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Christie in WI, OH; NJ Dems Attempt Veto Override

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

October arrives this week, Save Jerseyans, and Captain Clutch may be retired but the political world is kicking into high gear.

Governor Chris Christie is heading to Wisconsin and Ohio on Monday; he’ll attend events for Governor Scott Walker and Governor John Kasich, respectively, at a time when the former is clinging to a slim lead and the latter is leading in polls by Christie ’13 margins.

That’s good news for the RGA Chairman. Less good? A potential override of an absolute veto back on the home-front.


AFP Opposes Chivukula BPU Nomination

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

uprendaNew Jersey’s branch of Americans for Prosperity isn’t happy about Asm. Upendra Chivukula’s elevation to commissioner for the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). 

“During his tenure in the Legislature, Asm. Chivukula has racked up one of the worst, anti-taxpayer track records of any member in the Legislature,” AFP communications director Mike Proto said in a statement.


Wiz Vows to Carry On!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie pointingJohn “the Wiz” Wisniewski is the same guy who initially raised the possibility of impeaching Governor Chris Christie over the Bridgegate scandal, Save Jerseyans. Wisniewski’s SCI Bridgegate investigation subsequently spent millions of tax dollars, leaked investigatory information and, when all was said and done nine months later, UNCOVERED NO EVIDENCE that Chris Christie did anything wrong.

So what did the the Wiz, clinging to the prospect of a Bridgegate-fueled run at higher office, do on Thursday evening when it we found out that the federal government’s investigation also found no evidence of Christie wrongdoing and, moreover, would not seek any charges against the Governor?

He crawled back to MSNBC, complained about leaks, ignored targeted reform proposals (you’d think a legislative committee would be interested in legislation?) and denied ever suggesting that Governor Chris Christie had committed any criminal acts…

Sorry, Asm. O’Scanlon; I think you might be wrong after all about one thing: the Wiz has balls the size of grapefruits…


RNC Profiles Rodriguez-Gregg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In an effort to remind people that the GOP isn’t just a bunch of pissed off old white guys complaining about their taxes, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seizing upon Hispanic Heritage Month to profile Republican Hispanic lawmakers around the country. One of this week’s honorees was our very own Asw. Maria Rodriquez-Gregg (R-8) of Burlington County: 

There’s more dimensions to our New Jersey Republican coalition than some would lead you to believe, Save Jerseyans, partly because “we” have rarely done a good job of showcasing it. Hopefully that’s starting to change; here’s a run-down of this year’s extremely diverse NJ GOP House candidates in case you missed it…


UPDATE: Bramnick Goes to Bat for Shaneen Allen; Christie Won’t Act Pre-Adjudication

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie bridgegate presserUpdate: Our old friend Art Gallagher of MMM reached out to Chris Christie’s front office to see whether he’d intervene in the case now; he was told by the Governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, that the pardon power is “only available once a case is adjudicated and upon formal request to the governor for consideration.” It’s an interesting question and, to the best of my knowledge, preemptive pardons are completely acceptable at the federal level with precedent for it going back to 1866. I welcome all of you amateur state constitutional experts out there to dive into Article II Section II.1 and render your own opinion regarding the state of the gubernatorial prerogative right here in New Jersey…

Original: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick sounded every bit like the seasoned defense attorney that he is is during a snap press conference at the State House on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, speaking out in favor of a GOP bill that would grant greater judicial discretion in situation analogous to that of Philadelphia mother Shaneen Allen.  


O’Scanlon: Wisniewski Lacks “Testicular Fortitude”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O’Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has been a one-man battle tank in the war to ride New Jersey of red light cameras, Save Jerseyans, and he’s made substantial progress.

Who’s been less-than cooperative? John Wisniewski, the SCI chairman who also happens to serve as chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. The Wiz is an advocate for EXPANDING their use. Asm. O’Scanlon thinks he knows why, and he didn’t mince words in a press release aimed directly at the senior Democrat.


Death Tax Repeal Supporters Rally at State House

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

death tax rallyYou don’t need me to remind you that New Jersey is one of the most heavily taxed states in the country, Save Jerseyans. It’s the primary reason why you’re a fan of this site.

And while it’s generally difficult for both sides of the aisle to come to an agreement on the all-important tax issue, at least in terms of getting anything constructive accomplished, a legislative effort was formally launched on the State House steps this Monday that’s got bipartisan sponsorship.

The cause capable of making this possible? Repealing the “death tax.”

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by state senator Steve Oroho, (R-Sussex) and Paul Sarlo (D-Wood Ridge), would repeal the estate tax over a 5-year time span.


NJ Assemblywomen Call on Goodell to Resign

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ray rice videoSome of the NJ GOP’s most prominent women just threw a flag on the field, Save Jerseyans. And they want a penalty assessed without delay.

Following the passage of a domestic violence legislative package on Monday in Trenton, a group of Republican legislators – Caroline Casagrande, Nancy F. Muñoz, Mary Pat Angelini, Amy Handlin, Alison McHose, Holly Schepisi, DiAnne Gove, BettyLou DeCroce, Donna Simon and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg – issued a statement calling for the immediate resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:


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:


Christie Vetoes Greenwald’s “Economic Opportunity Act”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie smileCiting “special interests for part-time legislators,” Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed A-3213/S-1551 today, Save Jerseyans, otherwise known as the Economic Opportunity Act, Part 3.

This legislation was sponsored by Christie arch-critic Lou Greenwald in the Assembly and Ray Lesniak and Shavonda Sumter in the State Senate. The original package cleared the state house last fall. Things are different now, in terms of both political and economic realities. The latter point is expressly argued in the Governor’s statement.


Christie, GOP Leaders Share 9/11 Reflections

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order No.162 this week, Save Jerseyans, directing that all New Jersey state buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Thursday, September 11, 2014, the 13th anniversary (yeah, it’s been THAT long) of the 9/11 terror attacks that claimed the lives of 746 New Jersey residents. He also declared it a “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” throughout the entirety of New Jersey.

He are his remarks on the subject offered yesterday during a school visit in Camden:


What I Did This Summer

By Jay Webber | The Save Jersey Blog

Dear Friends,

I hope everyone had a relaxing summer and a great Labor Day Weekend. As we head into the Fall, I want to update you on some of my activities over the last few months.

Budget Battle

Back in June I took a strong principled stand against the State budget proposal. I opposed the false choice of either raising taxes or deferring pension payments to balance the State budget. Instead, I called for across-the-board spending cuts to meet our pension obligations and to avoid raising taxes on the already over-taxed citizens of New Jersey. Making the legally required pension payment is the right thing to do for the people who work hard for the State of New Jersey for taxpayers, because not making the legally required pension payments today will cost us much more down the road. To view my comments on the Assembly floor opposing the budget click on the photo above.


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.”


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.


‘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.