By Assemblyman Ned Thomson
Assemblyman Ned Thompson
While New Jersey narrowly avoided a second straight government shutdown, the budget agreement that was achieved at the last minute will have a serious impact on area taxpayers that will be felt for years to come.
As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, I participated in a number of meetings and listened to hours of testimony on Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget that sought to increase spending by more than 7 percent and raise taxes by $1.7 billion. Gov. Murphy and the Democrat majority in the Legislature then spent much of the spring and early part of summer arguing over which of our taxes to raise.
Never, it seems, did they consider reducing government spending nor did the conversation appear to focus on reducing the burden on some of the most overtaxed citizens in the country. In fact, during the debate, serious consideration was given to additional tax hikes, including proposals to increase the realty transfer fee and add taxes to short-term home rentals — two ideas that would have dramatically impacted Monmouth and Ocean County residents. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 19th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman Ned Thomson, Monmouth County News, NJ State Budget, Opinion | 2 Comments »
Ned Thomson was took the Oath of Office and officially became a member of the New Jersey General Assembly yesterday during a ceremony at the State House in Trenton.
Speaker Vincent Prieto administered the Oath to the former Wall Township mayor as his wife Sandi held the bible. The Thomson’s son Christian, daughter-in-law Kimbery and grandchildren Bella and Marcelo participated in the ceremony as witnesses along with Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick.
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Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, NJ Politics, NJ State Police | Tags: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman Ned Thomson, Monmouth County News | Comments Off on Thomson Sworn In As Assemblyman
Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden issued a statement this morning congratulating newly elected Assemblyman Ned Thomson on his victory at the special election last evening and thanking all involved for a successful and orderly convention.
“Congratulations to Assemblyman Thomson. I personally thank Ned for his willingness to take on the rigors of being a legislator as well as the demanding community and political commitments the job requires. Ned doesn’t need to do this. I wholeheartedly welcome him to our leadership team. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 15th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: 2017 Legislative election, 30th Legislative District, Assemblyman Ned Thomson, Assemblyman Sean Kean, Bob McKenna, Chairman Shaun Golden, Christine Giordano Hanlon, Doug Steinhardt, George Gilmore, Juan Malave, Michael Lavery, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Ned Thomson, NJ GOP | 1 Comment »