SOMERSET HILLS NJ - There have been multiple unsubstantiated reports of a Kasich campaign bus in New Jersey this week. Governor Kasich has yet to appear in New Jersey as a 2016 presidential candidate. It is quite possible that the phantom bus is transpassing New Jersey as Kasich travels between the upcoming primary states of Pennsylvania and New York. This wouldn't be the first time that New Jersey was an afterthought as politicians focus on our larger neighbors.
That all changes tomorrow night when Kasich becomes the first 2016 Republican presidential candidate to make a campaign visit to the Garden State. The event, hosted by former Governor Christie Whitman, takes place near the Somerset Hills, not far from the permanent Trump signs on Lamington Road. Kasich has some strong Somerset Hills support, and finished a strong second at the Somerset County GOP convention.
In the Somerset Hills tonight, the Sanders and Clinton campaigns are sending top New Jersey surrogates to the Pottersville Fire House for a Mock Debate. The Bedminster Democrats are hosting the debate, which will be moderated by veteran journalist Charlie Zavalick.
Sanders' New Jersey Chair and Deputy New Jersey Assembly Speaker will stump for Senator Sanders. The Sanders campaign caused some waves within the Democratic Party last week by filing freeholder candidates in several counties to run against the candidates endorsed by the county organizations. The purpose of the such a maneuver would be to gain Senator Sanders better ballot position in the primary. In an interview with PolitickerNJ, Wisniewski said that those candidates are by and large not there to win the office, but to support Senator Sanders. It remains to be seen whether Wisniewski will have to field questions about the renegade Sanders freeholder candidates.
And finally, the Cruz campaign is sending Heidi Cruz to New Jersey for an event in Monmouth County next Wednesday. Cruz hasn't seemed to gotten his footing in the leafy suburbs. As for New Jersey, it may be a case of too little too late for the Cruz campaign.
On June 7, New Jersey primary voters will go to the polls to make known their presidential preference. The way the races stand right now, our vote might matter.