Due in large part to a having a governor with national influence and, when not screaming at teachers, has devoted a large part of his time to earmarking buckets of cash for New Jersey’s Republican establishment. As a result, the state’s GOP is awash in campaign funds and feels confident going into tomorrow’s statewide legislative races. In a memo sent out to top Republican leaders, Chris Christie was bragging like Rex Ryan about his party’s previously inept but now vigorous GOTV (Get out the Vote) machine.
Even though Christie was able to pull a George Bush and push a largely Republican-friendly budget through the Democratically-controlled legislature, the memo is designed to serve as a ‘rallying cry’ for Republicans to take seats away from Democrats in a slew of competitive Assembly and State races.
“For years Republican candidates have lacked adequate financial resources but that is not the case in 2011,” said the memo sent to about 60 county chairs, state committee members and other top GOP leaders.
Not wanting to look to overconfident and being pragmatic, Christie acknowledged the herculean task of Republicans taking control of the 120 seat legislature and seems to feel that all the money and effort will more than likely translate into Republicans retardant the seats they already have.
The memo outlines all the efforts of the state’s top officials, including Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, GOP Chairman Samuel Raia and Christie hosting 72 fundraisers for candidates, including 15 for the state GOP committee, 28 for county Republicans and 29 for individual candidates. Although the memo doesn’t indicate how the money was spent, Christie and company brought in nearly $3.5 million this year for the party, and more than $5.5 million in the first three quarters of 2011 across the largest GOP committees. A lot of the focus has been on historically democratic strengths, such as GOTV. For example, GOP volunteers made 445,000 phone calls and knocked on 24,000 doors.
With all the seats in state Assembly and Senate in contention since Christie assumed power, Christie appears to be counting on his fundraising efforts paying off in tomorrow’s statewide elections. In the end, however, it’s usually voters that lose the most.
Election day takes place tomorrow, Tuesday Nov 8th. Voters are to cast their ballot at their respective voting district. For more information on voting, visit New Jersey’s division of elections by clicking here.
Michael Hayne is a comedian/VO artist/Columnist extraordinaire, who co-wrote an award-nominated comedy, wrote for NY Times Laugh Lines, guest-blogged for Joe Biden, and writes a column for MSNBC.com affiliated Cagle. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.