Wirths and Space block Chinese Communists from gaining foothold in Princeton

America won!  Thanks to Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space, the Chinese Communists will not be buying a college in Princeton.

Alerted by businessman-philanthropist Mike Hennessy, the Assemblymen got to work generating grassroots opposition to the all but done sale of Westminster Choir College to a Chinese company controlled by the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and the Communist Party of China (CPC).  Westminster is a division of the Westminster College of the Arts, and is part of Rider University.

Last June, Rider University had signed a purchase and sale agreement with a newly created entity called Kaiwen Education, which is controlled by the Chinese navy and its Communist Party masters.  Assemblymen Wirths and Space were concerned that the sale could give the Chinese government a foothold on the Princeton campus, with all its sensitive research and technology facilities.

Rider had provoked the ire of Hennessy and others, when it banned Chick-Fil-A from opening on campus, despite a majority vote by students asking for a Chick-Fil-A restaurant on campus.  It seems Rider’s administration thought that Chick-Fil-A’s ownership was too Christian and therefore “controversial”.  Apparently Kaiwen, the PLA Navy, and the CPC were just the right amount of communist.

Along with other Rider benefactors, Hennessy organized a grassroots effort to stop the sale, while there were protests by students and faculty, as well as legal challenges. Federal authorities were contacted and had become interested in the matter.  Under this pressure and the pressure from legislators like Wirths and Space, the state attorney general's office delayed the pending sale in March, asking Rider for more information about the deal.

Westminster Choir College is the world’s foremost college of religious music.  A residential college located on a 23-acre campus in the heart of Princeton, it is a four-year music college and graduate school that “prepares men and women for careers as performers and as music leaders in schools, universities, churches and professional and community organizations.”

Rider University announced on Monday that the two sides had mutually agreed to not extend the agreement.  This essentially cancelled the sale, although the money-hungry Rider administration still publicly held out hope for an “alternative relationship” with the Chinese Communists.

Assemblymen Wirths and Space, who introduced a resolution (ACR-222) in opposition to the sale, called the announcement a big win.

"It took many vocal opponents, but our efforts paid off.  Rider University made the right decision to stop the sale," Wirths said. "From the very beginning, the company's interest in the music college for the purpose of academia seemed suspicious."

Kaiwen Education has no experience in higher education.  It was a made-up subsidiary of a government-owned Chinese defense contractor.

"Today's announcement is a big win against the authoritarian Chinese government who we feared might be using the guise of academia to access Princeton's world-class scientists, researchers and institutions for nefarious purposes," Space said.

State Senator Steve Oroho introduced the Senate version of the resolution, SCR-160.  Surprisingly, no Democrats and few Republicans saw it as a battle worth fighting, let alone one that they could win.

“Standing up to one of the world’s most repressive regimes – on the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square – wasn’t considered important enough to most of the Legislature,” one grassroots campaigner said.  “While millions of people in Hong Kong are protesting this oppressive regime, the Democrats who run the Legislature were more than happy to turn a campus in Princeton over to them.”   

Another noted:  “Guess it lacked a connection to LGBTQ… that’s all that matters these days.”   

This could have been a real moment of unity in Trenton for Republicans and all but the most craven Democrats.  Instead, the Democrats tried to block legislative action in opposition to the sale, while most Republicans didn’t have the good sense to take a stand.  Thankfully, guys like Hal Wirths and Parker Space did, but where the hell is everybody else’s political radar these days???

No wonder so many members of the Republican base share sentiments like these…

Parker Space backs Sheriff Strada, rips Murphy on “Sanctuary State b.s.”

Assemblyman Parker Space wanted there to be no doubt as to how he and his legislative colleagues feel about Governor Phil Murphy’s attempt to strip Sussex County citizens of the right to vote on the important issue of Sanctuary State status for Sussex County. “It is left-wing b.s. pure and simple.”

“Sheriff Mike Strada is right to stand up to Governor Murphy and the leftists who run his administration.  We support him 100%.”

A plain-spoken farmer and family businessman, Assemblyman Space said to forget what the all the smooth-talking lawyers have to say about this.  “It is a matter of American principles,” Space said.  “The property taxpayers of Sussex County pay for the operations of the Sheriff’s office… they pay for the Sheriff and all his officers… they have the absolute right to instruct him on how they want him to deal with Murphy’s Sanctuary State b.s.”

“The county’s taxpayers have the right to tell the county Sheriff to follow federal law because they pay the county Sheriff.  If Governor Murphy wants to dictate to the Sheriff then let’s send him the bill for the Sheriff and we’ll all enjoy a property tax cut.”

Assemblyman Space noted some important facts about the debate over illegal immigration:

(1) In its most recent report on illegal immigration, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates that illegal immigration costs New Jersey taxpayers over $3 billion every year, which is close to 10% of our state’s entire budget.

(2) The State budget which was recently enacted spends $2.1 million for an “Office of Immigrant Protection.”  Assemblyman Space and his colleagues opposed the budget and introduced legislation prohibiting public funding for it (A4033). 

(3) Going even further, Governor Murphy and State Democrat leadership also passed legislation, which we opposed, to give illegals financial aid for college (S699).  And most recently, the Murphy Administration announced that they were looking into providing driver’s licenses to illegal residents.

Assemblyman Space noted that he and his colleagues have introduced the following legislation:

S-305/A-949   Bars companies which hire illegal aliens from public contracts, grants, loans, or tax incentives for seven years.   

S-528/A-172   "New Jersey Jobs Protection Act;" requires E-verification of employment.

S-168/A-497   Requires proof of lawful presence in the United States to obtain certain benefits.

S-2506/A-233    Requires certain contractors to verify work authorization of newly hired employees.   

S-541/A-2640    Prohibits municipal ordinance to create sanctuary city; Establishes State and local employee ethics violation upon noncompliance with federal immigration enforcement request.  

“Clearly, if we are ever to get things back on the right track, we must pass these types of reform measures. It’s important that local, state, and federal law enforcement work together to strictly enforce the immigration laws that are already in place.  If we do not address the problem of illegal immigration, New Jersey will never succeed in getting government spending under control.”

“Finally, we oppose all forms of amnesty for illegal immigrants as well as supporting measures to prevent our state from becoming a destination for terrorists posing as refugees looking to harm our families and neighbors. This is a critical issue and we will not waiver in our beliefs.”

Assemblyman Space shares an office with District 24 colleagues Assemblyman Hal Wirths and Senator Steve Oroho. Space is the Republican State Committeeman for Sussex County.  His wife, Jill Space, was a Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention supporting Donald Trump.

Do foreign murder rates mean NJ is paying for trouble?

Instead of allocating it for property tax relief, Governor Phil Murphy and the Democrats in the Legislature took $2.1 million and handed it to immigration attorneys to help those illegally in New Jersey and facing deportation to stay.  That’s right, illegal aliens who face court-ordered deportation can now fight it, courtesy of the New Jersey taxpayer.

And the first thing that those immigration attorneys did was to complain that it wasn’t enough!  Hey ingrates… at least give a round of applause to Governor Murphy for doing what he promised to do.  Even if you disagree with him, that’s something.  But he did what you wanted and you still complain.  Why is it that some people are never satisfied?  It’s just bitch… bitch… bitch.

The immigration attorneys being funded by the money that should have gone to property tax relief for… seniors trying to keep out of foreclosure… the working poor… single moms trying their best to keep the kids fed and a roof over their heads… you know, all those folks nobody seems to care about anymore…

Well those immigration attorneys claimed that this money would only cover about 14 percent of what they were fixing to charge.  Can you see these lawyers, all salivating around a pot of taxpayers’ money, thinking about how much they can trouser for “doing good” and “making the world a better place.”  Don’t know how to break it to you, but sainthood is a poor person’s profession.  How many Hoboken townhouses, Jersey City condos, or shore houses did Mother Theresa have?

You know what?  We bet they already have some well-connected lawyer-lobbyist down in Trenton trying to get them even more of your money – the money that should have gone to property tax relief for a state with one of the highest foreclosure rates in America.

As for making the world a better place… well hold on there just a minute.

We’re always told – by groups like NAP, the Million Moe March, Show of the Hands, Gabriel’s BoBo, and the Multi-Rainbow Redaction Caucus – that America has the biggest murder rate of anywhere in the world.  You all buy that, right?

Well the United Nations doesn’t buy it.  No siree. 

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the global international homicide rate is 6.2 per 100,000.  For the United States of America, it is 5.35 per 100,000. 

Yep, we’re in 87th place as far as murder rates go… not #1 like some would have you believe.  We do about the same as Greenland, a bit better than Ukraine and Argentina, not quite as good as Lithuania and Cuba.  Sure, there is a whole lot of room for improvement until we become one of those countries (like Great Britain) where the cops don’t carry guns (although that is changing… fast).

But then look at the where our immigration is coming from and you’ll soon think twice about holding your breath waiting for the day the police go around with only a notepad for protection.  According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, 55% of those residing in America illegally are from Mexico (some of these are pass-throughs from other Central or South American nations).  In second place is El Salvador.  Third place goes to Guatemala.  In fifth place is Honduras.  In tenth place, the Dominican Republic. 

Now here is where it gets scary.  According to the United Nations, El Salvador and Honduras have the highest murder rates in the world – at 82.84 per 100,000 and 56.52 per 100,000 respectively.  Guatemala’s murder rate is 27.26 per 100,000.  Mexico has a murder rate nearly four times that of the United States – at 19.26 per 100,000.  The Dominican Republic has a murder rate of 15.18 per 100,000. 

Would our murder rate be significantly lower without the influx of young males from these high-murder rate countries?  It is certainly something worthy of a thorough government study.

If it turns out, as some studies have suggested, that we are sustaining our murder rate on the basis of outside “talent” then the party or parties responsible should face hell to pay.  Murder, rape, robbery, and violent assault are life altering experiences and we would do well to examine what policies could be negatively impacting the prevention of such crimes.  Even property crimes like burglary cause severe emotion reactions and even mental disorders.  According to the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 5.8 million violent victimizations and 17.1 million property victimizations for the latest year surveyed.

Crime and its causes cannot be brushed aside out of ideological convenience.  It is a people issue – the need to feel safe and secure is a basic human need.  Those advocating the headlong rush to prevent every illegal facing deportation from being sent home, just because it falls under the administration of President Donald Trump, would do well to consider the potential outcomes of such policies.

Kudos to Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-24) for thinking instead of emoting.  In contrast to some cringe-worthy comments made by another Republican, Wirths told the Associated Press that the state’s already impoverished taxpayers couldn’t afford to send the money to lawyers to represent illegal aliens.  Wirth’s has introduced legislation “barring taxpayer dollars from being used to assist (illegal) immigrants.”

We think we have a couple good ideas too.  (1) Use the $2.1 million for property tax relief and have the Democrat State Committee collect the money needed to pay all those immigration lawyers from the fat campaign accounts collecting dust in banks all over the state.  You want to do good… do good… with your own money.  Don’t spend other people’s money and then bask in the reflected glory of it… while they get foreclosed on.  And (2) according to media sources that rich guy we elected governor is worth several hundred million dollars.  Let him put up the $2.1 million… he’d be a hero!

McCann lies again. No he's not pro-second amendment

John McCann tried sweet-talking a speaking spot out of the organizers of yesterday's Pro-Second Amendment rally in Trenton.  The rally, which was hosted by the NRA and its state affiliates, was well-attended and featured a number of prominent speakers with solid Pro-Second Amendment records, including Senator Steve Oroho, NRA National Board member Scott Bach, Assemblyman Parker Space, Assemblyman Hal Wirths, former Mayor Steve Lonegan, and former Assemblywoman Donna Simon.

Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 7.36.07 AM.png

John McCann did not end up speaking.  According to several sources familiar with the event, McCann was asked to fill out an NRA questionnaire to determine where he stood on the issues and McCann refused to do so.  Like another candidate associated with Passaic County machine boss Peter Murphy, he won't say.

But McCann is a resilient bullshit artist.  His campaign rolled out an often-repeated story claiming that his father had been the victim of a terrorist attack by the Weatherman organization, a radical group of 1960's leftists.  But McCann's story keeps on changing with regards to this incident.  And the official records of law enforcement and the judiciary do not match McCann's claims.  More on this later.

In any case, McCann uses this exaggerated tale to claim that he is Pro-Second Amendment when his actions indicate that he is simply spinning us.  Any man, worthy of the name, should have the balls to tell us where he stands on the issues. 

We suggest that candidate John McCann grow a pair and fill out the questionnaire.  The voters deserve to know who and what they are voting for.