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Wiz Vows to Carry On!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie pointingJohn “the Wiz” Wisniewski is the same guy who initially raised the possibility of impeaching Governor Chris Christie over the Bridgegate scandal, Save Jerseyans. Wisniewski’s SCI Bridgegate investigation subsequently spent millions of tax dollars, leaked investigatory information and, when all was said and done nine months later, UNCOVERED NO EVIDENCE that Chris Christie did anything wrong.

So what did the the Wiz, clinging to the prospect of a Bridgegate-fueled run at higher office, do on Thursday evening when it we found out that the federal government’s investigation also found no evidence of Christie wrongdoing and, moreover, would not seek any charges against the Governor?

He crawled back to MSNBC, complained about leaks, ignored targeted reform proposals (you’d think a legislative committee would be interested in legislation?) and denied ever suggesting that Governor Chris Christie had committed any criminal acts…

Sorry, Asm. O’Scanlon; I think you might be wrong after all about one thing: the Wiz has balls the size of grapefruits…


REPORT: No Christie Bridgegate Link Found

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-8This speaks for itself,  Save Jerseyans. The Feds have RULED OUT charges for Governor Chris Christie in the Bridgegate debacle (reports NBC4).

Full story here.

Wrap it up now, Wiz! Thus far, you haven’t uncovered any material contradictions of the Mastro report. Hundreds of days and millions of dollars wasted and the top law enforcement minds operating in our state see no reason to move against the Governor. So what could you expect to add to the process at this juncture? Especially since you’ve demonstrated ZERO interest in considering proposed reforms related to how these independent authorities function… nine months in…

“NBC New York reports governor Christie is not involved. Now it’s time for the panel that prejudged the governor to end its relentless attacks,” concurred Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, one of the Governor’s most reliable legislative allies, in a statement release after the news broke.

After attending a Thursday night fundraiser for Jeff Bell in Princeton (during which time the NBC story went live), Governor Christie appeared on NJ 101.5 for his monthly ‘Ask the Governor’ program and reacted to the report…


Christie Barnstorms in N.H.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

November is coming, Save Jerseyans, so Governor Chris Christie was back in the Granite State this week stumping for Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown. New Hampshire remains a critically important state for Chris Christie in 2014 (and 2016). Christie’s RGA put big money into the state and, as first reported by Save Jersey, key Christie operatives are on the ground.

Sights and sounds:

Christie Files Nominations to Superior Court, Parole Board

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at desk signing budgetNominations are subject to the advice and the consent of the State Senate; direct appointments are not:


Nominate for reappointment Benjamin C. Telsey (Pilesgrove, Salem)
Nominate for appointment John M. Deitch (Fanwood, Union)
Nominate for appointment Theresa E. Mullen (Scotch Plains, Union)
Nominate for appointment Candido Rodriguez (Scotch Plains, Union)


Momentum Still Building for Death Tax Reform

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

cemetery_overview1It’s finally starting to look like Trenton might do something about our death tax dilemma, Save Jerseyans.

We’ve been grinding this ax for a long time; only two U.S. states impose both an estate tax AND an inheritance tax. Consequently, anyone who can still afford to live in New Jersey (a shrinking pool) finds themselves deathly afraid of dying here.

State Senator Ray Lesniak (D) proposed repealing the estate tax back during the summer (although he wanted to exchange it for a millionaire’ tax). Now, a broad coalition of Assembly Republicans and Democrats are championing a bill (A1281) to (1) repeal New Jersey’s inheritance tax and (2) increase the estate tax exemption so that it’s in-line with the feds.


Christie Birthday Bash Raises $600k

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie romneyGovernor Chris Christie’s week is ending on a high note notwithstanding rough rating credit news, Save Jerseyans. He’s back in the black for his 52nd birthday.

For starters, new Stockton Poll results dropped today showing him comfortably above 50% and well-ahead of President Obama in New Jersey when it comes to the all-important job approval question.

His birthday party turned out pretty well, too. A memorandum obtained by Save Jersey, sent by Chairman Sam Raia to the rest of the organization’s members and county chairs, reports $600,000 raised from the Romney-attended event which also featured an audience of approximately 930 faithful. It’s welcome news after a news report, circulated earlier in the week, trumpeted that the committee was $300k in the red prior to the big bash.

With Wednesday night’s showing, the NJ GOP Chair says his organization expects to post close to $1 million raised in the 3rd Quarter and $1.8 million year-to-date.


Christie Vetoes Greenwald’s “Economic Opportunity Act”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie smileCiting “special interests for part-time legislators,” Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed A-3213/S-1551 today, Save Jerseyans, otherwise known as the Economic Opportunity Act, Part 3.

This legislation was sponsored by Christie arch-critic Lou Greenwald in the Assembly and Ray Lesniak and Shavonda Sumter in the State Senate. The original package cleared the state house last fall. Things are different now, in terms of both political and economic realities. The latter point is expressly argued in the Governor’s statement.


Christie, GOP Leaders Share 9/11 Reflections

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order No.162 this week, Save Jerseyans, directing that all New Jersey state buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Thursday, September 11, 2014, the 13th anniversary (yeah, it’s been THAT long) of the 9/11 terror attacks that claimed the lives of 746 New Jersey residents. He also declared it a “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” throughout the entirety of New Jersey.

He are his remarks on the subject offered yesterday during a school visit in Camden:


Christie Vetoes Smoke Ban, Signs Alimony Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Monmouth Beach post Sandy seawallThere was a ton of bill signing (and vetoing) activity on Wednesday in Trenton, Save Jerseyans, announced while the NJ GOP partied away with Mitty Romney in East Brunswick.

In no particular order….


ACS for A-845, 971, 1649/SCS for S-488, 1808, (Mainor, Lampitt, S. Kean, Singleton, Giblin, Wimberly, Jimenez, Coughlin/Scutari, Singer, A.R. Bucco) – Establishes durational limits and enumerates certain factors concerning modification and termination of alimony; establishes “open durational” alimony


Christie Goes National during Birthday Speech with Mitt Romney

Tonight, Save Jersey was on hand at Governor Christie’s 52nd birthday party/NJGOP fundraiser. There were about 1,000 people in attendance for an event that had a very election night-esque feel to it. The giant American flag, an entertaining and charismatic  Governor Christie, and of course, former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney were all there.

Romney singRomney seemed more comfortable on this stage in front of this crowd than he seemed throughout much of the 2012 campaign; especially when he led the crowd in a “happy birthday” sing-a-long for Governor Christie. Many in the crowd left the event chatting about how much better a situation we would be in today if November 2012 had gone a bit differently.

The event was described by introductory speakers as a “huge success” for the NJGOP, who as of late have not been generating the best of headlines when it comes to fundraising.

The talk of the floor was obviously focused on 2016. People were heard wondering aloud whether we were watching a power-presidential pairing, or one of the last times two friends would share the stage before becoming frenemies in the early primaries. To be fair, the speech was very jersey-centric and focused on many of the Governor’s successes over the last 5 years while also reiterating that the job of governor is the only one he wants…for now. The Governor insisted that this was not a dry run Presidential rally, but by now we all know better don’t we?


Christie Files Direct Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at desk signing budgetDirect appointments do not require the advice or the consent of the State Senate…


Statewide Independent Living Council Representative
Reappoint Dorothy M. Doran, M.S., CRC (Neptune, Monmouth)
Current or Former Applicant/Recipient of CBVI Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Appoint Jamie C. Hilton (Fanwood, Union)
Public Member – Parent/Relative Advocate
Appoint Carolyn Ottilie Lucas (Ewing, Mercer)
Public Member – Advocacy for the Blind/Disabled Representative
Appoint Richard Fox (Bloomfield, Essex)
Public Member – Business, Industry and Labor Sector Representative
Appoint Kris M. Tucker (Hainesport, Burlington)


AT&T Hands Over Egea Records

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


Egea (over Christie’s right shoulder) looks on as Gov. Christie elevated her to serve as his new Deputy COS for Policy in December 2013, only weeks before the Bridgegate story broke.

More Bridgegate “news” on the one year anniversary of the infamous Fort Lee lane closures, Save Jerseyans.

The New Jersey Law Journal is reporting that AT&T “has at least partially complied” with a subpoena from the Assemblyman John Wisniewski’s SCI; the document production consists of  “a 17-page list of telephone numbers emanating from and received by the cellphone issued to Regina Egea, the director of the Authorities Unit in the governor’s office.”

It all comes down to her recollection of having texted Christie about the lane closures.

The Governor denies ever having received such a text.

Egea says she deleted it.


No One Under the Dome is Going to Save Us

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

trenton domeSkip the black coffee today, Save Jerseyans.

All you should need to wake up this morning is the fine print of Fitch’s latest New Jersey credit downgrade, this time from A+ to A:

The downgrade to ‘A’ of New Jersey’s GO bonds incorporates the absence of long-term, fiscally sustainable solutions to close identified budget gaps in fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Following significant revenue underperformance, the state relied upon the repudiation of its statutory contribution requirements to the pension systems to return to budgetary balance, exacerbating a key credit weakness. The resurgence of sizable one-time measures to balance its operating budgets at a time of economic recovery, driven by past overly optimistic revenue forecasts and maintenance of extremely narrow financial reserves, illustrates the fiscal pressure the state faces. New Jersey’s economic performance continues to lag that of the nation and a multitude of long-term spending demands are expected to prolong the achievement of sound financial operations.

How’s that for a kick in the chops?


Christie Boosts Keystone, Invokes Putin in Mexico Speech

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie mexico

Photo credit: @GovChristie

Drawing a sharp contrast between himself and hypothetical GOP primary rivals, Governor Chris Christie avoided immigration and focused on areas of mutual benefit during today’s trade agreement announcement in Mexico City.

2016 is omnipresent, and I suspect Governor Perry would disagree with Governor Christie’s characterization of U.S.-Mexican relations, at least where the border is concerned. The comment about North American neighbors “respecting national sovereignty” was a head-scratcher.

“We are, as I said, fortunate to be in a peaceful neighborhood,” said the Governor, striking a diplomatic tone, “blessed by strong, deep, and cooperative relations with the governments and more importantly the peoples of both Mexico and Canada.” But except for that one sovereignty comment, he stayed clear away from the turmoil surrounding porous border and, most pressingly, concerns over potential ISIS infiltration.