Why New Jersey Doesn’t Let You Pump Your Own Gas

Lawmakers in New Jersey and Oregon are considering bills that would finally give drivers in those states the option to pump their own gas. But why was that practice banned in the first place?

Let’s start with the case in New Jersey. The Garden State’s ban on self-service gas stations, which are allowed in 48 states, […]

By |May 19th, 2015|Trenton|9 Comments

Will N.J. gas pumps go do-it-yourself?

Will N.J. gas pumps go do-it-yourself?

MAY 17, 2015, 11:14 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015, 11:20 PM

Gas station owners who have wielded enough clout in Trenton to keep self-serve gasoline out of New Jersey for 66 years recently reversed their position on the issue, and that could mean […]

By |May 18th, 2015|Trenton|16 Comments

Tax Freedom Day arrives in New Jersey, but it’s not good news

photo by ArtChick

After crunching the numbers, the Tax Foundation has determined today marks Tax Freedom Day in the Garden State — the day when many New Jersey residents have finally earned enough money to pay all of their taxes for the year.

New Jersey and Connecticut have the latest Tax Freedom days of any state in

the […]

By |May 14th, 2015|Trenton|1 Comment

Sweeney’s proposal ‘like a bad horror movie’, Bucco says

TRENTON — For Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-25), yesterday’s press conference in Trenton was like watching a “bad horror movie.”

Reacting to Senate President Steve Sweeney’s announcement that he plans to push for another millionaire’s tax in this year’s budget, Bucco said today that the state doesn’t “need a proposal that hurts our already struggling economy.” Republicans in […]

By |April 30th, 2015|Trenton|1 Comment

Officials: 200 additional N.J. bridges will become deficient in five years

Time to Audit the Transpotatioon Trust Fund (TTF)?

APRIL 28, 2015, 6:38 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015, 7:46 AM

An additional 200 state-owned bridges in New Jersey will become structurally deficient in the next five years — bringing the number of failing structures to nearly 500 and wiping away […]

By |April 29th, 2015|Trenton|3 Comments

PolitickerNJ Interview: Senate President Steve Sweeney

TRENTON — Leaning back in a leathery chair in his statehouse office, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) says it was his father who first taught him how to embrace personal and political differences between people. “He always taught me to be happy for someone when they do well, don’t begrudge somebody because they got something that you […]

By |April 28th, 2015|Trenton|4 Comments

Paul Vagianos of “Its Greek to Me ” has announced his candidacy for State Assembly – District 40.

April 21,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, In an interesting turn of events Ridgewood ‘s own Paul Vagianos of Its “Greek to Me ” has announced his candidacy ,running as Democratic for State Assembly – District 40.

The campaign will host a major fund raiser on May 9th , Vagianos is relative unknown outside of […]

By |April 22nd, 2015|Trenton|13 Comments

New Jersey Kids Count report examines race

New Jersey’s black, Hispanic, and mixed-race children are much more likely than Asian and white children to live in poverty, suffer poor health, struggle in school, and to become involved in the state’s child protection system, according to a new Kids Count 2015 report releasedMonday by Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

The annual report compiles […]

By |April 21st, 2015|Trenton|0 Comments

Good news for N.J. drivers: Motor vehicle fees won’t be increasing this year

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on April 20, 2015 at 7:31 AM, updated April 20, 2015 at 8:53 AM

While NJ Transit riders are looking at a possible fare hike, one group of commuters will be spared a similar increase in the coming fiscal year.

Drivers will not see an increase in […]

By |April 20th, 2015|Trenton|3 Comments

Chesimard remains an open wound in N.J.

AP FILE PHOTO Joanne Chesimard

APRIL 19, 2015    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015, 10:07 AM

AFTER THE White House announced last week that it wanted to remove Cuba from America’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, it sent a report to Congress.

This was hardly unusual. When the president makes a […]

By |April 19th, 2015|Trenton|3 Comments