I was dismayed to read this post in PolitickerNJ that some Ocean County Dems are thinking about challenging Burlco Freeholder Aimee Belgard for the CD-3 seat. I can’t think of anything more outrageous, especially coming from a County organization that couldn’t even deliver a respectable showing for Cory Booker, and got crushed in the general election. These clowns couldn’t deliver pizza for Dominoes, much less deliver votes for a congressional candidate.
The reason John Adler won in 2008 was that Dems were united while the GOP wasted money and resources in a bloody Burlco v. Ocean primary dog fight. The same might happen again as Establishment RINOs and Tea Party crazies go at it including, possibly, Steve Lonegan who says he’s interested in the seat and, thanks to the incompetency of OCDems, won more votes in OC than any other county in the state, including his Bergen home.
Though I live in OC I do not begrudge the nominee coming from Burlco, especially someone with the resume and credentials as Aimee Belgard. Besides, Burlco has always carried the district for Dems, and likely will continue to do so in the future. Ocean County Dems couldn’t carry water for Gunga Din, much less carry the County for a Democratic candidate.
There is a real opportunity to retake the seat for Dems, provide OC and Burlco Dems unite now in support of Aimee Balgard. Let’s not waste precious money and resources in a divisive primary.