MATT ROONEY – Save Jersey’s Founder & Blogger-in-Chief
“There is no conservative Republican activist in New Jersey with a greater ability to reach and influence the Republican wing of the state Republican party.”
Then a 23-year old law student looking to make a difference in his home state, Matt Rooney launched The Save Jersey Blog in August 2008 without any fanfare, a $0 budget and a homemade Facebook group page. He began to write about both trending and under-the-radar topics in New Jersey politics. Matt recognized a critical need for an independent, pro-taxpayer voice in the New Jersey media and sought to meet it.
Over the next few years, Matt’s one-man blogging operation quickly blossomed into the primary online gathering place for New Jersey’s long-beleaguered conservative movement with tens of thousands of weekly visitors (and some very vocal detractors, too) and over a million unique visitors over the past year.
Since May 2008, Save Jersey has been repeatedly recognized in recent years as a force in New Jersey politics; most recently, Matt made the New Jersey Globe Power List (2018), was ranked #46 on InsiderNJ’s 100 Media Power List, named a “Rising Star” in state politics by Gannett’s New Jersey newspapers, a top politics and policy tweeter by NJSpotlight, and as #12 on Chasing New Jersey‘s ‘Chasing Power’ 2014 list for his work at Save Jersey. In 2012, he received the nationally-recognized Independence Hall Tea Party Association’s (IHTPA) 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Courageous Journalism.
He is currently a regular weekly ‘A+ panelist’ on Chasing News with Bill Spadea.
Matt is a life-long New Jersey resident born at Camden City’s Cooper Hospital in 1984 and raised in nearby Oaklyn. When he’s not fighting for a freer and more prosperous Garden State, Matt is a practicing attorney at the South Jersey-based law firm of DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C. in Haddon Heights, Camden County, focusing on New Jersey family, personal injury, civil litigation and municipal court matters. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 2010 from the Rutgers University School of Law – Camden; in 2007, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he was also an active College Republican leader and activist. Matt continues to reside in South Jersey with his wife and son.