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Category: South Jersey

Courier Post Backs MacArthur (and Savages Belgard)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Today’s NJ-03 endorsement from Southwest Jersey’s largest in-state daily newspaper was nothing short of EMBARRASSING for Aimee Belgard, Save Jerseyans.

I’m not exaggerating for Tom’s sake. He doesn’t need my help if you believe the latest polling news. In endorsing Republican Tom MacArthur to succeed the retiring Jon Runyan, the Courier Post editorial board explicitly declared that Belgard, the Democrat, was in its members’ estimation “lacking in leadership skills” (yikes!) despite the fact that “her heart [is] in the right place.” (ouch!)

It got worse, too:


CNN Profiles South Jersey’s Shyanne Roberts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Shyanne Roberts

Shyanne Roberts

10-year old ccompetitiveshooter Shyanne Roberts, a Gloucester County native, has gone mega-viral – perhaps that’s an understatement of sorts – since Save Jersey first posted her Trenton committee testimony back in the spring.

Now she’s quite literally everywhere, Save Jerseyans; this Friday, she was profiled by CNN in a stunningly-balanced look at children and firearms, and Shyanne made the case (without even trying to be political, I suspect, given her age) that gun violence is predominately a cultural problem, one which gun control laws as we currently conceive of them are ill-equipped to address.

“I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader,” Shyanne told CNN. “Kids and guns don’t always mean bad things happen.”

She rocks! And she’s one of our own, so you can support her and keep up with Shyanne’s travels, competitions and pro-2A musings here on her official Facebook fan page.

Forget I Ever Said ‘Thank You’ Vince Mazzeo

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Vincent Mazzeo

Vincent Mazzeo

Save Jerseyans, you may remember back in July, when I was one of the first to point out that the GOP was working to save Atlantic City while Democrats appeared to be ready to declare it dead, that I also noted that the sole Democratic exception was District 2’s Vince Mazzeo.

At the time, Mazzeo came out against North Jersey casinos, and I gave him credit for that. I even thanked him.

But now, I feel I must retract those sentiments.


Lobo! Leads Hughes by 21pts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoNot even close.

That’s the finding of the Monmouth University Polling Institute in its new poll of NJ-02, Save Jerseyans, where Republican incumbent Frank Lobiondo (56%) leads Democrat challenger Bill Hughes, Jr. (35%) by a whopping 21-points.

His opponent’s weak party support (only 76% among Democrats) tells most of the story in this Cook PVI D+1 district. “LoBiondo has held his seat for two decades because of significant crossover appeal in a district that otherwise trends Democratic,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.


Nancy Pelosi Fundraiser at Tavistock Met with Protest

By Alyssa Lafage | The Save Jersey Blog

It was a dreary, rainy day in South Jersey but despite the bad weather, Save Jerseyans, a couple dozen protesters showed up with signs and umbrellas in hand outside of the Tavistock Country Club where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a $1,000 per plate luncheon fundraiser for fellow Democrat Donald Norcross.

The protesters were spread out over three different areas along the various residential entrances to ensure that Norcross’s guests would see their signs as they arrived. But even if guests somehow missed the signs, they had no choice but to hear a man dressed as Paul Revere shouting into a megaphone from across the street expressing his disdain for what the Democrat party has become…

Photos below the fold:


What’s Going on With the Taj Mahal?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

taj mahalThe Taj Mahal is on the verge of closing, Save Jerseyans, and 2,800 people may lose their jobs. But unlike the other casino closings this year, where the main focus was on trying to find buyers for the properties, the main focus on the Taj is trying to save it, as management and other stakeholders are actively trying to do.

Which makes this a much more complicated process than the other closings. Which means it can also be easy to lose track of what is happening with this process and why. This is a volatile process with no easy answers to help solve it. Thousands of livelihoods are at stake. 

So let’s go over the facts of what is happening with the Taj Mahal, to the best of my knowledge, so we will all be on the same page later when we analyze this situation:


Wednesday: Pelosi Protest, Obama Visit and Christie Radio

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

nancy pelosi

Nancy Pelosi poses with the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro.

Wednesday will prove a politically-busy day in the Garden State, Save Jerseyans:

  • Governor Chris Christie is slated to visit NJ 101.5 for his monthly ‘Ask the Governor‘ radio program.

Burlco Battle Over OPRA Request

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

BurlingtonCoNorthTopoBurlington County’s freeholder race is always interesting, Save Jerseyans, and this year is no different with competitive races up-and-down the ballot, a substitution on the GOP side, and a bruising congressional contest on top of it all. 

Republicans, whose narrow 3-2 control of the board hangs in the balance, aren’t leaving anything to chance despite a positive tax record and favorable electoral cycle. Demographic changes in the sprawling South Jersey county continue to trend Democratic. Nothing can be left to chance.

On Friday, the GOP loudly demanded that Democrat candidate Tom Pullion reimburse taxpayers for attorney’s fees incurred in litigation, filed by a GOP researcher, where the town ultimately settled for almost $2,000 in fees.


Belgard (or NJDSC) Turns to Craigslist for Volunteers?

 By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

People go on Craigslist to find futons,Save Jerseyans, not political campaign volunteers. Unless you’re NJ-03 Democrat nominee Aimee Belgard? Or whoever posted this solicitation on Craiglist on Thursday evening?

belgard canvass notice

The best part? Hours later, someone changed the ad to something non-Belgard specific, and re-associated the solicitation with the state party, not her campaign:


LoBiondo Enters Final Month with $1.5M+ COH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lobiondo presserSpecifically, Save Jerseyans, the veteran NJ-02 Republican congressman raised $391,159 in Q3; his total cash-on-hand is $1,536,508 with just under four weeks to go.

“With 26 days left, it is clear our campaign has the financial resources and enthusiasm to lead us to victory. As Congressman LoBiondo crisscrosses the district, he’s greeted by South Jersey residents eager to cast their ballot for his continued leadership and bipartisan, consensus-building approach in Washington,” said campaign manager Rob Geist. “As we spring into the final stretch to November 4th, Congressman LoBiondo is deeply humbled and grateful to those who contributed to his campaign and looks forward to their support in the voting booth.”

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing Q3 deadline is October 15, 2014.

N.J. Abortion Doc Loses License

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Baby in WombThere’s some justice in this wicked, twisted world of ours, Save Jerseyans. It’s just very rare, so go ahead and enjoy it when you encounter it.

An example: after a multi-year legal saga, New Jersey’s Board of Medical Examiners voted to revoke the medical license of Steven C. Brigham on Wednesday night.

What did he supposedly do? Well, let’s say he’s not quite as prolific as Kermit Gosnell but no less evil…


Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: 20 Ways to Improve the Boardwalk Empire

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

atlantic cityAtlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole”, and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area. All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

This is part seven of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read parts one (cutting taxes and red tape), two (natural gas), three (wind power unit production), four (aquaculture), five (veteran care reform) and six (cruise ship port) if you haven’t already.

Save Jerseyans, while doing my series on job creation, I’m sure you were all wondering why I haven’t mentioned the 800lb gorilla in the room: Atlantic City.

And you don’t take on an 800lb gorilla on a whim; you need a plan. I laid out a few big ideas to get things rolling back in July. The other night, I decided to take a deeper and much more comprehensive look at the problem and flesh some things out: