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Budget Stalemate Threatens 2018 Transportation Projects Worth $4B

Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday met workers at an Interstate 95 project in Mercer County that is being funded by the Transportation Trust Fund. Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers remained in a stalemate yesterday over the next state budget, moving another day closer to the date when the state constitution would […]


Sweeney, NJEA Square off in Ugly Brawl About School Funding

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) In an ironic twist, the fate of school funding for next year may not hinge on the usual Democratic-Republican politics, but instead on what has become a nasty feud between New Jersey’s top Democrat and its dominant teachers union. State Senate President Steve Sweeney and the New Jersey Education […]



Lawmakers reach $171M deal on school funding

TRENTON — Top Democratic lawmakers who have been pushing competing plans to repair education funding in New Jersey said Wednesday they have agreed to a deal that would increase state funding by $125 million. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) said their plan that would add $100 million in new […]


NJEA Ditches Sweeney, Votes to Endorse His Republican Challenger in LD3

We knew it was a possibility, Save Jerseyans, but now it’s a reality. According to PolitickerNJ, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)’s political action committee “voted unanimously on Friday to endorse Fran Grenier, the chairman of the Salem County Republican Party, for the state Senate seat in the 3rd District,” over Democrat Senate President Steve Sweeney. […]

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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 […]