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AFP Opposes Chivukula BPU Nomination

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

uprendaNew Jersey’s branch of Americans for Prosperity isn’t happy about Asm. Upendra Chivukula’s elevation to commissioner for the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). 

“During his tenure in the Legislature, Asm. Chivukula has racked up one of the worst, anti-taxpayer track records of any member in the Legislature,” AFP communications director Mike Proto said in a statement.

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RNC Profiles Rodriguez-Gregg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In an effort to remind people that the GOP isn’t just a bunch of pissed off old white guys complaining about their taxes, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seizing upon Hispanic Heritage Month to profile Republican Hispanic lawmakers around the country. One of this week’s honorees was our very own Asw. Maria Rodriquez-Gregg (R-8) of Burlington County: 

There’s more dimensions to our New Jersey Republican coalition than some would lead you to believe, Save Jerseyans, partly because “we” have rarely done a good job of showcasing it. Hopefully that’s starting to change; here’s a run-down of this year’s extremely diverse NJ GOP House candidates in case you missed it…

 

Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Wind Turbine Production Plants

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Wind TurbinesAtlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole”, and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area. All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

This is part three of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read part one and part two if you haven’t already.

I think that South Jersey has the potential for becoming a manufacturing hub of offshore wind turbines. If we act now, that potential could result in a huge of infusion of jobs into the region.

Some background…

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REPORT: No Christie Bridgegate Link Found

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-8This speaks for itself,  Save Jerseyans. The Feds have RULED OUT charges for Governor Chris Christie in the Bridgegate debacle (reports NBC4).

Full story here.

Wrap it up now, Wiz! Thus far, you haven’t uncovered any material contradictions of the Mastro report. Hundreds of days and millions of dollars wasted and the top law enforcement minds operating in our state see no reason to move against the Governor. So what could you expect to add to the process at this juncture? Especially since you’ve demonstrated ZERO interest in considering proposed reforms related to how these independent authorities function… nine months in…

“NBC New York reports governor Christie is not involved. Now it’s time for the panel that prejudged the governor to end its relentless attacks,” concurred Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, one of the Governor’s most reliable legislative allies, in a statement release after the news broke.

After attending a Thursday night fundraiser for Jeff Bell in Princeton (during which time the NBC story went live), Governor Christie appeared on NJ 101.5 for his monthly ‘Ask the Governor’ program and reacted to the report…

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Belgard Attacks MacArthur… for Helping Young Pregnant Women?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Yup, you read that correctly.

Democrat Aimee Belgard is actually criticizing Republican Tom MacArthur for donating $24,000 to a non-profit, North Jersey-based charity that helps pregnant women contemplate alternatives to abortion… a donation made in his deceased child’s name!

Background: MacArthur’s own charitable foundation, In God’s Hands Charitable Foundation, contributed the funds to 1st Choice Women’s Health Center back in 2012. The organization operates crisis pregnancy centers in Morristown, Jersey City, Newark and Montclair, providing a variety of services ranging from counseling and emergency contraception information to ultrasounds and STD screenings. But since they’re not fans of abortion, Aimee Belgard is foaming at the mouth over it…

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Report: Fmr. Torricelli Operative Fox Takes Over NJ DOT

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie will speak from his State House Outer Office at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Save Jerseyans. You can watch it live right here (below the fold)…

The topic matter? PolitickerNJ is reporting that Christie will replace New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson with former McGreevey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox. He’s a partisan Democrat whose resume includes high levels positions with Robert “The Torch” Torricelli and the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Did we run out of Republicans who could do the job?

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Christie Barnstorms in N.H.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

November is coming, Save Jerseyans, so Governor Chris Christie was back in the Granite State this week stumping for Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown. New Hampshire remains a critically important state for Chris Christie in 2014 (and 2016). Christie’s RGA put big money into the state and, as first reported by Save Jersey, key Christie operatives are on the ground.

Sights and sounds:

Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Natural Gas Power Plants

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

The Tatan Power Plant in Taiwan, that country's largest of its kind.

