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Reader says , “our politicians, will find a way to spend more than they take in”


” Sorry to write it but legalized hooch will bring in significant revenue. NJ is the most densely populated state in the union. That fact alone will create a booming business. However, the issue is no matter how much revenue generators are blessed by our politicians, they will find a way to spend more than they take in…and that is the moral hazard we face as voters. “

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Bill to Modernize and Standardize Bidding Procedures for Public Works Projects Passes NJ Senate


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Trenton NJ, Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to update and streamline the electronic bidding process for public works projects of significant value passed the New Jersey Senate.

The “Electronic Bidding Construction Act” applies to entities subject to the “Public School Contracts Law,” the “State College Contracts Law,” and the “Local Public Contracts Law.”

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New Jersey Travel: Free Entertainment Apps to Help You Explore the Garden State

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Ridgewood NJ, Planning a trip to the Garden State? Make sure you don’t miss Liberty State Park, Lucy the Elephant, and Storybook Land! These world-famous attractions will keep you busy for hours and give you a well-deserved break.

From natural sights and outdoor recreational areas to historic attractions, New Jersey has something for everyone. Each state has its own landmarks, whether it’s an adventure park or pristine beaches. More than 100 million people visited this state in 2017 — and for good reason.

With so many things to do, planning your trip won’t be easy. You might not even know where to start! These free entertainment apps will help you explore the Garden State and make the most out of your trip, so check them out.

SafeTrip NJ

Traffic jams are common in New Jersey’s biggest cities. If you’re traveling by car, check out SafeTrip NJ to save time and avoid the traffic. This cool app provides real-time information for all major highways and roadways in the Garden State.

Simply download the app and press Play. It’s no need to sign up for an account or enter personal information. SafeTrip NJ will use your phone’s location to emit alerts and broadcasts advisories.

Visit New Jersey

Developed by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, this app appeals to visitors and locals alike. With just a few clicks, you’ll know where the coolest bars are, where to find the best museums and art galleries, and when the latest events are happening.

Users can browse hundreds of attractions and create a personalized wish-list. From transportation to casinos, campgrounds and family fun, this app has you covered. The downside is that it only works on iOS devices.


The Garden State is home to thousands of world-class restaurants and pubs. These dining venues offer some amazing dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. Disco fries, Trenton tomato pie, Jersey sloppy joe, and pork rolls are just a few to mention.

If you’re new to this place, though, you may not know where to go and what to order. That’s where Eater comes in.

This free app takes the guesswork out of restaurant dining, featuring the best places to eat. It works on both iOS and Android devices and uses your phone’s built-in GPS to find popular restaurants and dining venues. Users can leave comments, read reviews, and get directions within seconds.

There are dozens of other apps you can try depending on what you’re looking for. If you live in New Jersey or know this place really well, use an App Builder to create your own apps. It’s a fantastic opportunity to help travelers make the most out of their trips and save time while on the road.

Discover the Best Free Entertainment Apps

A beach vacation in New Jersey wouldn’t be complete without the Jersey Shore Beach Guide. This free app provides information about more than 40 beaches, 600 shore restaurants, and upcoming events.

Need help to plan your itinerary? The Trip Advisor app won’t let you down. You may also want to download OverDrive or DoggCatcher to enjoy your favorite eBooks and podcasts while on the go. 

Now that you what the best free entertainment apps are, it’s time to start exploring the Garden State. Check out the latest information on the Village of Ridgewood before heading down the road!

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Murphy’s Budget Proposal Does Not Help Middle Class

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Trenton NJ, Gov. Phil Murph’s budget proposed fiscal year 2020 budget will do nothing to help the middle class and will likely do more to harm the state’s economy said Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R- Morris, Essex Passaic).

DeCroce said the governor’s plan to increase spending and taxes and broadening programs, such free county college tuition, will not reduce property taxes — the number one issue for the middle class in New Jersey.

“The governor says repeatedly he wants to help the middle class, but he actions do not back up his statements,” said DeCroce

“The governor wants the state to spend more money; he wants to expand programs and increase school funding. But the state cannot afford the programs it has now, so how is increasing taxes and spending more money help the middle class?” asked DeCroce.

