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  • Want lower taxes? Murphy should focus on pensions, aid to some schools, former candidate

    02/21/2019 6:11:11 AM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    the star ledger of Newark ^ | 02.19.19 | Jack Ciattarelli
    On his inauguration day, Phil Murphy received two gifts any new governor of New Jersey could only wish for – the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years and hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue based on U.S. Supreme Court decisions on internet sales and sports betting. It wasn’t enough. In his first budget, Murphy raised other new and existing taxes more than $1.5 billion, including New Jersey corporate and personal taxes, despite both already being among the highest in the nation. Murphy’s political justification was, “We need to make New Jersey stronger and fairer.” His policy justification...
  • Western cities are becoming rat-and-drug-infested beacons of filth and homelessness under Democrats

    02/14/2019 7:18:05 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 38 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 2/14/19 | Jon Dougherty
    Portions of major cities in Western U.S. states including California, Oregon, and Washington are increasingly becoming uninhabitable as rats, homeless people, and drug users have turned block after block into filthy, disease-ridden enclaves. “Once upon a time, our beautiful western cities were the envy of the rest of the world, but now they serve as shining examples of America’s accelerating decline,” writes Michael Snyder at his End of the American Dream blog. “The worst parts of our major western cities literally look like post-apocalyptic wastelands, and the hordes of zombified homeless people that live in those areas are too drugged-out...
  • Lawmakers wonder: Cover-up or incompetence in Murphy administration?( Another Dem Sex Scandal)

    02/06/2019 9:11:50 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    New Jersey 105 ^ | 02/06/2019 | Eric Scott
    Gov. Phil Murphy continues to maintain he did not know about sexual assault allegations made against Al Alvarez when Alvarez was working in a senior role for Murphy's campaign. Members of the Democrat-led committee openly question the truth of the governor's assertion, and have become increasingly frustrated by a lack of answers and accountability for how the situation was handled. They can't even get a straight answer about the most basic question: Who hired Alvarez? ---SNIP-- After Tuesday's hearing wrapped up, committee members could not contain both their frustration and the feeling that people are just not telling the truth....
  • (NJ) Murphy close to signing new tax — on rain!

    02/04/2019 7:42:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies ^ | 02.02.19 | Sergio Bichao
    Every time it rains, it could be raining pennies from property owners if Gov. Phil Murphy signs legislation that could end up taxing stormwater runoff.  The Assembly last week passed a bill that would allow for the creation of local or regional stormwater utilities. The utilities would have the power to collect fees from properties with large paved surfaces such as parking lots.The state Senate version of the bill passed in June. Both bills advanced along party lines, with most Democrats in favor. State Sens. Christopher "Kip" Bateman, R-Somerset, a sponsor of the bill, and Sam Thompson, R-Middlesex, were the...
  • N.J.’s paid family leave program is about to pay out much more

    02/04/2019 11:34:51 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 19 replies ^ | 2/4/2019 | NJ
    New Jersey’s paid family leave program may soon soon be expanded big-time, which means you would get paid more for taking time off from your job while caring for a newborn or ill family member. A bill to beef up paid family leave is now Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk after it was passed by both houses of the Democratic-controlled Legislature on Thursday. The program, which covers those who work in New Jersey, is one of just a few in the country. But labor advocates for years have argued it does not reimburse workers enough for wages they lose by taking...
  • N.J. Democrats threaten to toss Trump from the 2020 ballot

    02/02/2019 1:10:55 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 98 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 31, 2019 | Brent Johnson
    Democratic state lawmakers in New Jersey aren’t done seeking President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Some members of the state Legislature have revived legislation that would require candidates for president and vice president to disclose their tax returns from the previous five years to appear on the ballot in the Garden State. The bill would also ban New Jersey’s voters in the electoral college from voting for a candidate that did not do so. That would affect Trump, a Republican who in 2016 became the first presidential candidate in four decades not to release his returns, if he runs for re-election...
  • A Republican N.J. lawmaker just switched parties. Here’s why she’s now a Democrat

    01/28/2019 6:46:42 PM PST · by usafa92 · 38 replies ^ | 1/28/2019 | Brent Johnson
    Dawn Marie Addiego has served in the state Senate since 2010. (Courtesy) Republicans' power in New Jersey just shrunk again. In a rare and unexpected move, longtime Republican state Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego announced Monday she is switching parties and becoming a Democrat. “As gridlock in Washington dominates the news, it has become increasingly clear that in order to effect change you have to be part of the discussion and not on the outside looking in,” Addiego, who has represented South Jersey’s 8th District since 2010, said in a statement. “The people of the 8th District did not elect me...
  • The ‘Ethics’ of Trump’s Border Wall - A wall would cause harm to immigrants and refugees

    01/30/2019 7:13:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 112 replies
    NY Times ^ | 01.30.19 | Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin
    The ‘Ethics’ of Trump’s Border Wall A wall would cause harm to immigrants and refugees, all of whom are equal to us in the eyes of God. Is the border wall ethical? President Trump has suggested the wall is moral and those who oppose it immoral. His critics claim the opposite. To answer this, we have to consider its effect on humans. What harm could a border wall cause to immigrants and refugees, all of whom are equal to us in the eyes of God? Some people who cross the border are in desperate search of work to support their...
  • After Trump exits office, President Pence will be challenged in 2020 by Chris Christie

    01/31/2019 9:44:14 AM PST · by Coleus · 97 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 01.31.19 | Alan J. Steinberg
    On New Year’s Day this year, I predicted in a column published here that under pressure of various governmental investigations, Donald Trump will be compelled to resign from the presidency before the end of 2019. The recent disclosures regarding these investigations have strengthened my position. Upon Trump’s resignation from the presidency, Vice President Mike Pence will become the president. Pence, however, will be a very poor reelection prospect in 2020. Mike and Karen Pence, his wife, have a well-deserved reputation for extremism on social issues, particularly on issues affecting gay and lesbian voters. The Pences possess a “kook” factor they...
  • An accidental encounter with a boatload of undocumented aliens shows how tough it is to police

    01/27/2019 6:28:47 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 01.10.19 | Paul Mulshine
    RIO BRAVO, Texas - In theory, the Border Patrol could prevent the flow of undocumented aliens into the U.S through a combination of high-tech approaches such as electronic sensors and a heavy presence of agents on the ground.I discovered the limits of that theory as I was poking around the town of Rio Bravo on Tuesday with Andre the photographer.  As we pulled up to the banks of the Rio Grande in this small town near Laredo, we saw three Border Patrol vehicles stationed so the agents could keep an eye on the banks of the river.  But that’s not...
  • I’m a socialist and a historian, socialism is blooming again in N.J.

    01/28/2019 5:20:04 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 59 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 28, 2019 | Whitney Shrub
    By Whitney Strub President Donald Trump and his supporters hate socialism, that much we know. Whether it’s his friend Jair Bolsonaro, the newly inaugurated and scarily fascistic Brazilian president, declaring his nation’s “liberation from socialism,” or just his son Don Jr. making puerile tweets about taking away half of his daughter’s Halloween candy and offensive Instagram posts warning that freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rising democratic-socialist star, will usher in an age of dog-eating, Team Trump leaves no doubt about its hostility. The president himself frequently denounces socialism, and last fall, the White House Council of Economic Advisers issued a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] NJ Bishop Tolerates Clergy’s Double Lives

    01/22/2019 8:53:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 21, 2019 | Michael HIchborn
    Bishop Serratelli ignores evidence of priests' active homosexuality Editor's note: In spite of repeated requests for comment or explanation over the course of several weeks, the bishop, priests and various diocesan personnel involved in this report refused to explain the evidence of these priests' homosexual relationship or reassure Church Militant that the bishop would investigate the matter. As of press time, both priests remain in active ministry, supported by laity money. ******* Intimate photos of two priests in the diocese of Paterson, New Jersey reveal a homosexual relationship that sources say the local ordinary is ignoring. Church Militant obtained a series of selfies taken by...
  • NJ $15 per hour deal reached

    01/17/2019 1:48:04 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 25 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 1/17/2019 | NJ
    New Jersey’s Democratic governor and lawmakers have reached a highly anticipated agreement to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour for most workers by 2024. Under the deal, many workers will move gradually to a $15 minimum wage over five years. Some classes of workers, including those employed by small businesses with five or fewer employees, will have to wait longer. The deal had been held up by a disagreement over which workers should receive $15 an hour and when. Gov. Phil Murphy has called for $15 for all, while legislative leaders said there must be exceptions made...
  • Gun Owners Don't Seem Eager to Comply With New Jersey's New Magazine Ban

    01/01/2019 6:34:19 AM PST · by Twotone · 55 replies
    Reason ^ | December 20, 2018 | Jacob Sullum
    Thanks to a December 5 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, New Jersey's ban on gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds took effect on December 10. By that date, all owners of heretofore legal "large capacity magazines" (LCMs) were required to surrender them to police, render them inoperable, modify them so they cannot hold more than 10 rounds, or sell them to authorized owners. Those who failed to do so are guilty of a fourth-degree felony, punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to 18 months in prison. How many of...
  • Bristol-Myers to buy Celgene in a $74 billion deal;

    01/08/2019 8:12:03 PM PST · by libh8er · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1.3.2019 | Berkeley Lovelace Jr
    Bristol-Myers Squibb is buying cancer drugmaker Celgene in a cash and stock deal valued at $74 billion, the companies announced Thursday. Under the agreement, Celgene shareholders will receive one Bristol-Myers Squibb share and $50 in cash for each share held, or $102.43 per share, a premium of 53.7 percent to Celgene's Wednesday close. Shares of Celgene surged 28 percent in midmorning trading, to near $85 per share, while shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb fell 11 percent. "Together with Celgene, we are creating an innovative biopharma leader, with leading franchises and a deep and broad pipeline that will drive sustainable growth and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Business as Usual in the Church

    12/30/2018 12:01:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 30, 2018 | Neumayr
    Business as Usual in the Church In September of this year, Kenneth Lasch, a retired monsignor from the New Jersey diocese of Paterson, went public with his story of ignored whistle-blowing against a priest still serving in Paterson. Both the Boston Globe and CNN told Lasch’s story without naming the priest to whom Lasch was referring. They reported Lasch’s charges and his complaint that no one in the Church, including Cardinal O’Malley, who heads up the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, had taken his charges seriously. Lasch said that the unnamed priest had liquored up an 18-year-old male who...
  • N.J. surgery center that possibly exposed thousands to HIV had rusty equipment, reports says

    12/29/2018 1:06:53 PM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    nbcnews ^ | Dec. 29, 2018 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    The New Jersey surgery center that may have exposed more than 3,700 patients to HIV and hepatitis used rusty equipment and had soiled bed sheets, according to a report from the state's department of health. HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, was closed on Sept. 7 after the New Jersey Department of Health discovered multiple violations of sterilization and sanitation requirements, according to a citation summary sheet made public on Friday. The state allowed HealthPlus Surgery Center to reopen on Sept. 28... "We are aware of patients with pre-existing conditions such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C....
  • High school to skip events officiated by referee who told wrestler to cut dreadlocks

    12/27/2018 10:30:35 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 32 replies
    MSN Sports ^ | 12/27/2018 | Michael Frankel
    BUENA, N.J. -- A New Jersey school district says its wrestling team will no longer compete in events officiated by a referee who told a wrestler to lose his dreadlocks or forfeit his bout. The announcement came during an emergency meeting held Wednesday with the Buena Regional school board and members of the community. The groups that assign referees have already said they wouldn't assign the ref until further notice. Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson had his dreadlocks cut minutes before his match on Dec. 19. Johnson, who is black, had a cover over his hair, but referee...
  • Edison gas station killer still hasn't been caught

    12/20/2018 8:14:25 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 7 replies
    NJ 101.5 ^ | Sergio Bichao
    EDISON — The manhunt continues Thursday night for the robber who shot and killed a gas station attendant. Prosecutors on Thursday night said the suspect was still at large after authorities in Perth Amboy announced that a man had been pulled over from a Lyft and arrested, suggesting that the suspect had been found. "While someone was being questioned regarding the fatal shooting at the Speedway Gas Station in Edison, he has been released from custody," the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said.
  • N.J. gas station clerk shot to death during robbery. (Edison-Woodbridge border)

    12/20/2018 6:40:17 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 32 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | December 20, 2018 | Jeff Goldman
    A clerk at an Edison gas station convenience store was shot to death during a robbery early Thursday, authorities said. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey told NBC New York during an interview in front of the Speedway on Amboy Avenue that his office was investigating the incident as a robbery-homicide. The shooter fled after gunning down the worker around 4 a.m.