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Booker Celebrates “Hero” Carter

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I know it’s customary to say nice things about old people on the occasion of a milestone birthday, Save Jerseyans, but don’t you think this one is a little… overboard? Even for the King of Twitter?

Hero? Hmm. I wonder if Cory Booker (D-Twitter) is referring to Jimmy Carter’s “heroic” antisemitism? Sweater-wearing plan to combat an epic energy crisis? Bending over backwards for Iran? One wonders… I’m racking my brain over here…


“Those People Deserve to Have Their Heads Taken Off”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I was the first to discuss Team Christie’s bid to revive the GOP’s “compassionate conservatism” strategy since, as you well know, Save Jersey was tracking Chris Christie’s every move before it was cool. You’re welcome.

The mainstream types are starting to clue in. Wednesday’s “CBS This Morning” ran an interview featuring Gayle King interviewing Chris Christie; his Tuesday heroin event in Newark was the primary topic but his weight, 2016, President Obama’s handling of ISIS (hint: CJC isn’t impressedand the Guv’s attitude (or said another way, how he chooses when it’s appropriate to dole out Christie-style verbal wrath and retribution) inevitably entered into the discussion…

Watch below the fold:


Clinton Leads Christie By 10 in N.J.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

hillary-clinton-and-chris-christieThat’s according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, Save Jerseyans.

Garden State women are the decisive factor in Clinton’s 10-point leads (50% to 40%); while Christie narrowly wins New Jersey men, 46% to 43%, women go for Clinton by a staggering 20-point margin, 56% to 36%, and Clinton posts a significant yet much smaller leader among the crucial independent voter category (46% to 40%).

“Gov. Christopher Christie gives former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton more of a battle in New Jersey, but a huge lead among women voters keeps the lady from Chappaqua, New York, ahead of the home- state governor,” said Maurice Carroll, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.


The Q poll surveyed 1,475 registered New Jersey voters between 9/25 and 9/29 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

Christie, Kasich Rally in Ohio

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In between stumping for Scott Walker on Monday and flying back home for a Newark drug addiction summit on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Chris Christie joined incumbent Gov. John Kasick (R-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) for a rally days before the key 2016 state will begin casting ballots in its 2014 gubernatorial et. al. election (he isn’t in any danger; the latest poll showed him leading the Democrat challenger by 30-points).

They’re RGA BFFs, so says Kasich:


Christie in WI: “This One is Personal”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s hard to count out Chris Christie when you hear him on the stump, Save Jerseyans, like on Monday in Wisconsin:

Christie vs. Michelle Obama in Wisconsin

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A sample of Monday morning’s local news in one of 2014’s busiest political battlegrounds…

Christie’s RGA just went live with an ad aimed at the Democrat challenger, Mary Burke, who in addition to being a lefty loon is also allegedly a plagiarist:

Christie in WI, OH; NJ Dems Attempt Veto Override

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

October arrives this week, Save Jerseyans, and Captain Clutch may be retired but the political world is kicking into high gear.

Governor Chris Christie is heading to Wisconsin and Ohio on Monday; he’ll attend events for Governor Scott Walker and Governor John Kasich, respectively, at a time when the former is clinging to a slim lead and the latter is leading in polls by Christie ’13 margins.

That’s good news for the RGA Chairman. Less good? A potential override of an absolute veto back on the home-front.


Snyder and Christie Tackle Detroit

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie has invoked Detroit (quite rightly) as a warning to New Jerseyans concerning what could happen if the state’s pension system goes belly-up. He traveled to Detroit on Friday to campaign with incumbent Governor Rick Snyder (nursing a narrow but consistent polling lead) and discuss his RGA-backed candidate’s efforts to engage his state’s notoriously distressed and blighted urban center:

Want Accurate Christie Reporting? Fat Chance!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Keep in mind before you watch the video below: this is the same American media that crucified the Bush Administration for “lying” about weapons of mass destruction, Save Jerseyans, yet these same media outlets can’t even accurately source and report whether Chris Christie is still facing federal charges or, in the case of the NYT, how much weight he’s lost…

From Christie campaigning in Connecticut (via ABC News):

Gun Grabbers Protest Christie in CT

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie got this one 100% right, Save Jerseyans, so the bedwetters who protested him in Connecticut on Tuesday will just have to deal. It isn’t hurting RGA-backed candidate Tom Foley who continues to out-poll the Democrat incumbent by a narrow but significant margin not all-too-dissimilar to Christie’s own position back in 2009…

Hillary’s Worshipful Letters to Alinsky Revealed

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Hillary and ObamaBelow find the complete text of a worshipful letter that Hillary Clinton wrote in 1971 to left-wing radical Saul Alinsky.

Through their correspondence, Hillary had already come to be on a first name basis with one of the most notorious leftists in America.

This previously unpublished correspondence between Clinton and Alinsky reveals new details about the relationship between the two and sheds light on her early ideological development.

In fact, Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968.


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.


Christie Barnstorms in N.H.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

November is coming, Save Jerseyans, so Governor Chris Christie was back in the Granite State this week stumping for Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown. New Hampshire remains a critically important state for Chris Christie in 2014 (and 2016). Christie’s RGA put big money into the state and, as first reported by Save Jersey, key Christie operatives are on the ground.

Sights and sounds:

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.


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:


Keep’em At Your Sides Next Time, Guv!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The opening of a Jersey City drug treatment center isn’t particularly controversial, Save Jerseyans, and the event itself was attended by members of both parties (drug sentencing reform has been a cornerstone of Governor Christie’s anti-crime and economic policies; I’m less of a fan of the watered-down “ban the box” legislation). No harm no foul with a little non-partisan interaction, right?

Still, politics is a game of optics, and it isn’t always a fair game truth be told, so I can’t help but imagine this photograph, snapped by Jennifer Brown for The Record, showing up in a 2016 GOP primary attack ad…

Can you see it in your mind’s eye? First “the hug” and, now, the hands! Silly? Maybe. But since when was politics not silly? Oof… you can tell how uncomfortable he feels: