Now, days after installing their own leader, the new leadership is promising to cost county residents even more money than their policy initiatives will burden taxpayers with.
They are pushing for the creation of new positions. New, high paying positions. Positions that spread some of their own responsibilities, such as oversight, to people other themselves.
In several areas, the liberal Freeholders want to create new bureaucratic positions that they intend to fill through the time held tradition of patronage.
To make matters worse, the new regime is trying to replace existing county employees, who are Republican, with fellow Democrats simply because they are not Democrats.
That is not unheard of in the world of partisan politics, but what is a bit of real impropriety, is that they are trying to replace those who hold jobs that are classified as civil service positions. Individuals holding civil service positions can’t be removed from the job without just cause yet something as menial as the law is not getting in the way of the Democrats. Without any proof or evidence, they are trying to claim that some of these civil servants have been insubordinate and inept. Proving that is going to be hard, especially since such charges were not levied by Democrats until they took control of the process.
To add insult to injury, the new liberal Freeholders have left the decision of who to hire in Monmouth County up to Joe Cryan, an Assemblyman from Union County who represents the towns Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Roselle and Union, New Jersey. Even more important than his Assembly leadership, or lack of it, is the fact that Joe Cryan is the chairman of New Jersey’s Democrat State Committee.
So not only have Monmouth County Democrats kicked off their reign with increased spending and a patronage driven direction, they have relinquished authority to a state party boss from a different county. Assemblyman Cryan’s own legislative chief of staff confirms this and admits that the Assemblyman has contacted state personnel departments and Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics about finding candidates for the Monmouth County positions of chief financial officer, directors of the human resources and human services departments, and the newest new post of inspector general.
Isn’t this great. Not only is a state employee of a state legislator using state time to respond to political party business, his liberal party chief boss is appointing people to posts in a county that he neither lives in or is elected or hired to represent.
But at least the Democrats running Monmouth County’s Board of Freeholders will win favor with the state liberal party chieftain. I mean so long as the needs of party politics are being fulfilled, the citizens of Monmouth County will be taken care of.
Or will they?
The games being played by county Democrats prove that the people of Monmouth are not the priority. Nor are the problems that need solving or the future troubles that need avoiding. Politics is what these characters have shown us to be their priority and as such, we have to hope that the state liberal party boss, Assemblyman Joe Cryan from Union County cares as much for the people of Monmouth County as he does for the people living in the towns of the district that he represents.
Political insiders make it clear, that at this point in time, biotech entrepreneur John Crowley is still strongly considering running for Governor of New Jersey.
So far there are already two declared candidates for New Jersey’s Republican gubernatorial nomination. Assemblyman Richard Merkt and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.
Both of these men deserve to be heard and are worth watching. Not only do they have substantial records on the issues but they were also brave enough to throw their hats in the same ring that is likely to contain, now former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie. With all the hoopla over Chris Christie’s possible entry into the race, many other potential candidates opted out of even trying. But not Merkt and Lonegan. That alone warrants their right to be heard.
So we already have two strong willed, determined aspirants for the nomination and that is a good thing, a very good thing.
Another potentially prominent presence in the growing field of Republican candidates could come from an incumbent mayor.
Brian Levine has twice won election as Franklin Township’s mayor. Not an easy job in a town that is heavily weighed in favor of democrats.
Levine has the type of crossover appeal that we will need to win back the keys to Drumthwacket in November. If Levine does declare his candidacy for the nomination, the question will become, does his crossover appeal to Democrats turn off the more conservative wing of the Republican party that would nominate him?
Presuming that Chris Christie does run, Lonegan’s, Merkt’s and possibly Levine’s, efforts, will at least force Chris Christie to do some real campaigning of his own for the nomination.
Although Christie brings the name recognition and seeming ability to tap into the financial resources that a successful campaign requires, I do not want the party to simply coronate him. I want him to earn the nomination. Make clear his positions on the issues, articulate his plans for the state and prove that he has the ability to get his message across in a way that people can believe.
As official candidates for the GOP nomination, Steve Lonegan and Richard Merkt will help to make sure that Chris has to prove himself. But truthfully, both Merkt and Lonegan are slightly handicapped in their ability to force Christie to play on the same field as them. Neither of them have the name I.D. that Christie does and neither of them have the access to the amount of money that is needed to be truly competitive and that Christie can tap into. The same holds true in the case of Levine’s possible candidacy.
Money is not everything but in politics, unfortunately, it means a lot.
That brings us to back to John Crowley. He has money.
John Crowley is a self-made, independently wealthy man with a compelling and inspirational history that brings even more to the table than just the money that is needed.
After studying at the U.S. Naval Academy for three semesters, he graduated with degrees in foreign service from Georgetown University and went on to obtain his J.D from Notre Dame Law School and then worked as a litigation associate in the health care industry.
Crowley furthered his education and received an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. From there he went on to work for a San Francisco based management consulting firm.
In 1998, John Crowley was handed the greatest challenge of his life. His wife, Aileen gave birth to twins, Patrick and Megan. Both were born with a fatal neuromuscular disorder called Pompe disease.
The disorder was so rare that few if any pharmaceutical entities attempted to develop treatment or cures for Pompe.
Determined, the Crowley’s settled in Princeton, to be near doctors who were specializing in Pompe disease.
John Crowley subsequently took up employment with Bristol-Meyers Squibb but after two years he left Bristol-Meyers to embark on a new venture. A venture that sought to increase the pace of research into Pompe and the development of a cure for it. It was a race against time that was slowly taking the lives of his children.
He became the CEO of a biotech company called Novazyme. In short time Novazyme merged with the world’s largest biotech company, Genzyme Corp., and soon after that the combined efforts of the two, brought about by John Crowley, led to the creation of an enzyme replacement therapy for Pompe disease that is keeping the Crowley kids alive today.
Getting to that point was not easy and there were a great many trials and tribulations, but John Crowley, his wife, and the team he assembled never gave up.
The story is the stuff that books are written about and about which movies are made.
A Pulitzer prize winning author actually did write a book about it. It is called “The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million – And Bucked the Medical Establishment – In a Quest to Save His Children” (ISBN 978-0060734398).
On top of that Harrison Ford has procured the rights to turn the Crowley story into a movie that he will also co-star in.
So, to say that John Crowley is a storybook candidate, is not just an understatement. It is true.
Now, at 41, Crowley is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve and is currently the President and CEO of Cranbury, New Jersey based, Amicus Therapeutics. He is also considering running for the Republican party’s gubernatorial nomination.
I hope he does.
That is not an endorsement of his potential candidacy but it is a sign of my eagerness to get to know what John Crowley would do as our Governor. He obviously is a talented, determined man with spirit, ingenuity a strong sense of commitment and a can do attitude and work ethic.
As is the case with Chris Christie, I do not know where John Crowley stands on the issues, but I hope we will be able to find out in a hard fought primary battle for the nomination.
Unlike Lonegan and Merkt, Crowley has the money needed to establish the name I.D. that Christie has. That would help even the playing field and insure that Chris Christie will have to earn the nomination as opposed to having it handed to him by the party establishment.
If Crowley enters the race, the entirety of the pro-Christie, Republican, establishment has the potential for splintering up. That is made apparent by Mercer County Chairman Roy Wesley who is the G.O.P. leader of the county that Crowley lives in.
It is reported that, right now, Wesley is “leaning toward” either Christie or Crowley.
Seeing as how we all know that Christie will be running but are not yet sure if Crowley will, the “either or” answer of Wesley makes sense. Why piss off Christie now by backing someone who may not run? However that “either or” response bodes well for Crowley and can best be interpreted to mean that if Crowley runs Wesley will endorse him but if he doesn‘t run, Chris Christie can count on Wesley‘s support.
The Chairmen of Union and Salem counties have already indicated that they are leaning to Christie. Monmouth county’s Republican chairman, Joe Oxley, has not gone that far, but nearly.
According to PolitickerNJ, Oxley stated that “everybody’s anticipating, hoping and expecting that Chris may very well enter the race”. He added that he is good friends with Christie and that Christie will have lots of support throughout the county.
Regardless of the opinions established at this point in time, if Crowley does enter the race, he will certainly shake things up. Many uncommitted county leaders and organizations will probably find themselves impressed with Crowley. He may even have the capacity to change the minds of many individuals currently inclined to support, Lonegan, Merkt or Chris Christie.
Personally, I look forward to Crowley’s interest in the governor’s job turning into a yearning for the job. I want him to run and turn our primary into a truly competitive race that will capture the headlines and attention of voters for months.
