Gov. Christie was absolutely correct in vetoing the Legislature’s magazine-limit bill, despite Sandy Hook-parent Hugo Rojas’ protestations to the contrary. The bill was not only trivial, but it was cynical to boot since it did nothing but regurgitate the long-standing agenda of gun control advocates in New Jersey without addressing what really was at the heart of the Newtown, CT tragedy: defenseless children and teachers left at the mercy of a deranged individual who should have been locked up.
If you want to solve problems, the first key is correctly identifying them, not trotting out tired, politically correct memes that pander to sentimentality. It’s obvious that a big problem at Sandy Hook – a problem lawmakers in New Jersey ignore and perpetuate today – is defenseless schools.
Another problem is the hands-off attitude taken by local and state officials and law enforcement against mentally ill people who, like Adam Lanza, have a long, documented and scary track record of violent behavior yet are allowed to walk the streets.
Ignoring the real problems in favor of political pandering is what the Legislature did with the magazine-limit bill. Gov. Christie was right to veto it, and Mr. Rojas’ is mistaken in his criticism.
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.
This Friday, June 27, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Ocean County Young Republicans will be honoring one of their own, who, has made a particularly powerful impact in both Ocean County and the State as a whole – New Jersey Young Republican Federation Chairman Michael Thulen, Jr.
For those of you Save Jerseyans from Ocean County, you will undoubtedly have been acquainted with Michael during his tenure as the Chairman of the Ocean County Young Republicans where, along with a great group of Young Republican activists, Michael was able to help elect strong, Republican leaders into offices across the county, particularly in his hometown of Brick.
Following an earth-shattering decision by the California state court striking down that state’s tenure law, state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) says he’s reaching out to an advocacy group involved in the West Coast case to help accomplish the same result in New Jersey.
He’ll start by re-introducing S-2171, “The School Children First Act.”
A few thoughts as the dust settles from Tuesday night:
(1) #NJSen: All other things being equal, targeting matters most…
We’re going to spend some time in the days ahead analyzing Jeff Bell‘s surprising U.S. Senate primary victory, Save Jerseyans, having defied conventional wisdom and won a plurality of the vote despite shunning the county convention circuit and carrying not a single line. Residual name recognition? Maybe a little. Benefiting from opponents’ mistakes? Sure, to a degree.
The most obvious explanation: solidtargeting.
It’s all anecdotal, but I’ve heard from numerous reliable GOP primary voters living in different counties who reported hearing from only one candidate in their mailboxes and robocalls in their voice mail boxes over the past couple of weeks: Mr. Bell, a former Senate candidate and speech writer for Ronald Reagan who hasn’t resided in New Jersey for three decades prior to this instant contest but who is determined to make an issue out of monetary policy and, specifically, reviving the gold standard.
We first met Lewis Katz 44 years not long before Carole Cirucci and I were married.
I had moved from Camden (the town that both Lew and I claimed as “home”) to Cherry Hill and had become involved in the local Democrat Party there as we attempted to end 20 years of entrenched Republican rule in that town. We fought on the same team together and won.
Lew Katz was a young lawyer and a rising star in South Jersey politics.
He was tall, handsome, charming and clearly, very bright.
Over the years we watched him climb to extraordinary heights as a successful businessman, extraordinary deal-maker, friend of presidents and corporate titans and most recently, major philanthropist. None of this surprised us because it was clear to us that Lew Katz had the talent, the energy, the drive and the smarts to get where he was going, and fast.
But here’s the thing about Lew Katz: He climbed to the top of the ladder but never. ever forgot the people he encountered on the first few rungs. In fact, he seemed to have a special affection for those people — especially if they were from Camden.
“According to three sources with knowledge of the agreement, Rabner — who has been chief justice since 2007 — will be nominated by Christie for tenure, and serve until he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2030.
Christie, in turn, will get to nominate with Sweeney’s support a close ally to one of two vacant seats on the court: Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon, a Republican who previously served as president of the Board of Public Utilities.
Spokesmen for Christie and Sweeney declined to comment.”
We shouldn’t need Mother’s Day to remind us that mothers are important.
And hopefully most people really don’t need Mother’s Day for such a reminder.
I know I don’t.
Even though my Mother passed a
way 15 years ago, she is still with me every day. She is still at my side. She is still here for me. She still comforts me. She still encourages me. She still cheers me up. She still urges me onward.
Because she gave me love.
And love really is eternal.
It never leaves us. It never goes away. It never dies.
According to the Movoto Real Estate blog, Save Jerseyans, two of New Jersey’s cities are among the most “stressed out” in America: Jersey City (#5) and Newark (#8).
Another wonderful distinction for the Garden State! Woot woot! Though I can certainly see where getting shot at all of the time would stress someone out re: #8…
In any event, the post’s author didn’t look at mental health statics; the rating is a composite of commute time, unemployment, cost of living, crime (per 100,000 residents), hours worked, population density, and the percentage of income spent on rent. Here’s a slideshow of the top ten:
Governor Chris Christie enjoyed an unusually quiet Monday, Save Jerseyans, signing S-322/A-1476, a bill directing public school boards to provide the same emergency nursing services for children attending private schools as they current afford public school students, and posting the following handful of nominations. Each one is subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate…
COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Nominate for appointment David C. Hespe, Esq. (Montgomery Township, Somerset)
Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.
I am honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.
Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.