Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff In 1866, Surrogate Gideon J. Tucker wrote that “[n]o man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Over a hundred years later, the New Jersey Legislature is doing its very best to keep Surrogate Tucker’s warning pertinent by once again advancing special-interest legislation that reaches for a new low… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: March 22nd, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Police and Fire Unions, NJ Senate, NJ State Legislature, Opinion, Pension and Benefits | 2 Comments »
TRENTON — A controversial proposal aiming to change the way New Jersey redraws its legislative districts will not be voted on Monday as state lawmakers gather for the final votes of the two-year legislative session, according to the measure’s top sponsor in the state Senate. Instead, state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-N.J.) said, Democratic lawmakers pushing the… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: January 11th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ Constitution, NJ Democrats, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Fixed elections, Legislative redistricting, NJ State Legislature, Patrick Murray, SCR-188, Sen. Nicolas Scutari | Comments Off on N.J. Dems’ controversial redistricting plan ‘dead for today’
TRENTON — The state Senate budget committee has approved a bill creating a retirement program for private-sector workers without employer-sponsored plans. The bill ( S2831) would require employees with at least 25 employees that don’t already offer retirement accounts to offer the “Secure Choice” retirement plan. Smaller companies with fewer than 25 employees can opt in.… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 22nd, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: NJ State Legislature | Tags: NJ State Legislature, Retirement savings | Comments Off on N.J. Senate budget panel approves mandatory retirement savings plan
TRENTON — A bill to force Gov. Chris Christie and all governors who follow him to reimburse New Jersey taxpayers for travel and security expenses associated with their out-of-state political trips easily cleared the Senate’s State Government committee Thursday. “All we are asking for is fairness here,” said Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), the bill’s sponsor. “If… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 23rd, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature | Tags: 2016 Presidential politics, Chris Christie, Christie Security Costs, NJ State Legislature, NJ State Senate | 2 Comments »
50% of New Jersey voters think our State’s problems are solvable, but that our politicians are not willing to stick their necks out to get our State moving in the right direction. That’s the take away from the FDU Public Mind Poll released this morning which indicates that Governor Chris Christie approval rating is upside down, 30%-55% and that the State Legislature’s approval rating is negative 24%-44%.
28% of the 792 self identified registered voters survey by FDU from June 15-21 said that New Jersey is moving in the right direction. 57% said we are on the wrong track.
Poll results that this should indicate that change is coming in November. Don’t count on that happening, unless Christie shocks the world and announces that he is not running for president.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2015 Elections, 2015 Legislative Races, Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ Democrats, NJ GOP, NJ State Legislature | Tags: 2015 Elections, Assembly Democrats, Assembly Republicans, Chris Christie, FDU Public Mind Poll, NJ State Legislature, State Legislature | 2 Comments »
TRENTON — Democratic lawmakers on Monday are expected to reveal their plan for a state budget they say would bridge the gap between the $1.3 billion Gov. Chris Christie wants to spend on public worker pensions next year and the $3.1 billion unions are demanding. That plan likely relies on the controversial millionaires’ tax and a… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: June 21st, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey State Budget | Tags: New Jersey Pensions, NJ State Budget, NJ State Legislature, Taxes | 4 Comments »
This past week, the New Jersey state Senate and Assembly both passed the “Opportunity to Compete Act,” which prohibits businesses with more than 14 employees from asking applicants to check a box to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime. Additionally, businesses would be prohibited from asking first-time interviewees if they’ve been convicted of a crime.
It has been reported that NJ Governor Chris Christie’s office worked with the legislators on the language of the bill; thus, Christie is expected to sign the bill into law.
New Jersey is already one of the least business-friendly states in the United States. According to the Tax Foundation’s 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index, NJ was the 2nd least business-friendly state – based on over 100 criteria – and ranked at the bottom in income taxes, corporate taxes, sales tax and property tax. And this ranking does not account for the Democrat-controlled legislature’s zeal to increase the “millionaire’s tax” that affects far more people making less than a million dollars a year than people making more than that.admin | Filed under: Economy, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: Chris Christie, Joe Schilp, NJ State Legislature, Opinion, Opportunity to Compete Act | 6 Comments »
Legislation proposed by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-Bergen and Hudson), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, would lower speed limits to 15 mph on roads adjacent to or passing through parks when they are open or when children are present. Violators would face fines of between $100 and $400, double the current amount.
Dubbed “Drews Law,” the legislation is named Drew Keough-Cerreta, the 11 year-old Keansburg boy killed last April by a vehicle that was apparently traveling at the 25 mph speed limit.
“The Keansburg community is still reeling from this terrible loss,” said Kyrillos . We must make sure the roadways around parks give our children the utmost safety. The time to do that is now. Slowing traffic is a small price to pay and I thank members of Drew’s family and others for their input on this important measure.”
Joseph W. Pezzano, Drew’s uncle and a 29 year veteran of the Keansburg Police Department, was on duty and answered the call when his nephew was struck.
In a statement issued in support of the legislation, Pezzano said,Art Gallagher | Filed under: Joe Kyrillos, Keansburg, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: "Drew's Law" Keansburg, Drew Keough-Cerreta, Drew's Law, Josepeh W. Pezzano, NJ State Legislature, Sen Joe Kyrillos, Sen Nicholas Sacco | 2 Comments »
TRENTON — Hold onto your seats. It’s June in Trenton, and that’s always a bumpy ride. With the state budget due by month’s end, horse-trading is rampant as just about everything that was proposed all year long under the Statehouse dome is up…
admin | Filed under: Chris Christie, Legislature, NJ Courts, NJ Democrats, NJ Judiciary, NJ State Legislature, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ State Budget, NJ State Legislature, NJ Supreme Court, Sandy Bill of Rights, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Trenton | Comments Off on A crazy June: Things to look out for in Trenton this month