Tag Archive: SOUTH JERSEY

Oh, so THAT’s why Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC dissed Aimee Belgard to plump up Don Norcross

crying-donkeyNow I get it: Why House Majority PAC pulled a quarter-mil or so out from under Aimee Belgard’s competitive race, and forked it over to Don Norcross’ sure thing.

I’m watching 3 races closely; Bonnie Watson Coleman, whose gutsy detailed position statements signal progressive intent, and Roy Cho and Aimee Belgard, who work mighty hard for every vote. At the other end of the merit scale is Norcross, whose candidacy is less about his own work than the good fortune of being somebody’s brother. His campaign has been arranged, and the way smoothed. Nothing against him. I wish him well in Congress. But, come on.

Then, I opened the mass email sent this morning by Nancy Pelosi:

THREE separate polls show Aimee Belgard TIED with her Republican opponent it screams at me in boldface. Aimee’s race is a TOP priority for Democrats.

Let’s review: Pelosi essentially controls HMP, on which her chance of ever being Speaker again rides.  She just pulled about $250k from hardscrabbling Aimee Belgard, whose opponent is a non-local who writes campaign checks to himself in the millions. Then, she writes all of us, begging for money to lift Belgard.

Tear your hair out all you want, but The National Journal has the poop on the quid pro quo. Six donations came in last month from unions and businesses tied to the House of Norcross. They total $270k; IBEW $100k, the law firm repping George Norcross $50k, Carpenters $50k, 3 IBEW locals together $70k.

Carpenters did not even endorse Aimee Belgard in CD3. They endorsed self-financed GOP insurance exec from North Jersey Tom MacArthur.

So. Norcross gets his minions to write big checks to HMP. And they swung about a quarter mil – nearly dollar-for-dollar – away from a competitive race that actually would add to their “Majority.”. And the fact Pelosi’s PAC paid for the ad signals to the Dem universe inside the Beltway that Don Norcross is a Democratic priority, so act accordingly – or else.

Welcome to our world, District of Columbia.

Via Washington Post: Never heard of George Norcross? Here’s why you need to.

I spent part of my afternoon tweeting and emailing an MSNBC anchor who’s done a particularly good job demystifying the web of Gov. Christie’s scandals, to convince him it’s time George Norcross got the kind of national examination his impact on New Jersey politics deserves.

As I was doing that, the Washington Post was busy posting this: Never heard of George Norcross? Here’s why you need to.  Quoting:

Almost as swiftly as word surfaced Tuesday that Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) plans to resign from Congress, a replacement was all but anointed. If he wins, it will be a boon to one of the most powerful figures in politics most people have probably never heard of.

That replacement, as you knew the same moment you knew Andrews is exiting, is Donald Norcross. As we talked about today, Donald N. has had the kind of charmed life in politics that politicians operating in the world of meritocracy never get to have. Which is not to say Norcross shouldn’t have the seat, merely that he should compete for it.

As Sean Sullivan writes in WaPo, if Donald’s in, it further solidifies his brother’s power. And backup for Donald’s chances coronation came quickly; Sullivan joking (not really) that he might just have known Andrews’ resignation was coming, linking to PolitickerNJ’s running list of pols going on record today for Donald. (yes, mainly from Planet Norcross).

WaPo notes the superPAC tied to Norcross that played heavily in NJ legislative races last year. And the not-insignificant fact of Norcross’ ownership of the biggest paper in Andrews’ CD. Then this:

If you’re wondering why that could matter in a House special election, bear in mind that Norcross controls the endorsement process for the paper. Of course, given the rallying effect behind his brother, the endorsement may be immaterial.  Which, of course, simply reflects the reach and power of George Norcross.

Legislature Elections/Any Upsets ???

I have not heard of any upsets brewing in any of the State senate races.

Van Drew is doing well and still working hard.

Whelan has kept his opponent on the defensive and seems to have the trust of the voters.

Sweeney will destroy his ethically challenged candidate .

Greenstein looks to be fighting hard and holding off the burnt out  Inverso challenge.

The Assembly races in the 1st District will be close but the Democrats have used the constant “negative, never positive” tactic against the opposition and the voters are listening.

The 3nd District Riley race might be the tightest but a big push over the next 4 weeks will probably keep her in office.

The 2nd District has some good Assembly Democrats running but ,outside of Whelan, the GOP has an advantage here.

I hear that there is some GOP traction in the 14th District . That public sector worker Distict has to get busy!

Anyone hear anything different?

What is going on up North??  

 

Frank LoBiondo and the Path to 218

What is it about NJ-02 that eludes our party?  LoBiondo may be incredibly moderate for a House Republican, but this is a Democratic-leaning swing district that went for Obama twice.  This should be at the top of our 2014 target list, but it goes completely ignored in every Congressional cycle because LoBiondo has an aura of invincibility around him.  Surely we could make the tall task of winning back the House a bit easier for the national party if NJ Democrats focused like hell on this district next year, along with Runyan (NJ-03) and Garrett (NJ-05).

So, Blue Jersey, what do you think is the best way to knockout LoBiondo?  Who should run against him?  Is it possible?  Let’s start thinking now.