Archive for the ‘elections’ Category

UCCF 5/12/22: MV Strategies in NJ

When asked what MV Strategies did and who else they did it for, we got this response:

So these are supposed to be the clients of MV Strategies in New Jersey:

  • Union County
  • Hudson County
  • Camden County
  • Gloucester County
  • Burlington County
  • Middlesex County
  • City of West New York
  • State of New Jersey

If googling is supposed to yield better results than sending in OPRA requests it’s worth a try.

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Covid Contracts

An OPRA request was placed today for:

All emails, letters, contracts and communications from July 2020-present between Jessica Cohen and MV Strategies, and Edward Oatman and MV Strategies

As CONTRACTS are in this case available for immediate access, we got them and here they are along with a listing of money paid under them through the last month based on check registry data.

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MV Strategies Outreach

According to TAPintoWestfield:

County spokesperson Kelly Martins said that MV Strategies was a key part of the county’s COVID-19 emergency response team, and the county hired the firm to register residents for vaccines and testing across Union County. “We have a few hard-to-reach communities, so we hired MV Strategies to further assist us in these efforts,” said Kelly Martins, spokesperson for the county, on Friday. “They engaged in door-to-door operations as well as phone banking to reach the unvaccinated, educate them about the vaccines, register them for an appointment and bring in pop-up clinics to that area.” Martins pointed to a news release published on local news websites in May 2021 in which the county announced that it would be conducting vaccine outreach door-to-door.

The question then is what was MV Strategies doing before May, 2021 (or more pointedly before November 3, 2020) when they were being paid that $750,000.

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MV Strategies and the Election Connection

According to bizapedia:

MV Strategies LLC is a New Jersey Foreign Limited-Liability Company filed On July 7, 2020. The company’s filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 450510055. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Legalinc Corporate Services Inc. and is located at 301 Route 17 North Suite 800 No. 12-40, Rutherford, NJ 07070. The company’s mailing address is PO Box 39104, Washington, DC 20016. The company has 2 contacts on record. The contacts are Megan Brown from Washington DC and Megan V Brown from Washington DC.

So what did Union County pay MV Strategies LLC $750,000 in Covid money for? According to one line of reasoning, to defeat Donald Trump.

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Oh Christ!

When anyone other than a lickspittle comes to the microphone:

That was not meant for me as I have been banned from speaking at Kenilworth council meetings. That was after the local lickspittle brought up a flyer that the opposition party sent out that included a claim that Kenilworth Democrats “added an additional 19 Borough employees.”

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Telltale Coattails

Republicans in Kenilworth won by a landslide. Was it a vote against the democrats in Kenilworth or Murphy as governor?

Looking at the Union County website with detail for 2021 on votes by district for both governor and council tells a tale.

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Post Election Day Prediction

Still a toss up in the race for governor in New Jersey and I see a recount with the party running the recounting finding enough votes to win.

As I recall, in Kenilworth last year the race was so close that it took about two weeks for the republicans to put up ‘Thank You’ stickers over their campaign signs. That is not the case this time around:

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Election Day Prediction

If you happened to be tooling around Kenilworth today on your way to vote you may have come across these signs which started appearing on Sunday as near as I can tell:

The signs do not tell you who to vote for which may make it alright for them not to contain a ‘paid for by’ sticker. Even though the Democrats came out with their lawn signs around Sunday as well and those signs did not have a ‘paid for by Harbor Consultants’ disclosure so they have their own ghosts.

But as to how this will impact the election outcome:

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Cloud of corruption lingers over city has this gimmick where they give you just enough of a headline to get you interested but leave out a major piece of information, in this case the name of the city, to get you to either impluse-subscribe or pay $5 for the paper. It worked this Sunday with this story headlined:

Corruption has long been pervasive in New Jersey. Was this the state’s most corrupt city?

From no-show jobs and sweetheart deals, the business of government in New Jersey for some can be a game of opportunity.

I did buy the paper for the first time in years and it was worth it as I found a lot to relate to. In appreciation to I will keep the name of the city secret, substituting a K for wherever the city name appears and initials for names of people.

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Election Predictions – 2021

Based on past history the governor and commissioner outcomes are set. Notwithstanding the prevalence of Jack signs (and the welcome dearth of any commissioner signs at all) in my travels (which have been mostly in Morris and central Union County) Murphy will win by about 55% to 45% of the vote and the incumbent commissioners will ride that to about a 20% margin when you consider the Elizabeth and Plainfield super majorities.

The interesting race will be in Kenilworth where Republicans would take over with a sweep of the two council seats up for election and that is what I will focus on after a look at the history of gubernatorial election polls and outcomes as taken from RealClear Politics that make me believe that Murphy is a lock.

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