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Town GOP Chair: Biden Visit Good for Us, Too

Vitolo suspects political posturing with November election looming.

Mixed reactions to Vice President Joe Biden’s impending Monday visit to Morristown continued on Saturday night as Frank Vitolo, chairman of the Morristown Republican Committee, chimed in on what such a move could mean for both parties in New Jersey.

Vitolo, when reached, told Patch that this could be a move by “nervous” Democrats to bolster the chances of Sen. Bob Menendez, whom Biden is coming to town to support, in November’s election.

“Politically, Senator Menendez could use all the help he can get. He has not, in my opinion, distinguished himself in the Senate, and the only time you hear from him lately is to do damage control for something he fouled up,” Vitolo said. “I think bringing in a big name like Biden is a good sign for New Jersey Republicans.”

Vitolo expects that fellow Republican and New Jersey Senator Joe Kyrillos, currently serving in District 13, is going to be a tough challenge for Menendez during the election.

“I was at the kick-off event for Senator Kyrillos last week, and the Democrats should be nervous,” Vitolo said. “Kyrillos is smart, he's a fighter and, with Governor Christie leading the charge, Kyrillos is going to give Menedez a run for his money.”

As for Biden’s visit itself, Vitolo is glad to have the Vice President in town, regardless of party affiliation. He noted, though, that Biden should take some time to see the things that make Morristown great.

“It's good for Morristown whenever a Vice President comes to visit, even if it's only to raise money at a private residence,” Vitolo said. “It's a shame the Vice President will not be visiting the town proper and all of its gems, (such as) Washington Headquarters, Fort Nonsense, Historic Speedwell, the Green, the churches, the mansions and 40 Park. It would be great to have some national focus on all of great things going on here.”

Thomas Paine March 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM
All the heavy weights - Biden, Clinton and Obama - helped elect Christie. The more they tried to help their pet, Corzine, the more POed people got and voted the other way. Maybe Vitolo has a point. Menendez must be in trouble if he needs to call in favors with a heavy weight.
The Stig March 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM
It's a two-fer - Obama needs Menendez to do well so that people don't think that the Dems are vulnerable in NJ, and Menendez needs Obama to do well otherwise he'll be a drag on the entire ticket. Unfortunately, Menendez hasn't done squat for NJ, he just toes the Liberal Party line so it's going to take a lot of money to trash Kyrillos before he can build up positive name recognition.
Maxim Sapozhnikov March 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
John Smith, how exactly is Christie supposed to overturn gun laws or shrink NJEA's power when the Dem-controlled legislature is hell-bent on perpetuating the state's misery? Let's give him the majority there and see if he can do better.
Chuck Ruff March 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Whether the legislature is dem-controlled or not, Christie has made it clear he has no plans to change NJ's gun laws.
The Stig March 19, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Great video on the collective "wisdom" of Biden and Menendez - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZjeW53H2tA&noredirect=1

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