Jacobson has his eye on Beck’s Senate seat

Dan Jacobson

Dan Jacobson

Former Assemlyman Dan Jacobson, publisher of the triCityNews weekly newspaper and AsburyParkSun hyper-local news website, launched his campaign to return to the legislature last week with his tCN column urging Senate Jennifer Beck to run for governor.

Jacobson served one term in the General Assembly, 1990-1991.  He was swept out of office, along with the Democratic majority in the 1991 election over Governor Florio’s $2 billion tax increase, including sales taxes on toilet paper and food.  In 2011 Jacobson registered as a Republican in order to challenge then Senator Sean Kean for the 11th district Senate nomination in the GOP primary.  But the legislative redistricting commission foiled Jacobson’s plans by moving Kean’s hometown of Wall out of the 11th district into the 30th, and moving Red Bank, Beck’s hometown into the 11th.

Jacobson didn’t want to run against Beck.  They’re friends and agree on most issues. And Beck’s political stardom is one of Jacobson’s major journalistic accomplishments. Just ask him.  Jen Beck never even would have been elected to the Red Bank Borough Council if not for Dan Jacobson pumping her up in the triCityNews.

So Jacobson ran a pax-on-both houses Independent race for Assembly in 2011 to make a point.  2304 voters, 3%, got the point and have long since forgotten it.  Obviously his heart wasn’t in the Assembly race.  He really wants to be in the Senate, but he doesn’t want to run against Beck.

The obvious solution is for Beck to step up and run for governor.  Jacobson rightly argues that the NJ GOP doesn’t have a viable alternative for a post-Christie candidate.   The NJGOP is actually weaker now than it was before Christie was elected in 2009.

Jacobson’s case for a Beck gubernatorial run? “For there’s no one else out there — in either party — who doesn’t represent the same old bullshit,”  Jacobson writes in the danwebadbaby1opening salvo of his tCN column.   That’s not quite true.  Jacobson knows other leaders –in both parties –who don’t represent the same old bullshit.  Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon comes to mind among Republicans, as does Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty among Democrats.  There are others, but none of them holds a office that Dan covets.

Dan told MMM that he wouldn’t run if nominated or serve if elected when we asked him about his ambition to return to the legislature.  But we’ve heard that him from before.

We think Dan should run for Mayor or Council in Asbury Park this year, regardless of what he or Beck do in 2017.   No one is more qualified to serve in either one of those offices and Asbury Park needs his leadership.  Dan has singularly lead the resurgence of Asbury Park, even through the great recession, from the publisher’s desk at triCityNews.  Just ask him.   But he is frustrated by boneheaded moves the last council made and that the new council, that will only serve one year due to a new form of government to be elected this November, is moving too slowly to correct.

Jacobson argues that Beck, and her husband, restaurateur Dan Shields should sacrifice their good life with a statewide campaign for governor, because New Jersey needs Jen’s leadership.  “And it if doesn’t work, so be it. Beck can return to her happy life. So Jennifer wins personally even if she loses politically.”  Except that she’s out of the Senate, unable to run for both offices in 2017.

The same argument can be made about Jacobson running for Mayor or Council in Asbury Park.   Asbury Park needs him.  If he loses, so be it. He and Mrs. Jacobson can go back to their happy life.   If he wins, lots of Asbury Park residents have a shot at a happier life.

“I’m really talking about public service here — meaning a sacrifice for the public good.  Not phony statements about it most politicians make.  I say Jennifer Beck Dan Jacobson is needed right now in this state Asbury Park.”

Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, Dan Jacobson, Jennifer Beck | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments »

16 Comments on “Jacobson has his eye on Beck’s Senate seat”

  1. TR said at 3:38 pm on March 31st, 2014:

    Dan they have not yet legalized marijuana in NJ. You should stop smoking it.
    There are politicians who do not stand for the same old buulshit. She is not one of them.

  2. Flip floppin Beck Does Need to Go said at 3:54 pm on March 31st, 2014:

    You know, I remember not too long ago Chris Christie used to refer to all Democrats as “Corzine Democrats.”

    It now looks like a newly coined phrase will emerge: “Christy Republicans.” Count Jen in as one of them.

    Christie all of a sudden wants reforms and oversight for the very agency he placed nearly a hundred unqualified cronies in–including Jen Beck’s ex-husband.

    It was also Jen Beck that refused to vote for greater transparency in the Port Authority in a Senate vote not too long ago. I bet she wishes she had that vote back, lol

    Dan, you are needed. Christy Republican Jennifer Beck needs to go!!

  3. Gotta go Beck said at 6:28 pm on March 31st, 2014:

    Normally I don’t like novelty candidates, you know, oddballs? But in this case, I’ll make an exception. Anything would be better than that two-faced, social climbing, stands for nothing, annoying voiced backstabber we have now. Jen, your self-centered phony personality has rubbed more people the wrong way than a relentless telemarketer. Hang it up already and go help your hubby clean the shrimp.

  4. Shore girl said at 6:32 pm on March 31st, 2014:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  5. Dan Jacobson said at 6:52 pm on March 31st, 2014:


    You’re supposed to post this on April 1st!

    Dan Jacobson

  6. The Bayshore Bulldog said at 8:35 pm on March 31st, 2014:

    Somebody needs to step up and get rid of this RINO stench. Beck is anti-family, anti-God, pro-gay, and pro-abortion.

  7. Bob English said at 10:27 pm on March 31st, 2014:

    Anti Family??? Anti God???? Stop with all of the craziness. Senator Beck is very responsive to the needs and concerns of her constituents. She is very hardworking and very smart which are among the reasons whey she is often mentioned in conversations for higher office.

  8. Gotta go Beck said at 11:15 pm on March 31st, 2014:

    The only one mentioning Jennifer Beck for higher office in conversations is Jennifer Beck.

  9. Monmouth Girl said at 9:25 am on April 1st, 2014:

    Bulldog if you had any GUTS you would run against Jen!

  10. Jane Brewer said at 4:40 pm on April 1st, 2014:

    Jen Beck is a joke and the worst the Monmouth GOP has!!!

    Just ask Chairman Bennett. There is no legislator worse to us county Republicans than Jen.

    She really needs a 2017 primary challenge and Caroline Cassagrande is best to do it.

  11. Bob English said at 5:09 pm on April 1st, 2014:

    While most of the other legislatures are asleep and don’t even realize that the mandatory contribution levels by public employees to health care benefits is set to sunset, note that Sen. Beck just introduced S-1807 which would remove the expiration of required payment by those public employees of percentage of cost of health care coverage provided by public employers. Would be nice if some of our other area representatives would sign on as co-sponsors (that is assuming they are in favor of the bill.)

  12. Bob English said at 5:10 pm on April 1st, 2014:

    Link to the bill:


  13. @Bob English said at 7:50 pm on April 1st, 2014:

    You can bring up all the bills that Jennifer has sponsored in her defense. But keep in mind she also sponsored Kyleigh’s Law which mandated those silly red stickers on license plates. Silly? yes; but dangerous too. They put a bulls eye on all of our youth in this state. She needs to say she made a mistake on that one.

    Like it was mentioned above, she had a point in time to demand (by voting on a bill in the Senate) that required the Port Authority be transparent. She refused to vote on this matter. Why? Because Christy vetoed it? Because one of her close associates (so close she married him) and former husband, is one of the many unqualifed cronies appointed by Christie to the PA??

    It is time for her to go. Caroline—do you hear us???

  14. @Monmouth Girl said at 8:19 pm on April 1st, 2014:

    The Bayshore Bulldog endorses Caroline Cassagrande for State Senate. She can’t be any worse than that stinky RINO, Jen Beck.

  15. Bob English said at 8:20 am on April 2nd, 2014:

    @@Bob English…If you are going to use as a barometer, not voting to override one of the Governor’s veto’s, there would be no more Republicans left in Trenton.

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