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New Jersey Moves to Legalize Marijuana


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Trenton NJ, New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA) President Scott Rudder issued the following statement today regarding Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, Senator Scutari and Assemblywoman Quijano announcing an agreement on legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in New Jersey:

“I want to thank Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Coughlin, Senator Scutari, and Assemblywoman Quijano for coming together and doing the right thing for New Jersey. The time for legalization has come. The old ‘reefer madness’ myths have been dispelled. We know legalizing recreational adult-use cannabis and expanding medical cannabis in New Jersey will address issues of social justice, help the state’s economy, and create a new, thriving workforce.

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New Jersey Job Growth Remains Anemic At Best

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Ridgewood NJ, According to Garden State Initiative (GSI)  analysis of the newest jobs numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today, New Jersey’s job growth for 2018 was much smaller than first reported.  Instead of the previously reported 61,900 new jobs added in 2018, there were actually only 39,400 new jobs added last year – a decline of 44%. (The Bureau of Labor Statistics revises jobs statistics on a monthly and annual basis to account for new data available and more in-depth analysis that is able to take place.)

The revised numbers from BLS mean that while New Jersey did still experience jobs growth for 2018, the actual growth was lower by 27,500 jobs than initially reported.  New Jersey’s labor force is still smaller than the average labor force size in 2006.

Some Key Findings of the GSI report :

  • New jobs in 2018 revised downward 44% – from 61,900 to 39,400
  • Labor force remains smaller than average labor force in 2006
  • Participation rate continues to trail national average
  • Unemployment ticked up .1 to 4.0%
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Governors Budget Address No Relief for the Middle Class

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Trenton NJ, State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) offered the following appraisal of Governor Phil Murphy’s 2020 budget address:

“Governor Murphy is trying to manage the budget with phantom numbers. This isn’t monopoly money. Governor: get your hands out of our pockets. Taxpayers have had enough and state spending is out of control.

“New Jersey has the worst business climate and the highest property taxes in the nation and these new taxes will push even more job creators out of state. Last year, Governor Murphy’s proposed tax hikes were so egregious, that even his fellow Democrats couldn’t stomach them. Nothing has changed. Don’t be surprised if the government shuts down.

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Why Amazon Didn’t Choose NJ

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The following editorial by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) on Amazon’s rejection of New Jersey’s proposal to host a new headquarters was published on Feb. 25, 2019 in the Asbury Park Press:

A whopping 238 cities across the United States sought to be the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, dubbed “HQ2.” Of all city applicants, Newark, New Jersey offered Amazon the largest tax benefits in the country. Regardless of being one of twenty cities to make the final cut, Newark was passed over by Amazon not once, but twice. It speaks volumes that a package of tax incentives totaling $7 billion could not entice Amazon to choose New Jersey.

Our state’s prime geographic location, diverse workforce, state-of-the-art infrastructure, convenient transportation, and best-in-the-nation schools should have made the Garden State an easy sell. The New Jersey Legislature’s successful bipartisan effort to top all other competing tax incentive offers nationwide should have made the Garden State an easy choice. The competition was fierce to court HQ2, and New Jersey was in play.

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Democrat Pascrell Calls on Supermarkets to Pull National Enquirer, Book Burning s to follow?

Pascrell Calls on Five of Largest Supermarkets to Pull National Enquirer

Requests trusted businesses stop selling tabloid purveyor of toxic misinformation

WASHINGTON, D.C. Less than two weeks after U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.-09) attacked reports that MNG Enterprises Inc., an arm of the hedge fund Alden Global Capital, was seeking to purchase the Democrat friendly
Gannett Company through a hostile takeover of Gannett’s board of directors.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.-09) once again attacked the first amendment asking for a newspaper ban at many supermarket chains.

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New Jersey Is 2019’s State with the Highest Real-Estate Property Taxes !

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Ridgewood NJ, Each year, the average American household spends $2,279 on real-estate property taxes plus another $440 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes. With such high costs, it’s no surprise that more than $14 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association.

In order to determine who pays the most relative to their state, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2019 Property Taxes by State report as well as accompanying videos, which compares home and vehicle taxes across the nation and features insights from a panel of experts.

Property Taxes in New Jersey (1st=Lowest; 25th=Avg.):

  • Real-Estate Property Tax Rank: 51st
  • Vehicle Property Tax Rank: 1st
  • Real-Estate Tax on Median State Home Value: $7,840
  • Real-Estate Tax on Median U.S. Home Value: $4,725
  • Vehicle Property Tax on Best-Selling Car: $0.00

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