Jesus Christ is risen today, Save Jerseyans. Hallelujah!
For a uniquely New Jersey touch, here’s a celebratory hymn (one of my favorites) as performed by the Shrewsbury Presbyterian Church Bell Choir and Choir:
What else can you say about people who refuse believe in something they can’t see but are also equally confident in declaring, with 100% certainly, that it doesn’t exist? Yup. It’s irrational to the say the least…
A little Holy Week humor served up with a heaping dose of common sense courtesy of comedian (and self-described conservative Christian) Brad Stine:
Good luck, Mr. Governor:
This video is from Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Franklin Township; Governor Christie’s fighting to save the arbitration cap that was central to his property tax reform legacy before Assembly Democrats allowed it to expire two weeks ago.
A who’s who of New Jersey Republicans and Christiecrats joined Governor Chris Christie on the steps of Trenton’s War Memorial on Monday, Save Jerseyans, all to demand Assembly action on the expired arbitration cap credited with keeping Garden State property tax increases to record lows. For example, whereas property tax bills increased on average by 2.4% and 1.6% in 2011 and 2012 respectively, those same taxpayers’ bills had rose by a minimum of 7% during the years between 2004 and 2006.
It’s a no brainer for everyone except Vince Prieto’s caucus.
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) took to the floor of the House on Thursday to express support for Concurrent Resolution 96, otherwise known as the “Path to Prosperity” championed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a measure which balances the budget in 10 years but has nevertheless generated considerable controversy among Republicans both inside and outside of the beltway.
The measure ultimately passed narrowly, 219 to 205. Here’s the video of Rep. Lance’s brief remarks:
The key excerpt…
Our sometime contributor Susanne LaFrankie recently got a visit from the Daily News during dinner prep at her Haddonfield home, Save Jerseyans, to discuss her post-ABC television career as a consultant, professor, and mother:
Staying at home hasn’t meant retirement, though, and she says she’s doing consulting work, teaching communications at Wharton and La Salle and helping nonprofits get more exposure. She even traveled to Havana, Cuba, recently with her older son.
With the prospect of an empty nest looming, she says, she plans to make herself even busier.
“I don’t think I could ever really retire,” she says, dropping the meatballs into a pan of olive oil.
Does it get any more delightfully Jersey than that?
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Perhaps there was never any hope for a clean GOP primary in CD3 this cycles, Save Jerseyans. The latest TV spot to hit the airwaves is indicative of what we have to look forward to over the next two months:
A theme is emerging. You may have heard Mark Levin read an anonymously-authored post from Red State on air last Wednesday evening, titled “Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in New Jersey?”
The post echoes many of the points included in the Lonegan ad above, a post which candidate MacArthur labeled “creepy” in a fiery letter to his primary rival since it cited his daughter’s Facebook page to allege that he still doesn’t reside in CD3 (aside: both candidates are transplants from North Jersey).
My honest take?
Governor Chris Christie is getting plenty of bad press from last week’s birthday roast of Brendan Byrne (the jerk who gave us our state income tax for those who don’t remember him), and it’s all through no fault of his own. He’s an easy mark these days just for showing up. I told you this was where we were headed.
Did you catch what that broom-less witch Joy Behar said?
Hard to watch. I know.
Toast or not, Save Jerseyans, the Guv is under no obligation to butter himself and hop into the toaster oven. Don’t do their job for them, Governor Christie. Stay away from this crap for the foreseeable future. It’s not working for you, but if you stop going, you’ll not only be less exposed, but we won’t even know the event happened for want of coverage since you’re the only story! It’s a win-win…
More than a few significant GOP donors believe Jeb Bush should be the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential if Governor Chris Christie is unable to recover from Bridgegate. These money men and women would tell you that they’re not so much concerned by problems with the Bush brand as with polls showing most other GOP potential nominees (Paul, Rubio, Cruz, etc.) trailing Hillary Clinton by wide margins.
With all of that in mind, the former Florida governor went out of his way to make it abundantly clear over the weekend at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of his father’s administration that his views – on issues ranging from illegal immigration to “winning the election vs. the argument” – are very much in-line with Christie’s own (if not a large segment of the base):
Governor Chris Christie returned to Sandy-flooded Sayreville on Thursday to field residents questions, concerns, and even one survivor’s words of gratitude:
Notably absent? John Wisniewski, chairman of the Bridgegate SCI who hails from (and represents) Sayreville.
This isn’t the first time that Chris Christie declared defeat in the so-called War on Drugs, Save Jerseyans, saying something very similar back in 2012 at the Brookings Institution. Since that time, Governor Christie has signed a controversial “Good Samaritan” law immunizing people reporting overdoses from prosecution for possession and pushed for sentencing reforms but refused to consider decriminalization of pot for non-medicinal purposes.
Next on the list? Boosting a pilot program in Monmouth and Ocean counties whereby local law enforcement will be armed with a drug capable of saving the lives of heroin overdosers, a problem that’s reaching epidemic levels in the Garden State:
I had the pleasure of visiting with the Burlington County Young Republicans on Tuesday night in Evesham, Save Jerseyans, where young leaders from Burlco’s myriad of school boards, municipal committees and town councils mix and meet with freeholders, legislators and party leaders (while washing all of that politics down with some Chicago-style pizza and cold beer).
The Phillies’ game was naturally streaming on a flat screen in the background, too, but a healthy dose of candidate speeches marked by appeals for campaign volunteerism are the hallmark of any respectable party gathering.
Among Tuesday evening’s special guests was Tom MacArthur, candidate for the House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.
At first blush, the almost disarmingly-chill MacArthur’s strongest contrast with primary opponent Steve Lonegan isn’t ideological but stylistic; unlike the notoriously blustery and unapologetically intense former mayor of Bogota, MacArthur exudes a quiet charisma that kept the audience of 50+ attendees fixated as he talked about he and his wife’s decision to “choose life” when they learned that their daughter would be born with severe handicaps, the need to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, and ways to make the tax code fairer for employers struggling to maintain or expand their payrolls.
We’re grateful that Tom sat down for a chat with Save Jersey before the rest of the YRs arrived…
If Minority Leader Jon Bramnick’s GOP caucus regularly went after Trenton’s Democrats with the same skill and ferocity with which he took apart Bonnie Watson Coleman and her MSNBC buddies the other night, Save Jerseyans, then we’d be well on our way to majority status! He didn’t let her up off the mat…