Such a race will help establish much needed name recognition for our future nominee and it will help to shed some light on our Republican solutions to our state’s problems.
On top of that, I hope John Crowley believes in the principles of our party and is willing to implement those principles in his approach to solving New Jersey’s problems.
If Crowley comes out trying to run a campaign that, for the sake of political expediency, makes him sound like a democrat, than I will be saying, “Adios, Sayonara, Au revoir, John.”
The same applies to Chris Christie.
If we are to win in November, we will have to run against the liberal policies being applied in Trenton by the current regime. We cannot run against democrats by trying to be them. If that is ones intention than don’t run.
I have a feeling that not only does John Crowley disagree with liberal policy, he is also not afraid to promote a right of center approach to government.
If that is the case, then Crowley may very easily get my vote.
For me, his political outsider status is a plus. He has no entanglement with the political bureaucracy that brought us to where we are today and as result he bears no blame. Furthermore; his “can do” mentality to getting things accomplished in the real world is the type of thinking that we need in the jaded world of government bureaucracy.
Of course, no matter who wins our nomination, it will behoove them to select State Senator Jennifer Beck as their running mate and our Lieutenant Governor nominee.
Please be sure to sign the online petition for that effort!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anthony M. Del Pellegrino
Garden State Grass Root Republicans Trying To Cultivate A Winning GOP Ticket In ‘09
(Manchester, N.J. -November 26, 2008) ~ Followers of Republican State Senator Beck, R-Monmouth, have begun a petition and campaign for her to be tapped as the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and running mate of whomever ultimately wins the nomination for Governor. They expect to deliver that message to whomever the Republican nominee for Governor winds up being .
As stated in the petition, it calls “upon the Republican party’s nominee for Governor to select State Senator Jennifer Beck as their running mate and our nominee for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey in the November elections of 2009.”
Supporters of the “State Senator Jennifer Beck for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey” petition effort believe that Senator Beck’s placement on the ticket would significantly boost Republican chances of winning“.
The petition’s creator, Anthony Del Pellegrino of Ocean County, released the following statement:
“As the race for Governor in New Jersey takes shape, many potential candidates for the Republican nomination are waiting for soon, to be, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie to make his intentions official. With the undeniable advantage that his popular, positive recognition, name id and deserved reputation brings, few will be very competitive against him if he decides to run. Some potential candidates won’t even run against him because of those advantages.
However, while Christie’s decision puts the GOP field in a temporary holding pattern and even though things could change at any moment, one thing wont change. That is the fact that no matter who is nominated for Governor, barring Jennifer Beck herself, no one person will bring more to the ticket as Lieutenant Governor than Senator Beck.
She has proven herself to be one of the state’s brightest and most energetic Republican lawmakers. While during the course of the last few state election cycles, Republicans have been losing seats in the state senate and assembly, Jennifer Beck has been winning them back for us. She appeals to independents and Democrats alike and beyond her masterful ability at campaigning and conveying our message of prosperity, fiscal responsibility and efficient government, Jennifer Beck is someone we believe in. She is a proven, positive force who embodies the future of New Jersey Republicans and, if elected, should the need arise for her to become Governor, Jennifer Beck would be more than just a competent Governor, she would be a unifying force and innovative leader who could steer New Jersey in the right direction.
That being the case, I have embarked on this effort to show whoever gets the Republican gubernatorial nomination that State Senator Jennifer Beck has a great deal of support for being chosen as our candidate for Lieutenant Governor
I have chosen to begin this campaign now, as a grass root effort, there is no heavily financed machine behind it. There will be no ads purchased on the airwaves or placed in newspapers. It is simply a heartfelt attempt to be able to help Republicans shape the strongest possible ticket against Jon Corzine and Trenton’s liberal led state legislature. Such a grass root effort takes time—–lots of time, to build momentum and recognition. So today we start that process and enlist the support of all those who hope to be a part of putting New Jersey back on track and who want to be a part state history by influencing the selection of New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor”.
Initial steps for the Beck for Lieutenant Governor movement have begun.
An online petition has been set up and is available for signing on to at:
And along with the petition, two internet sites for the cause have been created. One is a blog that can be visited at:
The other is on a new web site called Rebuild The Party. Initiated by political computer tech king Patrick Ruffini, Rebuildtheparty.com was created after the recent elections and is designed as a networking platform for, as the title reads, rebuilding the party. On it supporters of the Beck petition drive have set up an online group called State Senator Jennifer Beck for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey and that can be found at:
With it, today, the Republican grassroots of the Garden State takes steps to begin shaping New Jersey’s statewide elections in November of 2009.
It may seem early but given the importance of the outcome of the election, we need to gear up wisely and quickly.
In that vein, POLITICS 24/7 has started an effort to build support for the selection of our state’s first Lieutenant Governor.
The newly amended state constitution created the office after an abundant number of recent occasions where vacancies led to the sitting Senate President becoming the Acting Governor, thereby giving him the power of two of the states legislative branches at the same time.
The position is long overdue and in this coming election, for the first time, voters of New Jersey will be electing a gubernatorial ticket—–a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor. The constitution states that the individual who wins their party nomination hand picks his running mate for Lieutenant Governor.
It is fact that there are only a few potential Republican candidates, who may be running , that have the name identification and accessibility to the financial resources required to compete with the independent wealth of incumbent Governor Jon Corzine. Governor Corzine has invested tens of millions of dollars in his three statewide campaigns and the money successfully purchased his elevation first to United States senator and then Governor.
At the same time, Republicans in the state, have lost their own level of competitiveness in fundraising . Combined with the uniqueness of campaigning in a state that is split between the most expensive and third most expensive media markets in the nation, running a statewide campaign in Jersey is inordinately expensive.
On top of that, Republicans have been losing power and influence in the state legislature. The more their numbers decrease and their minority status increases, the tougher it becomes to influence legislation. Less influence leads to lesser fundraising capabilities.
This brings us to where we are today. It is a situation where few Republicans seem poised to be able to run a truly competitive and viable campaign for Governor. The only two potential candidates who might be willing and are able to overcome the obstacles to a successful campaign are soon to be former U.S. Attorney. Chris Christie and the resourceful, bright, determined, bio tech millionaire John Crowley.
Chris Christie’s efforts combating crime in New Jersey have garnered him incredibly positive and popular name identification and with that, the ability to raise the funds needed for a campaign with any chance of winning.
John Crowley‘s inspirational story and his personal wealth might make him another possible contender. A wealthy, New Jersey, political outsider who has a heart of gold and the pockets to match it. He is an innovator and an achiever. After establishing a bio tech company for the purpose of saving his newborn children from a rare and fatal disease, John Crowley has proven himself to have the determination and ability to solve problems and improve the lives of New Jesey residents lives.
In any case, the choices for a gubernatorial candidate who has all the right qualifications and resources, at this time, are limited. I for one am looking at all the potential candidates. For a more detailed assessment of them check out this highlighted POLITICS 24/7 post.
This leads us to why Politics 24/7 has begun an effort for the Lieutenant Governor spot.
Whichever possible candidate can prove themselves to be most qualified and to has the ability to tap into the resources needed to compete, there is one person who would be their best choice for a running mate.
That person is State Senator Jennifer Beck.
When it comes to adding value and enthusiasm to the ticket, Senator Beck wins hands down. Her proven ability as a campaigner exceeds most others in today’s political arena.
When over the past few election cycles, Republicans were losing seats in the assembly and senate, Jennifer Beck won them back for us. She has won uphill battles in elections where Democrats outnumbered Republicans by margins that would have made most Republican operatives look the other way and avoid having their perceived, expected loss, added to their records.
As a councilwoman, assemblywoman and state senator, Jennifer Beck appealed not to the partisan tendencies in us but the collective goodwill among us. Independents and Democrats alike warmed to her approach to problem solving and government policies. Yet she did so not by trying to be politically expedient by trying to sound like a liberal. She did so by articulating conservative values in a way that appealed to those who she sought to lead.
And lead she did.
In just a relatively short time in Trenton as a legislator, Senator Beck established a solid and trusted reputation for herself. The type of reputation that our gubernatorial needs. it’s a reputation for clean government and positive reform. A reputation for innovation, fiscal responsibility and government accountability.
Between her appeal and ability as a candidate and communicator, and her legislative policy direction, Jennifer Beck would not only be a plus for the GOP ticket, but she will be a plus for the state of New Jersey and its citizens.
With Jennifer Beck, New Jerseyans will have a the security of knowing that should the need arise, we would inherit a true advocate of and for the people of New Jersey at the helm. Her steady hand will be a source of confidence that we need.
Furthermore, as stated in the constitutional amendment creating the office of the Lieutenant Governor, The Governor can appoint the Lieutenant Governor to lead any cabinet position excluding the position of Attorney General.
By granting a cabinet position to Lieutenant Governor Beck, the state will not just have some lady in waiting, sitting behind closed doors, but a hands on head of government applying her great abilities each and every day to specific responsibilities that we, the people, can benefit from.
So today, I officially launch this site, “The Jennifer Beck for Lieutenant Governor” blog and welcome any and all Republicans who have any vision to join me in getting the ball rolling.
No matter who receives our nomination for Governor, Jennifer Beck is an asset whose involvement on the ticket will boost our fortunes and prepare New Jersey for the next generation of leadership.
With that in mind, today POLITICS 24/7 proudly introduces JENNIFER BECK FOR LIEUTNANT GOVERNOR, a blog site created for building a grass root network of Republicans who intend to make it known that we expect and urge our nominee for Governor to tap State Jennifer Beck for Lieutenant Governor.
In accordance with the state constitution, the Republican nominee for Governor must select a running mate within 30 days of winning the nomination and the person should be JenniferBeck
Part of this effort utilizes a petition which makes our intention known and will be presented to whomever wins the nomination on the day after such a victory is determined.
I ask that any and all New Jersey residents to sign the online petition.
As a the process of deciding New Jersey’s future unfolds many things may change but the fact that we need to restore responsible, effective and constructive leadership in Trenton still remains. That being the case, today the grassroots of the Republican party begins an effort that sets a standard for the upcoming election. It is a standard set by the person who is our focus of our attention, Jennifer Beck. If she is not to be our nominee for Governor in 2009, then the individual who will be the nominee must reach the standard standards set by her. Then they must also make her their running mate and possibly New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor.
So I invite you all to visit JENNIFER BECK FOR LIEUTNANT GOVERNOR. Republican ticket in next There you will be able to find out more about Senator Beck, including, among other things, her voting record and biographical information.
No, supporters of Sarah Palin are the people who are hard at work during the day establishing their views based upon the real lives that they live. They are the people who appreciate the changing courses in Sarah Palin’s life which brought her to the vice presidential nomination.
Her critics like to make of fun her religious values and belittle her mayoral experience. When making fun of those characteristics doesn’t get them far, they attribute fictitious actions to her in the name of her faith or in the line of her duty. Yet, admirers of Palin appreciate the changing paths that brought her leadership to them. They appreciate the fact that by drawing from her personal, religious faith, she has functioned with sincerity, bravery , confidence and conviction. And she has done so without enforcing that personal faith on others and intruding on their own beliefs.
For all those who denounce Sarah Palin and her selection for the vice presidential nomination, I suggest that they take forty minutes out of their lives and get a grip on their loose cannon critiques of her. Pick up a copy of….
Long before Sarah Palin was nominated for Vice President, Alaskan author Kaylene Johnson penned this quick read because she felt the story around this new Governor of Alaska was remarkable. Obviously she was right. The 140 or so pages of this paperback, details Palin’s path from small town girl to big time leader.
In it you get a sense of her unintentional role as David going after Goliath and you come to realize that Sarah Palin is not your typical politician। You will understand that she never set out to conquer the world. She simply set out to do her part in the world and fell into circumstances that forced her right the wrongs she found and to stop those who tried to use the system to short change the people around them. As each page in this book turns you develop a sense of how Sarah Palin was never driven to put her name on any ballot to fulfill some aching desire for greatness or the admiration of millions. Unlike many vain politicians who seek the praise of others and set out to achieve personal greatness, Sarah truly set out to do what she felt needed to be done and in doing so, greatness found her.
It is a simple story but it is also a powerful one। One that will allow people to understand why John McCain selected this woman who was relatively unknown to the lower 48, but is a hero to fellow Alaskans. Readers will come to realize that Sarah Palin was not picked for looks or her gender or to try to win over jilted Hillary supporters. She was picked because she is a doer and because she is as far removed from the dysfunctional mentality and workings of Washington as her state is. She was picked because her direction and leadership offers what all Americans, regardless of their gender, needs…….honesty, integrity and sincerity of purpose. You will see that in choosing Sarah Palin, John McCain took on a partner who is the antithesis of all that is wrong in politics. Someone who cares not about the comfort of the political class but the needs of the working class.
If you think you hate Sarah Palin or if you thought you liked her, read this book.
After reading it, Palin critics will have to reassess their opinions and mindless attacks। Fans of Palin will be wanting to run her for President instead of John McCain and they will better understand why the left is infatuated with here and fixated on tearing her down.
George W. Bush, in an airport lobby, noticed a man in a long flowing white robe with a long flowing white beard and flowing white hair. The man had a staff in one hand and some stone tablets under the other arm.
George W. approached the man and inquired, “Aren’t you Moses?”
The man ignored George W. and stared at the ceiling.
George W. positioned himself more directly in the man’s view and asked again, “Hey there! Aren’t you Moses?”
The man continued to peruse the ceiling.
George W. tugged at the man’s sleeve and asked once again, “HEY THERE! Aren’t you Moses???”
The man finally responded in an irritated voice, “Yes, I am.”
George W., a bit peeved at this point then asked, “Why the cold shoulder?”
To which Moses replied, “The last time a bush spoke to me I ended up spending forty years in the wilderness.”
As 2008 begins to end, our nation looks ahead to the election of a new President and New Jersey begins to wonder about 2009 and our own election for Governor. In doing so, we could all place an ad out that would ask for what the wanted advertisement displayed here seeks.
While the country debates over the stability of our national economy, New Jersey is still wondering when we will be able to get a handle on our own economy. While Americans cope with a lack of buying power due to the ripple effects of rising energy costs, New Jerseyans wonder how they can deal with that on top of the affordability crisis in our state.
As the current governance of New Jersey consists of rising rates on existing taxes and the implementation of new taxes, the citizens of New Jersey wonder how much more can we pay? As the cost of gas ranges back and forth between unaffordable and impossible the state is looking for opportunities to raise the price that it costs to drive on the roads that we use that gas for. As taxes rise in the state on both consumers and producers costs rise and less is purchased. The less purchased causes less to be produced which leads to more lay offs and more business closings. This is reflected in the states dismal economic growth and it’s lower than average rate of small businesses and the creation of them. Under the current corporate and small business tax structure in New Jersey, starting a business here offers more penalty than profit.
Today we find ourselves desperately seeking leadership and a leader who can inspire us and offer our state a direction that leads to prosperity and a comfortable existence. We seek someone who understands us and our hopes and needs.
For the past 7 years our state leaders have offered us a dog and pony show that has been painful to watch and expensive to deal with.
Before announcing that he “was a gay American” to cover up his scandals, Governor Jim McGreevy exercised statecraft by appointing people to important positions based upon the sexual positions that they enjoyed and their oral talents.
He was followed by a leading financial expert who took part in the risk taking that led to historic federal bailouts. With Governor Jon Corzine, New Jersey was afforded that financial expertise of a state budget that is fueled by tax increases and held hostage to unions and their leaders who he has literally been in bed with.
Carla Katz, the Governor’s former lover and current leader of the state’s largest union , slept with the man that is making the bed that we have to lie in. He even made these union deals in secret and refused proper examination of the evidence that proves the secrecy of their deals. As a result, we are left with meeting the demands of unions gone wild and paying for pensions plans that are more exorbitant than the golden parachutes of failed Wall Street execs.
On top of all this we are constantly witnessing the derailment of public trust as well as the careers of a large chunk of New Jersey’s political class. Each week, and at the beginning of the past summer, each day, we have endured the indictments and convictions of hundreds of lawmakers from the municipal levels to the county and state levels. This is all a product of New Jersey’s proliferation of governments. As the 46th largest state in the nation our size does not limit the opportunity for political corruption. In fact the expansion of state government coupled with the over 650 local governments, makes government the largest employer in the state. It also provides for the inordinate amount of patronage positions, lucrative sweetheart contracts , special favors, graft and opportunity for corruption that the overabundance of government entities brings to the table.
All of this leads to not just an affordability crisis but also a crisis in confidence. A lack of confidence in those who are entrusted with our states effect on our lives. These circumstances have led state government to be more of a problem in our lives than a source of comfort and stability in them.
As a Republican I cannot say that my state GOP has been much of a help. Since Governor Christine Todd Whitman, New Jersey Republicans have lost their agenda, their voice and yheir numbers in the legislative ranks.
