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Why Jeff Bell is Getting No Love

By James Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

jeff bellI’ll be the first to tell you that I’m frustrated with the NRSC and other national Republican and Conservative groups for not ordering in the troops in support of Jeff Bell, the GOP nominee battling Senator Cory Booker in a closer race than most observers anticipated.

The reasons for supporting Bell are manifold; for Conservative groups, he offers a stellar opportunity to elect a real Reagan Conservative, and he offers a populist approach that would normally attract Tea Party groups as well as a gold standard position which has a massive nationwide following at a time when no other significant supporters are the ballot.

For NRSC and the Washington establishment, it isn’t primarily Bell’s victory that would ordinarily make New Jersey uniquely enticing: it’s Booker’s defeat.

Cory Booker is a rising national star in the Democratic party. His appeal is far greater outside NJ than it is here, and should a Republican take the White House in 2016, he would be a force to be reckoned with in the 2020 Presidential election. A defeat here in 2014 by a little-known Conservative challenger would likely head Booker’s ambitions off at the pass, and the GOP will have robbed the Democrats of one of the most charismatic, popular politicians on their bench.

The question, then, is why aren’t national Conservative groups and the NRSC taking an active role in the New Jersey Senate race?

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Is Summer ‘Over’ On Monday? HELL NO!

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

jersey shore beachRepeat after me:

SUMMER DOES NOT END UNTIL SEPTEMBER 23.

The whole notion that summer begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day is something that was dreamed up by the media and/or the travel industry. And it’s a lie.

Because the calendar (and the seasons themselves) tell a whole different story.

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Christie: ‘No’ to Open Space Question

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Plenty of his fellow Republicans voted YEA and, so I’m told, the addition of a costly open space preservation question to this year’s ballot was critical to winning liberal legislative votes for bail reform, a top administration priority. All the same, Governor Chris Christie took a break from celebrating Sandy recovery efforts in Sea Bright on Thursday to answer a number of press inquiries ranging from pension management allegations to his opposition to the latest open space scheme:

Bell Debuts First Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff Bell megaphoneHis war chest doesn’t come close to that of his well-heeled celebrity competitor Cory Booker (D-Twitter), Save Jerseyans, but Jeff Bell proved during this year’s GOP primary that he knows how to maximize the impact of dollar (regardless of whether the dollar is backed by gold).

The Republican nominee went up on Wednesday with a biographical radio ad on WCBS-FM and WOR-AM, one that will run during the afternoon drive-time rush hour. Click here to listen. “Ahead of His Time” focuses tax cuts, the Gold Standard and the candidate’s relationship with Ronald Reagan, all topics which we explored at greater length during our recent sit down interview.

Bell trails Booker by 12.5% in the RCP average, but the last two polls showed him down 10 and 7 points, respectively.

LG Signs Farm to School Package

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

farm landJersey fresh juicy red tomatoes for Garden State school lunches, Save Jerseyans?

Allegedly. While Governor Christie was busy campaigning in Illinois on Monday, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed a package of “Farm to School” program bills which, among other pro-agriculture items, establish a so-called “clearinghouse” web portal for farmers to provide their produce to schools and food banks:

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Atlantic City: Too Big to Save?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Boardwalk Empire (photo credit: HBO)

Boardwalk Empire (photo credit: HBO)

HBO’s Boardwalk Empire will wrap up this fall, Save Jerseyans, five seasons into a series that launched with critical acclaim but is slated to end amid sober commentary concluding “it’s for the best.” The plot became tired and repetitive. The characters stop developing and evolving. And the initial thrill of its unique period-era theme failed to stand up against its contemporary artistic competition.

We can’t continue to kid ourselves where Atlantic City is concerned. Even Nucky saw the writing on the wall. Many years after the real life seaside emperor was dead and buried, the expression “too big to fail” entered America’s political lexicon during the financial crisis of 2008 as banks, large corporations and, later, car manufacturers received large taxpayer-financed bailouts because, we were told, they were “too big to fail.”  Atlantic City ventures have certainly received their fair share of tax dollars, either directly or through tax breaks, over the past few decades. It didn’t work (in case you’ve been living under a rock and missed the cascade of casino closures in the news).

We’ve subsidized a bad business model with disastrous consequences. That’s not to say there aren’t positive things that can be done tomorrow. The real question: is Atlantic City now too big to save? CONTINUE READING….

Christie Soliciting Funds for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellThe NJ GOP is certainly stepping up its online fundraising efforts in 2014, Save Jerseyans.

After using its formidable online list serve to raise money for Wisconsin’s Scott Walker last week, this Thursday, the Sate Republican Committee shared an e-mail signed by Governor Christie asking donors to donate directly to Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign and, having done so, “reject the failed agenda of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.” The e-mail blast further noted how recent polling suggests a single-digit race.

More help might be coming soon for the GOP nominee taking on Cory Booker (D-Twitter) in November. Governor Christie’s long-time confidante and national Republican emissary Bill Palatucci recently promised a Christie-headlined fundraiser for Bell.

The NJ GOP’s blast e-mail is below the fold:

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Christie in Kansas Talking Missouri

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The reelection campaign of Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS) remains close, Save Jerseyans, prompting a high-level visit from none other than RGA Chairman Chris Christie on Wednesday, but the nation’s most high profile Republican public official couldn’t get away from questions about the events 300 miles away in Ferguson, Missouri…

Doherty Wants Probe Into Alleged Bribes

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Red Light CameraThe red light camera fad continues to unravel in the Garden State, Save Jerseyans.

State Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) wants an investigation in the wake of seismic allegations that New Jersey local officials received bribes from Redflex Traffic Systems, a leading company installing and operating red light camera systems in New Jersey which exist pursuant to a pilot program due to expire at the end of this year.

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Retreat! DCCC Drops NJ-03 Attack Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

white flag

The truth is always vindicated eventually, Save Jerseyans.

Today, we learned that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is dropping a malicious and defamatory TV attack aid aimed at Republican NJ-03 hopeful Tom MacArthur.

NJ-03 is slipping away from them yet again after briefly capturing the traditionally GOP seat in 2008 before dropping it just two years later. Their candidate isn’t helping her own case. A lightweight by reputation, Democrat nominee Aimee Belgard is skipping freeholder meetings and avoiding debate challenges; the DCCC tried to make up for their chosen horse’s poor performance by recycling smears that were dispelled back during the primary cycle.

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Which Came First: The Referendum Or the Egg?

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Fried egg sunny side upRecent political story lines covered right here at Save Jersey have me thinking to how we got where we are today, Save Jerseyans. 

Embryonic stem cell research played a huge role in the campaign when I ran against Congressman Rush Holt back in 2006.

My opponent had wanted government to finance research in this area. My response at the time was that adult stem cell research has shown more promise than embryonic and, moreover, that government should not be in the business of funding questionable research; why should our tax money fund a less-promising, ethically-questionable approach when there were better options? 

Rep. Holt responded that it isn’t our tax money that would be spent on the research as it would be…. federal money that would fund it. Huh? Where does that Federal money come from? 

A year later, in 2007, this question was placed on the ballot for New Jersey voters:

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Bell: Booker Peddling “Small Ideas”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jeff BellJeff Bell’s old boss Ronald Reagan once opined how “[t]here are no easy answers’ but there are simple answers.”

How true! But what happens when politicians prey on the electorate’s emotions (and in some cases ignorance) with small ideas? Disguising band aid solutions for actual cures? And avoiding hard choices in favor of selling “easy” answers?

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Chances Aimee Belgard Won’t Cry Watching This Ad? Zero.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard is the first non-incumbent, DCCC-backed candidate to actively AVOID the cameras (and her opponent), Save Jerseyans, and I don’t think this new major TV spot from the MacArthur campaign is going to cure her politically-induced agoraphobia… hmmm….

Debuting Tuesday throughout NJ-03:

Post-Ferguson, Christie Defends U.S. Police

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie police fergusonFerguson is on everyone’s minds, Save Jerseyans, so America’s favorite Republican sound bite machine was bound to draw a question concerning it. “Do you think there’s a problem just in general in this country with the way police handle and treat young black men and black teenagers?” Christie-tracking reporter ace Matt Katz asked the Governor during his Friday visit to Asbury Park.

“Listen, I think it’s very dangerous to make generalizations about anybody like that, Matt,” Governor Christie responded, without blinking. “We have millions of dedicated men and women who are police officers across this country who work in grave danger every day to try to make sure that they protect innocent people across this country.” You can listen to the audio here.

And here’s video capturing how the crowd reacted:

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Christie Vetoes School Board Bracketing Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) visits a Camden, NJ classroom in January 2014.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) visits a Camden, NJ classroom in January 2014.

Governor Chris Christie is sending S-387/A-1363 back to the state legislature. Had he signed the bill, it would have permitted two or more school board candidates to circulate join petition and bracket together.

Advocates say the legislation would bring much-needed voter attention to these important but oft-overlooked local contests.

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Senators Take State House Steps Ice Bath

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been the thing to do this summer, Save Jerseyans, as friends, family members and co-workers guilt each other into participating in what might be the first ever truly viral charity gimmick which, to day, is grossing better than $13 million.

Several high profile New Jersey politicians have already taken the plunge and shared their icy experience via Facebook and Twitter; on Monday, Senator Kevin O’Toole was joined by Senate President Steve Sweeney and a gaggle of other legislators to celebrate the 30,000 they’ve raised thus far.

Man, what I wouldn’t give to throw ice water on some of Trenton’s IDEA. One step at a time, I suppose…

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Fixing the Transportation Trust Fund Requires Getting Priorities in Order

By Daryn Iwicki | Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity agrees that we need to do something to fund infrastructure and maintain our roads. No one disputes how important this is to our economy. The problem is lawmakers refuse to get their priorities in order, practice fiscal discipline and put an end to giveaways to special interests.

Big Labor favoritism in the way of project labor agreements (PLAs) and prevailing wage are the biggest reason New Jersey has the highest costs to maintain roads of any state in the country. A terrific resource on project labor agreements—TheTruthAboutPLAs.com— explains that the vast majority (more than 85%) of the private construction workforce belong to non-union “merit shops”. PLAs force these shops to abide by a multitude of onerous rules should they earn a contract for State-funded work. Rather than abide by these terms and put their shop at risk, most refrain from even bidding for State projects. This stifles competition and drives project costs higher.

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