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It would be great if The Star Ledger…

….put Cory Booker under a microscope like they have Governor Chris Christie and Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann.

By Art Gallagher |

Booker-looking-upStar Ledger sports columnist Steve Politi has a column this morning that is part of his ongoing campaign to take down Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann; Julie Hermann: It would be ‘great’ if The Star Ledger went out of business.

Politi has been trying to get Hermann fired since Rutgers hired her to turn around their Athletic Department last spring.  Something about alleged bullying and sex discrimination at a previous job and lying about whether or not she talked to the parent of a Rutgers student who alleged he had been bullied.


RU Faculty is an “Embarrassment”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Mary Pat Angelini

Mary Pat Angelini

You’ve already heard what I have to say, Save Jerseyans, but this statement from Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) reacting to the Rutgers Faculty’s Condi Rice protest is worth reading (and sharing) in its entirety:

“Condoleezza Rice is a trailblazer and a woman of extraordinary intelligence and diverse talents who has spent most of her career in academia. She was the first woman and first African-American to serve as provost of Stanford University and has served as a Stanford professor for more than three decades. That alone makes her beyond qualified to deliver the commencement speech at Rutgers or at any university.”


Rutgers Ruins ‘War on Women’ Narrative

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Condi Rice

Condi Rice

I’m sincerely, truly, 100% glad that the Rutgers University is dumping on Dr. Condoleeza Rice, Save Jerseyans.

Anything that helps unmask these insufferably-hypocritical liberals in higher education is a good thing in the long-run. Condi is tough. She can take it.

Think about it: for at least two electoral cycles now, all we’ve heard about is the GOP’s alleged misogynistic “War on Women” raging across the fruited plain. The narratives goes that evil, rich, white Republican men between the ages of 35 and 65 want to sneak into young women’s bedrooms in the dark of night to sew their legs shut, steal their birth control pills, and brand crucifixes on their foreheads with hot pokers purchased by Koch Industries and Fox News.

Pretty accurate, right? Thanks a bunch for tacitly admitting it’s all a giant, heaping, stinking load of crap, RU intelligentsia… CONTINUE READING….

Coughlan Enters CR Race

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

Donald Coughlan

Donald Coughlan

Over the last year, Save Jerseyans, the New Jersey College Republican state committee has been a revolving door with no less than five changes at the position of chairman. 

Instability has rocked the once powerful organization, somewhat reflective of the New Jersey Republican Party as of late, but strong individual chapters have preserved the influence of college volunteers in campaigns across the state.  The traditional powers such as Rutgers, TCNJ and Seton Hall played pivotal roles in legislative and county races despite the turmoil occurring at the top.

In an effort to restore stability, NJCR Treasurer and Rutgers Chairman, Donald Coughlan, today announced his candidacy for chairman of the organization. Don is New Jersey born and bred and here to stay to grow the next generation of Republican leaders in New Jersey. 


REPORT: Rice’s Revel-ing Lands Him in Hot Water

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ray Rice at Rutgers University

Ray Rice at Rutgers University

Former Rutgers star running back and 2013 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Raven Ray Rice reportedly “did A.C.” a little too well this past weekend, Save Jerseyans, when he was arrested for an alleged “physical altercation” at the Revel Casino according The Baltimore Sun.

Rice’s run-in with the law comes at a less-than-opportune time for the struggling gaming giant (the Ravens are on the golf course; he’ll be OK by the time they need him on the field…).


A Better DREAM: Taking On Big Academia

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

UniversityWhile New Jersey debates the so-called DREAM Act, Save Jerseyans, it’s worth considering whether we’re even debating the right thing.

Put another way: should we worry about subsidizing more over-priced degrees for more kids? Or should we start tackling the price gouging itself?

You can tell where I’m going with this post. We’re being robbed! Many of America’s top college and university have built endowments in excess of $1 billion. Rutgers University is actually at the “low” end of the major institution scale with only $684.6 million as of August 31st.

They spend plenty of cash, too; Rutgers University budgeted $3.6 billion for 2013–2014 academic year, or if you need a comparison for perspective’s sake, an amount equivalent to approximately 11% of our entire New Jersey FY2014 state budget. But some of it IS your money after all: $756 million in direct state aid and other fringe benefits.


Rare Mea Culpa from Rutgers-Eagleton

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Polling StationOne of the state’s most controversial polling outfits issued a surprising mea culpa this week, Save Jerseyans, acknowledging that it very much missed the mark in this year’s two big New Jersey elections. You don’t see that every day!

Chris Christie ultimately won Tuesday’s election by approximately 22 points. Rutgers-Eagleton had predicted a massive 36-point win, making it far and away the least accurate of the major public pollsters covering the race.

On Wednesday, in a blog post, the polling institute which Governor Christie once called “crap” admitted that “…there is small comfort in getting the winners right, but it is very small.”


Kean? Or Quinnipiac?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

WaveWe’ve updated our rolling #njgov public polling average to reflect the release of a new survey, Save Jerseyans. Governor Christie now up +26 instead of +27:

Kean University (NEW) – Christie +18

Quinnipiac University - Christie +33

Stockton University - Christie +24

Rutgers-Eagleton - Christie +26

Monmouth University - Christie +24

Rasmussen Reports - Christie +21

Fairleigh Dickinson - Christie +33

Kean’s poll remains the least favorable to Christie. Relatively speaking, of course. It shows moderate tightening while other polling detects widening…


Christie, Sweeney Lock Arms at Rowan

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie joined Senate President Steve Sweeney on Wednesday for a groundbreaking ceremony at the Rowan University College of Engineering, Save Jerseyans

The Governor took the opportunity to double-down on last summer’s partial merger of Rutgers, Rowan and UMDNJ as well as his appreciate for Sweeney’s partnership in getting it done:

Sweeney faces a spirited challenge this fall from candidate Niki Trunk.

Need a refresher on the Rutgers/Rowan merger debacle? We were on record against it. Click here to visit our second-to-none archives particularly if you’re new to the issue. It’ll be back…

#NJGov Poll Average: Christie +24

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie in Ohio for Romney


Quinnipiac University has switched over to a “likely voter” sample with Election Day 2013 fast approaching, Save Jerseyans, and the resulting polling results out today show incumbent Governor Chris Christie beating Barbara Buono by a blowout margin.

A Kean University Poll shows a closer margin but still a solid Christie lead with Buono languishing in the low-30s.

Here are the seven most recent polls from the seven different polling organizations that have released survey results since August:


Booker’s Lead “Almost Insurmountable” in Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

By Art Gallagher |

cory_bookerNewark Mayor Cory Booker has an “almost insurmountable” lead over former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan in their race to replace the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg in the October 16 special election, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released this morning.

64% support Booker, 29% Lonegan and 6% are undecided.

56% of likely voters, including 44% of Republicans, don’t know enough about Lonegan to form an opinion.  Voters who are familiar with the Republican are split 22%-22% in their favorable/unfavorable impressions of him.


Redistricting Reform Needed

Reflections on a Broken Process Upon the Passing of Rutgers Professor Alan Rosenthal

By Martin Marks | The Save Jersey Blog

LD18 mapThe recent passing of esteemed Rutgers Professor Alan Rosenthal has brought with it accolades for and fond remembrances of an individual who without a doubt left an indelible mark in the areas of academia and politics. I for one was never a student of Professor Rosenthal’s however I am keenly aware of influence he wielded in the realm of NJ politics, Save Jerseyans.

Most recently, Dr. Rosenthal served as the tie-breaking vote on the NJ Legislative Redistricting Commission in 2011 which was responsible for drawing the map creating the forty legislative districts in the state. This map will stay in place for a decade. While I hesitate in writing ill of the recently departed, I feel it is warranted to aver that in his capacity as the Tiebreaker for the 2011 Legislative Redistricting Commission, Professor Rosenthal hardly merits praise but rather ignominy.

In making his map selection Dr. Rosenthal set forth that one of the criterion, he employed was the principle of “Continuity of Representation” – better known to the rest of us as incumbency protection. In fact, it did not take long to see the fruits of his disturbing, and might I add nowhere to be found in the NJ Constitution, philosophy play out as later in 2011 all 120 seats of the NJ Legislature were at stake.


New Poll: Christie Lead at 32pts

Sen. Buono Stalled in Latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie leaving SUVA new poll out this morning reinforces the status quo assessment of New Jersey’s 2013 gubernatorial election, Save Jerseyans: Chris Christie is up… big time.

32-points big. And Buono’s made virtually no polling progress in month, something that’s unlikely to change (save for the standard post-Labor Day partisan reconciliation) thanks to yesterday’s Appellate Division ruling.

But the real quick in the teeth for the Buono campaign?

“While her name recognition has climbed to 46 percent of voters from only 30 percent in April, nearly all of that increase has come from voters who now have an unfavorable impression of her,” Rutgers-Eagleton Poll Director David Redlawsk. “The onslaught of attack ads by Gov. Christie’s campaign appears to be having its desired effect.”

Perhaps Buono would’ve been better off without those goofy name pronunciation ads! Shocker…

Click here to check out the full polling report.

Sandy’s Not the Whole Story

The Truth: Christie’s Poll Numbers Were High Before Sandy Struck… Back When He Was a Republican Hero!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Hurricane Sandy SurveyA brand new poll from the Rutgers-Eagleton Institute hit the web early this morning, Save Jerseyans, and the results continue to show broad-based, bipartisan electoral support for Governor Chris Christie…

While Republicans (87 percent), Democrats (85 percent), and independents (88 percent) all overwhelmingly approve Christie’s post-Sandy recovery efforts, partisans show double-digit differences in their support for Christie on virtually every other issue. Division is particularly strong on what most voters continue to say are the two most important problems in New Jersey – the economy (including jobs) and taxes. Just 41 percent of all voters approve Christie’s handling of these issues, with support among Democrats at just over one-quarter, while more than 60 percent of Republicans approve.

The effects of Sandy continue to buoy Christie’s overall ratings: 70 percent approve of his job performance, 64 percent have a favorable impression, and 58 percent award Christie an A or B for his work. Overall ratings show little change from the last Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in April 2013.”

So yes, the Sandy aftermath continues to significantly enhance Governor Christie’s job approval rating. I’m not trying to be a pain in the rear, folks, but “buoy” may not be the most accurate word choice…


When We Stood with the Laut

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Here’s another memory on the day of Frank Lautenberg’s passing: Save Jersey found itself in extraordinarily odd ideological company back in early 2012, Save Jerseyans, when we took a stand against the Rutgers-Rowan merger proposal spearheaded by Governor Christie and South Jersey Democrats and vociferously opposed by liberal North Jersey Democrats weary of the latter camp’s non-ideological alliance.

Who would’ve thunk it? Not this conservative!

So Brian McGovern was there in May 2012 when Sen. Lautenberg came to the Rutgers-Camden campus and, in his recognizably halting but passionate tone, made the case for keeping RU in South Jersey (h/t Blue Jersey):

A College Republican Reflection

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

CR LogoLast week, I graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in political science, Save Jerseyans, but like most people who read this website some of my fondest memories involve politics.

This past year I had the honor of serving as the chairman of the Seton Hall College Republicans, turning it into the largest and most active chapter in the entire state. However, during my four years the club saw many highs and lows which I think allow me to reflect on what I think makes a successful College Republican organization and what advice I can give the new executive board of my club and CRs all across the state. 

The conclusion I have drawn is that there are two main components to a successful organization; one pertains to most organizations and that is the need for a strong and experienced leader. My specific advice is that the best work is done off campus; there is nothing worse than a campus politician!