MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is having a “hard time” believing that Chris Christie was unaware of the Bridgegate goings-on earlier than he’s said, Save Jerseyans, and the disappointment among the panelists (save for Asm. Holly Schepisi) on his Sunday 3/9 morning program was palpable.
Yet another independent, nonpartisan research study has proven what Trenton Democrats continue to stubbornly deny, Save Jerseyans: their policies drive taxpayers out of the state.
Regent Atlantic’s findings should provide a shock to the system of every policymaker with half a heart and some semblance of a functioning brain:
An analysis of income tax returns filed in New Jersey shows that taxpayers are changing their domiciles to lower-tax states. In 2010, there were 87,630 federal tax returns filed in states other than New Jersey by people who filed their 2009 tax returns in New Jersey. These 87,630 tax returns accounted for a loss of $5.5 billion in taxable income for New Jersey.
The CPAC 2014 straw poll results are in, Save Jerseyans, and Rand Paul was the big winner with 31% of votes cast by conference attendees. Ted Cruz was a distant second at 11%. Dr. Ben Carson rounded out the top 3 with 9%.
Chris Christie finished 4th at 8%, only 1-point better for having given a well-received speech this year than back in March 2013 when he wasn’t invited. “Other” grabbed 9% of the vote. Scott Walker was right on Governor Christie’s heels at 7%.
What do the results tell us?
Not much (it’s an unscientific straw poll, after all), other than the fact that young conservatives are increasingly leaning-libertarian.
Ann Coulter offered up a few good points in her CPAC interview with Sean Hannity, Save Jerseyans, including a critique of the mob mentality of those conservatives going after Mitch McConnell in this year’s Kentucky Primary.
(2) Asking tough questions and championing real reforms.
Trenton Democrats have made it clear which path they prefer (hint hint #1). The Republican members of the Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) favor door #2 and they proved it on Friday…
He rolled out the backing of Lacey Township’s GOP committee on Thursday and, this morning, announced the support of Point Pleasant.
“As we continue to try and recover from Sandy and improve the economy, we are confident that Tom will be an asset in Congress on both fronts,” read a joint statement issued by Club President Tom Szymanski, GOP Municipal Chairman William Hoey, Council President Bob Sabosik, Councilwoman Toni DePaola, Councilman John Wisniewski, Councilman Bill Borowsky and Councilman Joe Furmato. “Tom will have our votes at the March 19th Ocean County Republican Convention and our full support in both the June Primary Election and November General Election. We look forward to working with Tom as the next Representative from the 3rd Congressional District.”
New Jersey Republicans aren’t accustomed to competitive primaries. The closest we’ve seen in recent history was back in 2005 (the first statewide race in which your Blogger-in-Chief was eligible to vote) when Doug Forrester edged by Bret Schundler by less than 5-points in a very crowded field.
Reigning as the King of Twitter isn’t all sunshine, rainbows, token gestures and A.A. Milne quotes, Save Jerseyans. Sometimes you need to throw down and let the Twitterverse know who’s boss. Especially when the heat of a brewing corruption scandal is melting away at the edges of your wintry fantasy world.
Cory Booker (D-Twitter) sure as hell didn’t get this from Winnie the Pooh:
His rumor: Chris Christie received $500,000 from the firm of embattled Port Authority Chairman David Samson in 2009.
The truth: Senator Lesniak has every incentive to see Samson’s Port Authority take a hit in the court of public opinion. He’s suing them in real court, too. The conflicts here have more layers than the George Washington Bridge.