Christie promises veto of Dems’ tax increases, mum on pension cuts

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie took a scolding tone with the state’s Democratic lawmakers Thursday night, saying he planned to veto $1.1 billion in tax hikes outright but declining to say how much smaller the state’s contribution to the pension system would be. On his monthly radio show on New Jersey 101.5, Christie answered “yes” to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie promises veto of Dems’ tax increases, mum on pension cuts

N.J. Dems pushing major changes to voting laws, an issue riling Christie & Clinton

voteTRENTON — Democratic legislative leaders plan to introduce and fast-track legislation that would make sweeping changes to New Jersey voting laws in an attempt to bring more voters to the polls in a state where turnout and registration rates are in decline, NJ Advance Media has learned. The “Democracy Act” will include about a dozen measures… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ Constitution, NJ Democrats, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Sandy bill clears Senate; Sweeney says storm victims ‘deserve answers’

0054A bill that aims to address ongoing problems raised by homeowners and advocates about New Jersey’s handling of Hurricane Sandy relief aid cleared the state Senate on Monday. The bill ( S2825), which was introduced by Senate President Stephen Sweeney in March, requires the state to give applicants in certain grant programs personalized timelines showing when… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Stephen Sweeney, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy bill clears Senate; Sweeney says storm victims ‘deserve answers’

Self Service or Full Service, You’ll have to get out of your car before getting gas starting in 2017

Some Independent Gasoline Retailers Are At Odds With Their Lobbyist Who Is Pushing Self Service

O’Scanlon: Self Service bill will give consumers and retailers a choice.  Will decriminalize a harmless convenience

Starting in October of 2017 New Jersey drivers will have to get out of their cars, swipe their own credit or debit card and enter a PIN before an attendant can can pump gas into their car, according to a report at NorthJersey.com.

Consumers will no longer be allowed to hand their cards gas station employees due to new credit card security requirements, The Record quotes Sal Risalvato, executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline C-Store Automotive Association (NJGCA), an independent gas station owners group, as saying.

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Posted: May 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Fight over N.J. pro-car dealer legislation revs up again | The Auditor

Auto alliance adA year after it stalled, debate is once again revving up over a bill car dealers have been pushing for over the last year-and-a-half that would favor them in their historically tense dealings with manufacturers. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in the last couple weeks has run radio and online ads to oppose the legislation, which… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Fight over N.J. pro-car dealer legislation revs up again | The Auditor

Republican Senators Stick With Christie

Override of Governor’s Veto of Port Authority Reforms Fails

Posted: March 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Watch Christie’s Budget Address Live

Faced with an unexpected Court Order yesterday requiring a pension payment of $1.57 billion by the end of June and with a national media glare upon him, Governor Chris Christie will deliver his Annual Budget Address to a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature this afternoon at 2 p.m.

You can watch the address here live, courtesy of NJTV and Youtube:

 

Posted: February 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Watch Christie’s Budget Address Live

Incest outrage: Bill would ban sex between related adults in N.J.

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini

Well, that didn’t take long. Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini on Wednesday said she’ll introduce legislation that bans adult incest in New Jersey — a response to a flurry of media reports in the last week that noted sexual relationships between consenting, closely related adults is legal here. “Obviously, these types of relationships violate our acceptable moral… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

O’Scanlon: There’s no silver bullet to resolve New Jersey’s budget issues

By Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon

declan-oscanlon-budgetPoliticians like to talk about budgetary issues and challenges in pieces -ignoring the big-picture, and inconvenient,  collateral effects of their proposed solutions. Even the public, and well-meaning editorial boards, fall prey to this segmentation mentality hoping there is an answer that doesn’t eviscerate their particular sacred cow.  Throw in the fact that there is a general belief in a magic bullet that will fix our budget problems and you have a dangerous mix of ignorance and irrational expectation.  It is time to clear that up.  Governor Christie is right when he says our budget problems are serious. The solutions are going to be painful.

First, let’s understand that the causes of the problem are rooted in the actions, over the last 20 years, of legislators and governors – Republicans and Democrats – who were either well-meaning, but ultimately ill-informed, or those who consciously opted for political expediency knowing their actions would ultimately bankrupt the state.  The former motivation is sad, the latter reprehensible.

Making certain assumptions about things we can and can’t fund, our structural deficit is around $6.75 billion – inclusive of $1.6 billion in transportation investment per year but exclusive of things we’d love to do like cut property taxes.

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Posted: December 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Water privatization bill removing public vote requirement moves to Christie’s desk

assetContent (3)A bill fast-tracking sale of public water systems into private hands was approved by the state Senate Thursday, and will now head to the governor’s desk. About an hour of debate preceded the vote on the Water Infrastructure Protection Act, which was approved 21-16 and would allow local governments to sell public water systems without a… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Joe Kyrillos, Legislature, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »