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Author: Matt Rooney

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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NJ NRA Questionnaire Ratings: Belgard Leaves It Blank?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgardI’ve been asked by more than a few readers where this year’s New Jersey federal candidates stand on the critical Second Amendment question.

The NRA-PVA isn’t infallible (they endorsed Harry Reid in the past before “breaking up” in 2013) but the organization does important work; here are this year’s ratings for our Garden State races from its official questionnaire.

Four candidates received formal endorsements: Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-02), Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03), Scott Garrett (R-NJ-05), and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07). Lance and Lobiondo were the only recipients of the “Solidly pro-gun” A rating (the NRA’s second-highest designation).

Guess which candidate in a major contest sat on her hands and refused to answer?

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Christie in Morristown: Let’s Debate, Cory!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo credit: @NJGOP/@JeffBell2014

Photo credit: @NJGOP/@JeffBell2014

The Bridgegate-embattled New Jersey Republican establishment opted out of taking an active role in the 2014 U.S. Senate primary, Save Jerseyans, a move which allowed the politically-savvy Reagan campaign veteran Jeff Bell to manufacture an upset victory on the June ballot.

It’s been all uphill from there

But you’d never know it Monday morning at the Morristown Diner where Governor Christie, in full campaign mode ahead of another two-day out-of-state RGA swing, once again stood side-by-side with Bell and laid into his fair weather friend Cory Booker (D-Twitter) for consenting to only one debate.

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Christie’s Most Important Election?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie iowaWhile the GOP may be favored to capture the Senate and expand its House majority on November 4th, Save Jerseyans, gains in our nation’s governor mansions appear to be more elusive.

It’s complicated. To be fair, RGA Chairman Chris Christie had his work cut out for him from day numero uno. Big time. Unlike the Senate picture, this year’s gubernatorial battleground map is heavy on Republican defenses. How heavy? No less than nine GOP incumbents are running for reelection in states where Barack Obama won in both 2008 and 2012. An all-but-certain GOP loss in Pennsylvania coupled with a narrow but real Democrat edge in Maine have, cumulatively, kept New Jersey’s Governor on the road, almost constantly, visiting diners and raising money.

So this morning, Gov. Christie will wrap up a retail stop with Jeff Bell in Morris County and depart immediately thereafter for Kansas and Colorado and then, on Tuesday, he visits Maryland, Illinois and Michigan.

But make no mistake about it: the urgency felt by Team Christie extends well-beyond the sky-high stakes of Election 2014.

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Courier Post Backs MacArthur (and Savages Belgard)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Today’s NJ-03 endorsement from Southwest Jersey’s largest in-state daily newspaper was nothing short of EMBARRASSING for Aimee Belgard, Save Jerseyans.

I’m not exaggerating for Tom’s sake. He doesn’t need my help if you believe the latest polling news. In endorsing Republican Tom MacArthur to succeed the retiring Jon Runyan, the Courier Post editorial board explicitly declared that Belgard, the Democrat, was in its members’ estimation “lacking in leadership skills” (yikes!) despite the fact that “her heart [is] in the right place.” (ouch!)

It got worse, too:

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Some Belated Celebrity Nude Photo Perspective

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s amazing to me that the we’re STILL talking about the celebrity nude photo leak almost two months after it happened, Save Jerseyans.

There isn’t any new information out there and, frankly, the trolls looking to get their kicks from nude photos are capable of doing it quietly.

Believe it or not, it’s the celebrities victims themselves are the ones keeping the proverbial ball in the air. And they’re saying some pretty crazy things. For more publicity? Who knows. They might just be crazy. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” Jennifer Lawrence, the hacking incident’s most famous target, told VF’s Sam Kashner (via CNN) . “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”

It’s not a scandal nor is it a sex crime, Miss Lawrence. It’s a property crime. Pure and simple. Don’t turn this into something it isn’t.

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Christie Signs Sport Wagering Legalization Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

meadowlandsracetrackTaking another step beyond his September administrative action to stop prosecuting sports wagering in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation on Friday (S-2460) that removes prohibitions blocking sports wagering in the Garden State.

“As I’ve said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey,” said Gov. Christie in a press release. “But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation. I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort.” 

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CNN Profiles South Jersey’s Shyanne Roberts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Shyanne Roberts

Shyanne Roberts

10-year old ccompetitiveshooter Shyanne Roberts, a Gloucester County native, has gone mega-viral – perhaps that’s an understatement of sorts – since Save Jersey first posted her Trenton committee testimony back in the spring.

Now she’s quite literally everywhere, Save Jerseyans; this Friday, she was profiled by CNN in a stunningly-balanced look at children and firearms, and Shyanne made the case (without even trying to be political, I suspect, given her age) that gun violence is predominately a cultural problem, one which gun control laws as we currently conceive of them are ill-equipped to address.

“I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader,” Shyanne told CNN. “Kids and guns don’t always mean bad things happen.”

She rocks! And she’s one of our own, so you can support her and keep up with Shyanne’s travels, competitions and pro-2A musings here on her official Facebook fan page.