Zeldin argues, though, that he may still become the first Republican governor of New York since George Pataki was elected in 2002.
“The prediction was that George Pataki was going to lose by 11.5 points, and that wasn’t on Labor Day weekend,” Zeldin said Sunday. “That was the week before the election. And George Pataki just days later went on to make history. We elected a Republican governor.”
This past weekend, there was a benefit for Zeldin.
The event was hosted at the residence of the Chera family in Long Branch, New Jersey, which is affiliated with the St. Regis New York Hotel.
The home belonged to the late New York real estate magnate Stanley Chera, a prominent member of the Sephardic Syrian Jewish community and Donald Trump’s buddy. He died of COVID in April 2020, according to The Press.
Invitations to the event said that attendance was $1,000 per person, with a VIP reception costing $5,000, a picture opportunity costing $25,000, and “event chair” designation costing $100,000.
The Asbury Park Press reported that former President Trump conducted two fundraising events for his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns at the residence.
Not unexpectedly, the previous president also favors Zeldin.
Included in the tough struggle for votes is outfundraising the opposition
The Post says that Zeldin still faces a significant funding deficit in the governor’s race against Hochul, who contends that Zeldin’s support for Trump makes him too extremist to serve.
Hochul is leveraging Zeldin’s relationship with Trump to stoke voter opposition.
“Zeldin is desperately looking for cash and a path forward by doubling down on his allegiance to the far-right MAGA agenda,” her campaign said in a recent press release.
Donald Trump is in New Jersey today fundraising for my opponent.
Lee Zeldin continues to embrace the most far-right fringe elements of his party — and he wants to be Governor of New York.
I won't let him drag our state backward.
— Kathy Hochul (@KathyHochul) September 4, 2022
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Sunday’s fundraiser appears to be giving Hochul more ammunition in her arguments against Zeldin and his connections with the former president.
Playing on the Democrat idea that more voters do not like Trump than do, Holchul presented the Republican alliance as a negative.
“Zeldin will do and say whatever it takes to appeal to the far-right, even if it means raising money alongside the disgraced former president,” her campaign spokesman, Jerrell Harvey, said in a statement Sunday night. “His blind loyalty to Trump is too dangerous for New York.” CONTINUE READING…