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Tag: supreme court

Bell Doubles-Down: SCOTUS “Completely Incoherent”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

supreme court 2012Say what you want about Jeff Bell’s strategy, Save Jerseyans, but the guy isn’t afraid to double-down on his socially-conservative views in a time and cycle where that’s not the most popular page in the Republican Party playbook.

He continued to do so on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear legal challenges to gay marriage in the strongest possible terms.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to refuse to take these appeals is completely incoherent. Just 16 months ago, the Court said states have a right to define marriage in their own way,” said Bell in a statement. “Now the court allows lower federal courts to rule this supposed right out of bounds. The court should get its act together, or else none of its decisions will provide any predictability to the states or to our legal system.”

Bell’s comments came as clerks in North Carolina and Alaska began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Gay marriage has been de facto legal in the Garden State for about one year now.

 

Former Hoboken Mayor Loses Law License

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Supreme CourtThe fallout from Operation Bid Rig continues, Save Jerseyans, 12 years after the investigation began. 

Earlier today, the New Jersey Supreme Court disbarred former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, preventing him from engaging in the practice law in the State of New Jersey.

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The Math Behind Your Property Tax Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

When more than 50% of New Jersey state aid is dedicated to 5% of our schools, Save Jerseyans, thanks largely to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s interference, then no one should be surprised when New Jersey’s property taxes are the highest in the nation. It’s simple math… something that they’re not doing a particularly good job of teaching in those 5%-districts! Or many of the rest of them, too, if we’re being honest.

School funding is one of our favorite topics at Save Jersey; if you’re a visual learner, here’s a particularly excellent explanatory video dropped by the Assembly GOP on Tuesday. It’s hard to ignore the problem when the numbers are staring right back at you…

DuHaime’s Solid Point About NH Attack Ads

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

According to NH Journal, the 501(c)(4) advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network will launch new “television, radio and digital advertising” in New Hampshire on Wednesday ahead of Governor Chris Christie’s latest RGA-related trip to the presidential battleground.

Christie is there to raise money; they’re there to raise the issue of his judicial nominations.

Here’s the spot:

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Lance: SCOTUS Should Hear Subsidy Cases

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LanceRep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) responded to Tuesday’s circuit split over Obamacare’s exchange subsidies by calling on our nation’s highest tribunal to take up the question, Save Jerseyans.

“Today’s legal rulings are very consequential and undoubtedly will not be the last word on the matter,” Lance opined in a statement. “Millions of taxpayer funds have already been dedicated to these exchanges and now the market, insurers and consumers are left in limbo.  This is the exact reason why Congress should not pass thousand page bills without thorough analysis.  The Administration has consistently been forced to re-work, delay or completely ignore parts of the President’s law as it finds the statute unworkable.  The Supreme Court of the United States should review this matter in its coming term.”

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Hobby Lobby Myths Obliterated

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

truthThere is sooo much bad information floating around concerning this week’s Hobby Lobby opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, Save Jerseyans, that I couldn’t help but try to loudly and proudly dispel a few of the worst myths. Some of the Twitter comments weren’t just vile and dumb; they were symptomatic of a generation completely bereft of civics knowledge.

For a little further reading, the good folks over at NRO did a bang-up job of dissecting Justice Ginsburg’s dissent point-by-point; Hobby Lobby itself also devoted an entire website to clearing the air. Here are the broad strokes…

Myth #1: Hobby Lobby won’t cover female contraception.

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What Does Harris Mean for New Jersey?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

U.S. Supreme CourtMany New Jersey owners of closely-held businesses are breathing a sigh of relief after today’s “Hobby Lobby” decision, Save Jerseyans. Another decision, however, had the potential to generate vastly greater consequences for Garden State taxpayers.

Did it? Yes and no.

You can read the Harris v. Quinn opinion here. Both of Monday’s big U.S. Supreme Court decisions were authored by Justice Samuel Alito, one of the Court’s reliable conservative votes.

The super short version (I’ve only had a chance to skim the opinion, and I make no pretense of being a constitutional expert)….

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Lesniak Asks Obama to Turn a Blind Eye

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ray Lesniak

Ray Lesniak

“Aren’t they selling marijuana in Colorado and Washington?” he asked. “Isn’t that against federal law?”

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.

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Christie’s Supreme Court Presser

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie announced the reappointment of Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to the N.J. Supreme Court on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, in addition to the first-time appointment of his long-time ally Lee Solomon, Camden County’s current Assignment Judge, to fill one of two vacancies.

Not everyone is thrilled. “It’s sad to see this is what it has come to,” said AFP state director Daryn Iwicki in a Wednesday afternoon pre-press conference release. “When Gov. Christie was elected taxpayers had hope that one of the most radical supreme courts in the land would be re-made. Instead, if today’s reports are true, the governor has all but waved the white flag of surrender to Steve Sweeney and obstructionists in the majority party.”

It’s all going down at 2:30 PM….

Watch LIVE right here:

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Christie Cuts Deal for Rabner (and Solomon)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lee Solomon

Lee Solomon

h/t Matt Friendman:

“According to three sources with knowledge of the agreement, Rabner — who has been chief justice since 2007 — will be nominated by Christie for tenure, and serve until he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2030.

Christie, in turn, will get to nominate with Sweeney’s support a close ally to one of two vacant seats on the court: Superior Court Judge Lee Solomon, a Republican who previously served as president of the Board of Public Utilities.

Spokesmen for Christie and Sweeney declined to comment.”

I bet they did!

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Drake News Deflates #2A Backers

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

U.S. Supreme CourtNearly half of the states in the Union stepped up to challenge New Jersey’s woefully unconstitutional anti-concealed carry gun control law, Save Jerseyans, but the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant certiorari in the Drake v. Jerejian matter on Monday, dealing a heavy blow to Second Amendment enthusiasts in our home state and beyond.

They had hoped that the narrowly-leaning conservative High Court would seize upon the opportunity to expand upon its landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision.

No such luck. Not this time around.

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NJ Supremes Stay COAH Ruling

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

coahThe 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.

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Maddow’s “Get Weinberg” Theory

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I loathe Rachel Maddow’s worldview, Save Jerseyans, but she’s good at what she does. Much like Alex Jones on the polar opposite end of the ideological spectrum, she’s capable of putting together seemingly obvious or mundane tidbits crusted around the peripheries of stories and presenting it to her audience in a way that doesn’t sound completely crazy.

Here’s a great Bridgegate example:

Maddow’s theory has some holes. You’ve probably caught most of them. For starters, how does punishing one town in LD37 make Steve Sweeney (who is orchestrating the whole strategy to block Christie’s judicial appointments) suddenly feel affected?

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Sizing-Up Sweeney’s Save Jersey Tweet

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo Credit: Senator Sweeney's twitter feed

Photo Credit: Senator Sweeney’s twitter feed

We figured it’d be fun to check out Senate President Steve Sweeney’s “Twitter Thursday” this past week, Save Jerseyans, to see if he’d answer one of our questions.

#2A supporters hadn’t had much luck but what did we have to lose?

Only 140 characters.

Surprisingly enough, the Democrat front runner for 2017 (or his staffer) deigned a response…

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