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The Wiz Gets Pissy with Nuzzi

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Wiz, soaking up his 15 minutes of Bridgegate fame on NBC

The Wiz, soaking up his 15 minutes of Bridgegate fame on NBC

Just when you thought SCI Chairman John “The Wiz” Wisniewski couldn’t be more charming, Save Jerseyans, he somehow finds a way! That’s why we call him The Wiz here at Save Jersey. He never ceases to amaze us.

Today’s example: New Jersey native Olivia Nuzzi, political reporter for The Daily Beast, recently reached out to Chairman Wiz to discuss the latest Bridgegate legislative investigation developments (hints: there aren’t any).

Amazingly for a man with so much recent interview experience, the Wiz wasn’t especially… diplomatic?… when asked about “his seemingly constant presence of television” since Bridgegate broke nationally:

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The Most Worthwhile Plan in Trenton History

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The need for redistricting reform should be self-evident, Save Jerseyans. 

Strip politics out of it for a moment. Why would anyone, in any industry or position, public or private, feel an impetus to serve anyone besides himself or herself when there’s virtually no chance of being fired for poor performance? Yet that’s the system gifted to us by the Supreme Court and the late Alan Rosenthal. Each legislative election cycle, only a small percentage of districts see the successful candidate prevail by less than 10-points and the popular will for change is muted by gerrymandering. Check out your latest property tax bill for evidence of how well that works!

Jon Bramnick’s got a way to fix it; on Monday, he announced plans to introduce a constitutional amendment that would fundamentally transform the way New Jersey redistricts every ten years.

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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.

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Dueling Showboat Pressers on the Boards

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This is why people hate politics, Save Jerseyans.

Opportunistic as ever, the CD2 Democrat campaign of Bill Hughes Jr. staged a press conference in front of the soon-to-be-shuttered Showboat Casino in Atlantic City last week to criticize incumbent Frank Lobiondo for allegedly not doing enough to prevent job losses as well as Showboat’s owner, Caesars Entertainment. The substance of the blame was typical liberal malarkey, blaming business owners for making business decisions instead of taking a critical look at the government’s own role in the stagnation of Atlantic City.

Then an enterprising A.C. Press reporter picked up on an interesting angle…

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Congratulations to the Webber Family

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

We’d like to congratulate our dear friend Asm. Jay Webber and his wife, Johanna, on the birth of their daughter Lily Catherine (8 lbs. 10 oz.), Save Jerseyans. Little Lily is the couple’s seventh child, signaling the latest big step in the conservative Assembly stalwart’s plan to single-handedly replenish the Garden State’s ranks of registered Republicans.

Here she is:

webber baby

What July 4th Means to Bonnie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Bonnie Watson Coleman

We celebrate the birth of modern western democracy every July 4th, Save Jerseyans. It’s a time to reflect upon our freedoms, rights, blessings, and the sacrifices required to secure each and every one of them.

That’s you. And me, but interestingly not everyone. What did Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman, candidate for Congress, choose to opine about in her July 4th campaign email blast?

“Equal pay” liberal mythology and Hobby Lobby’s contraception coverage. “Our country’s proud history continues to evolve daily and, in those fifty years we have made so much progress…,” Watson Coleman reflected, “but we still have so far to go to achieve fairness for everyone. Women still make .78 on the dollar that men make for doing the same job and under this Congress and the current Supreme Court we have recently had some other significant setbacks.  The Supreme Court gutted voting rights laws that were designed to protect African Americans and racial minorities and, just this week, the Supreme Court ruled that employers can object to paying for birth control that a doctor prescribes.”

So please, during this weekend’s beach and bbq festivities, don’t forget to pause and remember the millions of American soldiers from the Revolutionary War forward who paid the ultimate sacrifice… for your girlfriend to get subsidized Plan B from her boss?

God bless America.

 

The Conservative Case Against This Budget

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey’s $34.1 billion FY 2015 budget stinks for a host of different reasons, Save Jerseyans, all of which we’ve discussed here at Save Jersey including a measure that ADDS new members to the imperiled public benefits system, and we’ll continue to hope that Governor Chris Christie surprises us and uses his veto pen liberally but, for now, here’s a clip of Asm. Jay Webber (R-Morris) who did a solid job of summarizing where Democrats (and his own GOP) went astray from the floor on Thursday:

Gary Schaer is Lying

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

trenton dome“No Democrat wants new taxes but no Democrat wants continued fiscal irresponsibility.”

That’s Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer, June 25, 2014, in reference to the Democrat’s FY2015 proposed budget, repeating a line that his Speaker, Vince Prieto, and other Assembly Democrats have uttered ahead of Thursday’s big FY 2015 budget vote.

I call bull, Save Jerseyans.

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Trenton Moves to the Left of Cryan?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Joe Cryan

Joe Cryan

THIS is how sad it’s getting in Trenton, Save Jerseyans.

The following blurb from our AFP-NJ friends’ post-Assembly budget vote release caught my eye: “If reports are true, only Asm. Cryan and a few others in the Democratic caucus opposed this tax-hiking budget. We commend Asm. Cryan for pushing for a 4% across-the-board cut in the budget[.]“

Yes, Joe Cryan was the only one proposing cuts. 4%. Across-the-board.

Okay. I want to make it abundantly clear: anyone, Democrat or Republican, who claims that there is almost nothing to cut from the FY 2015 Budget is to the Left of Assemblyman Joe Cryan!

One of the legislature’s most partisan, liberal, and romantic (I might add) senior members.

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Assembly Puts Brakes On Common Core

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

brakesIf I told you that the Democrat-dominated New Jersey Assembly voted 72-4 this week to slow down the pace of Common Core State Standards implementation, Save Jerseyans, you’d probably feel the urge to get your eyes checked. But that’s exactly what happened on Monday. Go figure….

