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Rutgers Prof: Racism Makes Poor People Fat

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

CheeseburgerHigher education has hit another new low, Save Jerseyans. And naturally it had to happen here.

A new “study” (click here) by Rutgers University Luis Rivera claims that U.S. ethnic minority groups suffer from disproportionate levels of obesity because… brace yourselves… “racial microaggressions” result in unhealthy dietary habits.

“When you are exposed to negative stereotypes, you may gravitate more toward unhealthy foods as opposed to healthy foods,” Rivera recently opined in the Journal of Social Issues. “You may have a less positive attitude toward watching your carbs or cutting back on fast food, and toward working out and exercising.”


Black GOP’ers Out; ‘Black Mass’ In

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A black mass depiction. Coming to an Ivy League institution near you?

A 19th century black mass engraving. Coming to an Ivy League institution near you?

That’s what we learned from this week’s big stories, Save Jerseyans.

We know Black Republicans aren’t welcome in the halls of higher education’s lauded institutions. Condi Rice, the most accomplished African American public servant in our nation’s history, found out the hard way last weekend.

But guess who is? The Devil.

And I’m not joking around or attempting a poor Dana Carvey “Church Lady” impression.

The Boston Archdiocese is justifiably apoplectic over Harvard University’s plan to allow a satanic “black mass” on its campus. Yes, you read that correctly…


Better Branding? Better Educating!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The notorious "Teach in flyer" circulated by Rutgers faculty.

The notorious “Teach in flyer” circulated by Rutgers faculty.

Save Jersey vigorously opposed the 2012 Rutgers-Rowan merger push for a number of reasons, Save Jerseyans, not the least of which was our concerns for what it would do to the national Rutgers University brand.

Isn’t it amazing how several dozen radicalized students and faculty members can do more damage to that brand with one stupid stunt than the State House could inflict by way of legislation over the course of years? Amazing is probably an understatement. ‘Stupefying’ is more like it.

The upcoming 2014-2015 academic year was supposed to be one of opportunity and possibilities for an RU community after having been beset by scandals and bad press over the past few years. It can certainly help, but a highly-subsidized Big Ten football program does not a university make!

If Rutgers is going to emerge as a genuine premiere national university over the next decade, then it need to think beyond its bungled commencement ceremony seriously needs to internalize the lessons of the recent Condi Rice incident.

Step #1: who is teaching our kids, and what are they teaching?


Rooney Debates Rice Rutgers Row

By The Staff The Save Jersey Blog

Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney stopped by the Fox29/My9 Chasing New Jersey studio on Monday afternoon to discuss the controversy which is still swirling around Rutgers University after Dr. Rice decided to withdraw as the 2014 commencement speaker… [viewing note: the segment was taped before RU announcement Tom Kean, Sr. as the replacement speaker]

“Listen, we hear so much from the left about diversity, about tolerance, about anti-bullying and apparently all that stuff only applies if it’s a Democrat or a Liberal being bullied,” Rooney said. “It’s a real problem for me that I’m subsidizing not what looks like a university, but a Liberal think-tank, it’s embarrassing.”


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Kean to Replace Rice

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom KeanThey may hate Republicans, Save Jerseyans, but when the liberals at Rutgers box themselves into a self-induced commencement jam, it’s another prominent GOP’er who bailed them out. is reporting that former Governor Tom Kean has agreed to serve as the 2014 Rutgers University commencement speaker after Dr. Condoleeza Rice bowed out on Saturday.

It’s hard to imagine anyone having a problem with such a seasoned, famously-class statesmen addressing the graduates of the largest university of the state which he led (pretty damn well) for two whole terms.


How Rutgers Disgraced Itself and New Jersey

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Old Queens RutgersRutgers University has disgraced itself.

By allowing a group of ham-fisted ideologues to squelch free speech, the university has apparently shown itself to be just another left-crazed bastion of unithink in the increasingly looney world of academia.

Yes, a group of faculty thought-enforcers (we won’t dignify them by terming them “professors”) and some of their sycophant-in-training students managed to make such a commotion (including a destructive sit-in) over the selection of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s as this year’s commencement speaker that  Dr. Rice finally declined the invitation so that she would not be a distraction at an event that is designed to be celebratory for the students and their families.


A University Without Diversity

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Big Brother Posterdi·ver·si·ty
1. the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness:
diversity  of opinion.
2. variety; multiformity.
3. a point of difference.

Liberals claim to love “diversity,” Save Jerseyans. But what does it truly mean to them?

As you’ve already heard, the Rutgers Board of Governors had planned to pay Rice $35,000 for her commencement address and award an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to the former Secretary of State. Due to growing opposition among the school’s students and faculty, Dr. Rice decided not to give the May 18 address.

It’s a shame that Condoleezza Rice was effectively denied an opportunity to speak at Rutgers simply because of a student body and a Faculty Council that felt she was an inappropriate choice due to her involvement in the Bush Administration;  because, they claim, she misled the American people in Iraq about weapons of mass destruction.

Who is REALLY being misled in this situation (and by whom) is the subject of my inquiry…


RU Snooki? Or Condi?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I simply wanted to remind all of the feminist college students and academics out there of exactly the type of women that the Rutgers community prefers to make welcome to its campus when they’re not too busy running Dr. Condoleezza Rice out of town…

GOP “war on women” my arse!

CAUTION: listening to this clip will kill brain cells…

Rice Bails On Rutgers Commencement

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Condi Rice

Condi Rice

Well, my dear Save Jerseyans, the Left has successfully bullied its way into another minor victory.

Dr. Condoleezza “Condi” Rice released a statement on Saturday morning announcing her decision to NOT serve as the Rutgers University commencement speaker this year in the wake of shrill campus protests led by old hippies in the faculty, or so-called university “educators” (h/t NRO):

Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time. 

I am honored to have served my country.  I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas.  These values are essential to the health of our democracy.  But that is not what is at issue here.  As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.

Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.


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.