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Empowerment, Not Entitlement

By Brian Goldberg | The Save Jersey Blog

GOPAs a middle-class, Jewish Republican from heavily Democrat Essex County (and, no, I’m not the only one…), I’ve seen firsthand the number of “closet conservatives” who won’t join our Party because of popular myths characterizing us as, well, take your pick: prejudiced, having a war on women, or out of touch with young voters.

During the course of my recent U.S. Senate campaign, I talked about the need for outreach to these communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in the Republican Party. There, we can find lots of conservatives who just need to know that we’re welcoming and the myths aren’t true. But, it is a two-part process to grow our Party.

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Some Belated Celebrity Nude Photo Perspective

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s amazing to me that the we’re STILL talking about the celebrity nude photo leak almost two months after it happened, Save Jerseyans.

There isn’t any new information out there and, frankly, the trolls looking to get their kicks from nude photos are capable of doing it quietly.

Believe it or not, it’s the celebrities victims themselves are the ones keeping the proverbial ball in the air. And they’re saying some pretty crazy things. For more publicity? Who knows. They might just be crazy. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” Jennifer Lawrence, the hacking incident’s most famous target, told VF’s Sam Kashner (via CNN) . “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”

It’s not a scandal nor is it a sex crime, Miss Lawrence. It’s a property crime. Pure and simple. Don’t turn this into something it isn’t.

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Christie Files Nominations

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Gubernatorial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the New Jersey State Senate:

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10 Reasons Why Many Americans Don’t Vote

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

An Afghan elder votes in 2009.

An Afghan elder votes in 2009.

My generation was admonished to “rock the vote,” Save Jerseyans, and a little later, we were warned to “vote or die.” Yet millions of Americans decide to forgo participation in arguably the most important franchise afforded a free people every November, and those participation rates are even less inspiring in midterm cycles.

Yes, it’s not really a new phenomenon. Still, you would think a society “advanced” enough to text, tweet, operate automobiles and trade online but also beset by threats, both foreign and domestic, would appreciate the importance of taking an active role in their republic?

In no particular order, here are some theories as to why those who abstain do so:

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How To Know If You May Be A Liberal

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

obama toastIt would seem quite clear — either someone is a liberal or isn’t, right?

In these polarized times, there can’t be that many people on the sidelines. Correct?

And yet, sometimes you may not be sure if someone’s a lefty.

In fact, many people who say they are “independent” or “moderate” actually harbor liberal views and even some people who think of themselves as “conservative” view themselves that way simply because they may prefer traditional (e.g. preppy) style clothing or some-such. So, you may wonder: “Is he (or she) really a liberal?” Or you might even have similar doubts about yourself.

Well, wonder no more.

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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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