The State Legislature is still toiling in Trenton making sure Governor Phil Murphy’s conditional vetoes match what he agreed to with Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin yesterday, but Murphy has left the Capitol and returned home to Monmouth County where is issued the Oath of Office to Long Branch Mayor John Pallone moments ago.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Governor Phil Murphy, John Pallone, Long Branch, Mayor John Pallone, NJ Budget, NJ Legislature | 2 Comments »
Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth), along with her colleagues Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz (R-Union) and Holly Schepisi (R-Bergen), today called on the legislature to take action on a 10 bill package they introduced last week to address school safety in light of the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida and other tragic incidents.
The proposed legislation is based on recommendations from two panels of experts that were set-up in the wake of the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn, DiMaso and Munoz said in a joint statement. The groups included government officials, education leaders, law enforcement, community members, school officials, teachers and parents. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: April 4th, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Education, Monmouth County News, NJ State Legislature, School Safety | Tags: Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Legislature, School Safety, Serena DiMaso | 1 Comment »
Senate President Steve Sweeney fought off a surprisingly tough challenge from his Republican opponent, funded by NJEA money. New Jersey voters went to the polls yesterday and turned their attention to all 120 seats in the Legislature, ending a busy election season that was rife with special interest spending, political attack ads and controversial mailers, as… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 8th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 elections, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, NJ Legislature, NJEA, Steve Sweeney, Vin Gopal | 1 Comment »
We haven’t heard from Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop since Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon challenged him to pressure Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to put the extension of the 2% limit on arbitration awards for police and firefighter salary contracts up for a vote. But Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini, a Democrat, called to say that he supports O’Scanlon’s effort.
“The 2% arbitration cap is a very powerful tool in stabilizing property taxes,” Tagliarini said in a phone interview with MMM. “I don’t know any mayor, Democrat or Republican, who wants it to expire. The cap should be extended before it expires in December.” Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 14th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: 13th legislative district, Aberdeen, Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini, Arbitration Award Task Force, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Interest Arbitration Cap, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, LD 13, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Legislature, NJ Property Taxes | Comments Off on Aberdeen Mayor Supports O’Scanlon’s Efforts To Limit Property Tax Hikes
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, not the Democrat nominee for Governor, declared that the best interests of his city’s residents and taxpayers prevailed, according to Hudson County View.
The arbitrator’s decision will enable Mayor Fulop and the city council to keep their budget within the two-percent levy cap and hold the line on property taxes from substantially increasing.
“This is not a day where we say that we won, but rather that the best interest of the city, its residents and the taxpayers prevailed,” Fulop said in a statement reported by HCV.
“We have negotiated successfully with six of the city’s other unions to adopt measures that correct many of the outdated contract provisions and worked productively with the unions for the benefit of their members and the public. Unfortunately, the POBA chose a different route and an independent arbitrator was required.”
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today called on Fulop to join him in challenging Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to put legislation making the cap permanent up for vote in the Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Jersey City, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Property Taxes, Steve Fulop | Tags: 2% Property tax cap, Arbitration Award Task Force, Arbitration Reform, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Assembly, NJ Legislature, NJ Property Taxes, Property Tax Cap | Comments Off on O’Scanlon challenges Jersey City Mayor Fulop to pressure Speaker Prieto to extend Arbitration Cap
Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature passed a budget last night which Governor Chris Christie signed, ending the three day shutdown of non-essential government services.
New Jersey state parks and beaches will be open today, the 4th of July. Courts, MVC offices and all other state operations will return to their normal operating hours tomorrow.
At at 10pm press conference announcing a deal on legislation to change the State’s oversight of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said that would ask Christie to support their desire to pay state employees for their forced day off on July 3.Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Governor Chris Christie, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, New Jersey, NJ Government Shutdown, NJ Legislature, NJ Shutdown, NJ State Budget | 7 Comments »
With New Jersey’s state government on the verge of shutting down because the Democrat controlled legislature has failed to pass a budget, Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno, the GOP nominee for Governor, has called on her Democrat opponent, former Goldman Sachs banker Phil Murphy, to intervene in the impasse.
“What is happening with the state budget is a disgusting display of Trenton politics that threatens to grind our state to a halt,” Guadagno said. “With so many problems in New Jersey from property taxes to healthcare, our leaders should be communicating with each other to pass a budget that puts the taxpayers of New Jersey first and separate the Horizon bill from negotiations so it can be thoroughly reviewed. Phil Murphy – as the head of his party – should immediately call his political bosses who are orchestrating this and tell them to stop playing politics with the lives of the people who will be hurt by a government shutdown.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Government Shutdown, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey, NJ Legislature, NJ State Budget, Phil Murphy | Comments Off on Guadagno calls on Murphy to intervene in budget showdown
TRENTON — The state Legislature won’t pass a budget on Thursday as talks over key components of a deal remain deadlocked. That brings New Jersey right up against the midnight Friday deadline for a state budget. Without a spending plan, Gov. Chris Christie has the option to shut down state government. More than half of the… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: June 29th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ Government Shutdown, NJ Legislature, NJ State Budget, Senate President Chris Christie | Comments Off on Legislature won’t pass budget Thursday as Assembly speaker digs in
While Democratic legislative leaders are negotiating a budget with Gov. Chris Christie this week, lawmakers are also moving toward final passage of a bipartisan bill that would bring a new level of transparency to how taxpayer dollars are spent by state government each year. Both houses of the Legislature are expected to approve later today a… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: June 22nd, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: New Jersey, NJ Legislature, NJ State Budget, Unspent funds | 4 Comments »
TRENTON — Top Democratic lawmakers who have been pushing competing plans to repair education funding in New Jersey said Wednesday they have agreed to a deal that would increase state funding by $125 million. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) said their plan that would add $100 million in new K-12… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: June 14th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Education, New Jersey | Tags: New Jersey, NJ Education funding, NJ Legislature | Comments Off on NJ Lawmakers reach $171M deal on school funding