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Historic Trump Budget Includes 31% Cut for the EPA

President Donald Trump‘s budget proposal dropped Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, and it includes $3.6 trillion in proposed cuts and a 10-year plan to balance the federal budget for the first time since the 1990s. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will shrink by 1/3 if the Republican President gets his way. Even Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07), […]

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At tonight’s debate, some GOP education funding straight talk is long overdue

I don’t know if you’re following this nonsensical school funding “debate” between Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Save Jerseyans, but it’s rich. It really is! Prieto, aligned with the New Jersey (Mis)education Association, wants to spend an inordinate amount of tax dollars ($125 million) right away on education funding. Sweeney? He wants to […]

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Why Conservatives Are Unhappy With the Final Spending Bill

The House of Representatives, with 103 Republicans voting no, passed a $11.1 trillion spending package Wednesday to keep the government running through September. Conservative lawmakers who opposed the omnibus spending bill in the 309-118 vote said they’re disappointed the final plan doesn’t reflect that Republicans hold the levers of power in Washington. Republicans hold 238 […]


$300M State House Renovation Gets Go-Ahead Amid Controversy Over Price

Credit: NJ Department of Treasury State House cornice showing corrosion and metal strapping A controversial plan to renovate the New Jersey State House won approval yesterday from a panel of legislative and executive-branch officials even as the $300 million project continues to draw criticism, including on the gubernatorial campaign trail. The vote by the eight-member […]


Christie vs. S&P Over the FY2018 Budget

Chris Christie’s final budget is getting torched by the S&P this evening, Save Jerseyans. The Administration’s parting shot? Don’t blame us. We tried to fix it…. “The S&P report is just another example of how the cost of pensions and benefits is eating into the state’s revenue and, as a result, direct school aid,” opined […]

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Guest Op-ed: Morris County’s Budgets Are Headed In The Wrong Direction

For the second year in a row, the 2017 Morris County budget increases taxes by nearly $8 million or 3.4%. What’s worse: there was a major error in the budget presentation. I served as a Morris County Freeholder from 2013 to 2015 when Morris County taxes actually went down $5 million.  Monmouth County introduced a 2017 […]

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Trump’s Budget Cuts Face Resistance From Republican Lawmakers

Republican leaders are voicing disapproval of budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump. “I doubt there’d be a lot of appetite for dramatic cuts this year,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Roll Call. “I just look at it as a conversation. They’ve got their views, we’ve got our views, and we need to […]



A Border Wall is Cheaper Than Driving in N.J.

A study frequently cited last year by New Jersey gas tax hike proponents is instructive as we debate one of President Trump’s defining policy pushes, Save Jerseyans.  The June 2016 national transportation research group (the “TRIP”) report concluded that it costs New Jersey motorists a total of $13.1 billion statewide annually, or more than $2,600 per driver and […]

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New Planned Parenthood Ad Campaign Seeks to Defend Abortion Giant’s Government Funding

After spending over $30 million dollars on the 2016 election, Planned Parenthood has a new project: a million-dollar ad campaign defending its government funding. The organization, which receives over half a billion dollars from taxpayers each year, stands to lose a significant portion of its government funding should Congress pass a reconciliation bill that includes […]


Lance, LoBiondo Offer Mixed Reviews of Trump’s Budget Cuts

Republican Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) offered a mix review of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts on Thursday morning. “The President’s budget acknowledges that we tax and spend too much in this country and we need a serious plan to tackle our national deficit and 20 trillion dollars in national debt. Congress has worked in a […]

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MacArthur Praises Trump’s Planned Military Buildup

President Donald Trump called for a $54 billion increase in federal military spending in Tuesday’s State of the Union-like address, Save Jerseyans, and one of New Jersey’s Congressman is happy for it. “I’m glad the President is committed to restoring defense spending, but I think a larger investment is needed to ensure proper training and […]

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Guadagno Debuts Plan to ‘Audit’ Trenton, Calls for Independently Elected Attorney General

Approximately one month after launching her campaign for governor, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is putting meat on the bones and beginning to lay out her plan for term #1 should the voters give her the opportunity to lead. Phase #1? A full-scale audit of Trenton and its biggest cash run-offs. Here are the bullet points […]

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House GOP Selects New Committee Chairmen

A number of House committees will see a shakeup in leadership next year, as GOP members approve the Steering Committee’s recommendations for chairmanships during their conference meeting Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan released a list of approved recommendations Thursday evening, showing seven changes slated for the 115th Congress. “This morning the full Conference ratified the […]


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