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Author: Ed Sheppard

Christie Responds to Showboat Employees

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

governor christie speaks in ocean cityGovernor Christie brought his “No Pain, No Gain” tour to Ocean City on Thursday, Save Jerseyans. So I biked on up to the Music Pier to see him speak.

Now, if you’re reading this blog, you’re obviously familiar with our pension and benefits situation. So I am not going to focus on that.

Because if you read this blog, you’re also aware that I am a staunch supporter of forward-thinking strategies geared towards turning Atlantic City around and saving/creating as many jobs as possible.

The Governor was met with a handful of protesters. Some oppose his pension plan and there were a few granola types protesting the BL England Pipeline. There was also a group of Showboat employees (the casino slated to close on August 31st unless a buyer is found) demanding that Gov. Christie save their jobs by forcing Showboat to remain open.

Before delving into his pension-related remarks, the Governor took the time to address these employees. Below is video of what he said (sorry, my phone is not a TV studio). I’m not going to include any commentary; watch and arrive at your own conclusions…

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Two Pressers, Two Visions for A.C.

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

atlantic_city_boardwalk_NJThe contrast was dramatic.

Republican Assemblyman Chris Brown (D-2) led a press conference on Tuesday with Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Republican Mayor Don Guardian and various Atlantic County leaders at the Steel Pier on the Atlantic City Boardwalk to express their optimism that Atlantic City is not finished and, contrary to what you’re hearing in the news, has a bright future ahead of it.

The NJ GOP leaders stressed the fact that there are many good indicators out there which suggest that Atlantic City is actually on the upswing, but they also insisted that Trenton keep its word and give Atlantic City its promised five years:
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LD1 Jobs Report Card

How Have My Legislators Been Doing on the Jobs Front?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

LD1From some of my previous posts, Save Jerseyans, you might have picked up that I live in the 1st Legislative District. And in the 1st District, jobs was the number 2013 campaign issue, as it still is today. As a result, I have closely been following what my three legislators have been doing to bring jobs to the region.

Why am I doing this? Because I love where I live, and it pains me whenever I hear that people are planning on moving away because they feel the area does not offer them a future. I want my home’s future to be bright. Unemployment in “deep” South Jersey remains at the highest levels of anyone in New Jersey.

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5 Ways to Get South Jersey Working Again

My Roadmap for Spurring Round #1 of New Job Growth in Atlantic, Cumberland ans Cape May Counties

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

unemployment mapFrom some of my previous posts, Save Jerseyans, you might have picked up that I live in the 1st Legislative District. And in the 1st District, jobs was the number 2013 campaign issue, as it still is today. As a result, I have closely been following what job creation is happening our region.

Why am I doing this? Because I love where I live, and it pains me whenever I hear that people are planning on moving away because they feel the area does not offer them a future. I want my home’s future to be bright. This part of New Jersey also happens to consistently suffer the state’s highest unemployment rates.

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Why Are Dems Eager to Declare A.C. Dead?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog 

Sandy damage to the Atlantic City boardwalk

Sandy damage to the Atlantic City boardwalk (2012)

Save Jerseyans, Atlantic City is down, but not out notwithstanding its Moody’s credit rating setback.

Which makes me wonder why Democrats in New Jersey are so ready to declare Atlantic City dead and give up on the place?

Senate President Steve Sweeney has apparently already decided that there will be a ballot initiative to allow casinos in North Jersey. Senator Ray Lesniak has already decided that initiative has passed and is already planning the new casinos in North Jersey.

Sweeney and Lesniak are promising that money from North Jersey casinos will be spirited up the Parkway to fund the new casinos, essentially spitting in the face of South Jerseyans, especially when Atlantic City’s economy would be greatly helped if it wasn’t sending those tax dollars to Trenton.

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Atlantic City: Down But Not Out

atlantic cityBy Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Atlantic City has been generating some negative headlines recently. There’s no question about that. The Atlantic Club closed in January, Showboat and Trump Plaza will be closing at the end of the summer, and Revel may close if someone doesn’t buy the property by mid-August.

Everyone agrees: the decline in casino revenue that’s forcing these closures is catalyzed by the over saturation of casinos in the Northeast as legalized gambling in Pennsylvania and New York has siphoned away customers and dollars. With these closures, 20-25% of Atlantic City’s casino workforce will lose their jobs. Many are calling this the beginning of the end of Atlantic City.

Well let me tell you something, Save Jerseyans…

Atlantic City is down, but it is not out. (And before you accuse me of being a naïve, unrealistically-optimistic idealist for saying such a thing, let me point out to that you would be the first person to ever call me that).

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6 Reasons to Build the BL England Pipeline

BEd Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

pine barrensNo, I’m not talking about the Keystone Pipeline (though I do think that should also be built already!), Save Jerseyans. I’m talking about the BL England Pipeline Project. You’ve read about Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi’s efforts to get this pipeline built on Save Jersey. You’ve probably heard the loud objections of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups about burying a pipeline along the shoulder of a road that runs through the Pinelands. You’ve probably read about the politics of the pipeline.

What you haven’t read or heard is why this Pipeline needs to be built.

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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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