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: admin | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Chris Christie, NJ Legislature, NJ State Budget | Comments Off on Christie promises veto of Dems’ tax increases, mum on pension cuts
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Craig Copeland, Craig's Service Center, Jim Bauman, JnR Sunoco, New Jersey Gasoline C-Store Automotive Association, NJ Legislature, NJGCA, Sal Risalvato, Self service gas | 3 Comments »
Override of Governor’s Veto of Port Authority Reforms FailsPosted: March 16th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority | Tags: Christie Veto, Lemmings, NJ Legislature, NJ Senate Republicans, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Port Authority reform, Veto override | 1 Comment »
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: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: 2016 New Jersey Budget Address, Chris Christie, NJ Legislature, NJ State Budget | Comments Off on Watch Christie’s Budget Address Live
By Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon
Politicians 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.admin | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Opinion | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Budget Deficits, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Legislature, Opinion | 4 Comments »