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When Garry Met Donald

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This video doesn’t require commentary, comedy, or further explanation, Save Jerseyans.

Here’s footage from a Haddon Township (Camden County) block party over the weekend. Enjoy, and may God bless America:

NJ-03: Equal Pay in a Moral Vacuum

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur belgard debate

Photo credit: MacArthur for Congress

I’ve devoted a lot of digital ink to explaining why equal pay “mythology” has no place in the mainstream political discourse. Bad statistics, manipulated statistics, and culture mores exert a larger impact on gender pay inequities – to the extent they even still exist – than any species of discrimination.

But Democrats need to campaign on something, right? They sure as hell can’t run on their President’s record. So intellectual lightweights like Amiee Belgard resurrect bad arguments and try to beat their opponents over the head with them.

Here’s one exchange from Friday’s NJ-03 debate that’s particularly telling:


Runyan Reenters the NJ-03 Fray

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur (right) receiving the endorsement of Jon Runyan (left)

Tom MacArthur (right) receiving the endorsement of Jon Runyan (left)

Departing Congress out of weariness with the dominant culture, Rep. Jon Runyan has happily stayed away from the cameras thorough Election 2014 as his would-be successors, Tom MacArthur (R) and Aimee Belgard (D), beat each other up in this year’s far-and-away most contentious and competitive New Jersey federal race.

He did emerge from the bench back in May to deliver a strongly-phrased endorsement of MacArthur in the GOP Primary.

He’s speaking up again this week, Save Jerseyans, via a fundraising email as the DCCC and Hillary Clinton both converge on his district in support of Belgard.

“But Aimee Belgard can keep Hillary Clinton,” said Runyan. “Tom MacArthur is devoted to his family, successful in his business, and committed to his community. He’s the real deal, and he’s the right choice to represent us in Washington.”


What Belgard and MacArthur Share in Common

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Absorb the DCCC’s NJ-03 ads (two of which have been pulled) without a filter and you’d think that Democrat Aimee Belgard is running to defeat Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in his pre-Annie ice melt stage. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course.

Did you know that both MacArthur and Belgard worked as insurance adjusters?

That’s where the similarities stop.


Cho Hasn’t Moved Beyond Photo Ops

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.We’re already grappling with a selfie presidency, Save Jerseyans.

Why would we want another selfie congressman?

NJ-05 Challenger Roy Cho apparently hopes you’re willing to give it a try. He’s a committed liberal, no doubt about it, but I’ve also said that he’s a “false choice” because he either (1) stakes out positions to make himself seem more palatable – like backing Israel and demonstrating it with a visit – but his rhetoric won’t amount to anything given his party’s growing anti-Israel orientation, or (2) he goes radio silent altogether.

Even as our men and women head into harm’s way?

Re: point #2, I spent a little time last night perusing his website and social media pages for any reference to ISIS, ISIL, or whatever else the White House is calling our current military target this week. I found nothing.


DCCC Forced to Pull 2nd TV Spot in NJ-03

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

TelevisionUPDATE: Republican congressional candidate Tom MacArthur may feel a little vindicated this evening after attorneys for Comcast attorneys informed his campaign that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is pulling its wildly-slanderous “Fire” commercial from South Jersey TV.

Click here to read the correspondence.

“Today is a victory for the truth, and a devastating blow to the empty, dishonest campaign of my opponent, politician Aimee Belgard, and the party bosses and special interests bankrolling her campaign from Washington, DC,” MacArthur said in a statement released shortly after learning of the decision. “Our attorney was literally on the steps of the Ocean County Courthouse to file our defamation lawsuit against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, for their malicious and false attack against me, when he was notified via telephone by Comcast legal counsel that the DCCC’s blatantly false new ad was being pulled from the airwaves.”

According to the candidate, campaign attorneys were “on the steps of the Ocean County Courthouse to file our defamation lawsuit against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel” when Comcast clued them into the latest development.

This is the second ad that the DCCC has had to pull in NJ-03 this cycle.

Firefighters Push Back Against DCCC ‘Fire’ TV Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

firefightersWe’ve got a battle on our hands in NJ-03, Save Jerseyans.

The two most recent public polls, flawed or not, suggest a close contest. We just found out that Hilldawg is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for the Democrat, Aimee Belgard. And the DCCC is sinking millions into advertising that can’t even be categorized as “negative”; it’s plain slanderous. The district has a slight GOP tilt but, given Barack Obama’s two consecutive victories there and the fact that this is an open seat, the Democrat campaign establish is clearly calculating that the risk is worth their investment.

I believe they’re going to regret it, truly and sincerely, but let’s not leave anything to chance. Okay? The stakes are too damn high.

Tom is fighting and so are his friends and allies throughout the district. I explained why the latest TV ad is B.S. but don’t take my word for it: today, Team MacArthur is pushing back against the DCCC’s ‘Fire’ TV ad with an impressive letter, signed by 41 local NJ-03 firefighters from Ocean and Burlington counties, directed to John Teefy, the Phoenix, Arizona firefighter appearing the ad.


Casino Workers Endorse LoBo; Hughes Turns to Fast Eddie

By Irwin Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo Credit: Atlantic County GOP

Photo Credit: Atlantic County GOP

We’re all about the free market here at Save Jersey but jeez, a little state loyalty is appreciated, too! Here’s the latest from NJ-02, Save Jerseyans, besides Saturday’s headquarters grand opening. What follows is Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s response to his opponent’s Ftriday fundraiser with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, the man who single-handedly pushed through gambling in the Keystone State, a development that significantly contributed to Atlantic City’s decline:

“It is brazen hypocrisy that Bill Hughes Jr. can hold a press conference one day confessing his solidarity with casino workers and their families impacted by the recent closures, but then rub elbows and collect campaign contributions from the Pennsylvania Governor who instituted gaming at our borders,” LoBiondo said.


LoBo Opens HQ in Mays Landing

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The frost isn’t quite on the pumpkin yet, Save Jerseyans, but we woke up today to falling leaves and continued cooler temperatures. Fall has arrived! And campaigns across New Jersey are entering their final stages.

Incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R-2) opened his Mays Landing Harding Highway campaign headquarters on Saturday morning flanked by Atlantic County GOP allies; the seat is considered a ‘solid R’ by experts but his Democrat challenger just hit the airwaves with an attack ad:

Belgard Attacks MacArthur… for Helping Young Pregnant Women?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Yup, you read that correctly.

Democrat Aimee Belgard is actually criticizing Republican Tom MacArthur for donating $24,000 to a non-profit, North Jersey-based charity that helps pregnant women contemplate alternatives to abortion… a donation made in his deceased child’s name!

Background: MacArthur’s own charitable foundation, In God’s Hands Charitable Foundation, contributed the funds to 1st Choice Women’s Health Center back in 2012. The organization operates crisis pregnancy centers in Morristown, Jersey City, Newark and Montclair, providing a variety of services ranging from counseling and emergency contraception information to ultrasounds and STD screenings. But since they’re not fans of abortion, Aimee Belgard is foaming at the mouth over it…


Polls Auger Well For GOP This November

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Obama in EgyptThe latest polls show President Obama’s approval at a new low – 38%.

That’s the verdict from the respected Gallup poll. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, the same poll shows that nearly 60% of those surveyed disapprove of the president’s job performance so far.

And there’s more bad news from a just-released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows Obama’s approval rating for foreign policy is at a new low of 30%

The poll also found that 47% believe the country is less safe than it was before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks—up sharply from 28% just one year ago.

And thats not the half of it. Consider the following:


NJ GOP Showcases Historically Diverse House Candidate Team

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey's 2014 GOP House candidates.

New Jersey’s 2014 GOP House candidates.

We always hear about how the Republican Party generally “lacks diversity” and, in many ways, this is true. But you and I know that we’re still the Party of Lincoln, Save Jerseyans, and this year in New Jersey, the group of men and women running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives is very diverse in every sense of the word.

It was on full display at Wednesday evening’s birthday-themed NJ GOP fundraiser in East Brunswick (though it continues to go largely unreported by the mainstream media crowd).

You already know the incumbents, and we’ve written quite a bit about our friends Tom MacArthur, Garry Cobb and Alieta Eck here at Save Jersey.

Some others with whom you might be less familiar?


Dr. Eck’s Undervalued Alternative to Obamacare

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Dr. Alieta Eck remains one of the NJ GOP’s most undervalued assets, Save Jerseyans. She’s running for Congress in a tough district, it’s true, but her work in the health care industry through the groundbreaking Zarephath Health Center is truly inspiring. It’s also a tangible path forward for a Republican Party that’s often unfairly accused of being the “Party of No” where one of our era’s major political issues is concerned.

Our friends from Chasing New Jersey recently took a deeper look…

Christie to Raise Cash Over Eggs for MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Jon Runyan (center) watches Gov. Christie answer questions at a NJ-03 town hall meeting.

Governor Chris Christie is stepping up his in-state fundraising this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and the latest beneficiary will be the Republican candidate fighting to retain this year’s most competitive Garden State House seat: Tom MacArthur.

He’s heading to Toms River on Thursday morning for a breakfast at the Route 9 Ramada hotel; it’s happening between out-of-state fundraising trips on behalf of RGA-backed candidates. Next up in the coming weeks: North Carolina, South Carolina and a trade mission to Mexico.

MacArthur opponent Aimee Belgard, one of the only non-incumbents in modern Congressional history to dodge debate challenges, dropped her own e-mail fundraising appeal on the eve of Christie’s Ocean County visit. “Governor Chris Christie’s coming to the district in just 24 HOURS,” it reads. “Why? He plans to rake in thousands of dollars for Aimee’s radical right-wing opponent.”


Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02’s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates: