This, the Seventh Annual New Jersey Reagan Day, will feature former Attorney General Ed Meese as its Keynote speaker.
Few men worked as closely with President Reagan as did Ed Meese. He was at his side for over 21 years and through his two terms as Governor of California and two terms as president of the United States.
When President Reagan first took office, Mr. Meese, served as Reagan’s chief policy adviser, a responsibility that, as Counselor to the President, was his from 1981 to 1985. In February of 1985, President Reagan made Ed Meese the 75th Attorney General of the United States. Prior his work in the White House, Attorney General Meese played a role in each of President Reagan’s two presidential bids and both elections for Governor of California.
While in Sacramento, Mr. Meese served then Governor in several different capacities including Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant and from 1967 through 1968, he was the Governor’s Legal Affairs Secretary.
Reagan and Meese appreciated and trusted and each other. And appreciated each others talents and abilities. That respect and appreciation was never more evident as the time President Reagan told reporters;
“If Ed Meese is not a good man, there are no good men”.
The feeling for Ed Meese was mutual. And it is that special bond and knowledge of one another that makes Ed Meese probably the most appropriate political leader to offer the Keynote address at New Jersey’s tribute to President Reagan
Reagan and Meese worked together through some tough times in our nation’s history and not only did they get us back on our feet again, they stood us on solid ground and provided a roadmap for prosperity and security. A roadmap that many American’s see us taking a detour from as the current Administration and the ruling liberal regime marches us down a path of mediocrity and dependence on government.
Last year’s Reagn Day dinner saw a crowd well in excess of two or more hundred as the room opened up in order to allow more tables to be set for the arrival of many more people than was expected. And in addition to a host of state, county and municipal leaders, it also attracted all the candidates who were vying for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. That included the inevitable nominee and now incumbent Governor, Chris Christie.
This year is different though. This year, a sense of a nation that has wandered off track and in need of a return to the conservative values and practical application of government that Reagan offered, will probably attract even more people and top name political leaders. Although the official NJ Reagan Dinner invitation does not say it, I suspect that after showing up last year as a candidate, Chris Christie will be showing up again, but this time as Governor. If by chance he can not show up, there is a pretty good chance that our new, and the state’s first Lieutenant Governor, Kim Guadagno will be there to say a few words. (These are my expectations, not those of the event’s organizers or sponsors, so don’t hold them accountable to my prediction. Hold me accountable)
Last year, the man responsible for the New Jersey Reagan Day dinner was a prominent young Assemblyman. This year that man, Jay Webber, is still a prominent young Assemblyman but he is now also the Chairman of the State Republican Party. As such, unless of course there is some kind of emergency that creates a scheduling conflict, protocol would dictate that Governor Christie show his respects with a personal appearance. After all, Assemblyman Webber is now the leader of the Governor’s Party and he is also the man that gave candidate Christie the opportunity to address hundreds of Republicans when he wanted their support. Now it’s Governor Christie’s chance to show his appreciation and make a return appearance.
It should be noted that in addition to the main purpose of this event, our tribute to President Reagan, and in addition to the possible appearance of Governor Christie, another good reason to head out to the Reagan Day dinner is to thank your host, Assemblyman Webber.
Assemblyman Webber is truly one of the state’s brightest stars.
He is among the most conservative legislators that we have and he is no establishment politician who simply goes along to get along. He is a fighter and a true defender of the Reagan values that made our nation strong and can make our state strong. Legislators like him are, unfortunately far and few between, so it is up to all of us to have his back because he’s got ours.
So be sure to make it to the 7th Annual Reagan Day Dinner.
Join Assemblyman Webber, Attorney General Meese and all the others who will be paying tribute to our greatest contemporary President,…….Ronald Wilson Reagan.
The party is :
Friday, February 19th, 2010
From 6 to 8 pm
372 Route 46 East
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
Tickets are $40.00 per person and that includes a Full Dinner Buffet with Dessert, but lushes beware, it is a cash bar.
Checks can be made out to New Jersey Reagan Day, 42 Carlson Place, Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034-3102
For more information you can call (201) 602-4468 or visit www.njreaganday.com