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Still Waiting to See What Makes Jeff “Independent”

By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

rubberstampAs you know, Save Jerseyans, Democrat Bill Hughes, Jr is looking to unseat Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo in District 2 so Hughes can rubber stamp Obama’s agenda and help make Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House again (because it worked out so well the first time).

And State Senator Jeff Van Drew just endorsed the wanna-be Obama rubber stamp Bill Hughes, Jr. this week.

This should come as no shock to you, loyal Save Jersey readers, because Van Drew, while pretending to be an across the aisle moderate, is a proud Democrat who sticks with his party at the end of the day. And Van Drew just demonstrated in this instance how he is willing to ignore all the good LoBiondo has done for the district and his efforts to bring jobs to the area, endorsing Hughes… why? 

Because Hughes is a Democrat.

LoBiondo is going to beat Hughes. Bank on it. Which means in 2015, when Van Drew is on the campaign trail, trying to convince voters to re-elect his mouthpiece, Assemblyman Fluff Bob Andrzejczak, Mr. Middle of the Aisle Van Drew is going to have explain to people why he tried to send an Obama rubber stamp to Washington.

 

Rooney: Astorino, Christie Both “Not Behaving”

By STAFF | THE SAVE JERSEY BLOG

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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.

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Interview with the Libertarian

By Joshua A. Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

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Dorit Goikhman

Save Jerseyans, you may recall that in June I had the pleasure of debating Dorit Goikhman, Vice Chair of the NJ Libertarian Party and her party’s nominee for the House of Representative in CD 6, in a forum sponsored by the Hudson County Republican Club (HudsonRepublicans.com). It was a great debate and the questions we asked each other and were asked by the audience were challenging and intellectually provocative.

I’m all about building a big tent GOP family with libertarians inside the Republican Party despite my many reservations with the dominant libertarian approach to foreign policy, so I recently asked Dorit to share with the Save Jersey community a little bit about herself, why she is running, and her campaign. 

The 26 years old attorney and Morganville native had a lot to say. Enjoy…

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Atlantic City: Down But Not Out

atlantic cityBy Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Atlantic City has been generating some negative headlines recently. There’s no question about that. The Atlantic Club closed in January, Showboat and Trump Plaza will be closing at the end of the summer, and Revel may close if someone doesn’t buy the property by mid-August. Everyone agrees, the decline in casino revenue, forcing these closures, is the over saturation of casinos in the Northeast, as legalized gambling in Pennsylvania and New York have siphoned away customers and dollars. With these closures, 20-25% of Atlantic City’s casino workforce will lose their jobs. Many are calling this the beginning of the end of Atlantic City.

Well let me tell you something, Save Jerseyans…

Atlantic City is down, but it is not out. (And before you accuse me of being a naïve, unrealistically-optimistic idealist for saying such a thing, let me point out to that you would be the first person to ever call me that).

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10 Mind-Blowing Pension Numbers

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

pink-piggy-bankI’m not in the habit of transcribing press releases or talking points, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Christie’s office released a list of ten pension-related stats following Tuesday’s press conference in LBI that’s definitely worth sharing with anyone who doesn’t yet appreciate the severity of New Jersey’s looming legacy cost crisis:

$120 Billion - Savings NJ taxpayers will see from Governor Christie and state leaders from both political parties coming together in 2011 to pass historic, bipartisan pension and benefits reform. Even this just simply isn’t enough.

$24.4 Billion - Expenses over the last 10 years from New Jersey’s health care benefits (from FY 2006 through FY15).

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Lance: SCOTUS Should Hear Subsidy Cases

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LanceRep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) responded to Tuesday’s circuit split over Obamacare’s exchange subsidies by calling on our nation’s highest tribunal to take up the question, Save Jerseyans.

“Today’s legal rulings are very consequential and undoubtedly will not be the last word on the matter,” Lance opined in a statement. “Millions of taxpayer funds have already been dedicated to these exchanges and now the market, insurers and consumers are left in limbo.  This is the exact reason why Congress should not pass thousand page bills without thorough analysis.  The Administration has consistently been forced to re-work, delay or completely ignore parts of the President’s law as it finds the statute unworkable.  The Supreme Court of the United States should review this matter in its coming term.”

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Federal Appeals Court Decision’s N.J. Impact

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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The beginning of the end for the individual and employer mandates?

Perhaps. The esteemed D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals made huge waves on Tuesday morning, Save Jerseyans, when a three-judge panel that the language of the (Un)affordable Care Act prevents states from providing subsidies to residents of states who declined to establish their own independent insurance marketplaces from the federal exchange.

Thirty-six of fifty U.S. states fall into that category including our own New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie repeatedly vetoes attempts by the Democrat legislature to establish a state-based exchange.

“It is implausible to believe that Congress gave the IRS discretion to authorize $150 billion per year in federal spending, particularly when Congress had directly spoken to this issue,” the Halbig v. Burwell plaintiffs successfully argued. “Major economic decisions like these — indeed, any decisions granting tax credits — must be made unambiguously by Congress itself.”

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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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When the DREAM Becomes a Nightmare

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Border wall brownsvile illegal immigrationGovernor Chris Christie is as effective a speaker on the issues of taxes, entitlement reform and school choice as you’ll ever find, Save Jerseyans. Plain spoken but substantively on-point; the clarity with which he speaks makes apolitical Americans want to get up and follow him and good faith dissenters concede the logic of his argument.

The so-called “YouTube moments” concerning ^^ are what we remember and, at least until Sandy and Bridgegate, they’re what defined his brand. Just as often, however, Chris Christie talks like what he is by training: a lawyer. And I don’t mean that in a disparaging way (I am one!). All the same, it can get him into trouble.

Immigration comes to mind as a prominent example.

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Rooney Reams SCI On ‘Jersey Joe’ Show

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

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Sue Ann Penna on the set of AM970 The Answer co-hosting the “The Jersey Joe Show”

The New Jersey legislature’s special committee on investigations (or the “SCI”) continues to investigate Bridgegate – without any results – and waste the taxpayers’ money to serve the chief inquisitor’s political ambitions.

Meanwhile, Watershed-gate, DRPA-gate, Tunnel-gate and a host of Democrat scandals continue to pile up immune from any scrutiny.

Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney dropped by AM970 over the weekend, Save Jerseyans, to renew his vigorous criticism of the blatantly partisan process…

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Great Eck-pectations

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

eckWho would have thought that one of the most conservative and small-government-favoring Republicans that New Jersey has seen in years would be four months away from a shot at joining like minded individuals such as Justin Amash and Thomas Massie in Congress?

No, I am not talking about Tom MacArthur.

I am talking about Alieta Eck.

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Marlboro Council Passes Political Sign Restrictions

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Over the objections of citizens who urged them not to restrict their 1st Amendment Rights and to avoid expensive litigation, the Marlboro Township Council unanimously passed an ordinance that prohibits the placement of temporary political signs on public property and rights of way, limits the time before and after an election that signs may appear on private property and rights of way adjacent to private property, and regulates the size of signs and the distance they may appear from each other on private property.

At the request of Councilman Frank LaRocca, the ordinance was amended to eliminate the imposition of a 90 day jail sentence for violating the ordinance.  Candidates, Committee Chairmen, Campaign Treasurers and private property owners now face fines ranging from $100 to $1250 if signs appear more than 45 days before an election, 7 days after an election or if signs promoting the same candidate are posted within 50 feet of each other on the same property.  The total square footage of all political signs on any one tax lot must not exceed 16 square feet.

Matthew Rasmussen, an attorney representing the Marlboro Republican Committee told the council during the public hearing prior to the adoption of the ordinance that it contained numerous “constitutional infirmities, some of them fatal” and urged the governing body to defeat the ordinance in order to avoid expensive litigation that they would certainly lose.

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Clinton Team Shadows Christie In IA, NJ

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie suffered Clintonistas overload on Thursday, Save Jerseyans.

They’re still treating him like the front runner for the 2016 GOP nomination even after the Bridgegate scandal and ideological indiscretions even if a large segment of the Republican base is less convinced. Go figure.

For starters, Hilldawg herself visited New Jersey for an evening Hard Choices book signing in Ridgewood. She’s hard up for a good headline with past scandals getting new oxygen for the past few weeks, so it must have been nice to experience her tried-and-true North Jersey Democrat sycophants fawning all over her.

Chris Christie stumped in Iowa simultaneously to the Clinton event, but even there he couldn’t escape her minions.

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Time for Gun Grabbers to Come Up for Air

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

gun controlNothing’s sacred anymore, Save Jerseyans.

We saw further proof of that age old adage over the past week following the tragic death of Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago.

This young man wasn’t the first law enforcement professional to die in the line of duty; he may be the first to have an alleged murderer who was memorialized in both real life (and Facebook world) in the immediate wake of the fatal shooting and leading to plenty of outrage here in New Jersey and around the country.

Disgusting though it might be, the act of lionizing a suspected cop killer perhaps isn’t as troubling as the underling cultural rot that it signifies… and millions of Americans’ blindness to it…

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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:

Pelosi Gives N.J. Dems ‘Kiss of Death’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

PelosiAimee Belgard (D, NJ-03) and Bill Hughes, Jr. (D, NJ-02) are having enough trouble gaining traction this cycle in their respective swing districts, Save Jerseyans. The last thing they needed today? A full-throated endorsement from Nancy Pelosi, one of Congress’s most polarizing figures, in a published national interview:

“Let’s go to New Jersey, Amy Belgard. She’s really terrific. She was in before the current incumbent got out of the race. We have [Bill] Hughes in that race up there against [Rep. Frank] LoBiondo. I don’t know how that one is going. But I’ve been to a number of fundraisers with Amy Belgard, because she comes over to our events in Philadelphia, where we have a number of good candidates there.

Pelosi might as well have cut a check to the NRCC for the mailer/web ad/TV spot which will, almost assuredly, feature her quote. She’s that toxic in Toms River, Mt. Laurel, Egg Harbor Township and every other South Jersey point in between.

Republicans were rightly appreciate though not quite in expectation of the formal donation. “Aimee Belgard just received the kiss of death with this latest endorsement from Nancy Pelosi,” opined NRCC Spokesman Ian Prior. “New Jersey families now have confirmation that if Belgard is sent to Congress she will be a reliable vote for Pelosi and her liberal agenda.”

 

 

The Most Worthwhile Plan in Trenton History

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The need for redistricting reform should be self-evident, Save Jerseyans. 

Strip politics out of it for a moment. Why would anyone, in any industry or position, public or private, feel an impetus to serve anyone besides himself or herself when there’s virtually no chance of being fired for poor performance? Yet that’s the system gifted to us by the Supreme Court and the late Alan Rosenthal. Each legislative election cycle, only a small percentage of districts see the successful candidate prevail by less than 10-points and the popular will for change is muted by gerrymandering. Check out your latest property tax bill for evidence of how well that works!

Jon Bramnick’s got a way to fix it; on Monday, he announced plans to introduce a constitutional amendment that would fundamentally transform the way New Jersey redistricts every ten years.

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