| August 26, 2010
Until the Second Battle of El Alamein in November 1942, it definitely looked like the Allies might lose the African 'Western Desert Campaign' and, with it, all of World War II. The world seemed destined to suffer the wrath of Hitler's evil Third Reich. But the Allies didn't lose that key campaign thanks largely to the cunning, determination and genius of General Bernard Montgomery and the free European forces under his command.
Upon hearing news of the victory, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered a famous address from London's Mansion House, defiantly declaring:
"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end! But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
I wanted to convey a similar albeit less dramatic message to you today, Save Jerseyans, as I announce my departure from The Save Jersey Blog.
This wasn't an easy decision to make, but I've decided to relinquish my coveted "Blogger-in-Chief" title in order to pursue other opportunities away from the political arena. Will I stage a grand comeback down the road? Maybe... God knows Barbara Streisand hits the road with a new "farewell tour" on an almost annual basis, and we've all seen plenty of commercials for Garden State furniture warehouses who've been in and out of business for the past 30 years. Time tells all tales. However, at least for the immediate future, I'm leaving you in the trustworthy hands of a fresh, capable, and dynamic new blogging team ready to take Save Jersey to the next level.
That's right, folks! I may be moving on but the blog we built together isn't going anywhere. 2010 is a huge year for the cause; we certainly wouldn't leave you flapping in the wind, now would we? SAVE JERSEY 2.0 (as I like to call it) is already in the advanced planning stages. Please remember to check back for the big relaunch on Wednesday, September 8th, Save Jerseyans. I really think you'll like what the new management has planned for what I'm absolutely sure will continue to be New Jersey's #1 conservative website.
ABOVE: Your Blogger-in-Chief sharing a tender
moment with Governor-elect Chris Christie on
Election Night 2009. I'm NOT crying for the
record... our Guv is just a very strong hugger!
I won't waste your time with a teary farewell or a cautionary lecture. That's not my style.
For now, I'll say only that this is a very appropriate moment for a Save Jersey transition. We've arrived at the "end of the beginning" of sorts in our ongoing mission to "Save Jersey" from rampant waste, greed and corruption. New Jersey was, in many ways, a very different place when I launched this blog back in May 2008. Think about it... few pundits could've guessed just two short years ago, that we'd have a fiscally conservative Republican in the State House, let alone one who is unafraid to take on this state's institutionally corrupt influences. Property tax caps, public pension and education compensation reforms, a budget balanced without tax increases and an end to special treatment for state employee unions... indeed, we've come a looong way (in a relatively short period of time) from the depressing and embarrassing McGreevey-Corzine years!
New Jersey is back on track, my friends. This state's media-battered self esteem is on the mend. Machine-bullied voters are no longer willing to blindly endorse the status quo. Our citizens finally admit to having real hope that something besides death (or relocation to North Carolina) can deliver us from high taxes and the abuses of an out-of-control government!
ABOVE: Meeting then-U.S. Attorney for the first time on
March 6, 2008 after a guest lecture at South Jersey's
Rutgers-Camden Law School.
And yet none of these taxpayer triumphs could've been achieved without you, Save Jerseyans. Don't be so modest! The indisputable truth is that this blog's ever-expanding audience had Chris Christie's back way before it was cool. When self-interested megalomaniacs and third-party plants tried to derail the future governor's campaign for reform during the 2009 campaign, Save Jersey was there to set the record straight and make the enemies of limited government reform infamous. Again, after the election, we worked hard 24/7 to bring national attention to our new Governor's early efforts on behalf of the beleaguered taxpayers who turned to him as their last best hope for an affordable tomorrow.
Over 1,000,000 visits (and almost as many controversies) later, I can comfortably claim that we helped make the Garden State a freer and more prosperous place.
So it's goodbye for now, my dear Save Jerseyans. I'll always be grateful for your participation, support, spirit and friendship over the past few years. This experience has been more fun for me than you'll ever know, and I sincerely wish each and every one of you the best in your future work, public and personal, towards furthering the cause of liberty and prosperity in our great state.
But never forget that this is not the end of our battle to Save Jersey... merely the end of the beginning! And what an awesome beginning it's been.