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Christie Waxes On Pro Life Beliefs

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’m not a big believer in Jim McGreevey’s late-in-life religious rediscovery, Save Jerseyans, but I do very much believe in Republicans finding better ways to articulate their pro-life convictions.

Governor Chris Christie did a pretty solid job today during a joint event promoting reform of New Jersey’s penal system:

Christie Files Direct Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at desk signing budgetGovernor Christie directly appointed dozens of state officials on Holy Thursday, Save Jerseyans, meaning these new or reappointed individuals don’t require the Senate’s consent to start working:

Master HVACR Contractors
Appoint Kevin S. Clark (Galloway, Atlantic)
Appoint the Honorable William C. Barham (Monmouth Beach, Monmouth)

Executive Branch of State Government Representative
Appoint the Honorable Thomas C. Pitcherello (Bordentown, Burlington)


Christie Leads Fox News Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A little welcome 2016 news last night (Thursday) for Governor Christie, Save Jerseyans, via a Fox News poll of 1,012 registered voters:

Fox 2016 Poll - April 2014

Declare Your Allegiance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

HBO’s smash hit ‘Game of Thrones’ series is back on the air, Save Jerseyans, and if you’re anything like me, you love every minute of it.

Of course, you and I don’t need to transport ourselves to the fantastical realm of Westeros for an ample supply of corrupt, greed, scheming, perversion, violence and intrigue. We live in New Jersey! Did the Starks close the Wall to punish political enemies? Did the Lannisters sell kidneys on the black market? The Game of Jersey is a game without equal.

Whose side are you on? Declare your allegiance with one of the six Facebook profile badges posted below…

House Christie:

House Christie

House Norcross:


Tortoises Find Help. Sandy Victims? Meh.

Sandy Response Support Skids in New Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Florida to New Jersey Sandy TruckThe big takeaway excerpt of the most recent survey report from Monmouth Pollster Patrick Murray:

Among those residents who live in New Jersey’s hardest hit communities, only 41% are satisfied with the state’s recovery efforts while a decided majority (54%) are dissatisfied. In the remainder of the state, 49% are satisfied while 41% are dissatisfied. This marks the first time that residents of hardest hit communities have shown a significant difference in satisfaction levels when compared to residents in other parts of the state. In prior polls, these two groups’ satisfaction levels differed by no more than five percentage points.


The RTF Stealth Tax

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Moving VanGovernor Christie is absolutely on track in his questioning of the Realty Transfer Fee (RTF), Save Jerseyans, and if anything, if he is able to successfully eliminate this insidious tax placed on property owners, then he should also make sure it cannot revert back to its previous status once he leaves office.

When I was running for office, another one of my peeves was the Realty Transfer Fee (RTF), pursued aggressively under Jim McGreevey and continued by Jon Corzine as an additional source of revenue. Click here to play with an RTF calculator if you’re a visual learner.

This form of taxation acts as an insidious hidden tax to homeowners New Jersey…


“We Only Need 9 Brave Democrats”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Good luck, Mr. Governor:

This video is from Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Franklin Township; Governor Christie’s fighting to save the arbitration cap that was central to his property tax reform legacy before Assembly Democrats allowed it to expire two weeks ago.


The Politics Of Disaster Relief

By Art Gallagher |

Photo Caption - Sandy Inspection TourWhen disaster hits, natural or man made, Americans put aside their differences and come together to handle the emergency.

We saw it with 9-11. Most recently in New Jersey we saw it with Superstorm Sandy.

Once the emergency is over and the federal money is flowing, the politics…partisanship and patronage starts.  We saw it with 9-11. We’re living it with Sandy.

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GOP, Christiecrats Rally for Arb Cap

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A who’s who of New Jersey Republicans and Christiecrats joined Governor Chris Christie on the steps of Trenton’s War Memorial on Monday, Save Jerseyans, all to demand Assembly action on the expired arbitration cap credited with keeping Garden State property tax increases to record lows. For example, whereas property tax bills increased on average by 2.4% and 1.6% in 2011 and 2012 respectively, those same taxpayers’ bills had rose by a minimum of 7% during the years between 2004 and 2006.

It’s a no brainer for everyone except Vince Prieto’s caucus.

Some highlights:


Christie’s Lawyers Turn Over Memos

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-8More fuel on the fire, Save Jersey? Or just more white noise?

On Monday, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP  released 75 internal memoranda generated from the witness interviews conducted in the preparation of its controversial March 26, 2014 internal review report of the Christie Administration’s role in the ongoing Bridgegate and Sandygate scandals.

The new docs are posted over at Gibson’s website: The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) received copies. Too bad the SCI can’t compel anyone to testify about’em if they don’t want to…


Moran: NJ’s Full of Greedy Jerks!

Are New Jersey voters (that would be you) greedy jerks or just stupid and impressionable?

By Art Gallagher |

Hundreds of middle-aged people looking for work at Brookdale this morning. April 4, 2014

Hundreds of middle-aged people looking for work at Brookdale this morning. April 4, 2014

New Jersey voters are either greedy jerks or stupid and impressionable buffoons if you buy The Star Ledger Editorial Board’s (Tom Moran’s) reading of the QuinnipiacPoll released on Thursday.  The poll reported that New Jerseyans favor wage freezes for state workers, by a 53-42 margin, and oppose an increase in the gasoline tax by a 65-33 percent margin:

New Jersey voters are jerks. The new state motto: “Screw you, not me.”

That is how Moran starts off his rant. He finishes by cutting the poll respondents a break. Maybe we aren’t greedy jerks, maybe we’ve been led to think the way we do:

We’ll cut the folks responding to the Quinnipiac poll a break – they’ve been goaded in this direction. Despite widespread reforms to state workers’ pay and benefits during the past four years, not to mention budget cuts that led to historic layoffs of police, teachers and firefighters, Gov. Chris Christie used his annual budget address to continue to blame state worker compensation for our fiscal aches and pains.

Hmmm.  Moran’s frustration is showing.  As the editorial page editor of the state’s largest media outlet, Moran should be the most powerful opinion maker in New Jersey. How could his readers be so stupid?!

Insulting your customers (readers) is a interesting strategy to stop the bleeding of a company (media outlet) that is contracting rapidly and recently announced 167 layoffs which followed millions in concessions from the outlet’s unionized workers and a smaller round of layoffs.

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From Crazy to Dangerous

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ChickensPredictably, The Star Ledger editorial board was in full wig-out mode on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, after a Mercer County Superior Court Judge sided with Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly in a suit brought by the hapless Wisniewski-led Bridgegate legislative SCI. 

Rational people know the ruling signals the end of the committee’s usefulness (to the extent it had one to begin with). I explained “why” at great length on the day after the opinion came down.

Tom Moran’s editorial board is anything but rational. They want the openly-partisan committee to forge ahead in the most incredible (and frightening) way imaginable…


Why It’s Time to End the SCI

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) sleeping during a Christie legislative address.

Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) sleeping during a Christie legislative address. (credit: NJTV 2014)

I’m going to keep this simple. Painfully so.

It’s hard to understate the extent to which this week’s Bridgegate Special Committee on Investigation (or “SCI”) hearing destroyed the Democrat members’ last vestiges of credibilityAnd then a Mercer County Judge stepped in to make it abundantly clear that the SCI has no purpose either (without any additional hard evidence to review OR  even the power to compel its production).

Devoid of credibility and purpose, Save Jerseyans, it’s hard to imagine a productive, good faith rationale to continue holding meetings.


“We Slowed Down The 100 MPH Train”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Christie justifiably continued to rail against Assembly Democrats for killing the arbitration cap at Wednesday’s Fairfield town hall meeting held at Winston Churchill Elementary:


Iowa Overboard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


By both definitions of the word?

Context: Governor Christie told Diane Sawyer last month that “they love me in Iowa,” Save Jerseyans, but a new Suffolk University poll out Wednesday strongly suggested that the steady drumbeat of Bridgegate news, manufactured or not, is close to ending the presidential aspirations of the man who these same polls reported could give the GOP its best chance of defeating Hilldawg in 2016.

Or not…


Quinnipiac Poll: New Jersey Voters Approve Of Christie More Than Obama, Menendez or Booker

New Jersey Voters Disapprove of the State Legislature, 36-48%

By Art Gallagher |

christie town hall argumentQuinnipiac Poll released this morning indicates that, despite the beating he has been taking in the local and national media since January, Governor Chris Christie has higher approval ratings than President Barack Obama, Senator Bob Menendez and Senator Cory Booker, among New Jersey voters.

Quinnipiac didn’t spin the poll that way in their narrative, but that is what the numbers indicate.  Most of the media coverage about this poll will be negative for Christie. Too many reporters and editors read the spin and not the numbers.

There is bad news for Christie in this poll.  His approval rating has dropped to 49-44% since January when it was 55-38%.

82% of Republicans and 54% of Independents approve of Christie’s job performance. Only 23% of Democrats give the Guv love.

The Governor’s bully rating is higher than ever before. Voters are now evenly split 48-48 on whether he’s a leader or a bully. In January they said he was more of a leader by 54-40 margin.

56% of voters think the Mastro Report, the internal investigation commissioned by the Governor’s Office that exonerated Christie from any involvement in the Bridgegate scandal was a “whitewash.”  Voters are split 46-46 over whether the legislative investigation into Bridgegate lead by Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Senator Loretta Weinberg is a legitimate investigation or a political witch-hunt.

Voters have a net negative impression of the State Legislature that crosses all party lines. Republicans disapprove of legislature 40-45, Democrats 40-43 and Independents 33-53.  The Legislature’s overall approval numbers are negative 36-48.

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