Who Will He Blame After This Vacation? He Can't Blame Christie This Time.

Governor Phil Murphy

Governor Phil Murphy

Christmas is over, so it’s time to get back to work. Unfortunately, it turns out blogging about politics at this time of year is difficult, not much is happening.

Fortunately, Governor Phil Murphy is vacationing in Africa, it’s hard to find a tax to raise while he’s an ocean away and even harder to screw anything else up.

We do, however, remember what happened when he came home from his last vacation. The governor decided to blame former Governor Chris Christie for all the problems with New Jersey Transit. At the same time the management of his professional women’s soccer team was blaming Jersey shore rentals for the shoddy housing provided to the players on his soccer team.

Like his current vacation, the last one was scheduled. And, like the last one, this one is coincidentally well-timed. The last vacation enabled him to weather the storm of controversy surrounding his soccer team. This vacation comes at a time when he is faced with the Katie Brennan controversy.

The difference here is we seriously doubt the press is going to forget the Brennan story like they did the soccer team story. No amount of New Jersey Transit train delays is going to help him weather this storm. Even if we get slammed with a snow storm between now and January 2, when the guv returns, there is no way he’s getting a pass.

What we do wonder is who will Murphy blame for the lack of action he took in dealing with the Brennan situation. He can’t blame Christie for this one. Maybe, he’ll try to blame his staff, but he can’t. Remember, he did reply to Brennan’s email regarding a “sensitive matter” with “Hang in. We’re on it.” That response, at least to us, proves Murphy knew exactly what the “sensitive matter” was that she wrote him about.

We look forward to the governor’s return if for no other reason than to see who Murphy blames for his problems this time. And we will be watching!

Senate Candidates Debated Last Night And Bob Menendez Could Only Point To Two “Accomplishments” In 25 Years


U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Republican candidate for Senate Bob Hugin debated last night and the winner was whoever you wanted it to be. Here at The Bob & Steve Show we think Hugin won.

The problem with debates is, generally speaking, the people watching are the supporters of the combatants. The only way to actually win is to cause your opponent to have a complete meltdown. Even if that happens, in this day and age of election seasons, rather than just an election day, debates are held much too late. Debates need to be held earlier, in New Jersey, right before vote-by-mail ballots are sent out would be a good idea.

For me, last night’s debate told me that Bob Menendez has been in Washington, DC since 1993 and his only accomplishment was to bring back millions of dollars after Superstorm Sandy. My dog could have done that!

The fact of the matter is bringing money back after Superstorm Sandy was a group effort. My co-host on The Bob & Steve Show, Bob Greco, distinctly remembers as chairman of the Cumberland GOP, while cleaning the family shore home in Sea Isle City pausing to get on a conference a conference call with Governor Chris Christie and President Barack Obama and the governor making clear how this was a bipartisan effort.

Sure, as The Hill, pointed out, “Menendez repeatedly brought up his work on the Affordable Care Act, noting in his opening statement that he ‘proudly’ authored the health care law.” After a heart attack and my recent stay in the hospital I hate him for that. I’m one of the 20 million self-employed Americans who lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare and am now going to be broke for the rest of my life paying for those hospital stays. Thanks Menendez!

I don’t care what party you belong to. If you spend a quarter of a century in Washington, DC and you can only point to two accomplishments during an hour plus debate, you do not deserve to be re-elected. Period!

With all that said, Republicans need to get in line or we’re going to be stuck with another six years of Bob Menendez as the senior Senator from New Jersey. Too many Republicans, you’ve heard them, are whining about how they can’t vote for Hugin because he isn’t conservative enough.

To those Republicans, I am not going to make my usual arguments, those Republicans don’t listen anyway. Instead, listen to the words of JR Carman of the New Jersey Constitutional Republicans.

JR Carman is a smart guy, he has to be, he works with nukes or something to do with nuclear energy, either way, he’s smarter than me. He’s also very conservative, more conservative than me, and, trust me, my family thinks I’m an ultra right-wing conservative.

Carman, in his role as the founder of the New Jersey Constitutional Republicans, released a video about a week ago in which he talks about the importance of voting Republican to “slow down the Democratic Socialist Party's desire to destroy our Constitutional Republic.”

Watch the video, listen to the words and then go vote Republican, if you have a vote-by-mail ballot due it immediately after watching the video, otherwise get out there on November 6.

Former Governor Chris Christie Coming To South Jersey

Former Governor Chris Christie

Former Governor Chris Christie

The Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship is hosting former Governor Chris Christie on October 18, 2018 at the Enyon Ballroom in the Chamberlain Student Center at Rowan University in Glassboro.

The topic: Governor Chris Christie on The Future of the Republican Party

Sources tell us invitations will be emailed as well as sent through U.S. Mail. We’ll update you as more details become available.

Until then, I would like to extend my personal congratulations to the governor for coming to South Jersey for a reason other than to support Democrats in Camden County.