Christie Administration appointees are telling the Tesla Motors to fugetaboutit, Save Jerseyans, and in this blogger’s humble opinion, it’s a decision that’s symptomatic of everything wrong with modern America government.
Long story short, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) adopted a rule change (PDF) on Tuesday requiring all new car dealers operating within the state to offer up a franchise agreement before receiving a license from Trenton. The problem for Tesla, one of the world’s most innovative and celebrated automotive companies is that they are both manufacturer and distributor of all Tesla vehicles.
This year’s hot congressional contests are happening further north, in CD3 and CD12, but that doesn’t mean elections are cancelled everywhere else, Save Jerseyans.
For starters, the reelection campaign of Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ02) is kicking off a one-day, 8-county bus tour on March 29th. It all starts with a kick off rally at 8:00 a.m. in Ocean City followed up by a host of stops and wrapping up in Egg Harbor Township.
The Christie Administration received a little bit of good news on Tuesday afternoon, Save Jerseyans, despite having to watch the latest chapter in the Bridgegate spectacle play out in Mercer County Superior Court.
New Jersey’s Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of a March 7th order requiring the infamous Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) to convene and concoct new rules directing municipalities in the process of allocating lower income housing.
Bad polling news at home in a blue state isn’t easy to take, Save Jerseyans, but a new Des Moines Register Iowa Pollcould prove decidedly more problematic for a Bridgegate-battered GOP Governor looking to go national. Some excerpts:
“57 percent of Iowa adults disapprove of the way Christie, the New Jersey governor and one of the most-talked-about potential 2016 presidential candidates, has handled the controversy.”
“Another 25 percent approve, and 18 percent say they’re not sure, according to the Feb. 23-26 poll of 703 Iowa adults.”
Republicans in Iowa are a little more understanding: 47 percent disapprove of how Christie has dealt with the controversy surrounding his staff’s involvement in closing lanes on the heavily trafficked George Washington Bridge last fall as retaliation for a mayor’s refusal to support his re-election bid. Thirty-four percent approve.”
The Kean-Christie rift doesn’t manifest itself in a “hot” war, Save Jerseyans, but it’s clear enough to legislative Republicans that the 2013 election signaled the beginning of a new era in state GOP politics.
Governor Christie is in damage control mode, fighting lame duck status and a weary national GOP electorate. Legislative Republican leaders, on the other hand, are increasingly looking forward and making independent decisions.
Yet another independent, nonpartisan research study has proven what Trenton Democrats continue to stubbornly deny, Save Jerseyans: their policies drive taxpayers out of the state.
Regent Atlantic’s findings should provide a shock to the system of every policymaker with half a heart and some semblance of a functioning brain:
An analysis of income tax returns filed in New Jersey shows that taxpayers are changing their domiciles to lower-tax states. In 2010, there were 87,630 federal tax returns filed in states other than New Jersey by people who filed their 2009 tax returns in New Jersey. These 87,630 tax returns accounted for a loss of $5.5 billion in taxable income for New Jersey.
(2) Asking tough questions and championing real reforms.
Trenton Democrats have made it clear which path they prefer (hint hint #1). The Republican members of the Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) favor door #2 and they proved it on Friday…
New Jersey Republicans aren’t accustomed to competitive primaries. The closest we’ve seen in recent history was back in 2005 (the first statewide race in which your Blogger-in-Chief was eligible to vote) when Doug Forrester edged by Bret Schundler by less than 5-points in a very crowded field.