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State Owned Bank and Legal Weed: Perfect Together?

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On his Ask the Governor show on public radio last night, Governor Phil Murphy said he has a big meeting today about his idea to create a state owned bank, according to reporter Joe Hernandez.

As Hernandez noted in his tweet, the Murphy’s public bank idea has not gotten much attention since his 2017 campaign. So why now?

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Posted: February 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Marijuana, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Art G and Tommy G on the radio this afternoon at 4

Art Gallagher is back on the Tommy G Show on Tuesday afternoon, January 29 at 4 PM.

Tommy’s show is always good for laughs and provocative conversation about local, state and national news.  On the agenda this afternoon is discussion about the $15 minimum wage bill that Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin  promoted at the press conference in Sayreville this morning.

I wouldn’t be surprised if former Governor Chris Christie’s new book which was released today also comes up in conversation.

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Posted: January 29th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Art G and Tommy G on the radio this afternoon at 4

O’Scanlon: Murphy’s failure to lift gag orders is “unconscionable”

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Posted: January 28th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

O’Scanlon and DiMaso call for immediate action on NJ Transit issues

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso called upon Governor Phil Murphy to do what ever it takes to resolve NJ Transit numerous ongoing issues quickly.

Murphy said at a press conference last week that NJ commuters will likely suffer with substandard service throughout most of 2019, according to northjersey.com.

“Governor Murphy must take expeditious action to address the major issues plaguing NJ Transit,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “I’m calling on the Governor to take whatever action is necessary, whether it’s declaring a State of Emergency, bringing in out-of-state engineers, or any other solution. We must treat this exigent situation with the seriousness that it demands.”

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Posted: January 23rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Governor Murphy’s State of the State Address

Governor Phil Murphy will deliver the annual State of the State address this afternoon at noon from the Statehouse in Trenton.

Watch it here courtesy of NJTV:

Posted: January 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Governor Murphy’s State of the State Address

Three GOP State Senators Willing To Trade Marijuana Support For Fiscal And Public Safety Reforms

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Three  Republican State Senators, including Monmouth County’s Declan O’Scanlon are willing to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey if Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney deliver the return of the Energy Receipts Tax to municipalities, a dedicated 911 System and Emergency Response Trust Fund, funding for addiction recovery services and a guaranteed reimbursement fund for municipalities paying to train police officers as Drug Recognition Experts who can assess if a driver is impaired by cannabis, according to an article on NJ.com

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Posted: January 14th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Hanlon: Nationwide Election Results Could Be Held Up By Murphy’s Vote By Mail Law

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon

By Christine Giordano Hanlon

New Jersey’s new Vote by Mail law, signed by Gov. Murphy in August, has the potential to leave voters hanging on Election Night, not just in New Jersey, but across the country.  Candidates and voters should be aware that the results on Election Night may be far from final.

With recent polls suggesting that the New Jersey Senate race is tighter than many anticipated, and with several New Jersey congressional races polling within the margin of error, the new law could cause the entire nation to be left wondering which party will control of the U.S. House or Senate come January.

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Posted: October 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Christine Hanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

O’Scanlon Introduces Legislation To Protect NJ Motorists From Other States’ Traffic Camera Schemes

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

New Jersey MVC will no longer be provide information about resident motorist to companies that operate red-light and speed cameras for other states, if bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Declan O’Scanlon, Nick Sacco, Nicolas Scutari becomes law.

The Camera Enforcement Inoculation Act prohibits the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission from providing identifying information to camera enforcement entities, thus making it impossible to issue tickets for automated enforcement infractions to New Jersey motorists.

This is such a great idea that Governor Phil Murphy should instruct MVC Commissioner Sue Fulton to implement the practice immediately while the bill works its way through the legislature.

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Posted: August 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Congressman Smith Tours Storm Damage In CD-4

Congressman Chris Smith toured storm damage sites in Wall Township and Howell Township yesterday afternoon to prepare his appeal to the Trump Administration for federal assistance in the recovery, if Governor Phil Murphy asks the President for FEMA’s assistance, as expected.

Smith said his letter to President Trump is already written and that he is prepared to work for federal reimbursement as soon as Governor Murphy makes the request.  The knowledge he gained on yesterday’s tour will help him make his case to Trump Administration officials and FEMA when he meets with them to appeal for federal funds.

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Posted: August 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, FEMA, Flooding, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Tours Storm Damage In CD-4

Guadagno: Murphy’s $2 billion spending increase is insane but not a surprise

Former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno appeared on the Tommy G Show yesterday during which she said that the $2 billion in spending increases and $1.5 billion in new state taxes are insane but that no one should be surprised.

Guadagno said that moderate Democrats who are now calling for spending cuts “sound like Republicans, that’s what we’ve been saying all along!”

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Posted: July 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | 9 Comments »