By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog
1,000-ish Republicans gathered for Assemblyman Jay Webber‘s annual Reagan Day dinner on Wednesday night, Save Jerseyans, this year at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park. The annual event’s attendance continues to grow (adding an overflow room this year) as the young Morris County legislator, who is a member of the Reagan Ranch’s board, continues to remain in the discuss for a future statewide office or congressional seat campaign.
This year’s headliner: Donald Rumsfeld, the charismatic and controversial former Congressman, White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Defense for two presidents in addition to a Reagan-era foreign policy ace.
Rutgers economist Milton Friedman once said that Reagan’s selection of George H. W. Bush was “the worst decision not only of his campaign but of his presidency” and that Rumsfeld, “had he been chosen… would have succeeded Reagan as president and the sorry Bush-Clinton period would never have occurred.”
Wednesday’s remarks focused on the challenges of our present day.
“This isn’t the kind of thing that’s going to end with a signing ceremony,” explained Rumsfeld, referring to the War on Terror while addressing an audience question. “We can’t defend everywhere. The only solution to this kind of problem is offense; we’ve got to go after them and kill them.”
The event was attended by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and opened with a solemn invocation from Rafael Cruz, an evangelical minister and father of presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.