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Preventing Ferguson From Happening Here

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

An increasingly-common armored police vehicle (Photo: Dakota County Sheriff's Office)

An increasingly-common armored police vehicle (Photo: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office)

“Weapons of war have no place on our streets.”

President Obama said it in early February 2013 attending an anti-gun rally. While Obama and I have some staunch differences about the definition of “weapons of war,” I would sum it up by looking at recent pictures out of Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Vietnam.

Military vehicles roaming the streets supplied by the President’s Pentagon.

Tear gas being thrown in the middle of the night.

Explosives being thrown at citizens and police all the same.

They have no place on our streets.

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Christie Soliciting Funds for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellThe NJ GOP is certainly stepping up its online fundraising efforts in 2014, Save Jerseyans.

After using its formidable online list serve to raise money for Wisconsin’s Scott Walker last week, this Thursday, the Sate Republican Committee shared an e-mail signed by Governor Christie asking donors to donate directly to Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign and, having done so, “reject the failed agenda of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.” The e-mail blast further noted how recent polling suggests a single-digit race.

More help might be coming soon for the GOP nominee taking on Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in November. Governor Christie’s long-time confidante and national Republican emissary Bill Palatucci recently promised a Christie-headlined fundraiser for Bell.

The NJ GOP’s blast e-mail is below the fold:

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Christie Vetoes School Board Bracketing Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) visits a Camden, NJ classroom in January 2014.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) visits a Camden, NJ classroom in January 2014.

Governor Chris Christie is sending S-387/A-1363 back to the state legislature. Had he signed the bill, it would have permitted two or more school board candidates to circulate join petition and bracket together.

Advocates say the legislation would bring much-needed voter attention to these important but oft-overlooked local contests.

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Christie Vetoes Jobless Job-seeker Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie Voorhees town hallClick here to read Governor Chris Christie ‘s S-1440 veto message.

Background: the Governor signed a watered-down bill on Monday that prevents an employer from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history prior to a first interview. This vetoed legislation would make it illegal for an employer to refuse employment on the grounds that the applicant is unemployed.

He was wrong on Monday but right today, Save Jerseyans.

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Obamacare Will Burst N.J. Benefits Bubble

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

CadillacGovernor Christie is on the Ocean City Music Pier today pushing for another sweeping round of public employee benefit reforms, Save Jerseyans.

It’s timely.

You know what the pension numbers look like because you’re a regular reader. That being said, our obnoxiously gigantic $40 billion in unfunded pension liabilities is eclipsed only by a public employee health benefit program that’s $47 billion in the red. What else could you expect from a state with roughly 81 government employees per square mile?

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N.J. Gun Laws: Draconian and Scary

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

Shaneen AllenIn case you haven’t heard, Save Jerseyans, Philadelphia mother Shaneen Allen is looking at mandatory prison time of minimum 3 and maximum 11 years in prison. For what crime? It’s alleged that she mistakenly entered New Jersey with a legal handgun in her possession on October 1, 2013.

The reported facts: Shaneen was pulled over for a traffic violation (unsafe lane change) and immediately informed the officer that she had that handgun in her possession; she also made it clear that she’s legally permitted to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania. Shaneen was nevertheless arrested and spent 46 days behind bars. Superior Court Judge Michael Donio subsequently denied a motion by her lawyer to overturn a decision denying Allen permission to participate in a pretrial intervention program which would’ve enabled her to avoid jail time.

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NJ GOP Raising Money for Walker

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie and walkerThe New Jersey GOP is working hard this cycle for a candidate who isn’t even in our time zone, Save Jerseyans.

A blast e-mail went out to its support list on Tuesday, sent under Governor Chris Christie’s name, seeking donations for the re-election campaign of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender in his own right IF, of course, he holds on to his current job.

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Christie Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

If you’re unfamiliar with the social media-driven ‘ice bucket challenge’ to raise awareness (and money) for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), then click here for an update.

Otherwise this speaks for itself; the only question is how many of the Governor’s detractors would’ve donated their life savings to an ALS charity for a chance to dump the bucket:

Christie Refiles Essex Judges Sans Cohen

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

essex countyNorth Jersey is one step closer to getting eight new Superior Court judges, Save Jerseyans, after Governor Chris Christie nominated the following eight individuals on Monday evening:

Stephanie Ann Mitterhoff (Westfield, Union)
Jeffrey B. Beacham (Short Hills, Essex)
Linda Lordi Cavanaugh (West Orange, Essex)
Neil N. Jasey (South Orange, Essex)
Marysol Rosero (Livingston, Essex)
Bahir Kamil (South Orange, Essex)
Richard T. Sules (West Orange, Essex)
Marcella Matos Wilson (West Caldwell, Essex)

Each nomination is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Important background: the seven Essex names were previously put forth by the Governor before they were pulled, apparently part of an ongoing struggled between the Administration and Democrats over appointments in a county that’s 21 judges short. David Cohen of Berkeley Heights. David Cohen, Gov. Christie’s former director of employee relations, was the only name absent who was also on the original list; Senate Dems had delayed a vote on his nomination.

Christie Signs Bail Reform, “Ban the Box” Bills

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Prison FenceThe Governor took action on five pieces of legislation on Monday, Save Jerseyans, and only one earned his conditional veto.

Bail reform (S-946/A-1910) is solid legislation but indirectly cost the taxpayers $4 billion. #YOLO!

Watered-down A-1999/S-2124, or the “Ban the Box” bill, is better than the original version but still places an unnecessary additional burden on struggling N.J. employers at a time when they’re already getting it from angles.

A run-down:

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‘Open Space’ Travesty Says It All

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

fieldEverything that drives me crazy about Trenton played out in last week’s passage of a new “Open Space” measure, Save Jerseyans, setting up a ballot question for the November election and another expenditure which we can ill-afford.

Bad logic. Reckless spending. And a little good old fashioned horse trading?

In case you’re not aware of the background information, SCR-84 results in a proposed constitutional amendment on New Jersey’s next general election ballot which, if approved by the voters, dedicates $150 million per year for open space conservation over 30 years.  That’s a roughly $4 billion investment at a time when our government just declined to make an additional, pre-planned $2.4 billion payment towards our chronically underfunded pension system.

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A Third GOP Term? It’s Doable!

By James Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

GOP State HousePerusing various news outlets, Save Jerseyans, you might think that the 2017 Gubernatorial election is a done deal for the Democrats. They’ve got a field of “strong” candidates – led by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop – they’ve lost just two statewide elections in this millennium, and they’ve capitalized on growing distrust for our current Republican governor, whose favorability stands at a net of 0 at 47-47 in the latest Quinnipiac survey.

All of this would appear, on the surface, to be the death knell of the New Jersey Republican Party’s hopes of keeping Drumthwacket come 2017.

But fear not, Save Jerseyans: there is hope that the Governorship will stay in Republican hands.

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The Governor and the Marine

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

Andrew Tahmooressi

Andrew Tahmooressi

Governor Chris Christie is going to Mexico in September, Save Jerseyans. Some say it’s part of his bid to run for president in 2016. We’ll see.

Immigration remains the topic de jour; the Governor’s people say he’s going to discuss trade relations. That being said, I hope he keeps in mind there’s a decorated US Marine by the name of Andrew Tahmooressi languishing in a Mexican prison.

While he visits, I would love to see the Governor privately ask the Mexican president to find a way to pardon and release him. In fact, I hope he already has that planned.

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Christie Vetoes Fracking Waste Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at desk signing budgetThe Governor took action on a number of legislative items on Friday, Save Jerseyans, including the appointment of a pension and benefits reform review commission.

Names/bios of the members, and a full listing of legislative items acted upon (including veto messages), are below the fold…

The members of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission are (with more in-depth bios below):

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Don’t Blame It On the Bridge

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie smiling town hall

My words, not the Q Pollsters’ words.

The data is nevertheless convincing. Click here to see the report for yourselves. The Bipartisanship Governor is quickly becoming one of America’s most polarizing, Save Jerseyans. Quinnipiac is reporting that Governor Christie’s approval/disapproval ratings now stand 49% and 47% respectively. They’re divided evenly – 48% to 48% – on the question of whether he’s a bully and 47% to 47% on personal favorability.

Mind the trend; it’s his lowest job approval rating since August 2011 when he stood at 47%. Men modestly approve of the job he’s doing (54%) as opposed to only 44% of women, a dramatic reversal from this time last year. Support among Democrats has collapsed (down to 25%) and Independent voter approval is slightly negative at 50%.

Why? I’ll say this much: it’d be a fatal mistake for Christie backers to assume it’s 100% attributable to G.W. access for Fort Lee, New Jersey…

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Key Christie Staffer Heads to NH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Peter Sheridan

Peter Sheridan

Updated 5:59 p.m.

Remember when we counted the Christie “octopus” tentacles together, Save Jerseyans?

Here’s an update: according to a reliable Save Jersey source in-the-know, NJ GOP Deputy Executive Director Peter Sheridan will take over as deputy campaign manager for New Hampshire GOP gubernatorial hopeful Walt Havenstein in the coming weeks.

A longtime New Jersey political hand and former Bush-Cheney Victory Director for Pennsylvania in 2004, Sheridan’s move is undoubtedly intended to boost both one of Governor Christie’s RGA priorities (he’s been up there a lot recently) and, again, his 2016 operative deployment battle plan.

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Gubernatorial Primary Straw Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

drumthwacketJust taking your temperature, Save Jerseyans…

Which of these N.J. political figures would be your first choice, as of right now, to face Steve Sweeney/Steven Fulop, whoever, when Governor Christie moves on? Or is your preferred candidate not listed?

Let’s get a conversation going; it’ll be here before you know it:

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