Chirp Chirp Chirp. Where are the GOP U.S. Senate Candidates? Congressional Candidates?

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© Jim Urquhart / Reuters

New Jersey’s Comptroller issued a scathing report yesterday alleging that Newark’s Watershed Director stole millions of dollars during the Booker Administration.

The report included an referral to the Attorney General for a criminal investigation and was sharply critical of Cory Booker, the former Newark Mayor who is now a U.S. Senator, completing the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.

Not a peep out of Murray Sabrin, Brian Goldberg, Rich Pezzullo or any of the other candidates for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate whose names I don’t know.

Yesterday’s news that HUD is preventing victims of Superstorm Sandy from rebuilding their homes is another layup that Republican candidates for federal office, challengers or incumbents, missed.

Joe Kyrillos stepped up about HUD prolonging the agony for New Jersey residents with the strongest statement I’ve heard from him in the eight years I’ve been covering New Jersey  politics.  How about someone who is actually running for office this year stepping up and getting from free media?

Can we get a Republican who wants to be on the ballot this year grow some balls please?

Posted: February 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, 2014 U.S. Senate race, Cory Booker | Tags: , , , , , , | 29 Comments »

29 Comments on “Chirp Chirp Chirp. Where are the GOP U.S. Senate Candidates? Congressional Candidates?”

  1. Amen said at 9:42 am on February 20th, 2014:


    This is why I am not thrilled at this point about any of the Senate candidates.

    The Democrats use attack machine politics and to Lonegan’s credit he did a good job with “rolling out the red carpet” style tactics.

    We need to have candidates willing to respond with a “war room” style operation, the kind that Bill Clinton perfected.

    Jim Granelli

  2. Monmouthgirl said at 10:18 am on February 20th, 2014:

    Look we are not going to beat Pallone, lets just be honest with ourselves, the district is rigged. What we need to be concerned about are the Freeholders and the Local R’s.

    If Pallone goes unchallenged it is going to hurt down ticket.

    We need incumbent legislators, freeholders, mayors and councilpeople to step up and take one for the team and challenge Pallone – who knows they might win Monmouth like Little did. That would really help us.

    Al these folks live in the 6th District:

    Senator Beck
    Senator Kyrillos
    Senator Thompson (Lives in Old Bridge)
    Assemblywoman Angelini
    Assemblywoman Handlin
    Assemblyman Clifton
    Freeholder Arnone
    Freeholder Curley
    County Surrogate Peters (former Mayor of Middletown)
    Any of the Middletown Committeemembers
    Old Bridge Mayor Henry
    Anna Little

  3. Pallone Must Go said at 10:25 am on February 20th, 2014:

    Art looks like you need to do a poll.

  4. @ Monmouth Girl said at 10:54 am on February 20th, 2014:

    Not sure how we got from Booker to Pallone, but I’ll bite. However, a couple of your comments confuse the heck out of me:

    “Look we are not going to beat Pallone, lets just be honest with ourselves, the district is rigged. What we need to be concerned about are the Freeholders and the Local R’s.

    If Pallone goes unchallenged it is going to hurt down ticket.”

    Are you saying that we should just throw a sacrificial lamb up? First, some of those candidates you listed, I assure you are not interested in being sacrificed to the point where they deplete their own campaign finances.

    And, what if that sacrificial lamb is so weak, no one bothers? Still hurts down ticket races.

    I am of the opinion that there is indeed a sliver of a chance this year to beat Pallone, based on his war chest being depleted by his Senate run and the unpopularity of Obamacare.

    Yes, it is only a sliver. But if a bright and articulate candidate had the money or could raise, it is possible.

    That candidate needs to be in it to win it in order to help down ticket races, not just a name in a slot.

    We all need to stop being defeatists all of the time. Pragmatists, yes. Defeatism, NO

    With All Due Respect,

    Jim Granelli

  5. Rich Pezzullo said at 10:56 am on February 20th, 2014:

    There are too many hypocrites in involved in this story to mention in a brief post. Booker, first of all, for claiming to be responsible and competent, but installing a deeply conflicted law firm in an agency where he is the ex-officio chairman.

    The media for using words like “It happened on his watch .. he should have known”, when talking about a 3 day traffic jam, but looking the other way when hundreds of thousands of dollars are siphoned over several years.

    And everyone who ignored the last election when we had a chance to send a real leader to the US Senate, but stayed home and continued to complain about the government.

    Let’s not make those mistakes again. There is a full field of Senate Candidates out here, looking to put Cory Booker on unemployment. Pick one you like and get moving towards a dynamic primary.

    Here’s my site – come check it out – craigslist offers free advertising

  6. @Jim said at 12:08 pm on February 20th, 2014:


    I am not a defeatist, but I can add. I wish I had your confidence. 60% of that district lies in Middlesex County – New Brunswick will clobber any Republican. Even here in Monmouth – our best county ticket – Golden, Arnone and DiMaso lost Asbury, Long Branch and Neptune.

    No matter how bad Pallone is he is not losing those three and Middlesex.

    I want a sacrificial LION – not someone who will lay there and get steamrolled, but one who will go out there and take the fight to Frank. Could you image a John Curley debating Frank Pallone? Someone like that who will sacrifice to make sure that good government continues to operate here in Monmouth County and most of out towns.

    Someone who will make sure that we don’t have a repeat of 2009 when the Democratic majority in Freehold attempted to allow the NJ Democrats to pack County Government with there flunkies.

    And yes you are right there maybe a sliver – I hope and pray there is.

    Thanks Jim.

  7. @@ Jim - Monmouth Girl I Guess? said at 1:42 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    Not saying you were a defeatist. I was just trying to defeat any inkling of defeatism elsewhere. 🙂

    That said, seeing this come across the newswires today:


    I even MORE so want Pallone defeated because HE wrote this abomination.

    So, who will be the boldest and bravest NJ candidates for the Senate and for the Assembly in the 6th and 12th who will have the guts to run on this as a lead issue, the failure of the most important issue of our times.

    It’s an issue more and more voters are siding with us on. Candidates, you need to focus; not just chip around on the edges. AFTER ALL, if there are not enough people signing up; WE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR IT through higher taxes

    FYI, NO one has signed up in Oregon and in North Carolina, it’s a NET loss as I understand it. I have to verify the figures, but I understand 100,000 signed up for Obamacare, BUT 400,000 LOST their coverage because of it.

    To NOT run on the ACA at this point represents the failure of a candidate to come to grip with the ability to focus on issues. Nailing the ACA, also nails job losses, which IMHO should be an issue where a laser is focused.

    Not “nebulous” “Freedom Tags.”

    And it’s not necessarily about beating up the BSTPG and commentators like Bulldog. But, they seem to focus on 2nd Amendment and Abortion issues, while important; are so far down the list of priorities.

    It’s time to get serious folks and so far the BSTPG, with the exception of Anna Little’s first run; has have never thrown up efforts worthy of consideration, efforts that could bring fruition. Their day is past.

    Thus, comments from the likes of Bulldog are just silly tripe.

    All, IMHO

    Jim Granelli

  8. Sorry, said at 2:41 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    but the main person to blame for promoting Booker out of making his city worse to making our state and country worse, is none other than this Gov… Selfishness as a politician only works for a period of time- some longer than others, yes, but eventually, the person and their party suffer.. And, since the GOP seems to excel more in self- inflicted wounds, I do not see it getting any better, rather, much worse.. In a year when we should be replacing libs and kicking butt all over the place,these scandals and lack of candidates with fearlessness, guts and principled conviction, seem to be freezing us in place.. Above people listed will never put their comfort at risk to put a known name on the ballot, to help the ticket and take one for the team.. Self- preservation at all levels is now paramount, that is why things this year will not only be bad for us, I predict they will be worse.. Missed opportunities, confusion, lack if real planning and messaging and true leadership are what will defeat us this year.. Wish it wasn’t so, will still try and help whack at windmills, but am very discouraged at the apparent path of destruction we are needlessly on.. We have the issues- we have the solutions- now, WHO will do the right thing,and get in there,and bring it?? – to the Dumbocrats and to the voters??

  9. DEM said at 2:57 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    Hey Jim for all your talking why not you run?So Pallone can beat you like he has done to all the rest over the years.

  10. @ Dem said at 3:34 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    Maybe I am too old to be a candidate.

    Maybe I don’t WANT to be a candidate or go to Washington DC at my age when my wife is about ready to retire and we can travel, smart ass?

    But I sure as hell have the grass roots credentials to help good people get elected.

    But then, this is what liberals do when they have nothing else to say. They open their mouths and insert foot or they start hating.

    You know, sooner later; someone is going to beat Pallone. His record with Obamacare and his lack of a record on everything else is going to catch up with him.

    And I can’t wait to hear the likes of you crying. BTW, are you proud of the failure of a bill that he wrote?

    If so, MOST Americans are laughing at you.


    @ Sorry….

    Get over it, deal in the present and help elect Booker’s replacement. Crying over spilled milk gets us nowhere.


  11. We Need A True Conservative said at 3:44 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    We need a candidate on the Republican side that can match Cory Booker’s charisma and enthusiasm. We already know that the conservative message is the one the voters are looking for, over and above what Mr. Booker brings to the table, and what we need is a candidate who can bring that message to young and old alike in a way that will help them really see the light and become energized and hopeful about our conservative cause. Ladies and gentlemen, Murray Sabrin is not the man to do that, nor is Assemblyman Ciattarelli or Mr. Bell or Mr. Goldberg or Mr. Turkavage. Rich Pezzullo is the man to bring that message to the people of our sinking state, and he is the man we need to make our senator. It’s really very simple. The other men in this race have been so intimately involved in high institutions of business, government and education that they have completely lost touch with what the real people of New Jersey need. Rich Pezzullo, however, has worked with people from all walks of life (and continues to do so.) New Jersey is a winnable race, however, it is one that the NRSC will more than likely ignore. Murray Sabrin has cashed a federal check before for his campaigns, and I guarantee he doesn’t have the knowhow to raise a good enough funding or ground effort to pose any threat to Cory Booker. Rich Pezzullo, on the other hand, set a record for third-party votes in an NJ senate race that stands to this day- and that was in 1996. Rich Pezzullo can raise the kind of money requisite to defeating Senator Booker, and that is why I will be fully backing him this June and this November. I don’t think any of the candidates are too far apart ideologically. This race breaks down to who can defeat Senator Booker, and only one candidate in the field is up to that task: Rich Pezzullo. Murray Sabrin can’t function without federal money, and the others are inexperienced on the state level (except Mr. Bell, but experience gained during the Carter Administration doesn’t make me feel too confident.) When I first met Mr. Pezzullo, he made an exceedingly strong first impression, and I knew who I wanted. I’m posting this to help others see the same way.

  12. Pezzulo said at 4:00 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    Needs to smile more. The new facebook photo is a little too dour for my taste.

    And 1996 is not 2014.

  13. @We Need a True Conservative said at 4:29 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    That would be great but we are not a conservative state. We all hate to admit it but it is true.

    We are a blue state with pockets of conservative/republican rule. Christie was a unique situation.

    Look at the Congreessional districts and how they are carved up – they are uncompetitive.

    We need to protect out County government. Protect republican towns. Protect our republican legislators. Try to elect good people in swing towns and pray the other 20 GOP county chairs do the same thing. Maybe just maybe in a few years we can challenge a booker or pallone and have a fighting chance.

  14. We Need A True Conservative said at 4:48 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    States can swing, things change over time, and I think this year is as good a year as ever to get a Republican in the Senate from Jersey.

