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Casino Workers Endorse LoBo; Hughes Turns to Fast Eddie

By Irwin Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo Credit: Atlantic County GOP

Photo Credit: Atlantic County GOP

We’re all about the free market here at Save Jersey but jeez, a little state loyalty is appreciated, too! Here’s the latest from NJ-02, Save Jerseyans, besides Saturday’s headquarters grand opening. What follows is Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s response to his opponent’s Ftriday fundraiser with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, the man who single-handedly pushed through gambling in the Keystone State, a development that significantly contributed to Atlantic City’s decline:

“It is brazen hypocrisy that Bill Hughes Jr. can hold a press conference one day confessing his solidarity with casino workers and their families impacted by the recent closures, but then rub elbows and collect campaign contributions from the Pennsylvania Governor who instituted gaming at our borders,” LoBiondo said.

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LoBo Opens HQ in Mays Landing

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The frost isn’t quite on the pumpkin yet, Save Jerseyans, but we woke up today to falling leaves and continued cooler temperatures. Fall has arrived! And campaigns across New Jersey are entering their final stages.

Incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R-2) opened his Mays Landing Harding Highway campaign headquarters on Saturday morning flanked by Atlantic County GOP allies; the seat is considered a ‘solid R’ by experts but his Democrat challenger just hit the airwaves with an attack ad:

UPDATE: Bramnick Goes to Bat for Shaneen Allen; Christie Won’t Act Pre-Adjudication

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie bridgegate presserUpdate: Our old friend Art Gallagher of MMM reached out to Chris Christie’s front office to see whether he’d intervene in the case now; he was told by the Governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, that the pardon power is “only available once a case is adjudicated and upon formal request to the governor for consideration.” It’s an interesting question and, to the best of my knowledge, preemptive pardons are completely acceptable at the federal level with precedent for it going back to 1866. I welcome all of you amateur state constitutional experts out there to dive into Article II Section II.1 and render your own opinion regarding the state of the gubernatorial prerogative right here in New Jersey…

Original: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick sounded every bit like the seasoned defense attorney that he is is during a snap press conference at the State House on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, speaking out in favor of a GOP bill that would grant greater judicial discretion in situation analogous to that of Philadelphia mother Shaneen Allen.  

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Breaking Down the New NJ-03 Polling

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgard and macarthurWe’ve got two polls to digest today out of NJ-03, Save Jerseyans. We’ll take’em one at a time.

The first is a DCCC poll (as slanted and self-interested as they come) showing Tom MacArthur (R) three points up on Aimee Belgard (D), 46% to 43%. The DCCC model relies heavily on super-sized Dem turnout from a Cory Booker (D-Twitter) turnout operation which, to date, I haven’t seen any evidence of. He simply doesn’t need to buy that kind of a win this year; no one thinks he’s in that kind of danger.

Always take committee polling for what it is – a fundraising tool (I received an email touting the “results” not long after the news broke on Monday afternoon). I don’t blame’em for it. They’re doing their job. I just don’t see much positive news for Belgard to celebrate when her prime backer’s results show her (1) behind despite a full summer of rough ads attacking her opponents and, more amazingly, (2) a 10-point drop-off between the top of the ticket (Booker) and herself.

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Van Drew Owes Fiocchi an Apology

By Irwin Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

So I’m back from summer vacation, Save Jerseyans, and I ain’t happy.

In fact, I’m angry.

I read about Senator Jeff Van Drew’s appointing 25 people to the 1st District Economic task force. About how Van Drew made himself chair. About how he made Assemblyman Fluff Andrzejczak vice-chair.

And how he snubbed Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi by not only excluding Fiocchi’s 30 plus years of private sector from the task force for purely political reasons, but with these wildly inaccurate statements regarding Fiocchi‘s shock at being excluded:

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(UPDATED): Atlantic County Prosecutor Reconsiders Shaneen Allen Case?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Update

Shaneen Allen’s attorney Evan Nappen fills in NRA News on a promising development – and expresses cautious optimism – surrounding his client’s ongoing legal saga in Atlantic County:

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Shore GOP Pushes Back Against Dems Over North Jersey Casinos

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

casino protestThe Jersey Shore GOP is waging a 3-cycle war at the moment, Save Jerseyans, precipitated by the distressed Atlantic City casino industry.

Our friend Michael Donohue, chairman of the Cape May GOP, took direct aim at one of Election 2017 likely top political targets, state Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) who, back in the summer months, publicly shared his belief that North Jersey casinos were inevitable (Why an incumbent in a swing district populated by casino workers thought THAT was a good idea is beyond me, but whether it’s foolishness or hubris at play here, Whelan seems predisposed to go along with the state Democrat consensus

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Unequal Justice in Atlantic County

By Irwin Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Shaneen Allen and family (left) and Ray Rice (right): why does Atlantic County's Prosecutor think she's more dangerous?

Shaneen Allen and family (left) and Ray Rice (right): why does Atlantic County’s Prosecutor think she’s more dangerous?

Most of America was rightfully shocked and angry on Monday, Save Jerseyans, they they got their first look at the leaked video of Ray Rice knocking his (now) wife unconscious with one vicious and cowardly act in a Revel elevator.

Now Rice is shut down… not unlike the Revel. And understandably, after seeing this video, most of America has questions about not the incident itself but the aftermath. Like why the hell is Ray Rice not in jail right?

The answer is because Jim McClain, Atlantic County’s Prosecutor, decided to let Ray Rice into a pretrial intervention program (PTI), a one year class which will allow Rice to avoid jail time AND have all charges dismissed. Who he thinks DOES NOT qualify for PTI is equally interesting.

Let’s break this down step-by-step. Here are McClain‘s thoughts on the PTI decision, according to the Press of Atlantic City (via Fox News):

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Report: MGM Rolls Dice in A.C.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

atlantic city skylineHere’s an interesting development in the ongoing saga of Atlantic City, Save Jerseyans, on the same day as Governor Chris Christie’s “summit” over at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

South Jersey’s Harry Hurley reported Monday morning that MGM Resorts International is seeking re-licensure to do business in the legendary Jersey Shore resort as indicated by its presence on this Wednesday’s New Jersey Casino Control Commission Agenda.

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Is Summer ‘Over’ On Monday? HELL NO!

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

jersey shore beachRepeat after me:

SUMMER DOES NOT END UNTIL SEPTEMBER 23.

The whole notion that summer begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day is something that was dreamed up by the media and/or the travel industry. And it’s a lie.

Because the calendar (and the seasons themselves) tell a whole different story.

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Christie: ‘No’ to Open Space Question

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Plenty of his fellow Republicans voted YEA and, so I’m told, the addition of a costly open space preservation question to this year’s ballot was critical to winning liberal legislative votes for bail reform, a top administration priority. All the same, Governor Chris Christie took a break from celebrating Sandy recovery efforts in Sea Bright on Thursday to answer a number of press inquiries ranging from pension management allegations to his opposition to the latest open space scheme:

The Golden Goose is Gasping for Air

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

golden eggAtlantic City received yet another reality check this week, Save Jerseyans, with the news that the A.C. metro region experienced the single largest employment drop of any U.S. metropolitan area last month over July 2013.

That’s a 3,600 employee loss; by contrast, Nevada’s Clark County (home to Las Vegas) added 25,700 jobs.

Like I said on Sunday: New Jersey politicians will underestimate this problem at their own peril

That peril extends to those of us living outside of the legendary Shore resort’s metro area.

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Christie to Raise Cash Over Eggs for MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Governor Chris Christie is stepping up his in-state fundraising this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and the latest beneficiary will be the Republican candidate fighting to retain this year’s most competitive Garden State House seat: Tom MacArthur.

He’s heading to Toms River on Thursday morning for a breakfast at the Route 9 Ramada hotel; it’s happening between out-of-state fundraising trips on behalf of RGA-backed candidates. Next up in the coming weeks: North Carolina, South Carolina and a trade mission to Mexico.

MacArthur opponent Aimee Belgard, one of the only non-incumbents in modern Congressional history to dodge debate challenges, dropped her own e-mail fundraising appeal on the eve of Christie’s Ocean County visit. “Governor Chris Christie’s coming to the district in just 24 HOURS,” it reads. “Why? He plans to rake in thousands of dollars for Aimee’s radical right-wing opponent.”

Yawn…

Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02’s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates:

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Atlantic City: Too Big to Save?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Boardwalk Empire (photo credit: HBO)

Boardwalk Empire (photo credit: HBO)

HBO’s Boardwalk Empire will wrap up this fall, Save Jerseyans, five seasons into a series that launched with critical acclaim but is slated to end amid sober commentary concluding “it’s for the best.” The plot became tired and repetitive. The characters stop developing and evolving. And the initial thrill of its unique period-era theme failed to stand up against its contemporary artistic competition.

We can’t continue to kid ourselves where Atlantic City is concerned. Even Nucky saw the writing on the wall. Many years after the real life seaside emperor was dead and buried, the expression “too big to fail” entered America’s political lexicon during the financial crisis of 2008 as banks, large corporations and, later, car manufacturers received large taxpayer-financed bailouts because, we were told, they were “too big to fail.”  Atlantic City ventures have certainly received their fair share of tax dollars, either directly or through tax breaks, over the past few decades. It didn’t work (in case you’ve been living under a rock and missed the cascade of casino closures in the news).

We’ve subsidized a bad business model with disastrous consequences. That’s not to say there aren’t positive things that can be done tomorrow. The real question: is Atlantic City now too big to save? CONTINUE READING….