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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…


Courier Post Backs MacArthur (and Savages Belgard)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Today’s NJ-03 endorsement from Southwest Jersey’s largest in-state daily newspaper was nothing short of EMBARRASSING for Aimee Belgard, Save Jerseyans.

I’m not exaggerating for Tom’s sake. He doesn’t need my help if you believe the latest polling news. In endorsing Republican Tom MacArthur to succeed the retiring Jon Runyan, the Courier Post editorial board explicitly declared that Belgard, the Democrat, was in its members’ estimation “lacking in leadership skills” (yikes!) despite the fact that “her heart [is] in the right place.” (ouch!)

It got worse, too:


Nancy Pelosi Fundraiser at Tavistock Met with Protest

By Alyssa Lafage | The Save Jersey Blog

It was a dreary, rainy day in South Jersey but despite the bad weather, Save Jerseyans, a couple dozen protesters showed up with signs and umbrellas in hand outside of the Tavistock Country Club where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a $1,000 per plate luncheon fundraiser for fellow Democrat Donald Norcross.

The protesters were spread out over three different areas along the various residential entrances to ensure that Norcross’s guests would see their signs as they arrived. But even if guests somehow missed the signs, they had no choice but to hear a man dressed as Paul Revere shouting into a megaphone from across the street expressing his disdain for what the Democrat party has become…

Photos below the fold:


NJEA Endorses 9 Dems, 1 GOP’er

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJEA Menendez Mailer 1If this doesn’t tell you everything that you need to know, Save Jerseyans, than I’m not sure what will…

  • U.S. Senate: Cory Booker (D)
  • CD-1: Donald Norcross (D)
  • CD-2: Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (R)
  • CD-3: Aimee Belgard (D)
  • CD-4: No endorsement
  • CD-5: Roy Cho (D)
  • CD-6: Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)
  • CD-7: Pending
  • CD-8: Rep. Albio Sires (D)
  • CD-9: Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D)
  • CD-10: Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D)
  • CD-11: Mark Dunec (D)
  • CD-12: Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)

‘Open Space’ Travesty Says It All

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

fieldEverything that drives me crazy about Trenton played out in last week’s passage of a new “Open Space” measure, Save Jerseyans, setting up a ballot question for the November election and another expenditure which we can ill-afford.

Bad logic. Reckless spending. And a little good old fashioned horse trading?

In case you’re not aware of the background information, SCR-84 results in a proposed constitutional amendment on New Jersey’s next general election ballot which, if approved by the voters, dedicates $150 million per year for open space conservation over 30 years.  That’s a roughly $4 billion investment at a time when our government just declined to make an additional, pre-planned $2.4 billion payment towards our chronically underfunded pension system.


200+ Protest Harry Reid’s South Jersey Visit

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Garry Cobb chats with Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano

Garry Cobb chats with Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano

It was a coalition of the willing, Save Jerseyans, over 200 strong as they casually filtered in and out of the abandoned parking lot adjoining upscale Caffe Aldo Lamberti where Harry Reid and top New Jersey Democrat donors – led by George Norcross III – gathered to raise money for Norcross’s brother.

The police presence was strong (including some species of tactical command van) but relatively unaggressive and respectful as the cheerful protesters, deployed in an informal line snaking the distance of approximately 400 yards, paced up and down the sidewalk between the fundraiser site and busy Route 70 a/k/a Marlton Pike, drawing a steady chorus of honks from the rush hour crowd returning home from Philadelphia offices along the busy Southern New Jersey corridor and generating a significant gaper delay.

Everyone came together to stand among the abandon lot’s weeds and uneven soil for a brief time around 5:00 p.m. to hear from Garry Cobb, the former Eagles star who’s taking on Donald Norcross in NJ-01, as well as U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell, Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano and an assortment of other activists led by chief event organizer Tom Crone.



Reid Coming to South Jersey for Whom?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Harry ReidYou’d think the Senate Majority Leader would focus exclusively on Senate races, particularly in a cycle when his party is widely believed to be in serious danger of losing the upper chamber.

Caveat to this understandable presumption: George Norcross III “invites” you to help his brother.

Then all bets are off, Save Jerseyans.

That’s why Harry Reid will reportedly visit Cherry Hill on August 4th (h/t Matt Friedman) not to stump for Cory Booker, but to attend a fundraiser for Donald Norcross, the Democrat power broker’s brother and a sitting state senator seeking to claim Rob Andrews’s vacated House seat for himself by fending off a challenge from former Eagle Garry Cobb.

The Reid-Norcross connection goes deep; for example, Super PACs staffed by Reid staffers were instrumental in helping N.J. Democrats hold on to their state legislative majority in 2013.


Christie to Hold Court in Camden County

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie speaks at Rutgers Camden in 2012

Governor Christie speaks at Rutgers Camden in 2012

Most of Governor Chris Christie’s post-2012 town halls have taken place in Sandy-affected regions of Central Jersey and the Shore points, Save Jerseyans, and it’s not hard to see why, but for one day at least, he’s breaking out of that recovery-centric pattern on Wednesday as he heads to the suburban Camden County community of Haddon Heights.

The Q&A event, his 122nd, will focus on pension and benefits reform-related issues and is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Ave School Gymnasium (21 East Atlantic Avenue).

Christie’s choice of venue is more than symbolic.

A budget battle is heating up in Trenton, and Haddon Heights is represented by Donald Norcross (D-5), brother of the South Jersey Democrat Boss George Norcross III, the Governor’s sometimes ally who also happens to own the allegiance of Senate President Steve Sweeney’s legislative voting bloc. Undoubtedly the Governor hopes to ride into town one day after signing bipartisan arbitration cap legislation and apply a little pressure to the Democrats he’ll need in his camp to avoid a government shut down.

We’ll let you know how it goes. It’s always interesting…


The Second Yalta Conference

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s New Jersey politics crica 2014 in a nutshell, Save Jerseyans.

In honor of the Governor and the Senate President gathering for yet another higher education “stimulus” groundbreaking on Wednesday….

Photo Credit (top): Tim Larsen/Governor’s Office

Photo Credit (top): Tim Larsen/Governor’s Office

Doherty, AFP Call Foul On Sixers Deal

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Rutgers-Camden campus near the Delaware Riverfront

The Rutgers-Camden campus near the Delaware Riverfront

More of the same Robin Hood fiscal practices that landed New Jersey in its current predicament? Or a necessary evil given the Democrat legislature’s hostility to tax cuts? Perhaps a little of A and B?

Two voices from the political right are letting their opinions be heard on the subject, Save Jerseyans, and both are strongly opposed to the 110,000 square foot Philadelphia 76ers practice facility on the Camden waterfront.

Why? Because it’s being subsidized by $86 million in tax credits from the Economic Development Authority

“Governor Christie states that we have an $800 million budget shortfall” State Sen. Mike Doherty said in a characteristically-direct statement. “Then why is New Jersey providing an $82 million gift for a billionaire?”


Victorious Cobb Takes Aims at Machine

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb’s 2014 CD1 Primary victory speech as prepared for delivery on Tuesday night…

Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you Gloucester, Camden and Burlington County Republicans!

Gwen, I, and our entire family can’t thank you enough for all the hard work and help you gave me during this primary campaign.

Forgive me if I relate tonight to an Eagles football season…

but old habits die hard…


GN3 Casts Shadow on CD1 GOP Primary

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

gustafson mailerThe worst crime imaginable among the Republican population of New Jersey’s First Congressional District? Being outed as a fake or “Norcross Republican,” one who is registered with the GOP but secretly (or not-so-secretly) in league with South Jersey’s notorious Democrat party boss George Norcross III. The fact that his brother, state Senator Donald Norcross (D-5), stands as Rob Andrews’s anointed successor in the Democrat column does nothing to assuage fears of Norcross interference on the other side of the aisle.

Paranoia? Not entirely without basis! Read this, that and here for all the validation you’ll need of my fellow South Jersey GOP’ers deeper and darker fears.

It’s therefore not all too shocking that the two primary contenders in this year’s race for the CD1 Republican nomination – former Philadelphia Eagle Garry Cobb and local business owner Claire Gustafson – are both actively accusing one another of conspiring with GN3.


Katz Bests Norcross in Inky Auction

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

InquirerThe Philadelphia Inquirer auction is over, Save Jerseyans, and the outcome will surprise (and delight) many in equal measure.

A group led by Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest was reportedly the winner of a dramatic closed-to-the-press “English-style auction” for control of the Inquirer, Daily News, and on Tuesday morning.

The final price tag? $88 million, $11 million higher than the court-imposed opening bid for the faction of Katz’s ally-turned-opponent and New Jersey political boss George Norcross III, a result which will undoubtedly please a news room concerned over the notorious politico’s influence over their work product as well as his many enemies (on both sides of the aisle) on this side of the Delaware. It’s a big loss for a guy who isn’t used to losing…


The Inky’s Last Free Weekend

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

InquirerMemorial Day Weekend has blessedly arrived, Save Jerseyans, so most of you are already mentally gone to a place far, far away from your office desk like the Shore, a barbecue or, if you’re staying close to home, the bottom of a frozen Margarita in your backyard.

Next week? Things get real. We’ll be only one week removed from Primary Day and, as you may or may not know, on the verge of learning the ultimate fate of one our region’s reining daily newspapers.