  15. Not a lot of names, said at 4:55 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    but here are a few: Councilwoman Toni Angelini, Matawan- she is young enough that, if unsuccessful, could go again at some point.. Mayor Paul Smith of Union Beach: is a grassroots guy from a blue collar town, and I would love for Frank to run against a “Smith!” ..Mayor Mahon from Oceanport- again, doing well there, no harm to him if he lost, but name I D is crucial.. Selika Gore, vice chair, Marlboro- would be a great candidate to debate Frank- smart lawyer, happens to be a minority..Peter Doyle, Councilman, Atlantic Highlands, again, no local problem if he lost.. Any of the Middletown councilpeople who live on the right side of town, for Dist.6, if not that, then a rich businessperson who can beat Frank to death with paid ads as the author of Obamacare- now,that would be a fun campaign to work on! See, we can find a proven elected or successful person,who can bring much better ideas and cut into Frank’s constant, boring pluralities!

  16. Guys & Ladies said at 5:54 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    A lot of these names are great, but they are just names being batted around.

    The question is do any of these folks want to run, and are they prepared to run for such an office.

    To be honest, if they really want to win; given the amount of money needed; one should be fundraising 2 years in advance, once the last election is over. THAT is the problem that no one seems to get through. But, there is indeed something to be said for getting someone’s feet wet, and if they come close enough to winning this time, run again next time; always fundraising towards that goal.

    However, it shouldn’t seem like we are all searching for another last minute throwaway candidate is what we will end up with. NOT that I say the seat can’t be won.

    Yes, we need candidates for all slots to draw out voters, but if those candidates up ticket can’t draw out voters, what have we gained?

    All I am saying is things are a double edged sword from my perspective.


  17. Bob English said at 6:26 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    I know that most here will disagree but I would suggest that there are a lot more people in the 6th that would like to see the ACA kept in place or improved upon/expanded than there are those that want total repeal.

  18. Sure, said at 9:00 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    the low-info’s who get paid for by us no matter what think it’s just great.. any family who gets turned down for needed treatment or loses someone because of the huge bureaucratic snafus that will be inevitable, not so much.. people who Pelosi says are now “liberated” from their jobs,because their employers can’ t afford to cover them any more, or cut them to part- timers,or lay them off, not so much- rather, not at all! How dare they do this to the best system in the world, how dare they reduce us to third- world status, every damn day! How dumb of the majority of Americans to allow this to happen with their KoolAid- sotted votes!

  19. The original question was, whom? said at 9:15 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    Unless we come up with candidates, we become a Passaic or Essex where the column is sometimes blank and the D’s get 80-90 percent of the vote and we might as well be a dictatorship.. The point is, seek out and run credible people with credentials and some type of record of community service, who WILL help down- ballot.. They aren’t just names, they are people who deserve a look and a chance, to take out one of the phoniest libs the area has ever been bamboozled by! And, any Don Trump- type who is already successful and maybe bored,and wants to give it a shot, sign them up, and let’s go get. Shins them and go after that creep, big-time! This modern Democrat party deserves to be hounded, chased, attacked and beaten, and we must have committed people to step up, and give them a good run and make the Dems spend lots of their never- ending,big money! This, then, all helps our freeholders and locals- so,let’s get going..

  20. @ The Original Question said at 9:29 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    Yes, they ARE credible names, well; maybe most are.

    But unless they step up and say they are interested, they are nothing more.

    So far, none of them have ever floated the idea.

  21. Maybe they need to be encouraged! said at 9:47 pm on February 20th, 2014:

    A major problem in finding an opponent to Frankie-boy is,that so many involved now we’re not around to know how the guy just slid in there-because his predecessor, a longtime and popular Dem from the shore dropped dead on a golf course, and he happened to be the only elected Dem in the county at the time, over the local level, and he had come from a lackluster short stint on his hometown council, and less than 5 years in the state senate, where his only achievement was naming a post office, for God’s sake! We today are, too,intimidated by all that out of state labor money- we know it sure kept him there for so long.. But,this year, he is finally at his most vulnerable,and we owe it to all the other brave souls who took past beatings from him, to grab a future star,and back the hell out of them!

  22. @ Maybe said at 8:33 am on February 21st, 2014:

    “and we owe it to all the other brave souls who took past beatings from him, to grab a future star,and back the hell out of them!”

    Well put.

    And, from the stories my Father In Law told me about Jim Howard, Pallone’s esteemed predecessor, my money is on Jim Howard turning over in his grave at that arse that hold’s his seat.

    Jim Granelli.

  23. I support Don Trump! said at 12:28 pm on February 21st, 2014:

    The guy is wealthy enough, he should buy a $10,000 house in Highlands, declare himself a resident and run for Congress, surely all of the voters will love and respect that move by a millionaire and elect him. Heck, a millionaire buying a seat here worked so well for Diane Gooch, I don’t know why everyone isn’t doing it!

    In my opinion, Republican and Independent voters alike want someone they can respect, someone personable, likable and relatable. The ONLY Republican on the so-called “deep bench” that fits those qualities and is charismatic, likable, intelligent, known across the county by blue collar workers and office stiffs alike, due to his private sector work ethic and his privately run businesses along with his outgoing, energetic personality, is former Neptune City Mayor, current Freeholder: Tom Arnone. The rest of the those names belong to self-important, small-town wonders … (like me)….that only insiders have ever heard of and no one else cares about.

    Silence Dogood, Redux

  24. @ Silence Dogood, Redux said at 12:54 pm on February 21st, 2014:

    Really? “The rest of the those names belong to self-important, small-town wonders …”

    Like them or not – these folks have worked hard for you. You may not always agree with them but to call them “self imporatant” just shows you ignorance.

    You are right about Arnone, but these are all good people.

    Senator Beck
    Senator Kyrillos
    Senator Thompson (Lives in Old Bridge)
    Assemblywoman Angelini
    Assemblywoman Handlin
    Assemblyman Clifton
    Freeholder Arnone
    Freeholder Curley
    County Surrogate Peters (former Mayor of Middletown)
    Any of the Middletown Committeemembers
    Old Bridge Mayor Henry
    Anna Little

  25. @ FAKE Silence Dogood said at 1:08 pm on February 21st, 2014:

    Get your own name you insolent asswipe.

    What a childish way to try and discredit what I have to say at various times.

    Or, in other words:

    Перейти в прошлом месяце самостоятельно вы его сын Баулдер, который его целовать его собственной матери.

    Mr. Gallagher, would you kindly please note that the above comment was NOT from the real Silence? After all, you do know who everyone is.


    With Much Love,

    The REAL Silence Dogood, Redux

    Лежа asswipe извращенцем что ребенок станет жертвой самозванцев не приветствовать

  26. Art Gallagher said at 1:15 pm on February 21st, 2014:

    Note: The Silence Dogood, Redux who supports Donald Trump is not the Silence Dogood, Redux who posts in foreign languages and thinks I know who everyone is.

    Neither poster is Benjamin Franklin

  27. Mike Harmon said at 2:41 pm on February 21st, 2014:

    I also think Pete Doyle would make a good candidate to go up against Frank Pallone.

    Credentials are important and Pete’s background is impressive.

    Expert in finance and government debt
    West Point
    Knows his international politics
    Combat veteran
    Knows the issues about Sandy restoration
    Actually lives in the district

    He has served several terms on local council. He would certainly make an excellent freeholder as well.

    Maybe he would consider a congressional race. There are plenty of patriots in the district.

  28. @ All Of Those said at 3:10 pm on February 21st, 2014:

    Suggesting names.

    Have you yourself talked with those people and asked them if they would run?

    Maybe that is what you should be doing, instead of engaging in wishful thinking.

    But here’s another name. Maybe Bob Walsh should be stepping up in the 6th or the 12th, instead of dividing the party with a primary challenge when their need not be one. But then, again, that would be wishful thinking on my part.

  29. Whomever wants the spots said at 10:32 pm on February 21st, 2014:

    I believe has, according to the Monmouth GOP by- laws, until around March 8th,to send their letter of intent to the Chair,and get the right amount of signatures, if they want to be on the machines to get nominated,at the March 22 county committee convention at Freehold Twp. High School..suggest you call Freehold HQ,or speak to the Chair, right away.. 732-431-6664…