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Christie in Morristown: Let’s Debate, Cory!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo credit: @NJGOP/@JeffBell2014

Photo credit: @NJGOP/@JeffBell2014

The Bridgegate-embattled New Jersey Republican establishment opted out of taking an active role in the 2014 U.S. Senate primary, Save Jerseyans, a move which allowed the politically-savvy Reagan campaign veteran Jeff Bell to manufacture an upset victory on the June ballot.

It’s been all uphill from there

But you’d never know it Monday morning at the Morristown Diner where Governor Christie, in full campaign mode ahead of another two-day out-of-state RGA swing, once again stood side-by-side with Bell and laid into his fair weather friend Cory Booker (D-Twitter) for consenting to only one debate.


Christie’s Most Important Election?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie iowaWhile the GOP may be favored to capture the Senate and expand its House majority on November 4th, Save Jerseyans, gains in our nation’s governor mansions appear to be more elusive.

It’s complicated. To be fair, RGA Chairman Chris Christie had his work cut out for him from day numero uno. Big time. Unlike the Senate picture, this year’s gubernatorial battleground map is heavy on Republican defenses. How heavy? No less than nine GOP incumbents are running for reelection in states where Barack Obama won in both 2008 and 2012. An all-but-certain GOP loss in Pennsylvania coupled with a narrow but real Democrat edge in Maine have, cumulatively, kept New Jersey’s Governor on the road, almost constantly, visiting diners and raising money.

So this morning, Gov. Christie will wrap up a retail stop with Jeff Bell in Morris County and depart immediately thereafter for Kansas and Colorado and then, on Tuesday, he visits Maryland, Illinois and Michigan.

But make no mistake about it: the urgency felt by Team Christie extends well-beyond the sky-high stakes of Election 2014.


Christie’s Epic Public Union Smackdown

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Regardless of how you feel about the hiring of Joey D’s kid, Save Jerseyans, you’ve gotta love last night’s Christie Christie radio smackdown of a troll public sector union caller who called to take on the Governor and walked away dragging his tail between his legs when Christie let loose an epic rant on the public pension/benefits system

We don’t get to see much of this guy anymore. I miss him:

Ask the Governor at 7PM

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s time for yet another rousing edition of 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. Tonight, I’d expect to hear discussion on topics including his RGA travel schedule, the latest regarding Atlantic City’s condition and his position on a new gas tax hike push

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

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


Christie Visits Maine, Lauds “Common Sense Conservative Republican Leadership”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Governor was on the ground in Maine on Tuesday with his colleague Governor LaPage, Save Jerseyans, fighting to help him get across the finish line in a race that’s within 1-point per the RCP average:

Bell Says Christie Will “Do Some Personal Campaigning” for #NJSen

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Mark LevinShortly after wrapping up a second fall fundraiser with Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday evening, this time in Bernardsville (Somerset County), U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell called into the Mark Levin Show and reported that the Republican Governor had been a big help thus far in the campaign.

Levin accepted Bell’s judgment without an argument. The radio host is a notoriously huge Christie critic; back in 2013, he declared “[a]s for Chris Christie, I will do everything I can, in my little way, to make sure he is not the nominee” during a Fox News interview conducted by Neil Cavuto.

Bell announced that Christie had agreed to “do some personal campaigning” with him in the coming weeks but did not supply any details. He also continued to criticize the national GOP for failing to intervene in his race but supplied new details; allegedly the NRSC never even returned his campaign manager’s phone calls after the primary.

The most recent public polling shows Bell running 15-points behind Cory Booker (D-Twitter).


Christie to Address the NAACP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

chris christieHere’s one to watch, Save Jerseyans:

Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address at this upcoming Saturday’s NAACP New Jersey State Convention Membership Luncheon at the Hilton Parsippany.

It’s hard to view a prominent Republican’s speech offered at an event hosted by our country”s preeminent ideologically-liberal minority organization outside of the context of 2016. Mitt Romney addressed the national NAACP in 2012; that candidate’s speech was widely debated in the press for a full week. Christie can be expected to discuss his educational and drug/criminal justice reform initiatives (among other topics).

We’ll let you know what happens…

Christie Phonebanking in Connecticut

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The race in Connecticut is too close to call with four weeks left to go, Save Jerseyans, so Governor Chris Christie saddled up to a telephone station and participated in a Tom Foley phone bank on Monday (h/t; he’ll visit Florida on Wednesday for Rick Scott before traveling to Pennsylvania for a Thursday rally and then off to New England (RI & NH) on Friday:

Christie to Rally with Embattled Corbett

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie corbettPA Governor Tom Corbett has consistently trailed his Democrat opponent Tom Wolf by double-digit margins in head-to-head polling since last fall, Save Jerseyans, but that hasn’t stopped RGA Chairman Chris Christie from spending considerable time (and treasure) in the Keystone state.

With under four weeks to go before Election Day, Christie will rally with Corbett at the Valley Forge Military Academy on Thursday, October 9th. Appropriate location, right?

Gov. Christie may need help jump-starting deflated PA GOP’er spirits. For starters, he could talk about how Corbett is a clone – ideologically and physically – of Jon Corzine. Seriously… it’s creepy.

The RGA had already invested nearly $2 million in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race as of September. Thanks in large part to the sinking fortunes of Corbett and his colleague Rick Scott (R-FL), RCP’s rolling poll average conglomeration presently projects a national Democrat net pick-up of +2


“Those People Deserve to Have Their Heads Taken Off”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I was the first to discuss Team Christie’s bid to revive the GOP’s “compassionate conservatism” strategy since, as you well know, Save Jersey was tracking Chris Christie’s every move before it was cool. You’re welcome.

The mainstream types are starting to clue in. Wednesday’s “CBS This Morning” ran an interview featuring Gayle King interviewing Chris Christie; his Tuesday heroin event in Newark was the primary topic but his weight, 2016, President Obama’s handling of ISIS (hint: CJC isn’t impressedand the Guv’s attitude (or said another way, how he chooses when it’s appropriate to dole out Christie-style verbal wrath and retribution) inevitably entered into the discussion…

Watch below the fold:


Christie Files Direct Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

trenton domeDirect appointments do NOT require the advice or the consent of the State Senate:

Direct Appointments
Public Members
Appoint Daniel O. Croson, Jr. (Carteret, Middlesex)
Appoint Mark D. Peters, II, Pharm.D. (Flemington, Hunterdon)
Appoint Anne B. Ciemnecki (East Windsor, Mercer)
Appoint Reverend Joseph V. Thelusca (East Orange, Essex)
Departmental Appointments Subject to the Governor’s Approval
Governor Christie approved Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez’s appointments for the Community Mental Health Citizens Advisory Board. These approved appointments do not require Senate confirmation.


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: