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Firefighters Endorse Lance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

FirefightersThe Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ) and the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJFMBA) threw in behind Leonard Lance’s reelection bid on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans.

“I am proud to have earned the support of New Jersey’s fire fighters,” said Rep. Lance in a statement announcing the decisions of the PFANJ (3,500 members) and the NJFMBA (5,000 members). “These brave men and women are among the best in the entire nation and that’s why I will continue to champion their issues in Washington that are critical to safeguarding our local communities.”

Earlier this year, Lance had pushed hard to exempt fire house from punishing Obamacare regulations which could’ve shuttered volunteer departments.


Christie, Kasich Rally in Ohio

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In between stumping for Scott Walker on Monday and flying back home for a Newark drug addiction summit on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Chris Christie joined incumbent Gov. John Kasick (R-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) for a rally days before the key 2016 state will begin casting ballots in its 2014 gubernatorial et. al. election (he isn’t in any danger; the latest poll showed him leading the Democrat challenger by 30-points).

They’re RGA BFFs, so says Kasich:


No-Show Legislating Comes to NJ

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

NJ Assembly ChamberOnly in government and on union jobs does a no-show get paid. Now, the Assembly has codified the practice, allowing members to phone in their presence in order to obtain a quorum for the transaction of business.

Caught by The Star-Ledger with their absentee hands in the cookie jar as being “present” when they were nowhere near Trenton, the Assembly unanimously passed a measure to legitimize the shady practice of being recorded as attending a session you didn’t.


Christie in WI: “This One is Personal”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s hard to count out Chris Christie when you hear him on the stump, Save Jerseyans, like on Monday in Wisconsin:

10 Appropriate N.J. State Song Selections

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey’s credit sucks as much as its tax rates, business climate and stubbornly-sluggish jobs market, Save Jerseyans, but that hasn’t stopped our legislators from wasting time debating a state song with the same obnoxiously carefree attitude that they exhibit when wasting our money, all while our family and neighbors run for the bridges.

None of their song choices are particularly appropriate. Here are ten much better suggestions from Save Jersey which, if we’re being honest (they rarely are) would make a lot more sense given the state of things in the Garden State… 

(1) Elvis Presley – I’m Movin’ On (1969)


Christie in WI, OH; NJ Dems Attempt Veto Override

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

October arrives this week, Save Jerseyans, and Captain Clutch may be retired but the political world is kicking into high gear.

Governor Chris Christie is heading to Wisconsin and Ohio on Monday; he’ll attend events for Governor Scott Walker and Governor John Kasich, respectively, at a time when the former is clinging to a slim lead and the latter is leading in polls by Christie ’13 margins.

That’s good news for the RGA Chairman. Less good? A potential override of an absolute veto back on the home-front.


AG Moves to Avoid Another Shaneen Allen Debacle

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

AG Hoffman's directive will help hundreds - or more - law-abiding citizens.

AG Hoffman’s directive will help hundreds – or more – law-abiding citizens.

Philadelphia mom Shaneen Allen will participate in the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) and avoid jail time, Save Jerseyans, which is absolutely the right result for these facts given the state of the law. 

It’s a small but important victory for Second Amendment advocates in the Garden State; what transpired as a result of the case, however, is even more significant.

You can read the New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman’s 9/24 “clarification” directive here.

I’ll make it brief, but this is big…


Want Accurate Christie Reporting? Fat Chance!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Keep in mind before you watch the video below: this is the same American media that crucified the Bush Administration for “lying” about weapons of mass destruction, Save Jerseyans, yet these same media outlets can’t even accurately source and report whether Chris Christie is still facing federal charges or, in the case of the NYT, how much weight he’s lost…

From Christie campaigning in Connecticut (via ABC News):

My 3 Big Concerns with Holzapfel’s Gun Storage Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Gun SafeMy #2A enthusiasts out there in our Save Jersey growing audience can likely issue spot a few more, but as best as I can tell, Save Jerseyans, there are three major problems with the enhanced penalty for improper storage of firearms legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10). In no particular order…

1) Is This a Solution in Search of a Problem? Quite Probably…

The primary aim of S-516 is to assign 4th degree culpability to an adult when a child gets his or her hands on a firearm; the charge could reach the 3rd degree if a child is seriously injured or killed. Awful stuff! But how often does it really happen?

Not often (as best as we can tell).


Guardian Gets It. Why Can’t Trenton?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Don Guardian (R-Atlantic City)

Don Guardian (R-Atlantic City)

I spend a lot of time – more than I’d like to spend, truth be told – complaining about Trenton’s dominant tax, spend and borrow culture, Save Jerseyans. ‘Robin Hood budgeting‘ is how I’ve explained it in the past. But someone needs to say something, right? Factor in the NJ Supreme Court’s interference in education funding and you’ve identified MOST of what’s wrong with our state sitting on the table right in front of you.

Few under the State House’s dome seems to understand. Or care. Probably a little bit of both in most cases.

Others have simply given up.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian seems to get it.


Gun Grabbers Protest Christie in CT

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie got this one 100% right, Save Jerseyans, so the bedwetters who protested him in Connecticut on Tuesday will just have to deal. It isn’t hurting RGA-backed candidate Tom Foley who continues to out-poll the Democrat incumbent by a narrow but significant margin not all-too-dissimilar to Christie’s own position back in 2009…

UPDATE: Shaneen Allen Gets PTI

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Shaneen AllenA huge update on the Shaneen Allen saga from NBC 10:

“On Wednesday, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office released a clarification of the 2008 “Graves Act” directive, which deals with incidents in which out-of-state residents who hold a valid permit to carry a firearm in their home state are arrested in New Jersey and charged with illegal possession of a firearm under New Jersey law.”

Read the rest here.


Donovan: “They’re Not Police”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Kathleen Donovan pointed to stronger wage and job statistics (a 1.5% increase in employment and 2.4% jump in wages) on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, seeking to polish her tumultuous yet active tenure as Bergen County’s Executive with only weeks left to go before voters pass judgment on her bid for reelection. The bottom line from Team Donovan: 49,000 jobs created and $219 million dollars saved.

Legal warfare and police consolidation nevertheless continue to dominate coverage of the race, and the Republican incumbent didn’t mince words on the latter topic during a recent televised interview:

Sorry Wiz: 59% Say Bridgegate SCI Should Quit

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Wizard of Oz

New Jersey knows what’s up.

Only 34% want Asm. John Wisniewski to continue his “investigation” into the Fort Lee lane closures, Save Jerseyans, according to N.J. political pollster-in-chief Patrick Murray of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Wrap it up, Wiz!

Click here to read the full polling results and analysis.


What Belgard and MacArthur Share in Common

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Absorb the DCCC’s NJ-03 ads (two of which have been pulled) without a filter and you’d think that Democrat Aimee Belgard is running to defeat Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in his pre-Annie ice melt stage. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course.

Did you know that both MacArthur and Belgard worked as insurance adjusters?

That’s where the similarities stop.