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Author: Ed Sheppard

Facebook Unlikes Cape GOP YRs

Facebook Stops Cape May County Young Republicans from Promoting Shooting Event

BEd Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Author’s Note: I am a member of the Cape May County Young Republicans, helping to organize ATF Day, and have organized ATF Days for other organizations in the past.

Vintage Cape May County MapWhat the hell, Save Jerseyans?

In order to promote its 2nd Annual ATF Day (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms), Cape May County Young Republican President Tom Rotondi paid to “boost” a Facebook post the group made asking prospective attendees to save the date for the event.

According to Rotondi, Facebook predicted that between 5,000-9,000 “boosts” would occur, i.e. appear in 5,000-9,000 news feeds. The post reads “Save the Date CMC Young Republicans 2nd Annual ATF day is coming!” and includes a link to the email blast that CMCYRs sent out to its membership.

Supposed to is the operative phrase…

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LoBo: CD2 Won’t Make Pelosi Speaker

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

lobo busFueled by 3 cups of coffee on Saturday morning, Save Jerseyans, I headed over to the first stop of Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s bus tour in Ocean City.

Stop #1 was a well attended event despite the early hour and pouring rain. There were numerous elected and Cape May County officials present, so I’ll just try to highlight a few (I needed 3 cups of coffee to get there, so I may not have seen everyone who was there and don’t want to unintentionally leave anyone out): Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, Freeholder Kristine Gabor, Sheriff Gary Schaffer and Ocean City Council members Mike DeVlieger and Michael Allegretto were among the elected officials who came to show the Congressman their support.

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Bridgegate Recap: Week of the Emails

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-66This will be my one and only post on Bridgegate for the time being, Save Jerseyans. Not because I don’t have thoughts on the matter, but at this point, so many people are yelling their opinions at the top of their voices that there’s a good chance you could all have an eardrum ruptured.

So I’m gonna throw my thoughts out there once, let people agree/disagree with them, and let the others resume shouting:

I Still Support Chris Christie

Let’s get that on record. He has built enough credibility where I believe him when he says that his staff lied to him. There is no evidence that shows that he knew. And I’m a logical person who makes his decisions based on available facts. And the fact is, since no evidence exists as of now showing Christie knew, I fall back to the credibility factor. Were these facts to change, I would re-evaluate…

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Eliminate New Jersey Double Dipping

Bills I’d Like to See Introduced in 2014, Part 4

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

dippingSave Jerseyans, now is the time of year where everyone comes up with lists. You know, the top whatever of 2013, resolutions/wish lists for 2014, you know the drill. And I’m no exception. I’ve got my own list of bills I’d like to see someone with enough guts to introduce in Trenton. And by someone, I mean a Republican, because I doubt any Democrat would consider any of these bills. So I will be posting one bill a day this week. And today’s wish is…

Eliminate Double Dipping!

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Limit the Number of Bills Each Legislator Can Introduce to 10

Bills I’d Like to See Introduced in 2014, Part 3

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

billSave Jerseyans, now is the time of year where everyone comes up with lists. You know, the top whatever of 2013, resolutions/wish lists for 2014, you know the drill. And I’m no exception. I’ve got my own list of bills I’d like to see someone with enough guts to introduce in Trenton. And by someone, I mean a Republican, because I doubt any Democrat would consider any of these bills. So I will be posting one bill a day this week. And today’s wish is…

Limit the Number of Bills Each Legislator Can Introduce to 10!

This isn’t 100% my idea. LD1 State Senate candidate Dave DeWeese came up with the idea to cap bills to 6 per legislator in 2011. He noted that the Assembly and Senate sponsor about 8,000 bills a year, at a cost of $3,000 per bill, or $24 million a year.

Folks, we don’t really need 8,000 bills a year. We really, really don’t.

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Lower Taxes for Everyone By Eliminating a Tax Bracket

Bills I’d Like to See Introduced in 2014, Part 2

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

TaxesSave Jerseyans, now is the time of year where everyone comes up with lists. You know, the top whatever of 2013, resolutions/wish lists for 2014, you know the drill. And I’m no exception. I’ve got my own list of bills I’d like to see someone with enough guts to introduce in Trenton. And by someone, I mean a Republican, because I doubt any Democrat would consider any of these bills. So I will be posting one bill a day this week. And today’s wish is…

Lower Taxes for Everyone by Eliminating a Tax Bracket

New Jersey has 6 tax brackets, and just like the federal system, income is taxed incrementally by bracket. Here are the brackets in New Jersey right now:

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Make N.J. An “Obamacare Sanctuary State”

Bills I’d Like to See Introduced in 2014, Part 1

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

The New Jersey State HouseSave Jerseyans, this is the time of year where everyone comes up with lists.

The top whatever of 2013, resolutions/wish lists for 2014, you know the drill. And I’m no exception. I’ve got my own list of bills I’d like to see someone with enough guts to introduce in Trenton. And by someone, I mean a Republican, because I doubt any Democrat would consider any of these bills. So I will be posting one bill a day this week. And today’s wish is…

Make New Jersey an “Obamacare Sanctuary State”

When liberals do not like federal laws, they simply ignore them. They then go a step further and pass state local laws that not only defy those laws, but actively protect those who break them. Agree or disagree on the issue, just look at their tactics on illegal immigration, and tell me I’m wrong. I’m not. So we common sense conservatives need to do the same thing.

And we should start with Obamacare.

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Sam Fiocchi Talks to Save Jersey

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Sam FiocchiAssemblyman-elect Sam Fiocchi (R-1) was the NJ GOP’s silver-lining, Save Jerseyans, on an Election Night 2013 devoid of any other down-ballot legislative successes.

I recently visited South Jersey’s newest legislator to get an idea of what he plans to do next:

Sheppard: Sam, let me ask you, right off the bat, how did it feel to win?

Fiocchi: Well, it certainly was a bittersweet victory. It’s great to win, you know this was my second try. I was hoping, actually, I was pretty confident, I thought my running mate Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt on the Senate side and Kristine Gabor on the Assembly side, that they were going to win as well, but it just didn’t work out that way. But I was certainly elated, it feels great, and I’m looking forward to the job in Trenton.

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In LD1, @GovChristie Asks for GOP Legislature

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

I went down to the Ocean City GOP HQ today to see Governor Christie speak, Save Jerseyans, and everyone reading this post in Cape May and Cumberland Counties should take note:

Notwithstanding his “bipartisan” alliances, Chris Christie explicitly said that he wants to work with Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, Kristine Gabor & Sam Fiocchi in Trenton, not Jeff Van Drew, Arrogant Nelson Albano & Bob Andrzejczak. Why would he want to work with 3 Democrats who endorsed Barbara Buono? Exactly.

From the Big Guy himself, flanked by the LD1 ticket and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ02):

Analyzing the LD1 Jobs Plans

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

LD1 SlateSave Jerseyans, you might have noticed I have been quiet on the election front this cycle in my neck of the woods.

Some people have asked me if my silence was due to fear of the vindictive Democrats incumbents trying to hold onto their seats (Troopergate anyone?).

Please, I don’t fear bullies. Those who have read the few posts I have had time to write know that the real reason is that I unable to post is because I have been buried under the horrendous, job killing, money sucking, rights trampling, Democrat darling monstrosity known as Obamacare.

And those who have read my posts in the past know that I am a nerd who loves to dust off his double major from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and analyze the hell out of stuff. And this year, in the hotly contested LD1 race, where polling shows that JOBS are the number one concern in the District, I was looking forward to getting my nerd on by putting each ticket’s job plan through my Hoya Saxa inspired analysis then comparing and contrasting them.

Nerdvanna! I hit a snag, however. Only one ticket actually has a plan! Nerdvanna denied…

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ObamaCare Sticker Shock is Here

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

SupermarketWe’re only one week into the Obamacare exchanges, Save Jerseyans, and the reactions I have seen on the front lines, regardless of party or political affiliation, can be summed up in two words:

Sticker Shock.

Yeah, turns out a lot of people are discovering a dirty little secret about the Affordable Care Act that I and loyal readers of this blog have known for months: putting the word “affordable” in the bill title doesn’t magically make something affordable.

People are now finding out that they are paying much more for their healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. And they ain’t happy about it…

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What Each Party is Voting on Today

Booker CorzineDemocrats: Every single candidate has been proudly and loudly touting their far-left vision for the economy. Even though history and common sense have proven that all 4 of their visions will kill job creation in this state and country 5 times before it even hits the ground. So basically, today Democrats across the state are voting on their favorite murder defense. And if Cory Booker wins in the wake of his Wall Street “dealings” scandals, it might also mean the NJ Democrats are deciding today if they are ready to welcome back Jon Corzine with open arms.

LoneganRepublicans: Today, Republicans have a choice between a relative unknown to the general public candidate who has made a bunch of rookie mistakes on the campaign trail and Alieta Eck. I mean, the NJGOP surrendered this race so quickly that it wouldn’t shock me if they move their headquarters to France this cycle (anyone offended by that joke can feel free to leave in the comment section what year it was when France last won a fight on their own. Please specify AD or BC.). These two couldn’t beat a turtle in a race, let alone a live human New Jersey Democrat. So NJGOPers are basically deciding “which loser is least likely to ask me to donate if they win?”

Independents: Like they do every election, independents will show that the best way to express your disgust and displeasure with the 2 party system is to stay completely out of it, holding no sway or influence whatsoever during the campaign, and if your candidate was lucky enough to actually get on the ballot (no thanks to you), you can help them get .734% of the vote, then correct me by saying “That rounds up to 1%, thank you!”. So basically, you’re voting on the importance of properly teaching rounding decimals in our schools.

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Cutting to 29 Hours Won’t Cut It

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama SOTUWhat They Are Saying: If a business cuts its employee shifts to under 30 hours a week, that business can get under the 50 full-time employee threshold to provide health insurance as mandated by Obamacare, now pushed back to 2015, and not be fined. That business is free and clear!

Is This True?: No.

What’s the Reality?: The 2,000 page Obamacare bill that was never read before it passed had several (ok, a lot) of pages dedicated to defining what a full-time employee is. The most interesting part of that definition, however, was that it left it open ended on how the IRS could choose to treat part-time employees in determining the number of full-time employees or equivalents a company has.

Very quietly, in March of 2013, the IRS released their Obamacare regulations. They did not want a big public deal made about it. In fact, a lot of people who should know about this do not. But a few did notice it. And from what I have read and been told by professionals I sought advice from, this is the reality…

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Lunch Scandal Lessons

New Jersey’s School Lunch Scandal Proves We Should Attack Waste Before Raising Taxes

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Corruption WatchI hate it, HATE IT, Save Jerseyans, whenever a Democrat says that there is no waste or corruption in government spending, so we have to raise taxes.

They know it’s BS, you know i’ts BS, I know it’s BS, but if you call it BS publicly, then they bash you over the head with your own words, calling you every name in the book and then making up a few new ones.

Now it’s time to bash back.

The recent free school lunch scandal that just hit the news is just the latest example of how, instead of raising taxes, folks in Trenton can find more than enough taxpayer money by simply getting their own house in order. Democrats say they want $500 million in tax raises? I say you could easily find twice that if you attack waste and corruption.

This free school lunch scandal looked at merely 15 school districts, the tiniest fraction of what constitutes government in the Garden State. And they found 119 OF THEIR OWN PEOPLE whom the N.J. Comptroller says are scamming the system. This was just a limited, cursory investigation; they did not look to see if any parents who weren’t employed by the school were cheating the system. I’d bet you lunch that there are parents doing just that.

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How Can Anyone Trust Dems Now?

As the Scandals, Lies and Betrayals Pile Up, Obama’s Democrat Party is Now Completely Discredited

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

DonkeyEvery single day, we find out even more about how they lied to us concerning what happened on September 12, 2012 in Benghazi.

They forced gun dealers to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels. And tried to blame it on the dealers before someone blew the whistle.

In 2012, they told us they only wanted to raise taxes on millionaires. In 2013, every single paycheck in America got smaller, not just the millionaires’.

For two years, they said the IRS was not targeting groups that disagreed with them. Until earlier this week, we found that is exactly what the IRS was doing

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Counterpoint: On Jail Mergers

OPINION: South Jersey’s Jail Merger Deal is All Smoke and Mirrors

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Prison FenceEarlier this month, Save Jerseyans, I was intrigued by a post here on Save Jersey praising Gloucester County’s decision to pay to house its inmates in other counties. I was a little familiar with the proposal, as it was making waves in nearby (for me) Cumberland County for being big on promises and small on details. So I was surprised that a fellow blogger was in favor of this plan and was particulary excited about how everyone ends up saving money on this deal. Sounds good, right?

And things that sound good in the government sphere deserve extra skepticism because they rarely live up to the hype. So I did some initial digging. All I learned from my research was that, again, most parties did not want to discuss the details of the transaction. That’s a big old red flag for this finance nerd; if politicians don’t want you to know the numbers, then something bad may be about to happen. So I did some more digging, and found out something about the neat trick to get these savings.

The savings aren’t a trick at all. They’re an illusion…

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