With less than 100 days until the November election, recent polls have shown Republican candidates coming on strong. U.S. Senate Republican candidate Jeff Bell told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that he has been a man for big ideas and that his campaign is focusing on the economy.
“The big idea right now is that the economy isn’t helping anyone except people at the very top and I think the reason is the Federal Reserve interest rate policy, which is crushing normal Americans who are trying to save,” said Bell.
According to Bell, the Federal Reserve interest rate policy is also affecting small businesses and employee wages.
Whether Congress has power over the Federal Reserve, Bell said that the Federal Reserve needs to be taken back and that if he is elected he want to make sure every effort is made to make it happen.
On the campaign trail, Bell says that fundraising got off to a slow start and that initially there had been no interest in the U.S. Senate race. Recent polls now show both Bell and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker relatively close. Bell said that he has two fundraising events coming up, one including Gov. Chris Christie.
As for his fundraising capacity, Bell said, “I’ll never be able to match Mr. Booker in terms of his spending. He is big with the big money operations, with Silicon Valley and Wall Street. Wall Street is totally with him, not with me, but I think there’s enough money here in New Jersey and some nationally that will make it competitive.”
While aiming to get the vote on election day, Bell said that he has a specific plan to help stimulate the economy.
For the first time since 1978, Bell has decided to run for political office. He said that he decided to return because he had been frustrated as a policy guy trying to get Congress’ attention on the Federal Reserve interest rate policy.
“I figure the only way to do this was run myself because the voters of New Jersey have always, in my experience, been open to new ideas,” said Bell.
As for winning the Republican nomination, Bell says that he is grateful to the voters that elected him during the Republican primary.