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REPORT: Sheridan Fire Ruled Arson

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Cooper Health System President and CEO John P. Sheridan, Jr. introduces Governor Chris Christie to speak at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, N.J. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

John P. Sheridan, Jr.

This story just keeps getting worse, Save Jerseyans.

According to a report from NJBIZ, the shocking death of Cooper CEO John Sheridan and his wife has been ruled an arson by officials in Somerset County; investigators now believe the fire was “intentionally” set in the couple’s master bedroom. Good grief…

We’ll let you know if/when we hear more… again, the investigation is reportedly ongoing…

Christie Files Direct Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

trenton domeDirect appointments do NOT require the advice or the consent of the State Senate:

Direct Appointments
NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Public Members
Appoint Daniel O. Croson, Jr. (Carteret, Middlesex)
Appoint Mark D. Peters, II, Pharm.D. (Flemington, Hunterdon)
Appoint Anne B. Ciemnecki (East Windsor, Mercer)
Appoint Reverend Joseph V. Thelusca (East Orange, Essex)
Departmental Appointments Subject to the Governor’s Approval
Governor Christie approved Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez’s appointments for the Community Mental Health Citizens Advisory Board. These approved appointments do not require Senate confirmation.

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10 Appropriate N.J. State Song Selections

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey’s credit sucks as much as its tax rates, business climate and stubbornly-sluggish jobs market, Save Jerseyans, but that hasn’t stopped our legislators from wasting time debating a state song with the same obnoxiously carefree attitude that they exhibit when wasting our money, all while our family and neighbors run for the bridges.

None of their song choices are particularly appropriate. Here are ten much better suggestions from Save Jersey which, if we’re being honest (they rarely are) would make a lot more sense given the state of things in the Garden State… 

(1) Elvis Presley – I’m Movin’ On (1969)

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Arson Investigators Probe Cooper CEO’s Death

Cooper Health System President and CEO John P. Sheridan, Jr. introduces Governor Chris Christie to speak at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, N.J. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

John P. Sheridan, Jr.

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

That’s the grim word on Sunday evening, Save Jerseyans, upon the tragic death of Cooper University CEO John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, at their Skillman, Somerset County home. The cause of death is apparently related to a house fire.

Sheridan was a significant player in New Jersey public affairs and politics. An attorney by trade, he enjoyed an extensive history in the public sector including but not limited to a stint as deputy attorney general for Governor Cahill and, later, transportation commissioner for Governor Kean.

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Rand Paul: Silent Star of Booker’s 1st TV Ad?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Screenshot from Cory Booker's first TV #njsen spot, "True"

Screenshot from Cory Booker’s first TV #njsen spot, “True”

He isn’t explicitly mentioned, Save Jerseyans, and you never see his curly hair or slight frame in the first campaign TV spot of 2014 released by Cory Booker (D-Twitter), but a rudimentary Google search sets the issue to rest:

Cory is talking about his buddy… Rand.

“I mean it, and I did it,” Booker brags in the 30-second spot.

Did what? There’s a few things in the fire (e.g. he teamed with Tim Scott of SC on the LEAP Act), but Booker and Senator Paul made headlines and raised eyebrows when the odd couple partnered to support criminal justice reforms in the realm of “non-violent” drug crime. Interestingly, the move put Paul squarely in opposition with Booker’s 2014 general election opponent, Jeff Bell, who advocates a more traditional conservative approach to social issues ranging from drugs to gay marriage.

Click here to watch it.

 

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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Report: Fmr. Torricelli Operative Fox Takes Over NJ DOT

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie will speak from his State House Outer Office at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Save Jerseyans. You can watch it live right here (below the fold)…

The topic matter? PolitickerNJ is reporting that Christie will replace New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson with former McGreevey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox. He’s a partisan Democrat whose resume includes high levels positions with Robert “The Torch” Torricelli and the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Did we run out of Republicans who could do the job?

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‘Constitution Day’ More Important Than Ever in the Scottish/Russian/ISIS Context

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

voting school house rockIt’s Constitution Day, Save Jerseyans, as good an opportunity as any to remind ourselves and those around us why the U.S. Constitution’s health and well-being persists as an appropriately popular topic of discussion for the American political Right particularly, I might add, in light of current events overseas.

Let’s start at the beginning. On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to sign the most remarkable document, in terms of global historical significance, since Magna Carta. The U.S. Constitution embodied a remarkable idea: that American government would derive its authority from the governed, and not the other way around; consequently, the people’s government would be bound to respect “certain unalienable rights” (h/t the Declaration of Independence) first expressed in 1776 but now codified in a written constitutional framework.

I doubt even the Framers understood how well they did. I firmly believe that too many modern Americans are clueless.

