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DuHaime’s Solid Point About NH Attack Ads

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

According to NH Journal, the 501(c)(4) advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network will launch new “television, radio and digital advertising” in New Hampshire on Wednesday ahead of Governor Chris Christie’s latest RGA-related trip to the presidential battleground.

Christie is there to raise money; they’re there to raise the issue of his judicial nominations.

Here’s the spot:

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Christie Tops CNN Poll… Sort Of

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie stumping in Iowa during Election 2012.

Governor Chris Christie stumping in Iowa during Election 2012.

Another new poll (this one from CNN) dropped Tuesday showing Chris Christie leading the GP 2016 hypothetical primary pack by 1-point, Save Jerseyans. The other “top” contenders – Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee – are tied at 12%.

I’m starting to loathe these polls for a few different reasons (no offense intended, CNN, ’cause you’re hardly the only offenders).

For starters, in a crowded primary, the state-by-state primary/caucus polls are what matters.

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Rooney: Astorino, Christie Both “Not Behaving”

By STAFF | THE SAVE JERSEY BLOG

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Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney discussed the war of words between New York GOP gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino and Chris Christie on Wednesday night’s edition of Chasing NJ, Save Jerseyans, at about the same time as both men “briefly” crossed paths in Aspen.

Matt’s two cents? There’s fault to be found in both camps.

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Christie Rival Embraces Astorino

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I suppose you need to take your shots when you can, Save Jerseyans, and it’s all too easy to do it in the social media age.

Hours after RGA Chairman Chris Christie dismissed NY GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino as a “lost cause” and Astorino countered by calling for Christie’s resignation, Texas Governor Rick Perry (considered to be a possible Christie presidential primary rival) gave the dissed New York Republican a Texas-sized hug in Colorado:

Oh no he didn’t!

Republican governors are in Aspen, Colorado for Thursday night’s McCloskey Speaker Series at the Aspen Institute featuring Governor Rick Scott of Florida, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and, yes, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey who spent Wednesday in Colorado campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.

 

Bloomberg: Israel Can Defend Itself But You Cannot!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I agree with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the “question” (how it’s up for debate is beyond me) of Israel’s right to defend itself, Save Jerseyans, an action that he’s backed up by finding his way to Israel’s second most populous city in the midst of Gaza rocket attacks despite an FAA ban on U.S. air traffic.

But the hypocrisy of America’s leading billionaire is stunning given his ongoing campaign to prevent Americans from being able to defend themselves with legally-purchased firearms… don’t ya think?

The mind of a statist never ceases to amaze and terrify me in equal measure.

 

Challenging the “Meeting Parents” Myth

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie once again defended his magazine ban veto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, fending off a horde of hungry media ghouls during a campaign swing in Connecticut on behalf of the RGA’s gubernatorial candidate:

Can I be brutally frank with you for a moment? As if you expected anything less…

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Clinton Team Shadows Christie In IA, NJ

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie suffered Clintonistas overload on Thursday, Save Jerseyans.

They’re still treating him like the front runner for the 2016 GOP nomination even after the Bridgegate scandal and ideological indiscretions even if a large segment of the Republican base is less convinced. Go figure.

For starters, Hilldawg herself visited New Jersey for an evening Hard Choices book signing in Ridgewood. She’s hard up for a good headline with past scandals getting new oxygen for the past few weeks, so it must have been nice to experience her tried-and-true North Jersey Democrat sycophants fawning all over her.

Chris Christie stumped in Iowa simultaneously to the Clinton event, but even there he couldn’t escape her minions.

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Is THIS What Downed MH17?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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A newer generation of the “Buk” weapon systems family.

Thus far Russia is reportedly denying a role in the downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner over Ukranian airspace, Save Jerseyans, not all that differently from that infamous 1983 Cold War incident over the Sea of Japan. An accident scenario seems most likely, then as now, given the difficulties associated with sidearms bringing down planes and, frankly, the lack of a strategic benefit for Russia in engendering a PR disaster.

None of the above logic, however, changes the fact that Russia, directly or indirectly, may have once again violated Ukrainian airspace. 23 Americans may be dead in addition to well over 200 others. The Kremlin recently moved more troops to the border – 10,000 – and 

A scarier, uglier scenario: did Russian-developed Buk surface-to-air missile systems reach rebel hands in Ukraine’s Donetsk region? It’s no less plausible than the “mistake” scenario, and there’s plenty of evidence to support speculation…

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Christie: Federal Tax Code is “Wet Blanket”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie dropped by Wall Street on Wednesday afternoon to address America’s top financial figures at an annual hedge-fund ‘Delivering Alpha’ conference.

His primary message was as obvious and straightforward as it is important:

Pelosi Gives N.J. Dems ‘Kiss of Death’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

PelosiAimee Belgard (D, NJ-03) and Bill Hughes, Jr. (D, NJ-02) are having enough trouble gaining traction this cycle in their respective swing districts, Save Jerseyans. The last thing they needed today? A full-throated endorsement from Nancy Pelosi, one of Congress’s most polarizing figures, in a published national interview:

“Let’s go to New Jersey, Amy Belgard. She’s really terrific. She was in before the current incumbent got out of the race. We have [Bill] Hughes in that race up there against [Rep. Frank] LoBiondo. I don’t know how that one is going. But I’ve been to a number of fundraisers with Amy Belgard, because she comes over to our events in Philadelphia, where we have a number of good candidates there.

Pelosi might as well have cut a check to the NRCC for the mailer/web ad/TV spot which will, almost assuredly, feature her quote. She’s that toxic in Toms River, Mt. Laurel, Egg Harbor Township and every other South Jersey point in between.

Republicans were rightly appreciate though not quite in expectation of the formal donation. “Aimee Belgard just received the kiss of death with this latest endorsement from Nancy Pelosi,” opined NRCC Spokesman Ian Prior. “New Jersey families now have confirmation that if Belgard is sent to Congress she will be a reliable vote for Pelosi and her liberal agenda.”

 

 

Breaking Down Bell vs. Booker & Paul

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

Rand PaulCory Booker (D-Twitter), a potential contender for the 2016 Vice Presidential short list, recently teamed up with Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), a potential 2016 Presidential Candidate to introduce (and at the same time make a pretty large political statement) the REDEEM Act (Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment). The Act targets the United States’ criminal justice system in regards to non-violent crimes.

Non-violent crimes, as Paul points out, is about the war on drugs; not the type of non-violent crime where some sort of theft or other crime that physically violates the rights of another individual are at odds.

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Kean Backs Bell; Christie to Iowa

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom KeanAverage Americans are shutting down for the long-holiday weekend but the political class is just warming up, Save Jerseyans. Officious  statements, soaring speeches, patriotic parades and memorial services are a part of the job description on the 4th of July. This is also a midterm year, in case you’ve forgotten, and we actually saw an endorsement come across the wires on a hazy, humid Independence Day Eve, a time when most campaigns are trying to bury news.

“I voted for Jeff in the Republican primary and have known and respected him for more than three decades, including his remarkable Senate race in 1978 and when he helped me develop my economic program in the 1981 campaign for Governor,” Governor Tom Kean, Sr. recalled in a Thursday afternoon statement released by Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign, recalling Bell’s legendary grassroots victory over liberal Republican Senator Clifford P. Case.

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Hillary the Serial Prevaricator

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Hillary's infamous Benghazi testimony

Hillary’s infamous Benghazi testimony

During the Watergate investigation, Save Jerseyans, Hillary Clinton lied in a legal brief and later removed evidence from public access that would’ve documented her conduct for conspiring to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee, and the rules of confidentiality in a scheme to deny Richard Nixon the right to counsel during the investigation.

Never knew that? It was just the beginning of her long career of deceit.

Since then, she has lied about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, she misrepresented her record opposing the Iraq War, she misrepresented her role in the Irish Peace Accord, and she misrepresented the extent to which her daughter was in danger on 9/11, fallaciously stating that Chelsea was jogging around the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 (when, in fact, she was home in bed watching it on TV).

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Getting Under the #MSSen Numbers

GETTING UNDER THE NUMBERS – AN EXAMINATION OF FORREST COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI VOTING IN THE FIRST PRIMARY AND THE RUNOFF

By Rick Shaftan | The Save Jersey Blog

MississippiEvery analysis of the Mississippi debacle has focused on county data, but no one as of yet has broken down the data to the precinct level, but that’s where the real analysis takes place.

One county where McDaniel really underperformed relative to the first primary was Forrest (Hattiesburg), where a 12-point McDaniel lead on primary night (actually a 10-point lead thanks to a math error in McDaniel’s favor) became a narrow 51-49 McDaniel win.

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#MSSen Postmortem

Republicans Defeated Eric Cantor But Couldn’t Defeat Thad Cochran

By Rick Shaftan | The Save Jersey Blog

Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran

Last week we rebutted claims that Democrats elected Dave Brat when in fact the strongest anti-Cantor vote came out of the most Republican of precincts.

The same was true in Mississippi yesterday, but there was one big difference. Republicans were motivated to come out and dump Cantor, but in Mississippi, Democrats were even more motivated to come out and salvage Thad Cochran, and McDaniel didn’t do enough to pump up his own base to match it.

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Cochran Survives Tea Party Challenge

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ElephantsThe 6-term incumbent Thad Cochran is up by approximately 6,000 votes over challenger Chris McDaniel out of over 360,000 cast with over 99% precincts reporting, Save Jerseyans. So says the AP. Whew! Wild.

A Pyrrhic victory for the Tea Party riding high(er) after Eric Cantor’s defeat? Or an outright defeat?

How does it make YOU feel? To quote the great Dr. Frasier Crane.

Would love to hear from you…

Counting the Christie Octopus’s Tentacles

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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No one can rule Chris Christie out for 2016, Save Jerseyans. Not yet. He’s a talented politician, he can raise big money and, least discussed of all favorable factors but arguably among the most critical, the embattled Governor can claim a considerable nationwide of network of battle-tested operatives (not including his RGA staff) who are fiercely loyal to his political organization masterminded and spearheaded by super consultant Mike DuHaime and, until recently, former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien.

The effect of Stepien’s absence can’t be understated; it’s the broken bulb on your Christmas tree that blacks-out out several other strands in addition to its own. The loss of “Step” (as he’s known back in New Jersey by those holding a favorable or neutral opinion of him personally, or at least professionally) has been a real drag on the Governor’s in-state political operations.

Still, as you’ll see below, Team Christie had successfully deployed its key talent in all four corner of the country since the reelect cycle wrapped up in November 2013 but before Bridgegate took the wind out of its sails; targeted locales notably included states with early primaries including New Hampshire, Nevada, Iowa and Florida.

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