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Bell Can Beat Booker

By Jim Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

jeff bellA whopping 59% of Americans have a negative view of the GOP, while a smaller majority – 50% – feel negatively about the Democrats. In the early 90s, the GOP polled at 53% favorable, and peaked in 2002 at 61% favorable. It’s hard to dispute that the Republican brand has been tarnished in recent years for any number of reasons.

So the question is: how are Republicans doing so well in so many Senate races despite crushing negativity towards their party? And how can this help Jeff Bell in a state where voters are hugely dissatisfied with both parties?

The answer lies in the candidates themselves.

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Dodging Blows from Both Sides in NH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This is what Chris Christie’s public life has become, Save Jerseyans.

Everyone on the planet loved him for a couple of years (save for a few New Jersey union-types and their Democrat henchmen). Now when he visits New Hampshire on a cool late July day to campaign in his capacity as RGA Chairman, he’s dodging barbs from his frenemies in the Democrat/media establishment AND the Republican Party’s tea party-ish defectors in the independent expenditure world who, ironically, hate him ever more than the liberals.

The Richard Jemmons character in Primary Colors said it best: “The media giveth, and go &%$# yourself.”

It ain’t pretty or clean but it’s entirely accurate…

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Bail Reform Fight is 100% Politics

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie addressed a joint session of the legislature on Thursday and his message was painfully simple, Save Jerseyans:

“I believe that I’ve been patient. And 2 1/2 of conversation and discussion, it seems to me, is sufficient.”

He’s referring, of course, to bail reform which in of itself isn’t very controversial. The Republican Governor and former U.S. Attorney – who is anything but a libertarian – joked about finding himself in bed with the ACLU on this particular issue, and the N.J. Supreme Court is on his side, too. Many South Jersey machine Democrats are backing it. Asm. Jon Bramnick, the GOP Assembly Minority Leader, says that there are sufficient votes for passage in his chamber.

So what’s the hold-up? Politics! What else…

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Smith: “Textbook Anti-Semitism”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rep. Chris Smith (R, NJ-04) has a reputation for championing underdogs domestically and internationally, Save Jerseyans. The ultimate underdog in human history has been the Jewish people, scapegoated and abused throughout the ages and still today in even the most unlikely of places.

To hear the media tell it, the Israeli Defense Force’s ongoing campaign to destroy terror tunnels and rocket launching sites in Gaza is little more than the latest dust up in an arcane border dispute or, worse, a human rights travesty perpetrated by a U.S. puppet.

On Tuesday, Smith took to the house floor and articulately called on the Obama Administration to grow a spine (my words, not his), speak out in Israel’s defense, and help explain to the world that anti-Semitism is what’s really at work here…

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DuHaime’s Solid Point About NH Attack Ads

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

According to NH Journal, the 501(c)(4) advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network will launch new “television, radio and digital advertising” in New Hampshire on Wednesday ahead of Governor Chris Christie’s latest RGA-related trip to the presidential battleground.

Christie is there to raise money; they’re there to raise the issue of his judicial nominations.

Here’s the spot:

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Special Session Eve Bail Reform Presser

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie’s bail reform special legislative session begins Thursday at noon, Save Jerseyans, so he’s holding a press conference Wednesday, also at 12:00 p.m., to establish his expectations.

I’m sure it’ll be good TV. Always is:

Watch live streaming video from governorchrischristie at livestream.com

200+ Days In, Staying Alive is Helping Christie

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-8Back in January I wrote an article in Matt Rooney’s Save Jersey about Bridgegate jumping the shark, the witch hunt launched by Democrats trying to discredit Gov. Chris Christie by connecting him with scandal surrounding allegedly politically-motivated Fort Lee lane closures.

And guess what, Save Jerseyans? In all the months since the scandal broke (202 days since the legendary marathon presser), the Governor has in no way been connected with any knowledge of what transpired, try as they might Democrats have not been able to connect the dots. You would think with all the testimony, all the meetings, all the questions, and all of the people who testified, that one individual would have cracked under the pressure and said it was the Governor who ordered the lane closings…. had it really gone down like that.

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Kathe Right to Tackle Tedesco’s Tanks

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

tedescotankBergen County isn’t officially organizing a formal army, Save Jerseyans, but it is drawing fire from the ideological right and even the anything-but-right Bergen Record for purchasing military grade vehicles and equipment.

To be fair, this trend is hardly unique to Bergen. As Barack Obama continues to gut our military, local governments across America are buying surplus military tools including M-16 rifles, grenades, and yes, armored vehicles designed to withstand mortar and rocket fire as well as roadside bombs.

What makes it a little more disturbing in Bergen is the Democrat-led push to merge the county police force with the sheriff’s department.

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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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3rd Poll Shows Booker Vulnerable

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Bell poses for a photograph with NJ-06 Congressional Candidate Anthony E Wilkinson.

Bell poses for a photograph with NJ-06 Congressional Candidate Anthony E Wilkinson.

Am I the only one who senses another blown opportunity in the making, Save Jerseyans?

After two summer polls found Cory Booker (D-Twitter) under 50% in his quest for a full Senate term head-to-head with GOP challenger Jeff Bell, we now have a NYT-CBS poll with Booker at 50% but Bell nipping at his heels at 43%, only 7-points back (for those of you who learned math in a NJEA failure factory).

Yes, Bell has an uphill climb against the younger, hipper, well-heeled Democrat superstar who, of course, hasn’t gone on television yet. But you can turn that analysis on its head by pointing out that Bell, who only recently returned to New Jersey residency and doesn’t have two nickles to rub together, also hasn’t done much of anything.

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Valerie Strauss: Consistent Education Elitist

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

obama toast“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is consistent — at least when it comes to espousing total  indifference to what Newark residents want for their state-operated public school system.”

That’s how The Washington Post‘s Valerie Strauss began her latest snarky education post, Save Jerseyans, published on Friday; for those who don’t follow WashPo, Strauss is an Obama liberal archetype who railed against Mitt Romney’s educational reform proposals in 2012 but, like the President, sends her own children to private school.

Remember: there’s always one set of rules for them and another for the unwashed masses for whom they attempt to control every consequential life decision…

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MacArthur Launches FreeholderBelgard.com

With Three Months Left, Republican Campaign Goes After Debate-Ducking Belgard with Big Online Ad Blitz

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A screenshot from freeholderbelgard.com

A screenshot from freeholderbelgard.com

At the end of June, Save Jerseyans, we talked about how strange it was that Democrat CD3 hopeful Aimee Belgard continued to duck debate challenges from her Republican opponent, Tom MacArthur, in her quest to succeed Jon Runyan and become only the second Democrat since Reconstruction to hold the seat.

Yes, well-heeled incumbents or candidates who are waaay ahead in polling have few incentives to risk giving their opponent an opportunity to get back into the game with a well-landed punch. Belgard doesn’t fit into either category. She needs that big “punch” to make a go of this thing — and quickly — before October arrives and national Democrats who’ve flirted with her candidacy get bored and turn their attention and resources to defenses.

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St. Cory’s Stunningly Shallow Worldview

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

saint cory bookerThere are three dominant camps in the modern Democrat Party when it comes to the plight of Israel, Save Jerseyans:

1 - Those who straight-up hate Jews;

2 - Those who are so ideologically liberal and morally relativistic that they’re also reflexively anti-war/colonialism/military; the end result is unthinking, unsubstantiated and automatic opposition to the militarily-superior participant in any conflict regardless of any other considerations; and

3 - Those who, frankly, are naive and dumb enough in equal measure to believe that humanity can “Care Bear stare” its way out of any conflict with sufficiently positive social media activism.

I’ve seen no evidence that Cory Booker (D-Twitter) shares anything other than a party registration (which is bad enough) with group #1; as for camps #2 and #3, however, it’s obvious enough to anyone paying attention that our state’s celebrity junior center is living in a different reality from the rest of us (and certainly the poor citizens of Israel who weather a daily barrage of rocket fire).

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Immigration Madness: Both Sides Stuck On Stupid

By Joe Schilp | Joe’s Blog

illegal immigrationThe lead sentence in a New York Times report on July 25, 2014,states:  “The vast majority of unaccompanied migrant children arriving in the United States from Central America this year have been released to relatives in states with large, established Central American populations.”

If you read just that sentence, the Times makes it seem as though almost all of these kids – who the Times refuses to call illegal, or even “undocumented” – are simply coming to be reunited with their family and that this is exactly what is happening, but this report is extremely deceiving.  For one, the Times is reporting on information released by Team Obama’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which, if you continue to read the times article, admits that the “numbers do not include those children who are sent to long-term shelters.”

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Opinion: A Truly Wide-Open #NJSen Debate

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

Debate StageOn November 4, 2014, New Jersey will choose between seven candidates for United States Senate.

Seven?

Yes. Seven, Save Jerseyans.

Cory Booker and Jeff Bell are the two political heavy-lifters when it comes to money and party loyalists. But the other five candidates? Not so much. I don’t believe that necessarily warrants their exclusion from a political process that should, of all things, be inclusive.

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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

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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