The legislative effort spearheaded by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex) won a dozen primary sponsors and overwhelming bipartisan support; if it becomes law, the bill would establish a task force to review (not scrap) state participation in the controversial new Common Core standards and the equally controversial the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing.

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So When Am I Allowed to Die?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

grim reaperIn case you missed it, Save Jerseyans, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-West Deptford) is sponsoring Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act‘ (that cleared the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee about one week ago, by the way) to make New Jersey the sixth state in the U.S. to permit so-called “physician-assisted suicide.”

Ghoulish? You bet.

Read it for yourself. There are plenty of compelling substantive objections. I’ve got some serious questions, too.

For starters, what’s to stop the kids from killing grandma?

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Webber: 76ers Deal is “Corporate Welfare”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

We don’t have anything close to a majority in Trenton, Save Jerseyans, but conservatives are speaking out against the structure of a massive tax abatement deal for the new Sixers practice facility on the Camden Waterfront.

Chief among them is former NJ GOP Chairman and political “rising star” Jay Webber who’s never afraid to challenge the status quo“We shouldn’t be providing these massive subsidies to people who are doing incredibly well,” Webber tolod NJTV on Friday. “These corporate subsidies, this corporate welfare, you’re taxing the guy who works at the gas station; you’re taxing the school teacher; you’re taxing the cop. You’re taking their money and you’re sticking it in the pocket of the owners of the 76ers.”

Webber, Spadea Headline YR Awards

Middlesex YRs to Honor Webber, Bengivenga and Other Young Republican Leaders; Chasing New Jersey‘s Bill Spadea Will MC

By Ksenia Charlotte Lebedeva | The Save Jersey Blog

Robert Bengivenga

Robert Bengivenga

Among a string of great upcoming events among New Jersey’s Young Republicans clubs is the Middlesex County Young Republicans’ Lincoln-Reagan Awards Day Reception on Thursday, June 19 at 8PM at the Crowne Plaza, Edison.

As the campaign season is in full swing, it is necessary to recognize those activists who are making a difference in New Jersey. This event is a state-wide recognition of individuals who actively help the conservative cause and inspire the future of the Republican Party in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris) and Councilman Rob Bengivenga (R-South Plainfield) will be the evening’s honorees. The Master of Ceremonies will be none other than Bill Spadea, the host of “Chasing New Jersey.”

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LIVE: Christie’s COS Testifies

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The man who might be New Jersey’s next state attorney general gets his turn to discuss the Bridgegate scandal under the heat lamps this morning, Save Jerseyans.

Christie Administration Chief of Staff Kevin O’Dowd will testify before the Wiz’s SCI at 10:30 a.m. in the Statehouse Annex. In December, the Governor had announced O’Dowd as his choice to replace then-U.S. Senator Jeff Chiesa following Frank Lautenberg passing but, in the wake of Bridgegate, his ascension was placed on the back burner. He had figured prominently in the Bridgegate memoranda prepared by the Administration’s retained attorneys; for example, he reportedly “grilled” Bridget Kelly over her role in the Fort Lee lane closures after the story broke.

You can watch LIVE here or streaming below the fold…

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Bonnie’s BS Medicare Ad is Bunk

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bonnie Watson Coleman: a known liar

Bonnie Watson Coleman: a known liar

I think it’s extremely telling that Democrats primarily attack Republicans in their primary campaign ads whereas Republicans primary hopefuls… also attack Republicans.

Is it any wonder why we’re constantly getting our clocks cleaned at the polls?

In any event, the CD12 Democrat primary TV ad war is heating up in the final hours of the 2014 primary cycle as Bonnie Watson Coleman took to the air in the past 24 hours with this spot promising to stop the Tea Party from, essentially, killing everyone’s grandparents by stealing their benefits:

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N.J. Assembly Mag Ban Roll Call

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJ Assembly ChamberI promised to follow up with the roll call from last week’s Assembly magazine ban concurrence vote, Save Jerseyans, so here it is while we wait for Governor Christie to make a move:

One again, Asm. Christopher J. Brown (R-8) of Burlington County was the sole Republican YEA vote, while Democrats Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) of Cape May County, John Burzichelli (D-3) of Gloucester County and Celeste Riley (D-3) of Cumberland, the latter two being the district mates of magazine ban champion Steve Sweeney, voted against the bill. 

Two Democrats - Shavonda E. Sumter (D-35) and Pam Lampitt (D-6) – didn’t vote.

The official roll call is re-posted below the fold…

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Carroll Stands By His Friend Lonegan

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Michael Patrick Carroll

Michael Patrick Carroll

Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris) is backing Steve Lonegan in his hotly contested CD3 GOP primary with businessman Tom MacArthur.

Lonegan announced the pending endorsement during a Friday tapped TV debated on NJTV hosted by Michael Aron, but when I reached to confirm the endorsement later in the afternoon, Carroll insisted that his support for the former Bogota mayor isn’t news.

“I’ve known Steve Lonegan for almost my entire term in the Legislature,” Asm. Carroll told Save Jersey. “During that time, he’s been a stalwart advocate for common sense, conservative (excuse the tautology) values. He stood up for the taxpayers against taxers, spenders, and borrowers of both parties and his support has been invaluable to me, as a frequently lonely conservative in this often seemingly hopelessly misguided state. In Congress, he would be a wonderful, pro-freedom antidote to the Pelosi-ites who populate the other Party, a veritable anti-Obama. NJ needs more good, solid, conservative Republicans to defend it against those in DC who would treat as nothing more than a piggy bank for failed big government programs.”

Aron’s debate will air this Saturday 5/24 at 6:30 p.m. and then again on Sunday 5/25 at 10 a.m. The only other debate transpired Wednesday on Philly’s WPHT radio station.