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UPDATE: Bramnick Goes to Bat for Shaneen Allen; Christie Won’t Act Pre-Adjudication

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie bridgegate presserUpdate: Our old friend Art Gallagher of MMM reached out to Chris Christie’s front office to see whether he’d intervene in the case now; he was told by the Governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, that the pardon power is “only available once a case is adjudicated and upon formal request to the governor for consideration.” It’s an interesting question and, to the best of my knowledge, preemptive pardons are completely acceptable at the federal level with precedent for it going back to 1866. I welcome all of you amateur state constitutional experts out there to dive into Article II Section II.1 and render your own opinion regarding the state of the gubernatorial prerogative right here in New Jersey…

Original: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick sounded every bit like the seasoned defense attorney that he is is during a snap press conference at the State House on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, speaking out in favor of a GOP bill that would grant greater judicial discretion in situation analogous to that of Philadelphia mother Shaneen Allen.  


Christie and Cuomo vs. ISIS

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to strategize another possible-to-imminent war kinetic action micro-aggressive response (?), Save Jerseyans, this time to the mounting ISIS threat. Just please don’t call it ISIS; he likes ISIL.


In any event, despite the fact that the Obama Administration also insists that ISIS is a regionally-contained threat (if true, then why are we fighting them?), Governor Chris Christie and his counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, huddled up on Monday to discuss their own independent review of regional security; referencing the President’s ISIS speech, the pair announced a bi-state survey of state police and homeland security efforts in New Jersey and New York. The findings are due in ten days:


Christie: “We’ll Get Crist Unconfused”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie’s RGA campaign swing through Florida on Friday was chock-full of fund sound bites, Save Jerseyans, ahead of what promises to be seven weeks of fierce campaigning in a statistically-tied race:

Christie, GOP Leaders Share 9/11 Reflections

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order No.162 this week, Save Jerseyans, directing that all New Jersey state buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Thursday, September 11, 2014, the 13th anniversary (yeah, it’s been THAT long) of the 9/11 terror attacks that claimed the lives of 746 New Jersey residents. He also declared it a “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” throughout the entirety of New Jersey.

He are his remarks on the subject offered yesterday during a school visit in Camden:


The Math Behind Your Property Tax Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

When more than 50% of New Jersey state aid is dedicated to 5% of our schools, Save Jerseyans, thanks largely to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s interference, then no one should be surprised when New Jersey’s property taxes are the highest in the nation. It’s simple math… something that they’re not doing a particularly good job of teaching in those 5%-districts! Or many of the rest of them, too, if we’re being honest.

School funding is one of our favorite topics at Save Jersey; if you’re a visual learner, here’s a particularly excellent explanatory video dropped by the Assembly GOP on Tuesday. It’s hard to ignore the problem when the numbers are staring right back at you…

Lonegan, Forbes Launch “Fix the Dollar”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Steve Lonegan kicked off the next stage of his political career on Wednesday in NYC, Save Jerseyans, with long-time friend Steve Forbes at his side for the “Fix the Dollar” launch at Trinity Place Restaurant, a former bank. The scenery was appropriate.

Here’s what you missed:

Joan Rivers: Walking, Talking Truth Bomb

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey

“If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe’em out!”

I, for one, didn’t take offense when Joan Rivers transposed “Palestinians” with “New Jerseyans” back in July of this year to explain, as only she can, why Israel has an absolute right to defend itself in the face of ongoing terrorist attacks (see below). There wasn’t a malicious bone in her body and, 9 times out of 10, she hit the nail directly on the head (even when it hurt as much as that sounds). It’s a big part of explanation for how she got away with dropping deliciously-outrageous truth bombs for decades on American television and delighting audiences across gender, age and economic lines.

Joan Rivers wasn’t afraid to piss off anyone over anything. I can’t help but admire that. She was an undeniably honest force in an age of Twitter-using, ribbon-wearing, politically-correct artificiality. Rare authenticity in an age of artificiality. Our culture’s atmosphere just got a little more stagnant with her passing.

She could’ve run for Governor of New Jersey! We could’ve done worse. We HAVE done worse.

Rest in peace, Joan Rivers. You were truly one of a kind, one which we’re certainly lacking in this world of ours:

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.


The Land of Opportunity

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

From the Land of Lincoln to the Land of Clinton, Governor Chris Christie spent the Wednesday before Labor Day Weekend stumping in Arkansas for Asa Hutchinson, Save Jerseyans; the RGA Chair hopes that this particular state lives up to its nickname and yields another pick up in November; recent polling isn’t doing anything to dissuade anyone:

Christie: Illinois Makes New Jersey “Blush”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie is spending a healthy chunk of his RGA chairmanship (and war chest) in the Land of Lincoln, Save Jerseyans, helping Republican Bruce Rauner finish the job and build on his lead over Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn. It’s all for good reason. As Christie noted during a Monday campaign swing in a conversation with supporters, he detects real parallels between this year’s race in Illinois and his own in 2009 against Jon Corzine.

Turning one of America’s bluest states red would also be a huge feather in Chris Christie’s cap heading into 2016 when, again, Illinois might prove as crucial to his delegate count as it did for Mitt Romney in 2012. He can’t run nationally on taking back the N.J. legislature or an unimpeachable conservative track record; his team does want to make the point that he’s a party-builder and Illinois is one of the places they’d like to point throughout 2015 and beyond. It’s a “point of contrast.”

Democrats aren’t going down easily. Keeping it light, Gov. Christie pointed to Illinois 11th hour law changes, including a same-day voter registration law, as evidence of very un-Democrat behavior even by Garden State standards…


Christie in Kansas Talking Missouri

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The reelection campaign of Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS) remains close, Save Jerseyans, prompting a high-level visit from none other than RGA Chairman Chris Christie on Wednesday, but the nation’s most high profile Republican public official couldn’t get away from questions about the events 300 miles away in Ferguson, Missouri…

Post-Ferguson, Christie Defends U.S. Police

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie police fergusonFerguson is on everyone’s minds, Save Jerseyans, so America’s favorite Republican sound bite machine was bound to draw a question concerning it. “Do you think there’s a problem just in general in this country with the way police handle and treat young black men and black teenagers?” Christie-tracking reporter ace Matt Katz asked the Governor during his Friday visit to Asbury Park.

“Listen, I think it’s very dangerous to make generalizations about anybody like that, Matt,” Governor Christie responded, without blinking. “We have millions of dedicated men and women who are police officers across this country who work in grave danger every day to try to make sure that they protect innocent people across this country.” You can listen to the audio here.

And here’s video capturing how the crowd reacted:


Senators Take State House Steps Ice Bath

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been the thing to do this summer, Save Jerseyans, as friends, family members and co-workers guilt each other into participating in what might be the first ever truly viral charity gimmick which, to day, is grossing better than $13 million.

Several high profile New Jersey politicians have already taken the plunge and shared their icy experience via Facebook and Twitter; on Monday, Senator Kevin O’Toole was joined by Senate President Steve Sweeney and a gaggle of other legislators to celebrate the 30,000 they’ve raised thus far.

Man, what I wouldn’t give to throw ice water on some of Trenton’s IDEA. One step at a time, I suppose…


Christie Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

If you’re unfamiliar with the social media-driven ‘ice bucket challenge’ to raise awareness (and money) for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), then click here for an update.

Otherwise this speaks for itself; the only question is how many of the Governor’s detractors would’ve donated their life savings to an ALS charity for a chance to dump the bucket: