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Monmouth & Ocean Dems Join Forces – Should Your County Do This?

Chris Christie won Ocean County by 70,000 votes. He took Monmouth, home of NJ’s first LG Kim Guadagno, by about 65,000 votes (plus Dems lost freeholder control). It was a drop through the floor for Monmouth; McGreevey won the county just 8 years earlier. Corzine lost by only 7,500 votes in 2005. But both counties, particularly the shore towns, were death to the Dems in 2009. But now Monmouth & Ocean Dems are calling a new play, starting with a campaign training together next month. Ocean Dems Chair Wyatt Earp:

Ocean and Monmouth are working together, using database and web technologies, social media and old fashioned organizing to  get the Democratic message out. Our goal is to make sure that we are able to effectively increase Democratic voter turnout and  get out the Democratic message to independent voters and working families.

I talked to newly-elected Monmouth Chair Vin Gopal, who’s been a friend and colleague for years via DFA. The program he and Wyatt Earp are planning is ambitious.

Do we take back the governor’s mansion if we continue to hemorrhage votes in those counties? Nobody wants to find that out. Bad as the numbers there were, they were worse in my home county of Hunterdon, where Christie had the highest percentage victory (Ocean yapping at our tails .02% behind us). My crimson county struggles; right now, many of our local towns don’t even have municipal candidates running. Hunterdon has basics to catch up on. Maybe we should be partnering with another county, too.

Here’s how Earp & Gopal plan to ramp-it-up. It starts with the first-ever joint training and conference Sept. 15th. Follow me:  

What Are We, Chopped Liver?

This past week, we’ve seen a lot about the impact of congressional redistricting and the positioning of candidates in North Jersey for the upcoming election. Congressman Steve Rothman has declared that he will move and challenge his colleague Bill Pascrell in a primary rather than face incumbent Republican extremist Scott Garrett. Whether or not Rothman’s decision is a good one, it hurts me to see two Democrats spending a million dollars to knock each other off when the money could be better spent in an all-out effort to oust Garrett, one of the worst members of Congress.

It also bothers me that the Fourth Estate has virtually ignored the important race in the Third District. Another member of the “worst congressman’s club” is former NFL bad boy and current congressman Jon Runyan. Runyan’s voting record is as bad as Garrett’s, and over time if Runyan builds up seniority in the House, his impact will be just as deleterious.  

Mercer and Burlco Dems choose new leaders

After current Mercer County Democratic Chairman Rich McClellan decided not to seek another term leading the county party after eight years, members unanimously backed Liz Muoio of Pennington to replace him as the new party chairman.

In Burlington County, many candidates dropped out before the vote which saw Acting Chairwoman Alice Furia succeeded by former Maple Shade Councilman Joe Andl. Andl ran against County Freeholder Maryann Reinhart and won by a tally of 171-86. Furia became the acting Chair after Rick Perr resigned last summer. Here is a photo of the new and past chair following the vote:

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Alice Furia and Joe Andl

Congratulations to the new leadership for both County parties. Another race that garnered some attention saw the Ocean County Democratic Committee Chairman Wyatt Earp defeat challenger Britta Wenzel last night in a contentious reorganization by a total of 208-141.