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Clinton Leads Christie By 10 in N.J...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog That's according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, Save Jerseyans. Garden State women are the decisive factor...

The Revel casino, slated to close at the end of the 2014 summer season.

REPORT: Brookfield Wins Revel for $...

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog Heads up: Reuters reported on Wednesday morning that Brookfield Asset Management had won the auction f...

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Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Crui...

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And...

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Firefighters Endorse Lance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ) and the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual ...

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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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Clinton Leads Christie By 10 in N.J.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog That's according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, Save Jersey...

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Rand Paul: Silent Star of Booker’s 1st TV Ad?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog [caption id="attachment_128917" align="alignright" width="223"] Screenshot from Cory Booker's first...

Second Amendment

AG Hoffman's directive will help hundreds - or more - law-abiding citizens.

AG Moves to Avoid Another Shaneen Allen Debacle

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog [caption id="attachment_129063" align="alignright" width="218"] AG Hoffman's directive will help hu...

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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 (...

Clinton Leads Christie By 10 in N.J.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

hillary-clinton-and-chris-christieThat’s according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, Save Jerseyans.

Garden State women are the decisive factor in Clinton’s 10-point leads (50% to 40%); while Christie narrowly wins New Jersey men, 46% to 43%, women go for Clinton by a staggering 20-point margin, 56% to 36%, and Clinton posts a significant yet much smaller leader among the crucial independent voter category (46% to 40%).

“Gov. Christopher Christie gives former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton more of a battle in New Jersey, but a huge lead among women voters keeps the lady from Chappaqua, New York, ahead of the home- state governor,” said Maurice Carroll, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Barf…

The Q poll surveyed 1,475 registered New Jersey voters between 9/25 and 9/29 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

REPORT: Brookfield Wins Revel for $110M

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Revel casino, slated to close at the end of the 2014 summer season.

Heads up:

Reuters reported on Wednesday morning that Brookfield Asset Management had won the auction for the Revel Casino with a $110 million, Save Jerseyans, paying a fraction of the $2.4 billion originally invested in the resort’s development and construction but offering some hope for a future for New Jersey’s most economically-challenged region.

Brookfield, a Canadian company with nearly $20 billion in annual revenues and an estimate $180+ billion in assets, owns the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Developing…

Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Cruise Ship Port

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

cruise shipAtlantic, 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 six of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read parts one (cutting taxes and red tape), two (natural gas), three (wind power unit production), four (aquaculture) and five (veteran care reform) if you haven’t already.

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Firefighters Endorse Lance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

FirefightersThe Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ) and the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJFMBA) threw in behind Leonard Lance’s reelection bid on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans.

“I am proud to have earned the support of New Jersey’s fire fighters,” said Rep. Lance in a statement announcing the decisions of the PFANJ (3,500 members) and the NJFMBA (5,000 members). “These brave men and women are among the best in the entire nation and that’s why I will continue to champion their issues in Washington that are critical to safeguarding our local communities.”

Earlier this year, Lance had pushed hard to exempt fire house from punishing Obamacare regulations which could’ve shuttered volunteer departments.

 

Christie, Kasich Rally in Ohio

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

In between stumping for Scott Walker on Monday and flying back home for a Newark drug addiction summit on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Chris Christie joined incumbent Gov. John Kasick (R-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) for a rally days before the key 2016 state will begin casting ballots in its 2014 gubernatorial et. al. election (he isn’t in any danger; the latest poll showed him leading the Democrat challenger by 30-points).

They’re RGA BFFs, so says Kasich:

 

No-Show Legislating Comes to NJ

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

NJ Assembly ChamberOnly in government and on union jobs does a no-show get paid. Now, the Assembly has codified the practice, allowing members to phone in their presence in order to obtain a quorum for the transaction of business.

Caught by The Star-Ledger with their absentee hands in the cookie jar as being “present” when they were nowhere near Trenton, the Assembly unanimously passed a measure to legitimize the shady practice of being recorded as attending a session you didn’t.

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Christie in WI: “This One is Personal”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s hard to count out Chris Christie when you hear him on the stump, Save Jerseyans, like on Monday in Wisconsin:


When Garry Met Donald

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This video doesn’t require commentary, comedy, or further explanation, Save Jerseyans.

Here’s footage from a Haddon Township (Camden County) block party over the weekend. Enjoy, and may God bless America:

Assembly GOP Falls in Line as Override Attempt Fails

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The New Jersey State HouseGovernor Chris Christie’s veto of the A-961 affordability analysis will stand, Save Jerseyans.

The final vote: 45 in favor of an override, 23 against and 5 in the meh, blech, or whatever camps, several votes short of the super-majority required for reversal.

I confirmed last week with Save Jersey sources that GOP leadership actively (and aggressively) whipped votes to avoid what was viewed as a potential embarrassment for the Administration.

What Monday’s result tells me? Among other things? While last fall’s Kean vs. Christie dust-up revealed the extent to which the Governor’s coattail-less reelection had damaged his political clout under the dome (e.g. don’t expect another breakthrough Cap 2.0 or pension reform in the near future), a majority of Assembly Republicans are still hesitant to cross the Christie front office… even if it’s to support a measure that they previously unanimously supported… 

 

10 Appropriate N.J. State Song Selections

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey’s credit sucks as much as its tax rates, business climate and stubbornly-sluggish jobs market, Save Jerseyans, but that hasn’t stopped our legislators from wasting time debating a state song with the same obnoxiously carefree attitude that they exhibit when wasting our money, all while our family and neighbors run for the bridges.

None of their song choices are particularly appropriate. Here are ten much better suggestions from Save Jersey which, if we’re being honest (they rarely are) would make a lot more sense given the state of things in the Garden State… 

(1) Elvis Presley – I’m Movin’ On (1969)

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Kathe Cold Cocks Bergen Dem Ticket

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Say what you want about Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, Save Jerseyans. I’ve heard it all. Some criticism is more valid than other complaints, but I’ll tell you this much: any Republican in 2014 who is willing to rip a Democrat opponent’s proverbial head off without blinking is OK by me…

And remember: it ain’t negative if it’s true! But as always, I’ll leave that for you to decide. Here’s her first TV ad of the season, resurrecting the specter of the Ferriero era and going after the entire ticket (her running mates standing for freeholder seats, btw, are Bob Avery and Bernadette Walsh):

Christie vs. Michelle Obama in Wisconsin

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A sample of Monday morning’s local news in one of 2014’s busiest political battlegrounds…

Christie’s RGA just went live with an ad aimed at the Democrat challenger, Mary Burke, who in addition to being a lefty loon is also allegedly a plagiarist:

Christie in WI, OH; NJ Dems Attempt Veto Override

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

October arrives this week, Save Jerseyans, and Captain Clutch may be retired but the political world is kicking into high gear.

Governor Chris Christie is heading to Wisconsin and Ohio on Monday; he’ll attend events for Governor Scott Walker and Governor John Kasich, respectively, at a time when the former is clinging to a slim lead and the latter is leading in polls by Christie ’13 margins.

That’s good news for the RGA Chairman. Less good? A potential override of an absolute veto back on the home-front.

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Arson Investigators Probe Cooper CEO’s Death

Cooper Health System President and CEO John P. Sheridan, Jr. introduces Governor Chris Christie to speak at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, N.J. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

John P. Sheridan, Jr.

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

That’s the grim word on Sunday evening, Save Jerseyans, upon the tragic death of Cooper University CEO John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, at their Skillman, Somerset County home. The cause of death is apparently related to a house fire.

Sheridan was a significant player in New Jersey public affairs and politics. An attorney by trade, he enjoyed an extensive history in the public sector including but not limited to a stint as deputy attorney general for Governor Cahill and, later, transportation commissioner for Governor Kean.

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NJ-03: Equal Pay in a Moral Vacuum

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Photo credit: MacArthur for Congress

I’ve devoted a lot of digital ink to explaining why equal pay “mythology” has no place in the mainstream political discourse. Bad statistics, manipulated statistics, and culture mores exert a larger impact on gender pay inequities – to the extent they even still exist – than any species of discrimination.

But Democrats need to campaign on something, right? They sure as hell can’t run on their President’s record. So intellectual lightweights like Amiee Belgard resurrect bad arguments and try to beat their opponents over the head with them.

Here’s one exchange from Friday’s NJ-03 debate that’s particularly telling:

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