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: , , , , | No Comments »

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

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: , , , | No Comments »

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

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 »

Study of police body cameras approved by N.J. lawmakers

assetContentTRENTON — State lawmakers would study whether police throughout the state should wear body cameras to capture their interactions with the public, under a bill approved today by the Senate. The legislation ( S2649), passed 37-0, began as an effort to require all officers to wear the devices, but was scaled back after the bill’ sponsor,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJ State Legislature, NJ State Police | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Uber car services facing stricter rules from N.J. lawmakers

uberTRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers today took the first step toward regulating new and growing “ridesharing” services like Uber and Lyft that have drawn the ire of traditional taxi and limo companies as well as the auto insurance industry. The Assembly Transportation Committee wrapped seven bills that have been introduced over the last six months —… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »