Ex-N.J. congressman: Why I support Betsy DeVos and school choice | Opinion

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 Dick Zimmer Shortly after Betsy DeVos was sworn into office as U.S. Secretary of Education, I was invited, as a trustee of Excellent Education for Everyone (E3), to meet with her at the Department of Education. I accepted the invitation with pleasure. When I posted a picture of myself with DeVos on Facebook,…… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: April 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Opinion: Divided We Govern, Both in Trenton and Washington, D.C.


1727Credit: Amanda Brown Dick Zimmer The smart money is betting that the gridlock that plagued the legislative process in Washington, D.C., during the past four years will become even worse now that Republicans have won decisive majorities in both houses of Congress. Surely, nobody will be shocked if lawmaking in Washington remains paralyzed for the next… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, Dick Zimmer, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Opinion: Big and Small Thinking at the Port Authority

Opinion: Big and Small Thinking at the Port Authority (via NJSpotlight)

The reason I believe Gov. Chris Christie will survive the Bridgegate controversy is that he is too smart to have directed or encouraged what he accurately called the “abject stupidity” of September’s lane closings on the George Washington Bridge…

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Posted: January 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Dick Zimmer, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Opinion: What Happened to Long Coattails in Gubernatorial Elections?

To a legislator, the difference between being in the majority and being in the minority is as consequential as the difference between being in office and being out of office. That is why my political life was transformed in November 1985 when, as a…

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Posted: November 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, Dick Zimmer, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Opinion: The Federal Government Shutdown, Looking at the Longer Run (via NJSpotlight)

Opinion: The Federal Government Shutdown, Looking at the Longer Run (via NJSpotlight)

Even as Congress and the president took the first tentative steps toward a debt-ceiling deal last week, the press was already declaring who won the budget showdown (Obama) and who lost it (Republicans). That could well turn out to be the case, but a…

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Posted: October 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Government Shutdown | Tags: , | 1 Comment »