Chris Christie officially launches campaign

He’ll be starting the campaign with by visiting several New Jersey communities:

Christie plans a two-day, nine-stop campaign rollout, starting with a policy speech Wednesday morning in Newark. Later, he’ll greet voters at diners in Hamilton (Mercer County) and Westville. The candidate plans to pick up endorsements and attend a campaign rally on Thursday.

We’ll have word on those endorsements as they make the news.

I do have one criticism of the Christie campaign, though.  If they want to win, they should put more content on their campaign site.  Gov. Corzine is going to be brutal during this campaign, and Christie will need every advantage.

You can donate to the Christie campaign here.

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Chris Christie wins Camden straw poll

He beat former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan 77% to 23%.

You can donate to his campaign here.

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McDonnell receives award from veterans group

Bob McDonnell accepted the Seven Seals Award from the Guard and Reserve:

“Today, we are honoring Bob McDonnell, not for his military service, for which we owe him a great deal of gratitude, but for his exceptional support of fellow Reserve and Guard members as an employer,” Trout said. “Bob McDonnell has gone above and beyond in supporting the employees in his office who are also citizen soldiers; but his support is not just for those service members in his office.”

McDonnell’s devotion to our men and women in uniform serves as a nice contrast to the current occupant of the White House, who is the first President in the 56-year history of the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball unable to find the time to attend.

You can donate to Bob McDonnell here.

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Endorsement: Chris Christie for NJ-Gov!

I have decided to throw my support behind former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie in the 2009 New Jersey gubernatorial race.  He made his decision last week, filing papers with the state on January 9, 2009. 

While Christie is a moderate Republican, he is the best hope to take back the governorship in bluer-than-blue New Jersey in 2009.  He has made a name for himself in New Jersey during his tenure as U.S. Attorney by using the office to go after corrupt politicians – both Republican and Democrat. 

His web site is here.  However, it has not gone live yet.

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McDonnell leads fundraising

It’s been reported that Attorney General Bob McDonnell is leading the money race in the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial election:

McDonnell, who is unopposed for the Republican nomination, raised slightly more than $1.6 million in the second half of last year, according to a report he submitted Thursday to the Virginia State Board of Elections. His campaign spent $589,000.

Terry McAulliffe, who appears to be the strongest Democrat in the race, made national news earlier this week with his fundraising raising report.  It showed that he had raised “almost” one million dollars.  Can we expect CNN to cover McDonnell’s huge haul?  (I’m not holding my breath, either.)

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

Update: The Newport News Daily Press is reporting that Atty. Gen. McDonnell has $2 million in the bank.

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Brian Moran stands up for higher gas prices…

…by standing against all offshore drilling in Virginia.

In the race to become the next governor, Brian Moran, a Democrat, broke ranks Tuesday with other candidates by vowing to fight all efforts to allow oil and natural gas drilling off the Virginia coast.

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The two other Democratic contenders, state Sen. Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe, have more nuanced positions than Moran, a former Northern Virginia state legislator.

Naturally the only candidate for Virginia governor standing up for American families hurting from high gas prices is Bob McDonnell.

You can donate to his campaign here.

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Even Tim “The Eyebrow” Kaine thinks Bob McDonnell will win

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine recently stopped talking about how awesome he is long enough to comment on the 2009 gubernatorial election in Virginia.  Here’s what he had to say:

Kaine said he regards Attorney General Bob McDonnell, the likely GOP nominee, as the favorite because of the state’s “32-year curse.” Kaine was referring to the pattern in which Virginians have followed each presidential election since 1976 by electing a governor of the opposing party.

“I used to think that was a coincidence,” he said, but he now thinks it reflects “buyer’s remorse.” Presidents usually lose seats in the midterm elections, he noted.

Or, perhaps McDonnell will win because he’s right on the issues.  Or because the Democrats seem poised to elect a Clinton hack with no elective experience in Virginia or elsewhere as their candidate.

Whatever the case, I’m glad to know that this back-bencher can see the light.

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

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