If we are to avoid another performance like 2015, the Republican legislative caucuses of both chambers should use 2016 to prepare for 2017. The most important thing is to do yourself no harm.
We've detailed before how bills like S-283 have no base of support and how they could do enormous damage -- not only to the prospect of turning out our base -- but with any voters who believe in privacy between the sexes and with protecting vulnerable women and girls. Polling shows large majorities in favor of traditional privacy no matter how the question is posed.
Such a poll was recently conducted in the Eleventh Legislative District in Monmouth County. More on that later.
Suffice it to say that modesty might draw barbed mockery from some, but in a district in which 48 percent of all registered Republicans are aged 60 or over and 66 percent of Republican super voters (3 of 4 or above) are aged 60 or over, it is a safe bet that it still counts for something. And we can't wait to find out.
When educated as to the number of convicted male sex offenders who could use a law like S-283 to gain access to girls and women for their self-gratification, the response is off-the-charts. Republicans, Democrats, Independents -- it doesn't matter. Many in the LGBT community break ranks with their lobbyist class and oppose S-283 on the grounds that it leaves too many people vulnerable to sexual abuse, rape, and even murder.
We understand from a highly placed source in the Legislature that S-283 will be making an appearance again. This source also confirmed that S-283 will have GOP support. Prominent among those GOP supporters is Senator Jennifer Beck, a co-sponsor of S-283.
We didn't expect such a betrayal of the Republican base in an election cycle as rebellious as 2016-17 is turning out to be. Of course, Senator Beck is making a lot of noise on other issues in an attempt to get conservative voters to forget who she really is, and her decades-long record as a lobbyist and legislator devoted to the liberal causes dear to the heart of the political and corporate establishment.
If passed into law, Beck's legislation allows a man, with a penis, to become a legal "woman", simply by saying that he is seeing a therapist and then re-submitting his birth certificate to reflect his "new sex". No surgery required.
And it won't be recorded as an "amended" birth certificate. It will be filed as the original. The government will pretend that it can go back in time to correct the "perception" of the doctors and nurses who saw a child with a penis and checked "male". The government will, in fact, lie and pretend that the attending physician checked "female" when, of course, he did not.
What S-283 will do is endanger the lives of women and girls in New Jersey. And come election time every legislator who supports S-283, regardless of their party, is going to have to answer some tough questions from average constituents about why you had to do this and not something important, like lowering property taxes, ending the tax on retirement income, or fixing the Transportation Trust Fund.
Watch the video below and see if you are ready to answer those questions: