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At tonight’s debate, some GOP education funding straight talk is long overdue

I don’t know if you’re following this nonsensical school funding “debate” between Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Save Jerseyans, but it’s rich. It really is! Prieto, aligned with the New Jersey (Mis)education Association, wants to spend an inordinate amount of tax dollars ($125 million) right away on education funding. Sweeney? He wants to […]

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Here are the four districts N.J. Republicans think they can flip in 2017

Conventional wisdom suggests that Election 2017 is going to be a rough one for New Jersey Republicans. Chris Christie’s approval rating is in the toilet. The map sucks. Etc. and so on. But candidate recruitment has been strong on the GOP end of the ledger this year, Save Jerseyans, especially on the Senate side, and […]

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NJEA Ready to Side with a Republican to Beat Sweeney in LD3?

It’s entirely possible, Save Jerseyans. “We’re looking for a new governor and a new Senate president,” shared in an interview. Check out the full story on Philly.com for more background. The Democrat Senate President’s rock relationship with New Jersey’s most powerful public sector union reached a boiling point last August when he accused the NJEA and Fraternal […]

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New Jersey’s Pension Crisis (The 60 Second Version)

Save Jersey contributors have written a TON about our state’s rapidly decaying public employee pension system, likely as much or more than any other publication in the state, academic or otherwise, but sometimes the 60 second version is the best place to start. It’s not as if what happened is all-too complicated…. h/t AEI Adjunct Scholar […]

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NJEA summons gubernatorial hopefuls to genuflect, kiss its butt as 2017 cycle begins

After spending inordinate amounts of cash to solidify Democrat control of the legislature back in 2015, Save Jerseyans, the State of New Jersey’s most powerful special interest group (which rarely hides its lack of concern for getting taxpayers and their kids a bang for their buck) is readying to wade into and dictate the outcome […]

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N.J. police union on campaign money threats over pensions: It’s advocacy, not bribery

TRENTON — The head of a state police union said through his lawyer Friday that threats to cut off campaign contributions to lawmakers over a pension ballot issue was not extortion as Senate President Stephen Sweeney has charged. Instead, Bob Fox, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, “intended nothing other than to advocate for […]


Looking at 2017 comeback, Angelini calls on former opponents to back Sweeney’s NJEA/FOP fight

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog Who said August is a black hole for news, Save Jerseyans? Not in New Jersey. Former Republican Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and her running mate, Caroline Casagrande, were swept out of LD11 last fall when Democrats and their allies spent approximately $1.5 million to unseat them in what was arguably the […]


Kean to Sweeney: Put up or shut up over NJEA’s institutionalized corruption

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog Senate President Steve Sweeney‘s explosive allegations lodged against public worker unions threatening to withhold campaign contributions from Democrats? All over a stalled pension contribution amendment? Not news to those of us who are paying attention and NOT on the take, Save Jerseyans. The relationship between Trenton Democrats and their union […]

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Sweeney bombshell: Investigate NJEA, cops union for extortion over pension threat

TRENTON — Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday said threats by public worker unions to withhold campaign contributions unless the Senate puts a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing pension payments on the fall ballot amounts to “bribery” and “extortion” and should be investigated by state and federal officials. Sweeney (D-Gloucester) at a Statehouse news conference, responded […]


Bateman becomes latest GOP legislator to declare against gas tax hike

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog Another GOP legislator says he won’t help pass a massive gas tax hike. “Most reasonable people accept that there is a cost associated with the upkeep, maintenance and expansion of our critical transportation infrastructure,” said Kip Bateman (R-Somerset) on Friday afternoon in a statement obtained by Save […]


Ciattarelli pans Democrat gas tax plan as “more seductive than compelling”

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Somerset) and Governor Chris Christie don’t always see eye-to-eye, Save Jerseyans, but when it comes to the new behind closed-doors deal cut between Democrats on the gas tax/TTF, their thinking appears to be similar. “It seems like what we needed all these years for there to […]


Cut the Budget. Really. How ‘Bout Now?

By Bill Spadea | The Daily Point This week two things happened that demonstrate without new leadership in Trenton our state will become increasingly unaffordable.  And that’s saying a lot considering we are already one of the highest tax burdened states in the nation. The Republican Governor and Democratic Senate President met and discussed how to […]

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Sweeney delivers Christie new gas tax plan to end N.J. road project shutdown

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney met privately Tuesday in an attempt to broker a deal to fund transportation projects and bring an end to a statewide construction freeze. Sweeney presented Christie with a new proposal for replenishing the now-expired and soon-to-be-broke Transportation Trust Fund, according to a spokesman for the […]


Sweeney says he’ll offer Christie new gas tax plans to end N.J. road work shutdown

TRENTON — Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday he will present multiple proposals to Gov. Chris Christie this week to re-up the Transportation Trust Fund and break a stalemate that’s suspended road and rail projects across the state. Sweeney (D-Gloucester), declined to elaborate on the funding plans, but acknowledged that timing is a concern as […]


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STANDOFF: Christie halts all road projects after Sweeney stalls TTF vote

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog It’s a standoff, Save Jerseyans. Contemporaneous with signing the FY2017 budget on Thursday night before the fiscal year ended on July 1st, Governor Christie Christie signed two executive orders. The first, EO-209, places millions of dollars in budget appropriations in fiscal reserve to counteract, as the Governor’s accompanying […]



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