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Christie in WI: “This One is Personal”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s hard to count out Chris Christie when you hear him on the stump, Save Jerseyans, like on Monday in Wisconsin:

Assembly GOP Falls in Line as Override Attempt Fails

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The New Jersey State HouseGovernor Chris Christie’s veto of the A-961 affordability analysis will stand, Save Jerseyans.

The final vote: 45 in favor of an override, 23 against and 5 in the meh, blech, or whatever camps, several votes short of the super-majority required for reversal.

I confirmed last week with Save Jersey sources that GOP leadership actively (and aggressively) whipped votes to avoid what was viewed as a potential embarrassment for the Administration.

What Monday’s result tells me? Among other things? While last fall’s Kean vs. Christie dust-up revealed the extent to which the Governor’s coattail-less reelection had damaged his political clout under the dome (e.g. don’t expect another breakthrough Cap 2.0 or pension reform in the near future), a majority of Assembly Republicans are still hesitant to cross the Christie front office… even if it’s to support a measure that they previously unanimously supported… 


Christie vs. Michelle Obama in Wisconsin

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A sample of Monday morning’s local news in one of 2014’s busiest political battlegrounds…

Christie’s RGA just went live with an ad aimed at the Democrat challenger, Mary Burke, who in addition to being a lefty loon is also allegedly a plagiarist:

Christie in WI, OH; NJ Dems Attempt Veto Override

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

October arrives this week, Save Jerseyans, and Captain Clutch may be retired but the political world is kicking into high gear.

Governor Chris Christie is heading to Wisconsin and Ohio on Monday; he’ll attend events for Governor Scott Walker and Governor John Kasich, respectively, at a time when the former is clinging to a slim lead and the latter is leading in polls by Christie ’13 margins.

That’s good news for the RGA Chairman. Less good? A potential override of an absolute veto back on the home-front.


Gun Grabbers Protest Christie in CT

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie got this one 100% right, Save Jerseyans, so the bedwetters who protested him in Connecticut on Tuesday will just have to deal. It isn’t hurting RGA-backed candidate Tom Foley who continues to out-poll the Democrat incumbent by a narrow but significant margin not all-too-dissimilar to Christie’s own position back in 2009…

Sorry Wiz: 59% Say Bridgegate SCI Should Quit

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Wizard of Oz

New Jersey knows what’s up.

Only 34% want Asm. John Wisniewski to continue his “investigation” into the Fort Lee lane closures, Save Jerseyans, according to N.J. political pollster-in-chief Patrick Murray of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Wrap it up, Wiz!

Click here to read the full polling results and analysis.


‘The View’ Ladies Want Christie to Run

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Offered without comment (from Tuesday’s show):

Would You Support Christie’s Run?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Questions remain but, it could be argued, Governor Chris Christie gets a little stronger every day that the U.S. Attorney’s office is silent.

But a clean Bridgegate “bill of health” is only part of the equation. A recent poll showed the Governor close to even with Hilldawg right here in N.J. He still needs to get through a primary first. Folks like you will be voting, and you know him best… so… vote and leave a cogent comment below explaining your vote…

Just taking your temperature:

Would You Support Chris Christie in the 2016 GOP Primary? free polls

How Bridgegate Made Chris Christie Even Stronger

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

So, the Washington Post now says that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is poised to “reclaim” front runner status as we head into the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

This on the heels of media reports that the US Attorney for New Jersey has thus far found no direct link to Christie in the Bridgegate affair after nine months of investigation.

And that Democrat-led legislative probe of the bridge closure has also gone nowhere even though the Dems are trying to keep it alive.


NBC Backpedals from Christie Exoneration Report

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The "This Bridge is Closed"

The “This Bridge is Closed”

Bob Jordan of the APP did a pretty solid job of explaining NBC’s about-face on Thursday’s bombshell Bridgegate story, Save Jerseyans.

Long story short, while NBC’s unnamed sources confirmed that “SO FAR found no grounds for charges — no involvement of the Governor himself,” the network’s current position is that he went too far by declaring that Governor Christie no longer facing any threat of federal charges stemming from the lane closure scandal.

On the path but not out of the woods?

Two working theories:


Report: Fmr. Torricelli Operative Fox Takes Over NJ DOT

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie will speak from his State House Outer Office at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Save Jerseyans. You can watch it live right here (below the fold)…

The topic matter? PolitickerNJ is reporting that Christie will replace New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson with former McGreevey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox. He’s a partisan Democrat whose resume includes high levels positions with Robert “The Torch” Torricelli and the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Did we run out of Republicans who could do the job?


Schundler Headlines Eck Event

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bret Schundler

Bret Schundler

A familiar face in New Jersey Republican politics is getting involved in Election 2014, Save Jerseyans.

Former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler will headline a meet-and-greet for NJ-12 nominee Alieta Eck at a private home in Somerset on Sunday; sponsorships are going for $500 and individual tickets are $25 ($40 for couples).

A staunch conservative and two-time candidate for governor, Schundler has stayed largely behind-the-scenes in New Jersey politics going back to August 2010 when Governor Chris Christie fired him from the administration, claiming that Schundler lied about a botched “Race to the Top” application for $400 million. Schundler vehemently denied the allegation.


Christie and Cuomo vs. ISIS

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to strategize another possible-to-imminent war kinetic action micro-aggressive response (?), Save Jerseyans, this time to the mounting ISIS threat. Just please don’t call it ISIS; he likes ISIL.


In any event, despite the fact that the Obama Administration also insists that ISIS is a regionally-contained threat (if true, then why are we fighting them?), Governor Chris Christie and his counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, huddled up on Monday to discuss their own independent review of regional security; referencing the President’s ISIS speech, the pair announced a bi-state survey of state police and homeland security efforts in New Jersey and New York. The findings are due in ten days:


Keep’em At Your Sides Next Time, Guv!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The opening of a Jersey City drug treatment center isn’t particularly controversial, Save Jerseyans, and the event itself was attended by members of both parties (drug sentencing reform has been a cornerstone of Governor Christie’s anti-crime and economic policies; I’m less of a fan of the watered-down “ban the box” legislation). No harm no foul with a little non-partisan interaction, right?

Still, politics is a game of optics, and it isn’t always a fair game truth be told, so I can’t help but imagine this photograph, snapped by Jennifer Brown for The Record, showing up in a 2016 GOP primary attack ad…

Can you see it in your mind’s eye? First “the hug” and, now, the hands! Silly? Maybe. But since when was politics not silly? Oof… you can tell how uncomfortable he feels:


Christie: “We’ll Get Crist Unconfused”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie’s RGA campaign swing through Florida on Friday was chock-full of fund sound bites, Save Jerseyans, ahead of what promises to be seven weeks of fierce campaigning in a statistically-tied race: