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Carroll: “Most of us can mult...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog [caption id="attachment_103168" align="alignright" width="150"] Michael Patrick Carroll[/caption] Followin...

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WSJ: Christie’s Problem Isn&#...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog How long have I been telling you this, Save Jerseyans? If our old friend Governor Chris Christie is truly ...


A Sandy Community Still in Distress...

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog I went on a winter shell hunting trip to the beach with my daughter in January of this year, Save Jerseya...

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Feisty Christie Lectures Chamber Di...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog "Are we going to go forward, or backward?" That was the theme of Governor Chris Christie's keynote address...


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WSJ: Christie’s Problem Isn’t Bridgegate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog How long have I been telling you this, Save Jerseyans? I...

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Pallone has less than $1 million in campaign cash

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Carroll: “Most of us can multi-task”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Michael Patrick Carroll

Michael Patrick Carroll

Following yesterday’s news that the defunct-in-all-but-Wiz’s-brain Bridgegate SCI is sending subpoenas to four more individuals, Save Jerseyans, committee member Michael Patrick Carroll once again pointed out how all of this is utterly… pointless.

“Both Republicans and Democrats have proposals that would advance the goals the public wants and the media advocates to reform the Port Authority. So far, they have been ignored by the committee,” said Asm Carroll, who represents portions of Morris and Somerset counties, in a press release from the Assembly GOP office. “While the co-chairman prefers the prolonged process of subpoenas and court decisions play out, the committee can be discussing legislation that addresses the problems that have been extensively reported on by the media.”


WSJ: Christie’s Problem Isn’t Bridgegate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie with flagHow long have I been telling you this, Save Jerseyans?

If our old friend Governor Chris Christie is truly “done” for 2016, something which I maintain is awfully premature given the volatility of the contemporary GOP and the weakness of its field, then it’s going to be as a result of the base’s problems with his record, not necessarily concerns over the artificially-inflated Bridgegate scandal barring a massive surprise from the federal grand jury.

The Wall Street Journal‘s James Freeman agreed with my assessment on Wednesday:


A Sandy Community Still in Distress

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

I went on a winter shell hunting trip to the beach with my daughter in January of this year, Save Jerseyans. We ended up in the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge. On this icy cold day, we didn’t find any shells, but I was encouraged to see a boardwalk being built and an open area of beach where it looked like the sand had been replaced.

As we were leaving, we drove along the beach section of Old Bridge and we happened upon a ghost town, a neighborhood with 25 houses all boarded up. We drove down an eerie looking street named ‘Cliffwood Way.’ I made the turn into the neighborhood and was met with a very tragic sight: many of the houses featured crudely-painted warnings to looters.

It’s almost 2 years since Superstorm Sandy. Why are those houses still in shambles? Are they condemned and not going to be livable again or are the families waiting for Sandy Aid? It felt as if we had stepped onto the set of a disaster movie and not a community of the Jersey Shore. 

I decided to come back and check in when the weather is warmer so I may find some of the home owners.


Feisty Christie Lectures Chamber Dinner

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie at Chamber Dinner“Are we going to go forward, or backward?”

That was the theme of Governor Chris Christie’s keynote address at this year’s New Jersey Chamber of Commerce-hosted ‘Walk to Washington’ dinner in Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, and the Big Guy didn’t mince words when he discussed the ramifications of the Assembly’s failure to pass a renewed arbitration cap.

This wasn’t a fluffy “thanks for the invite” speech, although he did take the time to crack a few perfunctory jokes related to select attendees.

Additional pension reforms were also on the Republican executive’s mind, invoking the specter of Detroit for the second time in two days only hours after vetoing DRBA minutes which would’ve hiked that authority’s benefits costs.


Go Fish! 4 More Subpoenas Drop

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

fishingThe Wiz promised new subpoenas over the weekend and he delivered on Tuesday afternoon, Save Jerseyans.

Here’s the list, reportedly drawn from individuals features prominently in the Administration’s internal review interview memoranda:

Christina Genovese Renna, former director of intergovernmental affairs, commanded to appear on May 6th at 10:00 a.m.

William “Pat” Schuber, a member of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners slated to testify on May 6th at 2:00 p.m.

Michael Drewniak, the Governor’s long-time press secretary, allotted time to testify on May 13th at 10:00 a.m.

Patrick Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority, subpoenaed to appear on May 13th at 2:00 p.m.


Why I Am a Neocon and Isolationists Suck

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Originally published by Thought Catalog at

USArmySoldiersIsolationists like to pretend the neoconservative movement has failed. They suffer from historical amnesia and root for the war-weary public’s rejection of all foreign policy. The reality is that the neoconservative movement and its policies have been massively successful and become mainstream. This is not to argue that there have been no policy failures, it is to argue that these are overshadowed by its vast successes. Isolationists like to typify the movement as an imperial plot bent on global domination but two out of three neoconservatives’ greatest successes were domestic policy issues.

First, and most relevant to urban dwellers, was the NYC implemented policy of zero tolerance based on the Broken Windows theory. The theory, in simple terms, is that if a neighborhood is left to crime that crime will get worse. By having fast and visible (but proportional) responses to even minor crime, greater and violent crime can be avoided and quality of life increased.


Christie Vetoes DRBA Minutes

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

DelawarebaymodisFollowing an April 7th meeting where the Delaware River Bay Authority (DRBA) Board of Commissioners voted three-year contracts containing 1.9% salary increases and 10% healthcare premium sharing, Governor Chris Christie stepped in on Tuesday morning and lowered the boom by vetoing the minutes.

You can click here to read the veto message.

“The DRBA is well aware that New Jersey state employees and many local employees have already moved to a higher level of healthcare cost sharing than what is paid by DRBA employees today and that there must be equity in these times of fiscal restraint to protect taxpayers and tollpayers alike,” said Governor Christie.  “The DRBA’s attempted action here is clearly contrary to that principle and inconsistent with the contracts public employees are living under in New Jersey today.  For these reasons, I am vetoing these inappropriate actions.”

Governor Christie has taken similar action in the past against various independent authorities around the state which he’s referred to, quite correctly, as New Jersey’s “shadow government,” but it’s brutally clear that true reform will remain elusive while these authorities remain in existence. They’re out-of-control…


Chivukula Plays the Race Card

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Upendra Chivukula

Upendra Chivukula

Question: what’s the difference between a racist and a non-racist in the 2014 American political arena Save Jerseyans?

Answer: party affiliation.

How else can you explain why Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17), running a distant third in the race to succeed Rep. Rush Holt in CD12, isn’t being called out by media, party, and grassroots leaders for the overtly racist opening salvo contained in his first television advertisement?

Now, do I believe in pulling out “the race card” as a matter of principle? No. In case you haven’t notice, I’m not exactly the sensitive type! I was raised to believe that you judge every man and woman by their character.

What we’re doing here is simply trying to apply the Left’s on rules to their own work product…


Bookerism of the Day

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


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Christie: “Not Gonna Talk About It”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

What else is there to say, Save Jerseyans? Unlike the SCI, the federal grand jury is serious business, and Governor Christie knows better than to take John Wisniewski’s bait during an NJ 101.5 broadcast…

Fenimore Forever More?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LandfillHopes that last June’s legislation permitting the state to assume control of Roxbury’s Fenimore landfill (after plenty of obstruction) was the beginning of the end for fume-tortured residents haven’t exactly panned out, Save Jerseyans.

We’re about to enter another summer of health hazards for local residents without much movement at the state and federal levels.

As we speak, a legal fight is ongoing between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) which wants to quickly “cap” the landfill and Fenimore’s municipal government officials who want to test the wells and then remove the offending substances. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is stepping in to conduct a probe but that’s little consolation for residents like this Roxbury resident (below the fold) who claims her life has literally been sidelined by the landfill’s ill effects…


The Wiz: 4 More Subpoenas Coming

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

While New Jerseyans were cramming matzo and dying Easter eggs, Save Jerseyans, SCI Chairman John Wisniewski visited MSNBC to defend, once again, the relevancy of his committee.

The latest? He wants to subpoena four “new” figures this week based on the revelations contained in interview memoranda prepated by the Administration’s lawyers; Asm. Wisniewski hinted, but would not confirm for host Steve Kornacki, that one of those figures could be Christie political guru Mike Duhaime:

Pallone has less than $1 million in campaign cash

By Art Gallagher |

Pallone town hallCongressman Frank Pallone’s (NJ-6, Monmouth and Middlesex) once formidable campaign war chest of roughly $4 million is down to less than $1 million according his latest report to the Federal Election Commission.

New Jersey’s senior Democratic congressman, Pallone spent $3,778,155 in the Special U.S. Senate Primary last summer in his bid to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. He lost that primary to then Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Pallone reported $938,472 cash on hand in his congressional campaign account as of March 31, 2014.  He raised $200,449.64 in the first quarter of this year and disbursed #338,450.67.  $60, 645 remains in his senate campaign account.

The $938,472 that Pallone reports on hand may be inflated by illegal contributions. A cursory examination of his most recent quarterly report reveals $14,200 in contributions from individuals during the current election cycle that exceed the legal limit of $2600 per election.

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Webber: They Look Like Tax Hikes

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Asm. Jay Webber (R-Morris)

Asm. Jay Webber (R-Morris)

In case you’ve missed it, Save Jerseyans, the Governor’s $34+ billion FY 2015 budget proposal is drawing flack from liberals and conservatives alike for including “revenue enhancements” such as a brand new tax electronic cigarettes and an expansion of our state’s sales tax to include online retailers.

The company line is that these aren’t tax hikes because the state would simply apply preexisting rates to previously exempt items; for example, electronic cig users would pay the same tax rate as regular smokers do for their regular cigarettes. 

One prominent conservative legislator disagrees, Save Jerseyans. You know him. Jay Webber (R-Morris), a member of the General Assembly and former NJ GOP chairman, recently told’s Matt Friedman that he doesn’t see the distinction between enhancements and hikes:


Happy Easter from Save Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Jesus Christ is risen today, Save Jerseyans. Hallelujah!

For a uniquely New Jersey touch, here’s a celebratory hymn (one of my favorites) as performed by the Shrewsbury Presbyterian Church Bell Choir and Choir:

The Social Media Primary

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

SJtwitter2It’s hardly unusual for campaigns to slam opponents by way of social media in 2014, Save Jerseyans, but when the party establishment writes off the entire race and none of the candidates are “self-funders,” then social media wars take on a whole new level of intensity partly as a matter of necessity, in a way that many never imagined, ironically, before Cory Booker (D-Twitter) came into existence.

U.S. Senate hopefuls Murray Sabrin and Brian Goldberg threw down with each other on Twitter in the run-up to Easter/Passover weekend over guns, abortion and, of course, fidelity to the memory of Ronald Reagan: