N.J. Assembly Republicans promise aggressive challenge to Democrats in November
Matt Friedman, NJ Advance Media
June 03, 2015
TRENTON — With the primaries over and the general election season upon us, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick has a big challenge.
Bramnick (R-Union) wants to be Assembly speaker. That means in November — when all 80 Assembly seats at the top of the ballot — he’ll need to flip at least nine Democratic-held seats to win Republicans a majority in the lower house for the first time since Democrats took over in 2002.
He’ll have to do that in what’s expected to be a low-turnout election in a state with 700,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans. With a legislative district map that was drawn by Democrats, and with a Republican governor who will likely be mounting a GOP presidential primary bid and whose New Jersey approval rating — at least right now — is in the 30s. Not to mention Democrats’ two-to-one fundraising advantage.
But Bramnick says he’s up to the challenge.
“I’m going to be very, very aggressive as to the failures of the Democratic Legislature,” he said. “I’m going need a little help from (the media) pointing out that they’ve been in charge for 13 years. That’s the only request I make.”
DON’T MOVE. LOWER TAXES ARE ON THE WAY.
Bramnick Officially Kicks Off Campaign for Republican Majority
With over 150 local supporters this morning, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick officially launched the Assembly Republicans’ campaign for a majority in next legislature. The day began with a kick-off rally in Bergen County with Bergen GOP Chairman Robert Yudin and Republican Assembly members: David Rible, Scott Rumana, Anthony Bucco, Nancy Munoz, Caroline Casagrande, Jack Ciattarelli, Holly Schepisi, Jay Webber and Robert Auth.
“The people of New Jersey want more jobs and less taxes. Assembly Republicans are the team that can deliver. Assembly Democrats have had over a decade to provide tax relief, but the opposite happened: taxes have gone up,” said Bramnick.
The Republican members then took the kick-off to Hudson County with Hudson GOP Chairman Jose Arango. The Assembly Republicans first visited a number of Hispanic-American owned small businesses in West New York.
“In West New York we saw great community businesses that serve their close-knit neighborhood well. But we hear from them that things should be easier in New Jersey,” said Bramnick. “Making it easier for local small businesses to thrive is key to a stronger New Jersey.”
The Assembly Republicans ended the day in Jersey City with community leaders and local Republicans.
“We are taking the campaign to every corner of the state. Our message resonates with every voter in New Jersey. Republicans are the party of cutting waste, lowering taxes and creating jobs. That is what the campaign for the Assembly is about,” said Bramnick, concluding the day’s events.
Bramnick said he looks forward to traveling around the state throughout the year bringing the Assembly Republicans message of more jobs and less taxes to the people of New Jersey.