Tag Archive: Joe Pennacchio

Wingnuts v. wingnuts v. RINOs: NJGOP wars heating up

Wingnuts are forming their own circular firing squad within the NJGOP as libertarian wingnuts are squaring off against paleocon wingnuts over Steve Lonegan’s Bourbonesque plan to increase taxes on the poor and cut taxes on the rich.  In a column posted on PolitickerNJ.com libertarian wingnut and professional loser Murray Sabrin threw down the gauntlet when he denounced Lonegan’s tax plan for raising taxes on low income earners.  Sabrin and Lonegan, who shared the same campaign manager Rick Shaftan, were once political allies but split last year after Lonegan refused to support Sabrin in the NJGOP primary for US Senate and instead endorsed Sabrin’s rival State Senator “Jersey Joe” Pennacchio.  Ironically “Jersey Joe” betrayed Lonegan this year by endorsing Chris Christie.  

On a similar note tomorrow night may well be the grand climax (no pun intended) of the Lonegan campaign when “Joe the Deadbeat Plumber” comes to New Jersey to sell his book and campaign for Steve, and hopefully raise enough money to buy him a hairpiece that fits before the televised debates with Chris Christie.  Joe’s appearance is no freebie, however, as PolitickerNJ.com reports he will be amply compensated by the Lonegan campaign.  Our tax dollars at work.

This bill is not to benefit the people who benefit from it…

Paul Sarlo has seen the light.  Apparently his recent brush with mortality has proven to him he should fight for what’s right:

A bipartisan bill sponsored by state Sens. Paul Sarlo of Wood-Ridge and Joseph Pennacchio of Morris Plains would exempt Xanadu and the Giants and Jets from paying a total of $90 million in fees designed to help towns provide affordable housing.

The bill, which was introduced Monday, would result in a savings of $50 million to Xanadu developers – and $40 million in combined savings for the football teams. Xanadu, a $2 billion entertainment and shopping complex, and the $1.6 billion Meadowlands football stadium would not be subject to a law passed in June that imposed a 2.5 percent fee on most non-residential construction projects.

But dont’ worry – the bill is really aimed at keeping East Rutherford from having to pay for new affordable housing.  Whew.  There for a minute, I thought someone was going to screw the poor or something.

Quote of the Day: State of the Republicans

Republican State Senator Joe Pennacchio offers this analysis of his party:

“If our party publicly expressed satisfaction with New Jersey and National Republican results in Tuesday’s election, all they were doing was  reinforcing rank and file Republican cynicism for our party’s leadership,” he said.  “Once again Republicans find themselves with no message, no money and no direction going into next year’s gubernatorial election.  To say our Republicans ‘Ship of State’ was run aground by our captain, would imply that it had a direction.  That simply was not so.”

He may want to talk to his State Chairman Tom Wilson, who thought election night was like New Year’s because once the clock struck midnight they were all ready for the 2009 elections.   Wilson must not have many fun New Year’s celebrations if he enjoyed Tuesday night.    

GOP Senate Primary – Disclosure Doesn’t Pay

The Bergen Record has an op-ed today scripted by George Ajjan – who is described as:

George Ajjan is a Republican activist, writer and pundit who was the GOP nominee for Congress in the 8th District in 2004.

There’s only one thing wrong with that description (that I’ll focus on here) – it’s incomplete to the point of being misleading and dishonest.  George Ajjan is working for Murray Sabrin, as is evidenced by his name on Sabrin’s press releases.

I give the Record credit for being evenhanded – they have an op-ed for each of the candidates for the GOP.  It’s almost as if they looked for the worst possible people to do it, though.  For example – Mike Ferguson writing for Dick Zimmer.  

GOP Senate Primary Cheatsheet

While people may not remember the road traveled come September, the traveling circus known as the GOP U.S. Senate Primary campaign has seen many twists and turns.

In less than one year, the NJ GOP has gone through or proposed 15 candidates, experienced many false starts, had calls for resignation of the State chair and for candidates to drop out all while giving us tons of fun to watch.   Here’s a recap, in case you haven’t been following along…

  • 4/26/07- Assemblyman Mike Doherty became the first candidate to join the show.
  • 5/2/07- A blog aimed at encouraging former baseball player Al Leiter to seek the nomination was started.
  • 7/11/07- Anne Estabrook dipped her toes in the water forming an exploratory committee.
  • 8/9/07- Assemblyman“Jersey Joe” Pennacchio said he was mulling a Senate bid.
  • 8/10/07- Assemblyman Doherty ended his short lived Senate bid leaving only Estabrook and Penachio as candidates expressing interest.
  • 9/10/07- Pennacchio tapped Morris GOP chair to oversee his then exploratory bid.
  • 10/22/07- Anne Estabrook let people know she would run for the Senate seat.
  • 11/13/07- Al Leiter crushed the hopes of conservative bloggers by saying he had his eye on a Senate seat just not Lautenberg’s in ’08.

    This is only the beginning of the ridiculousness.  There is MUCH more below the fold…

  • Did Jackie Mason write this script?

    In the New Jersey GOP Senate primary race we start with Mean Murray Sabrin, Jersey Joke Pinnocchio and Annie “the Nebish” Estabrook.  First, Murray attacks Annie, Annie gets all famished and flubs her lines, then Annie has a stroke and everyone else in the GOP gets agita.  To cure the agita the GOP big shots turn to Andy “The Bean Baron” Unanue who, they later find out, is really a nightclub owner from New York who lives with his parents in New Jersey so he doesn’t have to pay taxes, and then is fired from the bean factory by his own cousins who claim he was drunk on the job.  

    That’s not all.  In desperation the big shots turn to The Miracle Worker, John Crowley, who single-handedly saved his own kids from an incurable disease.  They hope he can perform another trick and miraculously save the NJ GOP from another statewide embarrassment.  The Miracle Worker says he’ll think about it, then after thinking about it says he won’t do it.  Then The Miracle Worker gets a call from the War Hero (John McCain) begging him to reconsider, which he does.  Then The Bean Baron says he’ll get out if The Miracle Worker gets in.  The Miracle Worker says he’ll probably get in, but then at the last minute changes his mind again and says this time he’s definitely not getting in.  Then The Bean Baron says he’s definitely staying in even though he’s on vacation and doesn’t know when he’ll be back.  Now there’s a rumor that another GOP Big Brand Name (Tom Kean Jr.) is thinking about getting into the race if the Bean Baron decides to get out, which the Bean Baron has said he won’t do but might do because he said before he won’t do it but then said he might do it.

    In the meantime, back at the Democratic Ranch, everyone waits for the gunfight at the New Jersey corral between Frank “the Alte Kocker” Lautenberg and Rob “Joe Lieberman Wannabee” Andrews.  It looks like the GOP will give us The Keystone Cops while the Democrats give us their version of the main event from Rocky VI.

    Campaign Roundup for Wednesday, April 2, 2008

    NJ-Pres: Rasmussen poll

  • A Rasmussen poll released Monday found Republican John McCain leading both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama inside the margin of error in New Jersey.  McCain, who leads Obama 46-45 and Clinton 45-42, is boosted by his 61% favorability rating in the state.
  • NJ-Sen: The Republicans

  • An FDU poll finds that three in four Republicans don’t know who they will vote for in the upcoming US Senate primary.
  • NJ-Sen: The Democrats

  • Frank Lautenberg says he will pour $2 million of his own money into defending his seat from a Rob Andrews primary challenge.
  • Two two big New Jersey mayors, Newark’s Cory Booker and Jersey City’s Jerramiah Healy, who is also HCDO chair, are supporting Lautenberg.
  • All six New Jersey House Democrats who are running for re-election to the House this year have pledged to run on a line with Lautenberg in the primary. At least two of the six, Frank Pallone (NJ-06) and Steve Rothman (NJ-09), have senatorial ambitions of their own.
  • NJ-02: Van Drew staying out

  • Jeff Van Drew chickens out again and declines to challenge LoBiondo.
  • NJ-09: Wildes wants in

  • The power-hungry Michael Wildes wants to challenge Steve Rothman in the Democratic primary for his Congressional seat.
  • Atlantic City Mayor: Conflicts of interest?

  • Incumbent Mayor Scott Evans questioned Lorenzo Langford’s ability to serve the city that is trying to recover an $850,000 settlement from him. In return, Langford criticized the mayor for approving a $200,000 settlement for a former fire captain in the fire department where Evans served as battalion chief.
  • Murray resembles Gore Vidal character

    I’m beginning to think Frank Lautenberg must be subsidizing Republican Murray Sabrin’s campaign as his own personal attack dog, considering all the damage Murray is inflicting on his GOP primary opponents.  By the time Murray gets through with them, if either of them wins the nomination they’ll be so bloodied and battered their own mothers won’t recognize them.  

    Regardless, Murray closely resembles Joe Cantwell (played by Cliff Robertson), a main character loosely based on Richard Nixon and Joe McCarthy from Gore Vidal’s play called

    “The Best Man” about two rivals for the presidential nomination.  I’ve seen the movie version several times and, though made in 1964, eerily resembles many of the current crop of presidential contenders.  Joe Cantwell, just like Murray Sabrin, comes across as a reactionary Goldwaterite with a mean streak which exemplifies Cantwell’s belief that the ends justify the means.  Like Murray, Cantwell doesn’t hesitate to dish the dirt against his main rival for the nomination, accusing the latter of extra-marital affairs and a history of mental illness.

    To me, Murray Sabrin is the reincarnation of Joe Cantwell.  The problem for NJ Republicans is that, unlike the “Best Man”, they lack a credible opponent who can withstand Murray’s personal assaults.  Instead they have to choose between an affable boob calling himself “Jersey Joe” and a professional adolescent who can’t decide where he lives.