars at, uh, work folks.
Here's an idea. There's a guy named Richard Leonard running against Lenny.
Mr. Leonard is running what can charitably be called a stealth campaign,
he's so under the radar that I've never heard of him and I follow this
stuff pretty carefully. But what the heck, he might inject some much needed
fresh air into Joe DiVincenzo's rubber stamp Freeholder Board. He's a Realtor,
so he's got some actual private sector experience to share. Let's take a
chance, vote for Richard Leonard for Freeholder.
Jeff Bell reminded Democrats why they're the party of government dependency, and they really don't like it when they hear the truth. Because it's not as if they've elevated pandering to an art form or anything, right?
In an interview with the Asbury Park Press editorial board, Bell said the reason he trails Booker with women voters isn't because of his socially conservative views, but because of the "the rise in single women."
"Single mothers particularly are automatically Democratic because of the benefits," Bell said in the interview. "They need benefits to survive, and so that kind of weds them to the Democratic Party."
Bell went on to say that unmarried women without kids also tend to vote Democratic.
"If you take married women, they aren't that different from married men. So it's really a problem with the decline in marriage rates. The Democrats do benefit from that," he said.
Sandra Fluke, please call your office…
I mean really, how could anyone object to Bell's statement? Every Democrat since FDR has made it his mission in life to ensure the government handout gravy train is never derailed. LBJ's Great Society was explicitly created to keep Blacks voting Democrat "for the next 200 years."
You're just not supposed to mention that in polite company.
Hence, the Star-Ledger is outraged!
Which reminds us of Mitt Romney's 47 percent moment. Remember when he argued that people were not voting Democratic because they preferred where the party wanted to take this country, or rejected the Republican vision, but because they are paid off with benefits?
Bell's comment also fits the Republican attitude that it is single mothers -- not the men who fail to support them -- who are the problem in this country.
Whack that straw man! Single mothers aren't "the problem." Policies which keep single mothers dependent on the government, there's the problem.
Alas, to a liberal it's never been the Democratic Party's legacy of failing to solve society's ills (has anyone seen Camden lately?) That's always someone else's fault. Nor can they bring themselves to mention Booker's unremarkable record as mayor of Newark, where he spent most of his time enriching his cronies while the murder rate soared. Nope, the Real Problem is that Jeff Bell exposed the culture of dependency for what it is, bribery, and that makes him "anti-woman," as if he wouldn't promote economic policies that might actually result in women (and men) being better off.
Maybe they don't want a candidate who would only make their daily struggles more difficult. Harping on the gold standard, Bell's big issue, doesn't exactly strike a chord with women who can barely feed their families.
Sheesh. I'll grant you economics is hard (which is probably why all those guys at the Ledger went into journalism). But try to keep up. We're now in the sixth year of a presidency that has done nothing but make everyone's daily struggles more difficult. Obama is printing money like it's going out of style; more dollars chasing fewer goods means prices keep rising (have you heard what hamburger costs these days?); and with a regulatory climate that destroys good-paying jobs wages have remained stagnant.
Cory Booker wants to continue those policies. Because they include free birth control. Which, come to think of it isn't working, otherwise we'd have fewer single mothers.
We're now in the 51st year of the vaunted War on Poverty. Guess what? Poverty won. Einstein said the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing while expecting the result to be different. So I'll ask you, who's really going to help single mothers? The guy endorsing the same-old, same-old? Or the guy with new ideas?
Jeff Bell for U.S. Senate. Because Cory Booker (and the Star-Ledger)
want to keep you poor and stupid.
If you're wondering why the media keeps hyping Bridgegate, wonder no more. Chris Christie's short-lived stint as the 2016 presidential front-runner is now over, and Hillary Clinton is once again safely back on top in the polls.
A national Quinnipiac University poll released today found Governor Christie trailing Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup just a month after the two were virtually tied with the former first lady.
"Christie's 2016 presidential drive is stuck in traffic, sideswiped by Bridgegate," said Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the polling institute.
Christie, a Republican, was supported by 38 percent of voters, while 46 percent supported Clinton, a Democrat.
CNN reported on Monday that Christie told supporters at gathered by a billionaire supporter in Florida over the weekend he was going to pause any effort to look at the White House this year.
Even so, Christie does better against Clinton than other potential Republican nominees.
The media created Barack Obama, and shepherded him into the White House. Now they're working overtime to ensure Hillary Clinton succeeds him. Chris Christie was their darling while he trailed her, because who doesn't like a moderate Republican sacrificial lamb. But as soon as he drew even with Hillary the long knives had to come out.
Nevermind that Christie has denied knowledge of, or direct involvement in, Bridgegate. Nope, he's gotta be lying, mostly because liberals can't believe a Republican would tell the truth. And it carries no weight that he immediately sacked the people responsible, even as the media ignores the fact that no one has been held to account for any of Obama or Clinton's myriad scandals.
The only thing that matters to the mainstream media is advancing the
Progressive (aka Marxist) cause. Chris Christie stood in their way,
and so he had to be neutralized. That's really all you needs to know
Chris Christie's coattails turned out to be shorter than a list of Barack Obama's successes. Thanks to his landslide victory over Barbara Buono exactly one Assembly seat flipped Republican, and the State Senate remains firmly under Steve Sweeney's iron boot.
Thanks Governor, you're really a team player. So hurry up and switch to the other team already, because you sure aren't helping the Republican cause. Last year you did more to ensure Barack Obama got re-elected than you did for a single down-ticket Republican. Oh, Ken Cuccinelli thanks you for your help too; way to impress all the idiots who chose you to head up the Republican Governors Assocation. You do realize that in order to have a Republican Governors Association you need to actually elect Republican governors, right?
And please, spare us your delusions of presidential grandeur. I'd prefer not to lose the House and miss out on flipping the Senate just so your ego can strut across a faux-bipartisan national stage.
Last night was the very definition of a pyrrhic victory. You might have won,
but New Jersey, and America, lost. Big time.
I was tied up with Real Work this morning, but better late than never, here's a quick list of the coveted WyBlog endorsements for today's election.
Tom O'Donnell and Pat Capozzoli for Caldwell Council!
Chris Christie for NJ Governor. But not for president.
Marie Lanfrank and Charles Alberta for Caldwell - West Caldwell Board of Education.
"Yes" on Public Question #1 (Veterans raffles).
"NO" on Public Question #2 (Constitutional Amendment for minimum wage).
And, from outside my district, here's some folks I'd support if I lived where they do.
Phil Orphanidis for West Orange Board of Education.
Chris Mulhall for Mayor of Honey Brook, PA.
Rob Hermansen for Mahwah, NJ Council.
Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia Governor.
Back to our local races, even though it's like peeing in the wind given how
most Essex County voters are genetically incapable of voting for Republicans,
anyone with a brain will refrain from voting for the three stooges —
Codey, McKeon, and Jacey — and instead will pull the levers for
Laura Ali and Angelo Tedesco. Why? Because Joe D doesn't want you to,
The two ladies running for Caldwell Township Council are emphasizing a platform of "civility." As in, they'll be the "nice folks", keeping rancor out of the public eye.
But make no mistake, rancor will still be on the menu. Only it'll be unleashed behind the scenes. Because as Democrats, Grace Kerrigan and Maureen McNish are only interested in one thing — power.
As in, the power to fire township employees.
The Democrats on our council want that power; nay, they crave that power the way a shark craves fresh meat. Earlier this year they tried to override an ordinance formally investing that power in the hands of our Borough Administrator.
Democrat Councilman Edward Durkin felt that the mayor and council should be involved in the decision making of hiring and firing.
"I would like to know who works in town," noted Durkin. "If I pass them in town, I would like to know who they are if they work for the borough," Durkin said. Fellow Democrat and Councilman Frank Rodgers agreed with Councilman Durkins' opinion.
How disingenuous can these gentlemen be? They can easily "know who works in town" by visiting town hall more than twice a month. No, what Mr. Durkin and his henchmen desire is to fulfill a vendetta the Caldwell Democratic Party has nurtured since 2010. They want Gordon Lawshe's head on a platter.
Whether you personally like Mr. Lawshe is immaterial here. He's an employee of the Caldwell Comunity Center, and as such his employment is subject to oversight by Director Rob Paterson and Borough Administrator Paul Carelli. Political interference in municipal hiring decisions reeks of cronyism and corruption. The ordinance which passed in August puts the council firmly outside of the employment process, which of course is where they belong.
But it passed with Mayor Dassing casting the deciding vote. Meaning a 5-1 Democrat council majority can revoke that ordinance at the first opportunity.
So, if you vote for Kerrigan and McNish, you are in effect voting to politicize borough hiring decisions, and you're complicit in putting Gordon Lawshe on the street.
Can you imagine the free-for-all if the Democrats get their way? Suppose a hypothetical Chris Wysocki got pulled over for speeding 4 times last year. He decides to run for council, and maneuvers his fellow councilmen into firing the police officers who cited him.
Yeah, that's good government!
Well, what the Democrats plan to do in town hall is no less execrable.
Back in July I overheard a rabidly partisan Democrat plotting to "put our people back in town hall." Need I remind you what his people did the last time they ruled Provost Square? Or would you enjoy seeing more eyesores like those multi-family monstrosities at the corner of Lane and Bloomfield Avenues erected on the vacant lots around town?
So let me ask you. Should these guys really be put back in charge of awarding no-bid contracts in the dark of night?
Mayor Dassing has presided over a rebirth of Caldwell government. Our town is now run like a business, with solid financial controls and a definitive set of checks and balances. Why would we throw all that away just to settle some silly personal score, against a guy who's actually doing a good job?
Re-elect Councilman Tom O'Donnell. Elect Pat Capozzoli. Keep Caldwell
government open and above-board. Send the Democrat Machine a message
— your mendacity isn't welcome here. Because we're better
The choice this Tuesday couldn't be clearer. A vote for O'Donnell and Capozzoli is a vote to keep taxes low. A vote for McNish and Kerrigan is a vote for unlimited spending with zero accountability.
Consider the ladies' recent interview with the Jersey Tomato Press.
As per the borough budget, both candidates said a low tax levy is good but they are not focused solely on a zero tax levy.
"I think we are obsessed with a zero budget," said McNish. "Sometimes harm happens with a zero budget. I was trained with (Caldwell - West Caldwell school business manager) Ron Skopak that we always have to be saving for the future. It's a real concern of mine that we are so concerned about zero budget we are not looking ahead about the infrastructure of the town."
Kerrigan added, "We need to keep taxes low but in an intelligent way. We want to approach the budget intelligently, and see what is needed for the future while balancing out the taxes."
Let's break that down. During her 9 year tenure on the Board of Education, Ms. McNish never met a tax she couldn't hike, a budget she couldn't inflate, and an expenditure she considered too lavish. She directed a tsunami of taxpayer money into the coffers of the teachers union and our students have the drop in test scores to prove just how effective all that cash really was.
As for our town's infrastructure, Tom O'Donnell spearheaded a massive road upgrade and repaving project in the Cedars. He successfully renegotiated the police contract, putting two more officers on the streets. He brought the Faloni property saga to an amicable conclusion. And he did it all without breaking the bank. That sounds like good planning to me; perhaps Ms. McNish could ask her friends on the Board of Education to take a page or 2 from Tom's playbook.
Pat Capozzoli is Tom's kind of guy, no-nonsense, results oriented, fiscally prudent, devoted to making Caldwell the best darn town in New Jersey. They're the right team for us. On November 5th please vote for Tom O'Donnell and Pat Capozzoli for Caldwell Township Council.
Steve Lonegan fought the good fight. The people of New Jersey are just too stupid to see Cory Booker for the empty suit he really is. Newark is a cesspool, and Booker's done nothing to clean it up, but I guess it's their ideal vision of paradise.
That, or Free Stuff. Booker promised 'em rainbows and unicorns; Lonegan's reliance on facts couldn't compete with that.
So Senator McTwitter gets to rubber-stamp Obozo, further advancing Socialism throughout the land.
Enjoy your government cheese, moochers. I hope you all choke on it.
As you head to the polls for today's special election, ponder this:
Our #njsen choice couldn't be any clearer: do we want a country where you get up every day to work for yourself, your family and your community? Or for the government and its growing class of dependents? You're not voting for class president, folks. This is a contest of ideas versus celebrity. Vote accordingly.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because, Liberty. And Freedom.
No wonder Cory Booker spends so little time in Newark these days, he doesn't want to get mugged for his cell phone.
A group of teenagers drove from bus stop to bus stop in Newark's South Ward in August, attacking and robbing six people in a span of 10 minutes.
In February, an Essex County freeholder was carjacked at gunpoint near his home. Days later, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union was mugged outside of his office.
And just last month, a mob of juveniles swarmed an off-duty federal agent in the city's Ironbound section, pummeling the man during an attempted robbery until he pulled out his sidearm and opened fire.
Hundreds of people — 1,759 to be exact — have suffered the same fate this year in Newark, which has experienced a surge in robberies that is as random as it is violent.
Newark has seen a 23 percent jump in robberies in 2013, and the city is on pace to have its highest annual robbery total since 1999, according to Uniform Crime reports compiled by the State Police and city crime data.
And where is Mayor McTwitter? Sitting on Oprah's couch. Yucking it up with Conan. And packing his bags for greener pastures in Washington, D.C. He can't wait to get the hell out of Newark. Someone else will have to clean up his mess; he's got bigger fish to fry now!
In New Jersey, Newark seems to be the only large city reporting a major uptick in robberies this year. As of Sept. 30, robberies were down in Camden, Paterson, Jersey City and Trenton compared to 2012, according to uniform crime reports.
Purely coincidentally, Newark is also the only city with an absentee mayor.
Remember 10 murders in 10 days? Yeah, that was just a typical summer in Cory Booker's Newark.
And there's been 17 more murders since September 1st, while Cory is gallivanting around the country hobnobbing with celebrities.
Meanwhile Steve Lonegan is here in New Jersey. Taking his message to the people. Meeting with them, listening to their concerns, and proposing solutions that don't involve the same tired old platitudes.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because an absentee mayor doesn't deserve a
promotion to absentee senator.
Because it shows Mayor McTwitter being endorsed by … Barack Obama.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! He thinks for himself. And no one would mistake
him for an Obama rubber stamp.
Not when it's Mike Bloomberg's money. And not when it's going to help Cory Booker!
Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire mayor of New York City, is spending $1 million to help Newark Mayor Cory Booker's U.S. Senate campaign amid increasing nervousness about his performance, according to a report.
The ads, which begin running today and are funded by Bloomberg's super PAC, tout Booker as "a senator who can get things done in a divided Washington," according to the report.
Where are all those liberals whinging about "Citizens United" when you need them?
Cashing Mike Bloomberg's checks, that's where they are.
Write this down so you don't forget kids. Money in politics is only bad when it's spent on (or by) Republicans.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because his influence isn't for sale.
Call it the tale of two endorsements.
"Steve Lonegan will fight to preserve our Liberty against government regulations
like Obamacare that seek to limit our prosperity. Let's come together, turn out,
work hard, and elect conservative Steve Lonegan to the U.S. Senate on October
— Sarah Palin
Meanwhile, Cory Booker picked up the endorsement of his one-time rival, convicted felon Sharpe James. And James' accolades pretty much tell you all you need to know about Mayor McTwitter:
"He'd be a great U.S. senator for New Jersey," he said amid a cascade of applause, then added, "What other senator do you know who sits on Oprah's couch, and then goes on Jimmy Fallon, and then Conan?"
If those aren't qualifications to be a U.S. senator from New Jersey, well then, I don't know what are. How about you? Do you think that Oprah, Jimmy Fallon, or Conan even know where New Jersey is?
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because Hollywood already has two senators.
Sigh. Cory Booker turns out to be yet another Democrat who can't resist the allure of young tattooed "ladies" who get naked for a living. And she's got the Tweets to prove it. (Warning! VERY Not Safe For Work!)
You can read the whole sordid thing. And you can gawk at the NSFW pictures of the I-can't-believe-anyone-thinks-she's-hot Lynsie Lee.
Well, maybe she has a stellar personality.
I'm not sure why she's come forward now with these private tweets. Maybe to counter those perpetual Cory-Booker-is-gay rumors? That sounds right, seeing as how all the reliably lefty media outlets are gushing over the story.
Look! Cory's got a stripper friend! And she's a gurl!
At least she hasn't released any "selfies" from Booker. Yet. That's all we
need now, pics of Cory's T-Bone. You know, to prove he's a Real Man.
Maybe, just maybe, the people of New Jersey are finally seeing the real Cory Booker — all flash and no cash, all hat and no cattle, the show horse who isn't a work horse, every Tweet lacks meat. Because a new poll shows Steve Lonegan gaining ground on Booker's supposedly inevitable juggernaut.
A new poll on the U.S. Senate race suggests Cory Booker's expected blowout over Steve Lonegan may not be in the bag.
The Quinnipiac University poll shows Republican Lonegan trailing Democrat Booker by a closer-than-expected 12 points. The survey of of 948 likely voters shows Booker with 53 percent support to Lonegan's 41 percent.
Ruh roh, Booker is supposed to cruise to a 35 point win! What's going on?
Where's Cory? I dunno. Does New Jersey need a part-time senator? I think not. If Booker wants to represent Hollywood he ought to move to California. He's as phony as they are so he'll fit right in. But we'd rather have a guy who's committed to us, not his famous (and/or ficticious) friends.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because if Cory Booker can't be bothered to
show up and help Newark, what makes you think he'll do anything for the rest
of New Jersey?
They can't let Steve Lonegan speak. Cory Booker's goons that is. They can't let go of their hatred for all things not endorsed by their patron. So when it came time for Steve to stand in front of Booker's former row house and point out how it's emblematic of Newark's deterioriation, well the boo-birds had to have their say.
Before Steve Lonegan could begin criticizing the Newark mayor for allowing his former Court Street property to fall into disrepair, a mysterious group of men began shouting him down.
"We don't want you in Newark!" they shouted. "Go back where you came from!"
You know, if I stood up at a Booker event and shouted "Go back where you came from!" I do believe I'd be accused of racism.
But when liberals don't have an actual argument they resort to vitriol. And name-calling. Or worse.
It's who they are. It's what they do.
Now a classy candiate would repudiate these thugs. Alas, Cory Booker is not a classy candidate. He issued a mealy-mouthed attack on Lonegan instead of chastising his hired help.
Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for Booker, said the men were not sent by the campaign.
"The campaign was not involved with the protestors who showed up to object to Mr. Lonegan's attacks on Mayor Booker and the city of Newark," he said. "As for Lonegan's criticisms, as one of his supporters once said, he 'thinks if he continues to say something ong enough it's true.' This is just more hyperbole and nonsense from a desperate, extreme campaign."
Yeah, "desperate, extreme campaigns" send out goon squads to sing the "I-voted-for-Cory-Booker-and-all-I-got-was-this-lousy-crack-house" Blues.
By not condemning their actions, Cory Booker is implicitly endorsing these anti-free-speech shenanigans. He wants Steve Lonegan silenced. But in typical liberal Democrat fashion, he won't stand up with the bullies he so desperately covets. He's content to bankroll their censorship via sham "charities" established to give him plausible deniability.
As soon as Lonegan retreated Booker's goon squad decamped to the offices of Fathers Now, an offshoot of Newark Now, a non-profit group started by Booker.
Oh, and guess who now owns Booker's crack house?
Yup, Newark Now. Booker sold it to them for $1 a day before he announced his U.S. Senate candidacy. They're currently "looking for a buyer" while the property sits in ruins. Apparently none of Booker's paid hecklers knows how to use a lawnmower or a trash bag.
Here's an idea. Steve Lonegan should buy it. And clean it up. Then Steve can honestly say he's done more for Newark than Cory Booker ever will.
UPDATE 18 Sep 2013 10:20:
Via Rick Shaftan, here's video of Cory's Goon Squad:
Before Cory Booker quietly sold the run-down row house he perennially failed to maintain, he used it as a sort of B&B for wanted fugitive drug dealers. You know, like his good buddy T-Bone, who by the way is "totally real."
In an interview with NJTV's On The Record with Michael Aron aired yesterday, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, insisted that T-Bone is a real person and not a composite or archetype as has been previously reported.
The mayor said the Newark police told him there are currently five people in the city using the alias "T-Bone." He went on to say that he, as an attorney prior to entering public office, and "after I became mayor" would hold meetings with drug dealers, "100's of guys involved in the narcotics trade," in his house, "even putting them up with me."
Booker said he was dealing with non-violent drug dealers. Aron did not ask him how he knew they were non-violent drug dealers.
If Booker is telling the truth in his stories, as he insists he is, it is a big deal. It seems to me that Booker is confessing to his own crimes of harboring fugitives and maybe even aiding and abetting.
Soft on crime? Or just a nice guy? Yeah, a nice guy who happens to like the company of the monsters peddling poison to our kids.
Booker seems to be confessing to taking the law into his own hands, both as an attorney before entering public office, and as a mayor sworn to uphold and enforce the law. It seems that he was attempting to start an unauthorized rehabilitation program in his own house.
There have already been 64 murders in Newark this year. Most of them related to the drug trade. Is Booker sure that not even one of the "literally hundreds of guys" he hosted at his erstwhile B&B weren't somehow involved? Is he really, really, really sure?
Is Cory Booker Above The Law? Inquiring minds want to know!
Because, to quote some prominent liberal Democrats, if it could have saved just one child's life, Booker had an obligation to turn those wanted fugitives over to his police department. And the fact that he didn't tells me he's more interested in coddling criminals than in catching or punishing them.
UPDATE 17 Sep 2013 11:38:
A little Twitter humor:
Cory Booker won't say if he's a homosexual. And he won't say he isn't one either.
That's cool. It really is none of our business.
Well, until Steve Lonegan goes and criticizes Cory Booker.
Because that's labeled as "homophobia." So I guess we can pretty much figure out which side Cory's bread is buttered on, eh?
At first, Lonegan said he didn't care about Booker's lifestyle. But in an interview with Newsmax, Lonegan took a shot at Booker.
"Maybe that helps to get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous," Lonegan said.
Lonegan stated the obvious. If Cory Booker tacks the "Q" onto "LGBT" they'll throw him a parade. Which means Cory would have to get his toes done.
"It's kind of weird. As a guy, I personally like being a guy. I don't know if you saw the stories last year. They've been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o'clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure," Lonegan said.
Offenditis Alert! Offenditis Alert! Offenditis Alert!
Garden State Equality, the state's leading gay rights advocacy group accused Loneagn of being homophobic.
"What does it say to our youth when a candidate for the United States Senate goes on national television and makes blatantly homophobic comments?" group director Troy Stevenson said.
Real Men get pedicures. They do! Or so I'm told.
"I don't like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of the day, for a manicure and pedicure. It was described as his peculiar fetish ... I have a more peculiar fetish. I like a good Scotch and a cigar. That's my fetish but we'll just compare the two."
OK fellas, ask your buds to go out for mani-pedis. Go ahead. Ask.
Cory Booker says you won't lose your Man Card.
Next, ask the boys to meet you for Scotch and cigars.
Do a head count.
