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Can CPAC Save Christie’s Sagging Republican Poll Numbers?

By Brian McGovern | The Save Jersey Blog

chris christie cpacYesterday, Chris Christie gave a speech at CPAC 2014 that many in the media are considering a resounding success.

Not because Christie came into that hotel in Maryland and blew everyone away with a heavy dose of juicy conservative one-liners (as so many try to do at the yearly conference), but because he largely did no harm to himself with a group that, at least on the national level, has been a bit hesitant to get behind him.

Pretty soon we should be able to see how this “do no harm” strategy worked out, because the poll numbers that created the backdrop for this speech are not looking pretty…


Obama’s Flexibility Dooms Ukraine

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog 

The Baltic States in 1944. Hungary 1956. Czechoslovakia 1968. Afghanistan 1979.



Ukraine 2014?

That’s what it looked like on Friday evening, Save Jerseyans, as reports of Russian troops invading Crimea leaked to international media outlets. Grim portents indeed. War is brewing.

And yes, it was all preventable. Western weakness invites eastern aggression. Every. Damn. Time. Yet the Left never learns its lesson because its adherents are too busy trying to rewrite history than learn something of value from it.


More Salt On Our Wounds

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Salem County NJDOT road crews prepare to combat a winter storm. (Photo credit: @GovChristie)

Salem County NJDOT road crews prepare to combat a winter storm. (Photo credit: @GovChristie)

New Jersey got smacked with another few inches of snow last night, Save Jerseyans, as you’re already painfully aware. One more good snow and I might qualify for an arm transplant.

We’re heading into a “warm up” period over the next several days (temperatures in the 40s and 50s), but then it’s right back into the lower temps next week and, surprise surprise, a strong a possibility of additional accumulating white powder. And NOT the kind that President Obama used recreationally as a younger man.

Has any of this turbulent winter weather persuaded the President to relent and give New Jersey a break from the Jones Act which, as we discussed on Monday, kept valuable road salt from reaching the Garden State? Of course not.


Obama Putting Christie’s NJDOT On Ice?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
container ship

More snow is en route to the Garden State on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, but thanks to an archaic quirk of federal law, we may be going into it without sufficient road salt.

The real question is whether partisan politics is entering into the equation, too…

Long story short, a shipment of salt is stuck at a Maine seaport because of the 94-year old Merchant Marine Act of 1920 or “Jones Act” which demands, in part, that all goods moved between U.S. ports be transported by way of United States flag ships that were both built in the United States and owned, staffed, and operated by American citizens and permanent residents:


“There’s a lot about him we don’t know”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

obama and christieLawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC tried to further the laughably-absurd “Chris Christie fooled us” media narrative this week, Save Jerseyans, in an interview with Alex MacGillis, author of a much-discussed New Republic piece that paints an unflattering picture of Chris Christie’s political career.

Try to make it through the segment with a straight face.

I dare you:

Do you know what this foolishness brings to mind? Or more accurately, to what it stands in stark contrast?


Ledger Ed Board Goes Overboard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

insane asylum

PHOTO: Star-Ledger Editorial Board Meeting (February 2014)

There was a time and place where the worst you could say about the Star-Ledger editorial board was that it had a hopelessly liberal bent. Sure it was annoying. Still, there’s nothing particularly unique about that, right?

Most birdcage liner is made equal.

Then Chris Christie got under Editorial Chieftain Tom Moran’s exceptionally-thin skin. Then it got personal, Sonny. Not business anymore.

These days, the Ledger opinion-slinging page can’t even compliment the Governor without reversing itself for self-serving reasons or assigning original credit to a friendly ideological entity or individual for the the good idea.

Did you read Thursday’s editorial? Neither did we. But a reader pointed how how Moran & Co, in toasting the departing acting Department of Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf, commended the Christie appointee for “following a blueprint that closely matches the reforms pushed by President Obama.”

Excuse me? Come again, Mr. Moran?


Chicagoland vs. Christie World

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chicago signNo one from the Clinton camp made Chris Christie’s subordinates close the G.W. Bridge’s Fort Lee lanes, Save Jerseyans.

