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Category: Economics

Christie to Chamber: “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie staring at town hallGov. Chris Christie was in one of his blunt moods at Tuesday’s U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, letting the audience gathered to hear his keynote address know, in no uncertain terms, that he’s “tired” of minimum wage proponents behaving as if raising it is an elixir for America’s economic ills.

“Is that what parents aspire to for our children?” Christie, according to The Hill, told a large H Street crowd. “They aspire to a greater, growing America, where their children have the ability to make much more money and have much great success than they have, and that’s not about a higher minimum wage.”

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What’s Going on With the Taj Mahal?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

taj mahalThe Taj Mahal is on the verge of closing, Save Jerseyans, and 2,800 people may lose their jobs. But unlike the other casino closings this year, where the main focus was on trying to find buyers for the properties, the main focus on the Taj is trying to save it, as management and other stakeholders are actively trying to do.

Which makes this a much more complicated process than the other closings. Which means it can also be easy to lose track of what is happening with this process and why. This is a volatile process with no easy answers to help solve it. Thousands of livelihoods are at stake. 

So let’s go over the facts of what is happening with the Taj Mahal, to the best of my knowledge, so we will all be on the same page later when we analyze this situation:

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What’s More Offensive Than Jeff Bell?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

single motherThe feeding frenzy is fully underway, Save Jerseyans. You knew it was only a matter of time.

They refused to even acknowledge his existence for most of the Election 2014 cycle. But now that he’s opened wide and put his foot in his mouth? Get ready for everyone to trip over themselves to pin the tail on the misogynist!

“I’ve done a lot of thinking about this and looked at a lot of different polls, I think it has more to do with the rise in single women,” Jeff Bell, a Reagan era politico seeking to unseat Cory Booker (D-Twitter), told the Asbury Park Press during a recent interview when the topic of his polling position came up in the conversation. “Single mothers particularly are automatically Democratic because of the benefits. They need benefits to survive, and so that kind of weds them to the Democratic Party.”

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Kean Pitches Innovation-Themed Legislative Items

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

tom kean bell labsSenate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. knows that there’s no cure for New Jersey’s overtaxed, overregulated anti-business climate than a better business climate, Save Jerseyans.

Today was all about eating around the edges and reclaiming New Jersey’s traditional reputation as a home of innovation goes back to days of Edison and, appropriately, Alexander Graham Bell.

The scion of one of New Jersey’s preeminent political families is also keeping his eyes on the road, looking ahead to the future, as Chris Christie spends more (and more) time outside of New Jersey and the next legislative cycle – and a gubernatorial contest? – loom right around the next bend.

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Obliterating Belgard’s Wage Gap Angle

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’ve written extensively about equal pay mythology, Save Jerseyans, but since Democrat lightweight Aimee Belgard is dusting off and trotting out this ultimate non-issue in her latest NJ-03 campaign advertising, I think it’s time to fight fire with fire and revisit the topic with a helpful visual aid…

There’s a lot of ignorance (and filth) out there. Fight back! This informative video is a good start; share it with an undecided female voter in your life:

Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: 20 Ways to Improve the Boardwalk Empire

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

atlantic cityAtlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole”, and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area. All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

This is part seven of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read parts one (cutting taxes and red tape), two (natural gas), three (wind power unit production), four (aquaculture), five (veteran care reform) and six (cruise ship port) if you haven’t already.

Save Jerseyans, while doing my series on job creation, I’m sure you were all wondering why I haven’t mentioned the 800lb gorilla in the room: Atlantic City.

And you don’t take on an 800lb gorilla on a whim; you need a plan. I laid out a few big ideas to get things rolling back in July. The other night, I decided to take a deeper and much more comprehensive look at the problem and flesh some things out:

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The History of New Jersey’s Transportation (Mis)trust Fund

Parkway congestion traffic

Major congestion on the Garden State Parkway near mile 96.6 in Wall Township.

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Did you know that New Jersey has $900 million a year going to pay off interest and principal on bonds issued years ago? The issuance of new bonds, not tax revenue, is funding the Trust Fund’s contribution to the Transportation Capital Plan.

Every year, the Transportation Trust Fund spends almost three times as much as it raises in taxes. Every time that the Trust Fund borrows $1.6 billion, it commits to paying $100 million a year for 30 years in debt payments (assuming a 5% interest rate).

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Bringing Jobs to South Jersey: Cruise Ship Port

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

cruise shipAtlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties have, historically, had the highest unemployment in the state. And now things are likely going from bad to worse with casino closures in Atlantic City. That’s the situation on paper. On the ground, living here, it pains me, every time, when I hear people my age and younger refer to this area as “a black hole”, and whose plans for a prosperous future start with them moving out of the area. All this means that in South Jersey, we need to figure out how to bring jobs back to the area. By writing a series of posts full of concrete, actionable ideas for job growth in South Jersey, it is my hope to inspire and influence key decision makers, in both the public and private sectors, to turn this “black hole” into a shining beacon.

This is part six of my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read parts one (cutting taxes and red tape), two (natural gas), three (wind power unit production), four (aquaculture) and five (veteran care reform) if you haven’t already.

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Assembly GOP Falls in Line as Override Attempt Fails

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The New Jersey State HouseGovernor Chris Christie’s veto of the A-961 affordability analysis will stand, Save Jerseyans.

The final vote: 45 in favor of an override, 23 against and 5 in the meh, blech, or whatever camps, several votes short of the super-majority required for reversal.

I confirmed last week with Save Jersey sources that GOP leadership actively (and aggressively) whipped votes to avoid what was viewed as a potential embarrassment for the Administration.

What Monday’s result tells me? Among other things? While last fall’s Kean vs. Christie dust-up revealed the extent to which the Governor’s coattail-less reelection had damaged his political clout under the dome (e.g. don’t expect another breakthrough Cap 2.0 or pension reform in the near future), a majority of Assembly Republicans are still hesitant to cross the Christie front office… even if it’s to support a measure that they previously unanimously supported… 

 

10 Appropriate N.J. State Song Selections

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey’s credit sucks as much as its tax rates, business climate and stubbornly-sluggish jobs market, Save Jerseyans, but that hasn’t stopped our legislators from wasting time debating a state song with the same obnoxiously carefree attitude that they exhibit when wasting our money, all while our family and neighbors run for the bridges.

None of their song choices are particularly appropriate. Here are ten much better suggestions from Save Jersey which, if we’re being honest (they rarely are) would make a lot more sense given the state of things in the Garden State… 

(1) Elvis Presley – I’m Movin’ On (1969)

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Christie in WI, OH; NJ Dems Attempt Veto Override

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

Chris Christie stumps in Ohio back in October 2012 for Mitt Romney.

October arrives this week, Save Jerseyans, and Captain Clutch may be retired but the political world is kicking into high gear.

Governor Chris Christie is heading to Wisconsin and Ohio on Monday; he’ll attend events for Governor Scott Walker and Governor John Kasich, respectively, at a time when the former is clinging to a slim lead and the latter is leading in polls by Christie ’13 margins.

That’s good news for the RGA Chairman. Less good? A potential override of an absolute veto back on the home-front.

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NJ-03: Equal Pay in a Moral Vacuum

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

macarthur belgard debate

Photo credit: MacArthur for Congress

I’ve devoted a lot of digital ink to explaining why equal pay “mythology” has no place in the mainstream political discourse. Bad statistics, manipulated statistics, and culture mores exert a larger impact on gender pay inequities – to the extent they even still exist – than any species of discrimination.

But Democrats need to campaign on something, right? They sure as hell can’t run on their President’s record. So intellectual lightweights like Amiee Belgard resurrect bad arguments and try to beat their opponents over the head with them.

Here’s one exchange from Friday’s NJ-03 debate that’s particularly telling:

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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.

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Guardian Gets It. Why Can’t Trenton?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Don Guardian (R-Atlantic City)

Don Guardian (R-Atlantic City)

I spend a lot of time – more than I’d like to spend, truth be told – complaining about Trenton’s dominant tax, spend and borrow culture, Save Jerseyans. ‘Robin Hood budgeting‘ is how I’ve explained it in the past. But someone needs to say something, right? Factor in the NJ Supreme Court’s interference in education funding and you’ve identified MOST of what’s wrong with our state sitting on the table right in front of you.

Few under the State House’s dome seems to understand. Or care. Probably a little bit of both in most cases.

Others have simply given up.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian seems to get it.

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