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New Jersey AG Grewal Issues Statewide Directive & Enhanced Standards to Ensure Respect, Support Services, and Best Law Enforcement Practices for Sexual Assault Victims

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Trenton NJ, oh the irony Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today took important steps to ensure that victims of sexual assault continue to receive the services and respect they deserve and that their cases are handled in accordance with best practices by law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

Funny from a state that just elected an Senator that allegedly spent time with under age prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean : Democrats’ Redistricting Amendment About Cementing Their Control, Limiting Voter Choice

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Trenton NJ, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said a constitutional amendment (SCR-43) being fast-tracked by Democrats is designed to make legislative elections less competitive while cementing permanent Democratic majorities in the New Jersey Legislature.

“The constitutional amendment proposed by New Jersey Democrats is not about making our elections fairer or legislative districts more competitive,” said Kean. “This sham of an amendment is about power. It’s about Democrats who have controlled the Legislature for nearly two decades trying to cement their power by permanently rigging the election process in their favor.”
Democrats first attempted to pass the amendment, then SCR-188/ACR-4, in late 2015 and early 2016.

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Days After Snow Storm Debacle Murphy Administration Offers Free Legal to Illegal Aliens

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Trenton NJ, just a few days after the massive failure of the Murphy Administration to prepare for the area’s first major snow storm , stranding thousands of motorist ,horror stories abound of people stuck on highways for hours and hours and of kids spending the night in their schools. Tales of commuters leaving work at 4 p.m. and getting home near midnight are common. The storm effected just about everyone, even the high-and-mighty. Chris Christie tweeted that it took him nearly six hours to journey from Piscataway to his home in Mendham.

Following through on Governor Phil Murphy’s budget initiative, the Department of the Treasury today announced that it has allocated $2.1 million in supplemental funding to help provide legal representation for residents facing immigration issues.

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State of New Jersey Launches Tax Amnesty Program

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Trenton NJ, The New Jersey Division of Taxation has announced the official launch of the 2018 Tax Amnesty program to provide individuals and businesses with the opportunity to pay back taxes or file past returns with no penalties and reduced interest.

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Even New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Does Not Want to Live in New Jersey

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TRENTON NJ,  New Jersey Governor  Phil Murphy on Tuesday gave a glimpse of his 2017 tax returns, showing that his income climbed by about 48 percent to $6.8 million in 2017. No surprise Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive invested $22.5 million in his campaign for governor last year .

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Another Questionable Hire by Phil Murphy

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Trenton NJ, Another Murphy hire bites the dust . It seems the more past transgressions have been brought to light , according to Politico, Maryellen Cervenak, who was hired by the State Department of Education as the acting department director of the Professional Learning Network was fired after it was brought to their attention that she had been suspended when she was a teacher for, among other things, making fun of special education students.

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Murphy’s benefits deal with NJEA and Other Public Unions – A snow job in September

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Trenton NJ, Gov. Phil Murphy would have us believe he struck a tremendous blow for taxpayers with this new “deal” he negotiated behind closed doors with the NJEA and other public sector union heads
The deal is no bargain for taxpayers. Although there is more evaluation that needs to be done, it is clear from what we know that the alleged savings of $500 million over two years represents a tiny drop in the bucket of the $3.4 billion that state taxpayers spend for employee health care in a year.

The reported savings by the administration and the NJEA by moving retirees from traditional Medicare supplements to Medicare advantage, is supposed to save school districts $162 million next year and $110 million in 2020. That’s virtually nothing.

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AFP-NJ: It Exists Therefore It’s Taxed

July 2, 2018
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Trenton NJ,  Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey (AFP-NJ) responded to the New Jersey state budget, which the legislature passed and the governor signed on Sunday. The $37.4 billion state budget increased income taxes as well as corporate taxes. AFP-NJ opposed the measure.

AFP-NJ State Director Erica Jedynak issued the following statement:

“The way New Jersey lawmakers tax everything you’d think they’re purposefully trying to drive everyone out so they can keep the state to themselves. According to Sen. Sweeney and Gov. Murphy, the only thing better than a tax on one thing is a tax on two. But the higher income and corporate taxes will only exacerbate the Garden State’s already troubling outmigration problem and increase the tax burden on an ever-shrinking population. How long before New Jersey lawmakers start taxing folks in New York or Pennsylvania?

“That some lawmakers refuse to acknowledge that New Jersey has a spending problem, not a revenue problem, is outrageous. Our elected officials need to recognize that spending on wasteful programs such as corporate welfare is a core driver of increased taxes, which in turn make it harder to live, work, and raise a family in the Garden State.”

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Trenton Tries to Sneak Thru Pay Raises for judges, county prosecutors, gubernatorial Cabinet members and senior legislative staffers

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February 6,2018

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Trenton NJ,  State lawmakers were back to their old tricks on Monday quietly advancing legislation that would raise the salaries of judges, county prosecutors, gubernatorial Cabinet members and senior legislative staffers, passing the bill out of committee without a single word of discussion.

The measure, sponsored by state Senate President Steve Sweeney and two of his top Democratic allies giving the governor the ability to boost the salaries of all his Cabinet members from $141,000 to $175,000 a year.

The new legislation would allow for higher pay for the four top legislative staff members, enshrining in law the right of the Assembly speaker, the Senate president and each of the minority leaders to pay their top aides up to $175,000.

The salaries of all state judges, Supreme Court justices, prosecutors, surrogates, county clerks, registers of deeds and mortgages and sheriffs would increase by $24,000. The hikes would be phased in over three years in $8,000 increments. Further raises would be linked to the consumer price index.

County prosecutors and Superior Court judges now make $165,000, and Supreme Court justices about $186,000, while the chief justice makes about $193,000. Current salaries vary for the other positions.

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Trenton Politicians Always Pay Themselves First

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December 15,2017

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Trenton NJ, A state Senate panel quickly advanced a Democratic bill that would give some elected officials bigger pensions, pushing through a vote on Thursday in about one minute and without any debate or public testimony.

The New Jersey Pension and Health Benefits Commission has stated that there are a combined $90 billion in unfunded liabilities for future pension and retiree healthcare benefits .

The bill known as (S3620) would allow certain elected officials, such as the outgoing Camden Mayor Dana Redd, to re-enroll in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) even if they were removed due to switching from one elected office to another.

Effectively, the bill creates a special exemption that allows Redd to cash in on a bigger public pension at a time when public workers who are not politically connected have seen cutbacks to their benefits and a freeze in yearly cost-of-living adjustments for retirees since 2011.

The legislation  is moving quickly because Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), a Redd ally, has given the bill  special status, allowing it to move forward without a customary review by a public body that scrutinizes the cost of pension and health benefits legislation and makes recommendations to lawmakers.

In a “hail Mary” the bill could be approved by the Assembly and Senate and signed by Gov. Chris Christie who is another Redd ally during the waning days of the lame-duck Legislature. A full vote in the Assembly and Senate could be held on the bill before the legislative session ends on Jan. 9.