Articles by Matt Rooney

Murphy, Christie act like they’re playing with Monopoly money

You may not have realized it, Save Jerseyans, but Monday was an exceptionally expensive day in your life as a New Jersey taxpayer. First out of the block, current Governor Chris Christie kicked things off by announcing the latest stage in an ongoing campaign to rehabilitate himself opioid addicts: a brand new $200 million spending […]

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See, Democrats? What were you so damn worried about?

Is there a DACA deal? Or not? This is Washington in the Trumpian, social media, post-party discipline age, Save Jerseyans, so it’s entirely possible that no one (including Twitter) knows for sure: – JUST IN: Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer say "President Trump's tweets are not inconsistent with the agreement reached last night" over DACA […]

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The anatomy of Phil Murphy’s purchased Democrat nomination

Phil Murphy remains the favorite to succeed Chris Christie in January, Save Jerseyans. The Democrat statewide candidate usually is. Let’s see how far he’s out in front after Labor Day. How he got the Democrat nomination is therefore a lot more interesting than anything he does — or fails to do — between now and […]

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Cory Booker makes more time for Menendez’s Newark trial than he ever did for Newark

You have to admire the loyalty which Cory Booker (D-Twitter) has shown to his ally Bob Menendez, Save Jerseyans. I guess? Even one MSNBC host was forced to admit that the case against the indicted Democrat Senator is “overwhelming” as his trial got underway in Newark this week, but Booker sat in the front row […]

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Five years post-Sandy, Jersey Shore’s Luna leads relief mission to Harvey-battered Texas

Frank Luna is best known to (most) of our readers as a prominent NJGOP operative and charmingly unapologetic and plain-talking Jersey Shore partisan who canvasses on a skateboard and rocks a mane that would put the Duck Dynasty cast to shame. Don’t let the free spirit facet of Frank’s persona fool you. He’s a brilliant […]

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Menendez’s trial could impact everything. Why isn’t the national media covering it?

If Bob Menendez is ultimately convicted of corruption in his federal trial that’s slated to commence this week, Save Jerseyans? As the President’s own adviser recently noted, it could tip the balance of NUMEROUS debates in Congress ranging from health care to tax reform. Reuters did a fine job of explaining the stakes: If he is […]

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Politically speaking? Christie’s worst mistake wasn’t Bridgegate. Not even close.

Hindsight is 20/20, Save Jerseyans. We all know that. Governor Chris Christie shared a little of his own on Wednesday’s edition of Morning Joe, confessing that the biggest mistake of his nearly-complete two terms in Trenton was “hiring the people who pulled the shenanigans” at the George Washington Bridge way back in 2013 during his reelection […]

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Phil Murphy isn’t talking like he’s up 30 points

This summer’s limited public polling suggested that Kim Guadagno has a yuuuuuge hill to climb over the next couple of months, Save Jerseyans. Whether she’s really down 9 or 27 points in the gubernatorial race with Phil Murphy (D-Goldman Sachs) is nevertheless a matter of some debate. I broke it all down for you back […]

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GOP legislator pressed over Confederate flag photo; his response to critics says it all.

New Jersey Assemblyman Parker Space (R-24) and his wife, Jill, hail from a part of the Garden State that, at least politically, can feel more like South Carolina than North Jersey. The Skylands are red, and Assemblyman Space’s views issues including the Second Amendment reflect it. So does his taste in music. This Facebook post from […]

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VIDEO: Christie swipes at Texas ‘hypocrites’ over disaster aid. But were they?

Twenty Texas representatives opposed the Sandy aid package a few years back; no one should be surprised that that decision elicited a strong response from Chris Christie on Monday as Harvey continued to pound the Houston region: But will a future Harvey bill contain the same level of pork barrel spending that characterized the Sandy […]

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FYI America: Urban Democrat leadership is (still) dangerous to your health

Houston-area allies of that grand Texas city’s Democrat mayor, Sylvester Turner (pictured above), now claim evacuating ahead of Hurricane Harvey would’ve been “nonsensical” notwithstanding the fact that everyone KNEW super-flat Houston was in danger from heavy rains. Residents were told to bunker down and avoid protective action: Ignore unfounded, unsourced weather predictions that have needlessly frightened Houstonians. Get […]

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SEE, I TOLD YOU SO: Stockton declares war on its namesake, a signer of the Declaration of Independence

When they came of the Confederate monuments after Charleston, Save Jerseyans, history nerds like yours truly protested the inevitable slippery slope. If Robert E. Lee needs to go over slavery… what about George Washington? Or Jefferson? Could the calls for Mount Vernon and Monticello to be shuttered be far behind? Where do we draw the […]

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Weinberg-style Democrats don’t want ‘clean’ energy; they might want Flintstones cars!

President Barack Obama took a half-hearted approach to tackling the oil-by-rail boom during his years in office, Save Jerseyans, because some BIG money liberals (like Warren Buffett and Tom Steyer) have made fortunes off of the dangerous practice (side note: Obama was a magnet for Big Oil cash). THAT is why, curiously enough, so many […]

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Visualizing Phil Murphy’s Reckless #WarOnMath (and N.J. Taxpayers)

Sometimes a visual speaks far louder than words, Save Jerseyans, and who doesn’t love graphs/charts? So here is a visual representation of the tax/spending plans, to date, of 2018 New Jersey gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy (D-Goldman Sachs): – That barely noticeable blue column represent the revenues  – $1.3 billion – Phil plans to bring in […]

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HE’S BACK: Lonegan’s CD5 announcement planned for Thursday

Steve Lonegan is back in the hunt, Save Jerseyans. This time? He’s running for the seat formerly held by Scott Garrett. According to an invitation received by Save Jersey (and subsequently confirmed by a source close to Lonegan), the former Bogota Mayor’s announcement of a 2018 New Jersey 5th Congressional District campaign is planned for […]

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Booker wants to remove Confederate statues. Will his ambition doom the Dems?

Polling data is dropping fast and furious, Save Jerseyans, and surprise surprise, strong majorities of Americans do not support ripping down Confederate monuments. 62% according to a PBS/NPR/Marist survey; 86% of those polled simultaneously condemned white supremacy. But good old Cory Booker (D-Twitter) isn’t running to lead Americans past all of this nonsense. He’s running […]

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