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Category: Big Government

10 Mind-Blowing Pension Numbers

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

pink-piggy-bankI’m not in the habit of transcribing press releases or talking points, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Christie’s office released a list of ten pension-related stats following Tuesday’s press conference in LBI that’s definitely worth sharing with anyone who doesn’t yet appreciate the severity of New Jersey’s looming legacy cost crisis:

$120 Billion - Savings NJ taxpayers will see from Governor Christie and state leaders from both political parties coming together in 2011 to pass historic, bipartisan pension and benefits reform. Even this just simply isn’t enough.

$24.4 Billion - Expenses over the last 10 years from New Jersey’s health care benefits (from FY 2006 through FY15).

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Lance: SCOTUS Should Hear Subsidy Cases

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LanceRep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) responded to Tuesday’s circuit split over Obamacare’s exchange subsidies by calling on our nation’s highest tribunal to take up the question, Save Jerseyans.

“Today’s legal rulings are very consequential and undoubtedly will not be the last word on the matter,” Lance opined in a statement. “Millions of taxpayer funds have already been dedicated to these exchanges and now the market, insurers and consumers are left in limbo.  This is the exact reason why Congress should not pass thousand page bills without thorough analysis.  The Administration has consistently been forced to re-work, delay or completely ignore parts of the President’s law as it finds the statute unworkable.  The Supreme Court of the United States should review this matter in its coming term.”

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Federal Appeals Court Decision’s N.J. Impact

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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The beginning of the end for the individual and employer mandates?

Perhaps. The esteemed D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals made huge waves on Tuesday morning, Save Jerseyans, when a three-judge panel that the language of the (Un)affordable Care Act prevents states from providing subsidies to residents of states who declined to establish their own independent insurance marketplaces from the federal exchange.

Thirty-six of fifty U.S. states fall into that category including our own New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie repeatedly vetoes attempts by the Democrat legislature to establish a state-based exchange.

“It is implausible to believe that Congress gave the IRS discretion to authorize $150 billion per year in federal spending, particularly when Congress had directly spoken to this issue,” the Halbig v. Burwell plaintiffs successfully argued. “Major economic decisions like these — indeed, any decisions granting tax credits — must be made unambiguously by Congress itself.”

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Guv Makes Light of Rock Video Flub

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Well, it’s certainly not the roll-out they were hoping for.

The Christie Administration raised a few eyebrows over the past 24 hours when it abruptly took down a pension reform promo featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s name before taking it down and relaunching the video without him, Save Jerseyans, and neither the Rock nor the Guv or their respective people are talking about it, but while the golden media touch he once enjoyed is conspicuously lacking these days, Governor Christie still had the good sense to take it all in stride:

The Rock Says ‘Support Christie’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The jabronis (sp?) is the New Jersey State Legislature better listen up, Save Jerseyans: Governor Chris Christie’s most fearsome supporter is helping the Garden State GOP’er in a new ad campaign, mocked up like a movie trailer teaser, aimed at pushing new pension and benefits reforms over the summer months.

He promised pain at his recent Caldwell town hall; no one saw this coming:

FYI – ‘The Rock’ (a.k.a. actor Dwayne Johnson) is a registered Republican.

57% of all new revenues over the past four (4) years have gone toward paying down pension, health benefit and debt obligations.

This isn’t Christie’s first assist from a Hollywood heavyweight; former NBA great Shaq cut a campaign commercial for him last fall.

 

2nd Poll Finds Booker Under 50%

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Booker-Corzine-Obama-and-Weinberg43% to Republican nominee Jeff Bell’s 23%, Save Jerseyans (click here to read the full report/data tables).

Here are some more details from Patrick Murray’s Monmouth Polling Institute:

“When asked whether Booker should be reelected, 44% of New Jersey voters say he deserves another term while 35% say it is time to have someone else in that Senate seat. Four months ago, a solid majority of 55% said that Booker should be reelected. The number of voters who say it is time for someone new, though, is basically the same as it was in February (33%). The shift in support for Booker has come from those who previously said he deserved reelection but now say they are unsure – 21%, up from 12% in February.”

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Hobby Lobby Myths Obliterated

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

truthThere is sooo much bad information floating around concerning this week’s Hobby Lobby opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, Save Jerseyans, that I couldn’t help but try to loudly and proudly dispel a few of the worst myths. Some of the Twitter comments weren’t just vile and dumb; they were symptomatic of a generation completely bereft of civics knowledge.

For a little further reading, the good folks over at NRO did a bang-up job of dissecting Justice Ginsburg’s dissent point-by-point; Hobby Lobby itself also devoted an entire website to clearing the air. Here are the broad strokes…

Myth #1: Hobby Lobby won’t cover female contraception.

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Christie Predicts Pain

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I pity the fool who thinks he or she is going to enjoy what’s coming out of the Christie Administration sometime in the coming weeks, Save Jerseyans. I know so because that’s what the Governor told us at last week’s Haddon Heights town hall and then again on Tuesday in Caldwell:

The coming push for additional pension and benefits reforms is one theory to explain why the Governor didn’t cut additional fat from the FY 2015 budget with his line item veto power in order to free up sufficient funds for full pension payments. He didn’t want angry furloughed/fired state workers (and their unions) to give the South Jersey Machine/North Jersey urban Democrats an excuse not to play ball? Who knows. 

The only sure thing: pain.

Christie on Hobby Lobby: Who Knows?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday morning to discuss the FY 2015 New Jersey budget but, inevitably, Hobby Lobby came up.

His answer, when asked to weigh in on the SCOTUS ruling by the pro-choice gaggle sitting around him, could best be described as… 

…fiercely non-committal?

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Belgard’s Click and Paste Campaign

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgard click and pasteIf you thought that I was being too hard on Aimee Belgard and her dumbed-down CD3 campaign, Save Jerseyans… think again.

Not only is the first term Burlington County freeholder running on nothing but name-calling at present, ducking debate challenges and refusing to engage on substance but, as the national conservative outpost Hot Air just discovered, Belgard is proving to be anything but original.

Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw discovered that Belgard was one of (at least) three House Democrats who’ve recently blasted out the same paraphrased DNC talking points, pledging to reject “Congressional perks.” And when I say paraphrased, I mean virtually identical.

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4 Easy Ways for Trenton to Save Money

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

money - liberty coinFolks, the FY 2015 budget debate will conclude – or at least reach its climax – when Governor Chris Christie signs/line-item veto(es) the legislature’s work product, presumably sometime between now and the 4th of July. 

This episode has shown us one thing: we need to cut some budget fat, or we are going to be doing this dance again and again, year after year. Not one-time stuff, either; we need permanent cuts that are going to last and result in permanent savings.

Matt Rooney, Senate Republicans and even Joe Cryan have pitched cost-cutting ideas.

Here are four of my own for your kind consumption as Governor Christie weighs his options. Because, as I recently pointed out, a millionaires tax is not going to solve our woes. This isn’t a comprehensive list; I do not claim to have all the answers, but it’s my hope that, by reading this, decision-makers’ old thinking caps powered up….

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More Regulations for N.J. Businesses

By Joe Schilp | Joe’s Blog

red tapeThis past week, the New Jersey state Senate and Assembly both passed the “Opportunity to Compete Act,” which prohibits businesses with more than 14 employees from asking applicants to check a box to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime.  Additionally, businesses would be prohibited from asking first-time interviewees if they’ve been convicted of a crime.

It has been reported that NJ Governor Chris Christie’s office worked with the legislators on the language of the bill; thus, Christie is expected to sign the bill into law.

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The Conservative Case Against This Budget

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey’s $34.1 billion FY 2015 budget stinks for a host of different reasons, Save Jerseyans, all of which we’ve discussed here at Save Jersey including a measure that ADDS new members to the imperiled public benefits system, and we’ll continue to hope that Governor Chris Christie surprises us and uses his veto pen liberally but, for now, here’s a clip of Asm. Jay Webber (R-Morris) who did a solid job of summarizing where Democrats (and his own GOP) went astray from the floor on Thursday:

Lance Lauds SCOTUS Obama Rebuke

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

supreme court 2012Conservatives and Liberals on America’s High Court agree on one point, Save Jerseyans: Barack Obama is a not a king.

That’s the gist of today’s unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling (click here to read the NLRB v. Noel Canning opinion), authored by Justice Breyer, confirming that the President of the United States acted illegally when he made three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board back in January 2012 in order to circumvent to the Senate confirmation process.

“Because the Senate was in session during its pro forma sessions,” the Justice wrote, “the President made the recess appointments at issue during a 3-day
recess. Three days is too short a time to bring a recess within the
scope of the Clause, so the President lacked the authority to make
those appointments.”

New Jersey’s own Rep. Leonard Lance (R-07) says it’s “a victory for the Constitution and the rule of law.”

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Court Sides with Christie On Pensions

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie staring at town hall

Christie talks pensions during his 6/25/14 Haddon Heights town hall (Photo credit: Save Jersey)

Well there you have it.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mercer County Superior Court Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson (whose position made her the point person for high-profile matters including the SCI Bridgegate subpoenas and gay marriage) struck down a law suit filed by various New Jersey organized labor groups; their goal was to compel Governor Chris Christie and Treasurer Michael Sidamin-Eristoff to make $2.4 billion in redirected pension payments in the FY 2015 budget.

The Administration welcomed the Judge’s decision.

“This was one of the hard choices the people of New Jersey expect me to make, and I am pleased the court recognized the necessity and urgency of this decision so that we can provide key funding for our schools, our colleges, our hospitals and other essential services,” Governor Christie said in a statement. “For our state’s families who are already overburdened by high taxes, raising taxes even further would not solve a problem created by decades of neglect and irresponsibility.”

The Dangerous Rise of Drones

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

MQ-9 Reaper CBP drone‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ or UAV’s; you know them as drones, Save Jerseyans.

They can fly with payloads including still cameras, video cameras, infrared detectors, thermal detectors, and they can even be used to fertilize farms, spray pesticides and, more nefariously, for chemical warfare.

Currently, drone snooping can be conducted without a warrant and the FAA estimates 30,000 drones could be flying in U.S. skies by 2020. High-tech cameras can scan entire cities, or zoom in and read a milk carton from 60,000 feet. They can also carry Wi-Fi crackers and fake cell phone towers capable of determining your location or intercepting your texts and phone calls. Far too many Americans still fail to appreciate the problems they pose, sometimes in ways which the average commentator hasn’t even contemplated.

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Revel Back to Bankruptcy Court

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The_CardsharpsHere we go again, Save Jerseyans.

Revel is heading back to bankruptcy court for the second time in just two years, according to sources familiar with the filing. The perpetually troubled casino allegedly can’t meet its quarterly property tax obligation to Atlantic City and it is warning employees of dire consequences as soon as August:

“Revel sent out a statement saying they’re looking for a new owner and will do so through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And the company gave its 3,100 employees letters warning they’ll shut down and could be out of work as soon as August 18th if there’s no buyer.”

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