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Christie Boosts Keystone, Invokes Putin in Mexico Speech

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie mexico

Photo credit: @GovChristie

Drawing a sharp contrast between himself and hypothetical GOP primary rivals, Governor Chris Christie avoided immigration and focused on areas of mutual benefit during today’s trade agreement announcement in Mexico City.

2016 is omnipresent, and I suspect Governor Perry would disagree with Governor Christie’s characterization of U.S.-Mexican relations, at least where the border is concerned. The comment about North American neighbors “respecting national sovereignty” was a head-scratcher.

“We are, as I said, fortunate to be in a peaceful neighborhood,” said the Governor, striking a diplomatic tone, “blessed by strong, deep, and cooperative relations with the governments and more importantly the peoples of both Mexico and Canada.” But except for that one sovereignty comment, he stayed clear away from the turmoil surrounding porous border and, most pressingly, concerns over potential ISIS infiltration.

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Christie Speaks in Mexico City (LIVE)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is in Mexico City on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, where he’ll live stream comments related to a ConnectAmericas investment platform trade agreement announcement at 5:00 p.m. EST.

“This partnership will serve as a facilitator in strengthening economic ties with Latin America and the Caribbean – particularly with Mexico.  As New Jersey’s second largest trading partner already, we know that expanding that relationship, and building new ties with others in the region, is incredibly important for our economy moving forward,” said Governor Christie in a statement released ahead of the formal presser. “Our joint agreement will result in greater opportunities to work together by increasing access to information as we conduct business and work on economic issues among our countries.”

You can watch it right here (below the fold) without commercial interruption or annoying commentary:

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Defiant Perry Rouses 3k Strong Dallas Crowd

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

rick perry“What does the American Dream mean to you?”

That’s the unofficial theme of this year’s ‘Defending the American Dream’ summit in Dallas, Texas hosted by Americans for Prosperity, Save Jerseyans, and I’m having a heck of a time discussing it with like-minded economic conservatives from around the country, but the small army of grassroots activists gathered at the onset of Labor Day Weekend aren’t debating definitions among themselves. They know what it means, and they very much believe it’s alive and well in the United States (notwithstanding an ongoing assault from the Left).

Their primary point of concern is its survival AND, refreshingly, what to constructively and proactively do about it.

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MacArthur: “A team effort all the way”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

10439029_331266630354368_414878361289038945_nAs prepared for delivery on Tuesday night by Tom MacArthur in Berkeley (Ocean County) after receiving Steve Lonegan’s concession phone call…

Thank you!

And I mean that from the bottom my heart. Thank you to each and every one of you who talked with your family, friends and neighbors. Who knocked on the doors, made the phone calls, and stuffed the envelopes. Who wrote letters to the editor and attended our Meet and Greets. Who forwarded the emails and posted on social media and put up our lawn signs.

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Victorious Cobb Takes Aims at Machine

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb’s 2014 CD1 Primary victory speech as prepared for delivery on Tuesday night…

Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you Gloucester, Camden and Burlington County Republicans!

Gwen, I, and our entire family can’t thank you enough for all the hard work and help you gave me during this primary campaign.

Forgive me if I relate tonight to an Eagles football season…

but old habits die hard…

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Christie Takes On Fortress America

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo credit: Fox News

Photo credit: Fox News

On Sunday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the “Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala” in New York hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. You may remember Rabbi Shmuley from radio, TV, his many provocative books, or our Save Jersey interview with him during his 2012 congressional run. The gala was attended by 700 people, of which five tickets were kindly given by Rabbi Shmuley to the Hudson County Republican Club who invited me to attend.

The event was watched by the Republican political world because of the presence of Governors Christie and Perry, and co-host (former Gingrich backer and casino billionaire) Sheldon Adelson.

Governor Christie’s speech, in which he criticized the current American leadership for failed policies at home and abroad, tied domestic policies which have led to uncertainty with similarly resulting foreign policy. That Christie’s address at a primarily Jewish forum more accustomed to hearing about Israel, Islamic extremism, and making the world a better place, included domestic issues was as unusual as it was important.

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McConnell Wins Big in KY

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I want to offer a hearty New Jersey congratulations to the victorious Mitch McConnell, Save Jerseyans, ’cause if a man with a 100% ACU rating is a RINO, then gosh, who isn’t?

Here’s hoping he’s Majority Leader McConnell come January, and while we’re at it, that the painfully fruitless RINO hunting fad is drawing to a close:

Christie in NYC: “It’s Not Too Late”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie in jerusalem

Christie in Jerusalem (2012)

“We will either lead or disappoint. Those are the only two choices. Unfortunately, today, in my opinion, America is disappointing. But it’s not too late.”

And perhaps not too late for the speaker of those words, Save Jerseyans?

Governor Chris Christie delivered a decidedly non-isolationist speech at Sunday’s second annual ‘Champions of Jewish Values’ in Manhattan, offering up some of his harshest criticism of the Obama Administration since before his 2013 reelection campaign. “The rest of the world watches in desperation and hope that America will realize and act upon once again its indispensable place in the world,” Christie said in his address to a crowd that included everyone from Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) and mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to Cory Booker and Sean Penn.

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In NJ, Carson Speculation Rises

Ben Carson (left) with state Senator Joe Pennacchio (right).

Ben Carson (left) with state Senator Joe Pennacchio (right).

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Dr. Benjamin Carson stole the show at Friday night’s annual New Jersey Right to Life banquet in New Brunswick, Save Jerseyans, in a packed Hyatt Regency ball room of activities, donors and legislators, too.

The timing couldn’t have been better for attendees; only one day prior to the event, Dr. Carson told the Weekly Standard that he’s seriously considering a 2016 presidential run.

“She just kept clinging to my hand and said, ‘You have to run. You have to run,’” Carson told veteran conservative commentator and journalist Fred Barnes. “And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”

The renowned surgeon’s pro-life credentials are considered rock solid. Any opposition is likely to come from Second Amendment advocates after Dr. Carson declared back in March 2013 that the right to own semi-automatic weapons “depends on where you live.”

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.

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Feisty Christie Lectures Chamber Dinner

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at Chamber Dinner“Are we going to go forward, or backward?”

That was the theme of Governor Chris Christie’s keynote address at this year’s New Jersey Chamber of Commerce-hosted ‘Walk to Washington’ dinner in Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, and the Big Guy didn’t mince words when he discussed the ramifications of the Assembly’s failure to pass a renewed arbitration cap.

This wasn’t a fluffy “thanks for the invite” speech, although he did take the time to crack a few perfunctory jokes related to select attendees.

Additional pension reforms were also on the Republican executive’s mind, invoking the specter of Detroit for the second time in two days only hours after vetoing DRBA minutes which would’ve hiked that authority’s benefits costs.

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Assembly Arb Cap Procrastination

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Speaker Prieto (right) is playing games with your property tax bill.

Speaker Prieto (right) is playing games with your property tax bill.

We’re less than 72 hours away from an arbitration sunset and while Governor Christie and the State Senate appear to be on the same page, Speaker Prieto’s General Assembly left Trenton for the weekend without any indication as to when they might take up Governor Christie’s suggested revisions in order to avert disaster and achieve a compromise. Sources under the Dome say Prieto isn’t satisfied with the Governor’s concessions (or lack thereof) for unspecified reasons.

It’s the worst game of ‘chicken’ imaginable.

Assembly dysfunction is so bad, in fact, that Asm. Declan O’Scanlon is advising New Jersey municipalities to file for arbitration prior to April 1st in order to avoid the negative consequences of the existing hard cap’s imminent expiration.

Pathetic doesn’t even begin to describe it, Save Jerseyans. Here are two floor speeches, one from O’Scanlon and the other delivered by his colleague Jack Ciattarelli, which do an excellent job of summarizing the stakes for New Jersey property taxpayers…

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A Koch in the Bucket

Defending Chris Christie’s CPAC Defense of the Koch Brothers

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

koch brothersGovernor Chris Christie’s CPAC speech attracted the ire of liberals when the New Jersey Republicans offered a full-throated defense of the Koch Brothers, blasting Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for “rail[ing] against two American entrepreneurs who have built a business, created jobs, and created wealth and philanthropy in this country.”

It’s not hard to understand why Charles and David Koch are liberal boogeymen, Save Jerseyans.

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Coulter Gets It Half Right

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ann Coulter offered up a few good points in her CPAC interview with Sean Hannity, Save Jerseyans, including a critique of the mob mentality of those conservatives going after Mitch McConnell in this year’s Kentucky Primary.

Her critique of Chris Christie’s CPAC address? Or more precisely, her analysis of the reaction? Half right:

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