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“We Only Need 9 Brave Democrats”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Good luck, Mr. Governor:

This video is from Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Franklin Township; Governor Christie’s fighting to save the arbitration cap that was central to his property tax reform legacy before Assembly Democrats allowed it to expire two weeks ago.

 

From Crazy to Dangerous

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

ChickensPredictably, The Star Ledger editorial board was in full wig-out mode on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, after a Mercer County Superior Court Judge sided with Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly in a suit brought by the hapless Wisniewski-led Bridgegate legislative SCI. 

Rational people know the ruling signals the end of the committee’s usefulness (to the extent it had one to begin with). I explained “why” at great length on the day after the opinion came down.

Tom Moran’s editorial board is anything but rational. They want the openly-partisan committee to forge ahead in the most incredible (and frightening) way imaginable…

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Why It’s Time to End the SCI

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) sleeping during a Christie legislative address.

Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) sleeping during a Christie legislative address. (credit: NJTV 2014)

I’m going to keep this simple. Painfully so.

It’s hard to understate the extent to which this week’s Bridgegate Special Committee on Investigation (or “SCI”) hearing destroyed the Democrat members’ last vestiges of credibilityAnd then a Mercer County Judge stepped in to make it abundantly clear that the SCI has no purpose either (without any additional hard evidence to review OR  even the power to compel its production).

Devoid of credibility and purpose, Save Jerseyans, it’s hard to imagine a productive, good faith rationale to continue holding meetings.

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Iowa Overboard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

titanic-sinking

By both definitions of the word?

Context: Governor Christie told Diane Sawyer last month that “they love me in Iowa,” Save Jerseyans, but a new Suffolk University poll out Wednesday strongly suggested that the steady drumbeat of Bridgegate news, manufactured or not, is close to ending the presidential aspirations of the man who these same polls reported could give the GOP its best chance of defeating Hilldawg in 2016.

Or not…

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Wiz, Sweeney at War Over SCI

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

civil warThe New Jersey Republican Party isn’t exactly killing it right now, Save Jerseyans, with the U.S. Attorney and U.S. Media establishment ravenously circling and pecking at its figurehead like hungry buzzards starved for a fresh carcass.

But you know what? It’s very much in Paul Fishman’s hands. The table is already set and the pieces are moving independent of externalities.

The real battle lies on the other side of the aisle at the moment, and it’s one which has the potential to become so messy, so quickly, that it could actually undermine Democrat chances of capitalizing on Bridgegate’s fallout in the coming cycle(s)… 

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Don’t Do Their Work for Them!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is getting plenty of bad press from last week’s birthday roast of Brendan Byrne (the jerk who gave us our state income tax for those who don’t remember him), and it’s all through no fault of his own. He’s an easy mark these days just for showing up. I told you this was where we were headed.

Did you catch what that broom-less witch Joy Behar said?

Hard to watch. I know.

Toast or not, Save Jerseyans, the Guv is under no obligation to butter himself and hop into the toaster oven. Don’t do their job for them, Governor Christie. Stay away from this crap for the foreseeable future. It’s not working for you, but if you stop going, you’ll not only be less exposed, but we won’t even know the event happened for want of coverage since you’re the only story! It’s a win-win…

 

“He Makes Enemies and Keeps Them”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom KeanRyan Lizza is out with a brutal new piece today on Governor Christie over at The New Yorker, Save Jerseyans, one to which his mentor-turned-chief N.J. GOP critic Tom Kean, Sr. contributed:

“He doesn’t always try to persuade you with reason,” Kean said. “He makes you feel that your life’s going to be very unhappy if you don’t do what he says.” He added that one of Christie’s flaws “is that he makes enemies and keeps them. As long as you’re riding high, they’ll stay in the weeds, because they don’t want to get in your way. But you get in trouble, they’ll all come out of the weeds, and come at you.” Although I didn’t ask, Kean told me that if Christie ran for President he wouldn’t necessarily endorse him. “I haven’t decided whether I’m going to support him or not,” Kean said. “There are a lot of people I don’t know that well”—he mentioned John Kasich, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush, among other potential 2016 Republican Presidential nominees—“and I’d like to get to know them better.”

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Job Priorities

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie returned to Sandy-flooded Sayreville on Thursday to field residents questions, concerns, and even one survivor’s words of gratitude:

Notably absent? John Wisniewski, chairman of the Bridgegate SCI who hails from (and represents) Sayreville.

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Christie’s RGA is Making it Rain

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie listens to a resident’s question in Belmar. March 25, 2014 MMM photo/Art Gallagher. Click for larger view.

Governor Chris Christie listens to a resident’s question in Belmar. March 25, 2014 MMM photo/Art Gallagher. Click for larger view.

Governor Chris Christie may have just had his best week of 2014, Save Jerseyans, or at least since January 9th.

We found out on Thursday that the Republican Governors Association (RGA) had posted a whopping $23.5 million in donations for the first quarter of 2014 (January 1st through March 31st), an achievement which is almost 3x better than its previous record high of $9.1 million.

Since Christie took over last November, the RGA raked in $33 million.

The slow bleed which has characterized his post-Bridgegate polling position, both in New Jersey and nationally, appears to have stopped. A new Quinnipaic poll found him nipping at Hillary Clinton’s heels in Virginia and outperforming all other hypothetical GOP contenders (though another survey showed voters opinions remained cooled). A fresh Monmouth University poll pegged his approval rating at just above 50% or roughly where it was the prior month.

Light at the end of the tunnel? Or just the eye of the storm? It may be the former provided that whatever the U.S. Attorney ultimately concludes doesn’t differ materially from the Governor’s internal investigation…

 

Christie: “War On Drugs Has Failed”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This isn’t the first time that Chris Christie declared defeat in the so-called War on Drugs, Save Jerseyans, saying something very similar back in 2012 at the Brookings Institution. Since that time, Governor Christie has signed a controversial “Good Samaritan” law immunizing people reporting overdoses from prosecution for possession and pushed for sentencing reforms but refused to consider decriminalization of pot for non-medicinal purposes.

Next on the list? Boosting a pilot program in Monmouth and Ocean counties whereby local law enforcement will be armed with a drug capable of saving the lives of heroin overdosers, a problem that’s reaching epidemic levels in the Garden State:

 

Christie Chats Up Megyn Kelly

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Self-explanatory…

“The hug,” foreign policy, and who Governor Christie thinks would make a solid 2016 GOP nominee (besides himself)…

Part 1:

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Rudy, Weinberg Meet the Press

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Loretta Weinberg still can’t point to a shred of evidence indicating a lack of candor on the part of Governor Chris Christie concerning his non-involvement in Bridgegate, Save Jerseyans. That, and it’s apparently “sexist” to document an alleged personal relationship between two prime targets of the investigation.

That’s all I got out of Sunday’s back-and-forth:

Christie Can’t Catch a Break

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Las_Vegas_at_NightWhen it rains it pours, Save Jerseyans. Like our Garden State “springtime” weather at the moment.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knows something about that. Over the weekend, Politico says he “apologized” to GOP mega donor Sheldon Adelson after uttering a foreign policy gaffe at the gaming magnate’s exclusive 2016 candidate gathering in Las Vegas, part of the “Adelson Primary” for GOP hopefuls.

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Christie Presser: Samson Resigns

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

David Samson

David Samson

Governor Chris Christie is facing down the press corps beginning at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Save Jerseyans, continuing an administration media blitz intended to make the most out of an internal report which clears the Governor of any wrongdoing in both the Bridgegate and Sandygate scandals.

The first bombshell? NY-NJ Port Authority chieftain and long-time Christie ally David Samson has resigned. Effective immediately. The Governor also pledged to work with his New York counterpart, Gov. Cuomo, to restructure the Port Authority.

For easy reference as you follow along with the rest of it, get your Ctrl-F fingers ready to go and then click here to view the full report.

You can watch the presser LIVE right here below the fold…

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Christie’s Probable Mistake Laid Bare

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo Credit: CNN

Photo Credit: CNN

“The truth is inconvertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

Randy Mastro of Gibson Dunn chose to close Thursday’s Bridgegate internal review presser on Thursday with a Churchill quote. I think it may prove to be an appropriate choice. 

The report itself will keep the media machine churning to be sure, but near the end of his remarks, Mastro offered up a critical point that seemed to sail over the heads of most of the press conference attendees. Not that I’m surprised in the slightest.

Here’s the uber-relevant portion of the report referenced by Mastro:

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Gibson Dunn Report: Love, Deceit, But No Big Surprises

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bridget Kelly (left) and Bill Stepien (rear right) during happier times.

Bridget Kelly (left) and Bill Stepien (rear right) during happier times.

I’d like to give you something more substantive than that following this morning’s release of the Gibson Dunn internal review of the Christie Administration’s role in Bridgegate, Save Jerseyans, but there you have it. 

The “love” angle. The media’s going to eat it up. There are some other interesting revelations, to be sure, but nothing that matters in terms of what everyone driving this scandal wants to know: what Governor Christie knew, and when did he know it?

Back to all of that in a moment. You can click here to read the entire 235-page document, with exhibits and footnotes, at your leisure. I stand by my comments on the subject made to Chasing NJ on Monday.

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