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Romney Slow Jams the News

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The man who should’ve been president; stiff as ever, Save Jerseyans, but at the end of the day, more willing to criticize (and laugh at) himself than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

I’d vote for Mitt Romney again tomorrow. He’s a rare class act in a sea of lesser men.

ICYMI, Governor Christie slow jammed his critics back in June 2013…

Romney Defends Christie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Romney and ChristieRumors persist of post-2012 antagonism between the Christie Camp and Team Romney, Save Jerseyans, but the former Governor of Massachusetts hasn’t been anything but gracious in public towards his New Jersey counterpart.

Mitt Romney defended Chris Christie from his Bridgegate critics in a Friday night interview with WashPo:


Paul: Christie Destined to Follow McCain and Romney

By Matt Rooney The Save Jersey Blog

Days after former Vice President Dick Cheney aired his doubts about Chris Christie to FOX News host and Christie Mendham neighbor Neil Cavuto, Ron Paul returned to declare how, in his opinion, the New Jersey Governor is doomed to the same fate as the last two GOP presidential front runners:

The Paulbot-in-Chief is obviously more than a little biased. His son Rand continues to serve as one of the Governor’s chief antagonists and potential primary rivals. Still, it’s interesting to see an old guard Republican like former Vice President Cheney and a hardcore libertarian whose Cheney’s polar opposite like former Rep. Paul expressing similar concerns (albeit in very different ways).

Claim: Christie’s Behavior “Bugged” Mitt

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Romney and ChristieDespite many visible signs of reconciliation over the past year, the authors of a new book DOUBLE DOWN: Game Change 2012 (due out Election Day, Nov. 5th) are alleging that tensions between the Romney campaign and Christie camp went much deeper than anyone initially suspected, Save Jerseyans.

Check our this excerpt from the book (h/t Swampland):

In the nine months since Christie’s endorsement of Romney in October 2011, Boston had formed a mixed view of the governor who George W. Bush had once nicknamed Big Boy. Christopher James Christie, 51, was less than two years into his first term as governor of New Jersey, suave as sand­paper and morbidly obese. He was also one of the most intriguing figures in American politics. His voice was like an air horn, cutting through the clutter. There was no one better at making the referendum case against Obama, at nailing the President to the wall with ferocity and caustic humor. Christie’s temperament was ideally suited to the unfolding tenor of the race. “We’re in a street fight, and he’s a street fighter,” Romney’s chief strategist Stuart Stevens told Romney. “He’s the best street fighter—and he’s comfortable saying things that you’re not comfortable saying.”

He was also a fundraising dynamo, but he and his staff were overbearing and hard to work with, demanding in ways that would have been unthinkable from any other surrogate. Months earlier, Christie had banned Romney from raising money in New Jersey until Christie had given the O.K. to do so—a move Romney found galling, like something out of The Sopranos. Are you kidding me, Mitt thought. He’s going to do that? There were plenty of New Jersey donors who’d given money to Mitt in 2008; now Christie was trying to impose a gag order on talking to them?  “He sounds like the biggest asshole in the world,” Stevens griped to his partner, Russ Shriefer. More recently, Trenton insisted on private jets, lavish spreads of food, space for a massive entourage. Romney ally Wayne Berman looked at the bubble around Christie and thought, He’s not the President of the United States, you know.”

Click here to read the rest of the excerpt…

What is Booker Hiding? Why?

Neither Booker nor Lonegan have been as forthcoming as Mendenez and Kyrillos were last year

By Art Gallagher |

2011 Romney Tax ReturnDemocratic U.S. Senate nominee Cory Booker has not released his tax returns, despite a promise to do so, according to the New York Post.

“We will release his tax returns,” vowed Booker campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis more than two weeks ago, yesterday claiming Booker “will continue to raise the bar on transparency — both in this election, and if elected, in the US Senate.”

GOP nominee Steve Lonegan provided three years of returns exclusively to The Post. The paper said that Lonegan earned $515,280 in 2012, mostly from property sales, and paid nearly $100,000 in federal taxes.

Lonegan said Booker is refusing to release his returns because he used his office, Newark Mayor, to accumulate personal wealth.

“It’s indicative of the fact that he’s got something to hide,” Lonegan told The Post. “It’s clear to me that Booker leveraged the office of mayor . . . to gain wealth.”

The Post has previously reported that Booker received an undisclosed amount in an equity payout from the law firm he was a partner in before being elected mayor. The payout was made from 2007 through 2011. During that time the firm, Trenk DiPasquale, collected more than $2 million in fees from local agencies that Booker has direct influence over.

The New York Times reported in May that Booker has earned $1.3 million in speaking fees since becoming mayor and that his Newark home is assessed at $406,000. He earns a salary of $174,496 as mayor.


Mitt Holds No Grudge

Romney Tells Fox News He Doesn’t Blame Christie’s Obama Sandy Embrace for Election Loss

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie in Ohio for RomneyThe debate over Chris Christie’s “embrace” of President Obama in the final days of Election 2012 continues preoccupy many base Republicans in their discussions of Election 2016.

