Four years ago, Chris Christie spent $3 million in his primary election campaign. Steve Lonegan spent $500,000, and Rick Merkt spent $44,000. Christie won with 184,085 votes. Lonegan got 141,946 votes and Rick Merkt got 9,184.
This year, Christie again has $3 million. Thanks to generous donations made by 65 of you, I got $5,500.
This is why you don’t see or hear me on radio or TV or in any major newspaper.
They say you need at least $500,000 to win. And if you can’t win, they won’t waste their time or ink on you.
But who gives that kind of money? It was hard to get 1,000 people to sign my nominating petition, and I was the only independent candidate who did it. There was no way I could get 1,000 people to each give me $500.
The only people who give that kind of money are big corporations and their lawyers, consultants, and lobbyistsm who depend on special tax breaks, permits, and licenses that protect them from competition and bailouts when they fail. And big unions that depend on government to force every employee to join, and to force every bank, hospital, casino, and government agency to pay for their projects and hire their people. (Will Pauls, the Atlantic County Republican freeholder candidate, and business agent for Ironworkers Union Local 320
During the past 50 years Big Corporations and Big Unions bought both the Republican and Democratic parties and took control of our country.
Every year, they take a bigger share of our earnings, our property, and our freedom.
I am running for Governor because I want to find a way to stop them. With your help, we can do it. I have been talking about this plan since January:
1. Run for office in low-turnout primary elections. Most campaign money is spent trying to reach “low information” voters. They can only be reached through expensive TV ads and “community organizers” who personally visit them at home. But “low information” voters rarely vote in primary elections. We will soon see whether or not I have more success doing this, than candidates who run in November as independents or with the Libertarian or Constitutional parties.
2. Run in teams of bracketed slates of candidates, rather than as individuals. Politics is a team sport like football and war—it is not a horserace. As in football, the lineman who blocks is often as valuable as the candidate—the player who carries the ball over the goal line. Once again, we will soon see if the slates I am running with do better or worse than candidates who chose not to run with me as a team.
3. Raise at least $15,000 for signs, campaign literature, postage, gas, and tolls. If you haven’t given yet, and can contribute now, your help is greatly needed. Also, I am looking for 2 or 3 volunteers who can research the old Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) reports on line to look up the names and addresses of individuals who contributed to conservatives in other campaigns. Once I have those names and addresses, I will need some help to contact them by letter and telephone.
4. Rely on volunteers to reach voters through letters to the editor of their local daily and weekly newspapers, posting on blogs of the online editions of those papers, emails to friends, family, and co-workers, postings on facebook, Twitter, talk radio, and telephone calls. If you can help me, please contact me.
5. Reach out to national conservative celebrities like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Ron Paul, etc. who would get the attention of major newspapers or TV stations. If any of you have any contacts with those people, your help would be greatly appreciated.
6. Distribute 1,500 lawnsigns with www.grossman4nj.com on private homes and businesses throughout the state from May 1 through election date. If you can help me distribute signs in your area, please contact me.
7. Invite me to speak at groups or events that might get TV or newspaper coverage. Because of my limited time and resources, it is hard for me to travel more than an hour to speak to small groups without media coverage.
8. Get enough people involved to hold rallies, demonstrations, or other public events that would attract enough attention to be covered by the major newspapers or TV stations.
9. Will this work? We won’t know if we don’t try. We need to reach 167,000 voters, mostly in Bergen, Morris, Monmouth, and Ocean counties.
Right now I am reaching about 1,800 people each week through email, facebook, and Twitter. On the one hand, it is not nearly enough. On the other hand, that figure doubled twice in the past four weeks. If you can help me each more people so that figure doubles a few more times, this could be significant.
This is the plan. Thanks again to everyone who is already helping. If you would like to join in this project, please contact me as soon as you can.
Thanks. Seth Grossman.