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Tax Freedom Day For New Jersey Residents Falls on April 30th!

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Ridgewood Nj, just a reminder New Jerseyans, you have to work longer than residents of every other state, except one New York to cover your tax bill and enjoy Tax Freedom Day . Its April 30th this year . This is just another sign NJ is moving in the wrong economic direction and no in Trenton cares.

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New Jersey Could become the Prime Beneficiary of Trump Administration’s Proposed Illegal Immigration Policy

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Trenton NJ, the Murphy administration may get what it wished for ,President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering sending illegal immigrants in the country to so-called sanctuary cities. Frustrated by rising numbers of undocumented immigrants arriving at the southern border and a failure to get Congress to fully fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall, Trump taunted Democrats by dangling the possibility of an influx of illegal immigrants into their communities.

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Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Permit Killing Terminal Ill in New Jersey

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Trenton NJ, Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation that will allow terminally ill New Jersey adults to end their lives peacefully, with dignity, and at their own discretion. The bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli and Senator Nick Scutari, makes New Jersey the eighth state to allow such end-of-life decisions with the assistance of medical professionals.

“Allowing residents with terminal illnesses to make end-of-life choices for themselves is the right thing to do,” said Governor Murphy. “By signing this bill today, we are providing terminally ill patients and their families with the humanity, dignity, and respect that they so richly deserve at the most difficult times any of us will face. I commend Assemblyman Burzichelli for steering us down this long, difficult road, and thank the Legislature for its courage in tackling this challenging issue.”

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New Jerseyans Feel Overtaxed, Unloved and Dissatisfied With State Government

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Ridgewood NJ, As Tax Day approaches, about eight in ten New Jerseyans feel they pay too much in taxes and are not happy with what the state government is doing about the affordability of living in the Garden State, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, conducted in collaboration with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA).

Eighty-two percent of residents think they pay too much in taxes for what they get, and large majorities believe the taxes they pay – namely, property taxes (79 percent), the 41.4 cent gas tax (77 percent), and the state income tax (62 percent) – are unfair. Only the sales tax sits well with residents, with over half (58 percent) saying the tax is reasonable.

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Governor Murphy is considering new “mileage fees” to pay for a shortfall in his infrastructure budget

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Trenton NJ,  Governor Murphy is considering new “mileage fees” to pay for a shortfall in his infrastructure budget.

According to the state treasurer, tax revenues look like they’re falling short of this year’s $1.5 billion highway fuels revenue target. This shortfall could trigger yet another automatic gas tax hike to make up the difference.Governor Murphy described finding a new way to tax people on their travel as, finding a different mouse trap to capture the movement around this state.

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Schools Development Authority Facing Continued Investigations

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Trenton NJ, Not since the Jim Mc Greevey era has corruption been so bad  , that the state’s Attorney General and State Commission of Investigation, “a legislative agency focused on taxpayer waste, public corruption and organized crime” have separately launched investigations into corruption at  Governor Phil Murphy’s Schools Development Authority. But the question remains , “Will we get an honest accounting or a political cover-up? “

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ICE arrests 123 in the”Sanctuary state” of New Jersey during nationwide operation

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NEWARK NJ, A Mexican national who was previously deported, with convictions for indecent assault of a minor and DUI, is among 123 foreign nationals taken into custody during a month-long operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New Jersey. The operation, which was spearheaded by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), targeted at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and other immigration violators who had prior arrests or convictions for DUI.

Of those arrested during the operation, 90 percent had prior criminal convictions and/or pending criminal charges.“The remarkable results of our officers and law enforcement partners highlight ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris, Field Office Director of ERO Newark. “This operation focuses on the arrest of individuals convicted of serious crimes and are a threat to public safety. Because of the targeted efforts of these professional and dedicated officers, there are 123 fewer criminals in our communities.”

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No Sanctuary for Free Speech as Murphy Administration Tries to Shut Down Facebook Group

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Trenton NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division on Civil Rights today called on Facebook to help stem the “rising tide of hate” in New Jersey and across the nation by examining a Facebook page known as Rise Up Ocean County (RUOC).

While no doubt the Rise Up Ocean County (RUOC) has some controversial content the Attorney Generals Letter to Facebook relies on out of context remarks and clearly there are many Democrat groups in New Jersey promoting cop killers that have not illicit-ed a response from the state AG .

Right on the groups about page its states ,”Let’s start with what we are not. We are NOT anti-Semitic, in fact we welcome all faiths to our efforts and more specifically embrace our friends in the orthodox Jewish community. This is NOT about a specific religion, this is about equal treatment under the law and mutual respect for others. “

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Evidence of Fraud in federally-funded low-income home energy assistance program

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TRENTON NJ, After multiple reports of the Department of Community Affairs’ mismanagement of the federally-funded low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP), Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Jay Webber push for the legislature to take action on their bills to ensure only eligible applicants receive benefits.

“How much evidence do we need before we do something to stop the DCA from awarding millions of dollars to people who underreported their income?” said Wirths (R-Sussex).

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Indian National Wanted for Attempted Murder and Extortion Removed From New Jersey by ICE

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NEWARK NJ, An Indian national removed  by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for immigration violations and turned over to Indian authorities is wanted in his home country on attempted murder, criminal conspiracy, extortion, forgery, cheating, theft, abetment use and possession of illegal firearms, and transmission of information by using the internet to form an organized crime syndicate.

Ubaidullah Abdulrashid Radiowala, also known as Obed Radiowala, entered the U.S. illegally. ERO Newark arrested Radiowala on Sept. 20, 2017 in Iselin, New Jersey, and he was later ordered removed to India by an immigration judge. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) dismissed his appeal. He was held in detention by ERO Newark until his removal on April 1, 2019.“This individual’s long list of criminal charges in his home country, including attempted murder, show that he was a danger to the community here in the U.S.,” said John Tsoukaris, field office director, ERO Newark. “The courageous and targeted efforts of our officers show our ongoing commitment to public safety.”

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