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

Some suggest age is a factor for Petillo

The potential candidacy of Sussex County Freeholder Sylvia Petillo for Congress in the 11th district is sparking an interesting conversation among some Republican insiders: is her age – 67 – a disqualifying factor in considering her potential candidacy. Petillo spoke recently with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), a conversation that reportedly focused on her ability to raise money – and her willingness to invest personal financial resources on the

Somerset is the new swing county

The new battleground county in New Jersey may be Somerset, where Democrats are making extraordinary gains in a county that used to be among the most solid Republican areas of New Jersey. After unseating the Republican County Clerk last November and winning two Assembly seats in the once reliably Republican 16th district, Democrats are positioned to mount a competitive campaign in 2018 against two Republican Freeholders. There are now 13,131