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Christie to Raise Cash Over Eggs for MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Governor Chris Christie is stepping up his in-state fundraising this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and the latest beneficiary will be the Republican candidate fighting to retain this year’s most competitive Garden State House seat: Tom MacArthur.

He’s heading to Toms River on Thursday morning for a breakfast at the Route 9 Ramada hotel; it’s happening between out-of-state fundraising trips on behalf of RGA-backed candidates. Next up in the coming weeks: North Carolina, South Carolina and a trade mission to Mexico.

MacArthur opponent Aimee Belgard, one of the only non-incumbents in modern Congressional history to dodge debate challenges, dropped her own e-mail fundraising appeal on the eve of Christie’s Ocean County visit. “Governor Chris Christie’s coming to the district in just 24 HOURS,” it reads. “Why? He plans to rake in thousands of dollars for Aimee’s radical right-wing opponent.”

Yawn…

Obama – and the Presidency – Hit Rock Bottom

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Angry ObamaPresident James Buchanan didn’t just failed to stop the Civil War, Save Jerseyans, for which I won’t condemn him because it was likely inevitable. He didn’t even try. In his State of the Union message to Congress, Buchanan gave a verbal shrug.

“All for which the slave States have ever contended, is to be let alone and permitted to manage their domestic institutions in their own way, Buchanan said. “As sovereign States, they, and they alone, are responsible before God and the world for the slavery existing among them. For this the people of the North are not more responsible and have no more right to interfere than with similar institutions in Russia or in Brazil.”

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Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02′s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates:

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Save Jersey Heads to Dallas

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Dallas skyline

The Dallas skyline

I’m going to have this tune stuck in my head all week, Save Jerseyans, because your Blogger-in-Chief is en route to the Big D.

Why am I headed to Dallas? In August, no less? On Labor Day Weekend? All fair questions! And before you ask, it has nothing to do with my decision to draft Jason Witten for my 2014 fantasy football squad.

The real answer: Save Jersey is proudly participating in the Defending the American Dream Summit hosted by our friends at Americans for Prosperity. The annual program runs on August 29th and 30th; it’s an unrivaled opportunity for economic conservatives from all 50 states (2,800+ conference-goers are pre-enrolled) to gather and compare notes in a crucial midterm election year.

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Give Me Pork Roll Or Give Me Death!

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

pork rollIn the Winooski, Vermont, Save Jerseyans, we have our latest example of political correctness run amok.

The restaurant “Sneakers Bistro” decided to remove an advertising sign, something they were permitted to display by the city for sponsoring a beautification project, which referenced bacon after a Muslim woman reportedly complained about it in a community forum.

Sneakers Bistro removed the sign out of ‘respect for diversity’ and ‘concerns for safety.’

What safety concerns? The safety of the woman who complained?

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LG Signs Farm to School Package

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

farm landJersey fresh juicy red tomatoes for Garden State school lunches, Save Jerseyans?

Allegedly. While Governor Christie was busy campaigning in Illinois on Monday, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed a package of “Farm to School” program bills which, among other pro-agriculture items, establish a so-called “clearinghouse” web portal for farmers to provide their produce to schools and food banks:

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Christie: Illinois Makes New Jersey “Blush”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is spending a healthy chunk of his RGA chairmanship (and war chest) in the Land of Lincoln, Save Jerseyans, helping Republican Bruce Rauner finish the job and build on his lead over Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn. It’s all for good reason. As Christie noted during a Monday campaign swing in a conversation with supporters, he detects real parallels between this year’s race in Illinois and his own in 2009 against Jon Corzine.

Turning one of America’s bluest states red would also be a huge feather in Chris Christie’s cap heading into 2016 when, again, Illinois might prove as crucial to his delegate count as it did for Mitt Romney in 2012. He can’t run nationally on taking back the N.J. legislature or an unimpeachable conservative track record; his team does want to make the point that he’s a party-builder and Illinois is one of the places they’d like to point throughout 2015 and beyond. It’s a “point of contrast.”

Democrats aren’t going down easily. Keeping it light, Gov. Christie pointed to Illinois 11th hour law changes, including a same-day voter registration law, as evidence of very un-Democrat behavior even by Garden State standards…

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Are You A Witness? Or a Spectator?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Irish Catholic Union troops receive absolution at the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1863)

Irish Catholic Union troops receive absolution at the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1863)

ALSA isn’t trumpeting its support for embryonic stem cell research these days, Save Jerseyans, but more and more pro-life groups and institutions are speaking up to raise awareness of where donations made through ALS.org’s “ice bucket challenge” might go. Hopefully next time we’ll all get on the ball a little sooner.

I found this portion of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark’s statement (released last Friday) to be particularly poignant:

As you begin any project involving an organization not affiliated with the Catholic Church, you have a very clear and wonderful opportunity to engage your parishioners, your staffs and students in a conversation about the Church’s position on stem cell research. The Church opposes embryonic stem cell research because the cells are taken from embryos that are about 5 days old, invariably destroying that early human life.

It also can be an opportunity for each of us to be present, as Christ wants us to be, to those who may approach us with the idea of participating in a particular fundraising event because someone in his or her family suffers from the disease. That person’s pain and anguish is very real, and as a Church, we should work to ease that burden.

I don’t think you need to be a Catholic, or even a Christian, to appreciate the truth contained in this statement.

