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Reader says , “our politicians, will find a way to spend more than they take in”


” Sorry to write it but legalized hooch will bring in significant revenue. NJ is the most densely populated state in the union. That fact alone will create a booming business. However, the issue is no matter how much revenue generators are blessed by our politicians, they will find a way to spend more than they take in…and that is the moral hazard we face as voters. “

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Hamilton NJ , David Henderson said “I simply cannot sit by any longer and watch the town that I grew up in run into the ground by the mismanagement and corruption of the current Administration. I want Hamiltonians to have a viable, conservative choice to manage the affairs of their government moving forward.”

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New Jersey Travel: Free Entertainment Apps to Help You Explore the Garden State

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Ridgewood NJ, Planning a trip to the Garden State? Make sure you don’t miss Liberty State Park, Lucy the Elephant, and Storybook Land! These world-famous attractions will keep you busy for hours and give you a well-deserved break.

From natural sights and outdoor recreational areas to historic attractions, New Jersey has something for everyone. Each state has its own landmarks, whether it’s an adventure park or pristine beaches. More than 100 million people visited this state in 2017 — and for good reason.

With so many things to do, planning your trip won’t be easy. You might not even know where to start! These free entertainment apps will help you explore the Garden State and make the most out of your trip, so check them out.

SafeTrip NJ

Traffic jams are common in New Jersey’s biggest cities. If you’re traveling by car, check out SafeTrip NJ to save time and avoid the traffic. This cool app provides real-time information for all major highways and roadways in the Garden State.

Simply download the app and press Play. It’s no need to sign up for an account or enter personal information. SafeTrip NJ will use your phone’s location to emit alerts and broadcasts advisories.

Visit New Jersey

Developed by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, this app appeals to visitors and locals alike. With just a few clicks, you’ll know where the coolest bars are, where to find the best museums and art galleries, and when the latest events are happening.

Users can browse hundreds of attractions and create a personalized wish-list. From transportation to casinos, campgrounds and family fun, this app has you covered. The downside is that it only works on iOS devices.


The Garden State is home to thousands of world-class restaurants and pubs. These dining venues offer some amazing dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. Disco fries, Trenton tomato pie, Jersey sloppy joe, and pork rolls are just a few to mention.

If you’re new to this place, though, you may not know where to go and what to order. That’s where Eater comes in.

This free app takes the guesswork out of restaurant dining, featuring the best places to eat. It works on both iOS and Android devices and uses your phone’s built-in GPS to find popular restaurants and dining venues. Users can leave comments, read reviews, and get directions within seconds.

There are dozens of other apps you can try depending on what you’re looking for. If you live in New Jersey or know this place really well, use an App Builder to create your own apps. It’s a fantastic opportunity to help travelers make the most out of their trips and save time while on the road.

Discover the Best Free Entertainment Apps

A beach vacation in New Jersey wouldn’t be complete without the Jersey Shore Beach Guide. This free app provides information about more than 40 beaches, 600 shore restaurants, and upcoming events.

Need help to plan your itinerary? The Trip Advisor app won’t let you down. You may also want to download OverDrive or DoggCatcher to enjoy your favorite eBooks and podcasts while on the go. 

Now that you what the best free entertainment apps are, it’s time to start exploring the Garden State. Check out the latest information on the Village of Ridgewood before heading down the road!

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Responsible Tax Incentives Play a key role in an Economic Development Strategy


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Ridgewood NJ, Tax incentive programs are a key tool in New Jersey’s economic development strategy because they help to offset the impact of the state’s challenging business climate, and they need to be maintained if the state is going to continue to produce private-sector jobs, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association said today.

Andrew Musick, NJBIA vice president for Government Affairs, told legislators that the Garden State’s high tax rates put it at a competitive disadvantage in the region, as well as the nation. Without a robust incentive program to offset them, New Jersey would find it difficult to attract companies that provide quality employment opportunities for New Jersey residents.

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Democrats on the Hill Vote in Favor of Non Citizen Voting

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Washington DC, House Democrats voted Friday to defend localities that allow illegal immigrants to vote in their elections, turning back a GOP attempt to discourage the practice.The vote marks a stunning reversal from just six months ago, when the then GOP controlled chamber voted against illegal immigrant voting.

The 228-197 vote came as part of a broader debate on Democrats’ major legislative priority this year, HR 1, the “For the People Act,” which includes historic expansions of voter registration and access to illegal aliens , as well as a major rewrite of campaign finance laws.
The measure however will  have had no practical effect even if it had passed. Illegal immigrants and indeed noncitizens as a whole  are not legally able to participate in federal elections.

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Bill Allowing State Lottery Winners to Remain “Anonymous” Clears Assembly Panel

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Ridgewood NJ, To protect the safety of lucky New Jerseyans who win the lottery, Assemblyman John Burzichelli sponsored legislation allowing for winners of the State Lottery to remain anonymous. The bill cleared the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee Thursday.

“While winning the lottery is a dream come true for those lucky individuals who are able to call themselves winners, they are sometimes hounded and harassed as a result of their newfound wealth and fame,” said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem). “In some cases, lottery prizes have resulted in winners being robbed and even killed, such as in places like Chicago, Georgia and West Virginia. If a lottery winner wishes to remain anonymous, they should have the right to not have their information publicly distributed.”

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NJ Still Among Nation’s Most Polluted

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Jeff Tittel, Director, New Jersey Sierra Club

Ridgewood NJ, Each year the EPA releases pollution data to help inform the public on how to get that pollution reduced. In 2017, nearly 6 million pounds of toxins were released into the New Jersey air as the state’s 9 million residents breathed it in, keeping the state among the country’s worst polluters. This is especially dangerous to residents all across the state who are already overburdened by pollution and continue to choke on dirty air. Many of the toxic chemicals emitted into our air, water and land are carcinogens, damaging our health and environment.

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New Jersey Can’t Tax Its Way to Prosperity


The following editorial by Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) was published by the Asbury Park Press on March 6, 2019:

Gov. Phil Murphy’s second annual budget message to a joint session of the state Legislature this week outlined his plans to raise taxes, unnecessarily, yet again.

Absent from his message was any mention of support for “Path to Progress” reforms recommended by the Legislature’s bipartisan Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup, which have the potential to significantly lower the cost of New Jersey’s many layers of government.

That absence was especially noticeable considering Murphy’s prior chairmanship of the Benefits Review Task Force under Acting Gov. Richard Codey. The task force, under Murphy’s leadership, examined the state’s significant fiscal challenges and proposed bold reforms.

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Americans for Prosperity FY 2017 Taxpayers’ Budget!

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Ridgewood NJ, Americans for Prosperity’s vision for our great state is one where opportunity abounds, our economy is flourishing and all of our residents have the ability to prosper and make a better life for themselves and their families. Americans for Prosperity is as committed as ever to turning our state around and making this vision a reality. That’s why for the second time in the last five years, AFP is proud to release a model budget — our FY 2017 Taxpayers’ Budget — providing a blueprint for getting our state back on track.

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Governor Murphy to Deliver Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Address

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Trenton NJ, with a massive budget short fall and even his own party talking about spending cuts and no more broad based tax increases .

Fiscally challenged Governor Phil Murphy will deliver his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Address in the Assembly Chamber at the New Jersey State House at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Who/What: Governor Phil Murphy to Deliver Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Address

When: 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Where: Assembly Chambers, New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