Webber: Ghee’s dodge is a disqualifier

Antony Ghee’s refusal to say who he voted for in the last three presidential elections disqualifies him as a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress, according to his opponent. Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) says Ghee’s refusal to answer the question of who he supported in 2008, 2012 and 2016 is “ridiculous, cringe-worthy, and awful.” “Why bother dodging the question?  We know that Mr. Ghee voted for Obama, Obama,

NJ’s history of winning the second time around

Jack Ciattarelli, who told the Associated Press that he expects to run for governor again in 2021, is following a familiar model of making back-to-back bids for statewide office.  Ciattarelli sough the Republican nomination for governor in 2017. Tom Kean, Jim Florio, Christine Todd Whitman and Jim McGreevey all lost statewide races before finally winning a gubernatorial election. Kean lost the 1977 GOP primary and kept his eye on the

The Life and Times of Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell’s upset victory over four-term U.S. Senator Clifford Case in the 1978 Republican primary was one of the great political campaigns in New Jersey history.  Bell was a 35-year-old speechwriter for Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential campaign, and Case became the only incumbent U.S. Senator in New Jersey history to lose a primary. Bell, who died on Saturday at the age of 74, was a thinker, an intellectual who was

The day Frank Pallone took a walk

It’s difficult to admit that the 2002 U.S. Senate race was so long ago that many people involved in New Jersey politics today don’t remember it.  Bob Torricelli was the Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey and he was dealing with the aftermath of an admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee. To help keep the seat in Democratic hands – Democrats had a one-seat majority in the Senate at the