I'm so giddy, I need to show the results again:
Mayor One 4-Year Term
Patrick M. Gillespie (D)* 4,505
x Owen Henry (R) 5,057
Council-At-Large Three 4-Year Terms
Edward Testino (D)* 4,160
John F. Gillick (D) 4,121
Kelly Ellis-Foster (D) 4,104
x Brian J. Cahill (R)* 5,232
x Eleanor "Debbie" Walker (R) 5,035
x James H. Anderson (R) 4,955
A surprise in Old Bridge and a narrow victory in Franklin highlighted Tuesday’s election results.
It was a sweeping victory for the Republicans in Old Bridge.
Republican mayoral candidate Owen Henry received 5,330 votes, defeating Democratic Mayor Patrick Gillespie, who received 4,780.
The Republicans also will take control of the Township Council. Republicans James H. Anderson, Eleanor “Debbie” Walker and incumbent Brian J. Cahill defeated Democrats John F. Gillick and incumbents Kelly Ellis-Foster and Edward Testino.
Henry said the Rebublicans are thrilled with the election results.
“The Democrats have been in control for 14 years and now the Democratic octopus has been broken,” Henry said... .The residents came out and spoke loud and clear. We had a tremendous amount of support....
“We were on the right side of the issues and ran a clean campaign and I think people saw that. We came with a simple message that we were business people and would take a commonsense approach to government. I am ecstatic and honored to be part of the process.”
What lessons can be applied nationally here?
-Voters understand the facts - perhaps the biggest issue in the campaign was the recent vote by the Democratic mayor and Council to give full pension and retirement benefits to any municipal employee who works a mere 15 years for the Township, down from 25. That's a bribe to the municipal employees that will come out of the townspeople's pocket, and everyone knew it. Pensions as an electoral game-changer? Uh-huh...
-Thuggery doesn't scare off honest Americans. You can shatter windows, abuse women, and engage in childish vandalism as the Old Bridge Democrats did, but it is a useless tactic against a free and strong people. Worse - it is counterproductive. Are national Republicans still too scared to tie the Democrats to their beloved "Occupy" movement yet?
-inspire the grassroots. I am a grass root. So root, that I have no dealings with my local Republican party whatsoever. I just talk to my friends and neighbors about the importance of voting and why I vote Republican, and how their choices affect their own lives. Personally, I likely got 10-12 people to the polls, maybe more. A lot in an election decided by 500 votes.
disgust with their former governor, with more than one Democrat coming out of the closet on the air to admit they had voted for Chris Christie and were glad. Wanna win New Jersey in 2012? Remind the voters what butt-buddies Corzine and Obama were. That's worth a few points in the polls, I guarantee it.
Which is why, if the Republicans nominate a wishy-washy compromiser to run for President in 2012, one who is afraid to point out the thuggery of the Left, one who vows not to tear down the system but to work within in, one that does not excite the ever-growing Republican base - Obama could win re-election. Without a clear, distinct choice, folks will go for the one they know - the one that carries their party affiliation.
The national Republican party ought to look at my little town in Jersey to see how it is done...
More "upset" Republican victories in Jersey here and here...