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Christie, Bramnick React to Perry Indictment

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bramnick and christie

Asm. Bramnick (front center) speaks as Gov. Christie looks on

Governor Chris Christie and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick are usually lock-step on the legislative front, Save Jerseyans, or at least pretty close to it. That’s not necessarily the case when it comes to Texas politics.

Christie, who continues to serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), all-but declared Rick Perry innocent on Monday in a statement released by the national organization but stopped short of commenting directly on the indictment. “I have complete faith and confidence in Governor Perry’s honesty and integrity. And I’m sure that will be confirmed over time,” Christie declared.

Bramnick adopted a somewhat more circumspect approach as to Perry’s innocence but delved into the question of whether the indictment held any merit. “Although I do not agree with all of Governor Perry’s policy positions, I am a supporter of the American justice system,” Bramnick began in a statement transmitted by the Assembly GOP office. “The system should avoid any appearance of political retribution or political interference. There was apparently a history between the county district attorney and Governor Perry. Under those circumstances, an independent prosecutor to investigate the allegations should be appointed to review any alleged wrongdoing.”

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Everything Wrong with N.J. Politics

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

prietoVincent Prieto’s resume is what’s wrong with New Jersey politics.

The Hudson County Democrat, who serves as speaker of the state Assembly, has gotten a lot of ink lately over his race to the ethical bottom. He’s becoming rich beyond the dreams of avarice on the public dime, with a new politically-connected consulting gig augmenting his $200,000 salary.

He’s forgotten, if he ever knew, that elective office is about public service, not personal enrichment – serve the people, don’t drain them.

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‘Open Space’ Travesty Says It All

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

fieldEverything that drives me crazy about Trenton played out in last week’s passage of a new “Open Space” measure, Save Jerseyans, setting up a ballot question for the November election and another expenditure which we can ill-afford.

Bad logic. Reckless spending. And a little good old fashioned horse trading?

In case you’re not aware of the background information, SCR-84 results in a proposed constitutional amendment on New Jersey’s next general election ballot which, if approved by the voters, dedicates $150 million per year for open space conservation over 30 years.  That’s a roughly $4 billion investment at a time when our government just declined to make an additional, pre-planned $2.4 billion payment towards our chronically underfunded pension system.

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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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Still Waiting to See What Makes Jeff “Independent”

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

rubberstampAs you know, Save Jerseyans, Democrat Bill Hughes, Jr is looking to unseat Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo in District 2 so Hughes can rubber stamp Obama’s agenda and help make Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House again (because it worked out so well the first time).

And State Senator Jeff Van Drew just endorsed the wanna-be Obama rubber stamp Bill Hughes, Jr. this week.

This should come as no shock to you, loyal Save Jersey readers, because Van Drew, while pretending to be an across the aisle moderate, is a proud Democrat who sticks with his party at the end of the day. And Van Drew just demonstrated in this instance how he is willing to ignore all the good LoBiondo has done for the district and his efforts to bring jobs to the area, endorsing Hughes… why? 

Because Hughes is a Democrat.

LoBiondo is going to beat Hughes. Bank on it. Which means in 2015, when Van Drew is on the campaign trail, trying to convince voters to re-elect his mouthpiece, Assemblyman Fluff Bob Andrzejczak, Mr. Middle of the Aisle Van Drew is going to have explain to people why he tried to send an Obama rubber stamp to Washington.

 

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.”