Caveat to this understandable presumption: George Norcross III “invites” you to help his brother.
Then all bets are off, Save Jerseyans.
That’s why Harry Reid will reportedly visit Cherry Hill on August 4th (h/t Matt Friedman) not to stump for Cory Booker, but to attend a fundraiser for Donald Norcross, the Democrat power broker’s brother and a sitting state senator seeking to claim Rob Andrews’s vacated House seat for himself by fending off a challenge from former Eagle Garry Cobb.
State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) took a pass on a CD2 run against Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ2) this year, Save Jerseyans, leaving his party’s chances for a New Jersey Democrat House pick-up in the less-than-capable hands of Bill Hughes, Jr., scion of a political family led by his father, former Congressman Bill Hughes.
I say less-than-capable because Hughes has $342,199 on hand, hardly an inspiring amount of cash for a Democrat challenger in a PVI D+1 district where the multi-term incumbent boasts a better than one million dollar advantage. Hughes will likely post a less-than-inspiring finish in November barring a major Lobiondo slip-up or a dramatic reversal of the national climate trajectory (we just found out that President Obama is solidly upside down statewide at the moment, so he’s likely even less popular in the redder reaches of South Jersey).
Ray Lesniak’s got a point, Save Jerseyans, and you won’t hear those five words escape this blogger’s mouth very often.
He’s an ardent supporter of legalizing sports betting in New Jersey but, following Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to NOT hear a Christie Administration challenge to a federal law permitting sports betting in four states (but not here), state Senator Lesniak told NJ 101.5 that he plans to forge ahead with legislation legalizing the practice in New Jersey.
That’s not honest. It isn’t what’s actually on the table in Trenton this morning. A better term would be the “Arbitrary and Capricious Tax.”
This is Senate President Steve Sweeney’s plan to save New Jersey’s budget, as articulated by his office to the media:
(1) 10.75% tax on “millionaires” generating $565 million (2) 10.25% tax on the $500k – $1 million group generating $155 million
There’s plenty of way to come up with these funds by cutting rather than taxing, but as I reminded you earlier this week, folks, el Presidente doesn’t care whether it adds up. This is a political maneuver, not a product of good faith nor good math. Never forget that; otherwise, you’ll destroy your scalp as you scratch it from now until the end of days.
“This plan is not only a matter of fairness and responsibility with pension payments, it is really about the full range of government services and opportunities, including such things as property tax relief, college affordability, public schools, law enforcement, transportation and many more priority needs,” NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney said on Wednesday as he rolled out his counter-proposal to Governor Chris Christie’s budget. “We have to maintain the state’s commitment to all New Jersey residents by meeting all of our commitments. This is a fair and responsible plan that will help meet those needs as it restores balance to the budget in a fiscally responsible way.”
The boorishly unimaginative Trenton Democrat caucus wants to “balance” New Jersey’s FY 2015 budget – without compromising promised pension payments – by raising taxes on the people who pay the bills. Senate President Sweeney’s competing budget proposal includes a millionaire’s tax (again); whether it’ll work isn’t up for debate since EVERY bit of objective evidence verifies that high taxes catalyze out-of-state migration.
You can’t tax ghosts, Mr. President. You can destroy jobs AND your tax base by convincing ghosts to haunt another lower-tax state. It’s never worked before and there’s no reason to think this time is different. “We have seen the suffocating impact of high taxes on the middle class families who have suffered as jobs moved away,” Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) very correctly declared on Wednesday afternoon. “The state’s economy cannot sustain additional pressures on employers who have other options. Many of them can and will decide to create jobs in other, more welcoming states if these irresponsible, short-sighted proposals are actually enacted.”
And you know what? I think Steve Sweeney knows it’s true….
President Barack Obama announced that he is diverting nearly $1 billion in Hurricane Sandy recovery funds away from New Jersey and New York to fund a nationwide resiliency competition that will ostensibly help the winning communities build infrastructure to deal with the impacts of climate change.
Obama announced the competition last weekend at the University of California Irvine’s commencement, according to The Star Ledger:
“In some parts of the country, weather-related disasters like droughts and fires and storms and floods are going to get … harsher and they’re going to get costlier,” Obama said during the speech. “That’s why today I’m announcing a new one billion dollar competitive fund to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change and build more resilient infrastructure across the country.”
State Senators Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth)and Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean)l condemned the diversion of recovery funds away from their constituents.
Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney took a critical approach state Senator Dick Codey’s proposal for “gun restraining orders” on Monday night’s edition of Chasing NJ. Matt was interviewed back-to-back with Codey, the primary sponsor, and a career opponent of #2A rights in the Garden State.
Two voices from the political right are letting their opinions be heard on the subject, Save Jerseyans, and both are strongly opposed to the 110,000 square foot Philadelphia 76ers practice facility on the Camden waterfront.
Why? Because it’s being subsidized by $86 million in tax credits from the Economic Development Authority
“Governor Christie states that we have an $800 million budget shortfall” State Sen. Mike Doherty said in a characteristically-direct statement. “Then why is New Jersey providing an $82 million gift for a billionaire?”
A human baby at 3 months living in the mother’s womb.
Here we go again, Save Jerseyans.
The Trenton ruling elite continue to flagrantly waste our money on all manner of ridiculousness, fail to meet important pension and transportation obligations without borrowing or raising tax/fees, can’t be bothered to return any of our tax dollars to us in the form of a modest tax cut, but somehow always summon the collective will and means to fund… abortion.
Yes, they’re sick puppies, and Senate Bill S784 is the Democrat caucus’s umpteenth attempt to restore $7.5 million in “family planning” funding vetoed annually by Governor Christie. No less distressing is Senate Bill S1203, legislation that would subsidize ObamaCare family planning for “non-pregnant” New Jerseyans living between the 138% and 200% federal poverty levels.
These goofy, platitudinous, sugary-sweet “let’s fix Washington” campaign ads are goofy in any context, Save Jerseyans, but after CD12 candidate and suspected Sith Lord Linda Greenstein (D-Korriban) declared that half of her primary electorate is comprised of sworn “enemies,” this new TV spot rings particularly hollow:
Speaking to the camera the image of the U.S. Capitol in the background, state Senator Greenstein promises to… “get Congress working for all of us” in January?
Everyone in CD12 is still abuzz over Olivia Nuzzi’s latest Daily Beast piece containing audio allegedly (and not denied, Olivia noted, by her campaign) uttered by state Senator and House primary candidate Linda Greenstein (D-14); the female speaker’s voice tells an assembled group of Mercer County Democrats that they’re her “enemies” for not backing her.
It’s hilarious and sad in equal measure.
Well, on Friday morning, Save Jersey exclusively obtained VIDEO of another possible Greenstein outburst; as always, we ask that you be the judge…
The New Jersey State Senate passed S993 on Monday by a largely party-line vote of 22-17, Save Jerseyans, approving its own version of wildly-unconstitutional legislation reducing magazine capacity in the Garden State from 15 to 10 rounds. [Note: the Assembly version is A2006.] Steve Sweeney’s chamber also passed A2777, a companion bill designed to dramatically limit residents’ ability to transport firearms, by a similar margin of 21-17.
One silver lining? The Senate GOP came out strong against it.
Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. told his Facebook following that he voted against S993 “…because criminals and terrorists do not follow our laws and will not reduce their magazines from 15 rounds to 10 rounds; This bill does nothing to improve public safety, distracts from the productive solutions of tackling mental health and illegal gun trafficking and subjects our responsible and caring friends and neighbors to jail time for no good reason.”
“Since the devastating events of Superstorm Sandy eighteen months ago, New Jerseyans have come together in remarkable ways as a united and determined family dedicated to the recovery and rebuilding of our home,” Governor Christie declared in a statement accompanying his conditional veto of S1306 issued Monday. “In this bill, the Legislature laudably seeks to join those efforts, but has done so by proposing a series of new administrative procedures and spending requirements accompanied by a raft of partisan political findings, all styled as ‘rights,’” said Governor Christie. “The result is unfortunately a series of post-hoc mandates that are violative of state and federal law, rife with illegal priorities and unquantifiable administrative costs, that would prove impossible to implement, frustrate sound future disaster planning, and all but certainly exceed federal funding for program administration.”
The Governor’s proposed changes are itemized below the fold…
An added bonus? The presumptive CD1 Democrat nominee, Donald Norcross, is the committee’s chairman, affording the front runner candidates a rare opportunity to stare each other down outside of the parameters of a debate or chance fairground meeting…