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29-Year-Old Enters Essex Fray

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

John KellyAlways striving to help Republicans fighting hard around the state, Save Jerseyans, I have decided to embark on a series of interviews with local candidates for the 2014 cycle.

For my first interview, I sat down with John V. Kelly III who is running for the Essex County 5th Freeholder District that encompasses Nutley, Bloomfield, Belleville, Glen Ridge, and Montclair.


“Unlike” News12

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings

News12News12 New Jersey has effectively fired reporter Sean Bergin for telling the truth.

In a report about Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago’s murder, Bergin went off script and closed the segment by saying, “The underlying cause of all of this, of course: Young black men growing up without fathers. Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject.”

News12 executives responded by proving Bergin’s point about the spineless media. They suspended him and then offered him a one day a week job, for $300 per week, covering fluff like broken fire hydrants or other inane subjects.  They covered their asses by saying the discipline was for breaking company policy.  Bergin turned them down and quit.

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The Wiz Redefines Hypocrisy

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Wiz on NBCIsn’t it amazing how the Democrats are trying their hardest leaving no stone un-turned, Save Jerseyans, all in order to implicate Governor Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane closures?

They talked awfully tough. Democratic New Jersey Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski had said the integrity of the governor’s office was in question and that Christie had a lot of explaining to do. Now, ironically, it’s Wisniewski whose credibility is seriously being called into question…

“I do not believe the governor called the Port Authority and said, ‘Close some lanes.’ But I did say I hold him responsible for the atmosphere. Now finding that that atmosphere existed in his own office is what I find really troubling,” Wisniewski declared in Bridgegate’s early days.


Handlin: Subpoena Fulop Now

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Amy Handlin

Amy Handlin

One of the legislators investigating Bridgegate is formally demanding that her committee looking into another traffic jam allegedly engendered by political motivations.

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, a Republican from Monmouth County, wants to subpoena Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop following allegations lodged by Jersey City’s police chief that he was demoted after the young Democrat ordered police to create a traffic jam leading up to the Holland Tunnel. The super suspicious part? That same month, Fulop initiated a law suit against the Port Authority seeking $400 million.

You can click here to read her letter to New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) Co-chairs Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Sen. Loretta Weinberg.


Christie’s Only Crime: Party Registration?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jersey CityI was on vacation for the past ten days, Save Jerseyans, so you’ll have to bear with me as we sort through the stack of stuff that’s accumulated. One story nevertheless sticks out like a sore thumb and I’ve been looking forward to a healthy rant on it.

In fact, I’m willing to bet that most of you who weren’t tanning, grilling and playing beach bocce (sorry to rub it in) still missed this little gem: soon-to-be-demoted Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan has issued a letter alleging that Mayor Steven Fulop, a leading contender for the 2017 Democrat gubernatorial nomination, devised a plan “to snarl traffic outside of the Holland Tunnel the same month he announced plans to sue the Port Authority for $400 million.”

Chief Cowan says his disagreement with the plan is the reason why he’s getting the boot.


Christie Predicts Pain

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I pity the fool who thinks he or she is going to enjoy what’s coming out of the Christie Administration sometime in the coming weeks, Save Jerseyans. I know so because that’s what the Governor told us at last week’s Haddon Heights town hall and then again on Tuesday in Caldwell:

The coming push for additional pension and benefits reforms is one theory to explain why the Governor didn’t cut additional fat from the FY 2015 budget with his line item veto power in order to free up sufficient funds for full pension payments. He didn’t want angry furloughed/fired state workers (and their unions) to give the South Jersey Machine/North Jersey urban Democrats an excuse not to play ball? Who knows. 

The only sure thing: pain.

GOP Government is Better Government

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

BurlingtonCoNorthTopoThis post is dedicated to all of you pessimists, pseudo-intellects, and assorted other bring-me-downs out there in Save Jersey land who continue to insist that there’s “no difference” between the two primary political parties. You’re wrong again this year.

The latest proof comes to us from South Jersey’s Burlington County where Republicans will defend their narrow majority on the freeholder board this November. On Wednesday evening, the county adopted its fifth consecutive budget featuring a tax levy decrease and, cumulatively, a 17.2%, or $39.3 million, in spending increases over the same 5-year time period; the end result in real dollars is $24.2 million less coming out of taxpayers’ pockets than back in 2008 for the county of nearly 450,000 souls.

Burlco’s success story isn’t isolated. Look around the state (at the county AND local levels); you’ll find similar narratives in other Republican-controlled counties including North Jersey’s Morris where, for the second year in a row, the proposed budget contained no tax hike. Spending in Monmouth is also now below the 2008 budget allocation.

Party… it matters! In case you hadn’t heard.


Booker: Failing Even After He’s Gone

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Facebook Newark SchoolsIf you thought a serious spike in violent crime, rampant government corruption and chronic absenteeism (which didn’t help situations #1 and #2) were the only hallmarks of the Cory Booker (D-Twitter) era in Newark, Save Jerseyans, then you’re missing a big part of the story.

There’s a reason why Newarkers went to the polls yesterday and voted for a far-left radical like Ras Baraka.

Remember the Mark Zuckerberg Facebook grant? The one that was supposed to save the Brick City’s school? The New Yorker reported on Tuesday that, during the last three full years of Mayor Twitter’s tenure at the helm of New Jersey’s largest city, “more than twenty million dollars of Zuckerberg’s gift and matching donations went to consulting firms with various specialties: public relations, human resources, communications, data analysis, [and] teacher evaluation.” 

I’d laugh, Save Jerseyans, but one again, the joke that is Cory Booker is at our children’s expense. There’s nothing funny about an unnecessary, expensive, grossly inequitable failure that could’ve been avoided with a little less time on Twitter and a lot more time leading. 


The Brick City’s Next Mayor?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

“I think Cory did was he was supposed to do… he moved on to the Senate.”

That’s how front runner Ras Baraka summed up the tenure of the last elected mayor of Newark, Cory Booker (D-Twitter), during a radio interview on the eve of the election that he hopes will propel him to City Hall’s top spot. And he won’t get an argument from me on that particular point!

The million dollar question: if elected today, will Ras Baraka give Newark the time that it deserves unlike his infamously-absent predecessor? Or will he return the Brick City to the Sharpe James era of old school urban Democrat politics? 

Our friend and Save Jersey contributor Matt Gilson (who prefers Baraka opponent Shavar Jeffries as the lesser of two evils) makes a compelling case that Baraka is most likely to gravitate towards door #2. The presence of Sharpe James’s son on his ticket doesn’t help! Nor does Monday’s 105.1 Breakfast Club interview; for example, at the 5:49 mark, candidate Baraka doubles-down on the definitively disproved New Jersey liberal myth that guns used in urban NJ crime predominately arrive here from other states with less-restrictive gun laws…


Newark, Jersey City “Most Stressed Out”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

According to the Movoto Real Estate blog, Save Jerseyans, two of New Jersey’s cities are among the most “stressed out” in America: Jersey City (#5) and Newark (#8).

Another wonderful distinction for the Garden State! Woot woot! Though I can certainly see where getting shot at all of the time would stress someone out re: #8…

In any event, the post’s author didn’t look at mental health statics; the rating is a composite of commute time, unemployment, cost of living, crime (per 100,000 residents), hours worked, population density, and the percentage of income spent on rent. Here’s a slideshow of the top ten:

The 10 Most Stressed Out Cities In America By Movoto Real Estate

OPINION: Jeffries for Newark Mayor

Shavar Jeffries

Shavar Jeffries

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

Last week I walked into a storefront on Bloomfield Avenue in Newark for a purpose different than any I ever had before, Save Jerseyans: I was there to see how I could help a Democrat.

Before someone revokes my Save Jersey writing credentials, let me try to explain! 

For those of you who do not know me, I am a student at Rutgers-Newark law school; the future of the biggest city in our state definitely matters to me. But as a New Jersey taxpayer, each and every one of you are paying for Newark (whether you realize it or not).  For me, the election on May 13th may literally be a matter of life or death, or at least from the perspective of my level of safety on a daily basis, but for all of us, what happens in the upcoming Newark mayoral race has strong statewide implications. 

That is why I was there in this crowded storefront. I recognize that no Republican is going to get elected in Newark in 2014, and Shavar Jeffries stands head and shoulders above his opponent Ras Baraka.


Meeting Hudson’s Republican Club

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Hudson CountySave Jerseyans, Hudson County may be bluer than Bergen but there remains a bastion of solid red conservative and libertarian grassroots activism in the form of the Hudson County Republican Club (, HCRC).

