Jersey Conservative http://www.jerseyconservative.com An ongoing discussion about conservatism in New Jersey. 60 Sat, Dec 16 2017 03:12:16Lonegan, Christie and New Jersey conservatism (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000225.htmlSat, 19 Oct 2013 02:05:22 -0500Analysts on the Right have been divided about the recent Booker-Lonegan by-election, with most finding some evidence of a conservative-led Republican resurgence in the Garden State. One partial dissenter is Matthew Kaminiski of the Wall Street Journal, who has opined that Lonegan's Tea Party loyalties limited his appeal:Some Republicans were left to wonder about Mr. Lonegan’s real intentions, too. He said he wanted to stay true to his beliefs, but his uncompromising conservative pitch ...Christie, CPAC and the conservative meltdown (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000224.htmlSat, 02 Mar 2013 17:12:15 -0600The uproar over Gov. Christie's exclusion from this year's CPAC conference has hit a conservative nerve that has grown ever more raw since the 2012 election. Jonah Goldberg, for example, has observed that CPAC's decision could look like a "knee-jerk and insecure retreat at precisely the moment conservatives should be sending the opposite message."Unfortunately, it seems that CPAC's disdain for Christie is echoed, even if only in muted tones, by the normally tent-expanding ...Today's NJ tea party movement is not part of mainstream conservatism (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000223.htmlSun, 10 Feb 2013 22:42:44 -0600A recent PolitickerNJ article noted that radio talk show host and Atlantic City attorney Seth Grossman intends to challenge Gov. Christie in the Republican primaries. Mr. Grossman, who in 2003 founded a reform group called Liberty and Prosperity 1776, asked, "Why would any Republican in his right mind want to support Chris Christie? Republican voters deserve a choice."A choice between what and what, exactly? Mr. Grossman may be a fine guy, and his Eight Point Program for 2013 is hardly radical ...The Red-Blue conservative divide on guns (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000222.htmlTue, 01 Jan 2013 00:28:55 -0600In a recent, controversial post on National Review's Corner, Kevin Williamson decried views on gun control espoused by New York attorney and conservative Brett Joshpe (who responded here). Without seeking to wade into that discussion, I would note that Williamson's forcefully expressed, Texan views on guns provide a precise snapshot of a mindset which is alien and even repugnant to many mainstream, blue-state conservatives, even those who enjoy guns and shooting. Williamson writes ...Gun control from a Jersey perspective (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000221.htmlSat, 22 Dec 2012 00:51:17 -0600Metropark is known to most folks as a major Amtrak and NJ Transit rail stop, nestled in a cat's cradle of arterial roads, streets, parking lots, corporate buildings and small shops. My father remembers it, however, as a place where he hunted rabbits. He used to wander with his hunting dogs all around the farms and empty country around Metuchen – places like the Great Dismal Swamp, which now has its share of townhouse developments. When he was drafted into the Army, he became a ...Thoughts on the Newtown horror (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000220.htmlThu, 20 Dec 2012 03:02:42 -0600"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9)"A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." (Matthew 2:18)When we approach Christmas, the Gospel story we read is about a child in a manger, not a child in a morgue. The Slaughter of the Innocents takes place later on. This year, however, the old story has been horribly ...Ravi Shankar, R.I.P. (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000219.htmlWed, 12 Dec 2012 17:51:38 -0600With today's NPR announcement of Ravi Shankar's death at age 92, an era has ended. On the one hand, Indian classical music has lost its most recognized icon, and the "World Music" phenomenon has lost its godfather. On a more personal level, which is of course irrelevant to these larger streams, my favorite musician has now gone and I can only collect his existing albums without hope of new ones.On a hot summer day in 1986, my friend Noah (himself now long and sadly passed away) and ...The Clementi Case and Conservative Identity (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000218.htmlThu, 23 Feb 2012 05:07:54 -0600The New Yorker has published a truly first-rate exploration of the Clementi case, in which a gay Rutgers freshman leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge after being exposed online by his roommate, Dharun Ravi. The author of the article, Ian Parker, has brought forward a trove of new facts, and his many insights and perceptions are unfailingly deft. The case is a morbidly fascinating one for many reasons. It is also sad, puzzling and enraging.Because this case lies along the modern ...Farewell, Juan Luis Pedro Philippo DeHuevos Epstein (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000217.htmlThu, 26 Jan 2012 20:54:26 -0600Somehow, when I saw the grizzled mane and sunglasses on the agency photo of Robert Hegyes, I knew what I was about to read next. And so it was: "The actor died of a heart attack at his New Jersey home on Thursday." From his unmistakable look, and Eastern European name, I couldn't imagine that guy living anywhere else. What I also couldn't imagine was just how Jersey he was.A former Sweathog, famous for playing a Puerto Rican Jew on Welcome Back Kotter, Hegyes could easily stand for ...Abortion, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution (James D. Agresti)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000216.htmlTue, 06 Dec 2011 12:06:40 -0600Writing in the Star Ledger, columnist Paul Mulshine asserts:Any federal law banning abortion would be rooted in the same section of the Constitution now being challenged by conservatives in the suits against Obamacare: the Interstate Commerce Clause. Conservatives argue the original meaning of that clause permits Congress only to facilitate interstate commerce, not restrict it. If that’s true of Obamacare, then it’s true of abortion.In fact, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment ...Christie Versus Alien Guidos, Tax Edition (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000215.htmlTue, 27 Sep 2011 11:37:21 -0500Word comes from the NY Times that Gov. Christie has blocked an otherwise approved tax credit for the next iteration of "Jersey Shore." In the delightful Jersey cut-to-the-chasery of State Senator Joseph F. Vitale (D, Middlesex Cty.), the cast is "just a bunch of deadwoods getting drunk and getting arrested."Christie is letting tax credits go forward for other shows, like Law & Order, SVU. Christie, however, claimed a duty to prevent taxpayer from "footing a $420,000 bill for a project which ...Bureaucrats ward off bullies with fearsome 18-page checklist (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000214.htmlThu, 15 Sep 2011 03:06:58 -0500Bullying has become a cause célèbre in NJ these days, due largely to one particularly grievous recent crime. Unfortunately, the seemingly inevitable law that has resulted is loonier than the usual faddish overreaction. School superintendents are rightly complaining about it and its 18 pages of "required components" for schools' now-mandatory "comprehensive antibullying policies." The new law brings the police to lunch lines, and trains kindergarteners (for six full class periods) on fine ...The Rutgers case highlights need for legal equality (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000213.htmlFri, 29 Apr 2011 01:21:12 -0500The Clementi case, in which a Rutgers student outed by webcam leapt to his death, has now resulted in an indictment against one of the two people originally named as co-conspirators. While Molly Wei has been let off for now, apparently because she will testify for the prosecution, Dharun Ravi has been charged on 15 counts, which in the words of the New York Times includes "acting with antigay motives." The hate-crime element bumps up Mr. Ravi's potential penalty from probation to a jail ...Bravo to Christie for canning patronage "employees," saving ratepayers $10 million (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000212.htmlTue, 08 Feb 2011 14:45:18 -0600PolitickerNJ has today reported that Gov. Christie has canned an additional 71 "employees" of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), a government body that until recently has lacked government oversight. The Christie firestorm began when the Star Ledger published an exposé of the Commission, which the paper described as "an island of job security for the connected, their families and their friends." The level of nepotism and backscratching is epic, and making an example of this body ...Planned Parenthood's Enabling of Child Abuse: Not an Isolated Incident (James D. Agresti)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000211.htmlSat, 05 Feb 2011 00:37:27 -0600In the wake of a sting video showing a New Jersey Planned Parenthood worker helping a "pimp" to maximize the output of his "14-year-old prostitutes," some media outlets (such as the New York Times) have written about this affair as though it happened in a vacuum. However, the public should know that Planned Parenthood has an extensive and distressing history of such actions. In addition to what is documented on the videotapes in the previous link, consider the following sickening details from ...In (partial) defense of the guido, and then some high art (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000210.htmlFri, 04 Feb 2011 16:22:52 -0600From oddities to high art, NJ sends out a country's worth of culture, and can't be pigeonholed or typecast. (This is no surprise, since the immensely diverse NJ would be the third most densely populated major country on earth if it were independent.) In the face of some recent perusals, I got to thinking about one of our odder sorts of inhabitant.There has been a surprisingly fair, accurate and interesting report on BBC comparing perceptions and realities invoked by Jersey Shore. ...Perth Amboy Planned Parenthood advises pimp on abortions for 14 year-old prostitutes (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000209.htmlTue, 01 Feb 2011 15:14:58 -0600A new undercover video shot by the new Live Action site gives a disturbing peek into the abortion industry in the Garden State. In the video, the office manager of the Perth Amboy Planned Parenthood advises two people she thinks are a pimp and a prostitute seeking treatment for a stable of imported Asian prostitutes (aged 14 years old and up) who can't speak English. The office manager recommends a certain clinic for abortions for the 14 year-olds, advises how to get good prices on ...Public-sector unions must be excluded from politics (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000208.htmlMon, 13 Dec 2010 14:38:10 -0600Tim Pawlenty, governor of Minnesota, has an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal today on the destructive impact of public-sector unions on government expenditure. The whole thing should be read, but here's his diagnosis:The majority of union members today no longer work in construction, manufacturing or "strong back" jobs. They work for government, which, thanks to President Obama, has become the only booming "industry" left in our economy. ...[A]cross the country, at every level of ...NJ Ballot Question (James D. Agresti)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000207.htmlFri, 29 Oct 2010 00:40:50 -0500A couple of people have asked me for an explanation of the lone NJ ballot question in the upcoming election. Typically, these are tough to parse, but the interpretative statement on the ballot helps to clarify matters. This time, however, the interpretative statement is more confusing than the actual question.There seems to be widespread approval of this initiative on both sides of the aisle. My assemblyman (Jay Webber, a conservative) is in favor of it, as is the New Jersey Education ...An Interview with Congressman Lance (NJ-7) (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000206.htmlWed, 27 Oct 2010 22:03:58 -0500On October 21, 2010, I had the pleasure of interviewing Congressman Leonard Lance (R, NJ-7) for Jersey Conservative. The major theme of our wide-ranging conversation was, unsurprisingly for this year, the need for fiscal responsibility and reducing deficits. We did, however, also discuss the role of unions, the rise of Gov. Chris Christie, what conservatism means in New Jersey, environmentalism and nuclear power, immigration and sanctuary cities, the age of the webcam, and conservatives and ...Forgotten Victims (James D. Agresti)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000205.htmlFri, 01 Oct 2010 11:37:22 -0500I echo Peter Hansen’s wise and insightful sentiments and also express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tyler. It is heartbreaking to see this talented young man’s life cut short, and I pray this sad incident serves as a wake-up call to all of us about the importance of kindness and decency.Yet, something struck me about the wall-to-wall coverage of this tragedy. I remembered recently reading about several analogous incidents that did not receive nearly as much attention, ...The Clementi case (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000204.htmlThu, 30 Sep 2010 05:20:19 -0500A very sad case out of Rutgers today shows how the modern mania for livestreaming video, combined with an absolute lack of moral standards, has led to the suicide of a talented young violinist.The facts of the case are simple. Mr. Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers, requested exclusive use until midnight of the room he shared with Dharun Ravi. Mr. Ravi acceded, but then went to the room of his high school friend Molly Wei. Mr. Ravi turned on a hidden webcam to watch the unwitting Mr. ...Christie should ignore the sirens' song (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000203.htmlTue, 28 Sep 2010 14:49:49 -0500In a recent National Review Corner note, Robert Costa reports a statement by David Axelrod of the Obama Administration: More from David Axelrod, in conversation with Politico’s Mike Allen at the Newseum: Asked about New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Axelrod calls him an “attractive” political figure. “I actually like him, and I just doomed his candidacy by saying that.”What candidacy could Mr. Axelrod be dooming? The presidential primary nomination? That's seriously in ...The $400 million sheet of paper (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000202.htmlThu, 26 Aug 2010 11:40:45 -0500While the Democrats and the teachers union are "piling on" Gov. Christie for allegedly whiffing on Race to the Top funds, this is not only unlikely to harm Gov. Christie with average folks, it will likely be to his long-term benefit. Why? It comes down to basic management and basic politics. First, Christie publicly protected the people in the Department of Education who screwed up, like a great boss should. Second, Christie can wave that single sheet of paper like a bloody shirt whenever ...Christie's Atlantic City and racing reforms are interesting but wrongheaded (Peter C. Hansen)http://www.jerseyconservative.com/Entries/Item000201.htmlWed, 28 Jul 2010 22:27:57 -0500Gov. Christie's newly adopted plan to transform the NJ gaming and mass-entertainment industries (including the Xanadu project) is sweeping. There are no doubt serious reasons for the State to seek solutions to these industries' massive problems. Billions in taxes and economic benefits (read: jobs) are on the line. At the same time, however, there is little indication that the State can really "turn a profit" here. There is also a serious question whether the State should even be ...