A little welcome 2016 news last night (Thursday) for Governor Christie, Save Jerseyans, via a Fox News poll of 1,012 registered voters:
Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and NY Times Best-Selling Author who made national headlines by criticizing Obamacare (to the President’s face) at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, will serve as the keynote speaker at the May 16th New Jersey Right to Life annual banquet in New Brunswick.
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Dr. Carson continues to stir the passions of many conservatives searching for a leader in a muddled primary field. He recently finished 3rd in a New Hampshire GOP straw poll and tied for 4th in an Iowa public poll. The Super PAC RunBenRun.org reportedly “raised $4 million toward a Carson bid for the Republican nomination and has collected 200,000 signatures for a petition to get him to join the race.”
“He doesn’t always try to persuade you with reason,” Kean said. “He makes you feel that your life’s going to be very unhappy if you don’t do what he says.” He added that one of Christie’s flaws “is that he makes enemies and keeps them. As long as you’re riding high, they’ll stay in the weeds, because they don’t want to get in your way. But you get in trouble, they’ll all come out of the weeds, and come at you.” Although I didn’t ask, Kean told me that if Christie ran for President he wouldn’t necessarily endorse him. “I haven’t decided whether I’m going to support him or not,” Kean said. “There are a lot of people I don’t know that well”—he mentioned John Kasich, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush, among other potential 2016 Republican Presidential nominees—“and I’d like to get to know them better.”
More than a few significant GOP donors believe Jeb Bush should be the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential if Governor Chris Christie is unable to recover from Bridgegate. These money men and women would tell you that they’re not so much concerned by problems with the Bush brand as with polls showing most other GOP potential nominees (Paul, Rubio, Cruz, etc.) trailing Hillary Clinton by wide margins.
With all of that in mind, the former Florida governor went out of his way to make it abundantly clear over the weekend at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of his father’s administration that his views – on issues ranging from illegal immigration to “winning the election vs. the argument” – are very much in-line with Christie’s own (if not a large segment of the base):
I said last September that Colorado #2A activists’ successful recall of two Democrat legislators – including their own state senate president – could be bad news for New Jersey’s Steve Sweeney. Unfortunately for everyone except Sweeney, the NJ GOP establishment didn’t challenge him at the polls and Garden State grassroots weren’t sufficiently organized.
Could that change with a little experienced help? From BreitBart news…
Bad polling news at home in a blue state isn’t easy to take, Save Jerseyans, but a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll could prove decidedly more problematic for a Bridgegate-battered GOP Governor looking to go national. Some excerpts:
- “57 percent of Iowa adults disapprove of the way Christie, the New Jersey governor and one of the most-talked-about potential 2016 presidential candidates, has handled the controversy.”
- “Another 25 percent approve, and 18 percent say they’re not sure, according to the Feb. 23-26 poll of 703 Iowa adults.”
- Republicans in Iowa are a little more understanding: 47 percent disapprove of how Christie has dealt with the controversy surrounding his staff’s involvement in closing lanes on the heavily trafficked George Washington Bridge last fall as retaliation for a mayor’s refusal to support his re-election bid. Thirty-four percent approve.”
Yesterday, Chris Christie gave a speech at CPAC 2014 that many in the media are considering a resounding success.
Not because Christie came into that hotel in Maryland and blew everyone away with a heavy dose of juicy conservative one-liners (as so many try to do at the yearly conference), but because he largely did no harm to himself with a group that, at least on the national level, has been a bit hesitant to get behind him.
Pretty soon we should be able to see how this “do no harm” strategy worked out, because the poll numbers that created the backdrop for this speech are not looking pretty…
Fox News is carrying a live-stream of CPAC 2014 on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, including Governor Chris Christie’s much anticipated address at 11:45 a.m. Today’s speech comes on the heels of a brand new WashPo/ABC poll which found the RGA chieftain’s popularity down significantly relative to the rest of the probable 2016 presidential race field.
Two aren’t surprising (albeit disappointing). One is much more concerning.
The joint venture of Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey, and Siena College in New York found the former Secretary of State leading New Jersey’s top Republican by 8 points, 10 points and 36 points, respectively. A dissenting Virginia survey from Christopher Newport University dropped Monday found a statistical tie with Clinton ahead 43% to 41%.
In their never-ending quest to trample upon New Jersey residents’ Second Amendment rights, Trenton Democrat yet again brought in the families of Newtown children this week and orchestrated yet another round of blatantly-manipulative photo ops, Save Jerseyans.
Senate President Steve Sweeney even squeezed out a few tears on live TV for extra effect, claiming that he changed his mind and vowed to lower magazine rounds maximum limits after meeting with them.
Did you notice the glaring omission?
“But we know that people’s frustrations run deeper than these most recent political battles. Their frustration is rooted in their own daily battles — to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for retirement. It’s rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them. And it’s rooted in the fear that their kids won’t be better off than they were. They may not follow the constant back-and-forth in Washington or all the policy details, but they experience in a very personal way the relentless, decades-long trend that I want to spend some time talking about today. And that is a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.
I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American. It’s why I ran for President.”
- President Barack Obama, December 4, 2013
Reagan once said: “I was born in an apartment above the bank in Tampico, Illinois. That’s the only contact we had with the bank.”
Reagan was a decent man during a time when decency actually meant something.
All his life he was a man without guile. He was a humble man who lived by the motto that “There is no limit to what a man can accomplish if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.”
Millions of us can honestly say that Ronald Reagan was the greatest president in our lifetime. Here’s why:
On cold winter days like today, Save Jerseyans, when the Governor is pitching free after-school dinners, MSNBC is running its ten-thousandth speculative Bridgegate segment and the state Republican Party is in free-fall, I like to think back to the heady days of 2010 when the Christie Revolution was new and pro-taxpayer reforms were on the table.
Like Cap 2.0 which, you might recall, was originally opposed by Senate President Steve Sweeney. Governor Christie pitched a 2.5% cap at the onset of negotiations; Sweeney supported a 2.9% cap. But the actual percentages aren’t the part worth remembering. Sen. Sweeney hated the entire idea of a lower cap. Probably any cap at all. And he wasn’t afraid to fall back on class warfare arguments to make the case.
Some Presidents have used the State of the Union to rally Americans against a foreign threat. Others called on members of both major parties to unite to overcome a domestic challenge.
The dominant narrative of last night’s State of the Union address delivered by President Obama? A threat. He could’ve stopped after delivering this excerpt without sacrificing one iota of substance:
“But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Uplifting, right? While my fellow conservatives focus on the coercive elements of the President’s address, if we’re being honest, this commander-in-chief is hardly the first to use executive orders. What makes last night so remarkable, and the last five years so utterly sad and infuriating, is the fact that Barack Obama has already “acted” repeatedly in big, expensive and less-than-constitutional ways to “expand opportunity.”
And none of these efforts have helped…
We’re strong advocates of spreading civic knowledge here at Save Jersey. Our bloggers don’t just report, analyze or comment on current events; it’s our goal to help New Jerseyans understand the context. You know… the stuff our public schools and mainstream media used to provide.
Ahead of tonight’s State of the Union address from President Obama, here’s a fascinating look at the history of America’s most widely-watched annual political address from Senate Historian Donald Ritchie: