TRENTON – Flanked by new GOP candidates and incumbents with the Gold Dome rising behind them, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21), Westfield, declared his commitment to fighting for and winning Assembly seats for Republicans this year.
The message is simply broken down as follows: Gov. Chris Christie, good; former Gov. Jon Corzine, bad.
“We’re not blaming Jon Corzine, we’re blaming Jon Corzine Democrats,” said Bramnick, who was joined by his colleagues Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-12), Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-12) and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-21) and about nine new candidates, including Republican challengers in LD 8, LD 4 and LD 27.
“I am very proud of the candidates and of the incumbents you see behind me,” added the minority leader.
PolitickerNJ.com asked the assembled candidates if any of them disagreed with Christie on any substantive issue.
No one stepped forward.
“I didn’t poll the people behind me,” he said. “It’s not whether Chris Christie is right on every issue.”
But Democratic leadership over the past ten years took the state in a decidedly wrong direction, he argued.
“People here see a governor with the right message,” Bramnick said. “This governor is very popular because he has advanced the right policies.”
O’Scanlon has been a key ally of the governor’s on the Assembly Budget Committee.
“You want people to dissent when the governor is doing something wrong or politically motivated,” he said. “You want support for the governor when the governor is doing the right thing. Over the course of the previous ten years, the Democrats needed to have challenged their leadership and they didn’t. It was the most concentrated period of irresponsible government in state history.”
Democrats hold a 48-32 majority in the assembly.