In early morning vote, N.J. lawmakers OK sales tax cut, gas tax hike to fix roads

assetContent (2)TRENTON — The state Assembly hastily approved a plan after midnight Tuesday to cut the sales tax by a penny in exchange for raising the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon to rescue the near-broke… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Christie’s off to Wall with education fairness plan

photo via Governor's office

photo via Governor’s office

By Art Gallagher

Governor Chris Christie is back on the Town Hall circuit…now he is calling them forums…as he meets New Jersey voters on Tuesday in Wall Township to promote the school funding formula that he announced last week.

The “Fairness Formula Forum” will take place in the Wall branch of the Monmouth County Library, 2700 Allaire Rd., Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.  The doors open at 2:15 p.m and seating his first come first served.  RSVPs are encouraged for planning purposes to  FairnessForum.Wall@NJ.Gov.

Christie is saying that he wants a referendum in 2017 to amend the State Constitution so that State education funding is distributed equally to all school age children throughout the New Jersey.  He says that the State would contribute $6,500 per student.  Currently roughly 75% of State funding goes to 31 school districts, formerly referred to Abbott districts for the landmark Abbott vs Burke NJ Supreme Court decision that mandated that the State subsidize poor and urban districts.

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Posted: June 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, Education, Kim Guadagno, News, NJ Constitution, NJ Politics, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. to businesses: You’ll have to wait longer for your reward for creating jobs

assetContent (28)TRENTON — The state Senate will vote Monday to put off paying overdue awards to businesses that created jobs in New Jersey as part of the governor’s plan to balance the budget for the coming year. Tax collections missed their mark this spring, and Gov. Chris Christie’s administration announced it would delay the bulk of the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

N.J. lawmakers move forward on $38.4B state budget

assetContentTRENTON — Senate and Assembly budget committees approved a $34.8 billion Democratic state budget plan for the coming fiscal year that tacks on about $275 million in spending to governor’s plan. With focus on a tax plan to rescue the Transportation Trust Fund, budget talks have been more bridled than in years past. Senate Budget and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , | No Comments »

5 tips to protect you from Orlando charity scammers

scamTRENTON — With sympathy running high for victims of the Orlando night club massacre and their families, acting Attorney General Robert Lougy warned the public to investigate before making charitable donations. Tragedies often bring out scam artists who may use high-pressure tactics or mislead by claiming to create a fund with a similar-sounding name of reputable… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

N.J. lawmakers vote to allow medical marijuana for PTSD

assetContentTRENTON — Responding to pleas from veterans, the state Assembly Thursday passed a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of illnesses that would qualify a person for New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee also approved the same legislation, sending it on to the full… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Christie takes aim at gas taxes, pensions, property taxes and teachers union

Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, in Trenton, NJ. (Governor's Office/ Mykwain Gainey)

WHIPPANY — With the state’s Transportation Trust Fund less than three weeks away from running out of money for new road, bridge and rail projects, Gov. Chris Christie said the fix being pushed by the Democratic-controlled legislature lacked sufficient tax breaks to be signed into law. Speaking to the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on Monday,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Christie takes aim at gas taxes, pensions, property taxes and teachers union

Chick-fil-A responds to Orlando massacre with free food at a blood drive

Chick fil A OrlandoA Chick-fil-A restaurant in Orlando on Sunday delivered sandwiches and iced tea to a blood drive supporting victims of the gay nightclub terrorist attack. The restaurant on University and Rouse Road delivered the food free of charge to the One Blood donation center, the DC Gazette reported. The owners of the Christian-run organization, which is normally… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chick-fil-A, News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Chick-fil-A responds to Orlando massacre with free food at a blood drive

Profile of Orlando gunman Oman Mateen

Omar MateenOmar Mateen aspired to be a police officer and had once applied to join a police academy. He worked at a centre for juvenile delinquents as a correctional officer. More recently he was an armed guard for a gated retirement community in South Florida. A former co-worker said that Mateen’s anger was “constant.” He was known… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Orlando shooter was married to N.J. woman who says he beat her

assetContent (25)The gunman in a mass shooting that left at least 50 people dead and 53 others wounded early Sunday in an Orlando night club was once married to a New Jersey woman. Records show Omar Mateen, who died in a shootout with a police, married Sitora Yusufiy in 2009 in Florida. Yusufiy lived in Edison and… Read the rest of this entry »

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