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  • I'm a Republican who served under Bush and Whitman: Let's ban AR-15s

    02/19/2018 2:02:11 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 100 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | February 19, 2018 | Alan J. Steinberg
    I need not dwell on the catastrophe of the Parkland, Florida mass murder last week. Such killings have become the new normal in America. In five of the six deadliest mass shootings of the past six years in the United States (Newtown, San Bernardino. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs, and Parkland) the gunman used an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. This is a weapon that was banned for individual ownership and usage by the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban. This 10-year ban was legislatively enacted by a Democratic President, Bill Clinton and a Democratic Congress.
  • Is Tammy Murphy the most powerful first spouse in N.J. history?

    02/19/2018 10:35:44 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 27 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | February 19, 2018 | Matt Arco and Brent Johnson
    She travels from Middletown to Trenton nearly every day and has her own office down the hall from Gov. Phil Murphy. She has plum speaking roles at public events. And some political insiders privately refer to her as "co-governor." New Jersey's new first lady, Tammy Murphy, is so hands on in her husband's fledgling administration that she helps shape policy. And the governor makes no bones about it: His wife will be front and center over the next four years.
  • NJ governor promises fast movement on gun control bills

    02/14/2018 12:46:58 PM PST · by PROCON · 51 replies ^ | Feb. 14, 2018 | Chris Eger
    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy stood behind his pre-election campaign promises on Tuesday at a roundtable discussion with gun control advocates and fellow Democrat, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald. (Photo: New Jersey Governor’s office)Democrat Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s new governor, made it clear this week he is onboard with turning a number of gun control proposals into the Garden State’s newest gun control laws. Murphy, elected on a platform that included “getting tough” on guns, gathered with like-minded advocates at the Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill to talk about “combatting gun violence” through a series...
  • Survey: New Jersey workers are the least punctual in the nation

    02/12/2018 4:26:24 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 20 replies
    News 12 New Jersey ^ | February 8, 2018 | News 12 New Jersey
    EDISON - A recent survey has found that New Jersey residents show up late to work more often than employees in any other state. The report by Mattress Clarity surveyed over 2,700 American employees about being late to work and found that the average New Jersey worker loses 7.9 minutes per week to lateness. Mattress Clarity says that the lateness costs employers $122 per employee, per year in revenue – a total of $500 million. New Jersey residents told News 12 New Jersey that there are several reasons that they were late to work. Some blamed late trains or heavy...
  • The Fake National Security Behind Obama’s Watergate

    02/12/2018 10:30:52 AM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    Front Page ^ | February 12, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    Before the Nunes memo was released, Democrats, the media and its intelligence sources insisted that it would undermine national security, reveal tradecraft secrets and even get agents killed. Senator Cory Booker warned that it might be treasonously "endangering fellow Americans in the intelligence community." It was, but not in the way that he meant. The memo didn’t have anything resembling classified information it. Neither did the Grassley-Graham criminal referral which was heavily redacted to screen out all the “classified information.” What did the classified information consist of?
  • African-American teacher faces three-year suspension for calling homosexuality a sin

    02/11/2018 7:34:54 PM PST · by confederatecarpetbag · 42 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | Feb. 6, 2018 | Mark Hodges
    Jenye “Viki” Knox served Union High School since 2000 as a teacher and faculty adviser for the students’ Bible study group. She began teaching handicapped students 28 years ago. An ordained minister, Knox communicated her opinion openly on social media. In 2013, Knox sued the district for violating her right to free speech and her right to the free expression of her religion. She wanted her job back with back pay and the admission that she was within her rights under the Constitution to express her views on Facebook. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey admitted that though...
  • After 61 Years, America’s Busiest Highway Is Almost Complete

    02/09/2018 8:09:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 20, 2018 | Robinson Meyer
    PENNINGTON, N.J.—The past few years have been thick with promises of shiny new infrastructure and the revival of American greatness. Funny, then, that so little has been made of a quiet victory for U.S. infrastructure due later this year. By September 2018, one of the country’s most famous civil-engineering projects will finally complete construction, six decades after work on it began. Interstate 95, the country’s most used highway, will finally run as one continuous road between Miami and Maine by the late summer. The interstate’s infamous “gap” on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border will be closed, turning I-95 into...
  • Montana Pushes Back On FCC Ruling To Enforce Net Neutrality

    02/07/2018 12:41:26 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | January 27, 2018 December, the FCC rolled back Obama-era legislation aimed at regulating Internet service providers, meaning providers don't have to treat all online sites equally. ...On Monday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock went a step further and became the first state official to sign an executive order imposing net neutrality in Montana.... ...Governor Bullock is here with me now to talk more... ...tell us about your thought process in deciding to issue this executive order? And I'd particularly like to know why you think this is an important issue... BULLOCK: Well, I think it's an important issue for Montana and, indeed, our...
  • New Jersey governor signs net neutrality order

    02/07/2018 12:20:51 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 21 replies
    New Jersey on Monday became the latest state to implement its own net neutrality rules following the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the Obama-era consumer protections. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order prohibiting all internet service providers that do business with the state from blocking, throttling or favoring web content. “We may not agree with everything we see online, but that does not give us a justifiable reason to block the free, uninterrupted, and indiscriminate flow of information,” Murphy said in a statement. “And, it certainly doesn’t give certain companies or individuals a right to pay their way...
  • Will Tax Law Cause a Flood of Wealthy to Relocate from High-Tax Blue States?

    02/04/2018 4:59:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | February 4, 2018 | Bruce Bialosky
    By now you probably know that the 2017 Tax Act significantly limited the deduction of state and local taxes against your federal income. For most Americans -- particularly ones in low-tax states or states with no income taxes -- these new rules will have little effect on your life. For high-income individuals in high-tax states, they will suffer dearly from this policy. There has been speculation of how many will relocate. How bad will the impact be to the states they are leaving? That is another question. We do not know how many people will leave states like New York,...
  • Bayonne will soon get its first mosque: Here's how it all unfolded

    BAYONNE -- Ten years after first renting out the basement of the St. Henry's Church school for prayer services, the Bayonne Muslim community will finally get have their own place of worship on the east side of town. It's been a long road for the Bayonne Muslims, whose controversial application to build a community center and mosque was denied last year amid ardent resistance from a segment of the town's population. But after filing a federal lawsuit against the city, which the group settled Wednesday for $400,000, the application now only needs to be publicly approved at a hearing in...
  • New Jersey Senate Forces Taxpayers to Give $7.5 Million to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    02/02/2018 7:47:43 PM PST · by massmike · 10 replies ^ | 02/02/2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    New Jersey residents could be forced to give their hard-earned tax dollars to the nation’s largest abortion chain for the first time in eight years. The state Senate passed legislation Thursday to send $7.5 million to Planned Parenthood and other groups that do abortions in the state, reports. The legislation now moves to the state Assembly. Pro-abortion Gov. Phil Murphy promised to sign it. The bill would reverse decisions by former Gov. Chris Christie to block $7.5 million tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. Christie, who is pro-life, vetoed Planned Parenthood funding numerous times and...
  • Poll: Gov. Phil Murphy (Dem) starts out with 35 percent approval rating among NJ residents

    01/30/2018 5:02:45 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 21 replies ^ | Jan 30, 2018 | David Levinsky
    Gov. Phil Murphy is two weeks into his new job as New Jersey’s chief executive, but he’s already on a considerably shorter leash with residents than his two predecessors, according to a new poll released Tuesday. The poll, by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind polling institute, found that 35 percent of adult residents approve of Murphy’s job performance so far, compared with 21 percent who disapprove and 40 percent who had no opinion or refused to answer. The Democrat’s approval rating was significantly higher than the 17 percent who approved of Chris Christie’s job performance before the Republican left office this...
  • Clobbered by new tax code, blue states — and pundits — plot their revenge

    01/03/2018 8:46:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 01/03/2018 | Andrea Riquier
    The Republican tax overhaul may not do a great deal to boost overall economic growth — but it’s already having one stimulus effect. Call it the Full Employment Act for Tax Pundits.Ever since the contours of the plan made clear that residents of high-tax states would take the biggest hits, a cottage industry devoted to strategizing blue-state tax work-arounds has emerged. As a reminder, Americans for generations have been able to deduct the amounts paid for state and local income tax, as well as property tax, from their federally taxable income. But the new law caps that amount at $10,000,...
  • Chris Christie joins ABC News as a contributor

    01/30/2018 7:49:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    NJ Advance Media via ^ | Updated 8:16 AM; Posted Jan 29, 5:44 PM | Matt Arco and Susan K. Livio
    Former Gov. Chris Christie has landed a TV gig, NJ Advance Media has learned. Christie has been hired as an occasional contributor to ABC News, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The hiring is scheduled to be announced Tuesday on “Good Morning America” during the 7 a.m. hour, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss it publicly.Christie will return in the evening to comment on President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. The former governor is a longtime Trump friend and fellow Republican. …
  • The moron trifecta - Malloy, Cuomo, Murphy sue Trump over tax cuts (Semi-Vanity)

    01/27/2018 11:14:54 AM PST · by ModernDayCato · 9 replies
    Various ^ | 01/27/2018 | ModernDayCato
    Another morning I almost spit out my coffee from laughing. Let me see if I have this straight. The three moron, liberal, tax and spend and kick the can down the road Governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are filing suit against the federal government because they say limiting their taxpayers' ability to deduct the outrageously high income taxes in their states is unfair, which has to be unconstitutional. First off, when one of these idiots screams that something is "unfair," put your hand on your wallet. Of course, the unfairness isn't in the fact that they are...
  • High Taxes Produce a Moving Experience

    01/25/2018 5:56:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 25, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    One reason Democrats seem so fixated on importing illegal immigrants and allowing their children to stay and become citizens may be the exodus from high-tax and traditionally Democratic states. Anecdotal evidence is usually not helpful in determining trends, but when stories begin to accumulate and sound the same attention must be paid. Two friends of mine, who are longtime California residents, recently decided to move from that highly taxed state to states with lower taxes. As much as they love California, they tell me, they can no longer afford to live there. United Van Lines' National Movers Study has for...
  • Cuomo announces East Coast states will sue feds in new bid to thwart tax law

    01/26/2018 12:39:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/26/18 | Adam Shaw
    New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that a coalition of East Coast states will sue the federal government over the Trump-signed tax overhaul, in the latest bid to undermine the law that Republicans have cheered. The states -- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut -- appear to be taking aim at a provision that limits residents' state and local tax deduction (SALT) to $10,000. While the law contains sweeping tax rate cuts for businesses and individuals, taxpayers in high-tax states like those in the Northeast are expected to take a hit from the SALT change. Cuomo called it...
  • Gov. Murphy races to sanctuary church after ICE detains 2 in N.J. (VIDEO)

    01/25/2018 2:13:04 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 21 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 25, 2018 | Ted Sherman and Jeff Goldman
    Gov. Phil Murphy rushed to a church Thursday that has provided sanctuary for immigrants, hours after two Indonesians were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Gunawan Liem, of Franklin Park, and Roby Sanger, of Metuchen, were detained as they dropped their kids off at school Thursday morning, said the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, of the Reformed Church of Highland Park. Murphy went to the church, which has been housing immigrants for years, on Thursday afternoon to hear the concerns from some of those immigrants, including one who avoided detention by not answering his door. "Everybody's terrified. We can't believe ICE...
  • A solar shield could save us from climate change. But its sudden collapse would doom the planet

    01/23/2018 7:25:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | January 22, 2018 | By Katie Langin
    Last year, the planet was plagued by powerful hurricanes, blistering fires, and temperatures that ranked as some of the hottest on record—ratcheting up concern that we’re already knee-deep in climate change. To stave off the heat, some scientists have proposed blanketing Earth in a sheet of sunlight-reflecting particles called aerosols. This solar shield could cool the planet and buy us time, but a new study suggests that if politicians turned off the hypothetical cloud, they could plunge the planet into a sudden ecological Armageddon. “Gradual climate change, which is happening now, is bad enough, but if we do something that...