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Christie Files Nominations to Superior Court, Parole Board

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at desk signing budgetNominations are subject to the advice and the consent of the State Senate; direct appointments are not:

NOMINATIONS

SUPERIOR COURT
Nominate for reappointment Benjamin C. Telsey (Pilesgrove, Salem)
Nominate for appointment John M. Deitch (Fanwood, Union)
Nominate for appointment Theresa E. Mullen (Scotch Plains, Union)
Nominate for appointment Candido Rodriguez (Scotch Plains, Union)

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10 More Overused (Or Useless) Political Words and Phrases

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

argument fightOur last list of ten overused (or downright useless) words and phrases in American politics did pretty well, Save Jerseyans, so I decided to compile Volume II for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

Unfortunately, I suspect we could easily make it to Volume XXVI without reaching too deeply. Maybe we will. Stay tuned. It’s not like our national political discourse is trending in a smarter direction or anything, so I’m in no danger of having to make a snap decision. Stay tuned…

For now, without further ado, here’s Round #2 for your kind consideration:

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Christie Vetoes Smoke Ban, Signs Alimony Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Monmouth Beach post Sandy seawallThere was a ton of bill signing (and vetoing) activity on Wednesday in Trenton, Save Jerseyans, announced while the NJ GOP partied away with Mitty Romney in East Brunswick.

In no particular order….

BILL SIGNINGS:

ACS for A-845, 971, 1649/SCS for S-488, 1808, (Mainor, Lampitt, S. Kean, Singleton, Giblin, Wimberly, Jimenez, Coughlin/Scutari, Singer, A.R. Bucco) – Establishes durational limits and enumerates certain factors concerning modification and termination of alimony; establishes “open durational” alimony

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Rutgers Prof: Racism Makes Poor People Fat

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

CheeseburgerHigher education has hit another new low, Save Jerseyans. And naturally it had to happen here.

A new “study” (click here) by Rutgers University Luis Rivera claims that U.S. ethnic minority groups suffer from disproportionate levels of obesity because… brace yourselves… “racial microaggressions” result in unhealthy dietary habits.

“When you are exposed to negative stereotypes, you may gravitate more toward unhealthy foods as opposed to healthy foods,” Rivera recently opined in the Journal of Social Issues. “You may have a less positive attitude toward watching your carbs or cutting back on fast food, and toward working out and exercising.”

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Christie Files Direct Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at desk signing budgetDirect appointments do not require the advice or the consent of the State Senate…

DIRECT APPOINTMENTS

NEW JERSEY COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED STATE REHABILITATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
Statewide Independent Living Council Representative
Reappoint Dorothy M. Doran, M.S., CRC (Neptune, Monmouth)
Current or Former Applicant/Recipient of CBVI Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Appoint Jamie C. Hilton (Fanwood, Union)
Public Member – Parent/Relative Advocate
Appoint Carolyn Ottilie Lucas (Ewing, Mercer)
Public Member – Advocacy for the Blind/Disabled Representative
Appoint Richard Fox (Bloomfield, Essex)
Public Member – Business, Industry and Labor Sector Representative
Appoint Kris M. Tucker (Hainesport, Burlington)

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Remembering Joan Rivers: An American Trailblazer

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Joan RiversJoan Rivers started as a phenomenon – a woman standup comic in a business which was almost exclusively male.

Yes, she made fun of herself, like Phyllis Diller. But she did dress outrageously or clownish as Diller often did.

Yes, she was searingly frank, like Totie Fields. But she was much younger than Fields, and more attractive.

Joan Rivers started almost as a curiosity and became a trailblazer and then a legend.

We had the opportunity to see both Phyllis Diller and Totie Fields live and they were both laugh-out-loud funny. They helped to open the door for Joan Rivers but once Rivers got through the door nothing was ever the same again. Joan Rivers invented modern day distaff standup.

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Joan Rivers: Walking, Talking Truth Bomb

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey

“If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe’em out!”

I, for one, didn’t take offense when Joan Rivers transposed “Palestinians” with “New Jerseyans” back in July of this year to explain, as only she can, why Israel has an absolute right to defend itself in the face of ongoing terrorist attacks (see below). There wasn’t a malicious bone in her body and, 9 times out of 10, she hit the nail directly on the head (even when it hurt as much as that sounds). It’s a big part of explanation for how she got away with dropping deliciously-outrageous truth bombs for decades on American television and delighting audiences across gender, age and economic lines.

Joan Rivers wasn’t afraid to piss off anyone over anything. I can’t help but admire that. She was an undeniably honest force in an age of Twitter-using, ribbon-wearing, politically-correct artificiality. Rare authenticity in an age of artificiality. Our culture’s atmosphere just got a little more stagnant with her passing.

She could’ve run for Governor of New Jersey! We could’ve done worse. We HAVE done worse.

Rest in peace, Joan Rivers. You were truly one of a kind, one which we’re certainly lacking in this world of ours: