Steinhardt calls out Murphy on PSE&G

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt wants to know if legislation to keep a Salem County nuclear plant open will benefit Gov. Phil Murphy personally. Steinhardt says that Goldman Sachs is a major investor in PSE&G, which stands to gain up to $3 billion in state subsidies if the measure is passed, and that Murphy still has stock in his former company. "Before Governor Murphy signs a $3 billion tax-hike on

Steinhardt blasts Menendez on friend’s sentencing

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt says that the prison sentence imposed of Dr. Salomon Melgen is an example of Bob Menendez's "record of embarrassing New Jersey." Melgen was sentenced to seventeen years in prison and a $42.6 million in restitution for Medicare fraud. " The stark realities of Melgen's punishment amplify the sordid details of Melgen and Menendez's relationship, which involved Menendez's acceptance of expensive vacations, lavish gifts and private

GOP calls for investigation of payments to Gill

Republican State Chairman Douglas Steinhardt says the state should investigate whether side-payments made to top campaign staffers for Gov. Phil Murphy violated New Jersey campaign finance laws. Brendan Gill, who was Murphy’s campaign manager, received an additional $61,400 from the Democratic Governors Association during the 2017 general election, according to year-end reports filed with the Internal Revenue Service.  The campaign finance director, Joseph Kelley, made $55,400 in direct payments from

NJGOP announces new staff

Theresa Winegar will remain as executive director of the Republican State Committee, GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt announced today. Steinhardt also announced that Harrison Neely, the vice president of Checkmate Strategies, will serve as a communications consultant.  He worked for Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, managed Tom MacArthur's campaign, and was Executive Director for Senate Republican Majority in 2017. Pierce Frauenheim will be the director of operations, Ron Filan is

Steinhardt: Murphy just a “hollow politician”

Republican leaders slapped Gov. Phil Murphy today for the firing of Gerry Scharfenberger, a Monmouth County Freeholder who was terminated on Monday after refusing to attend a Murphy press conference. But Democrats sources have a different take.  They say Scharfenberger had agreed to speak at the press conference, but backed out under pressure from the Monmouth GOP Chairman, Shaun Golden. Murphy was in Marlboro last Friday to push for a

Steinhardt slams Murphy on sticker shock comment

During the 1993 gubernatorial campaign, Democrats skewered then-candidate Christine Todd Whitman for an unfortunate gaffe, when she said something like “as funny as it seems, $500 is a lot of money to some people.”  That clearly wasn’t Whitman’s intent, but the line stuck – largely because Gov. Jim Florio’s political team made sure of it. Now Republicans are pounding Gov. Phil Murphy’s for a comment he made about a plan

GOP leaders caution Murphy on taxes

New Jersey Republicans came close to ending Gov. Phil Murphy’s honeymoon today with a statement from the party’s big three -- State Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) --  announcing a “shared commitment to protect New Jersey families form the dangerous agendas of Democrats at all levels of government and to promote the Republican ideas that will make our state

Steinhardt: Voters are Menendez judge

Hours after a federal judge dismissed an indictment against Sen. Bob Menendez, Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt has stepped up his attacks on the Democratic Senator, who is up for re-election this fall. “Narrowly avoiding a re-trial on federal corruption charges doesn’t mean Senator Menendez is worthy of reelection," Steinhardt said.  "New Jersey deserves better than a career politician who accepted lavish, tropical vacations and private jets courtesy of a

Steinhardt: GOP will hold NJ-11

GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt is assuring Republicans that holding Rodney Frelinghuysen's 11th district house seat will be a priority. "It is important that the public knows we will be digging in for a tough fight to maintain this seat. We cannot let Nancy Pelosi take over New Jersey's congressional delegation," Steinhardt said. "There is a wealth of talent in the GOP bench, and I am confident we will field