The Tatan Power Plant in Taiwan, that country’s largest natural gas facility of its kind.

Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole,” and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area. All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

This is part two of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read part one if you haven’t already.

Moving forward: in my opinion, there are not one, but two opportunities to create jobs via natural gas power plants in South Jersey. The first you have heard about before. Let’s build the BL England Pipeline and convert the coal plant into a natural gas plant. It means jobs, lower emissions, and lights staying on in Cape May County. So let’s build it.

But you haven’t heard about the second opportunity…

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Former Hoboken Mayor Loses Law License

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Supreme CourtThe fallout from Operation Bid Rig continues, Save Jerseyans, 12 years after the investigation began. 

Earlier today, the New Jersey Supreme Court disbarred former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, preventing him from engaging in the practice law in the State of New Jersey.

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Bringing Jobs to South Jersey Starts with Making Jersey Business Friendly

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

south jersey mapAtlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole,” and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area.  All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

Here’s my first offering:

Before we can start to lobby companies to invest in South Jersey, we need to make sure the stage is set for such an endeavor. It be pointless to convince businesses to come here if we aren’t ready to accept them. So my first post will focus on New Jersey’s business environment.

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Lance Joins Estate Tax Repeal Fight

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LanceLeonard Lance is trying to help advance the death tax repeal movement in D.C and back at home where he got started, in the N.J. State House, as members of both parties coalesce around a legislative effort.

“From state capitals to the halls of Congress, there is growing movement to bring an estate tax repeal bill up for a vote in U.S. House of Representatives,” said Lance who, at the moment, is joining 220 other cosponsors of the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 2429).  “It’s been nine years since the U.S. House has passed a death tax repeal measure.  With more than a majority of the House co-sponsoring the Death Tax Repeal Act, it is time that we show our support for family business owners, employees, farmers and consumers and vote to kill the death tax.”

The text of the letter signed by Rep. Lance and twenty-nine other lawmakers, directed to the GOP leadership, is posted below the fold:

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UPDATE: Bramnick Goes to Bat for Shaneen Allen; Christie Won’t Act Pre-Adjudication

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie bridgegate presserUpdate: Our old friend Art Gallagher of MMM reached out to Chris Christie’s front office to see whether he’d intervene in the case now; he was told by the Governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, that the pardon power is “only available once a case is adjudicated and upon formal request to the governor for consideration.” It’s an interesting question and, to the best of my knowledge, preemptive pardons are completely acceptable at the federal level with precedent for it going back to 1866. I welcome all of you amateur state constitutional experts out there to dive into Article II Section II.1 and render your own opinion regarding the state of the gubernatorial prerogative right here in New Jersey…

Original: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick sounded every bit like the seasoned defense attorney that he is is during a snap press conference at the State House on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, speaking out in favor of a GOP bill that would grant greater judicial discretion in situation analogous to that of Philadelphia mother Shaneen Allen.  

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O’Scanlon: Wisniewski Lacks “Testicular Fortitude”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O’Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has been a one-man battle tank in the war to ride New Jersey of red light cameras, Save Jerseyans, and he’s made substantial progress.

Who’s been less-than cooperative? John Wisniewski, the SCI chairman who also happens to serve as chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. The Wiz is an advocate for EXPANDING their use. Asm. O’Scanlon thinks he knows why, and he didn’t mince words in a press release aimed directly at the senior Democrat.

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Schundler Headlines Eck Event

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bret Schundler

Bret Schundler

A familiar face in New Jersey Republican politics is getting involved in Election 2014, Save Jerseyans.

Former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler will headline a meet-and-greet for NJ-12 nominee Alieta Eck at a private home in Somerset on Sunday; sponsorships are going for $500 and individual tickets are $25 ($40 for couples).

A staunch conservative and two-time candidate for governor, Schundler has stayed largely behind-the-scenes in New Jersey politics going back to August 2010 when Governor Chris Christie fired him from the administration, claiming that Schundler lied about a botched “Race to the Top” application for $400 million. Schundler vehemently denied the allegation.

 

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.

Whatever.

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:

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