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Category: Cultural Issues

Empowerment, Not Entitlement

By Brian Goldberg | The Save Jersey Blog

GOPAs a middle-class, Jewish Republican from heavily Democrat Essex County (and, no, I’m not the only one…), I’ve seen firsthand the number of “closet conservatives” who won’t join our Party because of popular myths characterizing us as, well, take your pick: prejudiced, having a war on women, or out of touch with young voters.

During the course of my recent U.S. Senate campaign, I talked about the need for outreach to these communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in the Republican Party. There, we can find lots of conservatives who just need to know that we’re welcoming and the myths aren’t true. But, it is a two-part process to grow our Party.

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Some Belated Celebrity Nude Photo Perspective

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s amazing to me that the we’re STILL talking about the celebrity nude photo leak almost two months after it happened, Save Jerseyans.

There isn’t any new information out there and, frankly, the trolls looking to get their kicks from nude photos are capable of doing it quietly.

Believe it or not, it’s the celebrities victims themselves are the ones keeping the proverbial ball in the air. And they’re saying some pretty crazy things. For more publicity? Who knows. They might just be crazy. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” Jennifer Lawrence, the hacking incident’s most famous target, told VF’s Sam Kashner (via CNN) . “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”

It’s not a scandal nor is it a sex crime, Miss Lawrence. It’s a property crime. Pure and simple. Don’t turn this into something it isn’t.

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“I will be wearing purple on October 23rd”

By Senator Diane Allen, R-Burlington | The Save Jersey Blog

purple ribbon domestic violenceMany people use fashion as an outlet to express themselves. The clothes we wear are unquestionably one of the most visible statements we can make in daily life. That is why I will be wearing purple on October 23rd (“Purple Thursday”) as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have called on my colleagues in the legislature to wear purple, the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness, and now I am urging all New Jersey residents to do the same.

Domestic violence has been brought to the forefront of the nation’s attention in recent weeks. While high-profile cases involving professional athletes or other famous persons make headlines, there are acts of domestic violence happening right now – many in homes that you would never suspect. Domestic violence knows no age, race, gender, level of education or economic status. It affects millions of people all across our country each year. On a typical day in America, there are more than 20,000 phone calls made to domestic violence hotlines. Every minute, twenty-four people are victims of intimate partner violence (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). During one year, this equates to more than ten million women and men.

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Bell Doubles-Down: SCOTUS “Completely Incoherent”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

supreme court 2012Say what you want about Jeff Bell’s strategy, Save Jerseyans, but the guy isn’t afraid to double-down on his socially-conservative views in a time and cycle where that’s not the most popular page in the Republican Party playbook.

He continued to do so on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear legal challenges to gay marriage in the strongest possible terms.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to refuse to take these appeals is completely incoherent. Just 16 months ago, the Court said states have a right to define marriage in their own way,” said Bell in a statement. “Now the court allows lower federal courts to rule this supposed right out of bounds. The court should get its act together, or else none of its decisions will provide any predictability to the states or to our legal system.”

Bell’s comments came as clerks in North Carolina and Alaska began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Gay marriage has been de facto legal in the Garden State for about one year now.

 

Christie to NAACP: “Sinners” in Both Parties

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie’s Saturday NAACP talk hit on familiar themes, Save Jerseyans, ones which he’s expected to carry into his presidential campaign with the expectation of echoing (repeating might be too big of a climb) the electoral breadth of his 2013 Garden State victory. “I don’t think second chances are just the domain of Democrats or Republicans,” Christie told the membership luncheon attendees gathered at the Hilton Parsippany. “Because from my perspective, we have sinners and wrongdoers aplenty in both parties.”

Here’s the full speech (it runs a little over half an hour):

What’s More Offensive Than Jeff Bell?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

single motherThe feeding frenzy is fully underway, Save Jerseyans. You knew it was only a matter of time.

They refused to even acknowledge his existence for most of the Election 2014 cycle. But now that he’s opened wide and put his foot in his mouth? Get ready for everyone to trip over themselves to pin the tail on the misogynist!

“I’ve done a lot of thinking about this and looked at a lot of different polls, I think it has more to do with the rise in single women,” Jeff Bell, a Reagan era politico seeking to unseat Cory Booker (D-Twitter), told the Asbury Park Press during a recent interview when the topic of his polling position came up in the conversation. “Single mothers particularly are automatically Democratic because of the benefits. They need benefits to survive, and so that kind of weds them to the Democratic Party.”

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N.J. Abortion Doc Loses License

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Baby in WombThere’s some justice in this wicked, twisted world of ours, Save Jerseyans. It’s just very rare, so go ahead and enjoy it when you encounter it.

An example: after a multi-year legal saga, New Jersey’s Board of Medical Examiners voted to revoke the medical license of Steven C. Brigham on Wednesday night.

What did he supposedly do? Well, let’s say he’s not quite as prolific as Kermit Gosnell but no less evil…

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Obliterating Belgard’s Wage Gap Angle

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’ve written extensively about equal pay mythology, Save Jerseyans, but since Democrat lightweight Aimee Belgard is dusting off and trotting out this ultimate non-issue in her latest NJ-03 campaign advertising, I think it’s time to fight fire with fire and revisit the topic with a helpful visual aid…

There’s a lot of ignorance (and filth) out there. Fight back! This informative video is a good start; share it with an undecided female voter in your life:

Christie to Address the NAACP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

chris christieHere’s one to watch, Save Jerseyans:

Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address at this upcoming Saturday’s NAACP New Jersey State Convention Membership Luncheon at the Hilton Parsippany.

It’s hard to view a prominent Republican’s speech offered at an event hosted by our country”s preeminent ideologically-liberal minority organization outside of the context of 2016. Mitt Romney addressed the national NAACP in 2012; that candidate’s speech was widely debated in the press for a full week. Christie can be expected to discuss his educational and drug/criminal justice reform initiatives (among other topics).

We’ll let you know what happens…

Toll Worker Banned From Saying God Bless You?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

From CBS New York:

NJ-03: Equal Pay in a Moral Vacuum

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur belgard debate

Photo credit: MacArthur for Congress

I’ve devoted a lot of digital ink to explaining why equal pay “mythology” has no place in the mainstream political discourse. Bad statistics, manipulated statistics, and culture mores exert a larger impact on gender pay inequities – to the extent they even still exist – than any species of discrimination.

But Democrats need to campaign on something, right? They sure as hell can’t run on their President’s record. So intellectual lightweights like Amiee Belgard resurrect bad arguments and try to beat their opponents over the head with them.

Here’s one exchange from Friday’s NJ-03 debate that’s particularly telling:

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Rand Paul: Silent Star of Booker’s 1st TV Ad?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Screenshot from Cory Booker's first TV #njsen spot, "True"

Screenshot from Cory Booker’s first TV #njsen spot, “True”

He isn’t explicitly mentioned, Save Jerseyans, and you never see his curly hair or slight frame in the first campaign TV spot of 2014 released by Cory Booker (D-Twitter), but a rudimentary Google search sets the issue to rest:

Cory is talking about his buddy… Rand.

“I mean it, and I did it,” Booker brags in the 30-second spot.

Did what? There’s a few things in the fire (e.g. he teamed with Tim Scott of SC on the LEAP Act), but Booker and Senator Paul made headlines and raised eyebrows when the odd couple partnered to support criminal justice reforms in the realm of “non-violent” drug crime. Interestingly, the move put Paul squarely in opposition with Booker’s 2014 general election opponent, Jeff Bell, who advocates a more traditional conservative approach to social issues ranging from drugs to gay marriage.

Click here to watch it.

 

RNC Profiles Rodriguez-Gregg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In an effort to remind people that the GOP isn’t just a bunch of pissed off old white guys complaining about their taxes, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seizing upon Hispanic Heritage Month to profile Republican Hispanic lawmakers around the country. One of this week’s honorees was our very own Asw. Maria Rodriquez-Gregg (R-8) of Burlington County: 

There’s more dimensions to our New Jersey Republican coalition than some would lead you to believe, Save Jerseyans, partly because “we” have rarely done a good job of showcasing it. Hopefully that’s starting to change; here’s a run-down of this year’s extremely diverse NJ GOP House candidates in case you missed it…

 

Belgard Attacks MacArthur… for Helping Young Pregnant Women?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Yup, you read that correctly.

Democrat Aimee Belgard is actually criticizing Republican Tom MacArthur for donating $24,000 to a non-profit, North Jersey-based charity that helps pregnant women contemplate alternatives to abortion… a donation made in his deceased child’s name!

Background: MacArthur’s own charitable foundation, In God’s Hands Charitable Foundation, contributed the funds to 1st Choice Women’s Health Center back in 2012. The organization operates crisis pregnancy centers in Morristown, Jersey City, Newark and Montclair, providing a variety of services ranging from counseling and emergency contraception information to ultrasounds and STD screenings. But since they’re not fans of abortion, Aimee Belgard is foaming at the mouth over it…

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