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New Jersey Resident Sentenced For Threatening To Murder A United States Congressman And His Staff

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Millville NJ,  A New Jersey resident was sentenced yesterday to 87 months in prison for threatening to murder former U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo and members of the congressman’s staff, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Joseph Brodie, 40, of Millville, New Jersey, was previously convicted in Camden federal court on two counts of making threats to officials, officers and employees of the United States – specifically, for a telephone threat to murder LoBiondo’s chief of staff and an email threat to murder LoBiondo, his chief of staff, his veterans affairs liaison, and all of the other staff of the Mays Landing office. During the sentencing hearing yesterday, the Court determined that over the course of the prosecution, Brodie had obstructed justice and that there also was evidence to show he had intended to carry out his threats.

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Princeton Agrees to 1394 homes in major new fair housing settlement

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Princeton NJ, A major fair housing settlement approved by Princeton last night ensures the construction of hundreds of new homes for working families and people with disabilities in one of New Jersey’s most desirable communities.

The agreement establishes a fair housing obligation for of 1,394 homes, ending years of litigation over Mercer County towns’ fair housing obligations – which led to an important ruling by Superior Court Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson in 2017 recognizing a significant statewide need for affordable housing.

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Drivers Licenses for Illegals?

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Trenton NJ, On Thursday, December 12, the NJ Senate Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on bill S3229 which would grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Citizens for Positive Change NJ is hosting a press conference to warn the public about the dangers of granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

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Murphy Administration Focuses on Raising the SALT Cap Instead of lowering the Coast of NJ Government through Structural Reforms

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Trenton NJ, Senator Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration should widen its focus beyond efforts to lift the cap on the federal income tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) by joining bipartisan efforts to lower the combined tax burden of New Jersey families:

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New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill to Restore Vote to People on Parole and Probation

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Trenton NJ,  U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the New Jersey State Assembly’s passage today of a measure to reinstate voting rights for New Jerseyans on parole and probation:

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New Jersey Attempts to Shut Down the Private Enterprise and the GIG Economy

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TRENTON NJ, A Senate bill, S 4204, which is expected to be voted on Thursday in the New Jersey Senate Labor Committee, would drastically alter New Jersey’s legal definition of independent contractors—a change that would hurt free-lance business owners, small subcontractors, and the businesses that contract with those companies. NFIB, a small business association with thousands of members in the state, adamantly opposes this bill and is concerned about the turmoil it would create within the small business community.

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In Shades of the 2008 Financial Crisis Murphy Administration Pushes State Bank

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Ridgewood NJ, former Goldman Sachs Executive, Gov. Phil Murphy is planning to sign an executive order that will create a 14-member “implementation board” to advance his goal of establishing a public bank in New Jersey. The basic premise of such an institution is to hold the millions of dollars in taxpayer deposits that are normally kept in commercial banks and leverage them instead to serve some sort of public purpose. What could possibly go wrong with that?

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Elected public officials have a responsibility to deliver essential public services at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers

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The following editorial by Senator Mike Doherty was published by NJ.com on November 8, 2019:

Elected public officials have a responsibility to deliver essential public services at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers. Too often, however, we see officials at all levels of government resigned to the notion that New Jersey will always be a high-cost place. They accept as fact that it’s impossible to fix our roads or build new schools without levying the highest taxes in the nation.

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New Jersey Small Business at the Breaking Point

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Ridgewood NJ, NJBIA President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka Esq. issued the following statement today regarding the current lame duck session of New Jersey’s Legislature.

“NJBIA urges our lawmakers to hit the pause button on policies and mandates that add increased burdens on New Jersey businesses, both small and large, as legislators work on their priorities for the close of the current Legislative session.

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Reader asks, “I guess the Union Bosses were asleep when that was happening (robbing the pensions)

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“While the comment that these individuals paid into the funds is valid and those individuals deserve to see what they put into the system plus appropriate earning……. some blame must be directed at those who had a fiduciary responsibility to protect those funds. Who are those people and why have they not be charged? I guess the Union Bosses were asleep when that was happening or did they think they would just ‘go along to get along’? Yes, the legislators robbed the funds and now they seek to rob the municipal pensions to prop up the robbed pensions. As to the “underpaying careers ” ……That is not accurate when you compare 4-year degrees against other 4-year degree careers – you cannot just pick and choose those careers that pay more and ignore those that don’t. And look at the progression they and the unions put in place to make sure they are well paid. Once these individuals are in the system, they are protected WELL and practically can never be fired…….. even if they don’t produce. “

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New Jersey has full-time problems that require the undivided attention of a full-time Governor

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Trenton NJ, New Jersey has full-time problems that require the undivided attention of a full-time Governor. Phil Murphy should take heed.

New Jersey taxpayers have no appetite whatsoever for a Governor of either party spending his/her time flying around the country engaged in partisan activities raising money, campaigning and strategizing for their political party. For New Jersey’s sake, this is not the time for Phil Murphy to become Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).

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NJ and NY Release Pair of Extremely Dangerous Child Rapists

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Trenton NJ, Federal immigration officials say two alleged child rapists are on the run endangering the public after authorities in New York and New Jersey refused to hold the suspects in jail for ICE.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Mexican nationals were each taken into custody for separate incidents in the Tri-State Area on charges they sexually assaulted a minor.

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“The ‘Pension Bomb’ is real and the clock is ticking. If pandering politicians like Governor Murphy don’t get honest and act now, it will explode.”

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Trenton NJ, Over the weekend, The Star Ledger warned that New Jersey is facing what they describe as a $1.2 billion “Pension Bomb”.
The combination of a scheduled payment of the state’s first full recommended pension contribution and Governor Murphy’s reckless rush to lower the assumed rate of return of the system’s investments have created a year-over-year increase of more than $1.2 billion in what taxpayers must pay to keep the public pension system afloat.

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Call For Tax Cuts, not Incentives

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TRENTON, NJ, The Select Senate Committee on Economic Growth Strategies held a hearing yesterday with a panel of national experts who were largely critical of the Economic Development Authority’s controversial tax incentive program. Assemblyman John DiMaio, the Republican budget officer, echoed the experts’ sentiments that there are better strategies to accomplish the same goals.

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Despite a Massive Increase in Gas Tax New Jersey Roads are Terrible

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Ridgewood NJ, According to the annual highway report, released by the Reason Foundation, New Jersey once again has the worst urban traffic congestion in the U.S.

The garden state is also among the worst when it comes to urban pavement conditions and that’s despite a massive increase in gas tax and spending more money per mile on road repairs than any other state.

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