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Democrats: Desperate to Distract in 2014

By Alyssa Lafage | Convictions of Faith

DonkeyGet ready for it people. The Democrats are gearing up their smokescreens in a desperate attempt to keep us focused on anything but the destruction they’ve caused. They don’t want to talk about the debt, or unemployment, or the economy. They definitely don’t want to talk about Obamacare! Heck, we aren’t even allowed to refer to it as Obamacare any more without offending someone. The Democrats are so desperate to distract us in 2014 that we can expect them to pull out all of their favorite arguments and narratives. 

If Republicans talk about securing the boarder, the Democrats interpret that as…

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Feds Own 3.1% of New Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The positive end to a potentially explosive Nevada cattle ranch standoff has brought about a renewed focus on federal power generally but also, specifically, the federal government’s land ownership. Uncle Sam’s vast holdings put the American Catholic Church and Ted Turner to shame.

As of 2012, according to the Congressional Research Service, “[t]he federal government owns roughly 635-640 million acres, 28% of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the United States…”

Four agencies administer 609 million acres of this land: the Forest Service (USFS) in the Department of Agriculture, and the National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), all in the Department of the Interior (DOI). Most of these lands are in the West and Alaska. In addition, the Department of Defense administers 19 million acres in military bases, training ranges, and more. Numerous other agencies administer the remaining federal acreage.

Those holdings include better than 3% of our own Garden State, Save Jerseyans (not to be confused/conflated with a reserve, like the Pine Barrens). I’m not even counting the properties controlled (or heavily regulated) by state, county and municipal governments at both ends of the Turnpike. Don’t get me started on the 50+ year old “Green Acres” program whereby Trenton forced you, me, and everyone else paying taxes in this state to buy 640,000 acres… for the government.

And given what we just saw out west, it’s worth contemplating how the militarization of America’s police agencies and government departments will impact our freedom… all to protect a desert tortoise? Don’t think it’s impossible for the feds/state to try to take your horse ranch to save a timber snake or your shore home to rescue the piping plover!

We’re living in an age where compulsory easement for sand dunes or losing your home to make way for a big box store are uncontroversial events. God help us all.

h/t Dan Cirucci:

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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.”

 

Lance Backs Ryan Budget; Lobo Votes No

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) took to the floor of the House on Thursday to express support for Concurrent Resolution 96, otherwise known as the “Path to Prosperity” championed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a measure which balances the budget in 10 years but has  nevertheless generated considerable controversy among Republicans both inside and outside of the beltway.

The measure ultimately passed narrowly, 219 to 205. Here’s the video of Rep. Lance’s brief remarks:

The key excerpt…

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Iowa Overboard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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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…

 

Rudy, Weinberg Meet the Press

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Loretta Weinberg still can’t point to a shred of evidence indicating a lack of candor on the part of Governor Chris Christie concerning his non-involvement in Bridgegate, Save Jerseyans. That, and it’s apparently “sexist” to document an alleged personal relationship between two prime targets of the investigation.

That’s all I got out of Sunday’s back-and-forth:

LoBo: CD2 Won’t Make Pelosi Speaker

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

lobo busFueled by 3 cups of coffee on Saturday morning, Save Jerseyans, I headed over to the first stop of Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s bus tour in Ocean City.

Stop #1 was a well attended event despite the early hour and pouring rain. There were numerous elected and Cape May County officials present, so I’ll just try to highlight a few (I needed 3 cups of coffee to get there, so I may not have seen everyone who was there and don’t want to unintentionally leave anyone out): Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, Freeholder Kristine Gabor, Sheriff Gary Schaffer and Ocean City Council members Mike DeVlieger and Michael Allegretto were among the elected officials who came to show the Congressman their support.

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A Vacation From Inequality

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Michelle ObamaAs millions are counting pennies and living on ramen noodles, Save Jerseyans in case you were wondering or didn’t know…

First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters, mother and an entourage of 70, are staying in a sumptuous 3,400-square-foot, $8,350-per-night suite presidential suite at a Beijing Westin hotel complete with a private steam room, ‘corner sofas with silk pillows,’ and in-room dining for six.

Judicial Watch, a watchdog group in Washington, D.C., reports that it cost more than $11 million for President and Mrs. Obama to travel to Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last December, all despite the fact that they were in Africa for less than 13 hours.

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Christie Nabs 2nd Place in NH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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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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Corzine’s Son Passes Away

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo credit: AP

Photo credit: AP

It’s being reported that former Governor Jon Corzine’s 31-year old son was found dead in the past 24 hours, Save Jerseyans. No known cause of death has yet been disclosed.

The youngest son of Chris Christie’s predecessor, Jeffrey Corzine (pictured right) was a fixture of his dad’s press conferences, including when his father was released from the hospital following a near-fatal traffic accident on the G.S. Parkway.

Horrible, horrible news. We’ve certainly given Jon Corzine plenty of well-deserved grief over the years, that’s no big secret to regular readers, but the pain he must be feeling right now is hard for anyone to fathom who hasn’t lost a child.

I can’t empathize; only genuinely sympathize. 

The prayers and well-wishes of the entire Save Jersey family go out to the Governor and the entire Corzine clan at this extremely difficult time.

 

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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A Koch in the Bucket

Defending Chris Christie’s CPAC Defense of the Koch Brothers

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

koch brothersGovernor Chris Christie’s CPAC speech attracted the ire of liberals when the New Jersey Republicans offered a full-throated defense of the Koch Brothers, blasting Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for “rail[ing] against two American entrepreneurs who have built a business, created jobs, and created wealth and philanthropy in this country.”

It’s not hard to understand why Charles and David Koch are liberal boogeymen, Save Jerseyans.

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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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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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