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South Plainfield’s GOP is a Model for N.J. Republicans

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Hanging out with the South Plainfield’s affable Mayor Matthew Anesh (left) in October 2014. (Photo credit: Lou Pirozzoli)

South Plainfield wouldn’t be a Republican town if numbers told the whole story, Save Jerseyans.

It’s a 2-to-1 “blue” blue collar Middlesex County borough of 23,000 residents which found itself relocated to Frank Pallone’s NJ-06 after the last round of congressional redistricting. Out of 14,119 registered voters living in South Plainfield as of 2011, fully 4,368 (or 30.9%) were registered as Democrats and 2,235 (15.8%) were registered as Republicans with another 7,511 (53.2%) classified as Unaffiliated.

First term Republican Mayor Matthew Anesh and his team weren’t deterred by the math, and I was thoroughly impressed by the results during a recent visit to his town’s GOP headquarters.


North Arlington’s Pronti: “Who are they kidding?”

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

Dan Pronti

Dan Pronti

Continuing my series of interviews with local candidates around the state, I must admit up front to my bias; this candidate is one of my favorites running in the current cycle.

Last year, Dan Pronti won a special election triggered by the resignation of North Arlington Councilman Steve Tanelli following his election as freeholder. His win, realized with his running mates Joe Bianchi and Rich Hughes, created a 3-3 tie on the borough council of Bergen County’s southernmost town.

This year, Pronti is running for a full three-year term on a ticket headed by Councilman Bianchi who is challenging two-term incumbent Pete Massa for mayor, and joined on the council line by newcomer Kerry Cruz.

I sat down with Pronti at a recent Kathe Donovan fundraiser to discuss his campaign in Election 2014’s closing hours.


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…


October Surprise: If Baghdad Falls…

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Baghdad_Red_zoneI was on my high school senior trip in Disney World when Baghdad fell to American forces during the Second Gulf War.

Now here we are, not even six full years into the Obama presidency, and the Pentagon is reportedly predicting that Baghdad WILL fall to ISIS insurgents in the coming weeks without the intervention of ground troops. It sure as heck doesn’t look like our allies are planning to do anything without our lead.

Can anyone say mission creep??? And so much for leading from behind! What a disaster. One that even hardened Democrats are openly admitting was avoidable.

You and I know what we SHOULD do here. The million-dollar compound question: what will Obama actually do? If anything? And how will his response (or non-response) impact the midterm elections if Baghdad falls before Americans vote?


10 Reasons Why Many Americans Don’t Vote

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

An Afghan elder votes in 2009.

An Afghan elder votes in 2009.

My generation was admonished to “rock the vote,” Save Jerseyans, and a little later, we were warned to “vote or die.” Yet millions of Americans decide to forgo participation in arguably the most important franchise afforded a free people every November, and those participation rates are even less inspiring in midterm cycles.

Yes, it’s not really a new phenomenon. Still, you would think a society “advanced” enough to text, tweet, operate automobiles and trade online but also beset by threats, both foreign and domestic, would appreciate the importance of taking an active role in their republic?

In no particular order, here are some theories as to why those who abstain do so:


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:

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.


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?


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.


New Poll: Obama Leading Dems To Defeat

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Obama in GermanyA new, national McClatchy-Marist poll is out and it shows that President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections. Indeed, the potential repercussions of the president’s slide are serious.

Consider the following:

  • Just 40 percent of voters polled approve of the way Obama’s doing his job. This ties his worst mark in three years and the second worst of his presidency.


Rooney Gives N.J. Election 2014 Update On ‘Fired Up’

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

rooney radioElection Day is under three months away, Save Jerseyans, and the final sprint is about to begin.

Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney cut an interview with Alyssa Lafage for WAAR Radio’s ‘Fired Up’ program on Monday night to break down Election 2014’s New Jersey dimensions; specifically, the status of the respective Republican challenger campaigns of U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell and former Philadelphia Eagle Garry Cobb.

Matt’s interview begins around the 47:46 minute mark:


Obama To Pull Major Stunt Aug. 17 – 19?

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

ObamaPresident Obama is on the ropes.

His poll numbers are in the tank and Democrats are worried.

They’re clearly off their mark as the post Labor Day election season approaches. Indeed, all the signs point to significant gains by Republicans this November.

Now, reports are circulating that Obama has Something Big planned. He’ll be headed back to Washington from Martha’s Vineyard one week from today — Sunday, August 17. He’ll return to his elite vacation retreat on Tuesday, August 19.

That signals a Major Development, possibly announced by the president on Monday, August 18.


Why the CIA Scandal Matters

By James Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

The entrance of the CIA New Headquarters Building (NHB) of the George Bush Center for Intelligence

The entrance of the CIA New Headquarters Building (NHB) of the George Bush Center for Intelligence

Call me what you want – millennial, young voter, Generation X – but the key point is that I am young, Save Jerseyans.

I was born during the Clinton administration. I have no memories of the world before 9/11, and I became politically aware right around the time an unknown senator, ast name “Obama” pulled an upset victory in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. My views are very much in line with the rest of my generation, and even though 60% of under-30 voters went for Obama in 2012, my generation – especially people my age and younger, who were largely uninfluenced by the Bush Administration – is not as liberal as it is made out to be.

We don’t fall within the traditional lines of Republican or Democrat.


Former CR State Chair Seeks Council Seat

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

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Connor Montferrat

Save Jersey monitors races at both ends of the ballot. Typically, the ones the “bottom” are what matter most to you and your community.

I recently sat down with one of the youngest candidates seeking office this year, Save Jersey, seeking to represent Hightstown at age 23. Some of you will know the name.  During my time as Seton Hall CR chair, while I would like to claim restoring the club as a dominant force was all my own doing, I had a lot of help from the state organization.  The chairman of that organization was Connor Montferrat; he’s become one of my good friends and I am truly excited to see him running for council in his hometown this year.  

We discussed a wide-range of issues: