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#GOPolitickerNJ

Is there any doubt as to the cheerleading that the FoxNews of New Jersey politics is doing for the Republican Party to go along with casting the Democratic Party in as poor a light as possible?  What was once a somewhat right-of-center but still relatively unbiased place to get the “inside scoop” on New Jersey politics has all but become an arm of the State Republican Party.

Which would be fine if it were to just admit as much and move forward as another piece of the GOPropaganda machine.

Exhibit 1:  When reporting on the NJ Democratic Delegation casting its votes for President Obama at the Democratic Convention, the first sentence leads with “in roll call garbage time…”, and the overall story was a mere few short paragraphs of filler.  Contrast with the glowing review of NJ (and other states) casting their votes for Mitt Romney at the Republican Convention, complete with emotional quotes and double the length.

Exhibit 2:  In one of the intro stories to the Democratic Convention, the intro paragraph begins with this gratuitous and needless dig: “The big white van shouldered into bumper to bumper traffic running parallel to the blocked off Tryon Street downtown and the driver gave pedestrians a big raspberry welcome to the Queen City: “Democrats: Where Socialism and Corruption Meet.”

For the Republican Convention, we get fluff stories about Governor Christie, with (ZOMG!!!) pictures of the kickoff event as well as another fluff story about how things are oh-so-festive despite a Hurricane bearing down on Tampa (and New Orleans).

Irony of Republicans celebrating while New Orleans drowns aside (where have I seen that one before), I can only imagine if the tables were turned and the Democratic Convention was in Tampa while a hurricane was bearing down on New Orleans.

Exhibit 3: Despite there being a well known rift in the Bergen County Republican Party that has seen Party chair Bob Yudin and Christie be on opposite sides of, there is a kumbaya fluff piece about how everything is just peachy keen between Christie and Bergen County Republican Chair Bob Yudin, who was “proudly present at the convention”.  Contrast this with the “civil war” post on what may or may not happen if Senator Buono runs for Governor.

Exhibit 4:  In referring to “winners and losers” of the Republican Convention, the lead “winner” is the “New Jersey State Committee”.  As if there is only one – or more likely only one that matters to GOPolitickerNJ.

Exhibit 5:  Christie’s keynote address.  Despite receiving moderate reviews at best and no evidence that he “hit one out of the park” per se, the story posted the next morning leads off with “New Jersey rejoiced in the speech delivered last night on a national stage by Gov. Chris Christie”.  This was confirmed to be no more than nonsense cheerleading when a poll was released shortly after the speech indicating that Christie’s favorability was pretty much unchanged – but actually dropped a few points since last month.  This, after all of the talk about how the speech and national stage would propel him further into the spotlight and blah blah blah.

Exhibit 6:  What “comeback”?  In not one but two separate posts about the recent poll indicating how most New Jerseyans don’t believe the garbage that Governor Christie is peddling about the so-called “Jersey Comeback”, there is not one mention of the facts and factors that are behind the rightful doubt.  No mention of the poor job numbers and job losses.  No mention of the high unemployment rate.  No mention of the higher property taxes.  Nothing.  Just one “here is the poll” article and one “Christie thinks the polls are wrong” article.

Exhibit 7:  Paul Ryan’s speech.  Despite the fact that it was universally torn apart for being full of lies and crap (and despite the fact that Paul Ryan actually asked for a grant that was made possible by the Affordable Care Act), the GOPolitickerNJ review of his speech talked about him “savaging” the stimulus and healthcare reform.  You’d have to go 14 paragraphs deep to find a comment that is actually critical of Ryan as being hypocritical (which is a very easy point to find), and that is from Congressman Pascrell.  You’d have to go another 4 paragraphs deep – all the way to the end of the article – to find one of the many “inaccuracies” of the speech.

There are more, but this was just from the last week or so.  So what gives, PolitickerNJ?  If you are going to present yourself as “inside baseball”, at least don’t be so blatantly favorable to one party over the other.  And if you are going to be blatant, then just formally link to the NJ Republican Party, to 101.5 and be up front about it.

Red Jersey

Is New Jersey becoming (or is it already) a red state?

New Jersey is regarded as a solidly blue state. Even when under a GOP Governor like Christie Whitman, those Republican chief executives have been categorized as “moderate”. But with the disappearance of moderate Republicanism and the election of Chris Christie, is New Jersey still as reliably blue as its reputation is?

The Party of Hate

While progressives like myself (and many of my friends) were partying like it was 2008 on Sunday night when healthcare reform passed the House, others were not so happy. However they went too far in venting their frustrations, resorting to vandalism and violence. This weekend, before the bill passed, the teabaggers were out in full force trying to kill the bill.  Some even used racist and homophobic slurs at elected officials. Unfortunately, this behavior did not end when the bill passed. 

Now, in an effort to relive the summer of the town hell meeting, they are again using vandalism and threatening violence at elected officials.  Vandalism has occurred in the office of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY), as well as at the Democratic Party offices in Wichita, KS, Rochester, NY, and Cincinnati, OH.  While nothing has happened in New Jersey so far, I fear that this is just the beginning.  After all New Jersey is home to 44 hate groups according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Many members of these hate groups are probably also members of the tea party movement. 

The ugliest of such actions comes from a leader within the Republican Party.  While she is a coward who quits her job after one term in hopes of becoming a reality TV star, many take former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin seriously.  Using a note on her Facebook page, she used a graphic of districts her ticket won in 2008 that elected Democrats to Congress as possible Republican targets.  Unfortunately she took the term target way too seriously.  

 Congress and President George W. Bush passed some unpopular legislation and rulings in his era, but I never remember the opposition using violence and vandalism to oppose him.  In fact the opposition in his era was often cornered into “free speech zones” and not allowed near an event if wearing or driving a car with a sticker that showed opposition.

Ultimately it will be up to the voters to decide in November which party they would like to see control Congress.  Many progressives have been frustrated by Congress, and even with this bill.  But if that does not motivate the progressive base to vote and work to keep Democrats in power, perhaps this violence and vandalism will.  Do we really need more people like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) in power?

Steele agrees New Jersey GOP “should just fold,” but promises national GOP will save Christie

You’ve got to hand it to Michael Steele. Normally watching these RNC or DNC chairman relentless stick to their spin is so boring I can hardly stand to watch the talk shows. But today Michael Steele gave us a reason to watch TV, or at least youtube.  

Is the best part when he agrees that the New Jersey GOP should just fold if they lose this race?

Or when he compares the Republican party to hapless sucker Charlie Brown?

Or perhaps when he compares himself and the national GOP to a cheating referee intervening in our state? He’s not lying, but it’s the RGA not the RNC.

It just has to be seen to be believed.

Poll: Christie still leads Lonegan, as Republican Party faces uncertain future

Fairleigh Dickinson University is the latest pollster to weigh in the New Jersey Republican Primary.  The poll of “561 likely Republican primary voters statewide was conducted by telephone from May 26, 2009 through May 30, 2009, and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points:”

  • Christie  54%

  • Lonegan 30%

  • Merkt 1%

  • Other 3%

  • Unsure/none 11%

    Once again we see that Christie will win, and FDU splits with Rasmussen in saying that the lead is 24%, not 11%. Merkt is not having any impact on the race.

    In other results, New Jersey Republicans are very split on who is the leader of the national Republican Party. Obama gets 66% disapproval, much better than Corzine at 91%, but not as good as Bush at 28% disapproval. Boehner and Steele with 37-22-41 and 33-25-41 approve-disapprove-unsure split are not doing very well. There are also poll numbers on various national issues. But I agree with the pollster that another result is more important than any single issue:

    “More than nine of 10 Republicans are white in a state with sizable ethnic minorities,” [pollster Peter] Woolley noted. “Whoever leads the Republicans in the general election campaign will have to reach well beyond regular Republicans and beyond leafy suburbs.”

    The good news for Republicans is that polls say right that right now independents would vote for a change. The long-term problem is this is a party that is increasingly made up of old, white men. Every year it gets harder and harder for them to win statewide.

  • “Christmas Tree” Grants

    Recently, State Senator Joseph Coniglio of Bergen County was informed that he is a target in an investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office into the now-infamous “Christmas Tree” grants provided by the New Jersey State Legislature.  “Christmas Tree” grants are legislative grants added on to the State budget by legislators during the final days and hours before the budget is adopted, to aid particular constituencies or organizations, often located in their legislative district or employing friends or relatives of the legislators.  In Coniglio’s case, a “Christmas Tree” grant of at least $1.6 million was allegedly provided to the Hackensack University Medical Center shortly after the Center hired the Senator as a plumbing contractor at a salary of $5,000 per month.  There are two important aspects of the “Christmas Tree Scandal” that the mainstream media has been overlooking. 

    The Slimewave is $5 Mil

    The Hotline On Call is reporting that the NRSC may (and in all likelihood will) dump as much as $5 million dollars into NJ on behalf of Kean Jr.

    According to the two sources, both of whom have detailed and first-hand knowledge of the buy, the NRSC has reserved about $3.2 million worth of time in the ultra-expensive New York City market. One source said the NRSC would spend in excess of $1.5 million in Philadelphia. That portion of the buy could not be confirmed.

    The NRSC believes that Menendez’s negative ratings are higher than the mean for safe incumbents, and strategists note how the media’s focus on a federal investigation touching Menendez helped push Tom Kean Jr. into a narrow lead in September.

    Though Menendez appears to have regained a slim lead, Republicans believe that his support among independents is still a bit soft and even waning.

    The Hotline speculates that “between the NRSC and RNC, Republicans can’t throw any more money in VA, MO or TN,” and Jersey is their only other option. We’ve already seen what they’re doing to Harold Ford Jr. in Tennessee. Now it’s our turn, and we’ll be ready for them.

    Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, and N.J. Republicans

    Perhaps I’m missing something, but has a single reporter even looked into the connections between Tom DeLay, quid pro quo lobbying in Washington, and the N.J. Republican U.S. House representatives? I’m concerned that so many of the N.J. Republicans (Garrett, Ferguson, and Saxton, in particular) took thousands of dollars from DeLay’s PAC.  What were they promising in return for such funds, and how far does the influence of Tom DeLay’s dirty money go into the N.J. Republican Party?  Is there anything more that needs to be investigated?

    Jim Saxton, in particular, took money both from DeLay and from Jack Abramoff (multiple times), as cited in the reports below.

    http://www.ourfuture.org/issues_and_campaigns/accountablecongress/delay/money9.cfm

    http://www.capitaleye.org/abramoff_recips_detail.asp?type=R&Name=Jim+Saxton+(R-NJ)