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Claim: Christie’s Behavior “Bugged” Mitt

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Romney and ChristieDespite many visible signs of reconciliation over the past year, the authors of a new book DOUBLE DOWN: Game Change 2012 (due out Election Day, Nov. 5th) are alleging that tensions between the Romney campaign and Christie camp went much deeper than anyone initially suspected, Save Jerseyans.

Check our this excerpt from the book (h/t Swampland):

In the nine months since Christie’s endorsement of Romney in October 2011, Boston had formed a mixed view of the governor who George W. Bush had once nicknamed Big Boy. Christopher James Christie, 51, was less than two years into his first term as governor of New Jersey, suave as sand­paper and morbidly obese. He was also one of the most intriguing figures in American politics. His voice was like an air horn, cutting through the clutter. There was no one better at making the referendum case against Obama, at nailing the President to the wall with ferocity and caustic humor. Christie’s temperament was ideally suited to the unfolding tenor of the race. “We’re in a street fight, and he’s a street fighter,” Romney’s chief strategist Stuart Stevens told Romney. “He’s the best street fighter—and he’s comfortable saying things that you’re not comfortable saying.”

He was also a fundraising dynamo, but he and his staff were overbearing and hard to work with, demanding in ways that would have been unthinkable from any other surrogate. Months earlier, Christie had banned Romney from raising money in New Jersey until Christie had given the O.K. to do so—a move Romney found galling, like something out of The Sopranos. Are you kidding me, Mitt thought. He’s going to do that? There were plenty of New Jersey donors who’d given money to Mitt in 2008; now Christie was trying to impose a gag order on talking to them?  “He sounds like the biggest asshole in the world,” Stevens griped to his partner, Russ Shriefer. More recently, Trenton insisted on private jets, lavish spreads of food, space for a massive entourage. Romney ally Wayne Berman looked at the bubble around Christie and thought, He’s not the President of the United States, you know.”

Click here to read the rest of the excerpt…

About-Face: Obama Embraces Bain

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bain CapitalCory Booker (D-Twitter) was for Bain Capital-style venture capital firm before he was against them, Save Jerseyans.

An apparent scolding from Barack Obama’s White House affected a change of heart.

Good news, Mr. Part-Time Mayor! You can go back to embracing capitalism again.

Why? Because after running ads attacking Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital tenure in 2012, President Obama just tapped a Bain executive as his new top economic adviser! (h/t Daily Caller). Mitt ran on the notion that his experience turning around giant, failing corporations made him well-suited to rescue the federal government. President Obama finally concedes the point.

Changing your principles on a daily basis must be exhausting…

Voting for Democracy

Opinion: U.S. Governments Should Do More to Foster Voter Participation

By Scott Alexander | The Save Jersey Blog

Wooden Ballot BoxPresident Obama last night announced the creation of a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. He tapped Democrat lawyer Bob Bauer and Republican lawyer Ben Ginsgberg to co-chair the commission. I agree that we need to do all we can to make sure our “God-given rights are protected here at home.”

The sad reality is that the United States is 138th out of 169 countries in terms of Representative voter turn-out versus the voting age population. We are 12th out of 16 countries in North America, behind Canada for registered voter turnout.

Voter turnout growth as a percent of registered voters and total population is flat. Our Democracy is weaker because the voice of all citizens is not being heard. Though it is a right and responsibility of citizens to vote the complexity of life and built up disdain for Government and its processes has created the environment of not prioritizing the need to vote.

It is the responsibility of Congress to enable and foster our Constitution, and in this case be innovative to make sure all voices are heard at the polls. We are the lead proponent of democracy through action and funding in the world, but when it comes to our own country our turnout results don’t represent our international actions.


LIVE STREAM: 2012 Vice Presidential Debate

Many of you have been waiting for this night for a long time. Now, you will finally get to see the budget genius himself, Paul Ryan, take on the gaffe-tastic Joe Biden.

You can WATCH the one and only Vice Presidential debate of 2012 live-streamed (below) and follow along via Twitter (also below), or for your social media-holics, at our Twitter page via handle @SaveJersey and on

How is the debate going? Who is winning? Interesting observations heading into the debate? Or just want to campaign for your guy anywhere and everywhere? No worries. Comment below…

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Romney’s Breakout Debate vs. Obama’s Public Breakdown

It is true, Save Jerseyans: Mitt Romney went through a 90-minute debate with President Obama and had no single “breakout” moment in the entire exchange.