There is mounting evidence that they’re doing everything within their power (which is considerable, by the way) to pile on and make the New Jersey Governor politically radioactive ahead of 2016. She’s unambiguously the one with the most to benefit. And from all outward appearances, the full might of the Obama Democrat establishment is lining up behind Miss Inevitable…


“Action” Is the Problem, Mr. President.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

state of the union

Some Presidents have used the State of the Union to rally Americans against a foreign threat. Others called on members of both major parties to unite to overcome a domestic challenge.

The dominant narrative of last night’s State of the Union address delivered by President Obama? A threat. He could’ve stopped after delivering this excerpt without sacrificing one iota of substance:

“But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Uplifting, right? While my fellow conservatives focus on the coercive elements of the President’s address,  if we’re being honest, this commander-in-chief is hardly the first to use executive orders. What makes last night so remarkable, and the last five years so utterly sad and infuriating, is the fact that Barack Obama has already “acted” repeatedly in big, expensive and less-than-constitutional ways to “expand opportunity.”

And none of these efforts have helped…



By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s time for our lecture from fearless leader, Save Jerseyans…

Watch President Obama’s annual State of the Union address LIVE right here beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST:

Thoughts? Reactions? Opinions? Suggestions? General grips? Share’em with us in the comments section…

Related #SOTU Links below the fold…


Lance Offers #SOTU “Prebuttal”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07) took the unusual step of offering a “prerebuttal” to President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, Save Jerseyans, highlighting his work on the health care and energy fronts.

Check it out before tonight’s festivities:

History of the #SOTU

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

We’re strong advocates of spreading civic knowledge here at Save Jersey. Our bloggers don’t just report, analyze or comment on current events; it’s our goal to help New Jerseyans understand the context. You know… the stuff our public schools and mainstream media used to provide.

Ahead of tonight’s State of the Union address from President Obama, here’s a fascinating look at the history of America’s most widely-watched annual political address from Senate Historian Donald Ritchie:

“Decimated” Al Qaeda is Back

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

FallujahIn case you missed it, Save Jerseyans, Al Qaeda militants have captured the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.

You know: the same infamous terrorist network that President Barack Obama allegedly “decimated” prior to his reelection.

Oops! As it turns out, they were never gone…


We Don’t Need No Stinking Advice

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Barack Obama“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  Benjamin Franklin penned those words in 1789, but I think it is time to add a third “definite”, Save Jerseyans.

Whether it is E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson or other syndicated columnists, you can pretty much count on a liberal Democrat advising the Republicans on what they should do if they ever want to win another election.  Or to win over a single young voter.


Please Stop Campaigning, Mr. President!

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Air Force OneI have a favor to ask of President Obama. As an American citizen, I assume I have that right because as a taxpayer, I pay his salary.  So here goes…

Mr. President, please stop campaigning!

I will readily admit that I didn’t vote for then Senator Obama in 2008 because I disagreed with his positions, and found him to be both too shallow and too inexperienced to serve as president.  And after his disastrous first term, I sure didn’t vote for him in 2012.

But the point remains that he is our duly-elected president.  Unless fraud was committed on a grand and unprecedented scale, Mr. Obama won fairly and squarely both times.

Which is why I scratch my head every time I see President Obama out on the campaign trail, delivering one canned stump speech after another.


Obama Disses Save Jersey Alum

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

alex smithIn case you missed it this weekend, Save Jerseyans, our old friend and former contributor, CRNC Chairwoman Alex Smith, is out there making national headlines (again), this time by being denied access to an Obama youth summit.

The good folks over at Breitbart have details if you’re interested in the backstory. She’s been doing the cable news circuit, too (see exhibit right), spreading the gospel.

We’re always proud of her ability and willingness to raise a little ruckus for the cause!

The Obama Foreign Policy Fiasco

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama in Egypt“Our friends don’t respect us and our enemies don’t fear us.”

With those words, former Vice President Dick Cheney summed up the Obama administration’s disastrous foreign policy.

However, Cheney’s scathing analysis remains at odds with President Obama’s own self-assessment.  In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25th, Mr. Obama declared that the world is “more stable than it was five years ago.”

Which begs the question: is President Obama delusional?  Or is he simply so narcissistic – or naïve – that he believes by declaring the world to be safer, it simply becomes so?