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Thanksgiving just got a lot less sucky, NJ motorists!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie declined to answer direct questions about the Transportation Trust Fund and a proposed gas tax hike, Save Jerseyans, other than to say that Trenton is working it out, as he stood side-by-side with Senate President Steve Sweeney and DOT’s Jamie Fox on Friday, cars whizzing by the Molly Pitcher Service Area at high speeds (and with a few honks) to celebrate the ceremonial opening of six new lanes between exits 6 and 9.

More on that later.

The cost of the $7 billion Turnpike capital improvement program (which looks pretty nice, by the way, and just in time for holiday shopping) was funded by a less-than-nice 53% Turnpike toll hike and a 50% Garden State Parkway toll hike…


10 Appropriate N.J. State Song Selections

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey’s credit sucks as much as its tax rates, business climate and stubbornly-sluggish jobs market, Save Jerseyans, but that hasn’t stopped our legislators from wasting time debating a state song with the same obnoxiously carefree attitude that they exhibit when wasting our money, all while our family and neighbors run for the bridges.

None of their song choices are particularly appropriate. Here are ten much better suggestions from Save Jersey which, if we’re being honest (they rarely are) would make a lot more sense given the state of things in the Garden State… 

(1) Elvis Presley – I’m Movin’ On (1969)


Chances Aimee Belgard Won’t Cry Watching This Ad? Zero.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard is the first non-incumbent, DCCC-backed candidate to actively AVOID the cameras (and her opponent), Save Jerseyans, and I don’t think this new major TV spot from the MacArthur campaign is going to cure her politically-induced agoraphobia… hmmm….

Debuting Tuesday throughout NJ-03:

150+ YRs Party with Guardian on Steel Pier

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Hanging out with Mayor Don Guardian and some awesome Young Republicans in Atlantic City

Days after 60,000 country fans descended on Atlantic City’s beaches for an open air concert, Save Jerseyans, a smaller but no less enthusiastic crowd of 150+ gathered Saturday night on the historic Steel Pier to celebrate Young Republicanism and, it’s hoped, a new lease on life for the struggling Boardwalk Empire under the leadership of Republican Mayor Don Guardian.

We had a ton of fun, too, which is always critically important! How can you not have fun with a full bar, perched over the lapping waves of the Atlantic, within full view of the fully-lit casinos skyline? And for what it’s worse, you can’t convince other young people that you’re the best party out there if your actual parties stink. Can you?


Christie: Federal Tax Code is “Wet Blanket”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie dropped by Wall Street on Wednesday afternoon to address America’s top financial figures at an annual hedge-fund ‘Delivering Alpha’ conference.

His primary message was as obvious and straightforward as it is important:

Winners and Losers, Budget Edition

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Moving VanThe list doesn’t change much from year to year, does it? Because tax relief remains as elusive as ever…

So, in no particular order on the morning after…


1. Pennsylvania

2. New York

3. North Carolina

4. South Carolina

5. Delaware


The Conservative Case Against This Budget

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey’s $34.1 billion FY 2015 budget stinks for a host of different reasons, Save Jerseyans, all of which we’ve discussed here at Save Jersey including a measure that ADDS new members to the imperiled public benefits system, and we’ll continue to hope that Governor Chris Christie surprises us and uses his veto pen liberally but, for now, here’s a clip of Asm. Jay Webber (R-Morris) who did a solid job of summarizing where Democrats (and his own GOP) went astray from the floor on Thursday:

Trenton Moves to the Left of Cryan?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Joe Cryan

Joe Cryan

THIS is how sad it’s getting in Trenton, Save Jerseyans.

The following blurb from our AFP-NJ friends’ post-Assembly budget vote release caught my eye: “If reports are true, only Asm. Cryan and a few others in the Democratic caucus opposed this tax-hiking budget. We commend Asm. Cryan for pushing for a 4% across-the-board cut in the budget[.]“

Yes, Joe Cryan was the only one proposing cuts. 4%. Across-the-board.

Okay. I want to make it abundantly clear: anyone, Democrat or Republican, who claims that there is almost nothing to cut from the FY 2015 Budget is to the Left of Assemblyman Joe Cryan!

One of the legislature’s most partisan, liberal, and romantic (I might add) senior members.


Are Tax Abatements Worth the Cost?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tax abatements remains hugely controversial, Save Jerseyans, and they’re back in the news because of recent activity in Camden and Jersey City. Interestingly, unlike many of the issues raised here at Save Jersey, there isn’t a clear consensus on either side of the aisle. For example, right-of-center thinkers can’t agree; Americans For Prosperity (see below) is often found in opposition whereas other actors (including some folks over at The Heritage Foundation) have lauded tax credits with helping spur economic development.

Learn more about it and draw your own conclusion as to whether the cost is worth it… it is, after all your money:

How to Survive in New Jersey on $200 a Day

By Joe Schilp | Joe’s Blog

Single family homeMost people probably never think about the cost of living in New Jersey, but when you get right down to it, if you’re part of a typical Middle Class family of four, it will cost you approximately $200 a day just to live in New Jersey.

I know, that sounds outrageous, right?  But go ahead, add up your expenses and you’ll be stunned to see that it costs you roughly $200/day – probably more – just to live here. 

Middle class New Jersey residents, your expenses are:


Christie Assesses “Limited Options”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Citing factors including the pension indiscretions of his predecessors and, in a moment of candor, his own government’s economists’ overly-optimistic assessment of the effect of federal tax changes, Save Jerseyans, Governor Chris Christie told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Summit in Washington on Wednesday that time is running out for our state not just to plug an $800 million budget gap but to save New Jersey as a general matter.

Pretty much…

When is a plan forthcoming? “Next week,” so says the Governor, but he promised that it would not include new tax increase proposals: 

Robin Hood Budgets Are Killing Us

Trenton Mismanagement, Federal Obamanomics Sow Seeds of Fiscal Mayhem in New Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Robin HoodIt’s already starting, Save Jerseyans.

Shameless as ever, Trenton Democrats are trying to lay blame for an $807 million budget gap at the feet of our embattled Governor Chris Christie.

And to be 100% fair, the Guv has made a few missteps, not the least of which was failing to pitch budgets with less spending on the front end and the less-than-aggressive use of his line-item veto power on the back end. Salt on the wound? Levying taxes on e-cigarettes and Internet transactions only serves to further muddy the waters and reinforce a dangerous misconception in voters’ minds:

That “revenue,” not spending, is the problem.

Wrong! No, no, no! Our deep fiscal problems embodied by yesterday’s grim announcement are spending based, and the goofy revenue “strategy” that’s dominated Trenton’s thinking for nearly the past two decades is exacerbating those problems. The only silver lining? We have new definitive proof to back up our counter-argument coming out of this latest fiscal crisis.

No myths. Only facts…


New Jersey Economic Reality

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The good news, Save Jerseyans?

Even in light of rampant institutional corruption, a sluggish job market, ever-increasing taxes and broken public schooling, our next generation of New Jerseyans do still have SOME career options in their native state…


MacArthur Launches

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Thus far, the main pillar of Steve Lonegan’s CD3 primary campaign has involved impeaching the mayoral record of opponent Tom MacArthur. A recent Lonegan ad asserts that MacArthur’s time at the head of Randolph’s government earned him the designation “Republican in Name Only” or RINO.

The MacArthur campaign struck back on Thursday by launching an entire site – – dedicated to Lonegan’s mayoral record in Bogota, one which it considers less-than-flattering.