Everyone seems to have a strong opinion. You undoubtedly have your own, Save Jerseyans.

I’ve taken the position that other factors doomed the Romney campaign, ones that predate both of his presidential campaigns. Exit polling did, however, suggest a clear correlation between late-breaking backing for the President and the manufactured-perception that he responded masterfully to Hurricane Sandy particularly in Sandy-ravaged New Jersey and New York.


Brown Goes Green for Christie

Former Massachusetts Senator Hosts Fundraiser for New Jersey Governor

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s Acting Governor Guadagno today, Save Jerseyans, as Governor Chris Christie journeys to the Bay State because a “$3,800-per-person dinner is being held Friday evening at the Boston home of Christopher and Jean Egan” (h/t AP).

The event headliner? None other than former U.S. Senator Scott Brown.

Brown is returning the favor for Christie who stumped for him back in October 2012 at the tail-end of his ill-fated reelection bid…

Senator Brown isn’t the only ex-MA elected official kicking in; Politico is reporting that Mitt Romney has already maxed out.

Christie Not Headed to CPAC

REPORT: New Jersey’s Governor Not Expected to Attend Annual Conservative Gathering

By Matt Rooney The Save Jersey Blog

GOP presidential contenders (past and present) will be there, Save Jerseyans. Rand Paul (libertarian/tea party), Jeb Bush (establishment), Marco Rubio (conservative), and even good ole’ Mitt Romney are heading to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. next month.

Who won’t be there? As of right now, New Jersey’s rockstar Governor (via News Nation):


May Nothing You Dismay

Santa Claus

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

God rest ye, fellow Republicans…

May nothing you dismay! Mitt Romney may not be president, but we’ll live to fight another day.

That’s the liberal Boston Globe‘s unspoken conclusion at the end of the newspaper’s epic, must-read Sunday postmortem of the Romney campaign:

Exit polls told a stunning story. The majority of voters preferred Romney’s visions, values, and leadership. But he had clearly failed to address the problem that Romney’s own family worried about from the start. Obama beat Romney by an astonishing 81 to 18 percent margin on the question of which candidate “cares about people like me.”


You read every bit of that right here on November 7th, Save Jerseyans. And your Blogger-in-Chief said it in a few thousand less words. You’re welcome. But perhaps hearing it from a mainstream media source instead of a biased conservative like yours truly will make the point stick?

Republican ideals weren’t rejected on November 6th. Campaigns that were unable to articule Republican ideals were rejected on November 6th… by the narrowest of margins.

So let’s use everyone’s favorite holiday as an opportunity to end the infighting, stop ripping each other to shreds, “and with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace.”

Merry Christmas Eve.


Another Thing Mitt Was Right About: Russia

“Flip-flopper!” “Not authentic!” “Fake!” “Plastic!” “Slick!”

We heard’em all this year, Save Jerseyans, directed at Mitt Romney by his primary opponents’ supporters. And those attacks had their desired effect… just not in the primary.

By Election Day 2012, a majority of battleground voters thought they were worse off than four years ago, and believed Mitt would be a better economic steward. He nevertheless lost the empathy game, and the seeds of that loss were sown long before he locked up the GOP nomination.

At the end of the day, you could even make a good argument that Mitt’s real problem was demonstrating something voters claim they want but really don’t…

…too much honesty?

A little ironic given the “flip flopper” charge. But there’s plenty of evidence for it, both foreign and domestic.


Detroit Councilwoman Validates Mitt Romney’s “Gifts” Quip

Mitt Romney was grilled by both sides of the aisle for his post-election “gifts” comment.

I frankly never understood why. If anything, “gifts” might’ve skewed in the direction of being overly kind. To the point of being inaccurate.

How so?

Look to another reliably blue state for a topical illustration. In the wake of a controversial movement to disband the long-floundering city of Detroit, Michigan, one Detroit public official is pushing an option that is much more familiar to Detroit-area voters: bailout!

Sadly, it’s not the proposed remedy that’s so extraordinary. It’s the Councilwoman’s candor…

City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month’s election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city.

Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”

Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters pulled the lever for Obama in November.

“After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. He came home with some bacon,” said Watson. “That’s what you do.”

[Emphasis Added]

This is how hardcore Obama backers really, truly think, Save Jerseyans.

They vote for you.

You bail’em out with other people’s money.

A “gift,” according to Merriam-Webster, is “something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation.” In other words, it’s something given with no strings attached. That’s NOT how Obama-era bailouts/entitlements/tax breaks work. Recipients are expected to reciprocate with their vote at the ballot box.

Now take a step back. How can we, as Republicans, negotiate a fiscal cliff resolution (or any economic matter) with a Democrat coalition that is willing to sell its political support to the highest bidder? It’s a question that Mitt Romney is undoubtedly asking himself this holiday season, as will plenty of GOP operatives/strategists/consultants in search of a path forward in 2014.

President Obama will be in the Detroit area on Monday. Brace yourselves for any expensive announcements, folks.


Obama and Romney’s Chili Summit (PHOTO)

The White House has released a photograph of the much-hyped Thursday lunch meeting between President Barack Obama and his vanquished Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

Their rare one-on-one meeting was closed to the press corps. Reportedly, they shared bowls of turkey chili before sitting down for a private Oval Office chat. No word as to what they specifically discussed, or whether the President shared a post-chili pack of smokes with his former opponent.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall…

Can the GOP Live Without Social Conservatives?

Cross-Posted at

In a column posted on, David Limbaugh says,

The Republican Party can choose to ostracize social conservatives and their issues, or try to purge them altogether from the party and its platform. But they better be careful what they wish for, because if they do, it will be the end of the party as we know it.

Would that be a bad thing?

Limbaugh says that Christians believe not only that social issues are the most important of the day, but that the underlying disintergration of the nation’s moral fabric is the root of our economic problems. They are probably right. He reports getting emails and reading articles from Christians who want to double down on social issues and some even suggesting that Christians redirect their focus away from politics and toward evangelism.

That is exactly what they should do.


Obama Won Election By Less Than 334,000 Votes

Cross Posted at Dan Circucci’s Blogspot

What if I told you that Barack Obama was re-elected by less than 334,000 votes?
Sounds incredible, doesn’t it?

After all, Obama won by millions of popular votes, didn’t he?

And he pretty much won the electoral votes handily, yes?

And all that means that the Republican Party is pretty much finished, dead, kaput, right?

Well, you’d be surprised.

Because 333,000+ votes in four states actually handed Obama his victory.

Here’s how it stacks up:

According to still unofficial figures Romney lost New Hampshire by 40,659 votes, Ohio by 103,481, Virginia by 115,910 and Florida by 73,189. That’s 333,239 votes. That’s what made the difference in those four states. And those four states would have given Romney 64 additional electoral votes which added to the 206 he already won would have given him the 270 electoral votes he needed to become president. None of the rest of it matters.

It all came down to 333,239 votes (in four states) out of the more than 124 million votes cast nationwide. That shortfall represents less than .003 of the total vote. Less than three thousandth of the total! Less than one-third of one percent.

That’s how close this election was.

And the four states that I’ve cited are joust four of the states that were thisclose. There are others.

So, don’t let anybody tell you that the Democrats have a mandate or that the Republican Party is dead and finished.

NOTHING could be further from the truth. And the figures prove it.


Undecided Until the Very Last Minute

OK, I’ll admit it. I knew who I was going to vote for in the 2012 presidential election the day after the 2008 general election.

I didn’t need to wait to see how President Obama performed in office because I knew going in that, in many cases, his views were the polar opposite of mine.

President Obama is strongly pro-choice; I am strongly pro-life. He believes in a larger government providing more and more public services and I believe in individual rights and individual responsibilities.

I suspected that Mr. Obama would eventually come out in favor of same-sex marriage whereas I believe in the traditional and biblical definition of marriage as being the union of one man and one woman.

There are many other areas in which President Obama and I do not see eye to eye. But to his credit, the recent election proved that he has more than 62 million Americans who agree with him.

And you know what? I can deal with that. However, what I have trouble accepting is that so many voters were undecided just days before the election.

I mean, after being deluged by tens of thousands of campaign ads, mailers and three televised debates, what more information did these people need to make an informed decision?

I guess what concerns me the most is that – to me at least – an undecided voter in an election with such a clear contrast between candidates is someone who appears to have no core convictions.

I realize that I may be painting with a rather broad brush here, but seriously…are you a liberal or are you a conservative? Are you pro-choice or are you pro-life? Do you favor a bigger federal government or a smaller one?

Should we ensure an equal playing field for all Americans and then reward hard work and success; or micro-manage our economy to require equal results for everyone by redistributing wealth from the haves to the have-nots?

Like I said, while I may disagree vehemently with those who re-elected President Obama and who agree with his policies, at least they know what they want and what they believe. It’s the forever undecided voters that I don’t understand.


@GovChristie: “This Was Not A Republican Or Democrat Storm” (VIDEO)

Significant portions of the Republican base are still harboring ill-will against Governor Chris Christie for his embrace of President Obama following Hurricane Sandy.

Some say it’s very much justified. Other say it’s most definitely not. 

What can’t be denied is that it’s very real, Save Jerseyans. And the GOP political establishment needs to take it seriously.

But upon returning to Trenton earlier today for the first full post-Election/Hurricane work day at the State House, the Governor doubled-down on his post-partisan approach to the crisis. He extolled bipartisan cooperation throughout the storm and urged lawmakers to avoid politicizing the crisis as they move forward:

We’ll see how long it lasts. The 2013 cycle is already underway and the first Democrat gubernatorial campaign announcement could come in a matter of weeks…