Where NJ Conservatives can have an impact


The New Jersey Republican State Committee is made up of 42 members, with one state committeewoman and one state committeeman for each of the state’s 21 counties. The State Committee sets policy for the Republican Party in New Jersey and selects two representatives (a National Committeewoman and National Committeeman) to the Republican National Committee in Washington, DC.

The New Jersey Republican State Committee controls a budget of more than $2.5 million a year and receives contributions in excess of $3 million a year. It operates from offices in Trenton, with a staff of between 5 and 10 paid employees.

To run for State Committee you need be a registered Republican in the county and you need the signatures of at least 100 qualified Republican voters from the same county. The petitions are filed with the County Clerk and are due April 1st (64 days prior to the primary election). The term is four years.

All 42 State Committee seats are up NEXT year - in June of 2013. I ran for State Committee in 2009 and was elected with 3,184 votes. The amount needed to win is simply a plurality of the votes cast in the primary election in your county.

I have been a critic of the leadership of NJGOP for not adopting the platform of the Republican National Committee in either 2008 or 2012. Because of my criticism, the State Committee did form a committee under then Chairman Jay Webber, to draw-up a statement of principles and policy, but this committee has yet to present anything to the full State Committee.

If enough conservatives are elected to the State Committee in 2013, we can see this process completed, so that the Republican Party in New Jersey could have a guiding set of principles and policies to unite the party. It is a worthy goal and something that works nicely with the way most grassroots conservative groups are organized at the county level. I don’t think that there is a single county in New Jersey without an active conservative, taxpayer, or Tea Party organization.

Instead of complaining about the Republican “establishment”, why not take it over?

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  1. Agin1 says:

    This should be discussed at the meeting called by Lonegan for tomorrow night. When I was asked to come I got an earfull about every other group invited. He loves trash talking people. He probably does the same to me with all the others.

  2. District 39 victim says:

    You need to nominate a conservative to fill the late Eleanor Nissleys position as State Committee in Bergen County.

  3. Rich Luzzi says:

    The question I have is, if in fact the conservatives were actually able to do this, would the money still flow to the NJGOP? Or whould that money then flow to the NJ Dem. party as the “moderates” appear to be more in sync with that party than the Rep. party. What are your thoughts on that Mr. Eichmann?

  4. Rob Eichmann says:

    Fundraising is always an integral part of party building and winning elections. While there would certainly be some past donors that would not be pleased with the party becoming more conservative, there would be many others that would be.

    New Jersey is always at or near the top in conservative donations and fundraising.

    The first step is winning those committee seats.

  5. District 39 victim says:

    Agin 1 who did Lonegan invite ?????? because if he did not invite county committee members who have voting rights its a huge waste of time

  6. truther says:

    Don’t be such a defeatist Rich.

    The Republican “brand” will attract donors no matter who runs the party in New Jersey. Some people were concerned in 1980 that Reagan would drive away donors but the direct opposite happened. Donors like to know what they are investing in.

    Instead of a suicide run for Congress, this is a position that someone like you could actually win. Are you going to step up?

  7. Ed Mazlish says:

    Where can you get the petitions?

  8. Rob Eichmann says:

    Each county Clerk’s office has them.