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NJ Gas Tax and Ballot Measure 2 ?>

NJ Gas Tax and Ballot Measure 2

The New Jersey Assembly voted to increase the motor fuel tax by 23 cents.  The governor has signed it.  It’s a done deal, effective 1 November. On 8 November, NJ voters will be asked to vote to change the NJ Constitution to dedicate motor fuel revenue to the Transportation Trust Fund. That is a different question.  It will not affect what you pay at the pump. I don’t want to see the price of gas go up any more than…

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New Jersey Gun Arrest. Just change the date and the photo. ?>

New Jersey Gun Arrest. Just change the date and the photo.

Once a week or so, I Google news of “NJ gun arrest.”  Up pops a story from nj.com.  They are like formulaic obituaries.  There are two stories.  The first one is so predictable as to make me think the Star Ledger gives cub reporters a template – mad-libs for the web. Gun arrest story template Police from [Camden, Paterson, Jersey City, or Newark] arrested [insert name here] at [insert time here] in [number] block of [street].  While officers were in…

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Oath Keepers ?>

Oath Keepers

Patriots or domestic terrorists? Scott Garrett, seven-term Republican Congressman from New Jersey’s northernmost congressional district, went to a breakfast with a member of the Oath Keepers, a law enforcement group pledged to uphold the Constitution.  Now he’s in a bitter fight with Democrats who claim he’s associated with a terrorist organization. Garret’s precarious political position stems in great part to the divide between the New Jersey approach to guns and the federal one.  The U.S. Constitution protects gun rights.  The…

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Murphy runs for Governor of NJ ?>

Murphy runs for Governor of NJ

Phil Murphy, former Goldman Sachs executive, DNC finance chair, and ambassador to Germany, has announced his candidacy for governor of New Jersey in 2017.  Murphy says he doesn’t owe the insiders anything.  He’s taking a cue from Trump. Murphy’s comment about not being a political insider seems a bit disingenuous.  He was after all part of the Democratic National Committee and served in the Obama administration. Student loans and college tuition Murphy sings from Sanders’ playbook where college tuition and…

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Leaving NJ — What Trenton needs to do about it ?>

Leaving NJ — What Trenton needs to do about it

The New Jersey Assembly wastes its time arguing short term fixes instead of building a great state for the next century.  The governor is put in the position of vetoing silly plans and forcing them back to the drawing board.  Christie’s combative style earned him few friends, true.  When he leaves and we get another round-heeled governor, spending will resume.  People will miss Christie’s combativeness. What should Trenton really be doing?  I suggest three things.  All are hard.  New Jersey…

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NJ Gas Tax 4 October 2016 ?>

NJ Gas Tax 4 October 2016

The New Jersey Assembly has been arguing the 23 cent gas tax since June.  The package includes a reduction in the sales tax and reductions in retirement and estate taxes. I don’t want to see the price of gas go up any more than anyone else.  We need it, though, to put some cash back in the Transportation Trust Fund.  That doesn’t mean we should allow the TTF to be a feeding trough, though.  NJTransit just gave a huge pay…

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