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The RTF Stealth Tax

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Moving VanGovernor Christie is absolutely on track in his questioning of the Realty Transfer Fee (RTF), Save Jerseyans, and if anything, if he is able to successfully eliminate this insidious tax placed on property owners, then he should also make sure it cannot revert back to its previous status once he leaves office.

When I was running for office, another one of my peeves was the Realty Transfer Fee (RTF), pursued aggressively under Jim McGreevey and continued by Jon Corzine as an additional source of revenue. Click here to play with an RTF calculator if you’re a visual learner.

This form of taxation acts as an insidious hidden tax to homeowners New Jersey…


Moran: NJ’s Full of Greedy Jerks!

Are New Jersey voters (that would be you) greedy jerks or just stupid and impressionable?

By Art Gallagher |

Hundreds of middle-aged people looking for work at Brookdale this morning. April 4, 2014

Hundreds of middle-aged people looking for work at Brookdale this morning. April 4, 2014

New Jersey voters are either greedy jerks or stupid and impressionable buffoons if you buy The Star Ledger Editorial Board’s (Tom Moran’s) reading of the QuinnipiacPoll released on Thursday.  The poll reported that New Jerseyans favor wage freezes for state workers, by a 53-42 margin, and oppose an increase in the gasoline tax by a 65-33 percent margin:

New Jersey voters are jerks. The new state motto: “Screw you, not me.”

That is how Moran starts off his rant. He finishes by cutting the poll respondents a break. Maybe we aren’t greedy jerks, maybe we’ve been led to think the way we do:

We’ll cut the folks responding to the Quinnipiac poll a break – they’ve been goaded in this direction. Despite widespread reforms to state workers’ pay and benefits during the past four years, not to mention budget cuts that led to historic layoffs of police, teachers and firefighters, Gov. Chris Christie used his annual budget address to continue to blame state worker compensation for our fiscal aches and pains.

Hmmm.  Moran’s frustration is showing.  As the editorial page editor of the state’s largest media outlet, Moran should be the most powerful opinion maker in New Jersey. How could his readers be so stupid?!

Insulting your customers (readers) is a interesting strategy to stop the bleeding of a company (media outlet) that is contracting rapidly and recently announced 167 layoffs which followed millions in concessions from the outlet’s unionized workers and a smaller round of layoffs.

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Let’s Leave RINO Talk Out of CD3

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Perhaps there was never any hope for a clean GOP primary in CD3 this cycles, Save Jerseyans. The latest TV spot to hit the airwaves is indicative of what we have to look forward to over the next two months:

A theme is emerging. You may have heard Mark Levin read an anonymously-authored post from Red State on air last Wednesday evening, titled “Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in New Jersey?”

The post echoes many of the points included in the Lonegan ad above, a post which candidate MacArthur labeled “creepy” in a fiery letter to his primary rival since it cited his daughter’s Facebook page to allege that he still doesn’t reside in CD3 (aside: both candidates are transplants from North Jersey).

My honest take?


Sweeney: Interest Arbitration Will Pass Senate

By Art Gallagher |

Steve Sweeney (left) and Chris Christie (right)

Steve Sweeney (left) and Chris Christie (right)

Senate President Steve Sweeney told MMM today that he expects a key provision of New Jersey’s 2%  property tax cap that is set to expire on April 1 to be extended.

The interest arbitration provision of the property tax reforms passed with bi-partisan support three years ago caps arbitration awards in government labor disputes to 2%. Since they’ve been implemented the average arbitration award resulted in salary increases for local government employees to 1.86%–the lowest in 20 years. The provision will expire on April 1 unless extended by legislation.

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Waldwick Works for Taxpayers

By Michael Ritchie | The Save Jersey Blog

Waldwick Mayor and Council (2013)

Waldwick Mayor and Council (2013)

It’s not every day that you hear about a municipality, city or borough passing a municipal budget with a 0% tax increase, Save Jersyans; it’s even more rare to see this happen in the same place two years in a row.

That feat, however, is exactly what the borough of Waldwick, New Jersey has successfully accomplished in 2014 through the leadership of its Mayor and Council.


You Can’t Tax Ghosts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Hamlet_and_his_father's_GhostYet 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.


Why I’m in Camp’s Camp

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

capitol buildingDemocrats hate it. Or simply don’t understand it.

“It doesn’t make sense,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) told Politico. “You don’t send up trial balloons on such significant issues — particularly in an off-year election.”

Respectfully, Mr. Congressman, it’s called leadership. That’s what Rep. David Camp, chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, provided for a federal government bereft of ideas last week when he dropped a comprehensive tax reform proposal in the political class’s laps.

Some of you asked for my opinion on the proposal; here it is, short and sweet:


Budget Preview: Christie, Sweeney Pension Clash

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie's FY 2013 Budget Address

Governor Chris Christie’s FY 2013 Budget Address

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.


New Jerseyans Still Voting With Their Feet

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The United Van Lines annual migration study is out again, Save Jerseyans, and once again our beloved Garden State is ranked #1… for outward migration.

I can’t imagine why! After all, the trio of taxes, crime, and corruption are great hooks in real estate circulars.

Check this out:


You’d think voters in high-tax states like Illinois, New York and yes, New Jersey, would start to notice a correlation between their votes and the need for escape. You’d of course be wrong. The map speaks for itself but old habits die hard… like this week’s moronic mandatory home sprinkler legislation?

God help us.

Lower Taxes for Everyone By Eliminating a Tax Bracket

Bills I’d Like to See Introduced in 2014, Part 2

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

TaxesSave Jerseyans, now is the time of year where everyone comes up with lists. You know, the top whatever of 2013, resolutions/wish lists for 2014, you know the drill. And I’m no exception. I’ve got my own list of bills I’d like to see someone with enough guts to introduce in Trenton. And by someone, I mean a Republican, because I doubt any Democrat would consider any of these bills. So I will be posting one bill a day this week. And today’s wish is…

Lower Taxes for Everyone by Eliminating a Tax Bracket

New Jersey has 6 tax brackets, and just like the federal system, income is taxed incrementally by bracket. Here are the brackets in New Jersey right now:


New Jersey Taxpayers Feeling Moody

To Save Its Economy and Credit, the Garden State Needs a More Competitive Tax Structure

By Tyler Seville | The Save Jersey Blog

Melencolia_I_(Durero)A couple of weeks ago, Save Jerseyans, Moody’s Investor Service lowered their economic outlook of New Jersey from stable to negative. While the state’s rating was not downgraded, analysts did cite the slow economic recovery as a key factor hurting the state.

The credit rating agency wrote, “The state will face challenges in improving its very weak liquidity position, due to the state’s sluggish economic recovery, which has hindered revenue performance.” Now for some, when taken at face value, one could interpret this as the state having a “revenue problem.”

However, when reading more of Moody’s note to investors, it is clear the organization is suggesting New Jersey has a “spending problem.”


Lance Defends Ryan Amid Budget Flap

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Leonard LanceU.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ07) offered an assist to Paul Ryan and his Capitol Hill team on Thursday evening, Save Jerseyans, as elements of the D.C. conservative class loudly decried what they view as a federal budget deal betrayal perpetrated by the House GOP:

“Far from perfect, the Ryan-Murray budget compromise amounts to a modest agreement that averts another government shutdown, replaces the President’s sequester with smarter cuts, reduces the deficit by more than $20 billion and provides a level of certainty on spending that has not occurred in Washington for several years. All without raising taxes.

“It is the first bipartisan budget deal brokered under divided government since 1986 and a small step forward in restoring some sanity and order to the budget process. I applaud Chairman Ryan and Chairwoman Murray for their efforts, which I hope will lead to future agreements that improve our economy, tackle our long-term fiscal issues and create jobs so desperately needed.”

Ryan has publicly described his negotiated tentative budget as “a really good step in the right direction.” Heritage Action and its allies directly counter that it merely kicks the can down the road and “represents a step backwards” due to spending increases, user fee hikes and other concessions. Ryan, in turn, told Sean Hannity fellow Republicans need to be realistic, conceding that while “[t]his is not an agreement to balance the budget,” our U.S. “[e]lections have consequences.”

“We’re going to have to win a couple of elections to actually pass the kind of budgets that you and I are in favor of,” Ryan concluded.

Buono’s Big School Spending Plans

GET THE CHECKBOOK: Buono education plan promises millions in tax hikes, billions in new spending for New Jersey

By Eric Boehm | New Jersey Watchdog

Barbara Buono has big plans for education in New Jersey.

Now, all she needs is a way to pay for it all.

Buono is a state senator from Middlesex County and the Democratic candidate for next week’s gubernatorial election in the Garden State, where she hopes to unseat Gov. Chris Christie, who is seeking his second term as New Jersey’s chief executive.  Much of the campaign has been fought over education policy, which should come as no surprise after Christie spent much of his first term in pitched battles with the state’s teachers union and education establishment.[1]


HEAD TO HEAD: Voters will have to choose between the competing education policies of state Sen. Barbara Buono and Gov. Chris Christie in Tuesday’s election.

In ads, Buono slams Christie for cutting as much as $800 million from basic education and abandoning the state’s so-called “funding formula” for public schools. She promises to restore that funding — and more.

“I believe that we need to build on what we have in New Jersey, the traditional public schools,” Buono said last week.

She also wants to fund full-day kindergarten in all school districts, universal pre-k programs for all New Jersey toddlers and expand the state’s aid for college students [2].

But Buono and her campaign have been relatively silent on how the state’s taxpayers would pay for all that. The one, oft-repeated line is a familiar one: make the rich pay their “fair share” to support public education.


Delusions on the Boards

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

There’s only one person on the planet who thinks Atlantic City’s government is living within its means, Save Jerseyans, and his name is Mayor Lorenzo Langford (D).

Check out this video from Tuesday evening’s local Chamber of Commerce Candidate forum:

Keep in mind that this is the same Atlantic City government responsible for spending $65,000 on three cars for council members in 2012


Christmas Comes Early in LD27

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Santa CodeyHo, ho ho, Save Jerseyans!

Christmas may be two full months away but the weather is turning colder, the sky is growing grayer and tenenbaums are on full display in hardware stores.

And if you happen to live in New Jersey’s 27th legislative district (encompassing portions of Morris and Essex counties), then Santa Claus Codey is already in your mailbox. Unfortunately for you, it doesn’t matter how good or bad you’ve been in 2013; this kringle is taking from you and giving your stuff to someone else.

Yeah, he’s a real Grinch. A humbug. I liked Homeless Codey better! To prove the point, the latest in a series of hard-hitting mailers aimed at the incumbent state senator and former governor is below the fold…


What the T.E.A. Party Was Supposed To Be

By Michael John Donohue | The Save Jersey Blog

TEA PartyI was there on April 15, 2009, in a lashing nor’easter.

There were small groups of Americans from all walks of life across the country holding signs and protesting the mountain of taxes that Americans find themselves under every day. Our cars are taxed. Our properties are taxed. Our phone calls are taxed. Our hotel rooms are taxed. Our cell phones are taxed. Our beer is taxed. Our income is taxed. Nearly everything we own or touch is taxed by some governmental agency. So, in 2009, a nationwide effort took shape to protest all of these taxes. It took the acronym T.E.A. This stood for Taxed Enough Already. This fit nicely into a story that we all learned in grade school about the Boston Tea Party.

American patriots threw crates of tea, as the story goes, into Boston harbor to protest the tea tax. It was an aspect of the “no taxation without representation” cry that the colonist utilized as part of the justification for the American Revolution. Thus, the T.E.A. Party was born. It was, in fact, the Taxed Enough Already Party.