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Elect Common Sense Honorary Chairman Bill Spadea. (Photo: Elect Common Sense).

Spadea unveils PAC to help ’23 candidates who support his ‘common sense’ agenda

Conservative media personality is expected to run for governor in 2025

By David Wildstein, March 02 2023 4:58 am

Conservative radio personality Bill Spadea has launched a new political action committee that could boost his chances if he seeks the Republican nomination for governor of New Jersey in 2025.

The PAC, Elect Common Sense, will focus on supporting local, county, and legislative candidates who are “ready, willing, and able to support common-sense policies to New Jersey government.”

“Like you, I am sick and tired of the culture of acceptance that has been beaten into us by Trenton politicians on both sides of the aisle,” said Spadea.  “Accepting their high taxes.  Accepting higher tolls, crumbling roads.  Accepting a radical school curriculum and accepting busloads of illegal border crossers.  Accepting prisoners being let out before they complete their sentences.  And, perhaps worst of all, accepting losing November after November.”

The announcement of the PAC appears to confirm the involvement of former White House Political Director Bill Stepien as a strategist for Spadea.  The contact on a statement from Spadea announcing the creation of the new group is Tom Bonfanti, the director of the political strategy for Stepien’s firm, National Public Affairs.

Stepien managed President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and both of Chris Christie’s campaigns for governor.

The mission of Elect Common Sense is “to end the vice grip that far-left Democrats have on the people of New Jersey” and aims to reject “professional politicians in Trenton” and instead install elected officials who support the reversal of “woke culture dominating our schools and government institutions while empowering families and those on the front lines of education, health care and combating crime.”

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Spadea hosted a top-rated morning drive radio show on NJ 101.5 and hosted Chasing News with Bill Spadea, which aired on WOR-TV Channel 9 from 2013 to 2020.   He’s laid the groundwork for a statewide run for over a year, founding the Common Sense Club and hosting the Common Ground podcast.

He will serve as honorary chairman of Elect Common Sense.

Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough), who came within three percentage points of unseating Gov. Phil Murphy in 2021, has said he plans to run again in 2025.

On Wednesday, the New Jersey Globe reported the result of a National Public Affairs poll that showed four prominent Republicans – State Sens. Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), Doug Steinhardt (R-Lopatcong), and Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland), and GOP State Chairman Bob Hugin – showing that they were unknown to approximately eight out of ten Republican primary voters.  Favorables for Spadea and Ciattarelli were not released.

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