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Category: Foreign Policy

Christie on Hickox’s Quarantine: “If it’s good enough for our men and women in uniform…”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Yessss! More unassailable logic (and strong words directed at the Obama Administration) from Governor Chris Christie during Wednesday’s multi-county Sandy anniversary tour as the media continues to entertain the extended-temper tantrum of nurse Kaci “the Brat” Hickox:

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After Ottawa, we must realize that we are the militia

Predictions for what happens next after Ottawa

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

Kevin Vickers (Photo credit: Fox News)

Kevin Vickers: Hero! (Photo credit: Fox News)

What happened yesterday in Ottawa is a horrible, terrible act of terrorism. Open, ordered, consensus-oriented Canada has been attacked by a home-grown jihadi who was mentally unstable and had a long criminal record.

A Canadian soldier was killed by a terrorist who shall remain nameless – whether he was a lone gunman or had accomplices is still under investigation –  who was then killed himself by Kevin Vickers, the parliamentary sergeant-at-arms and a retired member of the RCMP. He’s the hero of the day.

Some observations on what will come of this:

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Bell, Lance Call for Ebola Travel Ban

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport

The AP (hardly a conservative think tank) is reporting that African countries are stemming the spread of Ebola by closing their borders.

You and I know how around 40% of the illegals in THIS country arrive legally… then simply vanish.

So wouldn’t temporary travel restrictions for Ebola-stricken countries make sense right now, Save Jerseyans? Given everything that’s going on? And the risks associated with one of the deadliest diseases known to man loose on our home soil? One which the CDC seems woefully ill-prepared to confront?

No! Say the Democrats who remain more obsessed with fealty to political correctness than their duty to defend our homeland. Like Sheila Jackson Lee who, bless her heart, doesn’t seem to understand that quarantines are supposed to precede the outbreak.

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October Surprise: If Baghdad Falls…

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Baghdad_Red_zoneI was on my high school senior trip in Disney World when Baghdad fell to American forces during the Second Gulf War.

Now here we are, not even six full years into the Obama presidency, and the Pentagon is reportedly predicting that Baghdad WILL fall to ISIS insurgents in the coming weeks without the intervention of ground troops. It sure as heck doesn’t look like our allies are planning to do anything without our lead.

Can anyone say mission creep??? And so much for leading from behind! What a disaster. One that even hardened Democrats are openly admitting was avoidable.

You and I know what we SHOULD do here. The million-dollar compound question: what will Obama actually do? If anything? And how will his response (or non-response) impact the midterm elections if Baghdad falls before Americans vote?

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Lance Looks Abroad in New TV Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Barack Obama wasn’t interested in foreign policy when he assumed the presidency in January 2009, Save Jerseyans. Transforming America would be enough, he reasoned, to transform hearts and minds overseas.

Oops.

Now those issues are once again unavoidable thanks, in large part, to 6 years of neglect; the clock has been turned back. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen national security-themed ads in House races but, for the aforementioned reasons, here’s one out today from Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07):

The script is below the fold…

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America’s Security? We Warned You Six Years Ago!

By Dan Cirucci | The Save Jersey Blog

KidsRunningOnBeachX260We are now in a situation where it’s quite clear that we have a president and an administration that are complacent about America’s security.

In fact, on all fronts our security clearly seems threatened.
Russia and Putin are emboldened. The Middle East is in chaos. Isis is on the march and showing no signs of buckling. Militant Islam is stronger than ever, threatening world order at every turn. China and Russia are newly amorous and China is threatening offshore islands and ignoring pleas for democracy from Hong Kong. The Ebola virus has come to America. Millions of illegal immigrants continue to pour into our country as our borders remain porous. The Secret Service can’t seem to protect our own president much less carry out the other aspects of its job. Our privacy and freedoms are under siege from agencies of our own government including the IRS and the NSC. And, our traditional allies are now wary of America and unwilling to commit to new ventures.

Are you surprised? Are you?

We’re not.

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Cho Hasn’t Moved Beyond Photo Ops

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.We’re already grappling with a selfie presidency, Save Jerseyans.

Why would we want another selfie congressman?

NJ-05 Challenger Roy Cho apparently hopes you’re willing to give it a try. He’s a committed liberal, no doubt about it, but I’ve also said that he’s a “false choice” because he either (1) stakes out positions to make himself seem more palatable – like backing Israel and demonstrating it with a visit – but his rhetoric won’t amount to anything given his party’s growing anti-Israel orientation, or (2) he goes radio silent altogether.

Even as our men and women head into harm’s way?

Re: point #2, I spent a little time last night perusing his website and social media pages for any reference to ISIS, ISIL, or whatever else the White House is calling our current military target this week. I found nothing.

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Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Veteran Care

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

The James J. Howard Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Brick, New Jersey

The James J. Howard Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Brick, New Jersey

This is part five of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read parts one (cutting taxes and red tape), two (natural gas), three (wind power unit production) and four (aquaculture) if you haven’t already.

For the benefit of those of you who don’t have South Jersey’s population demographics data memorized, Southern New Jersey is home to large percentage of New Jersey’s nearly half-million veterans, significantly more than most areas of the state. This is a direct result of 1) indigenous individuals from the area who serve and decided to come back and 2) veterans from other parts of the country who retire to South Jersey, often to the Shore points.

They haven’t found a strong job market.

Currently, many of these same veterans must travel to VA facilities and hospitals in Delaware or Maryland for certain vital kinds of treatment, as much as 5 or 6 hours away. That’s ridiculous. And there’s a simple win-win solution staring us right in the face…

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Anti-Colonialism Aside, Obama Endorses U.K. via Twitter

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Colonialism Défense de Rorke's DriftPresident Barack Obama is an ideological guy, Save Jerseyans. No one disputes that. And his far-left worldview makes him predisposed to blame most of the world’s problems on the colonial powers (and their progeny – like us). Consider his ill-fated backing for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi in Egypt. Morsi’s predecessor was propped up by western powers (primarily us) and, to the President, that meant he was worthy of deposition. Look how that turned out.

So was the President mugged by global reality (or taking leave of his instincts) prior to tweeting THIS:

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Christie and Cuomo vs. ISIS

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to strategize another possible-to-imminent war kinetic action micro-aggressive response (?), Save Jerseyans, this time to the mounting ISIS threat. Just please don’t call it ISIS; he likes ISIL.

Whatever.

In any event, despite the fact that the Obama Administration also insists that ISIS is a regionally-contained threat (if true, then why are we fighting them?), Governor Chris Christie and his counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, huddled up on Monday to discuss their own independent review of regional security; referencing the President’s ISIS speech, the pair announced a bi-state survey of state police and homeland security efforts in New Jersey and New York. The findings are due in ten days:

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The American Jewish Community Should Join the GOP

By Joshua A. Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

David Ben-Gurion (left), Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (center) and then-Congressman John F. Kennedy (right) in 1951.

David Ben-Gurion (left), Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (center) and then-Congressman John F. Kennedy (right) in 1951.

The recent Gaza War has demonstrated that the era of bipartisan support for Israel is over. Republicans overwhelmingly sided with Israel, while Democratic leaders hemmed and hawed over every conceivable statement calculated to alienate the least amount of radical far-left, anti-Israel activists.

From Hillary Clinton’s justification of Hamas human shield tactics (“Gaza is pretty small and very densely populated”) to the FAA’s politically-motivated Israel flight ban; from the suspension of visas for Israelis to the White House condemnation of Israel for firing in the vicinity of UN-run school from which it was receiving fire; and the Obama Administration’s continued pressure on Israel to halt military operations, the Democratic Party has shown it is no friend of the Middle East’s only democracy.

On the right, even Sen. Rand Paul, the GOP’s leading proponent of “non-intervention,” voted for congressional funding for the Iron Dome defense system, which has intercepted hundreds of Hamas rockets targeting Israeli cities and civilians.

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Analyzing Christie’s Mexico Adventure

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie greets children in Mexico

Christie greets children in Mexico

His trade trip down Mexico way appears to have been a success, at least on the points.

But is it good enough? In terms of what he needed to accomplish heading into a presidential cycle? As with many things in Christie World these days, Save Jerseyans, there is no honest conclusion to be states at the moment. We just don’t know. Not yet.

The good: looking presidential by visiting another country, energetically meeting with heads of state, knowledgeably talking up free trade and forcefully (and convincingly) arguing for North American energy independence (and Keystone, by name) are all net positives for most elements of the GOP base. His decision to invoke Putin on foreign soil is a well-calculated attempt to contrast his tough-guy chops with that of the current POTUS (I’ve said before it may be his strongest play). 

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Christie Boosts Keystone, Invokes Putin in Mexico Speech

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie mexico

Photo credit: @GovChristie

Drawing a sharp contrast between himself and hypothetical GOP primary rivals, Governor Chris Christie avoided immigration and focused on areas of mutual benefit during today’s trade agreement announcement in Mexico City.

2016 is omnipresent, and I suspect Governor Perry would disagree with Governor Christie’s characterization of U.S.-Mexican relations, at least where the border is concerned. The comment about North American neighbors “respecting national sovereignty” was a head-scratcher.

“We are, as I said, fortunate to be in a peaceful neighborhood,” said the Governor, striking a diplomatic tone, “blessed by strong, deep, and cooperative relations with the governments and more importantly the peoples of both Mexico and Canada.” But except for that one sovereignty comment, he stayed clear away from the turmoil surrounding porous border and, most pressingly, concerns over potential ISIS infiltration.

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Christie Speaks in Mexico City (LIVE)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is in Mexico City on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, where he’ll live stream comments related to a ConnectAmericas investment platform trade agreement announcement at 5:00 p.m. EST.

“This partnership will serve as a facilitator in strengthening economic ties with Latin America and the Caribbean – particularly with Mexico.  As New Jersey’s second largest trading partner already, we know that expanding that relationship, and building new ties with others in the region, is incredibly important for our economy moving forward,” said Governor Christie in a statement released ahead of the formal presser. “Our joint agreement will result in greater opportunities to work together by increasing access to information as we conduct business and work on economic issues among our countries.”

You can watch it right here (below the fold) without commercial interruption or annoying commentary:

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