Banquet Banner Ad 2014

Pezzullo for Senate

sabrin-ad_savejersey (1)

Category: Immigration

License to Steal

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

licenseEach New Jersey household is already paying roughly $800 extra per year for illegal immigration, and that estimate preceded the N.J. DREAM Act.

Now Trenton Democrats want to pad the bill a little more (and swell their base’s ranks) by handing out driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. They’ve introduced A2135 to do just that.


Dancer’s DREAM Act Follow Up

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Illegal Immigration SignIn light of the N.J. Dream Act’s enactment, Save Jerseyans, Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth), who voted against the controversial legislationwants to guarantee that all New Jersey students register with the Military Selective Service.

“Now that Gov. Christie has signed a law allowing undocumented students to attend our public colleges at the in-state tuition rate, it makes sense to remind them, and all applicants, of their legal responsibilities,” said Dancer in a press release. “If you are a male between 18 and 25 and living in the country, you must register with military selective service. That’s the law.”


Webber vs. the Dream Act

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The ceremonial signing may’ve been postponed today, Save Jerseyans, but New Jersey’s Dream Act (S2479) is already the law of the land. Regrettably.

It’s worth revisiting why this law sucks on the eve of a media frenzy over the upcoming bipartisan lovefest. In case you missed it, here’s Asm. Jay Webber’s floor speech during the Assembly portion of the debate:

Part 1:

Part 2:

N.J. DREAM Act Roll Call

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

State House TrentonThis is self-explanatory, Save Jerseyans, but it’s not exactly pretty; you can also click here to read Governor Christie’s conditional veto.

Bottom line… we’ve got a LOT of work to do:

Senate - Yes {28}  No {7}  Not Voting {5} (Concurrence)

Addiego, Dawn Marie – Yes
Allen, Diane B. – Yes
Bateman, Christopher – Yes
Beach, James – Yes
Beck, Jennifer – Not Voting


Post-CV Dream Act Passes Both Chambers

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ImmigrationAn update from under the Dome:

The DREAM Act now only needs Chris Christie’s signature to become law, Save Jerseyans.

Initially,  a late decision was made Thursday afternoon to table the measure before a final floor vote to block an attempt by Scott Rumana (R-Passaic) to amend the measure…

Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the measure. The Senate (27-7) and Assembly (50-26-1) subsequently approved Governor Christie’s changes.

One day my DREAM Act — alleviating New Jerseyans’ tax burden — will come to pass. Until then, everything Trenton does just seems to piss off Moody’s, make my life more expensive, and drive more of my friends to North Carolina. Everyone under the Dome needs to wake up from their fantasy; the rest of us are stuck in a nightmare of their creation…


Christie Set to Veto DREAM Act v.1

Compromise Reportedly Developing Contingent Upon Dem Acceptance of Conditional Veto Terms

By Matt Rooney The Save Jersey Blog

Christie and Stack at Hispanic Day Parade

Updated 12:01 p.m.

As predicted, Save Jerseyans, New Jersey Democrats are forcing Governor Chris Christie’s hand on New Jersey’s latest version of the DREAM Act.

The Tuition Equality Act legislation (A-4225/S-2749) is expected to pass a full Assembly floor vote later today (Thursday), sending the controversial measure directly to the Governor’s desk at a time when the presidential aspirant is touting his ability to win Hispanic votes in “blue” territory, going so far as to host his inaugural ball on Ellis Island.

Sources confirm that it is likely to earn a conditional veto, likely with an accompanying message: “no me gusta” financial aid, too. further reports, however, that the Governor will sign a bill without financial aid provisions if the legislature accepts the conditions attached to his veto, something which they’re apparently willing to do.

Christie has repeatedly said since Election Day that he would not sign off on a bill that included financial aid language in addition to access for in-state tuition rates.


Dems Forcing Christie DREAM Veto

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ImmigrationThe consequences of the New Jersey Republican Party’s disastrous legislative cycle are starting to take their toll, Save Jerseyans.

Trenton Democrats are eagerly pursuing potential scandals and policy conflicts to hurt Chris Christie’s chance of becoming president. Their no-weaker-for-the-wear caucus feels emboldened for having survived the “wave” that never arrived.

Next up? Passing an Assembly version of the DREAM Act that they know the Governor has to veto


Christie Inaugural Set for Ellis Island

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ellis_Island_in_1905Talk about optics overload!

We learned today that the location of Governor Chris Christie’s inauguration celebration will be none other than historic Ellis Island, Save Jerseyans.

“Today, Ellis Island stands as a symbol of the hope, freedom, and promise of opportunity afforded by our state and our nation and continues to be a powerful connection for millions of Americans to their family history,” the Inaugural Committee, headed by Bill Palatucci and Todd Christie, shared in its email announcement. “Estimates suggest that nearly half of all Americans can trace their lineage to at least one ancestor who was one of the more than 12 million individuals who passed through Ellis Island during its operation as a federal immigration station. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument shared by New Jersey and New York.”

Given the Governor’s presidential prospects and his controversial recent forays into immigration politics, the choice of Ellis Island to begin his second term can’t be seen as anything other than highly symbolic and carefully calculated to send a message. Christie captured a little better than half of the Hispanic vote in last month’s gubernatorial election.

Ellis Island has, at various times, served as an oyster bed harvesting hot spot, arsenal and, most famously, and immigration station. A nice little subplot to January’s big event is the often dormant but never settled issue of whether Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are in New York or New Jersey territory. For one night at least, Save Jerseyans, it’s unambiguously within the borders of Christie Country.

Visit for more information.

A Better DREAM: Taking On Big Academia

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

UniversityWhile New Jersey debates the so-called DREAM Act, Save Jerseyans, it’s worth considering whether we’re even debating the right thing.

Put another way: should we worry about subsidizing more over-priced degrees for more kids? Or should we start tackling the price gouging itself?

You can tell where I’m going with this post. We’re being robbed! Many of America’s top college and university have built endowments in excess of $1 billion. Rutgers University is actually at the “low” end of the major institution scale with only $684.6 million as of August 31st.

They spend plenty of cash, too; Rutgers University budgeted $3.6 billion for 2013–2014 academic year, or if you need a comparison for perspective’s sake, an amount equivalent to approximately 11% of our entire New Jersey FY2014 state budget. But some of it IS your money after all: $756 million in direct state aid and other fringe benefits.


DREAM Act Enabled By Fed Legal Quirk

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Illegal Immigration SignThe New Jersey DREAM Act would incentivize illegal immigration, Save Jerseyans. It’s also illegal in of itself under federal law. Or is it?

Plenty of readers are asking this question so I’ll try to clear the air a bit or at least demonstrate from where the fog originated.

Take a quick look at 8 USC § 1623:

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident.”


Is Christie’s DREAM Over?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie was expected to sign a New Jersey version of the DREAM Act if it passed the legislature, Save Jerseyans, having reversed himself on the issue before Election 2013.

Now the Governor is saying what we already knew: the Democrat Senate bill is unacceptable in its current form (the Assembly version is different). He would not, however, rule out signing the final Assembly version.

“They’re overreaching and making it unsignable,” said Governor Christie on last night’s edition of NJ 101.5′s Ask the Governor monthly radio program, referring to the Senate bill. “Not only are there technical problems that need to be fixed, but they’re making the benefits richer than the federal program, the federal Dream Act and, um, that’s simply not acceptable for me.” Christie continued on to say that he wants “tuition equality” but believes the Senate bill would turn New Jersey into a “magnet state.”

Back in 2011, responding to a DREAM Act question at a Sayreville town hall meeting, Christie declared “I can’t favor that, because we need to have an immigration system where people follow the rules, and I can’t in a difficult time of budget constraints support the idea that we should be giving money in that regard to people who haven’t followed the rules, and take that money from people who have.”

Governor Christie discusses his take at the 50 minute mark:

Watch live streaming video from townsquaremedianj at

Trenton’s Dream? Or Nightmare?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Sweeney and Prieto“DREAM” or not, Save Jerseyans, a version of the New Jersey DREAM Act moved closer to becoming reality this week.

On Thursday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee passed the Senate’s version along party lines, 8-3, with Monmouth County’s Jennifer Beck abstaining. The GOP members’ objections cited procedural concerns or problems with the draft language itself including a loophole which could discriminate against private school students.

A vote by the full Senate is pending Monday; assuming it passes as predicted, Governor Chris Christie is expected to sign the bill after final passage in the General Assembly. You may recall that the Assembly version (A4225) was pulled last summer in order to avoid negative electoral consequences for potentially vulnerable Democrat legislative candidates. That baby is officially put to bed and all engines are a go…


If I Were King of the World

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

CrownWe are fast approaching the “dog days of summer,” Save Jerseyans, and there is no better place to pass those lazy hours than daydreaming on a beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

In the midst of my daydreaming, I came up with a Top 10 list of things that I would do if I were King of the World for one day.  The first five are serious and the next four are a little more whimsical.  Number 10 speaks for itself.

Let me know what you think…


Eck Hits Lonegan Over Illegals

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

EckI was wondering when someone would throw a punch in this thing, Save Jerseyans, and I never imagined it’d take until July 16th. But here we are!

Dr. Aleita Eck circulated a press release today calling out her NJ GOP U.S. Senate special primary (isn’t that a mouthful?) competitor, former Mayor State Lonegan, for reportedly hiring two illegal immigrants back in 2007.

At the time this story originally made headlines, Mayor Lonegan stated that he had not intended to hire illegals and that it was a mistake, calling the resulting controversy over the incident “absurd.” Eck’s release includes virtually no commentary from the candidate or her spokespersons, titled simply “Rhetoric vs. Record.” Both candidates are self-styled conservatives who have adopted relatively hard-line positions on the issue.

A recent poll showed Lonegan leading the first time candidate by 57-points ahead of the August 13th primary.

Another Lie from Frank Pallone

By Ernesto Cullari | Garden State Liberty

Frank PalloneCongressman Frank Pallone, the self-described author of Obamacare, along with his fraternity of political elitists, despite fierce opposition from a plurality of voters, hoisted the burden of Obamacare onto the shoulders of the American family. It has resulted in fulltime workers having their hours reduced, which has meant the loss of healthcare benefits for people that work in various service-oriented industries like retail and customer service. It has resulted in a nationwide spike in health insurance costs as well. Forbes estimates that the price burden on American families will vary between 34 and 80%, depending on the size of the family and the location.

It seems that Congressman Pallone and the Democratic Party are always in a rush to push more and more unvetted and unread laws into effect. The public was never given access to find out what was in the 2,400-page Obamacare law until Barack Obama signed it into law; nonetheless, many promises were made to placate our justified concerns. Pallone promised lower medical costs and more access to healthcare and all of his pledges have been proven false.


Dom Time DREAM Act Debate (VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Your Blogger-in-Chief returned to the Dom Time program last night, Save Jerseyans, to debate the DREAM Act and try to articulate why it’s a radically unfair (and counterproductive) proposition to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. The case is pretty clear to me but obviously not for all parties. Things got a little feisty at times as we discussed the ins and outs! Still, it’s always great fun on Dom Giordano’s show.

Enjoy, and please share your own thoughts on the topic in our comments section:

Part 1

The rest of the video from Tuesday’s show is below the fold…