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RNC Profiles Rodriguez-Gregg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In an effort to remind people that the GOP isn’t just a bunch of pissed off old white guys complaining about their taxes, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seizing upon Hispanic Heritage Month to profile Republican Hispanic lawmakers around the country. One of this week’s honorees was our very own Asw. Maria Rodriquez-Gregg (R-8) of Burlington County: 

There’s more dimensions to our New Jersey Republican coalition than some would lead you to believe, Save Jerseyans, partly because “we” have rarely done a good job of showcasing it. Hopefully that’s starting to change; here’s a run-down of this year’s extremely diverse NJ GOP House candidates in case you missed it…


Party-Building Happens Online, Too

Republican National Committee Fundraising Email Generating Some Negative Responses Among the Base

ElephantsBy Christopher A. Canarelli | The Save Jersey Blog

Those who live politics tend to look at Fridays as optimal days to release news, dump documents or relay information that may not go as noticed; especially during the summer when we here in New Jersey are getting a head start on the weekend drive down the Garden State Parkway to the Jersey Shore.  The Republican National Committee followed this pattern, but did not prepare for the response it would garner.

Last Friday, a fundraising email from Tony Parker, Treasurer of the Republican National Committee, went out to many members of the Young Republicans, not just in New Jersey, but across the country.

What was likely meant as an attention-grabbing headline and opening, came across quite negatively to its recipients.


RNC Claims Success in N.J.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

alex smith

CRNC Chairwoman and former Save Jersey blogger Alex Smith addresses the RNC’s 2014 Winter Meeting.

The RNC held its annual meeting last week, Save Jerseyans, and among other hot topics on the agenda, attendees heard about GOP successes in… New Jersey.

Here’s an excerpt from the welcome letter:

We tested our Hispanic engagement strategy in the New Jersey gubernatorial election with positive results–winning one county (Passaic) that had never gone Republican because of our Latino staff and offices making inroads in the community.


Szymanski Installed as Monmouth GOP ED

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

TomTom Szymanski is the new top operative for Monmouth County Republicans, Save Jerseyans.

He’ll serve as the new executive direct for Chairman John Bennett’s organization.

Szymanski graduated from Rowan University last year and served as the RNC field director for Monmouth County in the 2013 cycle where Chris Christie triumphed with more than 70% of the vote. Tom also previously held the title of Chairman of the New Jersey College Republicans from May 2011 to May 2012 and worked as a victory coordinator for Jon Runyan’s 2012 reelection campaign.

The fight for battleground Monmouth is quickly becoming a young man’s game. The millenial head of the Monmouth Democrats just recently hired a 22-year old executive director.

RNC Readies to Showcase NJ Win

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Reince Priebus rallies for Steve Lonegan (photo credit: Lonegan for U.S. Senate)

Reince Priebus rallies for Steve Lonegan (photo credit: Lonegan for U.S. Senate)

The Washington Post is reporting that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will spend Election Day 2013 in the Garden State, Save Jerseyans.

It’s not surprising for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Priebus is a native of Morris County (born in Dover where the all-Dem municipal government just endorsed Christie and later raised in Netcong).

First and foremost, let’s call a spade a spade: the Virginia candidacy of Ken Cuccinelli still looks like a long-shot proposition despite anecdotal evidence of a late-in-the-game tightening. It’s also been a rough couple of years for the national party (not exactly news, right?). The RNC understandably prefers the optics offered by the Christie boardwalk victory party in Asbury Park to what likely awaits the embattled Virginia Republican Party.

But the calculus attendant to Tuesday naturally goes a little deeper than embracing a win and creating distance from a loss…


RNC Wants NJ in Play for 2016

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at Hispanic Pride ParadeThis one’s for our political demographers in the audience:

On Monday, Save Jerseyans, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that it is deploying “Hispanic engagement staff” in seven U.S. states: California, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

The RNC said by way of a press release that it plans to duplicate these efforts in 11 other states by the end of 2013, although the initial list is pretty interesting in of itself. “Ambitious” is another word that comes to mind.


Romantic Get-A-Way, Anyone?

RNC Has a Little Fun at Bob Menendez’s Expense on Valentine’s Day… and Cory Booker, Too!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Today is a celebration of love, Save Jerseyans.

Still need a last minute gift idea for your precious Valentine? Something that really expresses how special they are to you? How about $58,000 worth of flights to the Dominican Republic? Don’t worry about the upfront cost… maybe there’s a donor in your life who can spot you?

The Republican National Committee (RNC) even created a card that’s just right for the occasion:

Menendez V-Day Card


Still, some of you in the Save Jersey audience might be higher “flyers” than Senator Menendez. You could be looking to blow a LOT more on your sweetheart today.

If so, you may want to recycle this little class from last Valentine’s Day…

corzine valentine

What about a love-hate bromance (see: Booker v. Lautenberg)? They’ve got that covered, too:

Booker Card

For more hilarious Valentine’s Day cards featuring all of your favorite Democrats, click here and send one to a liberal whom you love despite their misguided views.

#Romdomination in Under Two Minutes (VIDEO)

If you or anyone you know, Save Jerseyans, weren’t among the record 67 million Americans who experienced last night’s Denver presidential debate, then make sure this is the part that’s watched… #romdomination!