The last individual that the party ran for Governor, was not even man enough to take blame for his own lack of influence and ability in the state. In the face of a gubernatorial race that he was out spent, out maneuvered and outdone in, he blamed President George Bush.
In trying to replace Corzine’s handpicked replacement in the United States Senate, the party settled for the unaccomplished son of a very accomplished, former Republican Governor. His candidacy was so off track, uninspiring and unattractive that the embarrassment of his Republican representation forced me to write in the name of a different New Jersey Republican.
The lack of a cohesive agenda and message has made New Jersey Republicans inconsequential. There minority status in the state assembly and senate have left them out in the cold and sitting at the kiddies table when it comes to hammering out state budgets or initiatives.
What we need in New Jersey is a true leader. Someone who can convey the fact that they understand the people they wish to lead. We need someone who is willing to bring a Main Street attitude to Trenton, not the Wall Street mentality that we currently have. We need a leader who can approach government with a vision that inspires state residents and offers innovative directions and policies to expand opportunity for economic growth. Someone who is reform minded , not stuck in a mode of reviving failed policies of our past.
Governor Corzine may or may not be running for reelection in 2009. The way I see it, if his choice for President, Barack Obama , wins, Jon might be jumping ship and accepting a presidential appointment such as Treasury Secretary. After having done all that he has to the state treasury, I can only pray for divine intervention if he gets control of the national treasury. But the nation’s loss might be New Jersey’s gain. It may open up a window of opportunity for Republicans to climb through. With the right candidate who has the right vision and agenda, we might just be able to send the right person to Trenton.
Although I am a conservative, one person I would like to see go for it is John Murphy. The same John Murphy that I wrote in for U.S. Senate against Senator Menendez when Tom Kean, Jr. was the Republican nominee.
Murphy, a Morris County Freeholder, is fresh, bright, fiscally and personally responsible. He may not have the conservative agenda of former gubernatorial candidate and Bogota, NJ Mayor Steve Lonegan but he has something that Lonegan doesn’t….appeal. He also has the freshness that New Jersey’s political atmosphere needs. When Murphy sought the Republican nomination for Governor in 2005, he outlined a very promising vision and a credible, optimistic plan to restore faith in government and solvency in our state budget and the pockets of the people.
It would seem that Murphy may not go for it this time. Instead he may seek the assembly seat being vacated by fellow Morris County resident Rick Merkt and Rick Merkt might be making a run for Governor instead.
Having reviewed the record of Merkt, I can say that his conservative credentials are worthy of considering but I have little more opinion of him. His tenure in the New Jersey assembly has been commendable but he has not been known for injecting innovation and real leadership.
Then there is the 800 lb. gorilla on the scene, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.
In a recent Quinnipiac poll Christie polled 40 percent to Jon Corzine’s 41 percent. That is impressive and if I knew anything about his positions on the issues, I would say that it is encouraging. However, like most New Jersey residents, I know nothing about Christie that goes beyond his exemplary and aggressive pursuit of crime busting. As the chief federal prosecutor in the region, Christie has been quite adept at rooting out corruption especially in the case of New Jersey political corruption. There he has been quite busy.
Democrats are already afraid of his potential entry into the race. They are already trying to discredit him and calling for him to resign as U.S. Attorney. By law a candidate for public office cannot maintain the position. If he does decide to run he will resign from the justice department but until then his political critics will just have to hope that they are not caught with their hands in the cookie jar because if they are, Chris Christie will add them to his long list of political prosecutions.
If he does run, his campaign will provide me with the information I need to determine if he is the man we are looking for. If he is able to provide a voice for the opposition to the liberal agenda controlling New Jersey. If he can offer a positive alternative path to prosperity and if his agenda is the Main Street agenda that New Jersey needs then I will be at his side, scratching for every vote that we need to steer the state in a better direction.
As a former New Yorker from Brooklyn, I worked on the campaign of another shining prospect that was a prosecutor. His name was Rudy Giuliani and although he was not a conservative, he revived New York City. He brought it out of it’s downward spiral and brought it back to new heights.
In the mean time, I wait. I wait for someone to answer our ad and save us from the oppression of a liberal government that takes much but does little. I wait for my own party to live up to it’s responsibilities and offer the people of New Jersey a viable alternative to a state controlled by liberals and lacking hope.