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Rooney: Christie is leading because Obama isn’t

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

rooney chasing nj web cameraOur Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney continued his full-throated defense of Governor Chris Christie’s Ebola quarantine decision-making on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, telling the crew of Chasing New Jersey that it’s all a question of leadership.

“The one thing that’s easier to do than lead yourself is tear down somebody else who’s trying to lead,” Rooney said, hours after the Governor’s appearance on NBC’s Today Show. “The CDC and the Obama administration have been repeatedly wrong from the very beginning of this crisis. First, they told us Ebola was unlikely to get here, and then it got here alright. Then they told us it was unlikely to spread to any of the healthcare workers, sure enough we have two nurses that contracted Ebola. Governor Christie is doing what any leader should do. The Obama administration should draw from what him and now several other governors are now trying to do, airing on the side of caution instead of making this a political matter or trying to score points.”

Video of Matt’s segment is below the fold…


What’s up with the Taj Mahal?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Save Jersyans, on Friday you read how the Press of Atlantic City reported that the Taj Mahal casino was now expected to stay open. I was happy, as that meant 2,800 jobs would not be lost.

Unfortunately, since that report, there has been a flurry of news about the Taj.

A quick recap:


Tend to your own business, Star-Ledger!

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

SneezeIsn’t it enough that The Star-Ledger runs its own business into the ground? Now you team up with legislative Democrats, none of whom could run a lemonade stand let alone a business, to drive New Jersey further to rack and ruin with an ill-conceived paid-sick-leave scheme.

The state is an economic basket case. The same day as your editorial demanding paid sick leave, the Tax Foundation released its annual ranking of business climates in the nation, with New Jersey coming in dead last – we are the most business-unfriendly state in America. Not exactly a “We’re number one!” moment.  


Stockton: LoBiondo Leads by 18-Points

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lobiondo signsBill Hughes, Jr. is turning out to be a bigger flop than The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Save Jerseyans!

A new Stockton poll released Tuesday found Frank LoBiondo leading the Democratic challenger by a whopping 18-points, 53% to 34%, in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District among 600 surveyed likely voters.


Lance Goes Nazi (Benefits) Hunting

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lance press conference

Rep. Lance with Rep. Maloney and Jewish American leaders at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC.

It sounds like an Indiana Jones movie, Save Jerseyans, and the mild-mannered U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07) isn’t exactly your prototypical action hero, but the New Jersey Congressman is no less determined to bull whip this situation into submission.

What situation? And how?

He’s a force behind the dramatically-labeled “Nazi Benefits Termination Act of 2014″ currently working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.


Conservative Group Passes “Judgment” on Belgard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The first NJ-03 TV spot from Crossroad GPS (501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation associated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads) was tame compared to this bone-crusher of an ad that hit airwaves today from American Action Network, Save Jerseyans, an organization founded by former MN U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, and aimed at burying Aimee Belgard (D-Central Jersey) in her losing battle with Republican Tom MacArthur.

“Judgment” draws on images of a troubled Obama era world and focuses on Belgard’s time on Edgewater Park Township Committee (prior to joining the Burlington County freeholder board in 2012) when she voted to lay off policemen and hike or bring into being 111 municipal fees.

The independent expenditure group plans to spend $670,000 NJ-03 between this ad and a 15-second version of “Judgment” (the full TV version is below the fold):


Christie on NBC: “CDC was behind on this”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

There are a lot of lies floating around out there right now about Governor Chris Christie, Save Jerseyans, lately on both the Ebola and RGA fronts, but we’ll continue to police the B.S. as best we can. 

Of course, Gov. Christie didn’t need any help from us this morning on the Today Show:



10 Reasons to Vote NO on N.J. Ballot Question 2

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

conan-finger-wave-late-night-with-conan-obrien-9887638-328-2841You’re going to pass judgment on not one but two statewide ballot questions this November 4th, Save Jerseyans. Get excited!

Here’s the wording of the second:

“Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate certain State revenues each year for environmental programs? The Constitution now dedicates four percent of the money collected from the Corporation Business Tax to help pay for some environmental programs. This amendment raises the amount from four percent to six percent beginning on July 1, 2019. The amendment also changes, beginning July 1, 2015, some of the programs funded by the current dedication. The new dedication would be used mostly to preserve and steward open space, farmland, historic sites, and flood-prone areas. Funds would also be used to improve water quality, remove and clean up underground tanks, and clean up polluted sites. Lastly, the amendment dedicates money received from leases and other uses of State open space lands to pay for open space, farmland, and historic preservation.”

Who doesn’t love open space, right? Fields, trees, birds, picnics, squirrels, Frisbee, sunbathing coeds, etc. and so on. But the reality hidden behind the careful wording of Question #2 is openly awful for anyone willing to look a little deeper. Ten things just off the top of my head for any undecided voters out there…


17 Who Should Fall Away, Just Like The Leaves

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Kardashian HouseAs the leaves dangle from the trees and then slowly float to earth this autumn I’m thinking how much I wish each one of them was a Kardashian.

Of course Kim would land with an enormous thud, her ample booty nonetheless cushioning her. Then mama Kris would follow as her countless peels and lifts would defy gravity, floating upward into the ionosphere. And sisters Kourtney and Khloe could not be far behind, along with half sisters Kendell and Kylie k-k-k-k-keeping up with the welcome shower of K’s.

And thankfully, in their falling, the Kardashians would simply go away, rotting into some great stale and stinky repository of the worst of our popular culture. What a relief that would be.

But it wouldn’t be enough. Not nearly enough.


Governor Christie: “I Did Not Reverse Any Decision”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

El Rushbo and the rest of the chattering close are wrong on this one.

I explained earlier Monday how Governor Chris Christie had, contrary to sloppy media reports, NOT reversed himself re: the Ebola quarantine/Kaci Hickox, Save Jerseyans, but since (1) propping up Obama and (2) ripping down Christie is a major media obsession, here’s the man himself, setting the record straight, on the trail with Rick Scott in battleground Florida:

Vote NO on County Question 2, Middlesex County!

By Marie Tasy | New Jersey Right to Life

unborn babyDo you live in Middlesex County?

If so, vote No on Middlesex County Ballot Question # 2, Women’s Health funding!

Don’t be fooled – this is not about women’s health! This is another effort to use millions of our tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. These services are already being provided through state funding of over 100 Federally Qualified Centers throughout NJ.  


Barf! Terminally-Flawed Sick Pay Bill Advances

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


In their latest move designed to destroy New Jersey’s job market, Trenton Democrats rammed a private sector sick pay bill (A-2354) through the Assembly Labor Committee Monday.

Frustrated committee member Parker Space (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris), a small businessman when he’s not legislating (and trying to state sane) in the capital city, said it all in the aftermath.

“We can’t keep piling on the already high cost of doing business in the state and wonder why nearly 300,000 people are out of work. Small businesses need flexibility in order to do what they do best – create jobs.”


Fact Check: Christie’s Consistent Ebola Quarantine Position

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie florida ebolaGov. Christie had promised during his Fox News Sunday appearance that “the CDC eventually will come around to our point of view.”

What he didn’t anticipate? The Left attempting to change our collective memory of the Governor’s position!

Specifically, the media is doing the best it can this morning to break up the Andrew Cuomo/Chris Christie Ebola response alliance since it makes the Administration’s response look even worse in comparison, Save Jerseyans, but the Christie Administration said last night that it’s not absolutely changing its quarantine plan under pressure from the White House even though the media is stubbornly insisted that they already have changed it (despite evidence to the contrary).


VIDEO: Chris Brown Does AC with Save Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

chris brown interviewYes, one of the most hotly contested midterm elections in recent memory is only days away, Save Jerseyans, and our New Jersey Election 2014 coverage remains unmatched! Without question. And it’ll remain our focus over the next week-and-a-half. Count on it.

But this is the Save Jersey blog after all, so retaking Trenton in the name of the taxpayer will always remains our #1 focus. With that goal in mind, I dropped in on our friend 2nd term Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) last Friday to discuss, among other topics, his personal and progressional background (for the benefit of those of you tuning in for the first time), recent developments in Atlantic City which lies at the heart of his district, and the perennial battle against tax/spend/borrow insanity in Trenton.

Keep an eye on this guy! Not just because he’s a central figure in the next cycle’s political drama; he’s got a the intelligence, passion and communication skills to go places in N.J. politics…

Watch below the fold: