By JON BRAMNICK Numerous reports continue to circulate that because there were limited or no gains of legislative seats during the 2013 elections for Republicans we are doomed for minority status. There was also no one four years ago, who believed a Republican candidate for governor could win in blue New Jersey by more than 60 percent of the vote.
The Democrats and certain reporters are already anointing Sweeney or Fulop as the next Governor. Be very careful writing off the party that brought historic changes to New Jersey. Voters in New Jersey may remember the failures pre-Christie.
Recent history reflects that New Jersey was on the path to bankruptcy. Voters believed we were heading in the wrong direction. The solution was strong leadership at the top and a unified Republican caucus that held the line against government as usual in Trenton.
There were some cooperative Democrats, but none of the changes New Jersey experienced would have ever occurred without strong Republican legislators who stood with a Governor who understood the desperate need to change the culture of Trenton.
During the recent elections more than $25 million was spent against Republicans in the Legislature. In the future special interest money may not be enough to convince voters to reject the Republican message of reform that has changed our state in many ways.
Jon Bramnick, Republican from Westfield, is the Assembly Minority Leader.