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Gosh Darn It, People Hate Obamacare!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


The Washington Post reported a remarkable admission on Friday from one of the U.S. Senate’s most obnoxious leftists, Save Jerseyans:

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says he would be open to a brief delay in the individual mandate if the problems with aren’t fixed by the end of the month, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

“I think then we have to consider extending the deadline for the mandate, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen,” Franken told MPR.

Franken has so far been relatively quiet about potential changes to the health-care law, but he now joins a growing group of Senate Democrats in seats that could be targeted by the GOP in 2014 who are speaking up on the issue.

Are you listening, Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic) and Cory Booker (D-Twitter)? Start representing your constituents and quit defending the indefensible. Even Stuart Smalley tacitly acknowledges that the Obamacare experiment in socialized medicine is going off the rails. It’s implementation has been neither good enough nor smart enough and, gosh darn it, people hate this law!

Menendez Digital Town Hall (LIVE)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic New Jersey) will wade further into the immigration debate today with a digital town hall meeting at Noon, Save Jerseyans. 

Hudson Bob is, unsurprisingly, a hardcore liberal on this particular issue; he supports a broad-based amnesty program with little regard for border security. Just yesterday, he accused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of “Obamaphobia” for questioning the Gang of Eight’s proposals…

Want to ask question? Tweet #AskMenendez to @SenatorMenendez:

Video feed not working? Click here.

A Random Act of “Journalism”

Accepting WashPo Report As Gospel, CNN Grills Daily Caller Over Menendez Story

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

CNN Menendez SegmentTake a moment to watch this video (posted below) of an interview on CNN, Save Jerseyans.

You’ll see a CNN anchor barely come up for air as she grills David Martosko of The Daily Caller over a report from this week’s The Washington Post that alleged one of the purported escorts behind the Bob Menendez Dominican Republic prostitution allegations had been paid to fabricate her story. Caller spokespersons (including Martosko) continue to defend their sourcing. They also continue to assert that it’s the wrong woman, although Martosko was barely able to get a word in throughout the CNN exchange.

Then after having viewed this short video, please ask yourselves… have you EVER seen a member of the mainstream media question a member of the Obama Administration like this? Over the Benghazi attacks? Its sequester exaggerations? The Fast and Furious scandal? Any number of debacles over the past 4+ years? 

Good grief; I’m embarrassed for them! Video below the fold…


Daily Caller Strikes Again

News Website Rolls Out Fresh Allegations, This Time Concerning Sen. Menendez and “Professional Escort”

By Matt Rooney The Save Jersey Blog

Menendez Elevator

Photo Credit: Matt Katz (

And just when you thought the Bob Menendez saga couldn’t get any uglier, Save Jerseyans, here’s another news wrinkle that’ll make you feel like you need a long shower.

The Daily Caller claims “[a] professional escort who travels the East Coast seeing clients in cities from Miami to Boston has identified a photo of Senator Bob Menendez as a man who paid her for sex. The woman, in her late 30s, told The Daily Caller prior to seeing Menendez’s photo that she had been paid to provide sexual favors to several U.S. senators, including a New Jersey Democrat and other politicians who are no longer living.”

You’ll recall that The Daily Caller broke the original allegations against Senator Menendez which, after months of a mainstream media blackout, have reportedly led to an FBI investigation.

Click here to read the full story and draw your own conclusions…

What’s Wrong with You People?

New Poll Finds Only a Small Minority of N.J. Voters Care About the Serious Allegations Facing Bob Menendez

By Matt Rooney The Save Jersey Blog

Obama and MenendezThe allegations facing Bob Menendez are “looking worse and worse” every day, Save Jerseyans.

It’s a constant “drip drip drip” of ugliness such that even the liberal New York Times believes it’s time for a full-scale congressional investigation into the Democratic Senator’s activities (and for Menendez to step aside from his chairmanship until it’s allowed to run its course).

But let’s be honest with ourselves… he’s not going anywhere.

The hyper-partisan Democrat leadership is standing lock-step behind their boy and, back here at home in the Garden State, apparently no one is paying attention. Or more accurately, not nearly enough New Jersey voters are engaged to develop a meaningful consensus against this creep.

The disturbing key findings from the Monmouth Polling Institute:

Two thirds (68%) of New Jersey voters have heard about Sen. Menendez’s trips to the Dominican Republic on a donor’s plane. However, few have formed an opinion on Sen. Menendez’s involvement in any potential illegal or unethical activity. Just 24% believe he was involved in wrong-doing while 11% say he was not. Another 65% don’t know enough to form an opinion or have not heard about the issue at all.”

The end result of this mass apathy/ignorance is a job approval rating for Menendez that looks a lot like it did before the 2012 Election cycle…


Consider the Source

Reid Backs Menendez Amid Mounting Allegations. But What is Reid’s Word Really Worth? Not Much…

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Reid and Menendez Presser

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) defended Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) during his appearance on Sunday’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”

“I have confidence he did nothing wrong,” concluded the Nevada liberal. “But that’s what investigations are all about.”

That’s nice. And to be completely fair, we don’t yet know whether Menendez did anything legally improper. But you need to consider the source when Harry Reid weighs in, Save Jerseyans.

This is the same jerk who blatantly lied about Mitt Romney by falsely claiming “you do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years when you’re making millions and millions of dollars,” a false charge which he would nevertheless repeat several times through the 2012 election cycle without any basis in fact. Politifact later issued a “pants on fire” rating for Reid’s lie, but as Churchill famously observed, “[a] lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” The damage was done.

That’s just the beginning of Harry Reid’s problems with the truth, folks. Pick a policy debate and I’ll give you a whopper quote from the current Senate President. And we haven’t even gotten to the outstanding questions concerning Reid’s own income.

Everyone in this country is innocent until proven guilty. Just don’t take Harry Reid’s character pronouncements under consideration!

Vast Right (Cuban) Conspiracy

North Jersey Congressman Believes Menendez Allegations Might’ve Originated with Cuban Government

By Matt Rooney The Save Jersey Blog

CastroHillary Clinton infamously blamed a “vast right wing conspiracy” for her husband’s sex scandals woes during the Clinton Administration.

U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)? 

Get this: he suspects Cuban involvement in the allegations engulfing U.S. Senator and incoming Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (h/t Matt Friedman):

I won’t even be surprised if somehow the Cuban government is involved in this to try to damage Bob Menendez because he’s been so steadfast against the Castro government. He’s been a critic all his political life. I would not be surprised if they are behind some of this stuff, some of these allegations. The Dominican Republic has a lot of relationships with Cuba.”

This one would be funny if it wasn’t so absolutely NUTS, Save Jerseyans.

But are you starting to see how this works?

When Democrats screw up on character issues, they’re hailed as heroes (like Jim “Gay American” McGreevey), given a pass altogether (see Barney Frank), or declared sympathetic victims of a vast right win conspiracy (good ‘ole Slick Willie). The rules are a little different for Republicans…


Who Would Replace Hudson Bob?

A Short List of GOP Potential Replacements for New Jersey’s Bob Menendez in the (Unlikely) Event He Resigned from the U.S. Senate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Republicans are likely going to have to find a way to win their first New Jersey U.S. Senate seat since 1972. Bob Menendez is a known fighter who worked his tail off to win reelection in 2012; unless the law or his colleagues intervene, don’t expect the mounting Dominican Republican travel/prostitution allegations — however salacious — to drive him from office under his own power.

Visit MoreMonmouthMusings for an interesting discussion concerning the procedure behind a senatorial vacancy.

For now, I’m going to focus on the “who” question since, at the end of the day, Governor Chris Christie would choose a Republican replacement in the unlikely event that Bob Menendez becomes a “former” senator:

1. Jon Bramnick

assembly gop presser - bramnick

The Union County Assemblyman and current GOP Minority Leader is considered by many insiders to be the most likely contender to face Frank Lautenberg (or his Democrat successor) in 2014. That makes him a leading contender should a vacancy occur in the interim.

Strengths: The charismatic, affable 60-year old Bramnick is a part-time comedian and well-liked by his colleagues. The establishment GOP appreciates his ample fundraising prowess, and the Administration values his loyalty and ability to keep the Assembly GOP caucus moving in the same direction. He’s also a socially liberal legislator and right-of-center on fiscal/economic issues, a combination which many pundits/consultants/decision makers in Trenton and other halls of power believe is an ideal fit for the blue New Jersey electorate.

Weaknesses: One biggie to note out of many strengths… he’s an ardent social liberal; it’s a double-edged sword in NJ, folks. In the past, some have even perceived Bramnick’s comments about social conservatism to be downright hostile. That means he could run into trouble in a future contested primary with a Lonegan/Doherty/[insert conservative/libertarian challenger here] and, when the general election finally arrives, experience more trouble keeping the base intact than the uniquely-skilled Christie. His name recognition is also next to nothing outside of NJGOP circles and his home district. That can be fixed, most definitely, but in an expensive state like NJ, it’s not an easy task.


REPORT: FBI Raids Office of Doctor with Reported Menendez Ties

Potential Scandal Surrounding New Jersey Senator, New Foreign Relations Chairman Takes Another Wild Turn in West Palm Beach, Florida

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Well, well, well, Save Jerseyans.

Does New Jersey’s mainstream media wish they’d paid attention to this Daily Caller Bob Menendez story a little earlier, especially now that he’s the new Foreign Relations Chairman of the U.S. Senate? Or are they still more concerned about protecting Democrats than doing their jobs? I can only imagine how much attention this story would be getting if there was an “R” after the highlighted politician’s name instead of a “D.”

In case you haven’t heard… (h/t Miami Herald):

Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans.

The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor could Melgen.

Fox News also reports that this doctor “allegedly was involved in providing young prostitutes to Sen. Bob Menendez — a claim the senator’s office has denied,” though they were unable to confirm whether the alleged FBI investigation into Menendez was indeed the focus of today’s raid. For those who need a little background, you can visit our Save Jersey Menendez archives for more information. Just last Friday, the Daily Caller reported that the FBI was allegedly investigating trips taken by Senator Menendez to the Dominican Republic.
We’ll see if anything Jersey-related comes of this, folks. If I’m Chris Christie this morning, I’m putting my short list of GOP U.S. Senate appointments together… just in case…

Menendez Getting Promoted?

Obama and Menendez


By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Why do bad good things happen to good bad people?

Only God knows, Save Jerseyans.

But with John Kerry “reporting for duty” at Foggy Bottom in the very near future, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is expected to take over Kerry’s role as chairman of the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee (as first reported by The Hill this week).

Character evidently isn’t a prerequisite for the post. Menendez has been dogged by two separate scandals in recent weeks, and the Hudson County politician’s ethics (or lack thereof) are no secret around town, but neither recent story has found its legs with a media inclined to look the other way when a “D” follows the member-in-question’s name. We’ve also been told by Democrats in-the-know that the Obama folks are concerned about the hyper-partisan, machine-bred Menendez’s competency; why they didn’t have the same concerns about Susan Rice is a mystery to me.

Hold on, folks. 2013 is already shaping up to be a real headache…


Is Hurricane Bob a Direct Hit? Daily Caller Allegations Sweep Internet

New Jersey was already the unlikely center of American’s political universe this election eve week in the wake of brutal Hurricane Sandy.

Is the country ready for Hurricane Bob, too?

Everyone is talking about a late breaking Daily Caller story hyped by Matt Drudge, alleging that New Jersey’s junior U.S. Senator Bob Menendez paid two women for “sex acts” during an Easter visit to Casa de Campo, an upscale Dominican Republic beach resort.

You can read the whole story and listen to the interviews here.

If this story has legs, Save Jerseyans, it could quickly turn into one of the biggest stories of Election 2012. The reason is obvious. Control of the U.S. Senate remains tight depending on which polls you’re looking at; pundits will wonder whether the Daily Caller story can propel the campaign of Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos with just five days left to go before voting begins. Up until now, the RCP average showed Menendez leading by almost 20-points.

Menendez spent yesterday touring storm damage with President Obama and other leading New Jersey politicians. A spokesperson for the Senator reportedly dismissed the story as “a completely false accusation.”



Better Late Than Never! New Kyrillos TV Spot Roasts Menendez with His Own Words (VIDEO)

With two weeks to go before Americans head to the polls, Save Jerseyans, we finally have a hard-hitting contrast TV ad from Joe Kyrillos.

And I love it! Philly media market voters saw it several times tonight, and I’m sure it’s up in the North Jersey market, too. An effective spot to be sure (watch below).

My only regret is that it didn’t hit the air two months ago before Bob Menendez’s support settled in around the critical 50%

POLL: Who Won the U.S. Senate Debate?

Debate #2 is in the can, Save Jerseyans.

Let’s hear it…


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LIVE STREAM: Kyrillos vs. Menendez NJ 101.5 Debate

The second 2012 New Jersey U.S. Senate Debate between incumbent Bob Menendez and challenger Joe Kyrillos begins at 7:00 p.m., Save Jerseyans.

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