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Christie to Chamber: “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie staring at town hallGov. Chris Christie was in one of his blunt moods at Tuesday’s U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, letting the audience gathered to hear his keynote address know, in no uncertain terms, that he’s “tired” of minimum wage proponents behaving as if raising it is an elixir for America’s economic ills.

“Is that what parents aspire to for our children?” Christie, according to The Hill, told a large H Street crowd. “They aspire to a greater, growing America, where their children have the ability to make much more money and have much great success than they have, and that’s not about a higher minimum wage.”


Christie to NAACP: “Sinners” in Both Parties

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie’s Saturday NAACP talk hit on familiar themes, Save Jerseyans, ones which he’s expected to carry into his presidential campaign with the expectation of echoing (repeating might be too big of a climb) the electoral breadth of his 2013 Garden State victory. “I don’t think second chances are just the domain of Democrats or Republicans,” Christie told the membership luncheon attendees gathered at the Hilton Parsippany. “Because from my perspective, we have sinners and wrongdoers aplenty in both parties.”

Here’s the full speech (it runs a little over half an hour):

Christie to Address the NAACP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

chris christieHere’s one to watch, Save Jerseyans:

Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address at this upcoming Saturday’s NAACP New Jersey State Convention Membership Luncheon at the Hilton Parsippany.

It’s hard to view a prominent Republican’s speech offered at an event hosted by our country”s preeminent ideologically-liberal minority organization outside of the context of 2016. Mitt Romney addressed the national NAACP in 2012; that candidate’s speech was widely debated in the press for a full week. Christie can be expected to discuss his educational and drug/criminal justice reform initiatives (among other topics).

We’ll let you know what happens…

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.


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:


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


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.