Governor, Please consider Caroline Casagrande for Senate

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

It’s not even close to her turn and she’s not a white male.  That’s only two good reasons that Governor Chris Christie should appoint one of New Jersey’s Rising Stars to the U.S. Senate.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande is smart, articulate, conservative and happy.  Voters love happy conservatives.  Angry conservatives are scary to moderates and Independent voters.  Happy conservatives appeal to moderates and Independent voters.

Casagrande’s  pro-growth, pro-family, pro-women conservative policy positions belong on the national stage. She could help rebrand the Republican Party with her fellow Penn State alumnus Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.  Imagine that.  Two Northeast female Republican U.S. Senators.

Steve Lonegan, a scary angry conservative, has declared he’s running in the Special Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. Lonegan could win a primary against a moderate Jon Bramnick, Tom Kean Jr or Joe Kyrillos.  He can’t beat Cory Booker, Frank Pallone or Rush Holt in October.

Bramnick, Kean or Kyrillos are not likely to be able to gear up fast enough to beat Booker in October either.

If Caroline Casagrande were the temporary U.S. Senator, Lonegan would have no philosophical justification to challenge her.  None.  Republicans best chance of winning the Senate seat in October, and again next November, is if we coalesce behind a conservative woman now.

Casagrande has already caught the eye of many national leaders.  Earlier this year she was asked to be on the national leadership team of the Susan B. Anthony List. In 2010 she traveled to Nepal as a delegate of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a State Department sponsored organization that creates opportunities for the next generation of political leaders.  She’s been invited to travel to Israel this summer by the American Jewish Council.

Casagrande would be an out of the box choice. She would appeal to both the conservative and moderate wings of the Party. She would appeal to Independent voters, Reagan Democrats, women and small business owners and employees, i.e., most of the New Jersey electorate. She would be a fresh face that the local and national media would appreciate and cover.

Posted: June 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, 2014 U.S. Senate race, Caroline Casagrande, Senate Special Election | Tags: , , | 22 Comments »

22 Comments on “Governor, Please consider Caroline Casagrande for Senate”

  1. SenseCommon said at 5:20 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    I could not agree more. One of the most impressive & driven pols in NJ. She would be a great pick.

  2. bill said at 5:32 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    That would be great.She would lose to Pallone or Booker,And a Democrat would win that open seat. By the way the Democrats are going to win all 3 seats anyway.

  3. TR said at 5:32 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    My first thought was whaaaat? Then I thought some more and said Hell she is as good a choice as anyone else I have heard mentioned.

  4. Governor: Please Consider Casagrande | The Save Jersey Blog said at 5:49 pm on June 5th, 2013:


  5. Leviathan said at 5:51 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    @bill – I highly have to question the opinion of someone who can never grammatically complete a full sentence.

    The 3 opponents that you are flaunting couldn’t put all of their accolades together and come close to what she has done for NJ and residents.

    BTW, Casagrande is a great idea

  6. @ Whomever wrote this said at 6:09 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    Now THAT’S thinking out of the box.

    “I’m Lovin’ It” 🙂

    @Bill, you sure are a pessimistic fella, aren’t ya?

  7. Support This. said at 6:20 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    Art, this is by far your greatest blog post, ever.

    Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande has earned the respect and admiration of hard line conservatives as well as more moderate Republicans. She has an existing fund raising network in place and I’m confident that ALL of those who worked hard to ensure that Monmouth County Republicans won the primary strong would work twice as hard to see one of our own elected to the US Senate.

  8. bill said at 6:20 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    Bob Dole is so right.

  9. OMG said at 7:47 pm on June 5th, 2013:


    Rick Shaftan must be doing cartwheels.

    Jim Granelli

  10. bob walsh said at 7:56 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    She is one classy woman with an edge to her that many including myself admire. What’s there not to like? Intelligent and feisty,two important traits in any effective leader

  11. khernandez said at 8:45 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    This is a great idea. A true future leader in NJ politics.

  12. Finally, said at 9:08 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    the prospect of not repeating the old white male rhetoric that is often used against republicans as an expression of why we are out of touch with America.
    Here is a young, bright, well educated, good speaker who is a wife and mother from a strong family background and good Republican values and is relatable.
    As a woman she would certainly not just energize the party but bring many independents to the table. For too long NJ has not had woman leadership at the Federal level.
    Here we have someone who no doubt would inspire Republicans and Independents alike. Hec, she might even peel off democrats who realize Booker has done very much other than create a national profile and blog about saving people as Newark is still the same hell whole it was when he was first elected.

  13. Shlomo said at 11:15 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    Just what we need, another RINO loser. The polls will close at 8PM and at 8:01 they’ll call the election for Booker. The only way to beat Booker is to unite the conservative base behind a single candidate, and the only one who can do that is last year’s runner-up in the GOP Senate primary, Bader Qarmout. Voters rejected Joe Kyrillos last year because he is a babykilling liberal RINO. Bader Qarmout was the only Tea-Party Approved Citizen Patriot who ran in the GOP primary and would have defeated Joe Kyrillos if it wasn’t for one of the worst smear campaigns of personal destruction that was eclipsed only by the ooze, muck and slime thrown at the Republicans 4 Conservative Leadership by the same babykillingt liberal RINO Joe Kyrillos. Shame on him!!

  14. CommonSense said at 11:50 pm on June 5th, 2013:

    @Shlomo… Your name pretty much dictates it all if you think Casagrande is a RINO. You know, you ‘Tea Partiers’ are very hypocritical in nature. You bash Obama followers because of their undying loyalty, but people like you are just zombies to your own ‘candidates.’

    Casagrande is a true Conservatice-Republican candidate who actually has what it takes to take on an opponent like Pallone or Booker.

    You decided to try and bash a real choice because of your inadequacies as a group.

  15. firesign58 said at 12:15 am on June 6th, 2013:

    Pallone and Holt both have giant war chests, but Booker has been known to think independently and has much more charisma, and relates better with NJ residents than either Holt or Pallone, who have spent years away. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.

  16. @Common Sense said at 5:14 am on June 6th, 2013:

    Aka/ Holier than thou. We forgot the world should rise and set by you and what you want. No one is better than who you deem better, regardless. Not an admiral trait at all. You only breed contempt and it’s immature .

  17. @shlomo not @common sense said at 5:22 am on June 6th, 2013:

    Sorry above post is directed to Shlomo NOT
    Common Sense

  18. @ @shlomo not @common sense said at 7:42 am on June 6th, 2013:

    Yeah, that 5:22 am thing gets you, doesn’t it. 🙂

    Been there, done that with bare minimum comprehension skills at that time in the morning. You are barely awake and needing that “first cup of coffee” to get you going. 🙁

    Yes, you are correct with Shlomo, et al acting holier than thou. Worse, they are absolutists and elitists in their own right. My way or the highway is their creed.

    Worse though, Shlomo is chief putz and water carrier; parroting talking points.

    He doesn’t understand that Cassagrande is indeed a Conservative, and worse that he also doesn’t understand that Badar Quarmont is actually pretty liberal.

    Stupid fools and lemmings. Willing to jump off the cliff with Queen Babs.

    Why don’t you all do something useful and bash some Democrats, huh?

    Jim Granelli

  19. Astraea said at 7:46 am on June 6th, 2013:

    Shlomo, how about a little more respect in your posts; they’re hardly more than a string of expletives aimed at respectable elected officials, and inaccurate. It’s also wearing thin, hearing these meaningless epithets thrown out the way they are here, like constitutionally certified, RINO-loser, and babykilling liberal. Talk about Republicans “eating their own young”!

    What facts would you use to substantiate your serious accusation that Caroline Casagrande is a “RINO loser” anyway? She defeated an incumbent, to become the youngest woman ever elected to the Assembly in 2007, and hasn’t lost an election since. She has an impressive resume, and as Art says is happy, smart, articulate & enthusiastic!

  20. Bob English said at 8:17 am on June 6th, 2013:

    Just a question but if she or anyone else in the Legislature was going to run in the primary and then (if they won) the October election, would they still qualify to be on the ballot in November (for their current position?)

  21. SenseCommon said at 8:47 am on June 6th, 2013:

    No worries my friend. Happens to all of us 🙂

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