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SOMERSET COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO HAMAS, AND MAKING THREAT AGAINST PRO-ISRAEL SUPPORTERS

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Basking Ridge NJ, A Somerset County, New Jersey, man was arrested today for attempting to provide material support to Hamas, lying on his application to enlist in the U.S. Army, and making a threat against pro-Israel supporters, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, FBI-Newark Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie and FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity announced.

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Rating Agency Warns New Jersey Not Prepared for the Next Recession

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Trenton NJ, Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio is right about New Jersey needing a much bigger surplus than the one being proposed right now. But the same analyst she cited in support of her position also has suggested that raising the millionaires tax is the wrong way to go, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association said this morning.

“NJBIA agrees with the Treasurer that New Jersey should have a much bigger surplus than it has now, and the one being proposed by the Murphy administration is the largest we’ve had in a long time,” said Andrew Musick, NJBIA vice president for Government Affairs. “That’s to the governor’s credit. But the way to grow New Jersey’s surplus is through the structural spending reforms that were introduced by legislators last week, not raising taxes in an economy that’s been growing for years and remains strong.”

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ICE arrests 13 fugitive Aliens in 4-day New Jersey Surge

Agency targets fugitive aliens and those with criminal offenses

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NEWARK NJ, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 13 immigration violators in New Jersey during a 4-day surge effort that targeted aliens who have been issued a final order of removal in the past five years, have failed to depart the United States, and have received criminal convictions or have pending criminal charges.“As this operation clearly demonstrates, ICE continues to focus its efforts first on public safety threats,” said ERO Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris. “The vast majority of the individuals targeted in this effort have criminal offenses in addition to their immigration violations, making them among the highest priority for enforcement.”

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Some Good News For New Jersey Economy For A Change Employers added 11,800 jobs

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Trenton NJ, Employment levels in New Jersey increased in April as employers added 11,800 jobs to their payrolls, according to preliminary estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The April job gain was widespread across industries and represents the sixth monthly increase in the past seven months. The state’s unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points over the month to 3.9 percent.

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NJ-RAMP: Big Pot-Push in New Jersey Goes Up in Smoke

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Trenton NJ,  NJ-RAMP and SAM Action President Dr. Kevin Sabet, former drug policy advisor to President Obama, issued the following statement in response to New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney’s announcement that legalization of commercial marijuana will not be taken up by his chamber for the remainder of the 2019 session:“The pot lobby stood against parents, medical professionals, clergy, minority leaders and thousands of concerned residents all to pray at the altar of the marijuana industry investors. Governor Murphy and pro pot legislators burned enormous political capital this year to recklessly ram through legalization of commercial weed, including dangerous, high-potency THC products.

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WalletHub Ranks New Jersey 6th Best State for Working Moms

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Ridgewood NJ, today is Mother’s Day and more than 70 percent of moms with young children working today, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms as well as accompanying videos.

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New Jersey rapper charged in campaign finance conspiracy case in 2012 Election

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Maplewood NJ, A United States entertainer and businessman and a Malaysian financier were charged  in a four-count indictment unsealed today in the District of Columbia for conspiring to make and conceal foreign and conduit campaign contributions during the United States presidential election in 2012, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney Advocates for Cost Saving Reforms at Economic Policy Forum

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New Brunswick NJ, Continuing his advocacy for the fiscal reforms needed to reduce costs for state and local government, Senate President Steve Sweeney today joined a policy forum to discuss the initiatives in the “Path to Progress” report that will produce savings and efficiencies for state and local government and will help avert the mounting crisis in public finances from overtaking the government’s ability to operate effectively.

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New Jersey Has the Highest Combined Corporate Tax Rate

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Tax Foundation the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) significantly reduced the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent,  making the U.S. more competitive with other developed nations.

However, it’s important for lawmakers to remember that corporate income taxes at the state level also contribute to the overall tax burden on corporate profits.

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Time to Increase Penalties for Voter Fraud

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Hoboken NJ, Thompson Statement on Cash Bribery Voter Fraud Scheme

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) released the following statement in response to news of a fifth person implicated in a vote-by-mail bribery scheme in Hoboken:

“This most recent conviction represents yet another example of the intentional abuse of our vote-by-mail system.

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