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Former Hoboken Mayor Loses Law License

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Supreme CourtThe fallout from Operation Bid Rig continues, Save Jerseyans, 12 years after the investigation began. 

Earlier today, the New Jersey Supreme Court disbarred former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, preventing him from engaging in the practice law in the State of New Jersey.


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:


Donovan Enters Final Stretch with Labor Backing

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

donovan kick off

$200 million in savings over four years.

That’s the number Bergen’s Kathe Donovan, the incumbent County Executive in New Jersey’s most populous county, chose to focus upon in her formal campaign kickoff with decision day looming under 8 weeks into the future; spending reductions (the Europeans call it “austerity”) have been featured as a consistent theme throughout the campaign thus far.

“When I was fortunate enough to first be elected County Executive, I inherited a bloated, wasteful and inefficient government that was far more interested in self-service than public service and I am happy to say we have turned all of that around,” Donovan told a crowd assembled outside of the Sheet Metal Workers Union. “I am proud to say we have kept every single promise to the taxpayers, working families, seniors, children and young adults of Bergen County.”


Shore GOP Pushes Back Against Dems Over North Jersey Casinos

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

casino protestThe Jersey Shore GOP is waging a 3-cycle war at the moment, Save Jerseyans, precipitated by the distressed Atlantic City casino industry.

Our friend Michael Donohue, chairman of the Cape May GOP, took direct aim at one of Election 2017 likely top political targets, state Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) who, back in the summer months, publicly shared his belief that North Jersey casinos were inevitable (Why an incumbent in a swing district populated by casino workers thought THAT was a good idea is beyond me, but whether it’s foolishness or hubris at play here, Whelan seems predisposed to go along with the state Democrat consensus


Bergen Race Driven By Vehicle Cost Convo

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Bridgegate scandal. County worker fleets. Armored personnel carriers

There’s a common transportation theme in this year’s Bergen County Executive race, Save Jerseyans, and truth be told, it’s better than another “blue law” traffic debate. In case you missed it, the incumbent doubled-down on the vehicle cost-cutting theme during last week’s state of the county address:

Cho is a False Choice for NJ-05

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


Roy Cho in a recent web ad.

NJ-05 Democrat challenger Roy Cho just returned from a trip to Israel, Save Jerseyans, a foreign excursion designed to bring attention to the young attorney who has raised an impressive amount of cash but nevertheless remains out-gunned by his opponent — and under-loved by the DCCC — in his quest to topple Rep. Scott Garrett. It’s the kind of thing a top tier presidential contender is expected to do; it’s a little bit strange for a bottom tier House candidate.

I admire his effort. And hey, maybe he is genuinely concerned about Israel. I’ll take his word for it.

Here’s the problem: Cho’s election would aid Israel’s enemies.


Christie Refiles Essex Judges Sans Cohen

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

essex countyNorth Jersey is one step closer to getting eight new Superior Court judges, Save Jerseyans, after Governor Chris Christie nominated the following eight individuals on Monday evening:

Stephanie Ann Mitterhoff (Westfield, Union)
Jeffrey B. Beacham (Short Hills, Essex)
Linda Lordi Cavanaugh (West Orange, Essex)
Neil N. Jasey (South Orange, Essex)
Marysol Rosero (Livingston, Essex)
Bahir Kamil (South Orange, Essex)
Richard T. Sules (West Orange, Essex)
Marcella Matos Wilson (West Caldwell, Essex)

Each nomination is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Important background: the seven Essex names were previously put forth by the Governor before they were pulled, apparently part of an ongoing struggled between the Administration and Democrats over appointments in a county that’s 21 judges short. David Cohen of Berkeley Heights. David Cohen, Gov. Christie’s former director of employee relations, was the only name absent who was also on the original list; Senate Dems had delayed a vote on his nomination.

Arango, Donohue Set to Lead Chairmen

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jose Arango (left) and Mike Donohue (right)

Jose Arango (left) and Mike Donohue (right)

It’s already been reported that Hudson County GOP Chairman Jose Arango is the presumptive incoming “chair of chairs” for the NJ GOP, the individual who honorifically heads the association of the New Jersey Republican Party county chairs. Keith Davis of Atlantic is the outgoing incumbent.

Now we’ve learned that Cape May County GOP Chairman Mike Donohue has declared his intent to stand for vice chairman; I’m told no opposition is anticipated to him, either.

Arango works as Jersey City’s Director of Economic Development, setting up an interesting dynamic should Jersey City’s Democrat Mayor Steven Fulop run for governor. Donohue is an attorney and former legislative candidate in perennially competitive LD-1. They certainly hail from very different counties – the urbanized and deep blue northeastern corner and rural, red southern shore – but the challenge ahead is the same… and daunting. New Jersey’s 21 Republican county chairman must tackle their own local and regional races while simultaneously beginning to figure out what a post-Christie landscape looks like.

FYI- the chairmen are scheduled to formally vote next Wednesday, August 13th.


RIP Joan Bramhall

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

MorrisRegisterThe entire Save Jersey family offers condolences to the family and friends of former Morris County clerk Joan Bramhall who retired just eight months ago after an extensive career serving her community and the Morris GOP.

Described by those who knew her as a friendly, cheerful woman who was always willing to assist new and younger Republican candidates in a business where that’s often not the case, Bramhall was found dead on Thursday in her Denville home along with an unidentified male. Police are reportedly classifying the tragedy as an apparent murder suicide.

Words fail. All we can do is comfort the grieving and focus on the positive legacy she left behind as both a public servant, party leader and friend to many. For example, I’m told she performed well-over 1,000 marriages during her tenure as clerk and loved to share the story of her latest marriage ceremony at an event or one-on-one. Someone who touched so many people (and couples) over the years, in such a truly profound and important way, is never truly gone and certainly never forgotten. May God bless and keep her.


Kathe Right to Tackle Tedesco’s Tanks

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

tedescotankBergen County isn’t officially organizing a formal army, Save Jerseyans, but it is drawing fire from the ideological right and even the anything-but-right Bergen Record for purchasing military grade vehicles and equipment.

To be fair, this trend is hardly unique to Bergen. As Barack Obama continues to gut our military, local governments across America are buying surplus military tools including M-16 rifles, grenades, and yes, armored vehicles designed to withstand mortar and rocket fire as well as roadside bombs.

What makes it a little more disturbing in Bergen is the Democrat-led push to merge the county police force with the sheriff’s department.


Valerie Strauss: Consistent Education Elitist

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

obama toast“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is consistent — at least when it comes to espousing total  indifference to what Newark residents want for their state-operated public school system.”

That’s how The Washington Post‘s Valerie Strauss began her latest snarky education post, Save Jerseyans, published on Friday; for those who don’t follow WashPo, Strauss is an Obama liberal archetype who railed against Mitt Romney’s educational reform proposals in 2012 but, like the President, sends her own children to private school.

Remember: there’s always one set of rules for them and another for the unwashed masses for whom they attempt to control every consequential life decision…


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.