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Pezzullo is a fan favorite surrogate for Bell

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rich Pezzullo

Rich Pezzullo

He lost to Jeff Bell by only about 3,000 votes in June’s unconventional NJ GOP U.S. Senate primary, Save Jerseyans, with only a handful of lines and little in the way of a formal campaign organization, but since that time, Pezzullo has tirelessly stayed on the campaign trail as a surrogate for Bell at Republican and Tea Party events around the the Garden State, delivering the same passionate and articulate stump speeches that attracted positive attention from county committee members last spring.


“I’m doing it for the same reason I entered the race in the first place – Booker is bad for New Jersey and worse for our country,” Rich said, matter-of-factly, when I reached out to him to discuss his busy campaign surrogacy calendar. “He needs to be stopped, and only the voters can do that.”


Is Sweeney Trying to Sabotage the Taj Mahal Negotiations?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Sweeney TV AdIf you have been following the Taj Mahal saga, Save Jerseyans, then you know that the only thing Senate President Steve Sweeney has contributed are insults aimed at Carl Ichan, the investment tycoon whose affiliates are due $292 million from the casino but who nevertheless proposed a Taj Mahal rescue package contingent upon concessions.

At the moment, Asm. Chris Brown (R-2) is a voice in the wilderness at a time when you’d expect South Jersey legislators to rally together, set partisanship aside and save thousands of constituent’s jobs from evaporating.

I trust my gut on this one, and my gut tells me that Steve Sweeney isn’t interested in saving the Taj Mahal. It tells me he wants to see it closed. And it tells me he is trying to foul up the process so that it does.

Why do I believe this? Why is my gut telling me this?

Well, let’s look at what we know about Sweeney.


NJEA goes to bat for rich, safe Dems

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

booker norcross mailerThe New Jersey (Mis)Education Association (NJEA) claims to represent teachers, Save Jerseyans, but you and I know it’s really a glorified, giant liberal Democrat PAC. And by giant, I mean HUGE in terms of raw dollars spent.

They collect well over $130 million annually in union dues – Gov. Christie very correctly calls it the “slushfund” – and spend countless millions of the raw total on stuff with absolutely NO connection to representing and defending teachers.

Then there’s the regular PAC (see Exhibit A on the right) that spends big “voluntary” member money on millionaires like Cory Booker and union/political boss Donald Norcross, both of whom are running in relatively safe races. Some investment, right?

And then there’s the rest of it…


GOP Women out to rebut the ‘War on Women’

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

eck rallyI was so happy to be invited to Dr Alieta Eck’s “Refuting the War on Women” press conference on the Trenton State House steps this week, Save Jerseyans.

This unfair smear of Republican women has irked me for a long time, and it’s about time more Republican women speak up against this in NJ.

Alieta Eck is a respected doctor who’s run the Zarephath Health Center, a free clinic for the poor and uninsured, serving over 40,000 patients since 2003. She is now running for Congress in District 12. Her opponent is one of those divisive politicians that we see too often in DC and she doesn’t care if she is using rhetorical talking points that are flat out lies to gain votes. Typical.


Christie lays out rules of engagement in NM

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Did Gov. Chris Christie go overboard by devouring a heckler during Wednesday’s Sandy anniversary tour, Save Jerseyans?

“If you give it, you’re getting it back,” Christie responded when asked about the exchange during a Thursday campaign stop with ally Susana Martinez in New Mexico:

New Poll: The Cho-sen One Fades Away

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

choA dominant debate performance? Late deciders breaking Republican in a GOP year? Having decided that the challenger is an empty suit? Or a renewed campaign war room seriousness after a polling scare?

Whatever the causation may be, Save Jersey, Monmouth’s Polling Institute now finds Rep. Scott Garret moving into a comfortable 11-point lead ahead of his Democrat challenger, Roy Cho, in NJ-05.

53% of likely voters now back Garrett while 42% support Cho, up from the modest 48% to 43% lead the incumbent registered in Monmouth’s survey released October 15th. 


Stockton Poll: MacArthur up overall but losing Burlco

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur poll

MacArthur talks to members of the VFW (District 12) on Tuesday evening.

A new Stockton poll suggests more movement in Tom MacArthur’s direction, Save Jerseyans, riding a 5-point lead over Aimee Belgard in NJ-03.

MacArthur leads 46% to 41% with 8% undecided and 5% passing on both the Republican and Democrat candidates. He’s up 6-points with leaners included. The last Stockton poll from September 15th had the pair tied at 42%. 

Interestingly, it’s weak support among Democrats that’s holding Belgard back; she’s winning only 75% of Democrats whereas MacArthur is supported by 84% of Republicans. MacArthur’s 5-point lead among unaffiliated voters mirrors his overall margin.


Rooney: Christie is leading because Obama isn’t

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

rooney chasing nj web cameraOur Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney continued his full-throated defense of Governor Chris Christie’s Ebola quarantine decision-making on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, telling the crew of Chasing New Jersey that it’s all a question of leadership.

“The one thing that’s easier to do than lead yourself is tear down somebody else who’s trying to lead,” Rooney said, hours after the Governor’s appearance on NBC’s Today Show. “The CDC and the Obama administration have been repeatedly wrong from the very beginning of this crisis. First, they told us Ebola was unlikely to get here, and then it got here alright. Then they told us it was unlikely to spread to any of the healthcare workers, sure enough we have two nurses that contracted Ebola. Governor Christie is doing what any leader should do. The Obama administration should draw from what him and now several other governors are now trying to do, airing on the side of caution instead of making this a political matter or trying to score points.”

Video of Matt’s segment is below the fold…


What’s up with the Taj Mahal?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Save Jersyans, on Friday you read how the Press of Atlantic City reported that the Taj Mahal casino was now expected to stay open. I was happy, as that meant 2,800 jobs would not be lost.

Unfortunately, since that report, there has been a flurry of news about the Taj.

A quick recap:


Tend to your own business, Star-Ledger!

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

SneezeIsn’t it enough that The Star-Ledger runs its own business into the ground? Now you team up with legislative Democrats, none of whom could run a lemonade stand let alone a business, to drive New Jersey further to rack and ruin with an ill-conceived paid-sick-leave scheme.

The state is an economic basket case. The same day as your editorial demanding paid sick leave, the Tax Foundation released its annual ranking of business climates in the nation, with New Jersey coming in dead last – we are the most business-unfriendly state in America. Not exactly a “We’re number one!” moment.  


Christie on NBC: “CDC was behind on this”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

There are a lot of lies floating around out there right now about Governor Chris Christie, Save Jerseyans, lately on both the Ebola and RGA fronts, but we’ll continue to police the B.S. as best we can. 

Of course, Gov. Christie didn’t need any help from us this morning on the Today Show:



Governor Christie: “I Did Not Reverse Any Decision”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

El Rushbo and the rest of the chattering close are wrong on this one.

I explained earlier Monday how Governor Chris Christie had, contrary to sloppy media reports, NOT reversed himself re: the Ebola quarantine/Kaci Hickox, Save Jerseyans, but since (1) propping up Obama and (2) ripping down Christie is a major media obsession, here’s the man himself, setting the record straight, on the trail with Rick Scott in battleground Florida:

Vote NO on County Question 2, Middlesex County!

By Marie Tasy | New Jersey Right to Life

unborn babyDo you live in Middlesex County?

If so, vote No on Middlesex County Ballot Question # 2, Women’s Health funding!

Don’t be fooled – this is not about women’s health! This is another effort to use millions of our tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. These services are already being provided through state funding of over 100 Federally Qualified Centers throughout NJ.  


Barf! Terminally-Flawed Sick Pay Bill Advances

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


In their latest move designed to destroy New Jersey’s job market, Trenton Democrats rammed a private sector sick pay bill (A-2354) through the Assembly Labor Committee Monday.

Frustrated committee member Parker Space (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris), a small businessman when he’s not legislating (and trying to state sane) in the capital city, said it all in the aftermath.

“We can’t keep piling on the already high cost of doing business in the state and wonder why nearly 300,000 people are out of work. Small businesses need flexibility in order to do what they do best – create jobs.”