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The Social Media Primary

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SJtwitter2It’s hardly unusual for campaigns to slam opponents by way of social media in 2014, Save Jerseyans, but when the party establishment writes off the entire race and none of the candidates are “self-funders,” then social media wars take on a whole new level of intensity partly as a matter of necessity, in a way that many never imagined, ironically, before Cory Booker (D-Twitter) came into existence.

U.S. Senate hopefuls Murray Sabrin and Brian Goldberg threw down with each other on Twitter in the run-up to Easter/Passover weekend over guns, abortion and, of course, fidelity to the memory of Ronald Reagan:

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Sabrin Raps “Centipede” Obamacare

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Murray Sabrin

Murray Sabrin

Here’s another less-than swell Good Friday Obamacare update, Save Jerseyans:

The American Action Forum, a D.C.-based right-of-center think tank, is out with the results of new study showing that New Jerseyans are getting slammed by (Un)affordable Care Act mandated changes with Garden State senior citizens suffering average benefits reductions of 18.02%. We’ve already seen hundreds of thousands of fellow citizens lose coverage (thus far) and encounter major sticker shock, but the post-enrollment data is no less grizzly despite proponent’s repeated promises.

U.S. Senate hopeful Murray Sabrin, a professor at Ramapo College and one of four candidates competing for the chance to face Cory Booker this November, pounded away on the findings contained in the survey’s release.

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Christie Waxes On Pro Life Beliefs

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’m not a big believer in Jim McGreevey’s late-in-life religious rediscovery, Save Jerseyans, but I do very much believe in Republicans finding better ways to articulate their pro-life convictions.

Governor Chris Christie did a pretty solid job today during a joint event promoting reform of New Jersey’s penal system:

Christie Leads Fox News Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A little welcome 2016 news last night (Thursday) for Governor Christie, Save Jerseyans, via a Fox News poll of 1,012 registered voters:

Fox 2016 Poll - April 2014

Allen Advances RTF Repeal Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Diane AllenState Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is preparing to introduce legislation which would repeal Realty Transfer Fees and subsequently added “layers” in New Jersey, Save Jerseyans. It’s long overdue.

“When you sell your home in New Jersey, you’re getting whacked by this arbitrary tax, and that’s wrong,” Senator Allen said in an explanatory release. “This initiative will help struggling homeowners, including those who might be facing short sales or foreclosures. It will save property owners across this state a burden of thousands of dollars, which particularly hurts those who have lost equity in their homes due to the economic recession.”

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Declare Your Allegiance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

HBO’s smash hit ‘Game of Thrones’ series is back on the air, Save Jerseyans, and if you’re anything like me, you love every minute of it.

Of course, you and I don’t need to transport ourselves to the fantastical realm of Westeros for an ample supply of corrupt, greed, scheming, perversion, violence and intrigue. We live in New Jersey! Did the Starks close the Wall to punish political enemies? Did the Lannisters sell kidneys on the black market? The Game of Jersey is a game without equal.

Whose side are you on? Declare your allegiance with one of the six Facebook profile badges posted below…

House Christie:

House Christie

House Norcross:

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Senate GOP Camps Have < $65k

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SenateCory Booker has $1,815,704 in the bank, Save Jerseyans.

Unfortunately for Jane and John Taxpayer, all four of his potential GOP general election rivals are trailing by a wide margin at the end of Quarter #1.

In first place, based upon what we know so far (not all reports are processed and posted yet at the FEC site):

Murray Sabrin

Raised: $50,000 ($13,000 from self-loan and wife)
COH: $43,000

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Tortoises Find Help. Sandy Victims? Meh.

Sandy Response Support Skids in New Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Florida to New Jersey Sandy TruckThe big takeaway excerpt of the most recent survey report from Monmouth Pollster Patrick Murray:

Among those residents who live in New Jersey’s hardest hit communities, only 41% are satisfied with the state’s recovery efforts while a decided majority (54%) are dissatisfied. In the remainder of the state, 49% are satisfied while 41% are dissatisfied. This marks the first time that residents of hardest hit communities have shown a significant difference in satisfaction levels when compared to residents in other parts of the state. In prior polls, these two groups’ satisfaction levels differed by no more than five percentage points.

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The RTF Stealth Tax

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Moving VanGovernor Christie is absolutely on track in his questioning of the Realty Transfer Fee (RTF), Save Jerseyans, and if anything, if he is able to successfully eliminate this insidious tax placed on property owners, then he should also make sure it cannot revert back to its previous status once he leaves office.

When I was running for office, another one of my peeves was the Realty Transfer Fee (RTF), pursued aggressively under Jim McGreevey and continued by Jon Corzine as an additional source of revenue. Click here to play with an RTF calculator if you’re a visual learner.

This form of taxation acts as an insidious hidden tax to homeowners New Jersey…

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Mo Hill Among 160 Electeds Backing MacArthur

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

South Jersey's CD3

South Jersey’s CD3

160 county and local elected officials in CD3 – including former GOP primary rival Mo Hill of Toms River – have formally endorsed Tom MacArthur on FEC filing day, Save Jerseyans.

The list:

Burlington County
Senator Dawn Addiego (LD-8)
Assemblyman Chris Brown (LD-8)
Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (LD-8)

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The Politics Of Disaster Relief

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Photo Caption - Sandy Inspection TourWhen disaster hits, natural or man made, Americans put aside their differences and come together to handle the emergency.

We saw it with 9-11. Most recently in New Jersey we saw it with Superstorm Sandy.

Once the emergency is over and the federal money is flowing, the politics…partisanship and patronage starts.  We saw it with 9-11. We’re living it with Sandy.

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Taxes Paid? Nah. 24 More Days to Go…

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The government wants to suck your blood, Save Jerseyans!

The government wants to suck your blood, Save Jerseyans!

Happy Tax Day, Save Jerseyans!

The good news? You’re alive. Congratulations.

The bad news? You just paid an arm (and a leg) to the government and, in real terms, you’re still going to work, on average, another 24 days this year in order to afford your 2014 tax burden.

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Proof: Bullying Bans Make it Worse

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bullyingWe’re failing these kids, Save Jerseyans. Big time. Rather than enact reforms which could actually, in some small way, act as a curb against a rapidly-decaying culture that’s producing kids ill-equipped to deal with the struggles and pressures of the world, we’re wasting millions on programs that aren’t working. At best.

In one southern state, teen suicides are actually on the rise in the wake of so-called anti-bullying measures taking effect:

“In Mississippi, 635 youth ages 10-24 have committed suicide since 2000 — an average of 49 deaths per year — according to data from the state Department of Health Vital Statistics program.

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Lobo Reports $1.27M COH

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2)

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2)

Incumbent GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo has a heft $1.27 million cash-on-hand after raising $290,000 in the first quarter of 2014, Save Jerseyans, one day ahead of the FEC filing deadline.

His Democrat challenger, Bill Hughes Jr., boasts only $328,000 COH after raising $190,515 over the same period.

That’s not going to cut it.

 

GOP, Christiecrats Rally for Arb Cap

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A who’s who of New Jersey Republicans and Christiecrats joined Governor Chris Christie on the steps of Trenton’s War Memorial on Monday, Save Jerseyans, all to demand Assembly action on the expired arbitration cap credited with keeping Garden State property tax increases to record lows. For example, whereas property tax bills increased on average by 2.4% and 1.6% in 2011 and 2012 respectively, those same taxpayers’ bills had rose by a minimum of 7% during the years between 2004 and 2006.

It’s a no brainer for everyone except Vince Prieto’s caucus.

Some highlights:

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MacArthur Posts $2+ Million

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur at OC ConventionCD3 GOP candidate Tom MacArthur is reporting over $2 million raised in the 1st Quarter of 2014 ($2,001,075.00 to be exact), Save Jerseyans, along with approximately $1.75 million cash-on-hand.

“This has been a very good past few weeks for Tom and the campaign,” said campaign spokesman Chris Russell.  “Sweeping the party endorsements in mid-March was a critical first step, and as soon as it ended we began an aggressive campaign on television, in the mail box, online and on the ground.  We have a superior candidate, a more compelling message and all the resources we need to win this primary on Tuesday, June 3rd.”

Primary rival Steven Lonegan told PolitickerNJ back around the beginning of April that he had raised approximately $350,000. MacArthur, for his part, has thus far contributed $2 million of his own money to the race.

The $2 million question for political pundits? Can MacArthur’s growing war chest and county line advantage overtake Lonegan’s name recognition between now and June 3rd?