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Christie Rival Embraces Astorino

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I suppose you need to take your shots when you can, Save Jerseyans, and it’s all too easy to do it in the social media age.

Hours after RGA Chairman Chris Christie dismissed NY GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino as a “lost cause” and Astorino countered by calling for Christie’s resignation, Texas Governor Rick Perry (considered to be a possible Christie presidential primary rival) gave the dissed New York Republican a Texas-sized hug in Colorado:

Oh no he didn’t!

Republican governors are in Aspen, Colorado for Thursday night’s McCloskey Speaker Series at the Aspen Institute featuring Governor Rick Scott of Florida, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and, yes, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey who spent Wednesday in Colorado campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.

 

Bloomberg: Israel Can Defend Itself But You Cannot!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I agree with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the “question” (how it’s up for debate is beyond me) of Israel’s right to defend itself, Save Jerseyans, an action that he’s backed up by finding his way to Israel’s second most populous city in the midst of Gaza rocket attacks despite an FAA ban on U.S. air traffic.

But the hypocrisy of America’s leading billionaire is stunning given his ongoing campaign to prevent Americans from being able to defend themselves with legally-purchased firearms… don’t ya think?

The mind of a statist never ceases to amaze and terrify me in equal measure.

 

10 Mind-Blowing Pension Numbers

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

pink-piggy-bankI’m not in the habit of transcribing press releases or talking points, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Christie’s office released a list of ten pension-related stats following Tuesday’s press conference in LBI that’s definitely worth sharing with anyone who doesn’t yet appreciate the severity of New Jersey’s looming legacy cost crisis:

$120 Billion - Savings NJ taxpayers will see from Governor Christie and state leaders from both political parties coming together in 2011 to pass historic, bipartisan pension and benefits reform. Even this just simply isn’t enough.

$24.4 Billion - Expenses over the last 10 years from New Jersey’s health care benefits (from FY 2006 through FY15).

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Lance: SCOTUS Should Hear Subsidy Cases

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LanceRep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) responded to Tuesday’s circuit split over Obamacare’s exchange subsidies by calling on our nation’s highest tribunal to take up the question, Save Jerseyans.

“Today’s legal rulings are very consequential and undoubtedly will not be the last word on the matter,” Lance opined in a statement. “Millions of taxpayer funds have already been dedicated to these exchanges and now the market, insurers and consumers are left in limbo.  This is the exact reason why Congress should not pass thousand page bills without thorough analysis.  The Administration has consistently been forced to re-work, delay or completely ignore parts of the President’s law as it finds the statute unworkable.  The Supreme Court of the United States should review this matter in its coming term.”

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Federal Appeals Court Decision’s N.J. Impact

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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The beginning of the end for the individual and employer mandates?

Perhaps. The esteemed D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals made huge waves on Tuesday morning, Save Jerseyans, when a three-judge panel that the language of the (Un)affordable Care Act prevents states from providing subsidies to residents of states who declined to establish their own independent insurance marketplaces from the federal exchange.

Thirty-six of fifty U.S. states fall into that category including our own New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie repeatedly vetoes attempts by the Democrat legislature to establish a state-based exchange.

“It is implausible to believe that Congress gave the IRS discretion to authorize $150 billion per year in federal spending, particularly when Congress had directly spoken to this issue,” the Halbig v. Burwell plaintiffs successfully argued. “Major economic decisions like these — indeed, any decisions granting tax credits — must be made unambiguously by Congress itself.”

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Challenging the “Meeting Parents” Myth

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie once again defended his magazine ban veto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, fending off a horde of hungry media ghouls during a campaign swing in Connecticut on behalf of the RGA’s gubernatorial candidate:

Can I be brutally frank with you for a moment? As if you expected anything less…

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When the DREAM Becomes a Nightmare

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Border wall brownsvile illegal immigrationGovernor Chris Christie is as effective a speaker on the issues of taxes, entitlement reform and school choice as you’ll ever find, Save Jerseyans. Plain spoken but substantively on-point; the clarity with which he speaks makes apolitical Americans want to get up and follow him and good faith dissenters concede the logic of his argument.

The so-called “YouTube moments” concerning ^^ are what we remember and, at least until Sandy and Bridgegate, they’re what defined his brand. Just as often, however, Chris Christie talks like what he is by training: a lawyer. And I don’t mean that in a disparaging way (I am one!). All the same, it can get him into trouble.

Immigration comes to mind as a prominent example.

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Will Donkey’s Demise Mobilize Dems Behind Israel?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

DonkeyOne of my favorite bloggers is another Matt – Matt Walsh – who recently turned the faux Kendall Jones safari controversy on its head and outed liberals for caring more about animal life than human lives. ‘Situational ethics’ is the fancy way to describe their worldview. Morally bankrupt and logically inconsistent are my preferred ways to phrase it, Save Jerseyans.

Think about it: how many liberals do you know are less offended by late term abortion than Pacific whale poaching? Or “bullying”? Or Jews terrorized by terrorist rocket fire?

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Comparing Their Responses

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s like listening to leaders of different nations, Save Jerseyans, not just different times. And is it just me, or does our President always sound inconvenienced by international events? The 40th President had an elevated view of America’s role in the world. The 44th… well, he’s got bigger fish to fry. Like socialized medicine, salads in school cafeterias and auditing tea party groups.

