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Comparative Look: CD3 Q1 Fundraising

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Falling MoneyQuarter #1 – 2008

Myers (R): $275,000

Kelly (R): $200,000

Adler (D): $529,320 (COH: $1.2 million)

Quarter #1 – 2010


“We Only Need 9 Brave Democrats”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Good luck, Mr. Governor:

This video is from Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Franklin Township; Governor Christie’s fighting to save the arbitration cap that was central to his property tax reform legacy before Assembly Democrats allowed it to expire two weeks ago.


Mo Hill Among 160 Electeds Backing MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

South Jersey's CD3

South Jersey’s CD3

160 county and local elected officials in CD3 – including former GOP primary rival Mo Hill of Toms River – have formally endorsed Tom MacArthur on FEC filing day, Save Jerseyans.

The list:

Burlington County
Senator Dawn Addiego (LD-8)
Assemblyman Chris Brown (LD-8)
Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (LD-8)


Eck Reports $100k in CD12

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Dr. Eck chats with Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07)

Dr. Eck chats with Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07)

The presumptive GOP nominee to replace Rush Holt in CD12 reported just over $100,000 in first quarter contributions to the FEC this morning, Save Jerseyans.

Alieta Eck, a physician from Central New Jersey, also reported $97,158.48 cash on hand from the original $100,105.00 raised from 266 contributors.

“While the total is an important milestone for us, I’m most proud of the number of small contributions from regular folks across all walks of life,” Dr. Eck said in a campaign statement. “Our message of real positive change in Washington is resonating not only here in New Jersey, but across the country as well.”

Who Eck will face in November remains a mystery; Democrats are in the middle of a particularly bruising 2-way primary between Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17). 

The Politics Of Disaster Relief

By Art Gallagher |

Photo Caption - Sandy Inspection TourWhen disaster hits, natural or man made, Americans put aside their differences and come together to handle the emergency.

We saw it with 9-11. Most recently in New Jersey we saw it with Superstorm Sandy.

Once the emergency is over and the federal money is flowing, the politics…partisanship and patronage starts.  We saw it with 9-11. We’re living it with Sandy.

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Taxes Paid? Nah. 24 More Days to Go…

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The government wants to suck your blood, Save Jerseyans!

The government wants to suck your blood, Save Jerseyans!

Happy Tax Day, Save Jerseyans!

The good news? You’re alive. Congratulations.

The bad news? You just paid an arm (and a leg) to the government and, in real terms, you’re still going to work, on average, another 24 days this year in order to afford your 2014 tax burden.


Proof: Bullying Bans Make it Worse

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bullyingWe’re failing these kids, Save Jerseyans. Big time. Rather than enact reforms which could actually, in some small way, act as a curb against a rapidly-decaying culture that’s producing kids ill-equipped to deal with the struggles and pressures of the world, we’re wasting millions on programs that aren’t working. At best.

In one southern state, teen suicides are actually on the rise in the wake of so-called anti-bullying measures taking effect:

“In Mississippi, 635 youth ages 10-24 have committed suicide since 2000 — an average of 49 deaths per year — according to data from the state Department of Health Vital Statistics program.


Lobo Reports $1.27M COH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2)

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2)

Incumbent GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo has a heft $1.27 million cash-on-hand after raising $290,000 in the first quarter of 2014, Save Jerseyans, one day ahead of the FEC filing deadline.

His Democrat challenger, Bill Hughes Jr., boasts only $328,000 COH after raising $190,515 over the same period.

That’s not going to cut it.


GOP, Christiecrats Rally for Arb Cap

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A who’s who of New Jersey Republicans and Christiecrats joined Governor Chris Christie on the steps of Trenton’s War Memorial on Monday, Save Jerseyans, all to demand Assembly action on the expired arbitration cap credited with keeping Garden State property tax increases to record lows. For example, whereas property tax bills increased on average by 2.4% and 1.6% in 2011 and 2012 respectively, those same taxpayers’ bills had rose by a minimum of 7% during the years between 2004 and 2006.

It’s a no brainer for everyone except Vince Prieto’s caucus.

Some highlights:


MacArthur Posts $2+ Million

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur at OC ConventionCD3 GOP candidate Tom MacArthur is reporting over $2 million raised in the 1st Quarter of 2014 ($2,001,075.00 to be exact), Save Jerseyans, along with approximately $1.75 million cash-on-hand.

“This has been a very good past few weeks for Tom and the campaign,” said campaign spokesman Chris Russell.  “Sweeping the party endorsements in mid-March was a critical first step, and as soon as it ended we began an aggressive campaign on television, in the mail box, online and on the ground.  We have a superior candidate, a more compelling message and all the resources we need to win this primary on Tuesday, June 3rd.”

Primary rival Steven Lonegan told PolitickerNJ back around the beginning of April that he had raised approximately $350,000. MacArthur, for his part, has thus far contributed $2 million of his own money to the race.

The $2 million question for political pundits? Can MacArthur’s growing war chest and county line advantage overtake Lonegan’s name recognition between now and June 3rd? 


Christie’s Lawyers Turn Over Memos

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-8More fuel on the fire, Save Jersey? Or just more white noise?

On Monday, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP  released 75 internal memoranda generated from the witness interviews conducted in the preparation of its controversial March 26, 2014 internal review report of the Christie Administration’s role in the ongoing Bridgegate and Sandygate scandals.

The new docs are posted over at Gibson’s website: The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) received copies. Too bad the SCI can’t compel anyone to testify about’em if they don’t want to…


Democrats: Desperate to Distract in 2014

By Alyssa Lafage | Convictions of Faith

DonkeyGet ready for it people. The Democrats are gearing up their smokescreens in a desperate attempt to keep us focused on anything but the destruction they’ve caused. They don’t want to talk about the debt, or unemployment, or the economy. They definitely don’t want to talk about Obamacare! Heck, we aren’t even allowed to refer to it as Obamacare any more without offending someone. The Democrats are so desperate to distract us in 2014 that we can expect them to pull out all of their favorite arguments and narratives. 

If Republicans talk about securing the boarder, the Democrats interpret that as…


Feds Own 3.1% of New Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The positive end to a potentially explosive Nevada cattle ranch standoff has brought about a renewed focus on federal power generally but also, specifically, the federal government’s land ownership. Uncle Sam’s vast holdings put the American Catholic Church and Ted Turner to shame.

As of 2012, according to the Congressional Research Service, “[t]he federal government owns roughly 635-640 million acres, 28% of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the United States…”

Four agencies administer 609 million acres of this land: the Forest Service (USFS) in the Department of Agriculture, and the National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), all in the Department of the Interior (DOI). Most of these lands are in the West and Alaska. In addition, the Department of Defense administers 19 million acres in military bases, training ranges, and more. Numerous other agencies administer the remaining federal acreage.

Those holdings include better than 3% of our own Garden State, Save Jerseyans (not to be confused/conflated with a reserve, like the Pine Barrens). I’m not even counting the properties controlled (or heavily regulated) by state, county and municipal governments at both ends of the Turnpike. Don’t get me started on the 50+ year old “Green Acres” program whereby Trenton forced you, me, and everyone else paying taxes in this state to buy 640,000 acres… for the government.

And given what we just saw out west, it’s worth contemplating how the militarization of America’s police agencies and government departments will impact our freedom… all to protect a desert tortoise? Don’t think it’s impossible for the feds/state to try to take your horse ranch to save a timber snake or your shore home to rescue the piping plover!

We’re living in an age where compulsory easement for sand dunes or losing your home to make way for a big box store are uncontroversial events. God help us all.

h/t Dan Cirucci:


The Forgotten Flaw in the WalMart Wage Argument

A rebuttal to Slate magazine’s article: “Would Walmart’s Prices Spike If They Paid Their Employees More?”

By Jordan Rickards

WalmartWhen I was in high school there was a window that separated the administrative offices from the main hallway on which was typically posted school news and such. One day one of the teachers posted a cartoon on the window. On the left side of the cartoon was a professional athlete living in squalor, and on the right side was a teacher living in a mansion. The caption read “What people would be paid if they were paid what they were worth.” The teachers thought this was especially clever.


Carson Coming to Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ben CarsonAnother potential 2016 presidential contender is coming through the Garden State, Save Jerseyans.

Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and NY Times Best-Selling Author who made national headlines by criticizing Obamacare (to the President’s face) at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, will serve as the keynote speaker at the May 16th New Jersey Right to Life annual banquet in New Brunswick.

Click here for event registration information.

Dr. Carson continues to stir the passions of many conservatives searching for a leader in a muddled primary field. He recently finished 3rd in a New Hampshire GOP straw poll and tied for 4th in an Iowa public poll. The Super PAC reportedly “raised $4 million toward a Carson bid for the Republican nomination and has collected 200,000 signatures for a petition to get him to join the race.”


Moran: NJ’s Full of Greedy Jerks!

Are New Jersey voters (that would be you) greedy jerks or just stupid and impressionable?

By Art Gallagher |

Hundreds of middle-aged people looking for work at Brookdale this morning. April 4, 2014

Hundreds of middle-aged people looking for work at Brookdale this morning. April 4, 2014

New Jersey voters are either greedy jerks or stupid and impressionable buffoons if you buy The Star Ledger Editorial Board’s (Tom Moran’s) reading of the QuinnipiacPoll released on Thursday.  The poll reported that New Jerseyans favor wage freezes for state workers, by a 53-42 margin, and oppose an increase in the gasoline tax by a 65-33 percent margin:

New Jersey voters are jerks. The new state motto: “Screw you, not me.”

That is how Moran starts off his rant. He finishes by cutting the poll respondents a break. Maybe we aren’t greedy jerks, maybe we’ve been led to think the way we do:

We’ll cut the folks responding to the Quinnipiac poll a break – they’ve been goaded in this direction. Despite widespread reforms to state workers’ pay and benefits during the past four years, not to mention budget cuts that led to historic layoffs of police, teachers and firefighters, Gov. Chris Christie used his annual budget address to continue to blame state worker compensation for our fiscal aches and pains.

Hmmm.  Moran’s frustration is showing.  As the editorial page editor of the state’s largest media outlet, Moran should be the most powerful opinion maker in New Jersey. How could his readers be so stupid?!

Insulting your customers (readers) is a interesting strategy to stop the bleeding of a company (media outlet) that is contracting rapidly and recently announced 167 layoffs which followed millions in concessions from the outlet’s unionized workers and a smaller round of layoffs.

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