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Atlantic City: Too Big to Save?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Boardwalk Empire (photo credit: HBO)

Boardwalk Empire (photo credit: HBO)

HBO’s Boardwalk Empire will wrap up this fall, Save Jerseyans, five seasons into a series that launched with critical acclaim but is slated to end amid sober commentary concluding “it’s for the best.” The plot became tired and repetitive. The characters stop developing and evolving. And the initial thrill of its unique period-era theme failed to stand up against its contemporary artistic competition.

We can’t continue to kid ourselves where Atlantic City is concerned. Even Nucky saw the writing on the wall. Many years after the real life seaside emperor was dead and buried, the expression “too big to fail” entered America’s political lexicon during the financial crisis of 2008 as banks, large corporations and, later, car manufacturers received large taxpayer-financed bailouts because, we were told, they were “too big to fail.”  Atlantic City ventures have certainly received their fair share of tax dollars, either directly or through tax breaks, over the past few decades. It didn’t work (in case you’ve been living under a rock and missed the cascade of casino closures in the news).

We’ve subsidized a bad business model with disastrous consequences. That’s not to say there aren’t positive things that can be done tomorrow. The real question: is Atlantic City now too big to save? CONTINUE READING….

MacArthur Steps Up Air War

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

How long before the DCCC decides NJ-03 isn’t worth the money propping up a weak NJ-03 prospect in a toxic Obama backlash cycle, Save Jerseyans? Your guess is as good as mine, but today’s development might help them along.

Just days after the national Democrat congressional organization was, in an unprecedented move, forced to pull back an objectively slanderous TV ad aimed at Republican nominee Tom MacArthur, the GOP campaign is counter-punching with the second of a two-part counter-punch intended to blunt the impact of an estimated $100,000 per week Democrat television buy leading up to Labor Day Weekend:

Obama ‘Detached?’ Guess Who Pegged It First…

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Barack ObamaIn the wake of his failure to act or even say very much in response to recent horrific events and considering his frequent vacations and golf outings, everybody’s now talking about how President Obama seems detached, bored, disinterested and certainly disengaged from his job and the nation as a whole.

Even the usually adoring Maureen Dowd of the usually gushing New York Times has now been forced to admit that Obama is, by his own choice “a man alone” and she concludes: The president who was elected because he was a hot commodity is now a wet blanket.”

A hot commodity?

Really?

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Preventing Ferguson From Happening Here

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

An increasingly-common armored police vehicle (Photo: Dakota County Sheriff's Office)

An increasingly-common armored police vehicle (Photo: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office)

“Weapons of war have no place on our streets.”

President Obama said it in early February 2013 attending an anti-gun rally. While Obama and I have some staunch differences about the definition of “weapons of war,” I would sum it up by looking at recent pictures out of Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Vietnam.

Military vehicles roaming the streets supplied by the President’s Pentagon.

Tear gas being thrown in the middle of the night.

Explosives being thrown at citizens and police all the same.

They have no place on our streets.

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Christie Soliciting Funds for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellThe NJ GOP is certainly stepping up its online fundraising efforts in 2014, Save Jerseyans.

After using its formidable online list serve to raise money for Wisconsin’s Scott Walker last week, this Thursday, the Sate Republican Committee shared an e-mail signed by Governor Christie asking donors to donate directly to Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign and, having done so, “reject the failed agenda of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.” The e-mail blast further noted how recent polling suggests a single-digit race.

More help might be coming soon for the GOP nominee taking on Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in November. Governor Christie’s long-time confidante and national Republican emissary Bill Palatucci recently promised a Christie-headlined fundraiser for Bell.

The NJ GOP’s blast e-mail is below the fold:

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UPDATE: ALSA Kills Pro-Embryonic Stem Cell Page?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Screenshot of ALSA's "stem cell primer" page

Screenshot of ALSA’s “stem cell primer” page

I never expected my explanation for declining the ALS “ice bucket challenge” to go viral, Save Jerseyans, truly and sincerely, but I am gratified that so many readers contacted me to express a new-found determination to view all social media activism with a skeptical eye. It’s important. Some even shared creative attempts to modify the ALS challenge by promoting more ethically-appropriate alternatives for their charitable donations. Congratulations! You’re making a difference rather than promote the cause of some human beings at the expense of others.

We’re also bringing attention to an issue that wasn’t getting nearly enough coverage prior to the last few days.

Less inspiring? The ALS Association’s apparent remedial attempt to obscure their support for embryonic stem cell research.

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Christie in Kansas Talking Missouri

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The reelection campaign of Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS) remains close, Save Jerseyans, prompting a high-level visit from none other than RGA Chairman Chris Christie on Wednesday, but the nation’s most high profile Republican public official couldn’t get away from questions about the events 300 miles away in Ferguson, Missouri…

Doherty Wants Probe Into Alleged Bribes

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Red Light CameraThe red light camera fad continues to unravel in the Garden State, Save Jerseyans.

State Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) wants an investigation in the wake of seismic allegations that New Jersey local officials received bribes from Redflex Traffic Systems, a leading company installing and operating red light camera systems in New Jersey which exist pursuant to a pilot program due to expire at the end of this year.

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Retreat! DCCC Drops NJ-03 Attack Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

white flag

The truth is always vindicated eventually, Save Jerseyans.

Today, we learned that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is dropping a malicious and defamatory TV attack aid aimed at Republican NJ-03 hopeful Tom MacArthur.

NJ-03 is slipping away from them yet again after briefly capturing the traditionally GOP seat in 2008 before dropping it just two years later. Their candidate isn’t helping her own case. A lightweight by reputation, Democrat nominee Aimee Belgard is skipping freeholder meetings and avoiding debate challenges; the DCCC tried to make up for their chosen horse’s poor performance by recycling smears that were dispelled back during the primary cycle.

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