Jon Bramnick’s Political Playbook

“Our message in New Jersey as Republicans has always been one of fiscal responsibility and civility,” said Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) in an interview with WNYC radio. “I want people to know that as a Republican in this state, I want to respect people and bring people together. And, if that message is not coming from Washington, it is going to come from me.”

Bramnick, like Kevin Bacon in Animal House, is preparing to take another beating and to politely ask for more.

Bramnick’s quest to bring civility to politics is an admirable cause. Unfortunately, there is little evidence that one sided civility wins elections.

Hillary Clinton said it perfectly last month in her interview with CNN. You can’t be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.

Jon Bramnick says New Jersey Republicans stand for fiscal responsibility and civility.   That’s nice, but is it a winning political plan?

Say hello to the 26 Republicans in the 80 member NJ General Assembly.  After the 2019 election, there will only be 22-24, if the recent trend continues.



Posted: November 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ GOP, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | 11 Comments »

11 Comments on “Jon Bramnick’s Political Playbook”

  1. With all due respect .. said at 5:38 pm on November 14th, 2018:

    I know the assemblyman considers himself the comedian of the legislature, but perhaps it is time to assess that maybe more people are laughing AT us as a party rather than with us: can anyone recall when we have had less Republicans in both the legislature and Congressioal delegation than we will have, come January? I cannot. Despite millions of Mr Hugin’s own money, and a more engaged new state chair, look at how badly this year( and last) went for us: it is really pathetic. We have a decision to make: either hone a better, consistent message for all to run on, and field better candidates that really bust their butts, or we might as well give it up, go to the comedy shows, and leave NJ as the biggest joke of states to live in, for too many more years to come….

  2. Jeremy Baratta said at 3:55 am on November 15th, 2018:

    Bramnick is worthless! He NEEDS to GO!

  3. @ With all due respect said at 8:33 am on November 15th, 2018:

    Amen. You nailed it

  4. Marlboro Male said at 2:00 pm on November 15th, 2018:

    Bramnick should spend less time telling jokes and more time spreading the message of the only party who can save the state.

  5. Route139 said at 4:15 pm on November 15th, 2018:

    The other problem is Bramnick’s district is one of the one’s most vulnerable as he won narrowly in 2017 and Lance did very poorly there. Im not sure being Democrat-lite is a winning strategy in NJ when the Dems have the goods to deliver. On the flipside, there are parts of the state where there are Trump-curious blue collar voters but the NJGOP seems to be ignoring them.

  6. @ Route 139 said at 6:21 pm on November 15th, 2018:

    Bramnick is certainly alienating those Trump Curios voters, especially with his comments attacking Trump earlier this week.

    Look, he doesn’t have to love the President, but he certainly shouldn’t be alienating people that will work for Republican victories.

  7. How tired are we said at 8:17 pm on November 15th, 2018:

    of so many politicians ( in this case, in our GOP,) seeming to do only what works to keep themselves in their own little pathetic seats- while others in their own party fall around them, like toy soldiers? The lack of unity, teamwork, singleness of purpose, dedication to common goals and principles, and acknowledgment of our President’s success by most of our entire organization – from Congress (now lost, how brilliant,) through many, in the various states- is childish, selfish, dumb, and a sure formula for even more defeats.

    If the other side wasn’t so radical, extreme, and plain nuts in their views and practice, one might consider just walking away. But then, who do we find, draft, beg, to step out of their own egos,shape up, stand firm for something, work together, and actually try and save what’s left of our constitution and republic? Therein, is this the dilemma for our party: “our bum is better than their bum?” We really all need to do much better- individually and collectively- or we as a party, state and nation, are just plain doomed..

  8. Proud Republican said at 9:00 pm on November 15th, 2018:

    You know what is most upsetting? Every poster here has a better grasp of what needs to be done and how to execute than the minority speaker

  9. Trump Curious said at 10:14 pm on November 15th, 2018:

    What exactly is this? All seriousness.

  10. This is said at 12:05 pm on November 16th, 2018:

    a running conversation about the future, or lack there- of, of the Republican Party, at the state and national level in particular, but we all know if we cannot win locally, it is tough to do better up- ballot, as well. We who care are looking for realistic, principled leadership, and less self- serving public officials. We are looking to fare better than the current dismal election totals, on the state and national level. The biggest question for myself is: how do you make average voters understand that we can’t continue paying out all of the promises without eventually crashing? How to fight “ free” everything so boldly pronounced by mostly Democrats, just to get elected? Example: “ Medicare for all!” Wow, sounds great! That sure wins. Why don’t folks understand that really means no choice, long waits and longer lines, more doctors leaving, LESS care, and $36 trillion over 10 years, when we are already over $20 trillion in debt?

    All this, in addition to paying billions for not only our own citizens to be on welfare, Medicaid and the other programs, but now, more and more illegals? Guess we need to blame the liberal education system, the entitlement, “no-one-loses” mentality, the “someone else will pay” philosophies? How do we get any grip on all this, before all- out civil war breaks out, here in our own great, but nearly broke, country??? Nobody wants to be the downer or bearer of bad tidings, but someone had better try harder, soon!

  11. @ Trump Curious said at 10:45 am on November 17th, 2018:

    Voters curios and possibly interested in voting for Trump. Sorry, didn’t explain myself