Gloucester County Freeholder Larry Wallace (R) won’t seek another term as head of his country’s Republican Party.
In an email to Glouco GOP’ers, Wallace reminded the faithful that he had always only planned “to fill in the unexpired term of the previous Chairman and had no intentions of running for Chairman again in 2013.” Freeholder Wallace replaced William Fey in June 2012; at the moment, Wallace is running for an Assembly seat in Steve Sweeney’s LD3. The outgoing Chairman did, however, state his clear successor preference:
Kevin Murphy and Phyllis Martin have expressed their intent to run for Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Gloucester County Republican Party. With Governor Christie at the top of the ticket, there is no doubt in my mind their team will maintain the two Republican freeholder seats as well as pick up numerous seats throughout the county.”
The State Party considers Gloucester a key swing county; Christie carried the Senate President’s home county of nearly 290,000 residents by 2,749 votes in 2009.
I can still remember seeing the chilling photos of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold on the news after they opened fire on the student body and faculty of Columbine High School back in 1999. People were shocked, saddened and looking for reasons why something like that could happen. Tragedies such as the Columbine and more recent Newtown massacres don’t stem from just one root cause; there are always a number of risk factors at play. But in the aftermath, people have a tendency to point fingers because they are terrified… and desperate for answers.
Was it possible that these disturbed gunmen were influenced by the video games they were playing or the music they were listening to on a regular basis?
After Columbine, I became obsessed about the required use of parental advisories on explicit music, video, and gaming content. I wrote impassioned letters to my local legislators, appealing to them to pass laws restricting the sale of explicit content to kids under 18, only to find out that the form letters I received in response were ambivalent, dismissive and sometimes not even about the topic I wrote them on!
Call your favorite Jersey Shore town’s municipal hall, tourism division or lifeguard HQ. Check to see if they have an active FB page. Or, if you’re so inclined, The New York Times launched a pretty cool interactive map last week that indicates, town-by-town, whether your favorite Jersey Shore resort’s beaches are “open for business” over the Memorial Day Weekend holiday. A few beaches still aren’t ready post-Sandy but, despite those very few exceptions, the vast majority of New Jersey’s sands will accommodate tourists as they always have in years past.
Excitement is building at both ends of the G.S. Parkway despite a sour weather forecast. For many weeks now, Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno have been touring Shore points to raise awareness; the Big Guy appeared on NBC’s Today Show on Friday morning to formally reopen the rebuilt Seaside Heights Boardwalk:
Your Blogger-in-Chief will naturally be at the Shore this weekend, too…
The nonpartisan American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is out with a new report that tracks job creation and general economy growth in each of America’s fifty states (not “57″ for those of you who learned math in an Abbott District or Indonesian school) over the course of a full decade.
We’ve analyzed New Jersey’s plight from every angle here at the blog since our doors opened in May 2008, but please read Joe Sinagra’s excellent Save Jersey guest post if you haven’t already, Save Jerseyans. His detailed explanation of how the Garden State went from being an economic powerhouse to a fiscal basket case — and who is REALLY responsible for it — provides the best explanation out there for the ALEC report’s results… because you get what you vote for in a democratic system! Virtually every time. For more proof, revisit the Tax Foundation’s rankings and you’ll observe how spookily similar the lists appear.
Soclick here to read ALEC’s New Jersey-specific breakdown. Then go ahead and share it with a friend who is either (1) considering voting for Barbara Buono or who (2) doesn’t appreciate what Chris Christie inherited in 2010. Their ignorance is dangerous with so much on the line this November.
O has plenty to gain from this visit, too. He’s on the ropes as an avalanche of scandals threatens to make him a lame duck president is record time. Another beach photo op with America’s best known governor is a welcome distraction for an embattled White House. The Governor, for his part, will obviously accept any PR help for the recovering Jersey Shore economy that he can get. You can’t blame him. My only hope is that the Governor uses this opportunity to raise the many problems with the federal response. Obama needs Christie more than the other way around, folks, so there’s no time like the present to lay it all out there.
That means Tuesday was our 5th Anniversary, Save Jerseyans. Don’t worry… we’re not angry that you forgot to send a card. We nearly forgot about it, too.
And what a 5 years it’s been. Since the Spring 2008, our little site has made more than a few headlines, broke several big stories, hosted dozens of contributors, interviewed at least 100 candidates/public figures, welcomed hundreds of thousands of unique visitors and likely frayed at least as many Trenton liberals’ nerves on a daily basis. It’s been our absolute pleasure! And we hope you’ve had as much fun as we’ve had doing it.
At the very least, when you look at the state of New Jersey’s conservative movement/”rightroots” in May 2008 versus today, I think it’s hard to argue that our side hasn’t made tremendous strides. We’re proud to have played an ongoing role in that important process.
Now we’re moving into a critical stage of the Save Jersey project. Election 2013 may be our “last best chance” to transform the state legislature for several more cycles. We’re going to continue doing our part to get the right information to the right people in cyberspace. All that we ask is for you to keep reading, sharing, and contributing as you’ve loyally done for the past 5 years.
Not a bad deal, right? So enjoy your complimentary slice of digital birthday cake (see above) and let’s get busy…
The boardwalk’s reconstruction began on Jan. 9. It required more than a half million screws, Mayor Matt Doherty said.
“I never thought I’d be so happy about a half million screws,” said Menendez, who noted Belmar plays a special role in the lives of the state’s residents. “We have preserved that New Jersey birthright.”