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The Lerner Curve

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lois Lerner

If you had any doubts as to the power of the media – and its ability to screw up the priorities of the masses – then play around on Google for a few minutes.

For example:

A Google search for “Bridgegate” reveals 1,540,000 results. All for a brief North Jersey traffic jam that didn’t end in a single fatality.

For Bridget Kelly? The lady who allegedly set the wheels in motion? 1,440,000 returns.

Searching for “Lois Lerner,” however, turns up just 996,000 hits. You remember her… the former IRS department chieftain who presided over “special scrutiny” of groups critical of the Obama Administration.

We are what we eat, Save Jerseyans. It’s a rule that’s applicable to news just as much as food.

And did I mention that “twerking” pulls in 5,280,000 results?


Christie Nabs 2nd Place in NH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


Here are the restults of Satuday’s Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire, Save Jerseyans:

Rand Paul – 15%

Chris Christie – 13%

Ben Carson – 11%

Rick Santorum – 11%

Scott Walker – 11%


Christie Takes Your Questions

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s time again for NJ 101.5′s ‘Ask the Governor’ program, Save Jerseyans.

Once every month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hops behind a radio microphone and fields your questions. Tuesday’s budget address promises to consume much of the air time, but  host of subtopics including pensions, Bridgegate, Tony Mack, new gun control overtures and even a plethora of pot holes on state roads could easily enter into the mix…

Watch a live stream right here beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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The station’s call-in information is below the fold…


LIVE: Christie Posts $34.5B Budget

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) during his recent State of the State address.

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) during his recent State of the State address.

Governor Chris Christie will deliver his FY 2015 budget address on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Save Jerseyans, a speech which pre-released excerpts suggest could amp up the battle over tax and pension reforms in Trenton.

What gets cut (not much)? What doesn’t (too much)? There is NO tax cut in this proposal but the Democrats have boosted new taxes in recent weeks.

This year’s proposal is $1.6 billion bigger than the FY 2014 budget driven in large part by a heftier pension payment, one that’s larger than the contributions of the last five governors combined; the Governor’s address notes that “94 percent of that increase –virtually all of it — is taken up by three things: pensions, health benefits, and debt.”

Will Democrats cooperate with the Governor’s pitch or dig in and try to score points against a wounded Republican opponent?

You can watch LIVE below the fold and find out beginning at 2:00 p.m… we also have text of the Governor’s address as prepared for delivery…


Monday: Christie Answers Your Bridgegate Questions

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ)

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ)

Once every month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hops behind a radio microphone and fields your questions.

This month is going to be a little different for obvious reasons, Save Jerseyans.

Bridgegate resignations and revelations continue to keep Team Christie playing defense at a time when they were hoping to use the RGA as a vehicle to launch the Republican Governor’s presidential campaign. Tonight’s NJ 101.5 edition of “Ask the Governor” with Eric Scott will be his most substantial public availability since last month’s epic 2-hour press conference…

Watch a live stream here, beginning at 7:00 p.m., right below the fold…


Christie to Attend Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash

By Art Gallagher |

Howard Stern

Governor Chris Christie is scheduled to attend radio shock jock Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash tomorrow evening at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. Stern is turning 60.

Stern spoke out in support of Christie last week.

It’s Stern. There is language that some may find offensive in this video…


Christie ’14 Needs Christie ’09

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie and kids

Gov. Christie greets students at the ceremonial signing of New Jersey’s DREAM Act.

Two days after Chris Christie secured his first term in office, Save Jerseyans, and after I had caught up on some much-needed sleep, I sat down at my laptop and triumphantly declared that Chris Christie had put conservatism on the ballot and won.

I wasn’t wrong. He ran as a pro-life, pro-small business, pro-tax cut and pro-reining-in-the-public-sector-unions candidate in 2009, and right up through 2011 legislative redistricting, no reasonable conservative could’ve balked at what he was able to accomplish seemingly against all of the odds (translation: a Democrat legislature and a fiscal nightmare). Then the strategy changed as realities changed.

Inauguration Day has arrived, and the challenges of 2014 demand a return to the basics that put Chris Christie on the map in the first place…


Excerpts from Christie’s Inaugural Address

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie oath of officeCheck back right here at Noon to watch Governor Chris Christie’s second inauguration ceremony live, Save Jerseyans, but in the interim, check out a few excerpts from his embargoed address…

“The people of this state know that the only way forward is if we are all willing to take on what is politically unpopular. If we are all willing to share in the sacrifice. If we are all willing to be in this together…


Longer Days Can Help Our Kids Go Far

OPINION: A Perspective On Longer School Days from a Long-Time Student

By Michael Ritchie | The Save Jersey Blog

christie with kidsI’ve thought for many years that our students spend too much time away from the classroom, Save Jerseyans. 

