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Christie, Bramnick React to Perry Indictment

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bramnick and christie

Asm. Bramnick (front center) speaks as Gov. Christie looks on

Governor Chris Christie and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick are usually lock-step on the legislative front, Save Jerseyans, or at least pretty close to it. That’s not necessarily the case when it comes to Texas politics.

Christie, who continues to serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), all-but declared Rick Perry innocent on Monday in a statement released by the national organization but stopped short of commenting directly on the indictment. “I have complete faith and confidence in Governor Perry’s honesty and integrity. And I’m sure that will be confirmed over time,” Christie declared.

Bramnick adopted a somewhat more circumspect approach as to Perry’s innocence but delved into the question of whether the indictment held any merit. “Although I do not agree with all of Governor Perry’s policy positions, I am a supporter of the American justice system,” Bramnick began in a statement transmitted by the Assembly GOP office. “The system should avoid any appearance of political retribution or political interference. There was apparently a history between the county district attorney and Governor Perry. Under those circumstances, an independent prosecutor to investigate the allegations should be appointed to review any alleged wrongdoing.”

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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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Texas Travesty in Travis County

Perry – and Justice – Get “Delayed” By Vengeful Democrats

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rick Perry Close-UpWe’ve seen this rodeo before, Save Jerseyans.

A prominent Texas Republican is indicted by a Travis County grand jury (the most liberal part of the state, containing Austin), only to be exonerated after conviction on appeal but only after, of course, his reputation was completely ruined.

That was former House Majority Leader Tom Delay back in 2013. Now it’s happening to Governor Rick Perry in 2014. Click here to read the indictment.

This time it’s even more ridiculous because the grand jury – which is allowed to consider hearsay and other evidence typically not admissible at trial – is indicting Perry not for something he stole, or misappropriated, or lied about, the usual garden variety political sins, but in response to his use of the governor’s veto power

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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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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 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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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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The Ongoing Fight Against Common Core in New Jersey

By Alyssa Lafage | The Save Jersey Blog

apple coreIn 2010, New Jersey joined 44 states and the District of Columbia in adopting Common Core. The previously untested educational standards were sold to state Governors by the Obama administration as a way to improve education across the country. According to the Department of Education, the standards for math and language arts are meant to, “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.” 

Yet an increasing number of parents and educators are finding fault with Common Core, and for good reason.

Common Core is one of the most far-reaching attempts to control education that the federal government has ever made. It entrusts federal bureaucrats and private organizations with the power to make decisions on what children should learn and when they should learn it. 

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Police Car Cameras Are Common Sense

By Mayor Randy Brown (R-Evesham)

Randy Brown

Randy Brown

As an elected official I understand the cynicism that many residents harbor towards politicians. In many cases it is warranted and I share their frustration. Chris Rock has a classic skit where he essentially ridicules single fathers who seek credit for doing the most simplistic parental duties. His basic point is that you’re supposed to take care of your kids!

Politicians often make the same public plea for praise when they perform the routine duties they were elected to do in the first place. So it’s understandable that approval ratings for elected officials at all levels of government are at historic lows.

Two of the most fundamental obligations for an elected official are to keep residents safe and find ways to reduce taxes and spending. They are not mutually exclusive but often seem elusive. There is no logical reason why our politicians in Trenton can not get common sense legislation like bail reform, shared services and cameras in police vehicles passed.

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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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Mitt to Host Christie’s B-Day Bash

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Romney and ChristieSo says CNN, Save Jerseyans, via a scoop fed to them by Governor Chris Christie’s inner circle.

The event is planned for September (the Governor’s actual birthday is September 6th). It’s a big fundraising boost for Christie and his national efforts but, more importantly, his team hopes to downplay the prospect of a Christie vs. Romney apocalyptic primary showdown in 2016 amid what looks like a second wind of sorts for the 2012 nominee during a time when the field remains extremely unsettled.

Bad blood? What bad blood? Romney, always the class act, has consistently stood by his New Jersey compatriot throughout the Bridgegate scandal.

 

Dodging Blows from Both Sides in NH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This is what Chris Christie’s public life has become, Save Jerseyans.

Everyone on the planet loved him for a couple of years (save for a few New Jersey union-types and their Democrat henchmen). Now when he visits New Hampshire on a cool late July day to campaign in his capacity as RGA Chairman, he’s dodging barbs from his frenemies in the Democrat/media establishment AND the Republican Party’s tea party-ish defectors in the independent expenditure world who, ironically, hate him ever more than the liberals.

The Richard Jemmons character in Primary Colors said it best: “The media giveth, and go &%$# yourself.”

It ain’t pretty or clean but it’s entirely accurate…

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DuHaime’s Solid Point About NH Attack Ads

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

According to NH Journal, the 501(c)(4) advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network will launch new “television, radio and digital advertising” in New Hampshire on Wednesday ahead of Governor Chris Christie’s latest RGA-related trip to the presidential battleground.

Christie is there to raise money; they’re there to raise the issue of his judicial nominations.

Here’s the spot:

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