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Christie Barnstorms in N.H.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

November is coming, Save Jerseyans, so Governor Chris Christie was back in the Granite State this week stumping for Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown. New Hampshire remains a critically important state for Chris Christie in 2014 (and 2016). Christie’s RGA put big money into the state and, as first reported by Save Jersey, key Christie operatives are on the ground.

Sights and sounds:

Anti-Colonialism Aside, Obama Endorses U.K. via Twitter

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Colonialism Défense de Rorke's DriftPresident Barack Obama is an ideological guy, Save Jerseyans. No one disputes that. And his far-left worldview makes him predisposed to blame most of the world’s problems on the colonial powers (and their progeny – like us). Consider his ill-fated backing for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi in Egypt. Morsi’s predecessor was propped up by western powers (primarily us) and, to the President, that meant he was worthy of deposition. Look how that turned out.

So was the President mugged by global reality (or taking leave of his instincts) prior to tweeting THIS:

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Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Natural Gas Power Plants

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

The Tatan Power Plant in Taiwan, that country's largest of its kind.

The Tatan Power Plant in Taiwan, that country’s largest natural gas facility of its kind.

Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole,” and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area. All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

This is part two of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read part one if you haven’t already.

Moving forward: in my opinion, there are not one, but two opportunities to create jobs via natural gas power plants in South Jersey. The first you have heard about before. Let’s build the BL England Pipeline and convert the coal plant into a natural gas plant. It means jobs, lower emissions, and lights staying on in Cape May County. So let’s build it.

But you haven’t heard about the second opportunity…

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Former Hoboken Mayor Loses Law License

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Supreme CourtThe fallout from Operation Bid Rig continues, Save Jerseyans, 12 years after the investigation began. 

Earlier today, the New Jersey Supreme Court disbarred former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, preventing him from engaging in the practice law in the State of New Jersey.

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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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Bringing Jobs to South Jersey Starts with Making Jersey Business Friendly

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

south jersey mapAtlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole,” and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area.  All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

Here’s my first offering:

Before we can start to lobby companies to invest in South Jersey, we need to make sure the stage is set for such an endeavor. It be pointless to convince businesses to come here if we aren’t ready to accept them. So my first post will focus on New Jersey’s business environment.

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Lance Joins Estate Tax Repeal Fight

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LanceLeonard Lance is trying to help advance the death tax repeal movement in D.C and back at home where he got started, in the N.J. State House, as members of both parties coalesce around a legislative effort.

“From state capitals to the halls of Congress, there is growing movement to bring an estate tax repeal bill up for a vote in U.S. House of Representatives,” said Lance who, at the moment, is joining 220 other cosponsors of the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 2429).  “It’s been nine years since the U.S. House has passed a death tax repeal measure.  With more than a majority of the House co-sponsoring the Death Tax Repeal Act, it is time that we show our support for family business owners, employees, farmers and consumers and vote to kill the death tax.”

The text of the letter signed by Rep. Lance and twenty-nine other lawmakers, directed to the GOP leadership, is posted below the fold:

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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.  

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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.

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Roger Goodell is NOT the Problem

By Joe Schilp | Joe’s Blog

roger goodell

Roger Goodell speaks at the Super Bowl Handoff Ceremony (February 1, 2014)

Months ago, when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for 2 games for knocking out his then-fiancee (now wife) in an elevator, I immediately felt that the penalty was not nearly enough.  Consider, former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito got an 8-game suspension last season – and has not even been signed this season – for simply being one of a handful of teammates to exchange some taunting, private text messages with a teammate.  So, no, I did not think Goodell’s penalty was enough.

That said, the ridiculous grandstanding by attention-seeking legislators and marginalized groups like the National Organization of Women (they’re still around?!?!) calling for Goodell to lose his job are ridiculous.

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Schundler Headlines Eck Event

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bret Schundler

Bret Schundler

A familiar face in New Jersey Republican politics is getting involved in Election 2014, Save Jerseyans.

Former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler will headline a meet-and-greet for NJ-12 nominee Alieta Eck at a private home in Somerset on Sunday; sponsorships are going for $500 and individual tickets are $25 ($40 for couples).

A staunch conservative and two-time candidate for governor, Schundler has stayed largely behind-the-scenes in New Jersey politics going back to August 2010 when Governor Chris Christie fired him from the administration, claiming that Schundler lied about a botched “Race to the Top” application for $400 million. Schundler vehemently denied the allegation.

 

Christie and Cuomo vs. ISIS

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to strategize another possible-to-imminent war kinetic action micro-aggressive response (?), Save Jerseyans, this time to the mounting ISIS threat. Just please don’t call it ISIS; he likes ISIL.

Whatever.

In any event, despite the fact that the Obama Administration also insists that ISIS is a regionally-contained threat (if true, then why are we fighting them?), Governor Chris Christie and his counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, huddled up on Monday to discuss their own independent review of regional security; referencing the President’s ISIS speech, the pair announced a bi-state survey of state police and homeland security efforts in New Jersey and New York. The findings are due in ten days:

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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.

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Breaking Down the New NJ-03 Polling

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgard and macarthurWe’ve got two polls to digest today out of NJ-03, Save Jerseyans. We’ll take’em one at a time.

The first is a DCCC poll (as slanted and self-interested as they come) showing Tom MacArthur (R) three points up on Aimee Belgard (D), 46% to 43%. The DCCC model relies heavily on super-sized Dem turnout from a Cory Booker (D-Twitter) turnout operation which, to date, I haven’t seen any evidence of. He simply doesn’t need to buy that kind of a win this year; no one thinks he’s in that kind of danger.

Always take committee polling for what it is – a fundraising tool (I received an email touting the “results” not long after the news broke on Monday afternoon). I don’t blame’em for it. They’re doing their job. I just don’t see much positive news for Belgard to celebrate when her prime backer’s results show her (1) behind despite a full summer of rough ads attacking her opponents and, more amazingly, (2) a 10-point drop-off between the top of the ticket (Booker) and herself.

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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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