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New Poll: The Cho-sen One Fades Awa...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog A dominant debate performance? Late deciders breaking Republican in a GOP year? Having decided that the chall...

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Christie’s Ebola Nurse Antago...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog This lady is a real trip, Save Jerseyans! I've spoken to the nurses in my life since Kaci "the Brat" Hicko...

Di Somma (far left) canvasses with Asw. Caroline Casagrande; Brekke (far right) distributes literature with a volunteer.

Young GOP candidates build coalitio...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog [caption id="attachment_130324" align="alignright" width="220"] Rachael Brekke (center) enjoys a meal and a c...

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Record Roots for GOP Freeholder Sla...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog [caption id="attachment_121830" align="alignright" width="111"] Avery and Walsh[/caption] Here's the best ...

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Belgard Stumbles, Fumbles Through NJ-03 Forum

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog [caption id="attachment_129300" align="alignright" width="300"] Tom MacArthur (left) lands another ...

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Christie’s Ebola Nurse Antagonist goes bike riding as DOD contradicts her!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog This lady is a real trip, Save Jerseyans! I've spoken to...

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“Cory Booker was once a one-cell zygote.”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog I'm under no illusions as to the effectiveness of a campaign heavily driven by the Gold Standard and ...

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Kevin Vickers (Photo credit: Fox News)

After Ottawa, we must realize that we are the militia

Predictions for what happens next after Ottawa By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog [caption id="attachment_130102" align="alignrig...

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

The American Jewish Community Should Join the GOP

By Joshua A. Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog [caption id="attachment_128429" align="alignright" width="259"] David Ben-Gurion (...

New Poll: The Cho-sen One Fades Away

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

choA dominant debate performance? Late deciders breaking Republican in a GOP year? Having decided that the challenger is an empty suit? Or a renewed campaign war room seriousness after a polling scare?

Whatever the causation may be, Save Jersey, Monmouth’s Polling Institute now finds Rep. Scott Garret moving into a comfortable 11-point lead ahead of his Democrat challenger, Roy Cho, in NJ-05.

53% of likely voters now back Garrett while 42% support Cho, up from the modest 48% to 43% lead the incumbent registered in Monmouth’s survey released October 15th. 

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Christie’s Ebola Nurse Antagonist goes bike riding as DOD contradicts her!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This lady is a real trip, Save Jerseyans!

I’ve spoken to the nurses in my life since Kaci “the Brat” Hickox‘s story went viral; not one of them thinks it’s unreasonable, after an extended journey to Africa interacting one-on-one with Ebola patients, for a health care worker to spend 3-weeks in a hospital (or at home) to guarantee that this deadly virus doesn’t spread.

It’s not hard for anyone who isn’t a narcissist to understand why.

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Young GOP candidates build coalitions in blue towns

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Rachael Brekke (center) enjoys a meal and a chat with Voorhees senior voters.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, Save Jerseyans, but I’ve tried to highlight examples of Republicans doing good things in tough spots this cycle. Fresh sprouts breaking through the concrete if you get my meaning.

For starters, I wrote about the NJ GOP’s remarkably diverse 2014 House candidates; we also visited South Plainfield, a Middlesex County community where Republicans continue to produce majorities in the face of a large voter registration disadvantage.

Next up: meet millennial friends of mine running hard (and well) in blue Garden State municipalities.

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Record Roots for GOP Freeholder Slate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Avery and Walsh

Here’s the best part of Wednesday’s endorsement of Robert Avery and Bernadette Walsh from The Bergen Record (of all places!), Save Jerseyans:

“We recognize that changing control of the board to Republicans may not result in better government, but a new direction is needed. And a one-vote Republican majority will not stifle internal debate among freeholders.”

I’ll translate that for you: “we’re still liberals who hold our noses when passing Republicans on the street but wow, these Bergen Democrats really suck… badly… to the point where we can’t bring ourselves (or risk our reputations) to bail’em out.”

What else do you need to know heading into next Tuesday, Bergen voters?

Christie on Hickox’s Quarantine: “If it’s good enough for our men and women in uniform…”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Yessss! More unassailable logic (and strong words directed at the Obama Administration) from Governor Chris Christie during Wednesday’s multi-county Sandy anniversary tour as the media continues to entertain the extended-temper tantrum of nurse Kaci “the Brat” Hickox:

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Stockton Poll: MacArthur up overall but losing Burlco

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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MacArthur talks to members of the VFW (District 12) on Tuesday evening.

A new Stockton poll suggests more movement in Tom MacArthur’s direction, Save Jerseyans, riding a 5-point lead over Aimee Belgard in NJ-03.

MacArthur leads 46% to 41% with 8% undecided and 5% passing on both the Republican and Democrat candidates. He’s up 6-points with leaners included. The last Stockton poll from September 15th had the pair tied at 42%. 

Interestingly, it’s weak support among Democrats that’s holding Belgard back; she’s winning only 75% of Democrats whereas MacArthur is supported by 84% of Republicans. MacArthur’s 5-point lead among unaffiliated voters mirrors his overall margin.

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#NJSen Poll Average: Booker Leads by 15.6-points

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

safe_imageWe’ve got one *new* poll out with under one week to go before New Jersey decides whether to give former one-cell zygote Cory Booker (D-Twitter) a full term in the U.S. Senate, Save Jerseyans, and it reflects a 2-point closer race than what YouGov found a few weeks ago:

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Rooney: Christie is leading because Obama isn’t

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

rooney chasing nj web cameraOur Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney continued his full-throated defense of Governor Chris Christie’s Ebola quarantine decision-making on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, telling the crew of Chasing New Jersey that it’s all a question of leadership.

“The one thing that’s easier to do than lead yourself is tear down somebody else who’s trying to lead,” Rooney said, hours after the Governor’s appearance on NBC’s Today Show. “The CDC and the Obama administration have been repeatedly wrong from the very beginning of this crisis. First, they told us Ebola was unlikely to get here, and then it got here alright. Then they told us it was unlikely to spread to any of the healthcare workers, sure enough we have two nurses that contracted Ebola. Governor Christie is doing what any leader should do. The Obama administration should draw from what him and now several other governors are now trying to do, airing on the side of caution instead of making this a political matter or trying to score points.”

Video of Matt’s segment is below the fold…

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What’s up with the Taj Mahal?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Save Jersyans, on Friday you read how the Press of Atlantic City reported that the Taj Mahal casino was now expected to stay open. I was happy, as that meant 2,800 jobs would not be lost.

Unfortunately, since that report, there has been a flurry of news about the Taj.

A quick recap:

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Tend to your own business, Star-Ledger!

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

SneezeIsn’t it enough that The Star-Ledger runs its own business into the ground? Now you team up with legislative Democrats, none of whom could run a lemonade stand let alone a business, to drive New Jersey further to rack and ruin with an ill-conceived paid-sick-leave scheme.

The state is an economic basket case. The same day as your editorial demanding paid sick leave, the Tax Foundation released its annual ranking of business climates in the nation, with New Jersey coming in dead last – we are the most business-unfriendly state in America. Not exactly a “We’re number one!” moment.  

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Stockton: LoBiondo Leads by 18-Points

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lobiondo signsBill Hughes, Jr. is turning out to be a bigger flop than The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Save Jerseyans!

A new Stockton poll released Tuesday found Frank LoBiondo leading the Democratic challenger by a whopping 18-points, 53% to 34%, in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District among 600 surveyed likely voters.

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Lance Goes Nazi (Benefits) Hunting

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Rep. Lance with Rep. Maloney and Jewish American leaders at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC.

It sounds like an Indiana Jones movie, Save Jerseyans, and the mild-mannered U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07) isn’t exactly your prototypical action hero, but the New Jersey Congressman is no less determined to bull whip this situation into submission.

What situation? And how?

He’s a force behind the dramatically-labeled “Nazi Benefits Termination Act of 2014″ currently working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Conservative Group Passes “Judgment” on Belgard

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The first NJ-03 TV spot from Crossroad GPS (501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation associated with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads) was tame compared to this bone-crusher of an ad that hit airwaves today from American Action Network, Save Jerseyans, an organization founded by former MN U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, and aimed at burying Aimee Belgard (D-Central Jersey) in her losing battle with Republican Tom MacArthur.

“Judgment” draws on images of a troubled Obama era world and focuses on Belgard’s time on Edgewater Park Township Committee (prior to joining the Burlington County freeholder board in 2012) when she voted to lay off policemen and hike or bring into being 111 municipal fees.

The independent expenditure group plans to spend $670,000 NJ-03 between this ad and a 15-second version of “Judgment” (the full TV version is below the fold):

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Christie on NBC: “CDC was behind on this”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

There are a lot of lies floating around out there right now about Governor Chris Christie, Save Jerseyans, lately on both the Ebola and RGA fronts, but we’ll continue to police the B.S. as best we can. 

Of course, Gov. Christie didn’t need any help from us this morning on the Today Show:

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