Choices, choices, choices. New Jersey has another chance – probably the last one it will ever have – to elect a Conservative to the United States Senate. The Media, ever the cheerleaders for the Liberal Communist cause, call the contenders “long-shots” for the Senate seat.
The last time I checked, the United States was still a federated, constitutional republic that defends freedom of choice. The Democrats and their media allies would naturally have us believe that there is no choice.
But there’s always a “choice.” When there ceases to be a choice, or America comes to believe choices no longer exist, we will have attained the Democrats’ Marxist dream of a communist state. Until then, New Jerseyans do have a range of choices in tomorrow’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.
Jeff Bell, a Vietnam veteran, is the last Republican to have served in the N.J. Senate, in 1978. That was a long time ago, of course. I had just started college. Bell went on to build an excellent portfolio championing Conservative causes. He helped develop Reagan’s first proposals for federal tax and spending reduction when Reagan ran for president in 1976. During the 1980 campaign, Jeff was elected from New Jersey as a Reagan delegate to the Republican national convention.
Later, he went to work for Lehrman Bell Mueller Cannon Inc., an economic forecasting and consulting firm. From 2000-2010, he was a principal of Capital City Partners, where he worked on promoting comprehensive immigration reform, the Bush Administration’s faith-based initiatives, and combating human trafficking, among other issues.
In 2009, he was among the co-founders of the American Principles Project, a public policy organization dedicated to advancing conservative ideas derived from the principles of the American founding. As Policy Director, he headed its monetary reform initiative aimed at renewing sound money by restoring the dollar’s value in gold. He resigned from that position in February 2014 to run for U.S. Senate.
Murray Sabrin, the son of Holocaust survivors from Poland, became a U.S. citizen in 1959 at age 12, and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1964. He has a Ph.D. in economic geography from Rutgers University, an M.A. in social studies education from Lehman College and a B.A. in history, geography and social studies education from Hunter College.
He joined the faculty of Ramapo College of New Jersey in 1985 and is Professor of Finance in the Anisfield School of Business. In 2007 Murray and his wife, Florence, made a $250,000 gift to Ramapo College to establish the Sabrin Center for Business Excellence.
For three decades, Murray Sabrin has been preparing the next generation of New Jersey’s business leaders. The people Murray Sabrin has taught and empowered are America’s future. They are the new job creators and innovators who will grow New Jersey’s economy — and America’s economy — through entrepreneurism and the free market.
Murray believes the U.S. military should be used to defend America’s borders and security. We should not be the world’s policeman nor undertake a campaign to build nations around the globe. We should embrace George Washington’s admonition that we should not have entangling alliances with other nations, but engage in trade with all peoples of the world.
Brian Goldberg is the youngest of the candidates – much younger than Bell or Sabin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and is a relative newcomer to politics. He served on the West Orange Municipal Budget Advisory Committee, 2009 to 2011 and has been involved in various campaigns. Goldberg initially claimed to hold Conservative views on all the major issues. However, I noted in his address to the North Jersey Regional Tea Party during Candidates Night that his views were less than Conservative.
Then, in a recent interview with The Bergen Record, Goldberg described himself as “the moderate candidate in the race.”
The issue, I’m sorry to say, is not their Conservatism, but age and experience. Bell has the experience and the Conservative bona fides. Conservatives will gladly vote for him. But I predict that he will not stand up long in a race against the youthful Cory Booker, crook though he is.
That’s a sorry statement of the attitude of our age. The same can be said for Sabin. In any case, what would rule Bell out is his agenda for returning the country to the gold standard. That day is long past, just as 1978 is, when people still believed in marriage between a man and a woman and that America was a great country. We are too deeply in debt and have printed too much money to ever return to the gold standard. We ought never to have left it, but the word RINO had not yet been invented to describe Richard Nixon in 1971, who removed us from the gold standard. We had more gold than money then; now we have too much money and not enough gold.
I don’t know what sort of candidate Murray Sabrin is. He is a professor of economics at Ramapo College. He wasn’t available to attend the North Jersey Regional Tea Party Candidates Night. Instead, he sent one of his representatives – I believe it may have been Neil Schloss.
Until it came to foreign policy, I didn’t know about Sabrin, but if Schloss had been the candidate, he would have had my vote right up until his unequivocal opposition to any foreign involvement at all in foreign wars.
Washington certainly spoke of not entangling ourselves in foreign alliances, beholding ourselves to foreign powers. Excuse me, but we do that every day we drive up our foreign debt. Foreign engagements that go on too long (i.e., Vietnam) do ultimately cost us.
We were a younger, more politically and economically vulnerable country back in Washington’s time. Yet, we were able to weasel out of part of our debt to France, thanks to Benjamin Franklin’s diplomacy, and pay off the rest. Our problem is not so much becoming entangled in foreign wars but not using our innate industrial and military power to win them, swiftly.
Sabrin looks to be a more measured speaker than his spokesperson, just at a time when we need someone outspoken to speak for us. Sabrin is older but photographs well. Still, if he doesn’t have his spokesperson’s dynamism, he’ll need to borrow some if he wins the primary and goes on to contest Cory “Hollywood” Booker.
Finally, there is Richard Pezzullo. He served 20 years in the US Army reserve, both overseas and in the United States, attaining the rank of Major. Today he works with business owners, school administrators and non-profits, helping them use technology to solve business problems.
As a technology specialist, Rich has worked at the operational and executive levels with small and large businesses, law firms, accounting practices, barber shops, charities, manufacturers and wholesalers, alumni organizations, auto repair shops, builders and demolishers, tanning salons and dermatologists, dentists and podiatrists, pre-schools, elementary and middle schools, retail stores and restaurants, retirees and people starting new businesses.
Pezzullo is the right age to bridge the generation gap between the aging baby boomers, Generation X, and whoever and whatever generation is currently watching Miley Cyrus bend over and not paying attention to the politicians who are bending over. Apparently, that’s exactly what the current generation expects politicians to do.
Will he or won’t he? Pezzullo is a businessman who bears a strange resemblance to my older brother. It was quite uncanny, really, especially in the eyes. I can’t help wondering if there isn’t more than meets the eye.
If there is a family connection, I hope it isn’t in weenieness, because my older brother is Mr. Weenie himself. Pezzullo had more than just my brother’s eyes and some of his profile, although not his voice.
Like my brother, Pezzullo had a way of gathering the audience members around him. He had a gift for the gab and relating to the people around him. As long as he understands we’re not sending him to the Senate to do that, he’d be my choice tomorrow.
Fortunately, he sounded like he had more backbone than my brother. He sounded like he was up for the fight. The younger voters, who themselves don’t have the stomach for political barnstorming, could certainly relate to him. He was able to reassure them of his stance without having to pound the table.
He gave thorough reassurances, in their language, that he opposed Obamacare, vowing that he would use his power as a Senator to block funding and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That doesn’t sound the same as repealing it but he does say that he supports a full repeal.
As a businessman, he understands the importance of balancing a budget and providing services at prices which a customer can afford. Rich believes the Federal Government needs to take the same approach and supports major cuts in government welfare programs created and expanded in recent years, most particularly Obamacare and other giveaways like free cell phones, 99-week unemployment handouts and welfare benefits that encourage people not to work and live off taxpayers. Cory Booker supports President Obama’s bloated budgets, tax increase proposals and will vote to raise the national debt, even without any spending cuts.
Rich strongly opposed the Bank Bailout and the Auto Bailouts and believes government’s role is not to bail out businesses that cannot succeed. As Senator, Rich Pezzullo will fight to repeal the Dodd-Frank Law that justifies future bailouts with intense job-killing regulations on the financial industry. Cory Booker endorsed the bank and auto bailouts and will vote for more if he is re-elected.
Rich Pezzullo believes the federal government role in education has been an overall negative and strongly opposes the Common Core curriculum standards and other attempts by Washington DC to regulate and control our local public schools. He considers Federal meddling in classroom instruction as a yoke on teachers, forcing them to train rather than educate. He is a strong supporter of school voucher and tax credit ideas that put parents in charge of their children’s education. Cory Booker opposes vouchers and tax credits and will support Common Core.
Rich supports the individual right to keep and bear arms and opposes new federal gun control laws. Cory Booker not only supports President Obama’s gun control proposals, but thinks they should go further. He has earned an AQ rating from the National Rifle Association, the highest rating that a candidate that does not hold public office can receive
Rich is pro-life, opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortions and believes that sensible regulations on service providers, not unlike those placed on other medical professionals, including parental notification and informed consent, are in the best interest of the patients. Cory Booker supports unrestricted abortion for any reason at all, up to, and including the day of delivery, and funded by taxpayers.
As the great-grandson of immigrants from Italy and Ireland who came legally to this country, Rich opposes proposals to give amnesty and eventually citizenship to as many as eleven million illegal aliens. He believes we would be better served if we used a system where immigrants were sponsored, and did not become a drain on taxpayers, and wants to make English our official language. Rich believes that the border should be secured and the executive branch should be held accountable for every day that the security is not in place. Cory Booker supports amnesty for illegal aliens, welfare for non-citizens and will oppose making English our official language
Rich has been a long-time advocate for keeping energy costs low by opposing the radical “Green” agenda that’s driving electric and gasoline prices through the roof. He rejects the notion that Americans should have to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year to fight alleged “Global Warming.” Cory Booker endorses Cap and Trade Energy Taxes to fund speculative wind and solar power schemes.
There’s a difference between Pezzullo and my brother – Big Brother loves green energy. He loves anything that will save money, no matter the cost in the long run.
Rich supports a strong national defense but opposes the notion that the United States should become the world’s policeman. As U.S. Senator, Rich Pezzullo will oppose UN treaties that take away our national sovereignty and oppose all efforts to make American troops serve under international agencies. Cory Booker has endorsed various U.N. treaties that would harm America’s ability to defend ourselves.
These statements were all taken directly from Pezzullo’s website. You can read the rest of them for yourselves: Pezzullo for U.S. Senate.
If there’s one good reason for choosing Pezzullo from amongst the others (and all good candidates except Goldberg), it’s his language on his website: on every issue, he compares his stance with Booker’s.
That means he’s willing to take Booker head on in the race, not dance around him or dither and dally about how he doesn’t want to be “mean” or “hateful,” fearing to risk the wrath of the dreaded Independents. He calls Booker out on his record and that’s the kind of Conservative U.S. Senator New Jersey has needed for a long time.
Tomorrow, this blog endorses Pelluzzo for U .S. Senate from New Jersey.
Good luck to all our Conservative candidates.