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Author: Matt Rooney

N.J. Dems need a geography lesson

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Everyone working up at the N.J. Democrat State Committee graduated from the public school system BEFORE the Common Core curriculum standards, Save Jerseyans, so there’s really no excuse for this e-mail (excerpted below):

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No one in Burlington or Ocean County considers themselves Central Jersey. Most New Jerseyans don’t even consider Central Jersey to be a real thing.

Is it any wonder why they’re getting destroying in NJ-03? Knowing where it is would’ve been a nice start! Now they WISH it was only a 1-point race…

 

Christie, Cuomo Buck Obama’s CDC on Ebola

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

There’s little doubt that the Obama Administration’s weak sauce screening procedures resulted in New York’s first Ebola case, Save Jerseyans. Governors Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) got together on Friday to go further than the Commander-in-Chief, further even than Christie went earlier in the week, by instituting a mandatory quarantine.

It’s the right thing to do. It’s a sign, regardless of how you may feel about either governor, that they’ve got cojones (unlike our president). And don’t think both men, shrewd politicians, aren’t acutely aware of the contrast… 

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“Cory Booker was once a one-cell zygote.”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

booker zygoteI’m under no illusions as to the effectiveness of a campaign heavily driven by the Gold Standard and social issues, Save Jerseyans, and the odds of a Jeff Bell upset aren’t getting any less daunting down the home stretch, but you can’t not appreciate his willingness to say what he thinks without pulling any punches whatsoever. Seriously!

My favorite line from Friday’s one-and-only 2014 U.S. Senate debate?

“Certainly, women have bodies, and I respect that,” Bell said when the abortion issue reared its ugly head. “They need to protect their bodies. But unborn babies have bodies, too. Cory Booker was once a one-cell zygote. And a one-cell zygote grows up to be a human being.”

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SHOWDOWN: Federal Court Halts N.J. Sports Wagering

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

meadowlandsracetrackJust one after Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation legalizing sports wagering in New Jersey, a federal court has stepped in and applied the brakes.

Federal Judge Michael Shipp granted a temporary restraining order, sought by the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA on Monday, stopping Monmouth Park from offering legal wagering on sports games this weekend for being violative of a federal ban and therefore, so they say, inherently harmful

Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of New Jersey’s repeal, reacted with disappointment.

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Thanksgiving just got a lot less sucky, NJ motorists!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie declined to answer direct questions about the Transportation Trust Fund and a proposed gas tax hike, Save Jerseyans, other than to say that Trenton is working it out, as he stood side-by-side with Senate President Steve Sweeney and DOT’s Jamie Fox on Friday, cars whizzing by the Molly Pitcher Service Area at high speeds (and with a few honks) to celebrate the ceremonial opening of six new lanes between exits 6 and 9.

More on that later.

The cost of the $7 billion Turnpike capital improvement program (which looks pretty nice, by the way, and just in time for holiday shopping) was funded by a less-than-nice 53% Turnpike toll hike and a 50% Garden State Parkway toll hike…

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Bonnie Doesn’t Know What’s In It. Or Doesn’t Care?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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There are plenty of reasons to support Dr. Alieta Eck over Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman in the race to succeed Rush Holt, Save Jerseyans.

This exchange from Wednesday night’s debate is a good place to start:

“$500 million came out of Medicare because of the Affordable Care Act which you are in favor of, correct?” asked Eck, a medical doctor and co-found of the Zarephath Health Center, looking directly at Coleman.

“The Affordable Care Act?” Watson Coleman responded, apparently running on autopilot. “Of course, I’m in favor of it!”

Um… what?

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Christie Hits Trail with MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie and macarthurAfter stumping in Morris County for Jeff Bell on Monday and plenty of RGA candidates in the ensuing two days, Gov. Christie will head to the Mastoris Diner in Bordentown on Thursday to boost Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) down the home stretch.

The 1:00 p.m. meet-and-greet photo opportunity is part of the MacArthur campaign’s ambitious “Get Out The Vote for TMAC Tour” which is taking the congressional hopeful to every municipality in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District over the final two weeks before Election Day.

In truth, the Governor’s South Jersey visit may have more to do with Burlington County’s down-ballot contests than the House; MacArthur is building a double-digit lead in the district as GOP independent expenditure groups pile on and their Democrat counterparts check out.

 

South Plainfield’s GOP is a Model for N.J. Republicans

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Hanging out with the South Plainfield’s affable Mayor Matthew Anesh (left) in October 2014. (Photo credit: Lou Pirozzoli)

South Plainfield wouldn’t be a Republican town if numbers told the whole story, Save Jerseyans.

It’s a 2-to-1 “blue” blue collar Middlesex County borough of 23,000 residents which found itself relocated to Frank Pallone’s NJ-06 after the last round of congressional redistricting. Out of 14,119 registered voters living in South Plainfield as of 2011, fully 4,368 (or 30.9%) were registered as Democrats and 2,235 (15.8%) were registered as Republicans with another 7,511 (53.2%) classified as Unaffiliated.

First term Republican Mayor Matthew Anesh and his team weren’t deterred by the math, and I was thoroughly impressed by the results during a recent visit to his town’s GOP headquarters.

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Christie Rocks Pancake House for Hogan

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Democrats are busy playing defense with two weeks left to go before America votes, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Chris Christie’s RGA tried to expand its target map on Tuesday by sending the chairman to a pancake house in deep blue Maryland  (he was in DC for a Chamber of Commerce keynote) to stump for gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, a Republican who appears to be closing the gap.

And no, before you ask, he never touched a pancake…

Christie to Chamber: “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie staring at town hallGov. Chris Christie was in one of his blunt moods at Tuesday’s U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, letting the audience gathered to hear his keynote address know, in no uncertain terms, that he’s “tired” of minimum wage proponents behaving as if raising it is an elixir for America’s economic ills.

“Is that what parents aspire to for our children?” Christie, according to The Hill, told a large H Street crowd. “They aspire to a greater, growing America, where their children have the ability to make much more money and have much great success than they have, and that’s not about a higher minimum wage.”

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Email Shocker: House Majority PAC Concedes 2014

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

white flagIt’s not unusual for party leaders to stay quiet when things are going badly, Save Jerseyans, which makes me wonder exactly how bad things are actually getting for national Democrats this cycle.

DCCC chief Steve Israel is openly venting his frustrations to the press. Weird. DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz may be a total nut job, but her stubborn “we’re going to hold the line” attitude is what you’d ordinarily expect from a party leader.

What really raised my eyebrows? Today’s House Majority PAC email ostensibly authored by former DNC Chairman Howard Dean…

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Rove Drops $600k on Belgard’s Head

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

National Republicans are moving to shore up their position in takeover and open seats at this point in the 2014 midterm game, Save Jerseyans, while the Democrats continue to fall back.

The latest here at home? Crossroad GPS, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation associated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, just put $600,000 behind this TV spot in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District:

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Booker Cruising But House Dems Hitting Red Lights

Big Dem PAC Bolts NJ-03; and Cho Chooses to Vote Where?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

cho and belgardYou can blame gerrymandering to some degree, sure, and the national political climate isn’t hospitable to Democrats this time around, but Roy Cho (D, NJ-05) and Aimee Belgard (D, NJ-03) also can’t seem to get out of their own way.

They can’t blame the top of the ticket. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) leads his Republican opponent, Jeff Bell, by no less than 16-points in the latest FDU poll out Tuesday morning, Save Jerseyans. 

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Inky Backs Booker for Talking About Talking

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

obama and bookerI loved the Courier-Post‘s weekend smackdown of Aimee Belgard’s substance-bereft NJ-03 campaign, Save Jerseyans.

Endorsing her opponent, the C-P editorial board rightly dismissed Belgard’s candidacy as “talking about talking.”

Ironically, that’s apparently the very reason why the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board seems to think Cory Booker (D-Tiwtter) deserves a full term in the U.S. Senate.

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