Speaker Prieto (right) is playing games with your property tax bill.
We’re less than 72 hours away from an arbitration sunset and while Governor Christie and the State Senate appear to be on the same page, Speaker Prieto’s General Assembly left Trenton for the weekend without any indication as to when they might take up Governor Christie’s suggested revisions in order to avert disaster and achieve a compromise. Sources under the Dome say Prieto isn’t satisfied with the Governor’s concessions (or lack thereof) for unspecified reasons.
It’s the worst game of ‘chicken’ imaginable.
Assembly dysfunction is so bad, in fact, that Asm. Declan O’Scanlon is advising New Jersey municipalities to file for arbitration prior to April 1st in order to avoid the negative consequences of the existing hard cap’s imminent expiration.
Pathetic doesn’t even begin to describe it, Save Jerseyans. Here are two floor speeches, one from O’Scanlon and the other delivered by his colleague Jack Ciattarelli, which do an excellent job of summarizing the stakes for New Jersey property taxpayers…
Ann Coulter offered up a few good points in her CPAC interview with Sean Hannity, Save Jerseyans, including a critique of the mob mentality of those conservatives going after Mitch McConnell in this year’s Kentucky Primary.
NRA chieftain Wayne LaPierre’s Thursday address was the first speech I was able to take in since coming down to CPAC 2014 (Conservative Political Action Committee), Save Jerseyans.
I wasn’t disappointed. LaPierre’s remarks were fantastic and drew a steady stream of applause and cheering from the attendees. As a staunch Second Amendment supporter and a member of NJ2AS fighting the legislature’s gun grab in New Jersey, I was moved by his short but delightfully on-point speech.
We’ll find out shortly whether his sentiments are more widely-shared among attendees, Save Jerseyans, but the Daily Beast‘s Olivia Nuzzi ran into this gentleman at CPAC 2014 who reportedly told her that he’s hoping to stage a walkout protest of Governor Chris Christie’s 11:45 a.m. Thursday address to the annual conservative conference:
Fox News is carrying a live-stream of CPAC 2014 on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, including Governor Chris Christie’s much anticipated address at 11:45 a.m. Today’s speech comes on the heels of a brand new WashPo/ABC poll which found the RGA chieftain’s popularity down significantly relative to the rest of the probable 2016 presidential race field.
The political world is anxiously waiting to hear what Governor Chris Christie says – and how the audience reacts – when he addresses the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday at approximately 11:45 a.m.
Let the games begin: Governor Chris Christie will propose a budget on Tuesday afternoon with a smaller pension payment than Senate President Steve Sweeney said he’s willing to accept to avoid a government shutdown, Save Jerseyans,
According to pre-released excerpts, the Governor’s FY 2015 budget proposal includes a $2.25 billion payment towards New Jersey’s chronically underfunded pension system, a payment which Christie plans to point out “is nearly the equivalent of the total payments made in the ten years before we arrived by five different governors.”
Senate President Steve “Sandy Hook is Fair Game” Sweeney has been in full grandstanding mode in recent days, ruling out tax cuts completely while his Assembly counterpart pitches new taxes (thanks for nothing, Steve!) and threatening to shutter state government (ironic much?) if Governor Christie refuses to raise the state’s pension contribution from $1.7 billion in the FY 2014 budget to $2.4 billion pursuant to the politicians’ 3-year-old pension overhaul agreement; whether the $150 million difference is a deal-breaker remains to be seen.
In case you missed it earlier this week, Save Jerseyans, Cory Booker (D-Twitter) delivered his first big floor speech in the United States Senate since taking office late last year. Tweeters were atwitter over it. Colleague Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic & Ecuador) took to the floor immediately afterwards and praised the junior senator’s “aplomb.”
My reaction? It was certainly a classic Booker performance.
We got (1) one Bruce Springsteen quote (a poor substitute for A.A. Milne?), and (2) a lengthy speech replete with good inflection and SAT words but devoid of either substance or originality. To hear Sen. Booker tell it, America’s greatness is attributable to unemployment benefits, ones which all objective indicators demonstrate are a poor substitute for economic growth. But oh well. The celebrity senator’s half-hour speech proved, yet again, that he’s nothing new or special. Just another politician lazily content to continue his predecessors’ habit of treating the symptom rather than addressing – or even admitting to the existence of – their role in catalzing poverty’s root causes…
We’re strong advocates of spreading civic knowledge here at Save Jersey. Our bloggers don’t just report, analyze or comment on current events; it’s our goal to help New Jerseyans understand the context. You know… the stuff our public schools and mainstream media used to provide.
Ahead of tonight’s State of the Union address from President Obama, here’s a fascinating look at the history of America’s most widely-watched annual political address from Senate Historian Donald Ritchie:
Today, once again, the people of New Jersey have given me the opportunity to serve. And I thank each and every citizen for that honor. And once again, I have taken an oath where I have sworn to promote the peace and prosperity of our great state and its citizens. It is an oath that I have lived by for the last four years. It is the oath I will live by for every day I am privileged to call myself your Governor.
Check back right here at Noon to watch Governor Chris Christie’s second inauguration ceremony live, Save Jerseyans, but in the interim, check out a few excerpts from his embargoed address…
“The people of this state know that the only way forward is if we are all willing to take on what is politically unpopular. If we are all willing to share in the sacrifice. If we are all willing to be in this together…
The ceremonial signing may’ve been postponed today, Save Jerseyans, but New Jersey’s Dream Act (S2479) is already the law of the land. Regrettably.
It’s worth revisiting why this law sucks on the eve of a media frenzy over the upcoming bipartisan lovefest. In case you missed it, here’s Asm. Jay Webber’s floor speech during the Assembly portion of the debate:
When we teach public speaking, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is one of the first things we teach.
Because it contains all of the essential elements of a great speech:
1) It has a clear central theme — a central idea: That it falls to the living to honor those who have died for freedom and to keep the promise of freedom alive now and nourish it for future generations.
2) It also has a clear purpose: To remind us of the sacrifice of others in the name of freedom and commit us to its perpetuation and the preservation of our nation’s ideals.
3) The speech is simply organized with a beginning that makes a vital link with its audience (Four score and seven years ago, our fathers . . . ) a substantial mid section containing its core message and a strong conclusion (. . . that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth).
4) Finally, the speech is brief and to the point. It’s remarkably efficient.