By Scott St. Clair
Gov. Christie was absolutely correct in vetoing the Legislature’s magazine-limit bill, despite Sandy Hook-parent Hugo Rojas’ protestations to the contrary. The bill was not only trivial, but it was cynical to boot since it did nothing but regurgitate the long-standing agenda of gun control advocates in New Jersey without addressing what really was at the heart of the Newtown, CT tragedy: defenseless children and teachers left at the mercy of a deranged individual who should have been locked up.
If you want to solve problems, the first key is correctly identifying them, not trotting out tired, politically correct memes that pander to sentimentality. It’s obvious that a big problem at Sandy Hook – a problem lawmakers in New Jersey ignore and perpetuate today – is defenseless schools.
Another problem is the hands-off attitude taken by local and state officials and law enforcement against mentally ill people who, like Adam Lanza, have a long, documented and scary track record of violent behavior yet are allowed to walk the streets.
Ignoring the real problems in favor of political pandering is what the Legislature did with the magazine-limit bill. Gov. Christie was right to veto it, and Mr. Rojas’ is mistaken in his criticism.
Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Opinion, Sandy Hook Elementary School | Tags: Governor Chris Christie, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Hugo Rojas, Newtown CT, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Scott St. Clair | 20 Comments »
Governor Chris Christie will hold a Town Hall Conversation in Long Branch on Tuesday afternoon July 15 at 3 p.m, according to an announcement from his office.
The first of several stops along the Jersey Shore this summer, Christie will highlight in budget and reform initiatives and answer questions from New Jerseyans.
The event will be at the Long Branch Amphitheater, 17 McKinley Ave, Long Branch.
Posted: July 10th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Long Branch, Monmouth County, News | Tags: Christie Town Hall, Governor Chris Christie, Long Branch | 1 Comment »
MMM photo/Art Gallagher
Governor Chris Christie is scheduled to be in Keansburg on Monday morning, 10:30am, to make an announcement and give updates on the Homeowners’ Elevation Program.
The event is scheduled to take place at a private residence at 57 Beaconlight Ave.
Posted: July 6th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Keansburg, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Chris Christie, Elevation Program, Governor Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Keansburg, Monmouth County | 3 Comments »
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Posted: June 8th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Christie, Legislature, NJ Courts, NJ Democrats, NJ Judiciary, NJ State Legislature, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ State Budget, NJ State Legislature, NJ Supreme Court, Sandy Bill of Rights, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Trenton | Comments Off
Governor Chris Christie has called a press conference for 2:30 this afternoon to announce his new judicial nominations.
The Star Ledger reported this morning that the governor would re-nominate Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, giving Rabner tenure, and nominate Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon to the Supreme Court. In a deal struck with Senate President Sweeney, there a remaining vacancy on the Supreme Court would continue to be filled on a temporary basis by Rabner’s choice, Judge Mary Catherine Cuff.
Christie’s press conference can be viewed live here:
Posted: May 21st, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ State Legislature, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Governor Chris Christie, Judge Lee Solomon, NJ Supreme Court, Senate President Steve Sweeney | Comments Off
Governor Christie: I have made the decision that we are not going to blindside our students, we are not going to blindside our seniors, our higher education institutions or those who rely on the safety net the state provides to balance the budget with only six weeks left in the fiscal year. So you have to make choices and we are making them. We’re choosing to be responsible in terms of the way we fund these critical priorities that matter to the people of the state. And we are choosing not put at risk those programs that I mentioned and those services that the people of the state rely upon, especially on such extraordinarily short notice. I’d love to give people tax relief. I’d love to also be able to fund programs that are priorities and that matter a great deal to me and to the people of this state. But until we decide to be adults and deal with the problem we know we have we’re not going to be able to do that. And so today I’m doing what I need to do to fulfill my constitutional obligation to balance a budget. Today I’m going to pledge to make the payments that we need to make to not dig the hole any deeper. But in a time when we’re confronted with this type of challenge I cannot also pay for all the sins of my predecessors, and so we’re going to do this now. We’re going to continue to try to get better as we move forward but you’re going to continue to hear from me and you will hear from me soon with specifics on the way we need to change the pension and the health benefit system. I’ve been saying over the course of the last number of months that come Fiscal Year ’16 New Jersey is going to be paying more for health benefit costs for retirees than we pay for active employees. If there is any greater symbol for how untenable the system has become I don’t know what it is. And so we need to deal with this problem and we need to deal with it directly. I will fix the problems that have been foist upon us today. But I’m going to need cooperation from the Legislature and elected officials across the state to deal with this problem going forward.
Posted: May 20th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey State Budget, Pensions | Tags: Chris Christie, Governor Chris Christie, NJ State Budget, Pension reform | Comments Off
The ball is in the Assembly’s court
Both the State Senate and General Assembly passed the bill that would blow a hole in municipal budgets for the next four years, the “extension” of the 2% Interest Arbitration Cap for police and firefighters base salaries that did not really cap those salaries. Had the bill become law, there would have been a massive cut in municipal services throughout New Jersey or property taxes would have started rising again at levels we experienced during the Corzine/Codey/McGreevey administrations.
But Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the bill and the Senate quickly concurred with the changes he made to the bill which kept the cap intact through December 2017 by a vote of 33-1. Christie’s office announced the conditional veto and the Senate’s concurrence in the same press release.
One has to wonder why the Senate went through the exercise of passing the “bad bill” in the first place, by a vote of 28-7, only to abandon the changes it made to the existing Interest Arbitration Cap and, for the most part, extend the existing law for another four years, so quickly. Without the Senate’s concurrence to Christie’s conditional veto, the cap on arbitration awards would expire on April 1st. Either the “bad bill” or the expiration of the cap would have been a victory for the Trenton Democrats benefactors in the police and firefighters unions.
The unions may still have their victory. Before the Assembly could take a vote on concurring with Christie’s conditional veto, Speaker Vincent Prieto abruptly adjourned the session. No Assembly session has been scheduled, yet, to take up the concurrence prior to April 1.
Below is a video of Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon’s floor speak before the chamber voted on the “bad bill.” As usual, O’Scanlon makes is case and fights for New Jersey taxpayers very well.
Posted: March 28th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, NJ State Legislature, Property Tax Tool Kit, Property Taxes | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Declan O'Scanlon, Governor Chris Christie, interest arbitration, Interest Arbitration Cap, NJ State Legislature, Property Tax Tool Kit, Property Taxes | 2 Comments »
Lt. Governor Guadagno, Speaker Prieto, President Sweeney, members of the Legislature, fellow New Jerseyans:
I am pleased to present to you my Budget for Fiscal Year 2015.
This is the fifth time I have come before this Legislature to deliver a budget message.
It is one of the most important obligations of any governor.
Today, I present to you a budget that is balanced, and, for the fifth year in a row, requires no new taxes on the people of New Jersey.
Total spending in this budget for the next fiscal year is $34.5 billion, with a responsible surplus of over $300 million.
Here is more important news.
This budget, when you take out pension and health care costs and debt service, is $2.2 billion smaller than Fiscal Year 2008.
Over the last five years we have cut discretionary spending by $2.2 billion.
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Posted: February 25th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: 2015 Budget Address, 2015 New Jersey Budget Address, Chris Christie, Governor Chris Christie, NJ State Budget | Comments Off