Governor Christie Announces Trio of Fiscally Responsible Public Employee Contract Agreements

August 29, 2016

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IFPTE & IBEW Financial Terms Protect Taxpayers, Ensure Public Services

Trenton, NJ , Governor Chris Christie today announced a key public employee contract agreement with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), as well as two agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). These state […]

By |August 29th, 2016|Trenton|0 Comments

N.J. public pension system still among worst-funded in U.S.

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By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for
on August 25, 2016 at 5:11 PM

TRENTON — New Jersey’s public pension fund is shakier than all but two U.S. states also known for their notoriously underfunded retirement systems, according to a new comparison by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The pension fund was just […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Trenton|8 Comments

CATO Institute Ranks New Jersey 47th in Overall freedom

August 20,2016
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The overall freedom ranking is a combination of personal and economic freedoms. This year the Cato Institute ranks New Jersey 47th and here is the analysis :

About 50 years ago, New Jersey was considered a tax haven. It grew wealthy under that regime, but over the past two decades […]

By |August 21st, 2016|Trenton|1 Comment

American Dream ongoing nightmare

August 12, 2016

The state can’t scrape up the money to fix the state’s roads and bridges, fully fund its schools or pay for the pensions of retired state workers. But, somehow, it found a way this week to approve an $800 million bond after previously authorizing $350 million in tax breaks for a $3.1 billion […]

By |August 15th, 2016|Trenton|4 Comments

Byram Residents Call for Referendum After Town Authorizes $11 Million


A group of five long term residents of the small township of Byram in Sussex County have issued a call for a referendum on November’s ballot. The referendum aims to allow voters to reject an approved up to $11 million expenditure for a new municipal building by putting it to a public vote. Alyana Alfaro, […]

By |August 11th, 2016|Trenton|1 Comment

After stinging loss, teachers’ new pension plan may begin with revenge

By Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for
on August 09, 2016 at 7:30 AM, updated August 09, 2016 at 7:56 AM

TRENTON — With a ballot question asking voters to constitutionally guarantee state payments into the public worker pension fund dead on arrival this year, the head of the state’s largest teachers’ union suggested  that […]

By |August 9th, 2016|Trenton|7 Comments

Reader says public-sector labor unions are attempting to influence the legislative process with campaign donations? Wow, there’s a surprise!

The NJEA, FOP and other public-sector labor unions are attempting to influence the legislative process with campaign donations? Wow, there’s a surprise. Union thugs have destroyed NJ’s economy and made property taxes so unreasonable that the state suffers from net migration out and an economy that lags the recovery in surrounding states. The unions and […]

By |August 9th, 2016|Trenton|1 Comment

NJEA : Plot Thickens in Monmouth as Ousted Republican Goes on the Attack

Plot Thickens in Monmouth as Ousted Republican Goes on the Attack

Early signs that Monmouth County will be one of the crucial proving grounds for a badly wounded Republican party in 2017 emerged Friday, as former Republican Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini called for her Democratic successors to acknowledge their ties to the NJEA. Senate President Steve […]

By |August 9th, 2016|Trenton|0 Comments

Longtime Pay-to-Play Critic Kean Gets in on the Game


On the heels of Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) firing off letters to the U.S. Attorney and Attorney General concerning allegations of strong-arming tactics by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for the immediate passage of pay-to-play legislation (S-341). Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ […]

By |August 7th, 2016|Trenton|2 Comments

Sweeney: N.J. pension ballot question all but dead this year


A ballot question to mandate more funding for New Jersey’s troubled pension system – costing an estimated $25 billion over five years – is all but dead this year, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Thursday. Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

By |August 7th, 2016|Trenton|1 Comment