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Great Obamacare News for Me, Bad for You!

By Irwin Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog bart phone call

Did you see this, Save Jerseyans?

You don’t even have to be a real person to get Obamacare subsidies!

It’s being reported that the Government Accountability Office (an oxymoronic construction) successfully created fake people with fake documentation who obtained Obamacare subsidies and whose documents were “verified” by the exchanges or, in some cases, they didn’t even bother to look.

Turns out, “verified” actually means “the exchange assumes all applicants tell the truth and all documents are authentic unless it is blatantly obvious it’s a fake.” In fact, here is what the GOA says on the matter: CONTINUE READING….

Still Waiting to See What Makes Jeff “Independent”

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

rubberstampAs you know, Save Jerseyans, Democrat Bill Hughes, Jr is looking to unseat Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo in District 2 so Hughes can rubber stamp Obama’s agenda and help make Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House again (because it worked out so well the first time).

And State Senator Jeff Van Drew just endorsed the wanna-be Obama rubber stamp Bill Hughes, Jr. this week.

This should come as no shock to you, loyal Save Jersey readers, because Van Drew, while pretending to be an across the aisle moderate, is a proud Democrat who sticks with his party at the end of the day. And Van Drew just demonstrated in this instance how he is willing to ignore all the good LoBiondo has done for the district and his efforts to bring jobs to the area, endorsing Hughes… why? 

Because Hughes is a Democrat.

LoBiondo is going to beat Hughes. Bank on it. Which means in 2015, when Van Drew is on the campaign trail, trying to convince voters to re-elect his mouthpiece, Assemblyman Fluff Bob Andrzejczak, Mr. Middle of the Aisle Van Drew is going to have explain to people why he tried to send an Obama rubber stamp to Washington.


4 Easy Ways for Trenton to Save Money

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

money - liberty coinFolks, the FY 2015 budget debate will conclude – or at least reach its climax – when Governor Chris Christie signs/line-item veto(es) the legislature’s work product, presumably sometime between now and the 4th of July. 

This episode has shown us one thing: we need to cut some budget fat, or we are going to be doing this dance again and again, year after year. Not one-time stuff, either; we need permanent cuts that are going to last and result in permanent savings.

Matt Rooney, Senate Republicans and even Joe Cryan have pitched cost-cutting ideas.

Here are four of my own for your kind consumption as Governor Christie weighs his options. Because, as I recently pointed out, a millionaires tax is not going to solve our woes. This isn’t a comprehensive list; I do not claim to have all the answers, but it’s my hope that, by reading this, decision-makers’ old thinking caps powered up….


Gary Schaer is Lying

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

trenton dome“No Democrat wants new taxes but no Democrat wants continued fiscal irresponsibility.”

That’s Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer, June 25, 2014, in reference to the Democrat’s FY2015 proposed budget, repeating a line that his Speaker, Vince Prieto, and other Assembly Democrats have uttered ahead of Thursday’s big FY 2015 budget vote.

I call bull, Save Jerseyans.


Are You Dumb Enough to Trade $10 Billion for $560 Million?

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Author’s Note: I’m not THAT dumb, Save Jerseyans.

runningWhy do we ALWAYS have the same argument over a millionaires tax?

Scratch that, Save Jerseyans. Why do Democrats and newspaper editors, aka Harry & Lloyd, our friends from Dumb and Dumber, ALWAYS ignore the facts of this argument? I’m getting sick and tired of the facts staring them right in the face and then, instead of responding to logic and reason, they lie to our faces. When they say that people do not leave, that people do not flee a state when they institute a millionaires tax, grab a fire extinguisher, aim it at their pants and get ready to pull the pin.

Wealth flees, Save Jerseyans. Wealth flees. And here is what the FACTS tell us what happens when a state, any state, raises its millionaires tax.


“Text” of Bob Andrzejczak’s Speech Against Magazine Restrictions

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Bob Andrzejczak

Bob Andrzejczak

Folks: last week’s roll call of the Assembly vote on restricting magazines to 10 rounds has caused some debate in my neck of the woods on Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak’s (D LD-1) commitment to the Second Amendment.

Andrzejczak voted “No”, not that his vote was a tiebreaker. Some people have argued that the Assemblyman is not a true advocate for the Second Amendment, that he does not stand up to the Democrats who are chipping away at gun rights, that he merely said what Jeff Van Drew told him to say to get backing from the NJ2AS membership last fall, and will only vote in favor of 2A issues if there are enough Dem votes to shoot down the bill. Others have countered that Andrzejczak is a strong 2A advocate, who does speak up on behalf of NJ gun owners, and just found himself in the same situation as many GOP 2A legislators: the numbers simple weren’t on his side.

Well, Save Jerseyans, there’s a very easy way to determine which side is right, the “Bob’s a poser” or the “Bob’s the real deal” factions. Below please find the transcript of every speech Bob Andrzejczak gave in opposing this legislation.


CD2 Winter Update

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

South Jersey MapSave Jerseyans: with all the questions surrounding who will be the Senate’s GOP nominee and the nominees in Congressional District 3, you might have forgotten about District 2.

So let me you fill in on this important race.

The national Communist Democratic Party has identified District 2, a seat held by Republican Frank LoBiondo since 1994, as one of only a handful of race they think they can win this cycle. They cite the fact that President Obama carried the district in both 2008 and 2012, and plan to devote vast resources in order to defeat LoBiondo. That makes it  race to watch.

Let me give you an update/history on what’s been going in District 2.


New GOP Legislator’s First Big Bill

Fiocchi Hits Ground Running With Property Tax Credit Proposal

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Sam Fiocchi (left) campaign with Gov. Christie in Cumberland County

Sam Fiocchi (left) campaign with Gov. Christie in Cumberland County

First District Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, the GOP’s lone 2013 legislative pickup, has hit the ground running in Trenton after his November election. You may have heard of Fiocchi; we covered his race pretty closely last cycle. And you may remember that all six candidates seeking seats in that race agreed taxes were to high and would lower them, including the Democratic incumbents who voted against a tax decrease in 2012.

Well, Save Jerseyans, Sam Fiocchi kept his word.

In case you missed it, Asm. Fiocchi introduced the “Direct Tax Relief for New Jersey Families Act” that will provide a property tax cut for New Jersey homeowners. This bill (A-157) creates a property tax credit that ramps up to $1,000 by 2016 and quadruple the homestead property tax and raise New Jersey’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 20% to 25% of the federal EITC.


Van Drew Not Running for Congress

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

He must have just been there for the pancakes, Save Jerseyans, because Jeff Van Drew made it official on Monday: he is not running for Congress in CD2 for 2014.

This means that the only official candidate for the Democratic nomination is Bill Hughes, Jr, son of the former Congressman that current Congressman Frank LoBiondo beat in 1994. Unofficially, Obamacare architect David Cole had said that if Van Drew was out, he may be in.

CD2 made headlines recently when the DCCC aired ads in the district attacking Frank LoBiondo for his stance against Obamacare and his efforts to repeal it. That particular move officially forces the Democrat running against LoBiondo to embrace Obamacare during the campaign. Which means we will most likely see a pro-Obamacare Hughes/Cole running against an anti-Obamacare LoBiondo.

Game on…

Do Booker Visits Mean Van Drew is Running?

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Cory Booker

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter)

We’re not even four weeks into 2014, Save Jerseyans, but liberal junior Senator Cory Booker has already visited Cape May County two times. Once on the 11th to tour the Coast Guard base, and then again on the 25th to a diner in Rio Grande. 

Folks, Cory Booker has officially spent more time in Cape May County in 2014 then he did during his entire 2013 campaign. I’m not sure Bob Menendez or the late Frank Lautenberg could’ve found Rio Grande on a map.

Booker ignored Cape May County and lost big time in 2013; Obama lost it in 2012, too. So what’s he doing in unfriendly territory?

I think it might be a sign that Jeff Van Drew is planning to enter the race for Congress in District 2.


Christie “All In” for LoBo

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LoBiondo

Frank LoBiondo

Save Jerseyans, you may recall that when I looked at reasons for State Senator Jeff Van Drew to run or not to run for Congress in D2, I predicted Chris Christie would be campaigning hard for incumbent Frank LoBiondo, something that could keep Van Drew up at night (and potentially out of the race) coupled with the reality of a primary fight.

And I was right, so far, at least about the first part.

11 months away from the election, Chris Christie came out in full support of Congressman LoBiondo on Monday in Trenton, pledging that the Governor was “all in” on Franks re-election campaign, and pledging his full support, including the promise of some upcoming fundraisers headlined by one of the national GOP’s top money draws.

Now that Governor Christie has made this announcement, it would not surprise me if Van Drew, who said he would make a decision about running for Congress by month’s end, will decide against it…


Bramnick Should Not Run For Senate

OPINION: GOP Frontrunner Doesn’t Deserve to be a Sacrificial Lamb

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

BramnickFolks, make no mistake, I like Jon Bramnick.

I’m very appreciative of his tireless 2013 efforts to try to pick Assembly seats for the GOP in the face of Big Labor & George Norcross’s big spending, unprecedented Independent Expenditure interference, spending & dirt digging, and not using the top of the ticket’s lack of interest in South Jerset gains to stop fighting.

In fact, it’s because of that I believe, hell, I know, he should not run for Senate against the empty suit Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in 2014.


The Assembly Fluff Sandwich

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Bob AndrzejczakSave Jerseyans: have you ever heard of Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak?

It’s ok, not many people do, especially outside of LD1.

Assemblyman Andrzejczak, a 27 year-old decorated and injured veteran who worked part-time at a restaurant with no previous political history or ambition, was handpicked by Jeff Van Drew for former Asm. Matt Milam’s seat when Milam resigned in February.

Andrzrjczak wasn’t seated until March, however, after Jeff Van Drew had to redo the nomination process when Republicans and Democrats alike accused him of disregarding applicable bylaws.

We never learned much about Andrzejczak in the lead-up to assuming Milam’s seat other than the fact that he’s a veteran.


Will Jeff Van Drew Run for Congress?

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Van DrewSave Jerseyans, the 2014 race in CD-2, a seat currently held by Republican Frank LoBiondo, is going to be a big deal. The Dems who want Nancy Pelosi back as speaker of the house, have targeted CD-2 to help with that goal. Bill Hughes Jr, son of the Democratic Congressman LoBiondo defeated in 1994, didn’t even wait for the 2013 cycle to end before jumping into 2014, declaring his intent to run against LoBiondo in late October.

And of course, the big question still remaining is if District 1 State Senator Jeff Van Drew going to run as well?

Van Drew was rumored to be a candidate in 2012, but his poor showing in Cape MayCounty in 2011 put an end to that. And this year, scuttlebutt is he met with the DCCC about running for this seat.

So will he or won’t he? It’s a good question, and there are persuasive arguments for both. Let’s take a look…


Small Biz Obamacare Intimidation in NJ?

Obamacare Hotline Operators Asking Inappropriate Questions and Making Life Difficult for Job Creators

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

dfp_500telephoneWill the government be calling up small businesses and intimidating them over their insurance, Save Jerseyans?

If what I have been hearing is true, that very well could be the case.

You may not know this yet but, on October 1, all employers were required to send their employees a government provided letter outlining how that employee could go to and get insurance and providing the necessary information about the employer (EIN, name, address) for an employee to sign up. As you may know, you have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting that site to work. So employees who received that letter have been redirected to a phone number to try to enroll.

And this phone number is where things get shady, folks, because since there is a live person at the other end, callers can ask questions.

Several small businesses in the area have told me shocking things about conversations their employees reported to have had on this phone line.


It’s Time for a Proactive NJ GOP

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

GOPYou may have noticed comments made by Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick last week regarding the 2014 Senate race.

Bramnick, who is rumored to be a 2014 Senate candidate, said that by the end of the month (December 2013), a GOP candidate should/needs to step up for the Senate seat.

I know he’s giving us his time frame, Save Jerseyans, but the Assemblyman’s comments touch on a deeper problem in our state party:

Republicans aren’t proactive in the recruiting/grooming of candidates. Not by a long shot.


In Defense of Chris Brown

OPINION: Embattled LD2 Assemblyman Properly Assessed South Jersey’s Election 2013

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris BrownOver the recently-concluded Thanksgiving holiday, Save Jerseyans, you might have missed it when District 2′s Assemblyman Chris Brown stirred up some controversy on Turkey Day Eve.

While visiting Harry Hurley’s radio show, Asm. Brown had the audacity to say that Chris Christie and George Norcross had an understanding that included Christie ignoring down-ticket candidates in South Jersey, particularly when it came to fundraising, an imbalance which Brown believes made a decisive difference on November 5th.

The reaction was predictable. Hurley immediately rebuked Brown. The Republican leadership backlash was swift. Brown quickly backtracked. District 8′s Assemblyman Chris Brown (no relation) issued a statement clarifying that he was not the Chris Brown who criticized Chris Christie’s campaign strategy. The Governor even personally chastised both Brown and his vanquished running mate John Amodeo by name during Monday’s presser.

I am here to defend Chris Brown. Not his own campaign strategy or that of his running mate, but specifically his observation concerning a lack of engagement in South Jersey’s legislative races from the top of the ticket.