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Christie Tops CNN Poll… Sort Of

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie stumping in Iowa during Election 2012.

Governor Chris Christie stumping in Iowa during Election 2012.

Another new poll (this one from CNN) dropped Tuesday showing Chris Christie leading the GP 2016 hypothetical primary pack by 1-point, Save Jerseyans. The other “top” contenders – Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee – are tied at 12%.

I’m starting to loathe these polls for a few different reasons (no offense intended, CNN, ’cause you’re hardly the only offenders).

For starters, in a crowded primary, the state-by-state primary/caucus polls are what matters.

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Rooney: Astorino, Christie Both “Not Behaving”

By STAFF | THE SAVE JERSEY BLOG

rooney chasing nj

Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney discussed the war of words between New York GOP gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino and Chris Christie on Wednesday night’s edition of Chasing NJ, Save Jerseyans, at about the same time as both men “briefly” crossed paths in Aspen.

Matt’s two cents? There’s fault to be found in both camps.

Check out the video below our fold….

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Christie Rival Embraces Astorino

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I suppose you need to take your shots when you can, Save Jerseyans, and it’s all too easy to do it in the social media age.

Hours after RGA Chairman Chris Christie dismissed NY GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino as a “lost cause” and Astorino countered by calling for Christie’s resignation, Texas Governor Rick Perry (considered to be a possible Christie presidential primary rival) gave the dissed New York Republican a Texas-sized hug in Colorado:

Oh no he didn’t!

Republican governors are in Aspen, Colorado for Thursday night’s McCloskey Speaker Series at the Aspen Institute featuring Governor Rick Scott of Florida, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and, yes, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey who spent Wednesday in Colorado campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.

 

Challenging the “Meeting Parents” Myth

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie once again defended his magazine ban veto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, fending off a horde of hungry media ghouls during a campaign swing in Connecticut on behalf of the RGA’s gubernatorial candidate:

Can I be brutally frank with you for a moment? As if you expected anything less…

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Guv Makes Light of Rock Video Flub

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Well, it’s certainly not the roll-out they were hoping for.

The Christie Administration raised a few eyebrows over the past 24 hours when it abruptly took down a pension reform promo featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s name before taking it down and relaunching the video without him, Save Jerseyans, and neither the Rock nor the Guv or their respective people are talking about it, but while the golden media touch he once enjoyed is conspicuously lacking these days, Governor Christie still had the good sense to take it all in stride:

Christie: Federal Tax Code is “Wet Blanket”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie dropped by Wall Street on Wednesday afternoon to address America’s top financial figures at an annual hedge-fund ‘Delivering Alpha’ conference.

His primary message was as obvious and straightforward as it is important:

Governor Christie was right to veto gun magazine bill

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

chris christie press conferenceGov. Christie was absolutely correct in vetoing the Legislature’s magazine-limit bill, despite Sandy Hook-parent Hugo Rojas’ protestations to the contrary. The bill was not only trivial, but it was cynical to boot since it did nothing but regurgitate the long-standing agenda of gun control advocates in New Jersey without addressing what really was at the heart of the Newtown, CT tragedy: defenseless children and teachers left at the mercy of a deranged individual who should have been locked up.

If you want to solve problems, the first key is correctly identifying them, not trotting out tired, politically correct memes that pander to sentimentality. It’s obvious that a big problem at Sandy Hook – a problem lawmakers in New Jersey ignore and perpetuate today – is defenseless schools.

Another problem is the hands-off attitude taken by local and state officials and law enforcement against mentally ill people who, like Adam Lanza, have a long, documented and scary track record of violent behavior yet are allowed to walk the streets.

Ignoring the real problems in favor of political pandering is what the Legislature did with the magazine-limit bill. Gov. Christie was right to veto it, and Mr. Rojas’ is mistaken in his criticism. 

Christie Stands By Mag Ban Veto

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie didn’t attempt to walk-back his 10-round magazine limit bill veto decision in Keansburg on Monday, Save Jerseyans, relying on something that supporters of conservative policies all-too-often overlook: the emotion argument…

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Save Jersey, CWA Debate Budget

By STAFF | THE SAVE JERSEY BLOG

rooney on tvViewing alert: our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney squared off against Communications Workers of America spokesman Seth Hahn on Wednesday night’s edition of Chasing New Jersey, Save Jerseyans, providing starkly contrasting opinions on the newly-signed FY 2015 state budget.

Disagreement over the direction of our Garden State? You bet. But there was some common ground, too.

Watch below our fold….

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Christie Rips Apart N.J. Mag Bill

Christie vetoes gun control legislation, Re-writes bill as mental health reform measure

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Calling a bill that would have reduced permitted ammunition magazine sized from 15 rounds to 10 “reform in name only,” Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed A2006   this afternoon.

In his conditional veto message, Christie said the bill follows the well worn path of empty rhetoric, political self-promotion and polarizing intolerance in the face of violent crimes committed with guns:

“Difficult choices are brushed aside
in favor of empty rhetoric. Uncomfortable topics are left
unexplored, while easy soundbites and videoclips are packaged
for consumption. Appropriate empathy for victims, and their
suffering survivors, blurs with politics and elected officials’
self-promotion to create a polarizing intolerance. We ignore
the hard for the expedient, the controversial for the safely
familiar, and the costly for those cheaply recycled answers that
never really address the root causes.”

Christie sent the legislation back to the General Assembly as a bill that he says addresses violence by fixing critical short comings and crack in the mental healthcare system.

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Christie on Hobby Lobby: Who Knows?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday morning to discuss the FY 2015 New Jersey budget but, inevitably, Hobby Lobby came up.

His answer, when asked to weigh in on the SCOTUS ruling by the pro-choice gaggle sitting around him, could best be described as… 

…fiercely non-committal?

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Guv Promises New PARCC Approach

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

testingBoth sides of the aisle have big problems with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, Save Jerseyans, so during an under-reported exchange at last week’s town hall meeting in Haddon Heights, Governor Chris Christie told a teacher participant that he’d pitch a fresh proposal to address those concerns in 7-10 days.

The stakes are growing as the landscape darkens. New Jersey is facing extreme fiscal pressure as another budget fails to meet basic obligations without borrowing, and the Republican 2016 prospect is hoping to roll out a new pension and benefits reform package soon, too, all while presidential speculation and Bridgegate rumors keep Trenton on edge and his Administration off-balance.

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Christie Signs Budget, Vetoes Taxes

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie smileIt’s an distressingly imperfect work product, Save Jerseyans, but it’d stink a lot worse if a bought-and-sold tool of the public sector unions like Jon Corzine was still at the helm.

That’s the best I can say for this $32.5 billion FY 2015 budget signed by Governor Christie after hours on Monday evening.

Yes, it’s a little bit leaner than last year’s. He did cut $1 billion from the legislature’s proposal including $7.5 million for “family planning” services; the pension system nevertheless remains underfunded despite the Governor’s record payment, and we’re still spending WAAAAY too much money. 

How much? A paper trail of what went down:

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4 Easy Ways for Trenton to Save Money

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

money - liberty coinFolks, the FY 2015 budget debate will conclude – or at least reach its climax – when Governor Chris Christie signs/line-item veto(es) the legislature’s work product, presumably sometime between now and the 4th of July. 

This episode has shown us one thing: we need to cut some budget fat, or we are going to be doing this dance again and again, year after year. Not one-time stuff, either; we need permanent cuts that are going to last and result in permanent savings.

Matt Rooney, Senate Republicans and even Joe Cryan have pitched cost-cutting ideas.

Here are four of my own for your kind consumption as Governor Christie weighs his options. Because, as I recently pointed out, a millionaires tax is not going to solve our woes. This isn’t a comprehensive list; I do not claim to have all the answers, but it’s my hope that, by reading this, decision-makers’ old thinking caps powered up….

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Rooney Talks #NJBudget On ‘Common Sense’ Radio

BY STAFF | THE SAVE JERSEY BLOG

Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney drops by ‘Common Sense Radio’  with Sue Ann Penna on Saturday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m., Save Jerseyans, to discuss the #njbudget, pensions, tax proposals and related topics that affect your bottom line as a New Jersey resident.

Listen here:

Current Politics Conservative Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with commonsensenj on BlogTalkRadio with Common Sense on BlogTalkRadio

Christie Files Nominations, Appointments

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at desk signing budgetRemember: nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate; direct appointment are not…

NOMINATIONS

SUPERIOR COURT

Nominate for appointment Jeffrey B. Beacham (Millburn, Essex)

Nominate for appointment Linda Lordi Cavanaugh (West Orange, Essex)

Nominate for appointment David A. Cohen (Berkeley Heights, Union)

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Christie Says Dems Waging ‘Class Warfare’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A woman protests Governor Christie's pension payment walk-back at his 6/25/14 Haddon Heights Town Hall (photo credit: Alyssa LaFage)

A woman protests Governor Christie’s pension payment walk-back at his 6/25/14 Haddon Heights Town Hall (photo credit: Alyssa LaFage)

I thoroughly enjoyed attending my first Christie town hall in a long time on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, though to be 100% honest with you, the pall of a budget battle palpably hung heavily over Governor Chris Christie’s 122nd such gathering hosted at an elementary school in suburban Haddon Heights.

Pension protesters (see right) overwhelmingly supplanted those determined to discuss alleged pending Bridgegate-related indictments hours before a Mercer County Superior Court judge sided with the Administration’s position over that of organized labor.

Still, the Governor’s opening comments to the 300-ish attendees were less optimistic and upbeat than usual - the fictional Marty McFly might’s said “heavy” – and the tenor of the day’s discussion didn’t get too much more chipper from there on out despite his best attempts to mix in a little humor (and he did get some laugh lines as per usual). Also noticeably absent were any of the Governor’s situational allies in the South Jersey Democrat Machine; only Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. was in attendance, a staunch support of police consolidated backed by the Administration, but he politely got up and left half way through the event.

No Steve Sweeney, nor Dana Redd, nor Donald Norcross (even though Heights is in his district).

A sign of the mood 45 minutes north on I-295? Christie was stoic, sober yet undeniably fatalistic about the next steps in the choreographed budget drama. “…[the Democrats] passed yesterday a whole bunch of these taxes in committee,” Christie explained, providing a little background for his audience. “I assume they are going to pass them tomorrow in the full senate and assembly.”

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