Posts Tagged ‘New Jersey politics’

NJ-6: Anna Little closing in on Pallone?

October 19, 2010 1 comment

Take it for what it’s worth, but a National Research poll is giving Anna Little’s campaign some juice:

Gov. Chris Christie campaigned with Tea Party-endorsed 6th District challenger Anna Little last night in Piscataway and intends to campaign again with her later this week. Christie has some inside intel on the race from his favorite pollster.

Republican numbers cruncher Adam Geller of National Research, Inc. shows Republican challenger Little with a shot to win in her challenge of a vulnerable U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch).

Commissioned by the Little campaign, Geller puts Pallone ahead of Little by one point, 44-43%, in a survey Geller conducted from Oct. 5-6.

I’m too ignorant to figure out how much weight to give that poll.  I mean really, Frank Pallone.  Up by only 1 point? 

Jim Geraghty cautions:

This is a D+8 district, and Pallone usually wins by wide margins — with 67 percent in 2008, 69 percent in 2006, 67 percent in 2004, 66 percent in 2002. One of the reasons I had never put this race terribly high on my list of competitive contests is Pallone’s gargantuan financial advantage. As of September 30, he has more than $4.2 million cash on hand (a side effect of his interest in running statewide for a long while) while Little’s financial resources align with her surname, a little over $109,000 cash on hand as of October 13.

A poll like this one, commissioned by Little, might get Pallone to dip into his considerable cash reserves to ensure his traditional advantage. (After Christie carried his district, Pallone would be a fool to take his reelection for granted.) But if Pallone really is at 35 percent in his job-approval rating, as the Little poll suggests, then perhaps all the money in the world can’t persuade his constituents to keep him.

I stick by my initial take on this race–it will be tough, but not impossible.  If Little could pull this off, it would be a coup of ginormous proportions. 

(H/T: Ace)

Governor Christie, social and fiscal conservative

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

New Jersey politics has been the focus of my last few posts, so why stop now?

The Newark Star-Ledger reports:

Two weeks ago, the federal government awarded Gov. Chris Christie’s administration nearly $4.7 million in federal funding for teenage pregnancy prevention programs. But one-fifth of the money comes with one unbreakable string attached.

Nearly $1 million must be spent teaching kids to say no to premarital sex.

New Jersey had not sought abstinence funding since shortly after Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine took office in 2006, and he stopped competing for it the following year, said Michele Jaker, executive director of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey. “We were among the first states to stop,” she said.

The decision to pursue abstinence funding didn’t get much attention as Christie carved himself a national reputation as a fiscal conservative. But it is the latest sign the governor is also beginning to pursue a socially conservative agenda, according to some advocacy groups from both the left and right, lawmakers and political scientists.


“Governor Christie is our first pro-life governor,” said Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life. “He is trying very hard to fix our state and restore our culture from the bad decisions and failed policies of previous administrations so that it will be a better place to raise our children and future generations.”

Social conservatives had eyed Christie warily as a gubernatorial candidate, questioning the sincerity of his conversion from being pro-abortion-rights to anti-abortion in the mid-1990s after becoming a father.

All of this, of course, doesn’t stop the extremism:

Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) said the change in state health policy “is not pretty.”

“Between the cuts in funding access to birth control and applying for abstinence education, somehow we have people caught somewhere in the last century mentally,” she said.

Yeah.  Who would’ve thought that teaching personal responsibility to teenagers and kids was a “last-century” concept?  That,  instead of the incessant funding of abortions and unlimited condoms on the back of taxpayers and at the expense of being able to teach their own children.  What a novel idea.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard some concern-trolling on behalf of conservative commentators and others, that Christie is not really a conservative for any number of reasons– he supported Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate race, or his position on immigration reform, etc.

To that I say, wake up!   Dare I say that Chris Christie is as conservative a governor as New Jersey will get in probably my lifetime.  That he’s willing to bring his fiscal conservative ideals to fruition in the Garden State is more than what most voters imagined.   For conservatives, that he wasn’t trumpeting his social conservative beliefs shouldn’t be so much of an issue, at least not in New Jersey, where fiscal matters were primarily on the minds of most voters.  It doesn’t really matter anyway, as he’s speaking with actions and not words.

That’s what’s key.

NJ-6: Governor Christie speech for Anna Little (VIDEO)

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Chris Christie’s speech at yesterday’s campaign rally for the Little campaign are available on YouTube in two separate videos.

Here’s the first part, which includes the portion from the clip that I posted yesterday:

Part two is important as the Governor implores the grassroots to remain active and most importantly, to get out and vote:

My original post on the rally is here.

Anna Little for Congress

NJ-6: Governor Christie stumps for Anna Little

October 17, 2010 6 comments

The Governor made an appearance at Anna Little’s campaign rally in Piscataway earlier today, before her debate with entrenched liberal incumbent, the 22-year congressman, Frank “I helped write Obamacare” Pallone. 

Christie came out to introduce Little to the crowd and gave a classic Christie speech in support of the candidate.  I caught some of his speech on my iPhone:

Say what you want about Christie, and as I’ve noted on this blog before, I wasn’t a fan before the 2009 election.  But seeing what he’s done in less than a year, makes you proud to be conservative from New Jersey.  It’s a relief to hear a Republican not apologize for being conservative.

Once Christie entered the hall, the place went nuts.  I took some photos:

 Tea Party-approved:

Look at that glare:

Here is the Governor telling us all to just STFU and vote on November 2nd:

Another shot:

The place was SRO, but I got there early and got a good spot before the place filled up.  Notice the racist “Don’t Tread On Me” flag.  This is New Jersey for pete’s sake, it’s happening all over:

More “afraid and confused” racists voters at the rally:

This sign got the Governor’s attention and pointed it out to the crowd:

Here’s my take on this race.   New Jersey’s 6th District is historically a deep blue Democrat distrcit running northwest from Asbury Park in Monmouth County on the coast, into parts of Middlesex County, and President Obama won the district easily by a margin of 61-39.  Pallone has been representing the district since George H. W. Bush was first elected President, a full eleven terms. 

The latest polling has Pallone winning by 12 points and RCP recently moved the district from Safe Dem to Likely Dem.   The problem for Pallone is that 12 points is less than half of the 30+ point advantage he usually gets at reelection:

“A 12 point lead may look comfortable, but not when you consider the fact that Pallone regularly wins reelection by more than 30 points,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said. “District demographics are the key to this race. Little does well in the independent-minded parts of the district. The question is whether it will be enough to overcome the built-in Democratic advantage here.”

Look at the last three election cycles for Pallone:

2008: Pallone (D) 67%, McLeod  (R) 32%

2006: Pallone (D) 69%, Bellew (R) 30%

2004: Pallone (D) 67%, Fernandez (R) 31%

If you look at the most recent Monmouth University poll (PDF), you’ll find that Republicans are definitely not very popular in the district.  But also worth noting is that 45% of respondents said they had “no opinion” of Anna Little.  In other words, voters in the district really don’t know much about her.  Voters here feel they don’t really have much of a choice, that it’s just automatic for Pallone to win.  That’s not good for democracy.

The Little campaign is really energized about what they’re doing.  Over the past few months, and few weeks especially, I’ve seen supporters all over the district, lawn signs are all over, even in the bluest of neighborhoods, they’ve been at  local fall festivals, etc.  I overheard one of Little’s campaign workers talk to some attendees at the rally who were obviously undecided, and he mentioned that at recent event where both candidates were present, about 106 Little supporters showed up versus 10 for Pallone.  Take that for what it’s worth.

Turnout will be key to turn this district red, plain and simple.  With a 12 point deficit and two weeks left, the campaign will certainly have its work cut out for it.  It will be difficult, but not impossible. 

Time is of the essence, so if you’re so inclined, throw the campaign a few shekels. 

Anna Little for Congress

Governor Chrisite strikes again

May 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Earlier this week, this video made the rounds and shows Governor Christie at his best.

Rita Wilson is a public school teacher and decides to go on about how she doesn’t teach for the money and that based upon her class size, she should be making around $83,000. 

Watch the governor’s response:

Turns out Ms. Wilson actually makes $86,000 and, as I’ve noted before, the average NJ family makes $77,875 a year.  So Ms. Wilson, for all her complaining, makes about 94% of what the average family makes annually.

Two things to take from this:

First, just when I think Governor Christie can’t get any better he always manages to surprise.  If anything, it’s a relief to see a politician not only refuse to take any crap from special interests, but also speak straightforward and not in political legalese.  Usually, an official would listen to Ms. Wilson’s complaining and tried to assuage or soothe, which is usually the point at which politicians fail, because they’re not being honest. 

One of the things we hear from the teachers is that they never became a teacher for the money.  But yet every time they open their mouth they’re bitching about–money.  So kudos to the governor for the brutal honesty.

Lastly, tip your hat to Red State for picking up on Ms. Wilson’s actual salary.  Teachers salaries are a matter of public record.  Would it have hurt the Star LEdger or the Record or any of the local papers to look this up and try to find the facts rather than let Wilson’s lies go unaccounted for, especially after she tried to stick it to the governor? 

I guess so.

HELP WANTED: Teacher in New Jersey

May 16, 2010 Leave a comment

We offer you the fourth highest average salary in the nation (behind Connecticut and financially strapped New York and California), an average salary of $63,154, two months vacation and an excellent health package that you contribute little if nothing towards.

It’s a tough job I know…

Attention all conservatives and Republican milquetoasts!

May 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Watch this video and pay attention:

That is how you deal with a complicit media that insists on towing the liberal line.   The media will trash you regardless of what you say or believe, so you might as well show some cajones and stand up for yourself and your beliefs.

More importantly, let this sear into your brain:

Christie said he isn’t bothered when tempers flare in the state’s political dialogue, pointing out that he intends to be tough in his opposition to Democratic initiatives.

“They believe in certain things. They believe in bigger government, higher taxes and more spending,” the governor said. “I believe in less government, less taxes and in empowering local officials who were elected by their citizens. Now I can see where there could be a disagreement or two.”

“Now I could say it really nicely. We could say it in a way you all would be more comfortable with. Maybe we could go back to the last administration where I could say it in a way that you wouldn’t understand it,” Christie said, taking a swipe at Democratic former Gov. Jon Corzine. “But the fact of the matter is, this is who I am and this is who the people elected.”

See that?  This is a recipe for electoral victory–smaller government, lower taxes and less spending.  That applies to our national politics under the Obama administration as much as it does in New Jersey.

Wash.  Rinse. Repeat.

Like I’ve been saying, conservatives and Republicans all over should be paying attention to what Christie’s doing here in New Jersey.

He’s taken on the powerful teachers union, Democrats in the state legislature and a local media that is mostly sympathetic to their cause.  But like the Governor said, the people of New Jersey have spoken.  He’s just doing what they sent him to Trenton for.  Plain and simple.

UPDATE.  It seems the babies over at the Star-Ledger (the journalist he pawned works there) have pulled the video.   Just shows that the governor is pissing off all the right people.