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NJEA Endorses 9 Dems, 1 GOP’er

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJEA Menendez Mailer 1If this doesn’t tell you everything that you need to know, Save Jerseyans, than I’m not sure what will…

  • U.S. Senate: Cory Booker (D)
  • CD-1: Donald Norcross (D)
  • CD-2: Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (R)
  • CD-3: Aimee Belgard (D)
  • CD-4: No endorsement
  • CD-5: Roy Cho (D)
  • CD-6: Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)
  • CD-7: Pending
  • CD-8: Rep. Albio Sires (D)
  • CD-9: Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D)
  • CD-10: Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D)
  • CD-11: Mark Dunec (D)
  • CD-12: Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)

Christie viaja a México

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Us mexico borderGovernor Chris Christie leaves for Mexico on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, undertaking a 3-day trip to described to the press as a “trade mission” but, if we’re being honest, is intended to double as yet another opportunity to showcase New Jersey’s Republican chief executive as an international name ahead of the GOP presidential primaries (the first debates, believe it or not, are likely on about one year away).

The ever-present specter of America’s immigration crisis will undoubtedly shadow the official proceedings…

Here’s a complete schedule:

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Christie, Webber, Carroll to Raise Money for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

webber and christieWe now have some details for the much-anticipated Christie fundraiser designed to boost U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell, Save Jerseyans.

The event is scheduled for September 18th at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton; the host committee includes Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll (the campaign chairman), Christie friend and National GOP Committeeman Bill Palatucci, and former NJ GOP Chairman Asm. Jay Webber.

It’s an interesting list of headliners.

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LIUNA Endorses MacArthur; DCCC Dumpster Dives

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur endorsementLabor Day is in the rear view mirror, Save Jerseyans, and the final lap to Election Day is turning into a sprint as Congressional Democrats, desperate for offsets to expected losses, attempt to gain a beachhead in New Jersey’s 3rd District.

Republican Tom MacArthur kicked his Tuesday off by accepting the endorsement of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) in Edgewater Park. “We’re here today because we need leaders in Washington, like Tom MacArthur, who will work with people in both parties and build a consensus behind policies that help to create jobs and rebuild America’s middle-class,” said Tony Capaccio, President and Business Manager Construction & General Laborers’ Local 172.  “Tom came from modest means and worked hard to build a successful business.  He believes that we must invest in America and American families, and our members will work hard for him in this campaign.”

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Rich People Work Pretty Damn Hard, Too

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lex Luthor: one of the first fictional evil rich guys in America popular culture.

Lex Luthor: one of the first fictional evil rich guys in America popular culture.

Here’s a little something to get the conversation going at your Labor Day barbecue, Save Jerseyans:

Rich people work just as hard as non-rich people in this country. 

Often, they’re the hardest-working among us.

Sorry, I know, this is jarring information to many of you, but life isn’t a Springsteen song. It’s a lost more nuanced than all of the lyrics written by New Jersey’s favorite working class hero (who has been rich for most of his life).

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AFP Summit Day #2

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

AFP logoGood morning, ya’ll!

We’re still Dallas, Texas for one more day for the annual Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream summit.

Great state, lovely people, solid brisket… but you can keep the weather.

AFP’s agenda for Day #2 includes a number of break-out sessions on practical how-to topics ranging from social media development to effective “community organizing.” Ted Cruz is speaking around 1:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom.

Click right here to watch a live stream (or here if you missed yesterday’s post on Gov. Perry’s address). I plan to break away myself for a little bit for a pilgrimage to Dealey Plaza, the site of the Kennedy assassination. It’s worth remembering a time when Democrat presidents were only pathetically lecherous and not ideologically wacky, too! Check back later for updates…

Defiant Perry Rouses 3k Strong Dallas Crowd

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

rick perry“What does the American Dream mean to you?”

That’s the unofficial theme of this year’s ‘Defending the American Dream’ summit in Dallas, Texas hosted by Americans for Prosperity, Save Jerseyans, and I’m having a heck of a time discussing it with like-minded economic conservatives from around the country, but the small army of grassroots activists gathered at the onset of Labor Day Weekend aren’t debating definitions among themselves. They know what it means, and they very much believe it’s alive and well in the United States (notwithstanding an ongoing assault from the Left).

Their primary point of concern is its survival AND, refreshingly, what to constructively and proactively do about it.

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AFP Summit Day #1

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Dallas skyline

The Dallas skyline

Good morning, ya’ll!

I know the Save Jersey faithful are getting ready to hit G.S. Parkway South for a Labor Day Jersey Shore weekend, but your intrepid Blogger-in-Chief went waaay down South this year – to Dallas, Texas - for the annual Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream summit.

The agenda for Day #1 includes a panel at 1:30 p.m. CST featuring none other than Governor Rick Perry.

Wish you were here? No problem. Click right here to watch a live stream. I’m going to go find a coffee in the beautiful Omni Dallas Hotel. Check back later for updates…

Christie: ‘No’ to Open Space Question

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Plenty of his fellow Republicans voted YEA and, so I’m told, the addition of a costly open space preservation question to this year’s ballot was critical to winning liberal legislative votes for bail reform, a top administration priority. All the same, Governor Chris Christie took a break from celebrating Sandy recovery efforts in Sea Bright on Thursday to answer a number of press inquiries ranging from pension management allegations to his opposition to the latest open space scheme:

Christie Offers Sympathy to Sofer Family

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)

Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)

An international search for New Jersey student Aharon Sofer ended tragically on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, after the 23-year old Lakewood resident’s body was reportedly found in the Jerusalem Forest.

Governor Chris Christie, attending political and public events at the Shore today, paused to weigh in and offer condolences.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Aharon Sofer on their unthinkable loss,” the Governor said in a statement released by his office. “As parents, Mary Pat and I cannot imagine the sense of grief and sadness that engulfs them at this moment. We add our thoughts and prayers to those of so many in New Jersey and around the world for this family and the community of Lakewood. Together, we can help them deal with this awful tragedy.”

The young man had been studying at a yeshiva in Israel.

 

The Golden Goose is Gasping for Air

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

golden eggAtlantic City received yet another reality check this week, Save Jerseyans, with the news that the A.C. metro region experienced the single largest employment drop of any U.S. metropolitan area last month over July 2013.

That’s a 3,600 employee loss; by contrast, Nevada’s Clark County (home to Las Vegas) added 25,700 jobs.

Like I said on Sunday: New Jersey politicians will underestimate this problem at their own peril

That peril extends to those of us living outside of the legendary Shore resort’s metro area.

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The Land of Opportunity

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

From the Land of Lincoln to the Land of Clinton, Governor Chris Christie spent the Wednesday before Labor Day Weekend stumping in Arkansas for Asa Hutchinson, Save Jerseyans; the RGA Chair hopes that this particular state lives up to its nickname and yields another pick up in November; recent polling isn’t doing anything to dissuade anyone:

Bell Debuts First Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff Bell megaphoneHis war chest doesn’t come close to that of his well-heeled celebrity competitor Cory Booker (D-Twitter), Save Jerseyans, but Jeff Bell proved during this year’s GOP primary that he knows how to maximize the impact of dollar (regardless of whether the dollar is backed by gold).

The Republican nominee went up on Wednesday with a biographical radio ad on WCBS-FM and WOR-AM, one that will run during the afternoon drive-time rush hour. Click here to listen. “Ahead of His Time” focuses tax cuts, the Gold Standard and the candidate’s relationship with Ronald Reagan, all topics which we explored at greater length during our recent sit down interview.

Bell trails Booker by 12.5% in the RCP average, but the last two polls showed him down 10 and 7 points, respectively.

Christie Files Direct Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The New Jersey State HouseThese direct appointments do not subject to the advice or consent of the New Jersey State Senate:

DIRECT APPOINTMENTS
SALEM COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
Public Member
Appoint Dana Mulligan (Pilesgrove, Salem)
NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE TRUST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Appointment by the Governor Upon the Recommendation of the Senate President
Reappoint Robert A. Briant, Jr. (Manasquan, Monmouth)

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Christie to Raise Cash Over Eggs for MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Governor Chris Christie is stepping up his in-state fundraising this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and the latest beneficiary will be the Republican candidate fighting to retain this year’s most competitive Garden State House seat: Tom MacArthur.

He’s heading to Toms River on Thursday morning for a breakfast at the Route 9 Ramada hotel; it’s happening between out-of-state fundraising trips on behalf of RGA-backed candidates. Next up in the coming weeks: North Carolina, South Carolina and a trade mission to Mexico.

MacArthur opponent Aimee Belgard, one of the only non-incumbents in modern Congressional history to dodge debate challenges, dropped her own e-mail fundraising appeal on the eve of Christie’s Ocean County visit. “Governor Chris Christie’s coming to the district in just 24 HOURS,” it reads. “Why? He plans to rake in thousands of dollars for Aimee’s radical right-wing opponent.”

Yawn…

Obama – and the Presidency – Hit Rock Bottom

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Angry ObamaPresident James Buchanan didn’t just failed to stop the Civil War, Save Jerseyans, for which I won’t condemn him because it was likely inevitable. He didn’t even try. In his State of the Union message to Congress, Buchanan gave a verbal shrug.

“All for which the slave States have ever contended, is to be let alone and permitted to manage their domestic institutions in their own way, Buchanan said. “As sovereign States, they, and they alone, are responsible before God and the world for the slavery existing among them. For this the people of the North are not more responsible and have no more right to interfere than with similar institutions in Russia or in Brazil.”

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Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02′s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates:

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