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Christie, GOP Leaders Share 9/11 Reflections

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order No.162 this week, Save Jerseyans, directing that all New Jersey state buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Thursday, September 11, 2014, the 13th anniversary (yeah, it’s been THAT long) of the 9/11 terror attacks that claimed the lives of 746 New Jersey residents. He also declared it a “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” throughout the entirety of New Jersey.

He are his remarks on the subject offered yesterday during a school visit in Camden:


Never Forget: New Jersey’s 746 September 11th Victims

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Towers of LightIt’s hard to believe that the 9/11 attacks are 13 years in the history books, Save Jerseyans, back when the Garden State lost 746 residents and our country’s trajectory changed forever.

Much has changed since then (I was a junior in high school, for starters).

Much else hasn’t as the collapse of President Obama “foreign policy” and a hair-raising story about missing Libyan airliners painfully illustrate.

We can’t forget; not just because we loved them, but also because we need to remain aware of the consequences of letting our guard down again. Like we’ve done during the sloppy, lazy, stupid, and hopelessly naive Obama years.


Update: Obama Loses His Building in Willingboro

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama and KidsIf Barack Obama can’t buy a vowel (or a building) in Willingboro, New Jersey, Save Jerseyans, then it’s time to hang it up.  Game over. The lamest of all lame ducks.

But that’s where he’s at today. After causing a national stir by moving to change its town center’s name from JFK to Obama, Willingboro’s council did an about-face on Tuesday night and rescinded its early August decision to rename the Kennedy Center.

Click here to read full coverage form the Burlington County Times.

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).


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.”


Remembering Robin Williams, 1951 – 2014

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

robin williamsIt was hard for me to watch Robin Williams whenever he appeared live on TV.

Very hard.

He was so frenetic, so wound up, so quick, so wild, so unpredictable that it made me nervous. And sometimes, it was downright scary.

It was like he had this obvious need for constant attention; a need that was never completely satisfied; a need that could never actually be satisfied.

There was something more going on inside him that propelled all this — something deeper and more troubling, and probably something none of us want to get to know too well.


Cobb: LBJ “Destroyed” Black Families

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s a true and awful shame that Garry Cobb isn’t getting more (defined as “any”) help from the powers-that-be, Save Jerseyans, because the former Philadelphia Eagle and current NJ-01 Republican nominee has a story to tell voters whom the GOP just can’t seem to reach. When they even try. Some candidates were just born on the wrong side of the North Jersey/South Jersey ‘Berlin Wall’ if you catch my drift.

In any event, what he shared during a recent segment with Newsmax TV is along the lines of what I said last week following Willingboro’s bizarre decision to honor Barack Obama at JFK’s expense but, for a host of patently obvious reasons, it’s more important to hear this message from an upstanding, successful and famous guy like Garry:

Comparing Their Responses

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s like listening to leaders of different nations, Save Jerseyans, not just different times. And is it just me, or does our President always sound inconvenienced by international events? The 40th President had an elevated view of America’s role in the world. The 44th… well, he’s got bigger fish to fry. Like socialized medicine, salads in school cafeterias and auditing tea party groups.

Listen and compare…

Reagan following 1983 Soviet Attack on a Korean Airliner:

Obama following 2014 Pro-Russian Separatist (?) Attack on Malaysian Airliner:


The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


What July 4th Means to Bonnie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Bonnie Watson Coleman

We celebrate the birth of modern western democracy every July 4th, Save Jerseyans. It’s a time to reflect upon our freedoms, rights, blessings, and the sacrifices required to secure each and every one of them.

That’s you. And me, but interestingly not everyone. What did Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman, candidate for Congress, choose to opine about in her July 4th campaign email blast?

“Equal pay” liberal mythology and Hobby Lobby’s contraception coverage. “Our country’s proud history continues to evolve daily and, in those fifty years we have made so much progress…,” Watson Coleman reflected, “but we still have so far to go to achieve fairness for everyone. Women still make .78 on the dollar that men make for doing the same job and under this Congress and the current Supreme Court we have recently had some other significant setbacks.  The Supreme Court gutted voting rights laws that were designed to protect African Americans and racial minorities and, just this week, the Supreme Court ruled that employers can object to paying for birth control that a doctor prescribes.”

So please, during this weekend’s beach and bbq festivities, don’t forget to pause and remember the millions of American soldiers from the Revolutionary War forward who paid the ultimate sacrifice… for your girlfriend to get subsidized Plan B from her boss?

God bless America.


101 Reasons To Love America

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

fireworksHappy Birthday, America!

In no particular order, this is our own rather subjective list of 101 reasons to love America.

You can feel free to add or subtract from this list or create your own list.

America gives you the freedom to do that — and a lot more:

1) Our Constitution. The thread that holds us together and the bulwark of democracy.


July 4th: History Stew and Turtle Soup

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

turtleThe Lee Resolution, also known as the resolution of independence, was an act of the Second Continental Congress declaring the United Colonies to be independent of the British Empire, Save Jerseyans. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia first proposed it on June 7, 1776.  

On June 11, a Committee of Five was appointed to prepare a document to explain the reasons for independence. The Declaration was drafted by The Committee of Five consisting of two New England men, John Adams of Massachusetts and Roger Sherman of Connecticut; two men from the Middle Colonies, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York; and one southerner, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, it was presented it to Congress on June 28, 1776.


Jersey’s Forgotten 350th Birthday

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJ Charter

“Release of James, Duke of York to John Lord Berkeley, and Sir George Carteret, original proprietors of the Colony of New Jersey, June 24, 1664″ (via New Jersey’s Department of State)

New Jersey turns 350 this week, Save Jerseyans, and I’m betting you had no clue! It’s a wonderful tribute to public civics education in the 21st century…

What happened 350 years ago?

Glad you asked! The broad strokes: on June 24, 1664, a powerful English noble named James, Duke of York received a royal grant from his even-more-powerful brother, King Charles II of England, establishing an English royal colony named “New Jersey” on the peninsula bordered on three sides by the Delaware River, the Hudson River, and the Atlantic Ocean respectively. The region had been occupied by Native Americans and traversed by citizens of other European nations (notably the Dutch, Swedes, and even an Italian explorer), but this if the first time that New Jersey came into being as we know her today, name and borders intact.

Did you remember to get her a card? Or at least write on her Facebook page? Shameful.

Don’t worry. You’re hardly alone.


Flag Day in N.J.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Reagan Kisses FlagGovernor Chris Christie commemorated the 98th anniversary of Flag Day on Saturday, Save Jerseyans, the day when we celebrate the Second Continental Congress’s resolution formally adopting the flag of the United States:

“Today, we recognize the enduring symbol of America that is our nation’s flag. More than 200 years ago, our founding fathers adopted the national flag to symbolize our birth as a unified nation founded on inalienable rights and freedoms, and to instill a sense of pride and strength in all Americans. Both at home and abroad, the flag serves as a representation of our country’s founding principles of liberty and justice and as an icon of the freedoms we cherish as Americans. As we mark the anniversary of Flag Day, I encourage all New Jerseyans to proudly fly our nation’s flag and reflect on the values that make our nation great.”

Click here to read a copy of the Governor’s proclamation.

D-Day Vet Yogi Berra Honored in Montclair

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Grab the tissues, Save Jerseyans…

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