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Category: State Senate

Is Sweeney Trying to Sabotage the Taj Mahal Negotiations?

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Sweeney TV AdIf you have been following the Taj Mahal saga, Save Jerseyans, then you know that the only thing Senate President Steve Sweeney has contributed are insults aimed at Carl Ichan, the investment tycoon whose affiliates are due $292 million from the casino but who nevertheless proposed a Taj Mahal rescue package contingent upon concessions.

At the moment, Asm. Chris Brown (R-2) is a voice in the wilderness at a time when you’d expect South Jersey legislators to rally together, set partisanship aside and save thousands of constituent’s jobs from evaporating.

I trust my gut on this one, and my gut tells me that Steve Sweeney isn’t interested in saving the Taj Mahal. It tells me he wants to see it closed. And it tells me he is trying to foul up the process so that it does.

Why do I believe this? Why is my gut telling me this?

Well, let’s look at what we know about Sweeney.

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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.  

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Forget I Ever Said ‘Thank You’ Vince Mazzeo

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

Vincent Mazzeo

Vincent Mazzeo

Save Jerseyans, you may remember back in July, when I was one of the first to point out that the GOP was working to save Atlantic City while Democrats appeared to be ready to declare it dead, that I also noted that the sole Democratic exception was District 2’s Vince Mazzeo.

At the time, Mazzeo came out against North Jersey casinos, and I gave him credit for that. I even thanked him.

But now, I feel I must retract those sentiments.

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NJ Dems Push for an Article V Convention

By Alyssa Lafage | The Save Jersey Blog

article v conventionEver since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Save Jerseyans, Democrats have criticized the role of Super PACs in politics, claiming that it is a way for evil rich guys like the Koch Brothers to spend unlimited amounts of money thus having too much influence.

A few Democrat State Senators from New Jersey have attempted to take matters into their own hands to address the issue of big money in politics by calling for an Article V Constitutional Convention of the states.

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Nancy Pelosi Fundraiser at Tavistock Met with Protest

By Alyssa Lafage | The Save Jersey Blog

It was a dreary, rainy day in South Jersey but despite the bad weather, Save Jerseyans, a couple dozen protesters showed up with signs and umbrellas in hand outside of the Tavistock Country Club where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a $1,000 per plate luncheon fundraiser for fellow Democrat Donald Norcross.

The protesters were spread out over three different areas along the various residential entrances to ensure that Norcross’s guests would see their signs as they arrived. But even if guests somehow missed the signs, they had no choice but to hear a man dressed as Paul Revere shouting into a megaphone from across the street expressing his disdain for what the Democrat party has become…

Photos below the fold:

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“I will be wearing purple on October 23rd”

By Senator Diane Allen, R-Burlington | The Save Jersey Blog

purple ribbon domestic violenceMany people use fashion as an outlet to express themselves. The clothes we wear are unquestionably one of the most visible statements we can make in daily life. That is why I will be wearing purple on October 23rd (“Purple Thursday”) as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have called on my colleagues in the legislature to wear purple, the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness, and now I am urging all New Jersey residents to do the same.

Domestic violence has been brought to the forefront of the nation’s attention in recent weeks. While high-profile cases involving professional athletes or other famous persons make headlines, there are acts of domestic violence happening right now – many in homes that you would never suspect. Domestic violence knows no age, race, gender, level of education or economic status. It affects millions of people all across our country each year. On a typical day in America, there are more than 20,000 phone calls made to domestic violence hotlines. Every minute, twenty-four people are victims of intimate partner violence (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). During one year, this equates to more than ten million women and men.

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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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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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Just a Humble Electrician…

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Donald Norcross’s first NJ-01 general election mailer hit mailboxes over the weekend, Save Jerseyans.

You’d never know that the guy is a key player in his notoriously wealthy and powerful brother’s statewide political organization, and that he’s been eating with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi for the past two months, if this mailer was your first introduction to the 2014 congressional race.

But for many people it is (the low-budget Cobb campaign is trying to maximize its resources with online outreach), so I have to give his machine consultants credit for recognizing that this reads much better… even if the “ideas” inside the fold wouldn’t help keep American job creators’ lights on:

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Kean, Singer Probe N.J. Ebola Preparedness

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ebola virus

As the Ebola scare sweeps America (with a close call in our own backyard?) and some federal officials call for stricter screening procedures, Save Jerseyans, two New Jersey legislators want to confirm that Trenton is prepared.

State Senators Tom Kean and Robert Singer sent a letter to the Department of Health on Friday with a series of questions related to the situation in Texas; notably, “[i]s the Department of Health working with hospitals to avoid similar missteps from occurring here in New Jersey?”

It’s a fair question given New Jersey’s numerous points of entry and the ongoing debate nationally as to whether America’s local hospitals are prepared for a hypothetical outbreak.

The NJ Department of Health does have a significant amount of resources up on its site; click here if you don’t feel like sleeping ever again.

 

No-Show Legislating Comes to NJ

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

NJ Assembly ChamberOnly in government and on union jobs does a no-show get paid. Now, the Assembly has codified the practice, allowing members to phone in their presence in order to obtain a quorum for the transaction of business.

Caught by The Star-Ledger with their absentee hands in the cookie jar as being “present” when they were nowhere near Trenton, the Assembly unanimously passed a measure to legitimize the shady practice of being recorded as attending a session you didn’t.

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When Garry Met Donald

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This video doesn’t require commentary, comedy, or further explanation, Save Jerseyans.

Here’s footage from a Haddon Township (Camden County) block party over the weekend. Enjoy, and may God bless America:

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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Jersey Joe, Citing DRPA, Stands Up for South Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Ben Franklin Bridge

The Ben Franklin Bridge

While the media establishment and political elite continue to focus on the relatively minor George Washington Bridge storyline, Save Jerseyans, the situation at our state’s southern transportation pole continues to deteriorate.

Waning public support for the Bridgegate witch hunt should be Trenton’s first clue that it’s time to adjust its focus. But it goes deeper than mere fairness. At this point, ignoring what’s happening in Camden County is willful blindness. They’re aiding and abetting lawlessness. There’s no other explanation and it’s inexcusable.

Sadly, one of the few New Jersey leaders standing up for South Jersey and taxpayers statewide where the notoriously corrupt Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) is concerned is a veteran Republican state senator from Morris County.

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