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Happy Easter from Save Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jesus Christ is risen today, Save Jerseyans. Hallelujah!

For a uniquely New Jersey touch, here’s a celebratory hymn (one of my favorites) as performed by the Shrewsbury Presbyterian Church Bell Choir and Choir:

The Social Media Primary

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SJtwitter2It’s hardly unusual for campaigns to slam opponents by way of social media in 2014, Save Jerseyans, but when the party establishment writes off the entire race and none of the candidates are “self-funders,” then social media wars take on a whole new level of intensity partly as a matter of necessity, in a way that many never imagined, ironically, before Cory Booker (D-Twitter) came into existence.

U.S. Senate hopefuls Murray Sabrin and Brian Goldberg threw down with each other on Twitter in the run-up to Easter/Passover weekend over guns, abortion and, of course, fidelity to the memory of Ronald Reagan:

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Remembering “Black Easter”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Many Americans probably recall the broad strokes of Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 assassination, Save Jerseyans, but few know that it happened, eerily, on Good Friday (which fell on April 14th that year).

It’s remembered as Black Easter:

Sabrin Raps “Centipede” Obamacare

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Murray Sabrin

Murray Sabrin

Here’s another less-than swell Good Friday Obamacare update, Save Jerseyans:

The American Action Forum, a D.C.-based right-of-center think tank, is out with the results of new study showing that New Jerseyans are getting slammed by (Un)affordable Care Act mandated changes with Garden State senior citizens suffering average benefits reductions of 18.02%. We’ve already seen hundreds of thousands of fellow citizens lose coverage (thus far) and encounter major sticker shock, but the post-enrollment data is no less grizzly despite proponent’s repeated promises.

U.S. Senate hopeful Murray Sabrin, a professor at Ramapo College and one of four candidates competing for the chance to face Cory Booker this November, pounded away on the findings contained in the survey’s release.

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Google Honors Good Friday

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Have you seen today’s “Google Doodle” for Good Friday 2014, Save Jerseyans?

google logo landing page

Don’t adjust your monitors. That’s it. And it’s not exactly festive…

Google has special logos lined up for every obscure, liberal hero, fringe holiday and South American labor leader’s birthday but, to quote Uncle Junior of Sopranos fame, “jack s–t for Jesus.” In 2013, Google commemorated Easter, arguably the world’s most widely-commemorated religious holiday, by posting a doodle in honor of Marxist Cesar Chavez.

So much for “don’t be evil.”

 

Christie Waxes On Pro Life Beliefs

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’m not a big believer in Jim McGreevey’s late-in-life religious rediscovery, Save Jerseyans, but I do very much believe in Republicans finding better ways to articulate their pro-life convictions.

Governor Chris Christie did a pretty solid job today during a joint event promoting reform of New Jersey’s penal system:

Christie Files Direct Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at desk signing budgetGovernor Christie directly appointed dozens of state officials on Holy Thursday, Save Jerseyans, meaning these new or reappointed individuals don’t require the Senate’s consent to start working:

STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF HEATING, VENTILATING, AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION CONTRACTORS
Master HVACR Contractors
Appoint Kevin S. Clark (Galloway, Atlantic)
Appoint the Honorable William C. Barham (Monmouth Beach, Monmouth)

Executive Branch of State Government Representative
Appoint the Honorable Thomas C. Pitcherello (Bordentown, Burlington)

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REPORT: Ukrainian Jews Forced to “Register”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

If you want to know why I could never vote for a Ron Paul-type libertarian, Save Jerseyans, then read this exceedingly disturbing report out of a Russian militant-occupied town in Eastern Ukraine (via USA Today):

Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media.

“They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flyer and told them to obey its instructions,” he said.

The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.”

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Christie Leads Fox News Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A little welcome 2016 news last night (Thursday) for Governor Christie, Save Jerseyans, via a Fox News poll of 1,012 registered voters:

Fox 2016 Poll - April 2014

Allen Advances RTF Repeal Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Diane AllenState Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is preparing to introduce legislation which would repeal Realty Transfer Fees and subsequently added “layers” in New Jersey, Save Jerseyans. It’s long overdue.

“When you sell your home in New Jersey, you’re getting whacked by this arbitrary tax, and that’s wrong,” Senator Allen said in an explanatory release. “This initiative will help struggling homeowners, including those who might be facing short sales or foreclosures. It will save property owners across this state a burden of thousands of dollars, which particularly hurts those who have lost equity in their homes due to the economic recession.”

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Declare Your Allegiance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

HBO’s smash hit ‘Game of Thrones’ series is back on the air, Save Jerseyans, and if you’re anything like me, you love every minute of it.

Of course, you and I don’t need to transport ourselves to the fantastical realm of Westeros for an ample supply of corrupt, greed, scheming, perversion, violence and intrigue. We live in New Jersey! Did the Starks close the Wall to punish political enemies? Did the Lannisters sell kidneys on the black market? The Game of Jersey is a game without equal.

Whose side are you on? Declare your allegiance with one of the six Facebook profile badges posted below…

House Christie:

House Christie

House Norcross:

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Senate GOP Camps Have < $65k

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SenateCory Booker has $1,815,704 in the bank, Save Jerseyans.

Unfortunately for Jane and John Taxpayer, all four of his potential GOP general election rivals are trailing by a wide margin at the end of Quarter #1.

In first place, based upon what we know so far (not all reports are processed and posted yet at the FEC site):

Murray Sabrin

Raised: $50,000 ($13,000 from self-loan and wife)
COH: $43,000

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Issue #1 in CD3 Primary: Income?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

Tom MacArthur (left) and Steve Lonegan (right) are vying for the CD3 GOP nomination.

The world economy continues to sputter and Russian continues to play a dangerous game of geopolitical chicken with the West, but in one of the country’s most competitive 2014 congressional contests, the biggest issue on the table right now is… income?

It all started on Tuesday when Steve Lonegan sought to counter news of 160 elected official endorsements and a $1.5 million cash on hand edge for his competitor Tom MacArthur by releasing a strongly-worded open letter from committee members Beverly Marinelli of Burlington County and
Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero of Ocean County Republicans.

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Atheists Are Irrational (VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

What else can you say about people who refuse believe in something they can’t see but are also equally confident in declaring, with 100% certainly, that it doesn’t exist? Yup. It’s irrational to the say the least…

A little Holy Week humor served up with a heaping dose of common sense courtesy of comedian (and self-described conservative Christian) Brad Stine:

Tortoises Find Help. Sandy Victims? Meh.

Sandy Response Support Skids in New Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Florida to New Jersey Sandy TruckThe big takeaway excerpt of the most recent survey report from Monmouth Pollster Patrick Murray:

Among those residents who live in New Jersey’s hardest hit communities, only 41% are satisfied with the state’s recovery efforts while a decided majority (54%) are dissatisfied. In the remainder of the state, 49% are satisfied while 41% are dissatisfied. This marks the first time that residents of hardest hit communities have shown a significant difference in satisfaction levels when compared to residents in other parts of the state. In prior polls, these two groups’ satisfaction levels differed by no more than five percentage points.

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Comparative Look: CD3 Q1 Fundraising

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Falling MoneyQuarter #1 – 2008

Myers (R): $275,000

Kelly (R): $200,000

Adler (D): $529,320 (COH: $1.2 million)

Quarter #1 – 2010

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