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  • There's good news for Menendez in this poll of N.J. voters

    04/20/2018 5:41:26 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 30 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 12, 2018 | Jonathan D. Salant
    WASHINGTON -- A majority of New Jersey voters support U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez for re-election, giving him a 21-point lead over Republican challenger Bob Hugin in a Monmouth University poll released Thursday. Menendez, D-N.J., received 53 percent to 32 percent for the former Celgene Corp. executive. It is the second survey putting Menendez up by double digits following the Justice Department's decision not to retry him on federal corruption charges. He led Hugin, 49 percent to 32 percent, in a Quinnipiac University poll released last month. "The current state of the race does speak to what is perhaps the incumbent's...
  • A man confronted Phil Murphy about taxes. Here's how he responded.

    04/20/2018 5:21:51 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 13 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 20, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    The man stood right in front of Gov. Phil Murphy and was blunt. "This state is too expensive, and you're making it worse," Greg from Freehold told the Democratic governor during a town hall in Newark on Thursday night. Three months into his tenure, Murphy had come to Newark Tech High School to sell his first state budget proposal -- a $37.4 billion plan that includes more than $1.5 billion in new taxes and moves to close loopholes. The governor argued those hikes are needed because he "inherited a mess" from his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, and that the state...
  • Harvey, IL pension crisis 'canary in the coal mine'

    04/20/2018 6:55:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 20, 2018 | Rick Moran
    Harvey. Illinois is in the midst of a financial crisis that represents the tip of the iceberg ... The city of 25,000 in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago is suffering from high unemployment (22%). An astonishing 32% of the population lives below the poverty level. This is a deadly mixture that has caused catastrophic shortfalls in revenue, leading to a crisis in funding pensions for the city's retired workers. Since state law prohibits municipal bankruptcy, Harvey has been forced into a situation Illinois has never seen. In February, the state began to garnish Harvey's revenue to fund its pension...
  • Iowa Legislature moves Toward Right to Arms Constitutional Amendment

    04/19/2018 2:12:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Only six states do not have some sort of right to keep and bear arms amendment or clause in their state Constitution. They are California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and  New York. California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York show the lack of a state constitutional protection with their highly restrictive firearms laws.Two outliers on that list are Iowa and Minnesota. State constitutional protections of the right to bear arms provide protection when the federal Constitution fails to do so. The U.S. Supreme Court has been reluctant to protect Second Amendment rights for a decade. Getting to the U.S....
  • You Won’t Believe What Tax Reform Will Cost Wealthy Californians In 2019

    04/18/2018 1:52:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    Lots of people just talk about soaking the rich, but Donald Trump and the GOP actually did it — in California, anyway, although they won’t be alone. The controversial phase-out of the state and local tax deduction (SALT) will drop like a bombshell on high-tax-rate blue states, which is one reason why Democrats so staunchly opposed it. According to an analysis from California’s Franchise Tax Board, the Golden State will be Ground Zero: President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will be anything but for about 1 million California taxpayers who will owe Uncle Sam more money a year from now.They’re...
  • Senator Menendez to vote against Pompeo as secretary of state

    04/18/2018 8:47:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 18, 2018 | by Patricia Zengerle
    U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Wednesday he would oppose President Donald Trump’s nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, in a blow to the nomination. “I believe our nation’s top diplomat must be forthright, and more critically his past sentiments did not reflect our nation’s values and are not acceptable for our nation’s top diplomat,” Menendez said. Nine of the 10 Democrats have announced they oppose Pompeo, and none has announced support. Every committee Democrat also opposed the nomination of Trump’s first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
  • The Collapse of Public Pension Funds Is No Longer a Distant Prospect

    04/18/2018 5:52:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    Bloomberg | April 18, 2018 | Aaaron Brown
    No excerpt allowed from Bloomberg, story here
  • Now N.J. is looking to ban 'ghost guns'

    04/17/2018 12:47:45 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 41 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 17, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    Democratic state lawmakers have a new target as they aim to tighten New Jersey's already strict firearms laws: "ghost guns." A new bill that began advancing in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature on Monday would prohibit the purchase of firearm parts used to make these untraceable homemade guns. The state Senate Law and Public Safety committee approved the measure along with a package of six other Democrat-sponsored gun-control bills that continue to move closer to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk.
  • WATCH: N.J. prof drops F-bomb on conservative student, prompting college to investigate

    04/17/2018 12:46:12 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 34 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 17, 2018 | Adam Clark
    A New Jersey community college is investigating why a professor shouted the F-word at a student in an incident that was caught on camera. The student identifies as politically conservative, and the incident has sparked complaints about the college as a liberal atmosphere where alternative political viewpoints are not tolerated. During a Sociology 105, Intercultural Communication class Wednesday, Brookdale Community College professor Howard Finkelstein grew angry with his student, Christopher Lyle, shouted "f--- your life," and pounded his hand on a table, according to video obtained by NJ Advance Media.
  • Murphy hits top Democrat for blocking nominees. And he stresses they're African-American.

    04/15/2018 8:08:55 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 7 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 12, 2018 | Matt Arco and Brent Johnson
    Gov. Phil Murphy didn't do what his predecessor, Chris Christie, might have done. A day after state Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he's holding up the confirmation of the governor's two nominees to oversee education in New Jersey, Murphy responded not by hammering Sweeney or denouncing him by name. Instead, Murphy said Thursday that the nominees -- Lamont Repollet for education commissioner and Zakiya Smith Ellis for higher education secretary -- are "extraordinary individuals" and that "there's no reason not to confirm" them.
  • Some Questions for Senator Cory Booker About Sexual Perversion

    04/15/2018 6:42:28 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 34 replies
    The Stream ^ | 4-13-18 | Michael L Brown
    Senator Booker, pursuant to your questioning of Secretary of State candidate Mike Pompeo, I’d like to ask you some forthright questions. I understand you might never read this article. Or, if you do read it, you might choose not to respond. At the least, though, we can put these questions on public record. When interviewing Secretary of State candidate Mike Pompeo, you asked him about his views on same-sex “marriage,” which he had previously opposed. I very much appreciate the fact that Mr. Pompeo did not back down on his conviction that marriage is reserved for members of the opposite...
  • Now N.J. Democrats want to go after the NRA and gun-friendly states

    04/15/2018 6:34:25 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 99 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 15, 2018 | Matt Arco
    Democratic lawmakers want to take the state's tight gun control laws and expand them outside of New Jersey's borders. There's new legislation that would ban state-sponsored travel to any states that don't require their residents to obtain a permits before they purchase a firearm. The goal is to send a message to the National Rifle Association, said State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, the bill's sponsor. "Fighting the NRA on the basis logic and rational thinking has not worked," Weinberg, D-Bergen, said. "So I think the thing that might work is fighting them with their pocketbook."
  • Chris Christie: James Comey's Hubris Is 'Extraordinary'

    04/15/2018 1:07:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2018 | Timothy Meads
    Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie sat down with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News This Week to discuss his former boss’s new book, A Higher Loyalty. When Christie served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey, former FBI Director James Comey was his boss at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the past, Christie has shed positive light on Comey’s leadership style and his integrity. According to Gov. Christie, at one point in their relationship Comey said to him, "Chris, its much harder to hate up close.” On that comment, Christie said “It's one of the smartest things anybody...
  • Syria strikes: Democrats demand congressional approval for further military action

    04/14/2018 7:29:42 AM PDT · by MNDude · 78 replies
    She added though “The Constitution gives Congress the power to authorize military action. If @realDonaldTrump wants to expand American military involvement in Syria’s civil war, he must seek approval from Congress – & provide a comprehensive strategy with clear goals & a plan to achieve them.” Her comments were echoed by Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who said “I’m deeply concerned that President Trump continues to conduct military operations without any comprehensive strategy or the necessary congressional authorization.”
  • Senators to introduce new bipartisan bill to protect Mueller

    04/11/2018 8:28:29 AM PDT · by McGruff · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/11/18 | Jordain Carney
    A group of bipartisan senators is introducing new legislation to limit President Trump's ability to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) will introduce the legislation, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, on Wednesday. The legislation would let Mueller, or any other special counsel, receive an "expedited judicial review" within 10 days of being fired to determine if it was for a "good cause." If it was determined it wasn't, he would be reinstated. It would also codify regulations that only a senior Justice Department official can...
  • House of pain: Illinois property taxes up, but home prices lag

    04/08/2018 6:55:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | 4/8/2018 | Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill, Joe Tabor
    Skyrocketing property taxes, a sluggish state economy and Illinois’ outmigration crisis could spell trouble for the housing market. Most people view their decision to buy a home at least in part as an investment. For most households, the net equity in their home represents the bulk of their net worth. But it’s more than just a financial decision – it’s a sign of trust and certainty in the future of a given community. Unfortunately, government data suggest home prices in Illinois are still down 10 percent compared with 2006. And over the same time, property tax bills have gone up...
  • 'You are going to hell!' crowd erupts after vote to make it harder to skip vaccines [NewJersey]

    04/06/2018 12:14:13 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 44 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 04/05/2018 | Susan Livio
    Parents erupted in anger Thursday after state lawmakers advanced a bill that would make it harder for families in New Jersey to avoid getting their children shots based on religious grounds. Moments after the state Assembly Health Committee at the Statehouse in Trenton approved the measure, dozens of people leapt to their feet shouting, "You are going to hell!" "Shame!" and "You Democrats destroy America!" The outburst followed two hours of testimony from parents, grandparents and religious leaders, which ranged from indignant and pleading to tearful and angry. It took 20 minutes for Chairman Herb Conaway, D-Burlington, also the bill's...
  • A killer explains the slaying of a child: 'I didn't kill her for no bike'

    04/05/2018 8:02:18 AM PDT · by heartwood · 66 replies
    The Newark Star-Ledger ^ | 4/5/2017 | Matt Gray
    Just about everyone in New Jersey has heard about what happened to Autumn Pasquale,...Less than 72 hours after Autumn was last seen, police announced the arrests of two teenage brothers, 15-year-old Justin and 17-year-old Dante Robinson. Prosecutors said the brothers lured Autumn to their home across town and killed her in a scheme to steal parts from her bike. In the waning days of 2012, the tragic story from this small corner of the state was bandied across the nation as a cautionary tale..... When she posted on Facebook about needing someone to install new rims on her bike, Robinson...
  • Trenton Should Cut Taxes, Not Increase Subsidies

    03/31/2018 11:36:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2018 | Steve Lonegan
    New Jersey has a major crisis on its hands. Its political leaders are refusing to address the elephant in the room that is crippling blue-collar families by hindering job creation, wage growth, and quality of life. That elephant is the state’s reckless tax-and-spend problems, and it’s a massive one. Past studies have shown that the Garden State has the worst finances and business climate in the nation. This year, New Jersey ranked as the second most moved-from state in the country, but in the five preceding years, we took the top spot. As a result, our tax revenue is...
  • Hillary Clinton's $25G for Rutgers speech was less than school paid 'Snooki'

    03/31/2018 9:36:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/30/2018 | Ryan Gaydos
    Hillary Clinton has been known to make huge sums in speaking fees, but Thursday’s reported payment may sound like she was short-changed. Clinton was paid $25,000 to speak at Rutgers University about being targeted as a woman in politics, the upcoming elections and the Trump administration, among other topics, NJ.com reported. But the money she made seemed to be considerably less than some other high-profile guests who've spoken at the New Jersey school. For example, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, of “Jersey Shore” fame, was paid $32,000 for her Rutgers appearance in 2011. Students paid for her appearance using money from the...