“Smirk” – (via RNC):

We Own This Country

Clint Eastwood’s monologue at the Republican National Convention was met with mixed reviews. Not surprisingly, the conservatives loved it and roared their approval. Endlessly portrayed as out-of-touch nerds by the media, they basked in the presence of one of Hollywood’s true icons.

Look up “cool” in the dictionary and I’ll bet there is a reference to Clint Eastwood somewhere.

Meanwhile, the liberals, stung by the truth of Eastwood’s words, chose to attack the messenger instead. Dismissing him as a geriatric suffering from Parkinson’s, they turned on one of Hollywood’s elite for having the audacity to be a free-thinker.

So much for being the party of tolerance and inclusion.


Facade-Off: Which Convention has the better stage? (Poll)

So the GOP had its party last week and the Democrats now get their turn. While the DNC in Charlotte has not yet officially begun, lots of buzz has been mounting around the three day event.

Being that the DNC is going second this year, you will hear a lot of rebuttal to what you heard last week. You’ll hear an already circulating refrain that the GOP is running a party and a platform from a different decade or century. And finally, you’ll hear an ode to the greatness of government, rather than that greatness that is America, as you heard last week.

So with all of the substantial differences that will surely be discussed at water coolers and here on Save Jersey all week long, lets focus on something completely superficial for a moment.

The set at the RNC, a multi-screen set up that changed to compliment the speeches being given, was the subject of praise and scorn on twitter. Some found the moving background incredibly distracting and downright annoying while people were speaking. Others found it to be a brilliant and modern tool that helped with the presentation.

Getting the first good look at the DNC stage, it seems that they will bet taking a similar approach with multiple, coordinated LCDs, but with a more circular look.

So I ask you the important question, Save Jerseyans, which set is best?

Which Party Has the Better Convention Set free polls 

Empty Chair Day Verifies the Success of Eastwood’s Speech

Last week at the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood put on a performance that continues to dog the left, Save Jerseyans.

Eastwood, 82, gave an ad-lib speech beside a chair representing President Obama.  It was a shtick right out of the golden days of comedy.  The speech has gotten under the skin of Democrats and has been championed by the right especially on social media.

Immediately following the blockbuster star’s address, the left took to the airwaves and started to insult the actor not based on what he said but based on his age. They claimed the “old man” had lost his touch. They said the speech missed its mark and was a total flop.  Progressives went to Twitter and began insulting Dirty Harry as an old man yelling at an empty chair with the tagline “#eastwooding.”

Anytime a speech elicits that sort of overreaction from those across the aisle you know they’re in full emergency mode


More Scenes from ‘Save Jersey’ at the 2012 RNC

It was a week to remember in Tampa, Save Jerseyans.

I made new friends from around the country, met fellow journalists from around the world, and got to share in a remarkable piece of history as the assembled delegates nominated Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. What else could you ask for???

You can visit our Save Jersey archives for more of my videos, photos and observations from the 2012 Republican National Convention. What follows is several more image from my time at the RNC. Enjoy!


Condi Rice's left arm! I got a chance to speak with the former Secretary of State about her new hobby... golf!

I had a chance to interview U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Yours truly outside of the convention hall...


More photo-captured moments below the fold…


In NJ-1, Horton Heeds Christie’s Leadership Call in Bid to Unseat Andrews

It may all be over now, Save Jerseyans, but on the opening night of the 2012 Republican National Convention, several speakers wowed the crowd into submission.

First it was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker praising Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney.  Then came Texas Senatorial hopeful Ted Cruz speaking of his father embracing making his own way in America as a Cuban immigrant.  Democrat turned Republican Artur Davis encouraged Democrats to witness the truth about President Obama and come across the aisle as he did.  Ann Romney inspired the crowd with her personal survivor stories and her life journey with Mitt.  And the keynote address, of course, was delivered by our very own Governor Chris Christie.

Governor Christie spoke like a true statesman Tuesday night, comparing the two fundamentally different visions of America from the right and the progressive left, and leading the crowd into an overwhelming show support for Mitt Romney instead of just against Barack Obama.  He hit on many pressing issues including one major intangible quality in his speech; and that was leadership.

In New Jersey’s First Congressional District, we have lacked similar leadership for as long as I have been alive, Save Jerseyans. Congressman Rob Andrews has time and time again demonstrated a lack of any sense of this all-important quality.  He is as rank-and-file liberal as they come. He has sided against the people whom he is supposed to represent.


Will the Democrats Try the War on Men Now?

The Democrats have been trotting out a narrative in the mainstream media for nearly a year now.

The message? The Republican Party is so against woman that they, as a party, have declared war on the fairer sex.

Of course, as informed individuals we all know that this is ridiculous.

It offensively assumes that the only issue important to women is abortion, and that anyone who finds it morally wrong wants to tell women what to do with their bodies. It ignores the fact that women in this country are often the breadwinners of the family and the head decision maker. It ignores the fact that the economy effects women just as much as it does men, if not more so. And it assumes that women are a single, monolithic block that votes as one. They aren’t.