Listen and compare…

Reagan following 1983 Soviet Attack on a Korean Airliner:

Obama following 2014 Pro-Russian Separatist (?) Attack on Malaysian Airliner:

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The Wiz Gets Pissy with Nuzzi

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Wiz, soaking up his 15 minutes of Bridgegate fame on NBC

The Wiz, soaking up his 15 minutes of Bridgegate fame on NBC

Just when you thought SCI Chairman John “The Wiz” Wisniewski couldn’t be more charming, Save Jerseyans, he somehow finds a way! That’s why we call him The Wiz here at Save Jersey. He never ceases to amaze us.

Today’s example: New Jersey native Olivia Nuzzi, political reporter for The Daily Beast, recently reached out to Chairman Wiz to discuss the latest Bridgegate legislative investigation developments (hints: there aren’t any).

Amazingly for a man with so much recent interview experience, the Wiz wasn’t especially… diplomatic?… when asked about “his seemingly constant presence of television” since Bridgegate broke nationally:

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Clinton Team Shadows Christie In IA, NJ

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie suffered Clintonistas overload on Thursday, Save Jerseyans.

They’re still treating him like the front runner for the 2016 GOP nomination even after the Bridgegate scandal and ideological indiscretions even if a large segment of the Republican base is less convinced. Go figure.

For starters, Hilldawg herself visited New Jersey for an evening Hard Choices book signing in Ridgewood. She’s hard up for a good headline with past scandals getting new oxygen for the past few weeks, so it must have been nice to experience her tried-and-true North Jersey Democrat sycophants fawning all over her.

Chris Christie stumped in Iowa simultaneously to the Clinton event, but even there he couldn’t escape her minions.

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Egea vs. the Wiz

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Another key Christie World figure – aide Regina Egea – is under the microscope today as Jon Wisniewski’s discredited SCI committee asks stupid repetitive questions and wastes everyone’s time. Not that I have a strong opinion or anything…

Click here to watch the morning session if you missed it; the live feed is here:

Any revelations so far? Nah. Just that Egea may’ve texted the Governor at some point about Bridgegate but doesn’t now have all of the texts. Gasp! SCI Democrats are outraged; SCI Republicans should say two words – “Lois” and “Lerner” – and then advise them to shove their feign indignation up there arses.

The only man who actually matters, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, denied the imminence of indictments on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Governor is in Iowa…

 

Is THIS What Downed MH17?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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A newer generation of the “Buk” weapon systems family.

Thus far Russia is reportedly denying a role in the downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner over Ukranian airspace, Save Jerseyans, not all that differently from that infamous 1983 Cold War incident over the Sea of Japan. An accident scenario seems most likely, then as now, given the difficulties associated with sidearms bringing down planes and, frankly, the lack of a strategic benefit for Russia in engendering a PR disaster.

None of the above logic, however, changes the fact that Russia, directly or indirectly, may have once again violated Ukrainian airspace. 23 Americans may be dead in addition to well over 200 others. The Kremlin recently moved more troops to the border – 10,000 – and 

A scarier, uglier scenario: did Russian-developed Buk surface-to-air missile systems reach rebel hands in Ukraine’s Donetsk region? It’s no less plausible than the “mistake” scenario, and there’s plenty of evidence to support speculation…

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Time for Gun Grabbers to Come Up for Air

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

gun controlNothing’s sacred anymore, Save Jerseyans.

We saw further proof of that age old adage over the past week following the tragic death of Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago.

This young man wasn’t the first law enforcement professional to die in the line of duty; he may be the first to have an alleged murderer who was memorialized in both real life (and Facebook world) in the immediate wake of the fatal shooting and leading to plenty of outrage here in New Jersey and around the country.

Disgusting though it might be, the act of lionizing a suspected cop killer perhaps isn’t as troubling as the underling cultural rot that it signifies… and millions of Americans’ blindness to it…

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Guv Makes Light of Rock Video Flub

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Well, it’s certainly not the roll-out they were hoping for.

The Christie Administration raised a few eyebrows over the past 24 hours when it abruptly took down a pension reform promo featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s name before taking it down and relaunching the video without him, Save Jerseyans, and neither the Rock nor the Guv or their respective people are talking about it, but while the golden media touch he once enjoyed is conspicuously lacking these days, Governor Christie still had the good sense to take it all in stride:

Christie: Federal Tax Code is “Wet Blanket”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie dropped by Wall Street on Wednesday afternoon to address America’s top financial figures at an annual hedge-fund ‘Delivering Alpha’ conference.

His primary message was as obvious and straightforward as it is important:

Pelosi Gives N.J. Dems ‘Kiss of Death’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

PelosiAimee Belgard (D, NJ-03) and Bill Hughes, Jr. (D, NJ-02) are having enough trouble gaining traction this cycle in their respective swing districts, Save Jerseyans. The last thing they needed today? A full-throated endorsement from Nancy Pelosi, one of Congress’s most polarizing figures, in a published national interview:

“Let’s go to New Jersey, Amy Belgard. She’s really terrific. She was in before the current incumbent got out of the race. We have [Bill] Hughes in that race up there against [Rep. Frank] LoBiondo. I don’t know how that one is going. But I’ve been to a number of fundraisers with Amy Belgard, because she comes over to our events in Philadelphia, where we have a number of good candidates there.

Pelosi might as well have cut a check to the NRCC for the mailer/web ad/TV spot which will, almost assuredly, feature her quote. She’s that toxic in Toms River, Mt. Laurel, Egg Harbor Township and every other South Jersey point in between.

Republicans were rightly appreciate though not quite in expectation of the formal donation. “Aimee Belgard just received the kiss of death with this latest endorsement from Nancy Pelosi,” opined NRCC Spokesman Ian Prior. “New Jersey families now have confirmation that if Belgard is sent to Congress she will be a reliable vote for Pelosi and her liberal agenda.”