Founded in 2011 separate and apart from the official county committee “by a coalition of Hudson County conservative and libertarians tired of the political status quo,” its stated goal is to “support serious candidates, spread small government ideas, and fight the bloat, excess, and corruption that is the Hudson County political world.”

I recently had pleasure of talking about the organization with some of the HCRC leadership and involved members.


Obamacare: Big $$$ for NJ Convicts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Prison FenceAs if you needed another reason to loathe the (Un)affordable Care Act, Save Jerseyans, go ahead and try this one on for size: Hudson County is suing for retroactive reimbursement reflecting the cost of… get ready for it… inmate long-term hospital care.

How? Here’s an explanation of the little-known Obamacare exemption from the Jersey Journal:

Generally, no inmate in state prisons or county jails had been eligible for Medicaid coverage for long-term hospital care until the Affordable Care Act established a “24-hour exemption,” said executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties John Donnadio.


Raven’s Nest Costs Fair Lawn $20k

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Common_RavenThe Bergen County town of Fair Lawn just got Cliven Bundy-ed, Save Jerseyans.

All local officials wanted to do is paint their water tower. That was before the discovery of a bird’s nest fouled (or fowled?) things up in an episode that Republican Mayor John Cosgrove told Fox News falls into the category of “you can’t make it up” if you tried:

“The project, which was slated to be completed by the end of summer, could now be delayed up to six weeks, since it takes between 4-6 weeks for the raven hatchlings to fly, Cosgrove said.


Fenimore Forever More?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LandfillHopes that last June’s legislation permitting the state to assume control of Roxbury’s Fenimore landfill (after plenty of obstruction) was the beginning of the end for fume-tortured residents haven’t exactly panned out, Save Jerseyans.

We’re about to enter another summer of health hazards for local residents without much movement at the state and federal levels.

As we speak, a legal fight is ongoing between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) which wants to quickly “cap” the landfill and Fenimore’s municipal government officials who want to test the wells and then remove the offending substances. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is stepping in to conduct a probe but that’s little consolation for residents like this Roxbury resident (below the fold) who claims her life has literally been sidelined by the landfill’s ill effects…


Passaic YRs Launch with Strong Crowd

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

Passaic YR

From left to right: Passaic County Young Republicans Sergeant-at-Arms Hector Nieves, former Passaic County Sheriff candidate Frank Feenan, Passaic County Young Republican Anthony Valente, Passaic County Freeholder candidate Claudia Chávez, Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado, Passaic County Young Republicans Chairman Daniel Poeschl, Passaic County Young Republicans Secretary Vincent Stevens, Passaic County Young Republicans State Committeeman Antonio Lombardo, and Passaic County Young Republicans Vice Chairman David Martinez. — with Hector Luis Nieves Jr., Frank Feenan, Anthony Valente, Claudia Chavez, Daniel J. Poeschl, Vincent Stevens, Antonio Michael Lombardo III and Dave Martinez at Passaic County Young Republicans.

On Wednesday night at the headquarters of the county organization in Woodland Park, Save Jerseyans, the Passaic County Young Republicans held their inaugural meeting to a strong crowd and a wealth of enthusiasm.

Though a Democrat-leaning county, the group has the goal of being a force to help elect Republicans in a county which just a few years ago swept three freeholders and a clerk into office. That clerk, Kristin Corrado, who is up for re-election this year and stands as the last remaining county-wide elected Republican, was present to lend support and expressed how she was encouraged to see young people ready to get involved with her campaign.

Also on hand was freeholder candidate, Claudia Chavez, who was equally excited to get young people involved in her campaign. She vowed to take her campaign to the streets of Democrat bastions including Paterson and Passaic in an effort to begin to bring new folks into the party.


Goldberg Lands Three More Lines

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Brian Goldberg in Ocean County on 3/19

Hudson, Burlington and Hunterdon counties are now in GOP U.S. Senate Primary Candidate Brian Goldberg’s column, Save Jerseyans, giving him a commanding institutional lead with two months to go before primary day.

Hudson and Burlington are declaring for the first time; Hunterdon needed a new horse to back after Bob Turkavage failed to qualify for the primary ballot on Monday.