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Wiz, Sweeney at War Over SCI

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

civil warThe New Jersey Republican Party isn’t exactly killing it right now, Save Jerseyans, with the U.S. Attorney and U.S. Media establishment ravenously circling and pecking at its figurehead like hungry buzzards starved for a fresh carcass.

But you know what? It’s very much in Paul Fishman’s hands. The table is already set and the pieces are moving independent of externalities.

The real battle lies on the other side of the aisle at the moment, and it’s one which has the potential to become so messy, so quickly, that it could actually undermine Democrat chances of capitalizing on Bridgegate’s fallout in the coming cycle(s)… 

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Sweeney: Interest Arbitration Will Pass Senate

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Steve Sweeney (left) and Chris Christie (right)

Steve Sweeney (left) and Chris Christie (right)

Senate President Steve Sweeney told MMM today that he expects a key provision of New Jersey’s 2%  property tax cap that is set to expire on April 1 to be extended.

The interest arbitration provision of the property tax reforms passed with bi-partisan support three years ago caps arbitration awards in government labor disputes to 2%. Since they’ve been implemented the average arbitration award resulted in salary increases for local government employees to 1.86%–the lowest in 20 years. The provision will expire on April 1 unless extended by legislation.

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O’Scanlon: Reinstate Regional Contribution Agreements To Help Sandy Victims

Assemblyman urges Bayshore residents to ask Senate President Sweeney join the bi-partisan effort

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Declan O'ScanlonAssemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, issued a statement today welcoming Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik’s support of Regional Contribution Agreements (RCA) for use in getting Sandy victims back into their homes, and called upon residents of his Bayshore district to question Senate President Sweeney the use of Affordable Housing Funds when Sweeney visits the district for his Town Hall meeting in Keansburg on Thursday afternoon.

“Recently, Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik suggested that RCAs could be used by towns to help their neighbors continue to rebuild in the devastating wake of Sandy . My Republican colleagues and I have been calling for the use of RCAs for years and I am excited to hear that Mayor Hornik is on board. When the Democrat leadership in Trenton killed the RCA program it was bad, short sighted policy that many of us knew would come back to bite us. Its flaws are now magnified by the plight of Sandy victims as many towns struggle with the economic burdening of rebuilding.

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CO Recall Expert Targets Sweeney

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Steve Sweeney AdI said last September that Colorado #2A activists’ successful recall of two Democrat legislators – including their own state senate president – could be bad news for New Jersey’s Steve Sweeney. Unfortunately for everyone except Sweeney, the NJ GOP establishment didn’t challenge him at the polls and Garden State grassroots weren’t sufficiently organized.

Could that change with a little experienced help? From BreitBart news…

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We Can’t Work with These People

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I believe the kids call this “talking smack,” Save Jerseyans:

sweeney and christie tweet

My, how times have changed. Quickly. Let it stand as a warning to ALL Republicans wherever they roam… or try to do business with liberal Democrats by colluding with liberal Democrats…

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The Sandy Hook Parent Sweeney Forgot

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

Sandy HookIn their never-ending quest to trample upon New Jersey residents’ Second Amendment rights, Trenton Democrat yet again brought in the families of Newtown children this week and orchestrated yet another round of blatantly-manipulative photo ops, Save Jerseyans.

Senate President Steve Sweeney even squeezed out a few tears on live TV for extra effect, claiming that he changed his mind and vowed to lower magazine rounds maximum limits after meeting with them.

Did you notice the glaring omission?

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An Attitude of Status Quo

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Christie TVGovernor Chris Christie came charging into Trenton pledging to turn it upside down in 2010. He made a left turn onto the Boulevard of Compromise in 2011, cruised the boulevard through 2012 and rode the waves of Sandy through 2013.   Now he’s hit a dead end on the bridgegate to nowhere.

The message of the FY 2015 Budget Address is ‘No Change.”   Christie warned of the looming crisis we sent him to Trenton to fix and offered no solutions. No reductions in government.  An increase in spending. Christie lamented that he couldn’t spend more because of commitments made to people who are no longer working and to repay money that has already been spent.

Christie meekly suggested that more pension and benefit reforms are necessary in order to grow the state government. State Senate President Steve Sweeney said, “We’re not doing it.”

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Budget Preview: Christie, Sweeney Pension Clash

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie's FY 2013 Budget Address

Governor Chris Christie’s FY 2013 Budget Address

Let the games begin: Governor Chris Christie will propose a budget on Tuesday afternoon with a smaller pension payment than Senate President Steve Sweeney said he’s willing to accept to avoid a government shutdown, Save Jerseyans, 

According to pre-released excerpts, the Governor’s FY 2015 budget proposal includes a $2.25 billion payment towards New Jersey’s chronically underfunded pension system, a payment which Christie plans to point out “is nearly the equivalent of the total payments made in the ten years before we arrived by five different governors.”

Senate President Steve “Sandy Hook is Fair Game” Sweeney has been in full grandstanding mode in recent days, ruling out tax cuts completely while his Assembly counterpart pitches new taxes (thanks for nothing, Steve!) and threatening to shutter state government (ironic much?) if Governor Christie refuses to raise the state’s pension contribution from $1.7 billion in the FY 2014 budget to $2.4 billion pursuant to the politicians’ 3-year-old pension overhaul agreement; whether the $150 million difference is a deal-breaker remains to be seen.

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#2A Support Rooted in Facts, Not Fear

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

FrenchAndIndianWarIt’s not an option to be neutral about any constitutional rights, Save Jerseyans.

We must take a stand especially at this time when our Second Amendment rights are under attack nation-wide. A news flash to gun owners and Second Amendment supporters: if you missed the never-ending but most recent attempts by lawmakers at infringing on our Constitutional rights in NJ, you learn them here at Save Jersey.

Seems to me more and more citizens of New Jersey are waking up. As seen in the now famous concealed carry lawsuit where the NRA and 19 other states are following New Jersey, the nation is watching us. Our concealed carry rights are under fire from some of our own citizens. If we have to prove a “justifiable need” to the satisfaction of local government before we may exercise a Constitutional right, is it still a right? Or did we already lose it?

If so, is there a way we can get it back?

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Greenwald Professes Trust in Christie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lou GreenwaldAssembly Majority Leader Lou “Empty Suit” Greenwald (D-6) addressed the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey legislative on Wednesday night, Save Jerseyans, at a well-catered reception held at the popular Mansion venue in suburban Voorhees Township (Camden County).

Sources at the event report he expounded on the cookie cutter things you’d expect a politician to discuss with a business group, including but not limited to the importance of developing South Jersey’s medical and educational infrastructure to benefit the regional economy.

But he also expressed concern over the ongoing Bridgegate kerfuffle… and expressed his hope (real or feigned) that the investigation remain non-partisan moving forward…

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I Like THIS Sweeney!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Steve Sweeney with 1970's mustache (in the 1990's)...

Steve Sweeney with 1970′s mustache (in the 1990′s)…

On cold winter days like today, Save Jerseyans, when the Governor is pitching free after-school dinners, MSNBC is running its ten-thousandth speculative Bridgegate segment and the state Republican Party is in free-fall, I like to think back to the heady days of 2010 when the Christie Revolution was new and pro-taxpayer reforms were on the table.

Like Cap 2.0 which, you might recall, was originally opposed by Senate President Steve Sweeney. Governor Christie pitched a 2.5% cap at the onset of negotiations; Sweeney supported a 2.9% cap. But the actual percentages aren’t the part worth remembering. Sen. Sweeney hated the entire idea of a lower cap. Probably any cap at all. And he wasn’t afraid to fall back on class warfare arguments to make the case.

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New Jersey’s Difficult Choices

By Art Gallagher MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Sweeney and Christie discussing their "compromise" with the media.Governor Chris Christie can no longer claim that New Jersey is a model for bi-partisan governance that Washington should emulate.

Yesterday, Senate President Steve Sweeney, playing the role of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) before The Star Ledger’s Editorial Board, threatened to shut down New Jersey’s government if Governor Chris Christie doesn’t support a budget for the next fiscal year that makes the state’s payment into the pension system required by the “landmark” legislation that Sweeney and Christie hammered out in 2011, and that Christie has touted as one of his major accomplishments.

Sweeney is reacting to what Christie said about the pension system during his State of the State Address two weeks ago.

Here’s what Christie actually said:

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Empty Suit Wants to Hollow Out #2A

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

empty-suitIt’s never a good thing when politicians play politics with fundamental rights. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Senate President Steve Sweeney and his lack of respect for the Second Amendment as demonstrated by his having ducked NJ2AS members’ numerous questions and comments on his twitter town hall Thursdays. 

Not answering social media queries represents the least of our problems. In the recent past, we’ve seen anti-Second Amendment groups and lawmakers shamelessly politicize the Newton shooting and other tragedies involving madmen to push their own agenda. They use dishonesty and emotional blackmail to push their views on us and greedily tug at parent’s heartstrings for political gain. It’s disgusting.

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Crossing the Wrong Bridge

By Matt Rooney The Save Jersey Blog

The Ben Franklin BridgeAsm. Scott Rumana (R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris) is annoyed that the Office of Legislative Services won’t provide subpoenaed New York/New Jersey Port Authority documents until an unspecified time on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, only hours before a hearing of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee on Thursday at noon:

“Allowing Republican committee members less than 24 hours to review more than 900 pages of information is a disservice to the bipartisan committee process.  Chairman Wisniewski’s attempts to politicize the sharing of this information are offensive to the citizens of New Jersey.  As chairman, he should be impartial and provide committee members, regardless of their political affiliation, a reasonable opportunity to view the documents he has had access to for weeks.  Giving us a few hours to examine the documents certainly calls into question the fairness of the process.”

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Sweeney the Blameless

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Sweeney---Forrest-Gump---Save-JerseySo whose eyes is Sweeney trying to pull the wool over, Save Jerseyans?

Sweeney apparently had no problem with the economy under Florio and Corzine, but now he decides to blame Christie for stifling the creation of jobs. I would have thought after Barbara what’s-her-name’s loss, Sweeney might have seen the light, but he is still reading from the playbook of talking points.

Under Jon Corzine New Jersey lost 27,200 total jobs, including 3,800 construction jobs, as of December 2007. In the month of October 2008 alone, New Jersey lost 6,000 jobs. New Jersey’s unemployment rate was at 6 percent, the highest monthly statewide rate since July 2003. The national unemployment rate was at 6.5 percent, a 14-year high. All while Steve Sweeney and his party dominated Trenton.

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2013′s Top 13 N.J. Winners

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

We’ll get to the losers a little bit later, Save Jerseyan, but for now (as well as for the sake of wrapping up a long, busy year on a “positive” note), here are the thirteen people/groups of people who undoubtedly walked away from 2013 with the most to be happy about in the New Jersey political world:

Winners

(1) Chris Christie

Christie close upDuh, I know, but it bears repeating that Chris Christie is now indisputably the most powerful Republican in the United States and, if the latest polls are any indication, well-positioned to upset Hillary Clinton. At the moment. A lot might happen (and go wrong) over the next few years. Any number of decisions including the DREAM Act could come back to haunt him. A scandal like Bridgegate could derail his own dreams or, despite his team’s best efforts, he might fight himself over-exposed and vulnerable to another candidate who hasn’t yet come into his or her own on the national stage. But that’s all speculative. Today, Chris Christie is undeniably the man to beat for both sides of the aisle. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where a politician could’ve had a stronger 2013.

(2) Extended Christie Team

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