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By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog If you have been following the Taj Mahal saga, Save Jerseyans, then you know that the only thing Senate Presi...

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By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog The New Jersey (Mis)Education Association (NJEA) claims to represent teachers, Save Jerseyans, but you and I ...

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By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog I was so happy to be invited to Dr Alieta Eck's "Refuting the War on Women" press conference on the Trenton...

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By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog With the race for control of America's governors' mansions all tied-up per the RCP average and his political ...

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By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog The New Jersey (Mis)Education Association (NJEA) claims to represent teachers, Save Jerseyans, but ...

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Is Sweeney Trying to Sabotage the Taj Mahal Negotiations?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Sweeney TV AdIf you have been following the Taj Mahal saga, Save Jerseyans, then you know that the only thing Senate President Steve Sweeney has contributed are insults aimed at Carl Ichan, the investment tycoon whose affiliates are due $292 million from the casino but who nevertheless proposed a Taj Mahal rescue package contingent upon concessions.

At the moment, Asm. Chris Brown (R-2) is a voice in the wilderness at a time when you’d expect South Jersey legislators to rally together, set partisanship aside and save thousands of constituent’s jobs from evaporating.

I trust my gut on this one, and my gut tells me that Steve Sweeney isn’t interested in saving the Taj Mahal. It tells me he wants to see it closed. And it tells me he is trying to foul up the process so that it does.

Why do I believe this? Why is my gut telling me this?

Well, let’s look at what we know about Sweeney.

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NJEA goes to bat for rich, safe Dems

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

booker norcross mailerThe New Jersey (Mis)Education Association (NJEA) claims to represent teachers, Save Jerseyans, but you and I know it’s really a glorified, giant liberal Democrat PAC. And by giant, I mean HUGE in terms of raw dollars spent.

They collect well over $130 million annually in union dues – Gov. Christie very correctly calls it the “slushfund” – and spend countless millions of the raw total on stuff with absolutely NO connection to representing and defending teachers.

Then there’s the regular PAC (see Exhibit A on the right) that spends big “voluntary” member money on millionaires like Cory Booker and union/political boss Donald Norcross, both of whom are running in relatively safe races. Some investment, right?

And then there’s the rest of it…

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GOP Women out to rebut the ‘War on Women’

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

eck rallyI was so happy to be invited to Dr Alieta Eck’s “Refuting the War on Women” press conference on the Trenton State House steps this week, Save Jerseyans.

This unfair smear of Republican women has irked me for a long time, and it’s about time more Republican women speak up against this in NJ.

Alieta Eck is a respected doctor who’s run the Zarephath Health Center, a free clinic for the poor and uninsured, serving over 40,000 patients since 2003. She is now running for Congress in District 12. Her opponent is one of those divisive politicians that we see too often in DC and she doesn’t care if she is using rhetorical talking points that are flat out lies to gain votes. Typical.

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Trick-or-Stump: Christie Spends Halloween on RGA Circuit

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie pumpkinWith the race for control of America’s governors’ mansions all tied-up per the RCP average and his political street cred on the line, Save Jerseyans, RGA Chairman Chris Christie is spending the final 12o hours leading up to Election Day on the road shoring up some of his priority candidates… including Scott Walker! So calm down, conspiracy theorists.

Details via the RGA:

On Friday, Governor Christie will travel to Arkansas to attend an event for GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Asa Hutchinson, to Kansas to attend events for Governor Sam Brownback and the RGA, and then to Wisconsin to attend events for Governor Scott Walker.

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Christie lays out rules of engagement in NM

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Did Gov. Chris Christie go overboard by devouring a heckler during Wednesday’s Sandy anniversary tour, Save Jerseyans?

“If you give it, you’re getting it back,” Christie responded when asked about the exchange during a Thursday campaign stop with ally Susana Martinez in New Mexico:

New Poll: The Cho-sen One Fades Away

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

choA dominant debate performance? Late deciders breaking Republican in a GOP year? Having decided that the challenger is an empty suit? Or a renewed campaign war room seriousness after a polling scare?

Whatever the causation may be, Save Jersey, Monmouth’s Polling Institute now finds Rep. Scott Garret moving into a comfortable 11-point lead ahead of his Democrat challenger, Roy Cho, in NJ-05.

53% of likely voters now back Garrett while 42% support Cho, up from the modest 48% to 43% lead the incumbent registered in Monmouth’s survey released October 15th. 

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Christie’s Ebola Nurse Antagonist goes bike riding as DOD contradicts her!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This lady is a real trip, Save Jerseyans!

I’ve spoken to the nurses in my life since Kaci “the Brat” Hickox‘s story went viral; not one of them thinks it’s unreasonable, after an extended journey to Africa interacting one-on-one with Ebola patients, for a health care worker to spend 3-weeks in a hospital (or at home) to guarantee that this deadly virus doesn’t spread.

It’s not hard for anyone who isn’t a narcissist to understand why.

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Young GOP candidates build coalitions in blue towns

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Rachael Brekke (center) enjoys a meal and a chat with Voorhees senior voters.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, Save Jerseyans, but I’ve tried to highlight examples of Republicans doing good things in tough spots this cycle. Fresh sprouts breaking through the concrete if you get my meaning.

For starters, I wrote about the NJ GOP’s remarkably diverse 2014 House candidates; we also visited South Plainfield, a Middlesex County community where Republicans continue to produce majorities in the face of a large voter registration disadvantage.

Next up: meet millennial friends of mine running hard (and well) in blue Garden State municipalities.

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Record Roots for GOP Freeholder Slate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Here’s the best part of Wednesday’s endorsement of Robert Avery and Bernadette Walsh from The Bergen Record (of all places!), Save Jerseyans:

“We recognize that changing control of the board to Republicans may not result in better government, but a new direction is needed. And a one-vote Republican majority will not stifle internal debate among freeholders.”

I’ll translate that for you: “we’re still liberals who hold our noses when passing Republicans on the street but wow, these Bergen Democrats really suck… badly… to the point where we can’t bring ourselves (or risk our reputations) to bail’em out.”

What else do you need to know heading into next Tuesday, Bergen voters?

Christie on Hickox’s Quarantine: “If it’s good enough for our men and women in uniform…”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Yessss! More unassailable logic (and strong words directed at the Obama Administration) from Governor Chris Christie during Wednesday’s multi-county Sandy anniversary tour as the media continues to entertain the extended-temper tantrum of nurse Kaci “the Brat” Hickox:

Transcript below the fold:

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Stockton Poll: MacArthur up overall but losing Burlco

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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MacArthur talks to members of the VFW (District 12) on Tuesday evening.

A new Stockton poll suggests more movement in Tom MacArthur’s direction, Save Jerseyans, riding a 5-point lead over Aimee Belgard in NJ-03.

MacArthur leads 46% to 41% with 8% undecided and 5% passing on both the Republican and Democrat candidates. He’s up 6-points with leaners included. The last Stockton poll from September 15th had the pair tied at 42%. 

Interestingly, it’s weak support among Democrats that’s holding Belgard back; she’s winning only 75% of Democrats whereas MacArthur is supported by 84% of Republicans. MacArthur’s 5-point lead among unaffiliated voters mirrors his overall margin.

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#NJSen Poll Average: Booker Leads by 15.6-points

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

safe_imageWe’ve got one *new* poll out with under one week to go before New Jersey decides whether to give former one-cell zygote Cory Booker (D-Twitter) a full term in the U.S. Senate, Save Jerseyans, and it reflects a 2-point closer race than what YouGov found a few weeks ago:

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Rooney: Christie is leading because Obama isn’t

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

rooney chasing nj web cameraOur Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney continued his full-throated defense of Governor Chris Christie’s Ebola quarantine decision-making on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, telling the crew of Chasing New Jersey that it’s all a question of leadership.

“The one thing that’s easier to do than lead yourself is tear down somebody else who’s trying to lead,” Rooney said, hours after the Governor’s appearance on NBC’s Today Show. “The CDC and the Obama administration have been repeatedly wrong from the very beginning of this crisis. First, they told us Ebola was unlikely to get here, and then it got here alright. Then they told us it was unlikely to spread to any of the healthcare workers, sure enough we have two nurses that contracted Ebola. Governor Christie is doing what any leader should do. The Obama administration should draw from what him and now several other governors are now trying to do, airing on the side of caution instead of making this a political matter or trying to score points.”

Video of Matt’s segment is below the fold…

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What’s up with the Taj Mahal?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Save Jersyans, on Friday you read how the Press of Atlantic City reported that the Taj Mahal casino was now expected to stay open. I was happy, as that meant 2,800 jobs would not be lost.

Unfortunately, since that report, there has been a flurry of news about the Taj.

A quick recap:

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