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

NJ Women in Congress: just 6 of 310

New Jersey has elected 304 men and six women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.  So you don’t have to reach for a calculator, that’s 98% men, 2% women.   If you start the clock in 1922 -- the first election a woman was eligible to run in New Jersey – it’s 108 men and six women (95%-5%). The current New Jersey delegation is eleven men and one woman:

Call it the Gottheimer Society

Two years ago, former Clinton White House speechwriter Josh Gottheimer mounted a successful challenge to seven-term GOP Rep. Scott Garrett. Now two members of the Barack Obama’s administration, Tom Malinowski and Andy Kim, are looking to take on Republican Congressmen. Malinowski, 52, served as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State from 2014 to 2017. He wants to take on Rep. Leonard Lance in the seventh district. The 35-year-old Kim was the