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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