I should disclaim at this point that I am not a professional educator, but I am for lack a better term, a “long-time professional student.”  After more than 12+ years of formal higher education, one thing has become increasingly clear from my experiences:  students that were brought up in the American education system largely struggle in the classroom compared to that of some of our emigrated colleagues. 


Christie Forms Internal Probe

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie ad close upIt was announced on Thursday morning that Christie Administration has retained the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP to “review best practices for office operations and information flow, and assist with document retention and production,” Save Jerseyans.

From the release:

“Governor Christie made clear last week that he will conduct an internal review to uncover the facts surrounding the lane closures in Fort Lee. His Administration is fully cooperating with the U.S. Attorney inquiry and other appropriate inquiries and requests for information. To assist in conducting that internal review and furthering that cooperation, the Christie Administration is announcing today that Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has been retained as outside counsel. Their presence will bring an outside, third-party perspective to the situation, and they will be a valuable asset as we move forward. This Administration is committed to ensuring that what happened here never happens again. That’s what the people of New Jersey deserve.”

Heading up the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP team is former federal prosecutor Randy Mastro. Mastro is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he specialized in organized crime cases and spearheaded the federal government’s landmark racketeering suit that compelled the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to hold democratic elections and to undergo court supervision. Mastro also served as former Deputy Mayor of New York City.

Rudy Giuliani is the mayor referenced above.

The U.S. Attorney and New Jersey’s Assembly are already conducting independent investigations.


Longer Days, Big Consequences

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

AppleThere are families that still like to have dinner together and discuss the day’s events.

Longer school days would mean less family time, Save Jerseyans, extended homework hours, the rescheduling of jobs, babysitters, extracurricular activities and day care.

A longer school day would also require more funding to cover higher teacher salaries, supplemental textbooks, resources and the cost of additional specialized educators.


Rooney Reacts to #SOTS (VIDEO)


Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney joined Fox29/My9′s Chasing New Jersey team for live State House coverage of Chris Christie’s Tuesday ‘State of the State’ address…

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Q Poll: Post-Bridgegate Christie at 55%

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

© Mykwain Gainey/ Chris Christie For Governor

© Mykwain Gainey/ Chris Christie For Governor

Governor Chris Christie is affected but hardly hobbled by Bridgegate thus far, Save Jerseyans, according to a brand new Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday showing his job approval rating sitting at a respectable 55%.

“New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is doing better with the public than with the news media,” opined Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “His job approval has dropped from the stratosphere, but it’s still double-digit positive, pretty much where he was before his Superstorm Sandy hug with President Barack Obama.”


The Boss’s Bridgegate Ballad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’d have to think that even Chris Christie felt very conflicted watching this one, Save Jerseyans…

GOP Chairs Rally Around LoBo

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lobiondo and ChristieEight GOP county chairmen with territory inside Frank LoBiondo’s expansive Second Congressional District formally announced their support for the incumbent’s reelection campaign on Tuesday: Keith Davis (Atlantic), Bill Layton (Burlington), Tom Booth (Camden), Mike Donohue (Cape May), Bob Greco (Cumberland), Kevin Murphy (Gloucester), George Gilmore (Ocean), and Fran Grenier (Salem).

“With the challenges facing our region, we cannot afford to take a chance on a criminal defense attorney who would rather run on his name than his record and remains 100% committed to implementing Obamacare,” the chairmen said in a joint release.


Bridgegate Recap: Week of the Emails

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-66This will be my one and only post on Bridgegate for the time being, Save Jerseyans. Not because I don’t have thoughts on the matter, but at this point, so many people are yelling their opinions at the top of their voices that there’s a good chance you could all have an eardrum ruptured.

So I’m gonna throw my thoughts out there once, let people agree/disagree with them, and let the others resume shouting:

I Still Support Chris Christie

Let’s get that on record. He has built enough credibility where I believe him when he says that his staff lied to him. There is no evidence that shows that he knew. And I’m a logical person who makes his decisions based on available facts. And the fact is, since no evidence exists as of now showing Christie knew, I fall back to the credibility factor. Were these facts to change, I would re-evaluate…