We had two outstanding guests of the LaRossa and Gallagher: Real Jersey Guys On the Radio Show this week. If you missed it or want to listen again, here's a recording of the show:
During the first half hour Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13)discussed the good work she is doing to bring good government to New Jersey. Handlin shared her anti-corruption legislation, her new legislation to prevent fraud and abuse in the unemployment insurance system, and the Right to Work legislation she is co-sponsoring with Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon.
We ran out of time before Handlin could get into detail about the devastating impact ObamaCare will have on New Jersey residents. Handlin is one of the few people who has actually read the entire ObamaCare bill and understands the intrusive nature of the legislation we will experience if it is not repealed. We will have Handlinback to get into ObamaCare.
I have heard many Republicans gripe about Patrick Murray's work over the last year or so. Governor Christie once said on NJ 101.5's Ask the Governor that Murray "should go back to polling school" over a poll in which Murray reported the opinions of New Jersey residents rather than just registered voters.
Yet increasingly over the last several months Murray, the Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, is the go to guy for local and national media outlets looking for expert commentary about New Jersey.
Murray characterises himself as "an independent observer reading the tea leaves" of the New Jersey electorate.
New Jersey Republicans are going to like what Murray sees in the tea(not necessarily tea party)leaves.
Regarding President Obama, when asked if Obama is becoming another Jimmy Carter, Murray said, "that's exactly what it looks like. The guy takes and backseat and doesn't inject himself as a leader." "He doesn't understand that the presidency is about the symbolic leadership of the country. The public doesn't get that impression of President Obama."
Murray said that Senator Robert Menendez's reelection chances are tied to Obama's coat tails. While recent polls show Obama OK in New Jersey, none have been taken since the recent debt/deficit deal in Washington and that it is a real possibility that Obama could lose New Jersey next year. "There is potential for a whole new ball game" in New Jersey. "Obama is not winning people over."
Murray said that Frank Pallone and Rush Holt vote in Congress "however they want to" without regard to the ideological preferences of their constituents because they have been completely protected by the way their districts are drawn. That may change with redistricting.
Murray had good things to say about Governor Christie too.
Listen to the show.