That was the theme of Governor Chris Christie’s keynote address at this year’s New Jersey Chamber of Commerce-hosted ‘Walk to Washington’ dinner in Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, and the Big Guy didn’t mince words when he discussed the ramifications of the Assembly’s failure to pass a renewed arbitration cap.
This wasn’t a fluffy “thanks for the invite” speech, although he did take the time to crack a few perfunctory jokes related to select attendees.
Following an April 7th meeting where the Delaware River Bay Authority (DRBA) Board of Commissioners voted three-year contracts containing 1.9% salary increases and 10% healthcare premium sharing, Governor Chris Christie stepped in on Tuesday morning and lowered the boom by vetoing the minutes.
“The DRBA is well aware that New Jersey state employees and many local employees have already moved to a higher level of healthcare cost sharing than what is paid by DRBA employees today and that there must be equity in these times of fiscal restraint to protect taxpayers and tollpayers alike,” said Governor Christie. “The DRBA’s attempted action here is clearly contrary to that principle and inconsistent with the contracts public employees are living under in New Jersey today. For these reasons, I am vetoing these inappropriate actions.”
Governor Christie has taken similar action in the past against various independent authorities around the state which he’s referred to, quite correctly, as New Jersey’s “shadow government,” but it’s brutally clear that true reform will remain elusive while these authorities remain in existence. They’re out-of-control…
U.S. Senate hopeful Murray Sabrin, a professor at Ramapo College and one of four candidates competing for the chance to face Cory Booker this November, pounded away on the findings contained in the survey’s release.
Okay, so the Gallup Poll is out with some new numbers on Obamacare signups (or lack thereof) and the figures are revealing.
As you might expect, NBC is spinning the poll to place it in the best possible light for Obama proclaiming that Obamacare has helped as many as 9.9 million to get new health insurance. And the headline, stretches it further, shouting “Obamacare helped up to 10 million get insurance.”
But, remember — we’re talking about as many as and also up to here and those are obvious fudge words. And don’t assume that all of these people signed up through Obamacare. They didn’t.
When you dig into the story, here’s what you find:
The positive end to a potentially explosive Nevada cattle ranch standoff has brought about a renewed focus on federal power generally but also, specifically, the federal government’s land ownership. Uncle Sam’s vast holdings put the American Catholic Church and Ted Turner to shame.
Four agencies administer 609 million acres of this land: the Forest Service (USFS) in the Department of Agriculture, and the National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), all in the Department of the Interior (DOI). Most of these lands are in the West and Alaska. In addition, the Department of Defense administers 19 million acres in military bases, training ranges, and more. Numerous other agencies administer the remaining federal acreage.
Those holdings include better than 3% of our own Garden State, Save Jerseyans (not to be confused/conflated with a reserve, like the Pine Barrens). I’m not even counting the properties controlled (or heavily regulated) by state, county and municipal governments at both ends of the Turnpike. Don’t get me started on the 50+ year old “Green Acres” program whereby Trenton forced you, me, and everyone else paying taxes in this state to buy 640,000 acres… for the government.
On Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, I offered you my two cents on the tax hike allegationin Steve Lonegan’s new CD3 GOP primary ad. Now allies of Lonegan primary rival Tom MacArthur are hitting back against a second allegation, also lodged in the same ad, that MacArthur supported affordable housing projects as mayor of Randolph.
One major MacArthur supporter, Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R-8), went so far as to charge that Lonegan’s camp “intentionally used the phrase ‘low-income housing’ as a code word meaning that people like me aren’t welcome in our communities or in our party.” I told you this one would get rough quick, folks!
What’s the truth?Here’s a linkto the actual town council meeting minutes to which the TV ad refers. It relied primarily on this MacArthur quote…
Here’s more hard proof via NJ.com, where it’s being reported that 1,800 more Garden State families received cancellation notices last week:
The Affordable Care Act — the federal law that mandates everyone have insurance — effectively killed FamilyCare Advantage, a low-cost option for kids in New Jersey created six years ago for parents who earned too much to qualify for Medicaid and other subsidized programs but too little to buy on a policy on their own. The state program was the first of its kind in the nation.
With the Obamacare enrollment deadline only hours away, Save Jerseyans, it’s painfully clear to anyone watching that the grand experiment of socialized medicine is failing – in epic fashion – more quickly than even was anticipated by even the most ardent critics of the (Un)affordable Care Act.
Speaker Prieto (right) is playing games with your property tax bill.
We’re less than 72 hours away from an arbitration sunset and while Governor Christie and the State Senate appear to be on the same page, Speaker Prieto’s General Assembly left Trenton for the weekend without any indication as to when they might take up Governor Christie’s suggested revisions in order to avert disaster and achieve a compromise. Sources under the Dome say Prieto isn’t satisfied with the Governor’s concessions (or lack thereof) for unspecified reasons.
It’s the worst game of ‘chicken’ imaginable.
Assembly dysfunction is so bad, in fact, that Asm. Declan O’Scanlon is advising New Jersey municipalities to file for arbitration prior to April 1st in order to avoid the negative consequences of the existing hard cap’s imminent expiration.
Pathetic doesn’t even begin to describe it, Save Jerseyans. Here are two floor speeches, one from O’Scanlon and the other delivered by his colleague Jack Ciattarelli, which do an excellent job of summarizing the stakes for New Jersey property taxpayers…
Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto on Thursday night to an arbitration cap proposal initiated by Democrats that would’ve killed the law’s true intent through exemptions. The State Senate subsequently voted 33-1 to concur with the Governor’s conditional veto and extend the 2% cap and prevent a sunset provision from kicking-in on April 1.
“Without question, the reforms to New Jersey’s arbitration system enacted in 2010 have been effective in controlling spending and helping municipalities limit property tax increases,” Governor Christie stated in his conditional veto message. “Extending the successful and essential control on arbitration awards enacted in 2010 is therefore the sensible and logical course.”
Barack Obama may be blind to it, Save Jerseyans, but the world is re-learning a difficult lesson through his many blunders on the international stage, specifically, that peace is impossible except through strength.