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Chances Aimee Belgard Won’t Cry Watching This Ad? Zero.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard is the first non-incumbent, DCCC-backed candidate to actively AVOID the cameras (and her opponent), Save Jerseyans, and I don’t think this new major TV spot from the MacArthur campaign is going to cure her politically-induced agoraphobia… hmmm….

Debuting Tuesday throughout NJ-03:

Belgard’s Running Alright… Away from Scrutiny!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Freeholder Joseph Donnelly looks on while seated next to Aimee Belgard's empty seat.

Freeholder Joseph Donnelly looks on while seated next to Aimee Belgard’s empty seat.

This Wednesday evening’s Burlington County Freeholder meeting transpired without event, Save Jerseyans, but there was one notable absence.

She tweeted about it; Freeholder and Democrat NJ-03 nominee Aimee Beglard just didn’t show up for it. Maybe it’s the negative influence of her friend Cory Booker (D-Twitter)? A man who believes governing and tweeting are interchangeable terms.

Belgard did bother to call. No, I’m not joking.

Too busy running to succeed Jon Runyan to do her day job? Or is she trying to hide out and avoid tough questions after a particularly nasty DCCC-financed smear against her opponent, Tom MacArthur, backfired in epic fashion?

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Christie Responds to Showboat Employees

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

governor christie speaks in ocean cityGovernor Christie brought his “No Pain, No Gain” tour to Ocean City on Thursday, Save Jerseyans. So I biked on up to the Music Pier to see him speak.

Now, if you’re reading this blog, you’re obviously familiar with our pension and benefits situation. So I am not going to focus on that.

Because if you read this blog, you’re also aware that I am a staunch supporter of forward-thinking strategies geared towards turning Atlantic City around and saving/creating as many jobs as possible.

The Governor was met with a handful of protesters. Some oppose his pension plan and there were a few granola types protesting the BL England Pipeline. There was also a group of Showboat employees (the casino slated to close on August 31st unless a buyer is found) demanding that Gov. Christie save their jobs by forcing Showboat to remain open.

Before delving into his pension-related remarks, the Governor took the time to address these employees. Below is video of what he said (sorry, my phone is not a TV studio). I’m not going to include any commentary; watch and arrive at your own conclusions…

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DCCC Hopes Something Sticks in NJ-03

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard

Aimee Belgard

They’re running out of time to find pick up opportunities to offset their vulnerabilities, Save Jerseyans, so the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is throwing two big money ads at the wall in NJ-03 and hoping that something sticks.

You can watch the first independent expenditure ad right here. I’m not going to give the DCCC a free space to peddle their bulls**t.

And hypocritical B.S. at that? “It’s no surprise that Nancy Pelosi’s campaign organization would launch a despicable and slanderous attack ad on Aimee Belgard’s behalf,” NRCC Spokesman Ian Prior opined. “After all, Belgard has spent her whole campaign hiding in a heavily fortified bunker hoping to avoid questions about her record and letting others do the talking for her. Of course, what the ad fails to mention is that ‘do as I say, not as I do’ Belgard made big money as a lawyer helping insurance companies defend and deny claims to New Jersey families.”

We’ve heard all of this before. A similar line of attack was leveled against the campaign of Republican Tom MacArthur back during the primary, a tactic that ultimately yielded nothing for the people attempting to leverage it other than a costly defamation law suit. I suspect Team Belgard will reap similar results this November.

 

Hurley: No Bidders for Revel

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

You can’t have a bankruptcy auction without qualified bidders, Save Jerseyans.

Not good…

Lawyers for the casino had only recently sought a one week extension in order to review new bids, but even the promise of reduced price (and the inevitably of fat state tax abatements) doesn’t seem capable of luring big buyers back to ailing A.C.

Click here to follow along via our extensive Atlantic City blog archives. We’ll let you know if there’s an update.

 

Cobb: LBJ “Destroyed” Black Families

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s a true and awful shame that Garry Cobb isn’t getting more (defined as “any”) help from the powers-that-be, Save Jerseyans, because the former Philadelphia Eagle and current NJ-01 Republican nominee has a story to tell voters whom the GOP just can’t seem to reach. When they even try. Some candidates were just born on the wrong side of the North Jersey/South Jersey ‘Berlin Wall’ if you catch my drift.

In any event, what he shared during a recent segment with Newsmax TV is along the lines of what I said last week following Willingboro’s bizarre decision to honor Barack Obama at JFK’s expense but, for a host of patently obvious reasons, it’s more important to hear this message from an upstanding, successful and famous guy like Garry:

Willingboro Council’s Baseless Faith in Obama

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

john f kennedyYou may or may not have heard how, on Tuesday, Willingboro’s township council approved a resolution to rename its recreational hub from ‘The Kennedy Center’ to ‘The Obama Center’ going forward.

Yes, Save Jerseyans, there are still places in America where our distressingly incompetent and obnoxiously authoritarian 44th president . By way of background, Willingboro is 72.74% black and many residents were understandably proud when their country elected Barack Obama.

How they’re STILL proud is less easy to grasp.

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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.

 

Police Car Cameras Are Common Sense

By Mayor Randy Brown (R-Evesham)

Randy Brown

Randy Brown

As an elected official I understand the cynicism that many residents harbor towards politicians. In many cases it is warranted and I share their frustration. Chris Rock has a classic skit where he essentially ridicules single fathers who seek credit for doing the most simplistic parental duties. His basic point is that you’re supposed to take care of your kids!

Politicians often make the same public plea for praise when they perform the routine duties they were elected to do in the first place. So it’s understandable that approval ratings for elected officials at all levels of government are at historic lows.

Two of the most fundamental obligations for an elected official are to keep residents safe and find ways to reduce taxes and spending. They are not mutually exclusive but often seem elusive. There is no logical reason why our politicians in Trenton can not get common sense legislation like bail reform, shared services and cameras in police vehicles passed.

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200+ Protest Harry Reid’s South Jersey Visit

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Garry Cobb chats with Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano

Garry Cobb chats with Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano

It was a coalition of the willing, Save Jerseyans, over 200 strong as they casually filtered in and out of the abandoned parking lot adjoining upscale Caffe Aldo Lamberti where Harry Reid and top New Jersey Democrat donors - led by George Norcross III – gathered to raise money for Norcross’s brother.

The police presence was strong (including some species of tactical command van) but relatively unaggressive and respectful as the cheerful protesters, deployed in an informal line snaking the distance of approximately 400 yards, paced up and down the sidewalk between the fundraiser site and busy Route 70 a/k/a Marlton Pike, drawing a steady chorus of honks from the rush hour crowd returning home from Philadelphia offices along the busy Southern New Jersey corridor and generating a significant gaper delay.

Everyone came together to stand among the abandon lot’s weeds and uneven soil for a brief time around 5:00 p.m. to hear from Garry Cobb, the former Eagles star who’s taking on Donald Norcross in NJ-01, as well as U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell, Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano and an assortment of other activists led by chief event organizer Tom Crone.

 

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Cook Says LoBo is a ‘Solid R’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lobiondo and ChristieDemocrats are quickly running out of House pick up opportunities in the Garden State, Save Jerseyans. Some of that’s by design in the wake of redistricting; to a large extent, however, it’s a sign of what is looking like an ugly midterm cycle for the President’s party.

Over the weekend, venerated political handicapper Charlie Cook moved Frank LoBiondo’s 2nd Congressional District to “solid Republican” from the likely column; 5 of 6 districts currently held by the NJ GOP are considered solid:

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150+ YRs Party with Guardian on Steel Pier

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

don guardian

Hanging out with Mayor Don Guardian and some awesome Young Republicans in Atlantic City

Days after 60,000 country fans descended on Atlantic City’s beaches for an open air concert, Save Jerseyans, a smaller but no less enthusiastic crowd of 150+ gathered Saturday night on the historic Steel Pier to celebrate Young Republicanism and, it’s hoped, a new lease on life for the struggling Boardwalk Empire under the leadership of Republican Mayor Don Guardian.

We had a ton of fun, too, which is always critically important! How can you not have fun with a full bar, perched over the lapping waves of the Atlantic, within full view of the fully-lit casinos skyline? And for what it’s worse, you can’t convince other young people that you’re the best party out there if your actual parties stink. Can you?

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Protesters Await Harry Reid in Cherry Hill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

protestThe center of New Jersey’s political universe on Monday won’t be Trenton, Newark, or any of the usual flash-points north of the I-295 corridor, Save Jerseyans.

Sprawling, suburban Cherry Hill, South Jersey’s second most populated municipality, will play host to a fundraiser for Democrat State Senator and U.S. House candidate Donald Norcross at his power broker brother George Norcross III’s favorite restaurant, Caffe Aldo Lamberti, situated at the intersection of Haddonfield Road and Route 70 across from what used to be the legendary Garden State Race Track (now a large upscale outdoor shopping mall). The guest of honor is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a close ally of the Norcross Machine. Big money donors are expected to flock to the popular Italian bistro to pay homage.

Various grassroots groups are also intent on showing up for the high-ticket event but they don’t plan on staying for dinner or even partaking in the calamari appetizer.

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Two Pressers, Two Visions for A.C.

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

atlantic_city_boardwalk_NJThe contrast was dramatic.

Republican Assemblyman Chris Brown (D-2) led a press conference on Tuesday with Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Republican Mayor Don Guardian and various Atlantic County leaders at the Steel Pier on the Atlantic City Boardwalk to express their optimism that Atlantic City is not finished and, contrary to what you’re hearing in the news, has a bright future ahead of it.

The NJ GOP leaders stressed the fact that there are many good indicators out there which suggest that Atlantic City is actually on the upswing, but they also insisted that Trenton keep its word and give Atlantic City its promised five years:
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LD1 Jobs Report Card

How Have My Legislators Been Doing on the Jobs Front?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

LD1From some of my previous posts, Save Jerseyans, you might have picked up that I live in the 1st Legislative District. And in the 1st District, jobs was the number 2013 campaign issue, as it still is today. As a result, I have closely been following what my three legislators have been doing to bring jobs to the region.

Why am I doing this? Because I love where I live, and it pains me whenever I hear that people are planning on moving away because they feel the area does not offer them a future. I want my home’s future to be bright. Unemployment in “deep” South Jersey remains at the highest levels of anyone in New Jersey.

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This Weekend: National YRs in A.C.

By Mike Thulen | New Jersey Young Republican Federation

atlantic city skylineHello Save Jerseyans!  If you have not already heard, the New Jersey Young Republicans are hosting a huge two-day event in Atlantic City this weekend, August 1st and 2nd

The new Republican Mayor of Atlantic City Don Guardian heard that the Young Republicans were looking for a place to hold their annual Summer Bash this year and reached out to us.  The Mayor wanted to bring all of the Young Republicans to town for some amazing summer fun at the best place to host any big event in New Jersey, the Atlantic City Boardwalk.   With the Mayors help and the assistance of some of his friendly local business owners, a great event at an outstanding price was put together for not only New Jersey Young Republicans but also the National Young Republican Organization who decided to hold their Summer Board meeting in A.C. to coincide with the Summer Bash.

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5 Ways to Get South Jersey Working Again

My Roadmap for Spurring Round #1 of New Job Growth in Atlantic, Cumberland ans Cape May Counties

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

unemployment mapFrom some of my previous posts, Save Jerseyans, you might have picked up that I live in the 1st Legislative District. And in the 1st District, jobs was the number 2013 campaign issue, as it still is today. As a result, I have closely been following what job creation is happening our region.

Why am I doing this? Because I love where I live, and it pains me whenever I hear that people are planning on moving away because they feel the area does not offer them a future. I want my home’s future to be bright. This part of New Jersey also happens to consistently suffer the state’s highest unemployment rates.

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