Category: First Amendment

N.J. Assemblyman seeks to create religious exemptions for school materials, lessons

TRENTON, N.J. – Don’t want your kid participating in a sex ed class? Or controversial lesson? You could soon be in luck. Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-39) has introduced the “Protecting Parental Involvement in Curriculum Act.” – If adopted, parents would Read More

NJ-05: Pallotta had $382k+ banked at end of Q4

MAHWAH, N.J. – Finance industry veteran Frank Pallotta’s 5th District primary campaign had $382,483.20 in the bank at the end of the fourth quarter. That’s according to the Republican candidate’s latest FEC filing on Thursday. His total haul for the Read More

Anti-vaxxers ruined what could’ve been an important N.J. debate. | Rooney

By Matt Rooney _ History is full of examples of generals who lost wars by fighting the wrong battles. Opponents of S2173 – the bill to curtail religious exemptions to school vaccine requirements – are on track to provide another Read More

Debate rages even as GOP Senator’s support appears to tip S2173 towards passage

TRENTON, N.J. – 2020’s most controversial legislation (so far) appears poised for passage on Monday following a flurry of last minute amendments. If passed, it will eliminate the religious vaccine exemption for public school students; the amended S2173 exempts daycare Read More

Bill to quash N.J. vaccine religious exemptions temporarily halted by Sweeney

TRENTON, N.J. – A hugely-divisive bill designed to eliminate the religious exemption for child vaccinations hit turbulence on Monday at the State House amid massive pressure from anti-vaccine protesters.  The State Senate bill (S-2173) was pulled at the last minute Read More

Tracing $3.6 Million For That Shadowy Pro-Phil Murphy ‘Dark Money’ Org

TRENTON, N.J. – Figuring out who’s funding the pro-Phil Murphy ‘New Direction New Jersey’ organization is difficult to say the least.  According to a new report from NorthJersey.com and the USA Today Network, the Service Employees International Union (32BJ SEIU) kicked Read More

Did Van Drew really not try at fundraising? His FEC disclosure raises doubts.

By Matt Rooney _ Freshman Congressman Jeff Van Drew (D, NJ-02) really crapped the bed with his Q1 fundraising, Save Jerseyans, hauling in only $120,556 when fellow Freshman Mikie Sherrill (D, NJ-11) and Andy Kim (D, NJ-03) raised over half Read More