There was no “there you go again” moment. No single sound bite for voters to take away and say that that was the moment when Mitt Romney definitively turned the tide and beat President Obama.

Because he did not need one.


Mitt Continues to Compliment When He Should Draw Contrast

I apologize in advance as this is a bit of a rant, Save Jerseyans, but what does Mitt Romney think he is doing?!

Campaigns, or successful ones anyway, are all about contrast. You need to tell voters why you are great, the other guy is not great, and how you being there will be better for everyone involved.

Here is an example of what you should never do, from the pages of The Washington Post.

At an open-press fundraiser in Atlanta on Wednesday, Mitt Romney defended himself against Democratic attacks by saying that both he and President Obama care about poor and middle-class Americans.”

He cannot be serious?

Let’s break this down slowly….


Howard Stern Interviews Clueless Obama Supporters, Hilarity and Sadness Ensues

Radio host Howard Stern sent a crew to the streets of New York City to find out the state of the Presidential race out there in the big apple. The results are less than encouraging, but they are funny if you pretend that these people will not actually be voting.

Among other things, those interviewed believed McCain and Palin were running again, that Paul Ryan is African American and was selected by Obama to be his VP, that Mitt Romney is a muslim, and that President Obama is pro-life.

Check it out and try not to let it get you down.

Monmouth Poll: Obama Up, Kyrillos Stagnant

Another day, another poll Save Jerseyans.

Since it has been a big topic both here on Save Jersey and now in the mainstream media, I will lead with the sample. For its latest poll, Monmouth University used 715 registered voters and 613 likely voters.

For the registered voter sample, the breakdown was 35 percent Democrat, 41 percent Independent, and 24 percent Republican. In the likely voter model, the Democrats actually rise to 36 percent, the Independents fall to 38 percent, and the Republicans rise to 26 percent. CONTINUE READING….

Romney Releases 20 Years of Tax Return Information

Today, the Romney campaign announced that it will be releasing 20 years worth of tax return information for Governor Romney, Ann Romney, and the three blind trusts set up to manage their investments.

Click here to see a pdf of the Romney’s 2011 tax return.

In a letter from Romney’s trustee, the highlights of the taxes were spelled out quite clearly:

  • In 2011, the Romneys paid $1,935,708 in taxes on $13,696,951 in mostly investment income.
  • The Romneys’ effective tax rate for 2011 was 14.1%.
  • The Romneys donated $4,020,772 to charity in 2011, amounting to nearly 30% of their income.
  • The Romneys claimed a deduction for $2.25 million of those charitable contributions.
  • The Romneys’ generous charitable donations in 2011 would have significantly reduced their tax obligation for the year. The Romneys thus limited their deduction of charitable contributions to conform to the Governor’s statement in August, based upon the January estimate of income, that he paid at least 13% in income taxes in each of the last 10 years.
  • In each year during the entire 20-year period, the Romneys owed both state and federal income taxes.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the average annual effective federal tax rate was 20.20%.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the lowest annual effective federal personal tax rate was 13.66%.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the Romneys gave to charity an average of 13.45% of their adjusted gross income.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the total federal and state taxes owed plus the total charitable donations deducted represented 38.49% of total AGI.

So, in short, Governor Romney is indeed wealthy and has in fact paid taxes every single year, contrary to the lies that many on the left like to spread. He has also contributed an incredible amount of his wealth, both as a percentage and in real terms, to charity, which everyone knows is tax deductible.

Even with some of the best accountants in the western world, Governor Romney still paid more money in tax last year than a city blocks worth of taxpayers.

Later today the PDFs themselves should be posted, once that happens we will update this post so you can view them. Because who wouldn’t want to spend a Friday night reading someone’s tax return?

Hopefully now that the information is out there for everyone, Democrats and the media (which are essentially the same thing) can move past this non-issue.


Obama Foreign Policy Approval Takes a Hit Amid the Arab Autumn

The one issue where President Obama has continuously polled well is foreign policy, an issue that everyone, Democrats and Republicans alike, would have never expected. However, when you think about it, there should be no surprise there.

Obama spent the first three years of his presidency continuing or enhancing the policies of President Bush overseas. Then a bunch of Arab dictators were overthrown in the “Arab Spring.” And then, of course, Osama Bin Laden was finally found and eliminated.

Today things are a bit different. The “Arab Spring” has turned to an “Arab Autumn” where anti-Americanism has replaced pro-democracy on the streets of cities throughout the Middle East. Americans, including a high ranking diplomat, have been murdered. The Administration says the violence is over a low budget Youtube movie mocking Islam. Whether that is true is of no concern, because while hurt feelings over a film is no excuse to act like murderous animals, neither is any other possible cause.

The result of this foreign policy blunder is that Obama’s high flying foreign policy numbers are falling while he continues to apologize for the United States, a long time practice that is finally catching up with him.

One month ago, Obama’s foreign policy approval rating was 54 percent in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Now, a week after the Arab Autumn began, that number has dropped to 49 percent.

While that does not seem incredibly significant, if we take partisans out of the sample, you start to see the real effects. Democrats, after all, will never disapprove of anything Obama does.

Independents now rate Obama’s foreign policy at 41 percent. Well below the coveted 50 percent mark, and certainly a huge drop in just one month.

Take that fact and remember that Mitt Romney leads President Obama by double digits with Independents in a few polls, and you begin to see the bigger picture. This could be hugely problematic for the President’s reelection effort.

Save Jersey Interviews Bergen County Freeholder Rob Hermansen

Over the weekend Save Jerseyans, we had the pleasure of sitting down at One Bergen Plaza in Hackensack with Bergen County Freeholder Robert Hermansen (R-Mahwah).

Freeholder Hermansen took the time to reflect on the first year of pay-to-play reform, and its impending challenge by the very same Democrats who helped work with him to pass it, the ongoing saga that is the consolidation discussion between the  Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and the Bergen County Police Department, as well as his impending re-election battle this November.  The interview is split into three parts below.

We hope you enjoy!


Special thanks to Cory Alexander and John Beattie.

Note: the author/interviewer is an employee of the Bergen County Police Department

ObamaCare Makes Life Harder for NJ Mom & Pop Shops

There are two things in the healthcare debate that everyone knows to be true, Save Jerseyans.

First, it is clear that health insurance in the United States is expensive, maybe even prohibitively so. Because insurers cannot compete across state lines the market can never be truly free and prices remain artificially high.

Second, it is clear that ObamaCare does nothing to make healthcare any cheaper for Americans.

Premiums are still on the rise due to increased government regulation.

As more provisions go into effect, premiums will continue to go up to cover the costs President Obama is choosing to impose on everyday Americans. CONTINUE READING….

New Romney Ad Targets Mothers But Misses the Mark

The Romney campaign has launched a new ad targeting mothers and people who think babies are generally cute.

The Ad, titled “Dear Daughter,” shows a new born baby (presumably a girl) and lists a bunch of female-centric statistics that also relate to the Obama economy. The ad deals with the debt, the female unemployment rate, and the female poverty rate.

Will this ad work? I am going to vote “no” on that one, Save Jerseyans.

The ad gives no sense of contrast. It loosely connects Obama to the negative statistics cited, but never says what he did to cause them, and the causes, such as massive deficit spending, ObamaCare, and the failed stimulus package could have all been cited. There is also no mention of what Romney will do differently.

People know that things are bad, and while it is important to remind them of that fact, the campaign needs to tell people that things will get better with a Romney presidency as well…

New FDU Poll Reveals the Fallacy of 2012 National Polling

As I always say, Save Jerseyans, another day, another poll.

This time our friends at Farliegh Dickinson University have put out their latest Public Mind poll and the results are not looking so hot for Governor Romney.

According to FDU, President Obama maintains a 14 point lead over Mitt Romney here in New Jersey. This conflicts with recent polls showing the gap to be much smaller, but is consistent in a sense that it shows Obama with a substantial lead. However, that lead should surprise no one for two reasons:

  1. This poll was taken over 6 days following the Democrat convention. Some of the gap still represents the post-convention bump that Obama received from President Clinton’s speech.
  2. Mitt Romney is spending essentially zero dollars in New Jersey and will continue to do so.

This poll essentially proves what I have been saying for nearly a month now. Because of the way that Mitt Romney is running his campaign, focusing nearly all of his funds on seven or eight key states that will decide the election, the national polls are going to give an over representation of President Obama’s meaningful support. To be clear, state by state electoral map polling would not be effected by this problem, but polls that rely on a national sample would.


Rob Andrews and Ron Paul Ranked Among Congress’s ‘Most Corrupt’

Today a public interest group based in Washington, DC known as CREW (Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington) released a list of the ‘most corrupt’ members of Congress. Two interesting names that topped the list were Texas Congressman Ron Paul and our very own Congressman Rob Andrews.

Andrews has had a pretty bad year as is. He has been the subject of a House ethics investigation for the misuse of campaign funds, an allegation he continuously denies. The latest news on that is that Andrews is now throwing his wife, a Dean at Rutgers Law in Camden, under the bus by saying allowing her to sign off on spending tens of thousands in campaign money for personal expenses.

Andrew’s office put out an official statement on the CREW report. The statement attacks CREW as an organization rather than attacking the reasons why Andrews was selected with any specificity. A deflection at best.

CREW certainly qualifies for the list of America’s most blatant hypocrites. CREW is a Washington, DC interest group that takes money from secret donors to finance false and malicious attacks on people, and then refuses to disclose where its money comes from. It is telling that CREW refuses to hold itself to the same standards of public disclosure as the people it attacks.

As usual, its allegations are completely false. The House Ethics Committee specifically approved the public service scholarship program at Rutgers before it was pursued in Congress. All of our campaign expenditures are fully proper – and unlike CREW’s donors – fully disclosed.

Congressman Andrews is working hard every day to serve the people of South Jersey – whether it is helping to create jobs in our defense industries, securing funds for local fire departments and veterans’ programs, or helping the hundreds of thousands of constituents who have contacted his office.  He is very appreciative of the support and friendship of his neighbors and constituents.

On the other side of the aisle, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, obviously most famous for his presidential aspirations that ended this past spring, is coming under fire for double billing his expenses to both the government and certain PACs or his campaign account. Most of these expenses were allegedly related to travel.

According to one report, once Paul realized that his double expense reimbursement was discovered in 2006, he ceased the activity but never paid back any of the money.

Paul has also been accused of paying family members for working on his campaign. Salaries for six family members amounted to over $300,000. The Paul campaigns response was that this was merely 1 percent of campaign expenditures.

It appears that the libertarian champion of fiscal and personal responsibility may have some explaining to do.

Free Mailer Idea for the Kyrillos Campaign

Save Jerseyans, its obvious that the Joe Kyrillos for Senate campaign needs a shot in the arm, because so far his 2012 effort has been about on par with the Phillies 2012 effort. And luckily for Joe, I’m here to administer that shot.

Joe, there are so many things you could be hammering Bob Menendez on while touting your own plans/ideas. His ties to Jon Corzine. His ties to Barack Obama. His dismal economic record. Obamacare. The list goes on.

So tell you what Joe. I’ll leave some great ideas up here for you and your campaign. Your campaign can use them, adapt them, tweak them, clean up the graphics, whatever. (In fact I suggest you do, because I’m not exactly an award winning graphic designer or speller.)

So Joe, here is my first idea for you: A mailer, front and back, for you to send out to voters in places that went big for Christie (and bad for Corzine) in 2009. Fire up those people whose support you need to win. And if you think it’s too extreme to send, lemme say this. If the President of the Senate can take to the Senate floor and say he has proof that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes but refuse to show that proof, then you can certainly ask why Corzine is still a free man after $1 billion magically vanished on his watch from MF Global.


Get Your FREE Young Americans for Romney Bumper Sticker

A former post on Save Jersey where Romney voters could get free bumper stickers to show their support for the Romney/Ryan ticket has been quite a big hit. While the post went up back in April, the conventions have renewed interest and desire to flaunt your pride at being a part of removing President Obama from office seems to be growing.

Well now the Romney/Ryan campaign is offering a new bumper sticker for “Young Americans,” a demographic that seems to support the GOP in greater numbers since 2008. Young Americans also happen to make up a large portion of our readers, so I felt like this offer was definitely worth pushing.

To get your free bumper sticker, simply click here to go to the Romney site and fill in your shipping information. The end, its really that simple. If you aren’t a “Young American” and want a plain old Romney sticker, click here and you’ll find those as well.