I’ve already discussed how my Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean County was a bit jarring, Save Jerseyans.
You and I have seen the Sandy damage firsthand. That wasn’t anything new. What really touched me is the extent to which some Jersey Shore communities — particularly some of the Ocean/Monmouth towns that bore the brunt of the storm surge — are still far from fully operational.
I’m glad another Democrat realized that voting for Barbara Buono is antithetical to the state’s best interests, Save Jerseyans. It’s a promising development. I only wish that some of these Dems were jumping ship for ideological reasons, too, rather than simply having come to respect (and fear) this Governor’s gravitas.
Middletown Patch is reporting that FEMA will release new flood maps for Atlantic, Hudson, Monmouth and Ocean Counties on Monday, June 17.
As expected, the new ‘preliminary’ maps will result in less homes being located in ‘V’ zones than were so rated in the maps released by FEMA in December following Superstorm Sandy. V zones are areas along coasts that are subject to inundation by the 1-percent-annual-chance flood event with additional hazards associated with storm-induced waves.
Many of the properties located in V zones in the December flood maps will be in ‘A’ zones in the maps being released next week, according to a statement by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez as quoted by Patch.
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…
“He’s riding the coattails of the hurricane. That was his job to respond.”
Does this nonsense sound familiar, Save Jerseyans? A hapless New Jersey Democrat trying to score political points against Chris Christie by attacking his overwhelmingly popular reaction to Hurricane Sandy?
I’d love to know who convinced’em it was a smart strategy! It’d be political suicide if the legislature wasn’t gerrymandered for the express purpose of preserving Democrat seats like the one occupied by Jimenez; attacking your opponent’s strength can only work before the argument is already lost. But I sure hope they keep it up! Because it’s going to play right into Chris Christie’s hands in districts where GOP’ers have a fighting chance.
He’s on vacation until next Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, but before he broke for the week, Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the latest Obama/Christie beach visit with a perspective that you likely haven’t heard anywhere else… except here at Save Jersey. Don’t act so surprised!
Other commentators are obsessed with process stories and the political angles. We’re looking at the ideological dimensions of what Tuesday’s visit represented and Rush is right there, too, and our analysis has absolutely nothing to do with Chris Christie’s alleged “RINO” propensities.
Listen below, the click here to read something I wrote on the horrid implications of an America without federalism back in January:
Unlike our Blogger-in-Chief, Save Jerseyans, I hail from more northerly parts of our fair state and as is the case with North Jersey vs. South Jersey, we frequent different areas of the Jersey Shore.
So as Matt has done, I am going to give a report from my region of the Jersey Shore.
Most of my life, due to both family history and geographic interest, I have frequented the Two Rivers area of the Jersey Shore. For those of you not as familiar with the geography of New Jersey, these communities, located in the northernmost part of the Jersey Shore in the area where the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers and empty into the Sandy Hook Bay. The oceanfront communities of Long Branch, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright, along with Sandy Hook are located on the narrow barrier peninsula that stands between the Atlantic Ocean and Two Rivers. These communities took a particularly hard pounding from Sandy.
I will refer you to a video/documentary produced by Charlotte Nagy, a student at nearby Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, that shows the damage in the area, especially in Sea Bright:
I have witnessed firsthand the rebuilding efforts over the past few months and I want to report on what I saw on Memorial Day…