I didn't want to do this. A few nights before we had our falling out in early December, 2016, and I dropped out from being his Campaign Manager, he called me up to rant and complain about everyone. "Hey man, do me a favor, if you ever end up hating me, please don't talk bad about me because I'm really sensitive." so I kept my mouth shut at first - until it turns out that he polls at 0% and is holding conservatives hostage in this primary. And if he's that sensitive, why is he running for Governor of New Jersey??? Does he not realize the stuff they would throw at him, assuming if they thought there was a chance he could win? But he gets almost universally ignored anyway because he isn't acting like a guy who wants to win. And, I found out from some credible inside sources very close to him personally that he really doesn't even want to win. He has also told me that he told all of the County Republican Chairman that he doesn't really want to win. I'm not sure if he means that or if he is just playing sour grapes for when he loses another race again.
He's trying to gain publicity from this campaign to boost his struggling acting career, to which he is known as Joey Rullo.
He is the Harvey Dent to my Batman. If you ever saw The Dark Knight in 2008, then you may remember the actor who played Harvey Dent who was the District Attorney, dubbed the White Knight of Gotham. He fought corruption and crime through the legal system. But he was also very two faced.
Joseph Rudy Rullo saw himself as, in his own words, the "Batman of NJ Politics." (Didn't Harvey Dent even claim to be the Batman?) Rullo even has a picture of himself wearing a white shirt with many little Batman symbols on it. He was part of the Real Life Superhero Community. His whole superhero mission was to expose government corruption.
He is originally from Nutley, NJ. There is a Commissioner there known as Steve Rogers (AKA Captain America) whose son of the same name was my Squad Leader in the Marines. I used to actually call him "Corporal America" until he got promoted to Sergeant. Then he was "Sergeant America".
Anyway, Rullo was upset last year that Rogers Sr. (who supposedly once claimed that he would support Rullo for Governor) who was working for the Trump campaign, hosted a bigger rally when Rullo was planning on having one.
So, because of that, Rullo held a grudge. I didn't know this right away.
Rullo said if he wins the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey, that he wants a black female military veteran as his Lieutenant Governor running mate. Which I think is overcompensating due to his own insecurities about his candidacy, but I have no problem with if he could find one both qualified and willing (assuming he wins the primary - which he won't - because he never wins).
I knew a black male veteran who could have perhaps been a good running mate for him. My Company Gunny from the Marines, who was nicknamed Chocolate Thunder (it's normal for Marines to have superhero nicknames - it's actually great for morale! plus this guy is like a badass and a genius and EXTREMELY charismatic). I don't want to give away his secret identity here though. He also works in state government. So, at the time I still thought Rullo was on good terms with Rogers. So I told him how Chocolate Thunder actually runs a church with Rogers' son. And he said he doesn't trust anyone who is tied to Rogers. That was when he explained the situation to me. That was hugely offensive to me, insulting Marines I served with and am still friends with, and their families.
Rullo likes to brag that he was the first prominent New Jersey Republican to endorse Donald Trump for President, which is kind of true. I remember when it happened. But he also has admitted that he is playing both sides of the fence on this. *coughHARVEYDENTcough*
He said if someone says they don't like Trump, that he will say how he called him out when he didn't immediately disavow David Duke's endorsement. Which is true. He said if Trump didn't disavow that endorsement that he would withdraw his endorsement of him. During the controversy surrounding comments Trump made as a joke over a decade prior, instead of defending Trump, he said Trump and Clinton should both be ashamed of themselves. There is a magazine article if you scroll down a lot you will see what he said.
He wouldn't even defend Trump! He just said Trump and Clinton should both be ashamed of themselves. He's such a hypocrite because he told Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciatarelli to drop out for not supporting Trump. Steve Rogers is the only Republican in the race who truly supported Trump. He even worked as an adviser for the Trump campaign.
In real life, at a DONALD TRUMP ROADSIDE RALLY, I overheard Rullo saying to someone that he honestly doesn't like Donald Trump. Like WTF dude?
When I introduced him to a Mayor of a nearby town, whom I know personally, he figured that the Mayor was probably going to endorse the Lieutenant Governor for Governor, since she was our County's former Sheriff. So when he meets him, in conversation he casually says "Yeah, I didn't want to say anything bad about the Lieutenant Governor." but as soon as the Mayor went inside for a minute, he starts bashing the Lieutenant Governor to the Mayor's wife. Blatantly two faced. I was embarrassed! Like as if the wife wasn't going to tell her husband?
I'm the one who suggested he make a facebook group for his campaign. I gave him really good advice which would have helped his campaign. He didn't always like taking my advice though. Advice like meeting people at local Republican Clubs for example (which I heard he since has done, but a little late now)
There was this one overweight woman who used to be part of his campaign, and one time he told me that she complained that I was telling her what to do. But he laughed and told me he didn't care because he wanted me to. I figured he was referring to the time he would be so exhausted and ask me to tell the group a list of things he wanted or needed. And I did really good at that.
Fast forward to early December, when he mailed me signatures he needed by like February or March. We were on the phone and he was doing most of the talking, and I wanted to say one thing and I said, wait before you say anything let me say this one thing real quick, and as I start to say it, he interrupted me then. I couldn't even say that! We knew we were both burning out. However, I don't burn out at all when doing things I'm meant to do, because there is always this undying passion for doing it. But if I feel like it's all for nothing or that I'm not meant to do something, I would lose motivation faster than anyone. Over time, I really began to lose confidence in him. The truth is he is not a very skilled nor inspiring candidate. My cousin even said when he sounds fake. And more and more over time, I began to see little by little, that he really wouldn't be that good of a Governor at all, and not the kind of guy you can trust.
Anyway, early one day, he calls me up, and I almost thought of not answering. I was in a good mood and was like, I totally do not want to deal with this right now. But I felt a moral obligation to answer, so I did. And he wants to tell me some good news or something and I can't get a word in edgewise, and then he wants to talk about that one woman who abandoned his campaign and said "Listen, when this Campaign picks up, you can't be bossy with people." I wasn't offended at alland it wasn't a big deal at all, just a very small misunderstanding, so I just casually was like "Oh, I remember what happened" and began to explain real quick, figuring that would settle that and get that out of the way, and then we could discuss other stuff. Instead with a really suspicious tone of voice he goes "Dude, you're being really defensive. This is really weird... But whatever.. That's weird. Anyway." I go, "Ok, nevermind then! That's it!" and I hung up.
He texts me "Dude that's totally not cool hanging up on me like that."
And I told him off but in a polite way. I told him everything he needed to hear. He's one of those micromanaging types who micromanages every single detail because he said he doesn't trust most people. He only wants to hear what he wants to hear. Now I see why so many others in his campaign were abandoning him left and right for Rogers' team.
Rullo thinks he's the Donald Trump of this election. But that isn't true at all. He's no Donald Trump! In fact he's the exact opposite. Donald Trump is a celebrity rockstar and he isn't afraid to be controversial because he can shift the tide in his own favor, and he's really confident.
Rullo wants to be the most boring average Joe candidate while he's running last place in the Republican primary. You can't be like Trump by being boring. You have to be awesome and totally trump the election in your favor.
Rullo is the opposite of Trump because Rullo never wins, and Trump never loses.
I'm not going to burn myself out to help out a candidate who rarely takes my great advice and who really wants badly to lose so he could boost his acting career. That's his dream.
In New Jersey, it is rare that the statewide Republicans nominate a conservative for statewide office. I'm worried Rullo will take conservative votes that Rogers needs in order to win against the establishment. So I would like to publicly ask Joseph Rudy Rullo to drop out of the Gubernatorial Race immediately, so that Rogers can work quicker to pick up the conservative vote. We can not have conservatives divided this year. I ask that he drops out before the deadline so that he won't be on the primary ballot.
This race is about a lot more than just his acting career. He is holding conservatives hostage for self gain. And the sad thing is that he also told me a while back that he's planning to run for U.S. Senate in 2018 also.
Rullo should drop out now and stay away from politics for good. If he's so much more interested in acting than on winning and fixing NJ, then maybe he could play Harvey Dent in a future Batman movie. That would be quite a fitting role for him! After all, as I said, he is the Two Face to my Batman.
He's Two Face Rullo.