Senate Democrats Block Vote on Beck’s Pension Forfeiture Bill for 3rd Time

June 20, 2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Trenton NJ, An effort by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to force a vote on legislation she sponsors to forfeit the pensions of corrupt public officials (S-1557) was immediately blocked by Senate Democrats at today’s session of the New Jersey Senate.

A third attempt by Sen. Jennifer Beck to force […]

By |June 20th, 2017|Trenton|2 Comments

Trenton to lose $3.3M over misspent federal block grant funds

Updated on June 18, 2017 at 8:19 AMPosted on June 18, 2017 at 8:15 AM



TRENTON — Trenton will lose out on $3.3 million in federal block grant funding over a three-year span — the result of years of mismanagement and sloppy recordkeeping under the city’s previous two administrations.

The funding cut approved earlier […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Trenton|0 Comments

NJEA Endorses Sweeney’s Republican Challenger

By Salvador Rizzo • 06/02/17 11:30pm

That’ll teach him.

New Jersey’s largest teachers union has endorsed the Republican candidate challenging Senate President Steve Sweeney, the top elected Democrat in state government.

The New Jersey Education Association’s political action committee voted unanimously on Friday to endorse Fran Grenier, the chairman of the Salem County Republican Party, for the state […]

By |June 4th, 2017|Trenton|1 Comment

Treasurer Says Current Budget Faces $527M Revenue Shortfall

New Jersey state treasurer says Gov. Chris Christie’s fiscal year 2017 budget is expected to be about $527 million shy of expected revenues.

| May 16, 2017, at 6:50 p.m.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey state treasurer told lawmakers Tuesday that Gov. Chris Christie’s fiscal year 2017 budget is expected to be about $527 million shy […]

By |May 17th, 2017|Trenton|0 Comments

NJ hoping to raise $200M from stepped-up tax enforcement

By Michael Symons May 16, 2017 5:35 PM

TRENTON — State officials are counting on stepped-up enforcement and better responsiveness from its Taxation Division to bring in a few hundred million dollars extra in the budget that Gov. Chris Christie will hand off to his successor.

At a budget hearing Wednesday, state Treasurer Ford Scudder lowered projections […]

By |May 17th, 2017|Trenton|0 Comments

President Trump Announces Formation of Bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Integrity

May 14,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the issuance of an executive order forming the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. The President also named Vice President Mike Pence as Chairman and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as Vice-Chair of the Commission.
Five additional members were named […]

By |May 15th, 2017|Trenton|5 Comments



Stripped of its tax-exempt status and plagued with apparent conflicts of interest, the NJSPCA spends far more money on legal fees than on animal care, according to its own tax records

This is the first in a two-part series investigating the NJSPCA, the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty […]

By |May 10th, 2017|Trenton|1 Comment

Attorney General Announces Two New Initiatives to Fight Corruption, Including Reward Program Offering $25,000 for Tips From Public

May 10,2017
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TRENTON NJ, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino today announced two new initiatives to fight public corruption, including a reward program offering up to $25,000 for tips from the public, as well as a program that offers lower-level defendants in a corruption scheme the potential to avoid prosecution if they […]

By |May 10th, 2017|Trenton|3 Comments

Reader says ,NJ Pension Liabilities paying for the past and ignoring investment in the future

Paying for the past instead of investing for the future? Explains much of why NJ’s economy is in the toilet. an interesting test case on what to do as the state spirals down into oblivion. New legislation will be needed to resolve the liabilities, many of the needed federal & state laws haven’t been […]

By |April 28th, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis, Trenton|2 Comments

Reader says Unlike the city of Detroit, the state of New Jersey cannot declare bankruptcy

Unlike the city of Detroit, the state of New Jersey cannot declare bankruptcy. Federal bankruptcy laws don’t allow it.

“It’s not provided in the federal bankruptcy laws. There is a provision for municipalities and any other kind of organization in the state to go bankrupt, but not the state itself,” said Professor J. Fred Giertz, an […]

By |April 23rd, 2017|Trenton|1 Comment