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Challenging the “Meeting Parents” Myth

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie once again defended his magazine ban veto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, fending off a horde of hungry media ghouls during a campaign swing in Connecticut on behalf of the RGA’s gubernatorial candidate:

Can I be brutally frank with you for a moment? As if you expected anything less…

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Guv Makes Light of Rock Video Flub

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Well, it’s certainly not the roll-out they were hoping for.

The Christie Administration raised a few eyebrows over the past 24 hours when it abruptly took down a pension reform promo featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s name before taking it down and relaunching the video without him, Save Jerseyans, and neither the Rock nor the Guv or their respective people are talking about it, but while the golden media touch he once enjoyed is conspicuously lacking these days, Governor Christie still had the good sense to take it all in stride:

The Rock Says ‘Support Christie’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The jabronis (sp?) is the New Jersey State Legislature better listen up, Save Jerseyans: Governor Chris Christie’s most fearsome supporter is helping the Garden State GOP’er in a new ad campaign, mocked up like a movie trailer teaser, aimed at pushing new pension and benefits reforms over the summer months.

He promised pain at his recent Caldwell town hall; no one saw this coming:

FYI – ‘The Rock’ (a.k.a. actor Dwayne Johnson) is a registered Republican.

57% of all new revenues over the past four (4) years have gone toward paying down pension, health benefit and debt obligations.

This isn’t Christie’s first assist from a Hollywood heavyweight; former NBA great Shaq cut a campaign commercial for him last fall.

 

MacArthur Learns from Romney’s Mistakes

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

One of the major complaints cited by Republican observers of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign? He wasn’t very comfortable discussing his impressive track record of public philanthropy and private charity. That made it all-too-easy for Democrats to smear the successful businessman as a cold, robotic millionaire unconcerned with the plight of hard working Americans.

NJ-03′s Tom MacArthur, himself a well-heeled former executive who’s considered to have an early advantage in what is arguably New Jersey’s only seriously competitive 2014 House race, is determined to avoid that pitfall as evidenced by his first general election TV spot, “Integrity,” released on Friday:

Christie on Hobby Lobby: Who Knows?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday morning to discuss the FY 2015 New Jersey budget but, inevitably, Hobby Lobby came up.

His answer, when asked to weigh in on the SCOTUS ruling by the pro-choice gaggle sitting around him, could best be described as… 

…fiercely non-committal?

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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:

You Know What This Ad Proves?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

…that liberals shouldn’t own guns, Save Jerseyans. Nothing more, nothing less.

Speechless:



Christie Says Dems Waging ‘Class Warfare’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A woman protests Governor Christie's pension payment walk-back at his 6/25/14 Haddon Heights Town Hall (photo credit: Alyssa LaFage)

A woman protests Governor Christie’s pension payment walk-back at his 6/25/14 Haddon Heights Town Hall (photo credit: Alyssa LaFage)

I thoroughly enjoyed attending my first Christie town hall in a long time on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, though to be 100% honest with you, the pall of a budget battle palpably hung heavily over Governor Chris Christie’s 122nd such gathering hosted at an elementary school in suburban Haddon Heights.

Pension protesters (see right) overwhelmingly supplanted those determined to discuss alleged pending Bridgegate-related indictments hours before a Mercer County Superior Court judge sided with the Administration’s position over that of organized labor.

Still, the Governor’s opening comments to the 300-ish attendees were less optimistic and upbeat than usual - the fictional Marty McFly might’s said “heavy” – and the tenor of the day’s discussion didn’t get too much more chipper from there on out despite his best attempts to mix in a little humor (and he did get some laugh lines as per usual). Also noticeably absent were any of the Governor’s situational allies in the South Jersey Democrat Machine; only Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. was in attendance, a staunch support of police consolidated backed by the Administration, but he politely got up and left half way through the event.

No Steve Sweeney, nor Dana Redd, nor Donald Norcross (even though Heights is in his district).

A sign of the mood 45 minutes north on I-295? Christie was stoic, sober yet undeniably fatalistic about the next steps in the choreographed budget drama. “…[the Democrats] passed yesterday a whole bunch of these taxes in committee,” Christie explained, providing a little background for his audience. “I assume they are going to pass them tomorrow in the full senate and assembly.”

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Hilldawg Is So 1990s

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Hillary and ObamaHillary Clinton’s presidential polling position is actually pretty underwhelming at the moment for a heavily-favored frontrunner, Save Jerseyans, but since we don’t have a “none of the above” option in American politics, Hilldawg’s fate is contingent upon the relative strength of her GOP opponents. Or lack thereof as appears to be the case.

It’s not for lack of opportunity for an effective offensive. Her Hard Choices book tour isn’t generating the positive attention that she’d hoped to garner. From the optical periphery, the Obama Administration’s continued bungling is making it harder for her to great distance between herself and Benghazi, a scandal which her book was supposed to help diffuse.

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Ask the Governor @ 7PM

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s time for yet another rousing edition of NJ 101.5′s ‘Ask the Governor’ program, Save Jerseyans.

Once every month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hops behind a radio microphone and fields your questions. A number of topics could surface this week including, but not limited to, the arbitration cap compromise and the Sixers/Camden practice facility deal

Watch a live stream right here beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The station’s call-in information is below the fold…

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Who’s Ready to Apologize to Mitt?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Mitt Romney’s eerily prophetic foreign policy pronouncements up through the 2012 Election stand in stark contrast to Joe Biden’s long history of being wrong about ev-er-y-thing, Save Jerseyans. I can’t help wonder where we’d be today if we had a leader in the White House who knew how to negotiate his way around a tricky situation that wasn’t reducible to a bracket.

Check out Romney’s take on the fate of Iraq back in 2007…

Bell Blasts Booker and His “Mentor”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Can a campaign centered upon monetary policy succeed against the Cory Booker (D-Twitter) celebrity steamroller, Save Jerseyans?

GOP nominee Jeff Bell insists it’s possible. We want to believe him.

Watch:

Chris Christie’s ‘Evolution of Dance’

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The "This Bridge is Closed" maneuver

The “This Bridge is Closed” maneuver.

You won’t ever be able to forget this Thursday night Jimmy Fallon-generated video even if you spend every last nickle on therapy, Save Jerseyans…

Presidential? Meh. Sometimes I feel like a 70-year old trapped in a 30-year old body. Guilty. Our snarky, gimmicky, voyeuristic, 140-character culture’s left me behind and I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit it.

Helpful? Maybe; it’s shrewd marketing (see above), and public interest in Bridgegate is waning as the SCI drones on endlessly (and pointlessly) and Governor Chris Christie skillfully employs a strategy of comedic self-deprecation.

Funny? I may be old fashioned but I ain’t dead! Nearly spilled my coffee all over the keyboard. The man can move, especially since he’s….

#showingoffthatnewbod:

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#TBT: Uncle Joe’s Big Baghdad Oops Clip

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

That time back in 2010 when Joe Biden said Iraq was one of President Obama’s ‘Great Achievements’… in light of what’s going on today in the outskirts of Baghdad…

“It’s Between the Brothers”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Regular Save Jersey readers are fully aware of my thoughts on the Bridgegate SCI’s value (or lack thereof), Save Jerseyans. It’s a joke, not a very funny one admittedly, and I think more people are waking up to it every day despite some folks’ torturous attempts to detect a story line worth belaboring. So why not try to laugh?

For starters, am I the only one who immediately recalled this ionic Godfather II scene (see below) when former Christie campaign guru Bill Stepien and his attorney joined the gallery during  Monday’s Kevin O’Dowd testimony?

All joking aside….

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LIVE: Christie’s COS Testifies

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The man who might be New Jersey’s next state attorney general gets his turn to discuss the Bridgegate scandal under the heat lamps this morning, Save Jerseyans.

Christie Administration Chief of Staff Kevin O’Dowd will testify before the Wiz’s SCI at 10:30 a.m. in the Statehouse Annex. In December, the Governor had announced O’Dowd as his choice to replace then-U.S. Senator Jeff Chiesa following Frank Lautenberg passing but, in the wake of Bridgegate, his ascension was placed on the back burner. He had figured prominently in the Bridgegate memoranda prepared by the Administration’s retained attorneys; for example, he reportedly “grilled” Bridget Kelly over her role in the Fort Lee lane closures after the story broke.

You can watch LIVE here or streaming below the fold…

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Protesters Confront Christie, Corbett in PA

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie might’ve actually enjoyed his visit to the Pittsburgh area on Friday in his capacity as RGA Chairman, Save Jerseyans, notwithstanding the hordes of liberal protesters who showed up to shadow incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett at a private fundraiser at the Omni William Penn Hotel and Primanti Bros. restaurant.

He’s never shied away from conflict. What’s more, it’s a reminder that someone’s got it a lost worse than him: