Christie says Sweeney and Prieto have not shared their gas tax plan with him

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MMM file photo

Brian T. Murray, Governor Chris Christie’s spokesman, told MMM in an email that Christie has not seen the Transportation Trust Fund legislation that Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced today.

New Jersey’s infrastructure construction projects have been shut down since July 8 when the TFF was down to a $10 million balance which being held for emergency projects.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gas Tax, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sweeney and Prieto Agree On A Transportation Trust Fund Deal

14553041-mmmainjpg-f8bdaca3688cbb20Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto have a compromise deal on the Transportation Trust Fund, according to an announcement on the NJ Senate Democrats website.

“We have an agreement on a plan that is needed to address the state’s critical transportation needs at the same time it provides targeted tax savings for retirees, the working poor and middle class families,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Salem/Cumberland/Gloucester). “This is a bipartisan plan that supports a $2 billion a year Transportation Trust Fund and provides affordable tax cuts that will allow us to meet the state’s pension obligations without creating a fiscal crisis. This is an investment plan that will create jobs and support immediate and long-term economic growth.”

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Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, New Jersey, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie makes Senate new offer to end N.J. road project shutdown

assetContent (35)TRENTON — After calling the Senate president’s proposal to end a stalemate over funding for construction projects “ridiculous” earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday delivered a counteroffer. No details of either proposal are known, but a spokesman for Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he is reviewing the latest proposal. The governor and Senate are… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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 »

Vin Gopal and the Democrats’ plan for taking over Monmouth County

We’ve been reporting for years on how Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal has been raising special interest money in Trenton as well as from Hudson and Essex Counties so that he can take over our beautiful county, pave it over and award contracts and patronage jobs to his benefactors.  Fortunately, he’s had limited success.

Now, thanks to Hudson County View, we have the chairman on tape sharing the next step of his plan.  The money is not enough, he needs to bring voters into the county courtesy of the Hudson County boss, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

A joke! Vin will likely protest. But is it?

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Posted: May 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Rible: Let Towns Use Affordable Housing Money To Get The Lead Out Of Water

Assemblyman Dave Rible visiting fourth grade students at Spring Lake Hts Elementary School

Assemblyman Dave Rible visiting fourth grade students at Spring Lake Hts Elementary School

Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, the Democrat leaders of the New Jersey Legislature, called for a tax on water for fund the repair and replacement of the state’s aging and lead contaminated water infrastructure.

Assemblyman Dave Rible, the Republican Conference Leader in the lower house, said raising taxes is not the answer.  Rible is introducing a bill that would allow municipalities to contribute the monies now earmarked for affordable housing construction to instead by dedicated to a fund to be used to remediate lead contaminated properties.

“While we need to address the serious issue of lead contamination in our communities, raising taxes is not the answer,” said Rible.  “This bill would provide vital funding for rehabilitating lead-contaminated properties without forcing taxpayers to dig deeper to pay for these projects.”

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Posted: March 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Dave Rible, Monmouth County News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Compromise Reached on North Jersey Casino Gambling Measure

casino_gamesGovernor Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced this afternoon that a compromised had been reached over two competing proposals to amend the New Jersey Constitution to allow casino gambling in northern New Jersey.

The compromise requires that, should New Jersey voters approve the proposed Constitutional amendment in November, that the new licensees be required to invest at least $1 billion in constructing new casinos and to impose a timeline on the licensees to build the new casinos.

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Posted: January 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ Constitution, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. Senate, Assembly leaders negotiating on road funding

assetContent (36)TRENTON — With an important deadline for New Jersey transportation funding looming, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he and the Democratic Assembly speaker are “getting closer” on a plan to raise money for roads and bridges. Midway through 2016, the Transportation Trust Fund will run out of money for new projects. Senate Democrats want a $2… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

N.J. Democrats need to show us the pension money, Bramnick says

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick.  MMM file photo

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. MMM file photo

UNION TOWNSHIP — Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick on Tuesday said Democratic legislative leaders shouldn’t side with unions in asking the courts to order the restoration of $1.6 billion in state pension payments cut by Gov. Chris Christie. They should come up with the money themselves. “I think it’s simple: I just don’t think that we… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Legislative Races, Assembly Republicans, Jon Bramnick, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »