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WSJ: Christie’s Problem Isn’t Bridgegate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie with flagHow long have I been telling you this, Save Jerseyans?

If our old friend Governor Chris Christie is truly “done” for 2016, something which I maintain is awfully premature given the volatility of the contemporary GOP and the weakness of its field, then it’s going to be as a result of the base’s problems with his record, not necessarily concerns over the artificially-inflated Bridgegate scandal barring a massive surprise from the federal grand jury.

The Wall Street Journal‘s James Freeman agreed with my assessment on Wednesday:

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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

Carson Coming to Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ben CarsonAnother potential 2016 presidential contender is coming through the Garden State, Save Jerseyans.

Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and NY Times Best-Selling Author who made national headlines by criticizing Obamacare (to the President’s face) at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, will serve as the keynote speaker at the May 16th New Jersey Right to Life annual banquet in New Brunswick.

Click here for event registration information.

Dr. Carson continues to stir the passions of many conservatives searching for a leader in a muddled primary field. He recently finished 3rd in a New Hampshire GOP straw poll and tied for 4th in an Iowa public poll. The Super PAC RunBenRun.org reportedly “raised $4 million toward a Carson bid for the Republican nomination and has collected 200,000 signatures for a petition to get him to join the race.”

 

Iowa Overboard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

titanic-sinking

By both definitions of the word?

Context: Governor Christie told Diane Sawyer last month that “they love me in Iowa,” Save Jerseyans, but a new Suffolk University poll out Wednesday strongly suggested that the steady drumbeat of Bridgegate news, manufactured or not, is close to ending the presidential aspirations of the man who these same polls reported could give the GOP its best chance of defeating Hilldawg in 2016.

Or not…

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Jeb On Christie and “Winning”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

More than a few significant GOP donors believe Jeb Bush should be the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential if Governor Chris Christie is unable to recover from Bridgegate. These money men and women would tell you that they’re not so much concerned by problems with the Bush brand as with polls showing most other GOP potential nominees (Paul, Rubio, Cruz, etc.) trailing Hillary Clinton by wide margins.

With all of that in mind, the former Florida governor went out of his way to make it abundantly clear over the weekend at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of his father’s administration that his views – on issues ranging from illegal immigration to “winning the election vs. the argument” – are very much in-line with Christie’s own (if not a large segment of the base):

 

Christie’s RGA is Making it Rain

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie listens to a resident’s question in Belmar. March 25, 2014 MMM photo/Art Gallagher. Click for larger view.

Governor Chris Christie listens to a resident’s question in Belmar. March 25, 2014 MMM photo/Art Gallagher. Click for larger view.

Governor Chris Christie may have just had his best week of 2014, Save Jerseyans, or at least since January 9th.

We found out on Thursday that the Republican Governors Association (RGA) had posted a whopping $23.5 million in donations for the first quarter of 2014 (January 1st through March 31st), an achievement which is almost 3x better than its previous record high of $9.1 million.

Since Christie took over last November, the RGA raked in $33 million.

The slow bleed which has characterized his post-Bridgegate polling position, both in New Jersey and nationally, appears to have stopped. A new Quinnipaic poll found him nipping at Hillary Clinton’s heels in Virginia and outperforming all other hypothetical GOP contenders (though another survey showed voters opinions remained cooled). A fresh Monmouth University poll pegged his approval rating at just above 50% or roughly where it was the prior month.

Light at the end of the tunnel? Or just the eye of the storm? It may be the former provided that whatever the U.S. Attorney ultimately concludes doesn’t differ materially from the Governor’s internal investigation…

 

Christie vs. “Internet Blog BS”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Sohail Mohammed

Sohail Mohammed

Remember the name “Sohail Mohammed” going forward, Save Jerseyans. Rightly or wrongly, the Indian-American Muslim serving as a New Jersey state trial judge is going to remain a hot topic for as long as Governor Chris Christie remains a 2016 GOP primary contender.

I’d submit “wrongly.” There isn’t much legitimate reason for concern. None, actually. Criticism of Judge Mohammed centers around the fact that, in private practice, he defended some pretty shady people in the aftermath of 9/11. Critics, many of whom love quoting their pocket constitutions, conveniently (and ironically) forget the Sixth Amendment’s right to assistance of counsel for criminal defendants.

Most importantly, Mohammed in his capacity as a family court jurist hasn’t issued any rulings which suggest that he’d ever substitute fealty to the Constitution and state law for Sharia. 

But good luck relying on facts and logic, folks, when the scrutinized party’s patron is a candidate for president…

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How Crimea Could Help Christie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)

Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)

The world is on fire, Save Jerseyans. In case you hadn’t noticed. 

My fellow Americans seemed distressingly willing to give President Obama a partial pass on Libya and Syria since that portion of the globe is constantly inflamed and, after all, it’s clearly a product of George Bush’s instigation. Right?

Unfortunately for the DNC and DCCC, the unchecked resurgence of Russian territorial ambitions is a little harder to push off on their leader’s predecessor. There isn’t an American alive who can remember a peaceful Middle East. Most Americans (myself included) can remember watching the Berlin Wall crumble on live television.

Ronald Reagan liberated Eastern Europe. Barack Obama is giving it back.

Obvious points aside, our President’s weakness could be an opportunity for more than just the Putin. There’s a potential silver-lining for the GOP primary field’s hobbled former front runner, too…

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Christie Nabs 2nd Place in NH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Police_Station,_Nashua,_NH

Here are the restults of Satuday’s Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire, Save Jerseyans:

Rand Paul – 15%

Chris Christie – 13%

Ben Carson – 11%

Rick Santorum – 11%

Scott Walker – 11%

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Iowa Poll: Bridgegate Blues

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

des moines register

Des Moines Register above the fold.

Bad polling news at home in a blue state isn’t easy to take, Save Jerseyans, but a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll could prove decidedly more problematic for a Bridgegate-battered GOP Governor looking to go national. Some excerpts:

  • “57 percent of Iowa adults disapprove of the way Christie, the New Jersey governor and one of the most-talked-about potential 2016 presidential candidates, has handled the controversy.”
  • “Another 25 percent approve, and 18 percent say they’re not sure, according to the Feb. 23-26 poll of 703 Iowa adults.”
  • Republicans in Iowa are a little more understanding: 47 percent disapprove of how Christie has dealt with the controversy surrounding his staff’s involvement in closing lanes on the heavily trafficked George Washington Bridge last fall as retaliation for a mayor’s refusal to support his re-election bid. Thirty-four percent approve.”

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Coulter Gets It Half Right

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ann Coulter offered up a few good points in her CPAC interview with Sean Hannity, Save Jerseyans, including a critique of the mob mentality of those conservatives going after Mitch McConnell in this year’s Kentucky Primary.

Her critique of Chris Christie’s CPAC address? Or more precisely, her analysis of the reaction? Half right:

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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…

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Live Stream: Christie at CPAC

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Fox News is carrying a live-stream of CPAC 2014 on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, including Governor Chris Christie’s much anticipated address at 11:45 a.m. Today’s speech comes on the heels of a brand new WashPo/ABC poll which found the RGA chieftain’s popularity down significantly relative to the rest of the probable 2016 presidential race field.

Click below:

cpac 2014

 

Clinton Leads Christie in NJ, VA & NY

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

hillary-clinton-and-chris-christieThe “big” 2016 news on Tuesday consisted of three new polls, Save Jerseyans, each showing Governor Chris Christie trailing Hillary “Hilldawg” Clinton by significant margins in three separate states.

Two aren’t surprising (albeit disappointing). One is much more concerning.

The joint venture of Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey, and Siena College in New York found the former Secretary of State leading New Jersey’s top Republican by 8 points, 10 points and 36 points, respectively. A dissenting Virginia survey from Christopher Newport University dropped Monday found a statistical tie with Clinton ahead 43% to 41%.

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Serious Health Concerns Swirl Around Hillary

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Hillary's infamous Benghazi testimony

Hillary’s infamous Benghazi testimony

More and more we are reading and hearing information that leads us to believe Hillary Clinton may not run in 2016.

Of course, every politician always wants to keep all his/her options open.

And, if nothing else Hillary is an adept politician. So, don’t expect Mrs. Clinton to show her hand anytime soon – not if she doesn’t have to.

But rumors persist about her health. These all surround the blood clot that she suffered as well as concerns about a possible brain tumor or minor stroke. On top of all that, everybody agrees that she seems worn out.

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Q Poll: Hilldawg Tops Christie in OH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

hillary-clinton-and-chris-christieHillary “Hilldawg” Clinton is on top of Governor Chris Christie in Ohio, Save Jerseyans, racking up a 49 – 36 percent lead in the latest Quinnipiac survey results released Thursday.

Clinton led 42% to 41% at the end of November 2013.

Here’s how the other contenders fared:

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