Then convince me Steve Lonegan isn't telling the truth.
It's not "homophobia." It's Reality.
No doubt much to the chagrin of Joe DiVincenzo and George Norcross.
Gov. Chris Christie today delivered a strong endorsement of Republican Steve Lonegan, a former rival, for the U.S. Senate special election in October.
Despite the fiery attacks the two have traded over the years, Christie pledged to help Lonegan on the fundraising circuit, on the stump, and by deploying two of his top surrogates on the campaign trail: Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and interim U.S. Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa (R-N.J.), who is slated to endorse Lonegan on Wednesday.
"We still have too many people across America who have too much government in too much of their lives," Christie told a jam-packed crowd of Republicans assembled in the Hunterdon County GOP headquarters. "Steve will be a clear and powerful voice for putting people back in charge of the government, not government in charge of the people."
And he vowed to campaign again with Lonegan in the 60 days before the special U.S. Senate election, in which Lonegan faces the well-known and well-financed Newark mayor, Cory Booker. "This will not be the only time that Steve Lonegan and I will be together between now and the special election on Oct. 16," Cristie said.
OK, so I was wrong. My cynicism got the better of me there. Christie is going to help Lonegan. And as a proxy against Cory Booker, Chris Christie is indeed formidable.
Steve and I have believed and still believe in so many of the same things. We believe in lower taxes and limited government," Christie said. "We believe in people having more freedom to do the things that they believe are right for themselves and their families, without government interfering in those choices. We believe in a strong America, and a smart America, and a right America."
Who wrote that line? Mark Levin? Rand Paul? Because it's pure conservative gold.
Does anyone here think that Cory Booker believes in Freedom? Or Liberty?
"I know that Steve is going to give Cory Booker some tussle over the next 60 days," he said. "There is a clear choice between Steve Lonegan and Cory Booker for the United States Senate. One will support the president at every turn; the other will make principled judgments that he believes are not only in the best interests of America, but in the best interests of New Jersey, and that guy is Mayor Steve Lonegan."
If you believe the opinion polls, Cory Booker has apparently jumped out to a double-digit lead over Steve Lonegan.
Democrat Cory Booker is still carrying a double-digit lead over Republican Steve Lonegan in the U.S. Senate race, according to the first major poll released since the two won their parties' nominations last week.
The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll, released this morning, shows Booker — the Newark mayor — leading Lonegan 54 to 38 percent.
Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said Booker is "in the driver's seat."
"We find that only about one in five voters are either undecided or say they'll change their mind right now." Murray told the Asbury Park Press. "You put all that together, and there's not a lot of room for movement in this electorate."
The media is already preparing for Booker's coronation. My guess is "one in five voters" have even heard of the upcoming special election and this poll is skewed by (a) New Jersey's typical knee-jerk propensity to vote Democrat and (b) a plethora of low-information voters.
So Steve Lonegan's job is to get his message out. Loud and clear.
I'll try to help. A vote for Lonegan is a vote for Liberty.
A vote for Booker is a vote for Obama. And Harry Reid. And NSA spying, IRS abuses, regulatory overreach, excessive spending, massive debt dumped on our children, Obamacare, gun confiscation, teachers unions, illegal aliens, green energy boondoggles, an imperial presidency, and Chicago-style politics.
But hey, maybe New Jersey likes soaring unemployment, a tattered economy, a looming health care fiasco, and Smart Diplomacy™.
Or, maybe we could look beyond credentials and flashy stunts to see where our country is headed and how guys like Cory Booker are the problem. Progressive policies got us into this mess (and yes, that includes the idiocy that was "compassionate conservatism"). Steve Lonegan eschews sound bites and simplistic solutions. He'll provide leadership and intellectual honesty.
Lonegan's message may not be what you want to hear. But it's what you need to hear.
Read Steve Lonegan on the issues. Then try telling me that he isn't exactly the right guy at the right time. Not just for New Jersey, but for America.
Wednesday October 16th vote Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate. You'll
be glad you did.