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  • Are N.J. Republicans really doomed now that Christie is gone and Murphy is in charge?

    03/19/2018 4:20:25 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 22 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 18, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    For eight years, the Republican Party in New Jersey revolved around one person: Chris Christie. But the two-term governor is gone now, and the Jersey GOP is in poor shape. Almost irrelevant, really, with Democrat Phil Murphy in the governor's seat and his party firmly in control of the state Legislature. In fact, Republicans are left with their smallest number of state lawmakers in nearly four decades -- 41 out of 120 seats in the Legislature. In Washington, no Republican has been elected to the U.S. Senate since 1972, and Democrats are aiming at picking up a U.S. House seat...
  • Murphy: NJ community colleges could be tuition-free by 2021

    03/15/2018 8:03:05 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 47 replies
    News 12 New Jersey ^ | March 15, 2018 | News 12 New Jersey
    EDISON - Gov. Phil Murphy has pledged to make New Jersey’s community colleges tuition-free by 2021. Murphy, in his budget address, said that $50 million of the state’s 2019 budget will go toward tuition support for low-income students. He said that tuition-free colleges will be paid for through an increase in the state sales tax and the creation of a millionaire’s tax. College students in the United States have nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, according to Student Debt Hero. Some high school students tell News 12 New Jersey that student loan debt is something that they worry about...
  • Murphy to propose raising N.J. sales tax in first budget

    03/13/2018 3:46:03 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 40 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 13, 2018 | Matt Arco and Samantha Marcus
    Gov. Phil Murphy is set Tuesday to unveil a state budget proposal -- his first -- that will include more than $1.5 billion in new revenue from taxes and closing loopholes, including a small spike in New Jersey's sales tax, NJ Advance Media has learned. The extra revenue would also come from a proposed millionaires tax, closing tax loopholes used by corporations, and a plan to legalize marijuana, according to multiple sources briefed on the budget.
  • So why is Donald Trump sticking it to New Jersey?

    03/10/2018 9:40:41 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 53 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | March 10, 2018 | Jonathan D. Salant
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's new-found opposition to funding the Gateway Tunnel project is just the latest example of how he's championed policies that punish New Jersey, where he has long ties and spends his spring weekends and summer vacation. The Trump-backed tax plan targeted New Jersey and other high-tax states by curbing the federal deduction for state and local taxes, and he backed Affordable Care Act repeal efforts that disproportionately cut funding from those states, which expanded Medicaid in order to expand coverage. Meanwhile, New Jersey taxpayers send billions of dollars more to Washington than they get back in...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Phil Murphy sworn in, replaces Chris Christie as N.J. governor

    01/16/2018 1:00:33 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 26 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 16, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    You have a new governor, New Jersey. Phil Murphy, a Democrat entering elected office for the first time, was sworn in as the Garden State's 56th governor just before noon Tuesday during a ceremony at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and multimillionaire former Wall Street executive, succeeded Chris Christie, a Republican who left office after eight years. Surrounded by his family, Murphy -- a 60-year-old Middletown resident -- was sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in the midst of a festive ceremony.
  • Murphy must address growing segregation in schools

    01/15/2018 8:15:03 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 41 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 15, 2018 | Christian Estevez
    New Jersey has some of the best public schools in the country. But our current system is not operating on a level playing field. While wealthy suburban schools continue to provide rich educational experiences for their mostly white student population, too many Latino and African American students attend segregated schools hampered by intense poverty. We allowed segregation to permeate our state education system for too long, institutionalizing a separate but equal doctrine. New Jersey's schools are among the top five most segregated in the country. This decades-long failure continued under both parties. The Latino Action Network is heartened that Governor-Elect...
  • Busta Rhymes headlines Phil Murphy pre-inaugural concert

    01/15/2018 8:48:15 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 14, 2018 | Sara Jerde
    It felt like a homecoming. The setting was perfect for it -- a pitch dark gymnasium illuminated by strobe lights that danced to the blaring club music while people stood around waiting for the action to get started. And it was a homecoming, at least in a sense, for the people who helped Phil Murphy get elected and transition him into leading New Jersey. He thanked them all -- especially the millennials -- from the stage Sunday night.
  • Political divide: Guadagno won more NJ towns, but still lost to Murphy

    01/12/2018 4:26:33 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    New Jersey 101.5 ^ | December 28, 2017 | Sergio Bichao
    Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno was clobbered by Phil Murphy in November’s election. But a town-by-town map of the election results is kinder to Gov. Chris Christie’s two-time running mate. The Republican candidate won 295 of the state’s municipalities. Murphy won 25 fewer towns. But unlike the presidency, there’s no electoral college selecting New Jersey’s governor, so Murphy won the way it counts: total votes. Murphy got 1.2 million votes to Guadagno’s 899,583, which was the fewest amount for a GOP nominee since 1989.
  • In Newark, Murphy jabs Trump and says: This is what America looks like

    01/12/2018 4:19:54 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 47 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 12, 2018 | S.P. Sullivan
    Gov.-elect Phil Murphy kicked off his inaugural weekend at a Newark reception Friday highlighting New Jersey's diversity and offering it as rebuttal to anti-immigration comments from President Donald Trump. Standing in front of supporters seated in the pews of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Murphy joined religious leaders of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other denominations for an interfaith prayer service. "Boy, I would love to invite the leadership of this country to come into this cathedral and say, 'This is the United States of America,'" Murphy said.
  • Phil Murphy to appoint nation's first Sikh attorney general

    12/12/2017 5:29:17 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 19 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | December 12, 2017 | Matt Arco
    Gov.-elect Phil Murphy will nominate Bergen County prosecutor Gurbir Grewal as the state's next attorney general, NJ Advance Media has learned. Grewal would be the nation's first Sikh attorney general. Murphy plans to announce his appointment at 11 a.m. in Trenton, according to three sources with knowledge of his decision. The sources were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter prior to the press conference and requested anonymity.
  • GOP's Kean to Murphy: I'll trade you a minimum wage hike for income tax cut

    11/10/2017 2:05:54 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 16 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 9, 2017 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    TRENTON -- State Senate Republican leader Tom Kean Jr. on Thursday said he'd support an increase in the state's minimum wage in exchange for a middle class tax cut. And he said Gov.-elect Phil Murphy should dump his called-for "millionaire's tax" increase. Kean, R-Union, said he was willing to raise the state's minimum wage to a level that is "modern and fair," but stopped short of agreeing to the $15 per hour sought by Murphy.
  • Turnout ‘Surprisingly Strong’ in Republican Morris County

    11/07/2017 11:46:05 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 35 replies
    Insider NJ ^ | November 7, 2017 | Fred Snowflack
    The beauty of Election Day is that no one has any idea what’s happening, Sure, people are voting, but for whom? As much as political pros analyze the electorate, they are basically clueless until voting stops at 8 p.m. So, small signs are important, or at least they seem to be. One such sign is turnout. And as voting began in Morris County this morning, turnout was surprisingly strong. “It almost seems like a presidential election,” is how one worker described the scene at a polling place in the Roxbury Township Library. Across town, a poll worker said the morning...
  • Carroll: Guadagno can Win, but if Murphy Beats Her, His Smile will Disappear

    11/03/2017 4:48:58 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Insider NJ ^ | November 2, 2017 | Insider NJ
    As the state staggers toward Election Day on Tuesday, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25) opined on the state’s broken condition, the prospects of the next chief executive, and what he insists is the jarring disconnect of a liberal message in New Jersey contributing to a suburban chilling effect. The veteran movement conservative lawmaker acknowledged that he thinks the race between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno is tightening, and as Democrats brace for what one source said will undoubtedly be a late Republican Governors Association (RGA) Willie Horton Hail Mary on sanctuary cities, Carroll said the cycle’s enduring issue...
  • Vanity - NYC, New Jersey, Virginia.....Elections, Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    11/02/2017 2:19:20 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 2 replies
    Well....NY,Governor, Andrew Cuomo & NYC Mayor, Bill De Blasio refer to, and call the NYC mass killer extreme, radical, Muslim terrorist a "Lone Wolf". Sorry, guys, no such animal exists, ever!!! This America Hater was as dirty and deeply involved with his brother & sister Radical, Muslims as any human being could be (Patterson, NJ Mosque). And...God bless and thank, the Traitor, Turncoat, Democrat, Senator Chuck Schumer for making certain that this radical, Muslim, murderer of American innocents, men, women & children had the easy programed "Schumer"/"Obama"/"Clinton" setup for him and his kind to enter our beloved nation and slaughter,...
  • New Jersey, Don't Go "Sanctuary State"- Vote Guadagno for Governor

    10/24/2017 12:05:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | October 24, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    Two major gubernatorial elections are on the Election 2017 campaign horizon. I wrote about the Virginia race one week ago. Ed Gillespie is now winning by focusing on Virginians’ day-to-day needs. More importantly, he is also doubling-down on his opposition to illegal immigration, and its deleterious consequences like the rising crime, gang activity, bad traffic, and diminishing quality of life.Across the Chesapeake, another governor’s race is raging. New Jersey, a colonial outpost for Quakers before the American Revolution, has turned into another California-style outpost of the urban-suburban divide, where compacted cities have been out-voting the more conservative rural and suburban...
  • Hillary Clinton to campaign for NJ Democrat in governor race

    10/22/2017 10:50:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2017 1:16 PM EDT
    Hillary Clinton is set to campaign for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy days after former President Barack Obama campaigned for him. […] Individual tickets for the event featuring the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee are listed at $1,000, but the invitation asks potential guests to consider giving the top contribution, $4,300. […] Unlike the event with Obama, the Clinton appearance is not open to the media. …
  • Vanity - Obama has lightly attended political rally in Newark, New Jersey (Many African-americans)

    10/19/2017 3:35:52 PM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 22 replies
    Not much to bark about. The Obama political rally in Newark was lightly attended mostly by African-Americans. There was no substance at all, nor overwhelming energy...more like Ho-Hum. It was akin to a like rally spearheaded by deadbeat, Empty Suit, Jeb get it. nothing more needs to be said. shucks there may a glitter of victory for the GOP in New Jersey...Miracles do happen!!! Let's see how Obama does this evening in Richmond, Virginia. Maybe he can fly disgusting Obamabot, Congresswoman, Fredricka Wilson into Richmond top warm up the crowd.