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OOPS: MacArthur Left Company Before...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog We made this point back during the primary season when similar allegations were hurled at Tom MacArthur, Save...

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Booker’s Aversion to Debating...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog I don't respect what he's doing but I understand why, Save Jerseyans. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) is sitting pret...

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How Bridgegate Made Chris Christie ...

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot So, the Washington Post now says that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is poised to "reclaim" front runne...

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State PBA Endorses MacArthur; DCCC ...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog The board of delegates for the 33,000-member strong New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA)...

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Christie viaja a México

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog Governor Chris Christie leaves for Mexico on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, undertaking a 3-day trip to...

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How Bridgegate Made Chris Christie Even Stronger

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot So, the Washington Post now says that New Jersey Governor...

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Booker’s Aversion to Debating is No Mystery

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog I don't respect what he's doing but I understand why, Save Jerseyans. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) is si...

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UPDATE: Bramnick Goes to Bat for Shaneen Allen; Christie Won’t Act Pre-Adjudication

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog Update: Our old friend Art Gallagher of MMM reached out to Chris Christie's front office to see whe...

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David Ben-Gurion (left), Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (center) and then-Congressman John F. Kennedy (right) in 1951.

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OOPS: MacArthur Left Company Before DCCC Says He Denied Claims

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

FirefightersWe made this point back during the primary season when similar allegations were hurled at Tom MacArthur, Save Jerseyans, but it bears repeating given what you’re seeing plastered all over television markets touching South Jersey:

  • Tom MacAthur left York Risk Services Group in 2009 and sold his interest in the company back in December 2010.
  • The separate and distinct company allegedly responsible for denying firefighters’ insurance claims, Aviznet, was acquired by York in December 2011.

In other words, Tom MacArthur never had any involvement in the ownership or operation of the company allegedly responsible for screwing over firefighters as the DCCC’s latest smear ad would lead you to believe. Period. End or sentence. Fight the lie (one of the most egregious I’ve seen to date) and pass this on…

 

Booker’s Aversion to Debating is No Mystery

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Cory Booker and Rand PaulI don’t respect what he’s doing but I understand why, Save Jerseyans. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) is sitting pretty this morning with $3.5 million in the bank to this challenger’s $130,000+. He up by double-digits in the RCP average. Why risk a proverbial wayward political punch?

But even Chris Christie, who had much larger lead than Booker at this point in 2013, bothered to debate Buono twice.

Cory? He’ll debate Jeff Bell once on October 25th.

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How Bridgegate Made Chris Christie Even Stronger

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

So, the Washington Post now says that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is poised to “reclaim” front runner status as we head into the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

This on the heels of media reports that the US Attorney for New Jersey has thus far found no direct link to Christie in the Bridgegate affair after nine months of investigation.

And that Democrat-led legislative probe of the bridge closure has also gone nowhere even though the Dems are trying to keep it alive.

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State PBA Endorses MacArthur; DCCC Runs Fireman Smear

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Police CruiserThe board of delegates for the 33,000-member strong New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) voted to “unanimously” endorse Tom MacArthur in NJ-03, Save Jerseyans.

In arriving at its decision, PBA leadership referenced his business acumen and willingness to meet with their members.

“Tom has impressed us with his track record as a leader in business, his willingness to listen and bring people together, and his ability to get things done,” said New Jersey State PBA President Patrick Colligan. “He has not only met with State PBA leaders, but also local PBA Presidents and Delegates and we know he will truly stand up for law enforcement officers in Congress. I am proud to announce our endorsement of Tom MacArthur and look forward to working with him once he is elected.”

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Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Aquaculture

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

aquacultureAtlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole”, and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area. All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

This is part four of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read parts one, two and three if you haven’t already.

As part of their 1st District Economic Task Force announcement, Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) mentioned only one industry they see as a potential area for growth: aquaculture.

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Casino Workers Endorse LoBo; Hughes Turns to Fast Eddie

By Irwin Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo Credit: Atlantic County GOP

Photo Credit: Atlantic County GOP

We’re all about the free market here at Save Jersey but jeez, a little state loyalty is appreciated, too! Here’s the latest from NJ-02, Save Jerseyans, besides Saturday’s headquarters grand opening. What follows is Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s response to his opponent’s Ftriday fundraiser with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, the man who single-handedly pushed through gambling in the Keystone State, a development that significantly contributed to Atlantic City’s decline:

“It is brazen hypocrisy that Bill Hughes Jr. can hold a press conference one day confessing his solidarity with casino workers and their families impacted by the recent closures, but then rub elbows and collect campaign contributions from the Pennsylvania Governor who instituted gaming at our borders,” LoBiondo said.

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NBC Backpedals from Christie Exoneration Report

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The "This Bridge is Closed"

The “This Bridge is Closed”

Bob Jordan of the APP did a pretty solid job of explaining NBC’s about-face on Thursday’s bombshell Bridgegate story, Save Jerseyans.

Long story short, while NBC’s unnamed sources confirmed that “SO FAR found no grounds for charges — no involvement of the Governor himself,” the network’s current position is that he went too far by declaring that Governor Christie no longer facing any threat of federal charges stemming from the lane closure scandal.

On the path but not out of the woods?

Two working theories:

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LoBo Opens HQ in Mays Landing

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The frost isn’t quite on the pumpkin yet, Save Jerseyans, but we woke up today to falling leaves and continued cooler temperatures. Fall has arrived! And campaigns across New Jersey are entering their final stages.

Incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R-2) opened his Mays Landing Harding Highway campaign headquarters on Saturday morning flanked by Atlantic County GOP allies; the seat is considered a ‘solid R’ by experts but his Democrat challenger just hit the airwaves with an attack ad:

AFP Opposes Chivukula BPU Nomination

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

uprendaNew Jersey’s branch of Americans for Prosperity isn’t happy about Asm. Upendra Chivukula’s elevation to commissioner for the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). 

“During his tenure in the Legislature, Asm. Chivukula has racked up one of the worst, anti-taxpayer track records of any member in the Legislature,” AFP communications director Mike Proto said in a statement.

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Wiz Vows to Carry On!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie pointingJohn “the Wiz” Wisniewski is the same guy who initially raised the possibility of impeaching Governor Chris Christie over the Bridgegate scandal, Save Jerseyans. Wisniewski’s SCI Bridgegate investigation subsequently spent millions of tax dollars, leaked investigatory information and, when all was said and done nine months later, UNCOVERED NO EVIDENCE that Chris Christie did anything wrong.

So what did the the Wiz, clinging to the prospect of a Bridgegate-fueled run at higher office, do on Thursday evening when it we found out that the federal government’s investigation also found no evidence of Christie wrongdoing and, moreover, would not seek any charges against the Governor?

He crawled back to MSNBC, complained about leaks, ignored targeted reform proposals (you’d think a legislative committee would be interested in legislation?) and denied ever suggesting that Governor Chris Christie had committed any criminal acts…

Sorry, Asm. O’Scanlon; I think you might be wrong after all about one thing: the Wiz has balls the size of grapefruits…

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RNC Profiles Rodriguez-Gregg

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In an effort to remind people that the GOP isn’t just a bunch of pissed off old white guys complaining about their taxes, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seizing upon Hispanic Heritage Month to profile Republican Hispanic lawmakers around the country. One of this week’s honorees was our very own Asw. Maria Rodriquez-Gregg (R-8) of Burlington County: 

There’s more dimensions to our New Jersey Republican coalition than some would lead you to believe, Save Jerseyans, partly because “we” have rarely done a good job of showcasing it. Hopefully that’s starting to change; here’s a run-down of this year’s extremely diverse NJ GOP House candidates in case you missed it…

 

Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Wind Turbine Production Plants

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Wind TurbinesAtlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole”, and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area. All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

This is part three of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read part one and part two if you haven’t already.

I think that South Jersey has the potential for becoming a manufacturing hub of offshore wind turbines. If we act now, that potential could result in a huge of infusion of jobs into the region.

Some background…

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REPORT: No Christie Bridgegate Link Found

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-8This speaks for itself,  Save Jerseyans. The Feds have RULED OUT charges for Governor Chris Christie in the Bridgegate debacle (reports NBC4).

Full story here.

Wrap it up now, Wiz! Thus far, you haven’t uncovered any material contradictions of the Mastro report. Hundreds of days and millions of dollars wasted and the top law enforcement minds operating in our state see no reason to move against the Governor. So what could you expect to add to the process at this juncture? Especially since you’ve demonstrated ZERO interest in considering proposed reforms related to how these independent authorities function… nine months in…

“NBC New York reports governor Christie is not involved. Now it’s time for the panel that prejudged the governor to end its relentless attacks,” concurred Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, one of the Governor’s most reliable legislative allies, in a statement release after the news broke.

After attending a Thursday night fundraiser for Jeff Bell in Princeton (during which time the NBC story went live), Governor Christie appeared on NJ 101.5 for his monthly ‘Ask the Governor’ program and reacted to the report…

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Belgard Attacks MacArthur… for Helping Young Pregnant Women?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Aimee Belgard (left) and Tom MacArthur (right)

Yup, you read that correctly.

Democrat Aimee Belgard is actually criticizing Republican Tom MacArthur for donating $24,000 to a non-profit, North Jersey-based charity that helps pregnant women contemplate alternatives to abortion… a donation made in his deceased child’s name!

Background: MacArthur’s own charitable foundation, In God’s Hands Charitable Foundation, contributed the funds to 1st Choice Women’s Health Center back in 2012. The organization operates crisis pregnancy centers in Morristown, Jersey City, Newark and Montclair, providing a variety of services ranging from counseling and emergency contraception information to ultrasounds and STD screenings. But since they’re not fans of abortion, Aimee Belgard is foaming at the mouth over it…

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Report: Fmr. Torricelli Operative Fox Takes Over NJ DOT

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie will speak from his State House Outer Office at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Save Jerseyans. You can watch it live right here (below the fold)…

The topic matter? PolitickerNJ is reporting that Christie will replace New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson with former McGreevey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox. He’s a partisan Democrat whose resume includes high levels positions with Robert “The Torch” Torricelli and the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Did we run out of Republicans who could do the job?

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