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How soft corruption works in New Jersey

NJ Spotlight is continuing its annual summer reading series. Every day the news website features an excerpt from a recent book — from nonfiction to novels to poetry – with a New Jersey connection.

Soft corruption is the type of influence peddling that’s perfectly legal – but unethical. And New Jersey politicians are masters of it. […]

By |August 26th, 2017|Trenton|1 Comment

Lauding hi-tech education, Sharpton at his side, Murphy doubles down on courting Newark vote

August 22, 2017 at 6:23 PM

With the Rev. Al Sharpton at his side, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy made a campaign stop today at a hi-tech education center in Newark’s South Ward, saying the state needed to support urban youth to succeed in a globalized and digitized economy.

“We’ve got to be here, backing up these […]

By |August 24th, 2017|Trenton|1 Comment

Reader says too late for New Jersey to make business-friendly changes

Even if one were to wave a magic wand and make these business-friendly changes, it’s way too late. NJ is operating in a state of virtual bankruptcy and servicing its debt is beyond anything changes like these could address. The world is changing, and location is no longer an issue. Businesses can be anywhere now […]

By |August 14th, 2017|Trenton|1 Comment

STATE’S NEW WAYS TO PAY INTO PUBLIC-PENSION SYSTEM ‘HUGE STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION

JOHN REITMEYER | JULY 28, 2017

Starting this month, New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public pensions are going to benefit from Lottery funds as well as from more regular payments by the state

The New Jersey public-employee pension system traditionally has received cash contributions from the state in one lump sum — and only if the annual budget […]

By |July 29th, 2017|Trenton|2 Comments

New Jersey Ranks Worse in Fiscal Health then Bankrupt Illinois

July 26,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The fiscal health of America’s states affects all its citizens. Indicators of fiscal health come in a variety of forms—from a state’s ability to attract businesses and how much it taxes to what services it provides and how well it keeps its promises to public-sector employees.

The Mercatus […]

By |July 26th, 2017|Trenton|2 Comments

New Jersey Drivers Pay the Bulk Road Infrastructure Costs though taxes and tolls

file photo by Boyd Loving

July 26,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, according to the Tax Foundation Gas taxes are typically used to fund infrastructure maintenance and new projects, but the share of state and local road spending that is covered by tolls, user fees, and taxes varies drastically. It ranges from only 12 percent […]

By |July 26th, 2017|Trenton|0 Comments

RACE TO THE BOTTOM: NJ RANKED DEAD LAST OF ALL 50 STATES FOR FISCAL HEALTH

JOHN REITMEYER | JULY 18, 2017

Persistent underfunding of public-employee pension system looks to have been a key factor in dismal showings in state-by-state comparisons

New Jersey’s chronic budget problems have brought on a series of credit-rating downgrades in recent years, and now the state has landed in dead last place in two recent reviews of the […]

By |July 18th, 2017|Trenton|12 Comments

Governor Says State Employees Impacted By Government Closure Should be Paid

July 14,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Trenton NJ , Brian Murray, Press Secretary to Governor Chris Christie, issued the following statement on the Governor’s intention to reinstate pay for state workers impacted by last week’s government closure if the legislature will send him a bill:

“As the Governor suggested yesterday in his letter to Speaker Prieto, […]

By |July 14th, 2017|Trenton|2 Comments

What Phil Murphy has Planned for you !

Leave New Jersey to find a better life

Published 12:04 a.m. ET July 14, 2017 | Updated 12:04 a.m. ET July 14, 2017

Please keep a copy of this before you vote in November and if you vote for Phil Murphy, keep this as an I-told-you-so.

If you think New Jersey is in bad shape now, here’s what […]

By |July 14th, 2017|Trenton|0 Comments

Best-Run States Are Low-Tax Republican, Worst-Run Are High-Tax Democratic, Study Finds

JOHN MERLINE
7/11/2017

Several states, including Republican states, have decided to raise taxes this year to cover budget shortfalls. But a new study suggests that the states might find themselves in worse financial shape after the money starts rolling in.

According to the latest ranking of states by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the most fiscally […]

By |July 12th, 2017|Trenton|3 Comments