NJ Republicans Believe They Can Win A Legislative Majority

STATE – Last week, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick released an animated commercial to launch a Republican campaign to win control of New Jersey’s Legislature.

(Video courtesy of Assemblyman Jon Bramnick’s YouTube account)

In the video, “Michael Baron” of NJCTV covers a Statehouse protest by wallets and pocketbooks, then it flashes forward to a celebration as the “New Republicans” are sworn in. “In my 30 years as a Statehouse reporter, I have never seen this: wallets and pocketbooks are at the Statehouse rejoicing,” “Baron” says.

Republicans would need to gain nine seats to win a majority in New Jersey’s 80-member General Assembly. The current split is 48 Democrats and 32 Republicans. The GOP would need to gain five seats to win control of the 40-member state Senate, which is currently made up of 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans.

“There’s no doubt in my mind” that Republicans can win a majority in the Assembly, Bramnick said.

The Assembly Republican Leader spoke of how McGreevey and Corzine Democrats have had more than a decade of control in the Legislature, but have not lowered taxes or made the state friendlier to business. He gave Republican Gov. Chris Christie credit for progress that has been realized.

“With a change in the Legislature, we can finish the job that Chris Christie started,” Bramnick said.

Bramnick did not mention any specific districts that Republicans would be targeting, but said that they would be conducting polling and would be looking at the districts that had historically provided the closest races.

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