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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.

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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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:

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Polls Auger Well For GOP This November

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Obama in EgyptThe latest polls show President Obama’s approval at a new low – 38%.

That’s the verdict from the respected Gallup poll. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, the same poll shows that nearly 60% of those surveyed disapprove of the president’s job performance so far.

And there’s more bad news from a just-released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows Obama’s approval rating for foreign policy is at a new low of 30%

The poll also found that 47% believe the country is less safe than it was before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks—up sharply from 28% just one year ago.

And thats not the half of it. Consider the following:

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Christie: “We’ll Get Crist Unconfused”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie’s RGA campaign swing through Florida on Friday was chock-full of fund sound bites, Save Jerseyans, ahead of what promises to be seven weeks of fierce campaigning in a statistically-tied race:

Christie viaja a México

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Us mexico borderGovernor Chris Christie leaves for Mexico on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, undertaking a 3-day trip to described to the press as a “trade mission” but, if we’re being honest, is intended to double as yet another opportunity to showcase New Jersey’s Republican chief executive as an international name ahead of the GOP presidential primaries (the first debates, believe it or not, are likely on about one year away).

The ever-present specter of America’s immigration crisis will undoubtedly shadow the official proceedings…

Here’s a complete schedule:

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Youth and Guns in America

By James Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

1946 Rifle ClubI’ve talked before about young people and their distrust for government and authority in general, Save Jerseyans. At length.

Raised on the Internet whereas our parents were reared on fixed-scheduled Saturday morning cartoons, we’ve come to place a high value on our freedom of choice – real freedom, not only from oppressive government action but from social taboo and cultural norms – above all other things, up to and including life.

On the flip side, we don’t know what a pre-9/11 world looks like. Red light cameras, metal detectors at every turn, heinous airport security – these things are completely normal to myself and my peers, because we’ve never seen a world without them.

You might think that the under-30 crowd may simply have buckled to these authoritarian practices, and it is now desperately grasping for whatever scraps of individual liberty are left. But as it turns out, there is hope – youth have been showing signs of life on turning back the clock on an important issue: gun control.

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AFP Summit Day #2

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

AFP logoGood morning, ya’ll!

We’re still Dallas, Texas for one more day for the annual Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream summit.

Great state, lovely people, solid brisket… but you can keep the weather.

AFP’s agenda for Day #2 includes a number of break-out sessions on practical how-to topics ranging from social media development to effective “community organizing.” Ted Cruz is speaking around 1:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom.

Click right here to watch a live stream (or here if you missed yesterday’s post on Gov. Perry’s address). I plan to break away myself for a little bit for a pilgrimage to Dealey Plaza, the site of the Kennedy assassination. It’s worth remembering a time when Democrat presidents were only pathetically lecherous and not ideologically wacky, too! Check back later for updates…

Defiant Perry Rouses 3k Strong Dallas Crowd

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

rick perry“What does the American Dream mean to you?”

That’s the unofficial theme of this year’s ‘Defending the American Dream’ summit in Dallas, Texas hosted by Americans for Prosperity, Save Jerseyans, and I’m having a heck of a time discussing it with like-minded economic conservatives from around the country, but the small army of grassroots activists gathered at the onset of Labor Day Weekend aren’t debating definitions among themselves. They know what it means, and they very much believe it’s alive and well in the United States (notwithstanding an ongoing assault from the Left).

Their primary point of concern is its survival AND, refreshingly, what to constructively and proactively do about it.

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AFP Summit Day #1

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Dallas skyline

The Dallas skyline

Good morning, ya’ll!

I know the Save Jersey faithful are getting ready to hit G.S. Parkway South for a Labor Day Jersey Shore weekend, but your intrepid Blogger-in-Chief went waaay down South this year – to Dallas, Texas - for the annual Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream summit.

The agenda for Day #1 includes a panel at 1:30 p.m. CST featuring none other than Governor Rick Perry.

Wish you were here? No problem. Click right here to watch a live stream. I’m going to go find a coffee in the beautiful Omni Dallas Hotel. Check back later for updates…

The Land of Opportunity

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

From the Land of Lincoln to the Land of Clinton, Governor Chris Christie spent the Wednesday before Labor Day Weekend stumping in Arkansas for Asa Hutchinson, Save Jerseyans; the RGA Chair hopes that this particular state lives up to its nickname and yields another pick up in November; recent polling isn’t doing anything to dissuade anyone:

Save Jersey Heads to Dallas

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Dallas skyline

The Dallas skyline

I’m going to have this tune stuck in my head all week, Save Jerseyans, because your Blogger-in-Chief is en route to the Big D.

Why am I headed to Dallas? In August, no less? On Labor Day Weekend? All fair questions! And before you ask, it has nothing to do with my decision to draft Jason Witten for my 2014 fantasy football squad.

The real answer: Save Jersey is proudly participating in the Defending the American Dream Summit hosted by our friends at Americans for Prosperity. The annual program runs on August 29th and 30th; it’s an unrivaled opportunity for economic conservatives from all 50 states (2,800+ conference-goers are pre-enrolled) to gather and compare notes in a crucial midterm election year.

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Give Me Pork Roll Or Give Me Death!

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

pork rollIn the Winooski, Vermont, Save Jerseyans, we have our latest example of political correctness run amok.

The restaurant “Sneakers Bistro” decided to remove an advertising sign, something they were permitted to display by the city for sponsoring a beautification project, which referenced bacon after a Muslim woman reportedly complained about it in a community forum.

Sneakers Bistro removed the sign out of ‘respect for diversity’ and ‘concerns for safety.’

What safety concerns? The safety of the woman who complained?

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Christie: Illinois Makes New Jersey “Blush”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is spending a healthy chunk of his RGA chairmanship (and war chest) in the Land of Lincoln, Save Jerseyans, helping Republican Bruce Rauner finish the job and build on his lead over Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn. It’s all for good reason. As Christie noted during a Monday campaign swing in a conversation with supporters, he detects real parallels between this year’s race in Illinois and his own in 2009 against Jon Corzine.

Turning one of America’s bluest states red would also be a huge feather in Chris Christie’s cap heading into 2016 when, again, Illinois might prove as crucial to his delegate count as it did for Mitt Romney in 2012. He can’t run nationally on taking back the N.J. legislature or an unimpeachable conservative track record; his team does want to make the point that he’s a party-builder and Illinois is one of the places they’d like to point throughout 2015 and beyond. It’s a “point of contrast.”

Democrats aren’t going down easily. Keeping it light, Gov. Christie pointed to Illinois 11th hour law changes, including a same-day voter registration law, as evidence of very un-Democrat behavior even by Garden State standards…

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