Northwest Jersey is probably the most conservative area in the state.
So it’s no surprise that the four primary individuals seeking two Republican Assembly nominations in LD-24, which ranges over at least parts of Sussex, Warren and Morris counties, were quick to come to Donald Trump’s defense.
The team of Dawn Fantasia and Michael Inganamort said “the weaponization of the Soros-backed Manhattan DA’s office against President Trump is an outrageous abuse of power.” It added that it’s also “an attack on all Americans who deserve a system of justice that is equal, free and fair.” The candidates’ statement was joined by state Senate candidate Parker Space.
The reference to Soros – as in Hungarian billionaire and Democratic donor George Soros – is hardly new ground for any Republican. Soros is often the subject of criticism and conspiracy theories by conservatives. How far this line of attack goes can be disputed. After all, how many average people even recognize the name, George Soros?
At any rate, less than an hour later, the Assembly team of Josh Aikens and Jason Sarnoski
“This is clearly a political prosecution aimed at preventing the American people from having a choice in the 2024 presidential election. It is the stuff of Third World regimes and speaks to the dysfunction of our electoral process.”
But then they raised the stakes.
The Aikens-Sarnoski duo challenged their opponents to “join us in chastising former Governor Chris Christie for his attacks on Donald Trump in the run-up to this indictment,” In fact, it called the attacks “incendiary” and said they gave aid and comfort to the enemy – or rather, “those lobbying for this political prosecution.”
Christie, of course, oversaw the indictment of many politicians while he was U.S. Attorney for New Jersey. That helped him become governor.
For the record, Christie has gone from a Trump supporter in 2016 to a Trump critic today. Most recently, he said in a radio interview that he was “tired” of hearing about Trump’s grievances.
Christie is also seen as a possible presidential candidate in 2024, although as of now he hardly registers in polls.
The former governor’s belief, or hope, is that Republicans want to move on from Trump.
Maybe, but probably not in LD-24.