12:14 CD 12 roll call. Sipprelle appears to be running away with it.
11:58 Lance wins CD 7--78 to 12. No surprise. Voting for CD 12 will start soon. Sipprelle and Halfacre are working the floor.
CD 6 results: Total Gooch 104, Little 39, Wright 3. Gooch gets the line.
Dunnellen: 5 votes Little
Edison: 1 Little, 1 Wright 39 Gooch
I can't keep up with the count. Gooch is winning the big towns. Little is a strong second.
11:29 Mike Halfacre just told me he didn't see the sand bag coming. "Class act."
11:25 Thompson is lecturing Halfacre, finger in his face. I've never seen anything quite like this. Sam Thompson told me this week that this convention would be like nothing I've ever seen. He his right.
11:23 The voting is starting town by town.
Halfacre is sitting on stage two seats removed from the rest of the candidates. Ouch.
11:15 Sipprelle: "I am the candidate that will win a debate against Rush Holt. If he won't debate me, he will see my smiling face on TV every hour condeming his socialists ideology." Sipprelle hit it out of the park. The crowd loves him.
Sam Thompson is publicly scolding Mike Halfacre for distinguishing himself as a life long Republican. The crowd is cheering him on. Holy molly. Thompson placed Scott Sipprelle's name in nomination even though Sipprelle did not win the endorsement of the screening committee.
Halfacre just got sand bagged. Joe Leo introduced Thompson to do it. Sipprelle knew it was coming. If Sipprelle doesn't win this Thompson will really be angry.
"Just five months ago the 12th district chose a live long Republican lawyer over a Wall Street millionaire"
11:06 Mike Halfacre gets the most enthusiastic welcome from the crowd so far.
"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to cut taxes."
THE MAIN EVENT CD 12
11:05 Save Jersey just posted pre-covention video
11:00 Congressman Leonard Lance, CD 7 is speaking. His opponent, a guy named Larsen went to the Union County convention and sent a surrogate. Lance declares the GOP will win back the House this year.
That's all for CD 6.
10:50 AM Sam Thompson nominates Diance Gooch. Gooch is getting better at her speech too.
10:46 AM Anna Little...her speech keeps getting better. The crowd loves her. " I will do everything in my power to take part alone out of office."
10:42 AM Fabrizio Bivona is up.
10:36 AM Shannon Wright, CD 6 is up. Conservative, pro-life, pro 2nd amendment. Health care that works. "I am an evolved Republican, which means former Democrat."
"I'm running for Congress because my neighbor shoveled by driveway during the snow storm." That was probably a good story, but she didn't deliver it.
10:30 AM Senator Tom Goodwin, Bill Baroni's replacement is speaking. "Governor Christie is on the right track!" The crowd loves it.
MMM is live from the Middlesex County Vocational School this morning. The site of the Middlesex GOP Conveniton.
There are over 800 people here. The auditorium is set up like an national convention, each town has its own section with signs designating who they are.
Supporters of all the candidates are in the vestibule and outside the building passing out literature, holding up signs and general electioneering. Signs and banners for Halfacre, Sipprelle and even a few for Leonard Lance adorn the walls.
There is a power point presentation with announcement and ads for the Congressional candidates scrolling stage.
I'm here with Save Jersey's Matt Rooney. We'll be sharing updates.
MMM will also be providing updates from the Monmouth Democratic convention where we have a mole.