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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
“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.
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[.]“
If 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.
In 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?
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.”
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.”
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:
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…
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.