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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

connor monterrat

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:


Monmouth Chairman’s Race Endgame

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

monmouth bennett goldenThere are runoff municipal elections today in Bayonne, Newark and Trenton on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, but no matter who ultimately prevails, the end result will be the same:

The election of a liberal Democrat. Whoopie!

So whatever. Republican leaders in Monmouth County are voting today; it’s a more interesting contest to me in terms of actual statewide implications given the importance of Monmouth as a lean-right swing county, and this race happens to be a county committee brawl for the chairmanship between the incumbent – former Governor John Bennett – and his challenger Sheriff Shaun Golden.

There’s also plenty of coin on the line as proxies affiliated with large law firms advocate for their preferred champion. High stakes inevitably translates to extremely messy and also somewhat unpredictable due to the fog of war…


Primary Results: MacArthur, Bell Win

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


Tom MacArthur campaigning in the final hours of Primary Day 2014

Tom MacArthur campaigning in the final hours of Primary Day 2014

Update 10:26 a.m. 6/4/14


Primary Day 2014 is in the books, Save Jerseyans. Polls are closed and the results are in around the Garden State…


You can get statewide results, broken down by county, right here.


My customized results/analysis/commentary/snark is below the fold…


Primary 2014 Open Thread

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

U.S. Senate candidate Rich Pezzullo votes in Monmouth County

U.S. Senate candidate Rich Pezzullo votes in Monmouth County

Welcome to Primary Day 2014, Save Jerseyans, and if you’re a candidate, may the odds be ever in your favor…

The morning crowd has already voted; most of you will head to the polls after work because you’re Republicans with jobs who pay taxes. Welcome to America.

In the interim, we’d like you to share any observations/predictions/last minute arguments in the comments section and via social media as Primary Day 2014 progresses…

Election Day resources below the fold:


Major May 13th NJ Election Results

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

VOTERS DECIDE: Joella Bedrosian stands in a booth as she votes while the family dog, Allie, waits Tuesday in Mendham Township, N.J. Voters OK’d a minimum wage hike.

In no particular order…

Newark Mayor

Shavar Jeffries – 46.03%
Ras Baraka – 53.73%

Ocean City

Jay Gillian – 60.38%*
Edward Price – 39.45%


The Brick City’s Next Mayor?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

“I think Cory did was he was supposed to do… he moved on to the Senate.”

That’s how front runner Ras Baraka summed up the tenure of the last elected mayor of Newark, Cory Booker (D-Twitter), during a radio interview on the eve of the election that he hopes will propel him to City Hall’s top spot. And he won’t get an argument from me on that particular point!

The million dollar question: if elected today, will Ras Baraka give Newark the time that it deserves unlike his infamously-absent predecessor? Or will he return the Brick City to the Sharpe James era of old school urban Democrat politics? 

Our friend and Save Jersey contributor Matt Gilson (who prefers Baraka opponent Shavar Jeffries as the lesser of two evils) makes a compelling case that Baraka is most likely to gravitate towards door #2. The presence of Sharpe James’s son on his ticket doesn’t help! Nor does Monday’s 105.1 Breakfast Club interview; for example, at the 5:49 mark, candidate Baraka doubles-down on the definitively disproved New Jersey liberal myth that guns used in urban NJ crime predominately arrive here from other states with less-restrictive gun laws…


Why I’d Never Back Tom Wolf

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

We’ve got our own spring elections to worry about both tomorrow (May 13th) and June 3rd, Save Jerseyans, but some of you might be following the pitched Democrat gubernatorial primary battle across the Delaware in Pennsylvania.

I don’t get to cast a ballot in that one, but just for the record, allow me to visually relate to you why this abused, battered and scarred property taxpayer could never pull the lever for front runner Tom Wolf…

Beards, bald spots, sweaters and glasses, oh my!

corzine and wolf

OPINION: Jeffries for Newark Mayor

Shavar Jeffries

Shavar Jeffries

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

Last week I walked into a storefront on Bloomfield Avenue in Newark for a purpose different than any I ever had before, Save Jerseyans: I was there to see how I could help a Democrat.

Before someone revokes my Save Jersey writing credentials, let me try to explain! 

For those of you who do not know me, I am a student at Rutgers-Newark law school; the future of the biggest city in our state definitely matters to me. But as a New Jersey taxpayer, each and every one of you are paying for Newark (whether you realize it or not).  For me, the election on May 13th may literally be a matter of life or death, or at least from the perspective of my level of safety on a daily basis, but for all of us, what happens in the upcoming Newark mayoral race has strong statewide implications. 

That is why I was there in this crowded storefront. I recognize that no Republican is going to get elected in Newark in 2014, and Shavar Jeffries stands head and shoulders above his opponent Ras Baraka.


Two GOP’ers Vie for Ocean City

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ed Price

Ed Price via Facebook

One of America’s top family beach resorts is hosting a different kind of entertainment this year, Save Jerseyans, in the form of a contested nonpartisan May 13th mayoral race between two Republicans (note: there are also 5 at-large council candidates on the ballot).

The one-term incumbent is Mayor Jay Gillian. Ocean City vacationers will recognize his surname as the one associated with ‘Wonderland Pier’ and some of Cape May County’s Shore-based amusement parks from years past.

His challenger, Ed Price, is a 54-year-old CEO of and Atlantic County medical laboratory computer firm and a graduate of the University of Delaware and the IBM Programming School. Price serves in a number of civic capacities including as chairman of Ocean City Housing Authority, and he’s running in 2014 primarily on a beach replenishment and resort beautification platform.