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Category: South Jersey

LoBo Opens HQ in Mays Landing

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The frost isn’t quite on the pumpkin yet, Save Jerseyans, but we woke up today to falling leaves and continued cooler temperatures. Fall has arrived! And campaigns across New Jersey are entering their final stages.

Incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R-2) opened his Mays Landing Harding Highway campaign headquarters on Saturday morning flanked by Atlantic County GOP allies; the seat is considered a ‘solid R’ by experts but his Democrat challenger just hit the airwaves with an attack ad:

Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Wind Turbine Production Plants

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Wind TurbinesAtlantic, 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 three of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read part one and part two if you haven’t already.

I think that South Jersey has the potential for becoming a manufacturing hub of offshore wind turbines. If we act now, that potential could result in a huge of infusion of jobs into the region.

Some background…

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Belgard Attacks MacArthur… for Helping Young Pregnant Women?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Yup, you read that correctly.

Democrat Aimee Belgard is actually criticizing Republican Tom MacArthur for donating $24,000 to a non-profit, North Jersey-based charity that helps pregnant women contemplate alternatives to abortion… a donation made in his deceased child’s name!

Background: MacArthur’s own charitable foundation, In God’s Hands Charitable Foundation, contributed the funds to 1st Choice Women’s Health Center back in 2012. The organization operates crisis pregnancy centers in Morristown, Jersey City, Newark and Montclair, providing a variety of services ranging from counseling and emergency contraception information to ultrasounds and STD screenings. But since they’re not fans of abortion, Aimee Belgard is foaming at the mouth over it…

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Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Natural Gas Power Plants

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

The Tatan Power Plant in Taiwan, that country's largest of its kind.

The Tatan Power Plant in Taiwan, that country’s largest natural gas facility of its kind.

Atlantic, 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 two of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read part one if you haven’t already.

Moving forward: in my opinion, there are not one, but two opportunities to create jobs via natural gas power plants in South Jersey. The first you have heard about before. Let’s build the BL England Pipeline and convert the coal plant into a natural gas plant. It means jobs, lower emissions, and lights staying on in Cape May County. So let’s build it.

But you haven’t heard about the second opportunity…

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Bringing Jobs to South Jersey Starts with Making Jersey Business Friendly

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

south jersey mapAtlantic, 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.

Here’s my first offering:

Before we can start to lobby companies to invest in South Jersey, we need to make sure the stage is set for such an endeavor. It be pointless to convince businesses to come here if we aren’t ready to accept them. So my first post will focus on New Jersey’s business environment.

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Breaking Down the New NJ-03 Polling

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgard and macarthurWe’ve got two polls to digest today out of NJ-03, Save Jerseyans. We’ll take’em one at a time.

The first is a DCCC poll (as slanted and self-interested as they come) showing Tom MacArthur (R) three points up on Aimee Belgard (D), 46% to 43%. The DCCC model relies heavily on super-sized Dem turnout from a Cory Booker (D-Twitter) turnout operation which, to date, I haven’t seen any evidence of. He simply doesn’t need to buy that kind of a win this year; no one thinks he’s in that kind of danger.

Always take committee polling for what it is – a fundraising tool (I received an email touting the “results” not long after the news broke on Monday afternoon). I don’t blame’em for it. They’re doing their job. I just don’t see much positive news for Belgard to celebrate when her prime backer’s results show her (1) behind despite a full summer of rough ads attacking her opponents and, more amazingly, (2) a 10-point drop-off between the top of the ticket (Booker) and herself.

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Van Drew Owes Fiocchi an Apology

By Irwin Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1)

So I’m back from summer vacation, Save Jerseyans, and I ain’t happy.

In fact, I’m angry.

I read about Senator Jeff Van Drew’s appointing 25 people to the 1st District Economic task force. About how Van Drew made himself chair. About how he made Assemblyman Fluff Andrzejczak vice-chair.

And how he snubbed Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi by not only excluding Fiocchi’s 30 plus years of private sector from the task force for purely political reasons, but with these wildly inaccurate statements regarding Fiocchi‘s shock at being excluded:

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(UPDATED): Atlantic County Prosecutor Reconsiders Shaneen Allen Case?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Update

Shaneen Allen’s attorney Evan Nappen fills in NRA News on a promising development – and expresses cautious optimism – surrounding his client’s ongoing legal saga in Atlantic County:

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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

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Report: MGM Rolls Dice in A.C.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

atlantic city skylineHere’s an interesting development in the ongoing saga of Atlantic City, Save Jerseyans, on the same day as Governor Chris Christie’s “summit” over at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

South Jersey’s Harry Hurley reported Monday morning that MGM Resorts International is seeking re-licensure to do business in the legendary Jersey Shore resort as indicated by its presence on this Wednesday’s New Jersey Casino Control Commission Agenda.

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Howarth Leaves Ticket to Battle Crohn’s Disease

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Joe Howarth

Joe Howarth

Not great news to start the weekend, Save Jerseyans.

Joe Howarth, an incumbent GOP freeholder in Burlington County, is dropping from the party’s 2014 ticket due to complications encountered in his ongoing battle with Crohn’s Disease.

Freeholder Howarth released a letter through the county GOP organization on Friday afternoon.

“A worsening of the condition required me to undergo surgery this week,” Howarth, known for his intense brand of retail politics, explained to the reader. “While my long-term prognosis is good, recuperation from the procedure will make it impossible for me to hit the campaign trail with the same passion and energy that have been hallmarks of my past successful campaigns for Evesham Township School Board, Evesham Township Council and County Freeholder.”

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Update: Obama Loses His Building in Willingboro

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama and KidsIf Barack Obama can’t buy a vowel (or a building) in Willingboro, New Jersey, Save Jerseyans, then it’s time to hang it up.  Game over. The lamest of all lame ducks.

But that’s where he’s at today. After causing a national stir by moving to change its town center’s name from JFK to Obama, Willingboro’s council did an about-face on Tuesday night and rescinded its early August decision to rename the Kennedy Center.

Click here to read full coverage form the Burlington County Times.

LIUNA Endorses MacArthur; DCCC Dumpster Dives

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur endorsementLabor Day is in the rear view mirror, Save Jerseyans, and the final lap to Election Day is turning into a sprint as Congressional Democrats, desperate for offsets to expected losses, attempt to gain a beachhead in New Jersey’s 3rd District.

Republican Tom MacArthur kicked his Tuesday off by accepting the endorsement of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) in Edgewater Park. “We’re here today because we need leaders in Washington, like Tom MacArthur, who will work with people in both parties and build a consensus behind policies that help to create jobs and rebuild America’s middle-class,” said Tony Capaccio, President and Business Manager Construction & General Laborers’ Local 172.  “Tom came from modest means and worked hard to build a successful business.  He believes that we must invest in America and American families, and our members will work hard for him in this campaign.”

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The Golden Goose is Gasping for Air

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

golden eggAtlantic City received yet another reality check this week, Save Jerseyans, with the news that the A.C. metro region experienced the single largest employment drop of any U.S. metropolitan area last month over July 2013.

That’s a 3,600 employee loss; by contrast, Nevada’s Clark County (home to Las Vegas) added 25,700 jobs.

Like I said on Sunday: New Jersey politicians will underestimate this problem at their own peril

That peril extends to those of us living outside of the legendary Shore resort’s metro area.

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Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02’s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates:

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