N.J.’s income gap has widened significantly since 2000, report shows

assetContent (5)TRENTON — The income gap between New Jersey’s wealthiest residents and all other groups has widened significantly since the turn of the century, and grew worse after the recent Great Recession lifted, according to a new report. Only the top 20 percent of households in the state has seen their average income increase since the recession… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

N.J. revenue growth lags behind Christie projections

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State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff testifies before Assembly Budget Committee on Governor Christie’s announcement yesterday to grab $2.43 billion meant for the pension system to balance the state budget. Trenton, NJ 5/21/14 (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)

TRENTON — New Jersey’s revenue, which last month was on track to meet Gov. Chris Christie’s forecasts, has fallen behind the 5.2 percent growth rate built into this year’s budget, according to a new report released today. After November tax collections fell behind the governor’s expectations in a number of areas, the growth rate through the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chick-fil-A, Christie Administration, Economy, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

One-Third Of U.S. Children Live In Poverty

In a new paper released by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), a research center at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, researchers find that many children living in large cities in the U.S. are living in poverty. Nearly 3 in 5 children in Detroit are poor, and this rate has grown by… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Economy | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

You Need to Create Buzz for Crowdfunding Efforts to Succeed, Speakers Tell NJEN Meeting


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David Drake of LDJ Capital spoke at the Nov. 12 NJEN meeting.

| John Critelli If you want to guarantee a successful equity crowdfunding campaign, “you need to find 20 bloggers with a minimum [of] half a million readers in the business you’re in. Then you need to figure out how to convince them to release… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Economy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Why the Republican victory is good for markets

republicansThe Republicans have taken control of the U.S. legislative agenda for the next two years if not longer, and that has political and market implications up until 2016 and likely beyond. Let’s see how they handle this role, given the divisiveness within the party itself and the fact that it did not really run on a…

Posted: November 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, 2016 Presidential Politics, Economy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Banks Should Defer Bonuses 10 Years: Fed Official


Fed Res official(Reuters) – Banks should defer bonus payments for 10 years and tap the bonus pool to pay any regulatory fines, a top Federal Reserve official said on Monday, taking aim at continued lapses across the industry even after the 2007-9 financial crisis. New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley said banks should move toward paying… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, Federal Reserve Bank, News | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Warm Introductions, Profitable Meetings Make for Successful NJ EDA Founders and Funders Event

The next New Jersey Founder and Funders Event in on December 9

The second New Jersey Founders & Funders Event held by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), on Sept. 17, 2014, was a resounding success, according to startup entrepreneurs at the event who spoke with NJTechWeekly.com. Founders and Funders event | NJ EDA Thirty startups from New Jersey were pre-matched with 17 angel and venture capital… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, EDA, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Analysis: Facing Budget Problems, Christie Plays Tax Amnesty Card

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Amnesty, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Economy, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Report: 38% of New Jersey Households Are Not Meeting Basic Needs

You can’t have everything you want (or need) in ALICE’S New Jersey

ALICE1.2 million New Jersey households, including 890,000 households with employed adults (28% of the states population) are not making ends meet, according to a report released by the United Way of Northern New Jersey.

The working poor are dubbed as Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE) by the UWNNJ.  These are families of four earning less than $62,000 and single adults earning less than $28,000…the income levels needed to provide housing, food, child care, health care and transportation in New Jersey according to the report.

The report says that 53% of all jobs in New Jersey pay less than $20 per hour or $40,000 per year.

71% of ALICE households are white.  31% are in the prime wage earning years of 45-64.

85% of New Jersey’s 560 towns have 20% of their population struggling to survive.

The study is based on data through 2012 and does not fully measure the impact that Superstorm Sandy had on New Jersey’s economy.

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Posted: September 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Christie Grappling With Bond Downgrades, Budget Shortfalls, Casino Closures

Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen For Gov. Chris Christie, who celebrated his 52nd birthday at a fund-raiser with Mitt Romney in East Brunswick yesterday, this has been a week to forget. Yesterday, Standard & Poor followed Fitch Ratings, Inc. in cutting New Jersey’s bond rating for the third time in Christie’s governorship. S&P cited not only the…

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Posted: September 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Economy | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »