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Category: Big Government

GOP Women out to rebut the ‘War on Women’

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

eck rallyI was so happy to be invited to Dr Alieta Eck’s “Refuting the War on Women” press conference on the Trenton State House steps this week, Save Jerseyans.

This unfair smear of Republican women has irked me for a long time, and it’s about time more Republican women speak up against this in NJ.

Alieta Eck is a respected doctor who’s run the Zarephath Health Center, a free clinic for the poor and uninsured, serving over 40,000 patients since 2003. She is now running for Congress in District 12. Her opponent is one of those divisive politicians that we see too often in DC and she doesn’t care if she is using rhetorical talking points that are flat out lies to gain votes. Typical.


Tend to your own business, Star-Ledger!

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

SneezeIsn’t it enough that The Star-Ledger runs its own business into the ground? Now you team up with legislative Democrats, none of whom could run a lemonade stand let alone a business, to drive New Jersey further to rack and ruin with an ill-conceived paid-sick-leave scheme.

The state is an economic basket case. The same day as your editorial demanding paid sick leave, the Tax Foundation released its annual ranking of business climates in the nation, with New Jersey coming in dead last – we are the most business-unfriendly state in America. Not exactly a “We’re number one!” moment.  


Lance Goes Nazi (Benefits) Hunting

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lance press conference

Rep. Lance with Rep. Maloney and Jewish American leaders at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC.

It sounds like an Indiana Jones movie, Save Jerseyans, and the mild-mannered U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07) isn’t exactly your prototypical action hero, but the New Jersey Congressman is no less determined to bull whip this situation into submission.

What situation? And how?

He’s a force behind the dramatically-labeled “Nazi Benefits Termination Act of 2014″ currently working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.


10 Reasons to Vote NO on N.J. Ballot Question 2

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

conan-finger-wave-late-night-with-conan-obrien-9887638-328-2841You’re going to pass judgment on not one but two statewide ballot questions this November 4th, Save Jerseyans. Get excited!

Here’s the wording of the second:

“Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate certain State revenues each year for environmental programs? The Constitution now dedicates four percent of the money collected from the Corporation Business Tax to help pay for some environmental programs. This amendment raises the amount from four percent to six percent beginning on July 1, 2019. The amendment also changes, beginning July 1, 2015, some of the programs funded by the current dedication. The new dedication would be used mostly to preserve and steward open space, farmland, historic sites, and flood-prone areas. Funds would also be used to improve water quality, remove and clean up underground tanks, and clean up polluted sites. Lastly, the amendment dedicates money received from leases and other uses of State open space lands to pay for open space, farmland, and historic preservation.”

Who doesn’t love open space, right? Fields, trees, birds, picnics, squirrels, Frisbee, sunbathing coeds, etc. and so on. But the reality hidden behind the careful wording of Question #2 is openly awful for anyone willing to look a little deeper. Ten things just off the top of my head for any undecided voters out there…


Barf! Terminally-Flawed Sick Pay Bill Advances

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


In their latest move designed to destroy New Jersey’s job market, Trenton Democrats rammed a private sector sick pay bill (A-2354) through the Assembly Labor Committee Monday.

Frustrated committee member Parker Space (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris), a small businessman when he’s not legislating (and trying to state sane) in the capital city, said it all in the aftermath.

“We can’t keep piling on the already high cost of doing business in the state and wonder why nearly 300,000 people are out of work. Small businesses need flexibility in order to do what they do best – create jobs.”


Accountability is Nonexistent

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Want to know why we “need” to pay more, Save Jerseyans?

Are you being tired of being told there is no more waste to trim?

Try this on for size: federal workers who were placed on leave for disciplinary reasons, such as misconduct, security concerns or criminal issues, received $19 million while on leave this year ; during a three-year period, more than 57,000 employees were placed on leave for 30 days or more, costing taxpayers $775 million in salary alone.


Bonnie Doesn’t Know What’s In It. Or Doesn’t Care?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Eck Coleman Debate

There are plenty of reasons to support Dr. Alieta Eck over Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman in the race to succeed Rush Holt, Save Jerseyans.

This exchange from Wednesday night’s debate is a good place to start:

“$500 million came out of Medicare because of the Affordable Care Act which you are in favor of, correct?” asked Eck, a medical doctor and co-found of the Zarephath Health Center, looking directly at Coleman.

“The Affordable Care Act?” Watson Coleman responded, apparently running on autopilot. “Of course, I’m in favor of it!”

Um… what?


Christie’s Epic Public Union Smackdown

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Regardless of how you feel about the hiring of Joey D’s kid, Save Jerseyans, you’ve gotta love last night’s Christie Christie radio smackdown of a troll public sector union caller who called to take on the Governor and walked away dragging his tail between his legs when Christie let loose an epic rant on the public pension/benefits system

We don’t get to see much of this guy anymore. I miss him:

Traier Calls Out Best for Worst Behavior

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

John Traier (second from Left) - Photo Credit: PCRRO

John Traier (second from Left) – Photo Credit: PCRRO

Want to make a quick and easy buck, Save Jerseyans? Or thousands of them?

Buddy up to Paterson City schools superintendent Donnie Evans. He’s got the Midas touch.

We found out this week that he planned to elevate Passaic County Freeholder Theodore “TJ” Best to a new position: “director of climate, culture and external affairs.”

What’s that? And how much does it pay.

Good question. Apparently even Evans doesn’t know yet.


O’Scanlon: Wisniewski Lacks “Testicular Fortitude”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O’Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has been a one-man battle tank in the war to ride New Jersey of red light cameras, Save Jerseyans, and he’s made substantial progress.

Who’s been less-than cooperative? John Wisniewski, the SCI chairman who also happens to serve as chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. The Wiz is an advocate for EXPANDING their use. Asm. O’Scanlon thinks he knows why, and he didn’t mince words in a press release aimed directly at the senior Democrat.


Death Tax Repeal Supporters Rally at State House

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

death tax rallyYou don’t need me to remind you that New Jersey is one of the most heavily taxed states in the country, Save Jerseyans. It’s the primary reason why you’re a fan of this site.

And while it’s generally difficult for both sides of the aisle to come to an agreement on the all-important tax issue, at least in terms of getting anything constructive accomplished, a legislative effort was formally launched on the State House steps this Monday that’s got bipartisan sponsorship.

The cause capable of making this possible? Repealing the “death tax.”

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by state senator Steve Oroho, (R-Sussex) and Paul Sarlo (D-Wood Ridge), would repeal the estate tax over a 5-year time span.


Ways to Reform (and Tame) Trenton

The only way to save New Jersey is to take matters into your own hands

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

1-2-1982-25-ExplorePAHistory-a0m1g2-a_349Looking to address New Jersey’s political and fiscal situation requires an analysis of two things: the problem and the process. What exactly is wrong with the state’s politics that allows it to be in such a continuous hand-to-mouth situation, and how can it be fixed, if at all?

I see the problem as almost zero control or influence by the ordinary citizen and taxpayer compounded by a political ruling class in both parties that sees state government as a font of their many blessings. The process to end that requires breaking the backs of both parties and giving the people the ability to check the power of government through popular democracy, both in terms of having more public offices be elective and, most importantly, a vigorous use of the initiative and referendum.

Of course, much, if not all, of the changes would require amending the state’s 1947 constitution, but we have to start somewhere because right now we’re going nowhere.

The state belongs to the people, so the people should control the state, but they don’t.


No One Under the Dome is Going to Save Us

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

trenton domeSkip the black coffee today, Save Jerseyans.

All you should need to wake up this morning is the fine print of Fitch’s latest New Jersey credit downgrade, this time from A+ to A:

The downgrade to ‘A’ of New Jersey’s GO bonds incorporates the absence of long-term, fiscally sustainable solutions to close identified budget gaps in fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Following significant revenue underperformance, the state relied upon the repudiation of its statutory contribution requirements to the pension systems to return to budgetary balance, exacerbating a key credit weakness. The resurgence of sizable one-time measures to balance its operating budgets at a time of economic recovery, driven by past overly optimistic revenue forecasts and maintenance of extremely narrow financial reserves, illustrates the fiscal pressure the state faces. New Jersey’s economic performance continues to lag that of the nation and a multitude of long-term spending demands are expected to prolong the achievement of sound financial operations.

How’s that for a kick in the chops?