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DeNeufville prepared to self-fund

Congressional candidate’s deep pockets could make him a threat

By Nikita Biryukov, April 09 2018 11:36 am

Latecomer Peter DeNeufville says he’s prepared to pump virtually any amount of money into his campaign for Congress.

A relative unknown, DeNeufville, who was one of former Gov. Chris Christie’s top fundraisers and faces an uphill battle given his low name recognition and the looming nature of June’s primary elections, plans to introduce himself to the district’s voters through a combination of direct campaigning and ad spending.

Though he declined to release a fundraising total in advance of the April 15 quarterly filing deadline, the 11th congressional district candidate will be seeking to raise funds from donors, and DeNeufville said he was willing to inject a virtually limitless amount of his own wealth into the campaign.

“We’re going to run an aggressive campaign and I will contribute funds to make sure we can spend enough to win,” he said. “I’ll contribute whatever we need to do to win, as will many of our donors.”

The spending there has already started. Though he declined to provide specifics, DeNeufville said his campaign expects to roll out a number of TV ads in the next week or two, and the campaign has already started to send out email blasts to thousands of people in the district.

DeNeufville said he has already started making campaign stops and dropping in at Republican fundraisers, actions he plans to continue undertaking in the coming weeks.

While he declined to release them and said the campaign would wait until it had a group of them to release at once, DeNeufville said his run has been racking up endorsements, though he seemed to try to play down the importance of these showings of public approval.

“This campaign won’t be won on the number of endorsements a candidate receives,” DeNeufville said. “But, we have a number, and in the coming days, we’ll begin to put those out.”

DeNeufville, who said he entered to race because of the country’s climbing national debt, immigration issues, terror threats and school security, was often cagey about the policies he would seek to implement if elected to fill retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat

Though, he did offer one platform that might be atypical for Republican running to fill a seat that has not been won by a Democrat since the district was redrawn in 1984.

DeNeufville said he would seek to improve gun background to better comply with federal regulations that could have prevented attacks like the one committed last November by a former U.S. Air Force serviceman.

Authorities said at the time that court martials for domestic abuse should have prevented Devin P. Kelley, who killed 26 in a shooting spree, from purchasing the gun he used in the massacre, but the Air Force did enter Kelley’s name into a federal database used for these background checks.

“Clearly, there are significant gaps in the background check system,” DeNeufville said.

Though departure may be striking for Republicans in red states, it’s unlikely to make many waves in New Jersey – where, according to a recent Stockton poll, 75 percent of residents think stricter gun control laws are called for – and his stance is not all that different from Frelinghuysen’s, who has received a D rating from the National Rifle Association, indicating a pro-gun-control voting record.

DeNeufville said his campaign would lay out a number of general measures to combat these issues, and others like environmental protection, in the coming days.

Multiple times during the interview, DeNeufville stressed his commitment to lowering the national debt, even calling himself a “national-debt-focused conservative Republican” and invoking his friendship with Peter Peterson, who briefly served as secretary of commerce under President Richard Nixon and was once named the most influential billionaire in politics by the Los Angeles Times.

Peterson, who advocated fiscal conservatism for much of his life, died in March.

Still, it’s not yet clear how DeNeufville would curb the national debt and its service payments, which he called untenable.

DeNeufville said he favored the tax cuts Republicans passed last December, which only one member of the New Jersey delegation, Rep. Tom MacArthur, voted for. The measure is considered to hit New Jersey, a high tax state, harder than many other states by capping the state and local interest tax deduction.

He said his plan to curb the national debt would focus on the country’s spending, though he declined to name specific programs that might see cuts, saying that more information on what might be targeted would come later.

“There are all manner of programs that we have to look at very carefully,” DeNeufville said.

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11 thoughts on “DeNeufville prepared to self-fund

  1. Whoever was the moron that thought this guy should run is an idiot. He has no political experience and only trying to cause division in CD11.
    I am curious on which idiotic party bosses and leaders are actually going to support him. Probably the same fools who thought Ghee was a good idea.

  2. Must be nice to have family money to throw around. But that doesn’t mean Mr. De Neufille is smart. I actually suspect he isn’t smart because he’s going to lose to Jay Webber before returning to his elite lifestyle and his family wealth.

  3. Peter de Neufville has a PhD from the University of London. He previously served in commands at the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency. He spent several years in Afghanistan and served as a member of the RAND Corporation’s Middle East Public Policy Advisory Board. He is a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy and served on active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also built a large successful chemicals business and successfully sold it. Some of these commentators need to get their facts straight. You would have to be insane to support crazy Trenton career politician Webber an extremist loser with no financial support who will have no shot against the millions of dollars the Democrats are going to pour into this election. Ghee, a Brooklyn Democrat until recently, is also a mistake and it should be only a matter of days before party leaders realize they made a huge mistake and pull their support from him.

  4. @NJ: We agree that RINO Anthony Ghee is not a serious candidate, but elitist Peter de Neufville was born with a silver spoon. Peter donated money to Chris Christie, the guy who raised taxes, increased spending, re-appointed a far left justice, gave in-state tuition to the children of illegal aliens, and shut down a bridge when a small town Mayor wouldn’t endorse his re-election. How does that qualify him to be in Congress? While Peter was funding Chris Christie’s radical leftist agenda, Jay Webber was in Trenton opposing Chris Christie. Jay Webber is pro-life, against higher taxes, against wasteful spending, for school choice, for enforcement of our immigration laws, and for conservative judges. Webber has the support of tons of elected officials and conservative leaders, NJ Right to Life endorsed him just today. Jay is the only real conservative in the race it seems.

  5. Webber’s problem is he’s been a lifelong Trenton politician for so long he forgets he was Christie’s servant boy while heroes like Peter de Neufville were in Afghanistan and Iraq putting their lives on the line for our country and building businesses that created jobs and (yes) wealth. It must be sad to be a loser like Webber, third rate lawyer, broke and pathetic, spending your life in Trenton not accomplishing anything while your HLS classmates are partners at real law firms or running the US Attorney’s office. He must skip the reunions out of embarrassment.

    1. @NJ are you serious? As was pointed out here by Common, elitist Peter DeNeufville has never built a business. You are attacking one of the only conservative legislators in Trenton who refused to go along with Chris Christie’s radical leftist agenda funded by Peter DeNeufville. DeNeufville funded Christie’s gas tax hike, in-state tuition for the children of illegal aliens, crony capitalism, the re-appointment of a leftist judge, massive new spending, and 9 credit downgrades. Peter DeNeufville was born with a silver spoon and it’s apparent he’d be another liberal elitist in Washington D.C. Furthermore, DeNeufville is out of touch with the residents of the district and likely can’t win a general election. A vote for DeNeufville = a vote for a Speaker Pelosi.

  6. Is it a conflict of interest for Webber to represent clients and serve in the Assembly at the same time? It says on his website he represents clients before various appellate panels. Didn’t Sheldon Silver go to prison for doing that? Someone should investigate these Trenton politicians.

  7. Well N.J. looks like we are being served up a platter of phony conservatives A LAWYER JUST WHAT WE NEED ANOTHER SOLD OUT INSIDER WHO IS REALLY A DEMOCRAT IN DISGUISE. A DEMOCRAT WHO HAS JUST CHANGED HIS PARTY ANOTHER DEMOCRAT IN DISGUISE, ANOTHER DEMOCRAT IN DISGUISE ONLY WITH MONEY GOOD FRIEND OF OLE CHRIS CHRISTY ANOTHER DEMOCRAT IN DISGUISE. I CALL THEM D.I.R.C.s democats in republican clothes. Not republicans at all insurgence for the democrats.

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