TRENTON — A state Assembly committee Monday approved legislation that would prevent consumers from getting surprise out-of-network medical bills that can saddle them with huge bills. The measure would require hospitals and doctors to disclose whether they are part of a person’s insurance network before treatment occurs. The bill was praised by consumer advocates and picked… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 24th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Health Care, NJ Assembly, NJ Legislature, out-of-network billing | No Comments »
TRENTON — Three New Jersey municipalities in Union, Hudson and Middlesex counties are under investigation by the state for stalling property reassessments for decades and could be forced to conduct revaluations. The investigation of Jersey City, Elizabeth and Dunellen is a shot across the bow to municipalities in the three counties the state says have neglected… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 19th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, Property Taxes | Tags: Dunellen, Elizabeth, Hudson County Middlesex County, Jersey City, NJ Property Taxes, Property Taxes, Union County | 1 Comment »
TRENTON — New Jersey’s high property and income taxes contribute to its standing as the nation’s least attractive tax climate for businesses, according to a Washington tax policy group’s annual ranking of the 50 states. The Tax Foundation, a public policy group that has two former Republican lawmakers on its board of directors, considered five metrics,… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 19th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Economy, New Jersey, Taxes | Tags: Business Climate, Business Tax Climate, NJ Economy | 1 Comment »
PISCATAWAY — Muslim leaders from around New Jersey gathered at Rutgers University Tuesday morning to issue a statement condemning “on the strongest possible terms the barbaric terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in Paris.” “Islam is against terrorism and does not condone or provide any justification, whatsoever, for such despicable acts,” the statement said. “There is no… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 17th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, War on terror | Tags: New Jersey, NJ Muslm leaders, Paris, Paris terror, Rutgers, War on terror | 5 Comments »
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama saying New Jersey will not accept any Syrian refugees from the war-torn country. In the letter, Christie argued the Obama administration failed to notify the state or coordinate with New Jersey agencies on resettling refugees in the Garden State. Christie, who is running… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 17th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Barack Obama, Chris Christie, New Jersey, Syria, War on terror | Tags: Chris Christie, New Jersey, Paris, Paris terror, President Barack Obama, Syria, Syrian refugees | No Comments »
TRENTON — State Assemblywoman Donna Simon conceded Central New Jersey’s 16th District race Monday, nearly two weeks after the legislative contest was deemed too close to call. Simon’s loss is a gain for state Democrats, whose Nov. 3 election wins expand their 48-31 majority by four seats, taking down four Republican incumbents. Simon (R-Mercer), an assemblywoman… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 16th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2015 Legislative Races, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: 2015 Legislative Races, Andrew Swicker, Donna Simon, New Jersey, NJ Legislature | 10 Comments »
More New Jersey residents are in poverty now than in the past five decades and the outlook for the future is bleak in a state that boasts being one of the wealthiest in the nation, according to a report released Sunday. The findings in the study done for Legal Services of New Jersey paint a grim… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 15th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Economy, New Jersey | Tags: New Jersey, New Jersey Economy, Poverty | 2 Comments »
In the wake of Friday’s night’s massacre in Paris — a series of coordinated attacks that reverberated across the globe — the New Jersey State Police say they are carefully monitoring the situation and have reminded troopers to be on alert. Sgt. Jeff Flynn, a spokesman for the agency, said Saturday that troopers are following events… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 14th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ State Police, War on terror | Tags: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Police, Paris, Paris terror, War on terror | No Comments »
In an exclusive interview with MoreMonmouthMusings, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno said that she is pleased that the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has ruled that documents associated with the investigation into her hiring of a retired detective when she was the Monmouth County Sheriff will be released within 45 days.
“The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) and the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) have investigated my actions while Monmouth County Sheriff, regarding the hiring and compensation of an employee and found nothing. When the internal investigative documents that the blogger has sued for are released, they will show – again- that I acted appropriately and in the best interests of Monmouth County taxpayers,” Guadagno said.
Appellate Judges George S. Leone and Carol E. Higbee ruled on Thursday that two documents , a three page letter date June 6, 2011 from PFRS to the Attorney General requesting an investigation and one page letter dated June 21, 2012 from the Division of Criminal Justice(DCJ) to PFRS on the status of the investigation, shall be released. Leone and Higbee’s ruling overturned a ruling by Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson that the State had the right to withhold the documents from Mark Lagerkvist, a blogger who has used his allegations against Guadagno to kick start his career.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Christie Administration, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey | Tags: Kim Guadagno, Lt Gov Kim Guadagno, Mark Lagerkvist, Michael Donovan, Mickey Donovan, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, NJ Watchdog | 4 Comments »