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Christie and Cuomo vs. ISIS

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to strategize another possible-to-imminent war kinetic action micro-aggressive response (?), Save Jerseyans, this time to the mounting ISIS threat. Just please don’t call it ISIS; he likes ISIL.


In any event, despite the fact that the Obama Administration also insists that ISIS is a regionally-contained threat (if true, then why are we fighting them?), Governor Chris Christie and his counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, huddled up on Monday to discuss their own independent review of regional security; referencing the President’s ISIS speech, the pair announced a bi-state survey of state police and homeland security efforts in New Jersey and New York. The findings are due in ten days:


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)


Keep’em At Your Sides Next Time, Guv!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The opening of a Jersey City drug treatment center isn’t particularly controversial, Save Jerseyans, and the event itself was attended by members of both parties (drug sentencing reform has been a cornerstone of Governor Christie’s anti-crime and economic policies; I’m less of a fan of the watered-down “ban the box” legislation). No harm no foul with a little non-partisan interaction, right?

Still, politics is a game of optics, and it isn’t always a fair game truth be told, so I can’t help but imagine this photograph, snapped by Jennifer Brown for The Record, showing up in a 2016 GOP primary attack ad…

Can you see it in your mind’s eye? First “the hug” and, now, the hands! Silly? Maybe. But since when was politics not silly? Oof… you can tell how uncomfortable he feels:


Christie: “We’ll Get Crist Unconfused”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie’s RGA campaign swing through Florida on Friday was chock-full of fund sound bites, Save Jerseyans, ahead of what promises to be seven weeks of fierce campaigning in a statistically-tied race:

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 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 OK’s Sports Wagering

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

meadowlandsracetrackGovernor Chris Christie is continuing the fight to legalize sports wagering in New Jersey ahead of Monday afternoon’s Atlantic City summit, Save Jerseyans.

For starters, the Administration is issuing a directive declaring that, effective immediately, New Jersey casinos and racetracks may operate a sports pool. Confused? put another way, the state will no longer prosecute sports betting as of today.

He is also filing a motion in federal court asking for clarification or modification of the February 2013 injunction.

Here’s the motion & brief, proposed order and directive for your review. Do you agree with today’s decision? Let’s hear from you in the comments…

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.


Christie Speaks in Mexico City (LIVE)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is in Mexico City on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, where he’ll live stream comments related to a ConnectAmericas investment platform trade agreement announcement at 5:00 p.m. EST.

“This partnership will serve as a facilitator in strengthening economic ties with Latin America and the Caribbean – particularly with Mexico.  As New Jersey’s second largest trading partner already, we know that expanding that relationship, and building new ties with others in the region, is incredibly important for our economy moving forward,” said Governor Christie in a statement released ahead of the formal presser. “Our joint agreement will result in greater opportunities to work together by increasing access to information as we conduct business and work on economic issues among our countries.”

You can watch it right here (below the fold) without commercial interruption or annoying commentary:


Christie viaja a México

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Us mexico borderGovernor Chris Christie leaves for Mexico on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, undertaking a 3-day trip to described to the press as a “trade mission” but, if we’re being honest, is intended to double as yet another opportunity to showcase New Jersey’s Republican chief executive as an international name ahead of the GOP presidential primaries (the first debates, believe it or not, are likely on about one year away).

The ever-present specter of America’s immigration crisis will undoubtedly shadow the official proceedings…

Here’s a complete schedule:


Defiant Perry Rouses 3k Strong Dallas Crowd

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

rick perry“What does the American Dream mean to you?”

That’s the unofficial theme of this year’s ‘Defending the American Dream’ summit in Dallas, Texas hosted by Americans for Prosperity, Save Jerseyans, and I’m having a heck of a time discussing it with like-minded economic conservatives from around the country, but the small army of grassroots activists gathered at the onset of Labor Day Weekend aren’t debating definitions among themselves. They know what it means, and they very much believe it’s alive and well in the United States (notwithstanding an ongoing assault from the Left).

Their primary point of concern is its survival AND, refreshingly, what to constructively and proactively do about it.


The Land of Opportunity

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

From the Land of Lincoln to the Land of Clinton, Governor Chris Christie spent the Wednesday before Labor Day Weekend stumping in Arkansas for Asa Hutchinson, Save Jerseyans; the RGA Chair hopes that this particular state lives up to its nickname and yields another pick up in November; recent polling isn’t doing anything to dissuade anyone:

Christie Files Direct Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The New Jersey State HouseThese direct appointments do not subject to the advice or consent of the New Jersey State Senate:

Public Member
Appoint Dana Mulligan (Pilesgrove, Salem)
Appointment by the Governor Upon the Recommendation of the Senate President
Reappoint Robert A. Briant, Jr. (Manasquan, Monmouth)


Christie: Illinois Makes New Jersey “Blush”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is spending a healthy chunk of his RGA chairmanship (and war chest) in the Land of Lincoln, Save Jerseyans, helping Republican Bruce Rauner finish the job and build on his lead over Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn. It’s all for good reason. As Christie noted during a Monday campaign swing in a conversation with supporters, he detects real parallels between this year’s race in Illinois and his own in 2009 against Jon Corzine.

Turning one of America’s bluest states red would also be a huge feather in Chris Christie’s cap heading into 2016 when, again, Illinois might prove as crucial to his delegate count as it did for Mitt Romney in 2012. He can’t run nationally on taking back the N.J. legislature or an unimpeachable conservative track record; his team does want to make the point that he’s a party-builder and Illinois is one of the places they’d like to point throughout 2015 and beyond. It’s a “point of contrast.”

Democrats aren’t going down easily. Keeping it light, Gov. Christie pointed to Illinois 11th hour law changes, including a same-day voter registration law, as evidence of very un-Democrat behavior even by Garden State standards…