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NBC Backpedals from Christie Exoneration Report

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The "This Bridge is Closed"

The “This Bridge is Closed”

Bob Jordan of the APP did a pretty solid job of explaining NBC’s about-face on Thursday’s bombshell Bridgegate story, Save Jerseyans.

Long story short, while NBC’s unnamed sources confirmed that “SO FAR found no grounds for charges — no involvement of the Governor himself,” the network’s current position is that he went too far by declaring that Governor Christie no longer facing any threat of federal charges stemming from the lane closure scandal.

On the path but not out of the woods?

Two working theories:

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LoBo Opens HQ in Mays Landing

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The frost isn’t quite on the pumpkin yet, Save Jerseyans, but we woke up today to falling leaves and continued cooler temperatures. Fall has arrived! And campaigns across New Jersey are entering their final stages.

Incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R-2) opened his Mays Landing Harding Highway campaign headquarters on Saturday morning flanked by Atlantic County GOP allies; the seat is considered a ‘solid R’ by experts but his Democrat challenger just hit the airwaves with an attack ad:

AFP Opposes Chivukula BPU Nomination

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

uprendaNew Jersey’s branch of Americans for Prosperity isn’t happy about Asm. Upendra Chivukula’s elevation to commissioner for the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). 

“During his tenure in the Legislature, Asm. Chivukula has racked up one of the worst, anti-taxpayer track records of any member in the Legislature,” AFP communications director Mike Proto said in a statement.

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Wiz Vows to Carry On!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie pointingJohn “the Wiz” Wisniewski is the same guy who initially raised the possibility of impeaching Governor Chris Christie over the Bridgegate scandal, Save Jerseyans. Wisniewski’s SCI Bridgegate investigation subsequently spent millions of tax dollars, leaked investigatory information and, when all was said and done nine months later, UNCOVERED NO EVIDENCE that Chris Christie did anything wrong.

So what did the the Wiz, clinging to the prospect of a Bridgegate-fueled run at higher office, do on Thursday evening when it we found out that the federal government’s investigation also found no evidence of Christie wrongdoing and, moreover, would not seek any charges against the Governor?

He crawled back to MSNBC, complained about leaks, ignored targeted reform proposals (you’d think a legislative committee would be interested in legislation?) and denied ever suggesting that Governor Chris Christie had committed any criminal acts…

Sorry, Asm. O’Scanlon; I think you might be wrong after all about one thing: the Wiz has balls the size of grapefruits…

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RNC Profiles Rodriguez-Gregg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In an effort to remind people that the GOP isn’t just a bunch of pissed off old white guys complaining about their taxes, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seizing upon Hispanic Heritage Month to profile Republican Hispanic lawmakers around the country. One of this week’s honorees was our very own Asw. Maria Rodriquez-Gregg (R-8) of Burlington County: 

There’s more dimensions to our New Jersey Republican coalition than some would lead you to believe, Save Jerseyans, partly because “we” have rarely done a good job of showcasing it. Hopefully that’s starting to change; here’s a run-down of this year’s extremely diverse NJ GOP House candidates in case you missed it…

 

REPORT: No Christie Bridgegate Link Found

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-8This speaks for itself,  Save Jerseyans. The Feds have RULED OUT charges for Governor Chris Christie in the Bridgegate debacle (reports NBC4).

Full story here.

Wrap it up now, Wiz! Thus far, you haven’t uncovered any material contradictions of the Mastro report. Hundreds of days and millions of dollars wasted and the top law enforcement minds operating in our state see no reason to move against the Governor. So what could you expect to add to the process at this juncture? Especially since you’ve demonstrated ZERO interest in considering proposed reforms related to how these independent authorities function… nine months in…

“NBC New York reports governor Christie is not involved. Now it’s time for the panel that prejudged the governor to end its relentless attacks,” concurred Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, one of the Governor’s most reliable legislative allies, in a statement release after the news broke.

After attending a Thursday night fundraiser for Jeff Bell in Princeton (during which time the NBC story went live), Governor Christie appeared on NJ 101.5 for his monthly ‘Ask the Governor’ program and reacted to the report…

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Belgard Attacks MacArthur… for Helping Young Pregnant Women?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Yup, you read that correctly.

Democrat Aimee Belgard is actually criticizing Republican Tom MacArthur for donating $24,000 to a non-profit, North Jersey-based charity that helps pregnant women contemplate alternatives to abortion… a donation made in his deceased child’s name!

Background: MacArthur’s own charitable foundation, In God’s Hands Charitable Foundation, contributed the funds to 1st Choice Women’s Health Center back in 2012. The organization operates crisis pregnancy centers in Morristown, Jersey City, Newark and Montclair, providing a variety of services ranging from counseling and emergency contraception information to ultrasounds and STD screenings. But since they’re not fans of abortion, Aimee Belgard is foaming at the mouth over it…

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Report: Fmr. Torricelli Operative Fox Takes Over NJ DOT

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie will speak from his State House Outer Office at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Save Jerseyans. You can watch it live right here (below the fold)…

The topic matter? PolitickerNJ is reporting that Christie will replace New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson with former McGreevey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox. He’s a partisan Democrat whose resume includes high levels positions with Robert “The Torch” Torricelli and the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Did we run out of Republicans who could do the job?

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Christie Barnstorms in N.H.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

November is coming, Save Jerseyans, so Governor Chris Christie was back in the Granite State this week stumping for Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown. New Hampshire remains a critically important state for Chris Christie in 2014 (and 2016). Christie’s RGA put big money into the state and, as first reported by Save Jersey, key Christie operatives are on the ground.

Sights and sounds:

Anti-Colonialism Aside, Obama Endorses U.K. via Twitter

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Colonialism Défense de Rorke's DriftPresident Barack Obama is an ideological guy, Save Jerseyans. No one disputes that. And his far-left worldview makes him predisposed to blame most of the world’s problems on the colonial powers (and their progeny – like us). Consider his ill-fated backing for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi in Egypt. Morsi’s predecessor was propped up by western powers (primarily us) and, to the President, that meant he was worthy of deposition. Look how that turned out.

So was the President mugged by global reality (or taking leave of his instincts) prior to tweeting THIS:

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Former Hoboken Mayor Loses Law License

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Supreme CourtThe fallout from Operation Bid Rig continues, Save Jerseyans, 12 years after the investigation began. 

Earlier today, the New Jersey Supreme Court disbarred former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, preventing him from engaging in the practice law in the State of New Jersey.

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‘Constitution Day’ More Important Than Ever in the Scottish/Russian/ISIS Context

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

voting school house rockIt’s Constitution Day, Save Jerseyans, as good an opportunity as any to remind ourselves and those around us why the U.S. Constitution’s health and well-being persists as an appropriately popular topic of discussion for the American political Right particularly, I might add, in light of current events overseas.

Let’s start at the beginning. On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to sign the most remarkable document, in terms of global historical significance, since Magna Carta. The U.S. Constitution embodied a remarkable idea: that American government would derive its authority from the governed, and not the other way around; consequently, the people’s government would be bound to respect “certain unalienable rights” (h/t the Declaration of Independence) first expressed in 1776 but now codified in a written constitutional framework.

I doubt even the Framers understood how well they did. I firmly believe that too many modern Americans are clueless.

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Lance Joins Estate Tax Repeal Fight

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LanceLeonard Lance is trying to help advance the death tax repeal movement in D.C and back at home where he got started, in the N.J. State House, as members of both parties coalesce around a legislative effort.

“From state capitals to the halls of Congress, there is growing movement to bring an estate tax repeal bill up for a vote in U.S. House of Representatives,” said Lance who, at the moment, is joining 220 other cosponsors of the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 2429).  “It’s been nine years since the U.S. House has passed a death tax repeal measure.  With more than a majority of the House co-sponsoring the Death Tax Repeal Act, it is time that we show our support for family business owners, employees, farmers and consumers and vote to kill the death tax.”

The text of the letter signed by Rep. Lance and twenty-nine other lawmakers, directed to the GOP leadership, is posted below the fold:

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UPDATE: Bramnick Goes to Bat for Shaneen Allen; Christie Won’t Act Pre-Adjudication

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie bridgegate presserUpdate: Our old friend Art Gallagher of MMM reached out to Chris Christie’s front office to see whether he’d intervene in the case now; he was told by the Governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, that the pardon power is “only available once a case is adjudicated and upon formal request to the governor for consideration.” It’s an interesting question and, to the best of my knowledge, preemptive pardons are completely acceptable at the federal level with precedent for it going back to 1866. I welcome all of you amateur state constitutional experts out there to dive into Article II Section II.1 and render your own opinion regarding the state of the gubernatorial prerogative right here in New Jersey…

Original: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick sounded every bit like the seasoned defense attorney that he is is during a snap press conference at the State House on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, speaking out in favor of a GOP bill that would grant greater judicial discretion in situation analogous to that of Philadelphia mother Shaneen Allen.  

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O’Scanlon: Wisniewski Lacks “Testicular Fortitude”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O’Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has been a one-man battle tank in the war to ride New Jersey of red light cameras, Save Jerseyans, and he’s made substantial progress.

Who’s been less-than cooperative? John Wisniewski, the SCI chairman who also happens to serve as chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. The Wiz is an advocate for EXPANDING their use. Asm. O’Scanlon thinks he knows why, and he didn’t mince words in a press release aimed directly at the senior Democrat.

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