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FDU Poll: Over 80% of New Jersey Residents Want Public Records Law Left Intact

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In a recent survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, it was revealed that a large majority of registered New Jersey voters are in favor of maintaining the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) as it currently stands.

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Housing and Zoning Inspector Indicted for Issuing Bogus Paterson City Building Permits for Payoffs

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Paterson NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced a state grand jury has voted to indict a Paterson housing and zoning inspector as well as an accomplice, charging them for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to accept money in exchange for illegitimate building permits bearing forged signatures, purported to be issued by the City of Paterson.

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Turf Battle is Intensifying in New Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood is not the only town to engage in a heated dispute over plans to install artificial turf on an athletic field .

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Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll: NJ Voters Want Democrat Menendez Out

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Madison, NJ,  in the aftermath of a series of criminal charges against New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, 70 percent of the state’s residents want him to resign, rather than serve out his term. According to the latest results from the FDU Poll, Menendez has lost the support of voters across the political spectrum, and reminding voters of the issue leads independent voters to be more likely to support Republican candidates in the upcoming election for control of the state legislature.

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Bill Revoking Public Pensions for Corrupt Officials Back on the Table after Democrats Voted to Kill It

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Trenton NJ, Senator Declan O’Scanlon announced today that he is reintroducing legislation from 2008 that would revoke public pensions for government officials and employees who are convicted of any crime while in office. Senator Edward Durr (R-3) will sign on as a co-prime sponsor of the bill.

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Latest Legal Troubles Raise Concern Over Senator Robert Menendez For Democrats

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Ridgewood NJ,  the ethically challenged Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), having survived an indictment and two previous investigations over the past 16 years, the last just five years ago found himself and his party in the same place again, just two years before his own reelection.

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State Senator Kristin M. Corrado Calls for Resignation of Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes

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Totowa NJ, Senator Kristin M. Corrado has called for the resignation of Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes following multiple reports of abusive behavior against staff and her failure to take action against corrupt police officers.

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New Bill Looks to Spur Research and Investment in New Jersey

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Assemblyman DePhillips moves to make New Jersey America’s innovation leader

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Trenton NJ,  New Jersey’s corporate business tax has led to an exodus of investment in the state once called the nation’s medicine chest. New Jersey is fifth out of seven states in the region for innovation, according to an NJBIA study, and experienced the largest loss of undergraduate students by more than 21,000.

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Reader says , “Affordable housing is a noble thing to do but force feeding it into places it does not belong shows the graft and favors being passed out.”

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“Courts forcing development on communities that are built out and on environmentally sensitive lands full of threatened and endangered species is really developers owning certain politicians and courts. When re development is used to pave over perfectly good farm ground rather than re build the cities that these laws were suppose to address , you know corruption for profit is a lot of what this game is about. Affordable housing is a noble thing to do but force feeding it into places it does not belong shows the graft and favors being passed out.”

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Promised Fiscal Benefits of Marijuana Legalization Go Up in Smoke !

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Most New Jerseyans will not see any of the fiscal Benefits that were promised as a result of Marijuana Legalization

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Trenton NJ, Leading Democrat’s are staking their claims in  an effort to direct “All Revenues” from legal marijuana back to their own districts.  State Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) warned that infighting among Democrats about the taxation of marijuana and how to spend any resulting revenues makes it clear that most New Jerseyans will not see any of the fiscal benefits that were promised as a result of legalization:

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Governor Murphy Says if you Don’t like it Leave and People are in Droves

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Trenton NJ, once again Governor Phil Murphy has told New Jersey residents , “if you don’t like his policies leave.”  During a press conference on Friday, Murphy snapped at reporters questioning his slow reopening of the state and poor handling of the pandemic, saying, “If you don’t like our leadership here, why don’t you go down to Georgia and see how that feels.”

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Broad Bipartisan Effort Stops Democrats from Further Rigging New Jersey’s Elections

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Trenton NJ, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement on a report from leading academics on “Improving New Jersey’s Legislative Apportionment Process.”

“Last year, we raised the alarm when Democrats attempted to fast-track a constitutional amendment that would have made legislative elections less competitive while cementing permanent Democratic majorities in the New Jersey Legislature,” said Kean (R-21). “With broad bipartisan support from outside groups and respected academics, we defeated their attempt to rig our elections. Any changes to improve how we reapportion legislative districts should focus on making the process fairer and more transparent.”

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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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Murphy Administration Hiring Practices Come Under Fire Again !

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Trenton NJ, Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said the New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee (LSOC) should fulfill its mission of investigating the numerous questionable hires that have been publicized across the administration of Governor Phil Murphy.

“When I first called for hearings into the hiring practices of the Murphy Administration, the article revealing the allegations made against Al Alvarez had not been published yet,” said Corrado, a vice-chair of the LSOC. “Within a short period of time, however, we had several examples of people who were hired by the Governor that raised serious concerns. While our committee was formed to investigate these hirings in total, we have focused to date almost exclusively on Alvarez’s employment. It’s imperative that we not overlook our larger mission and what we seek to accomplish to protect both our valued public employees and New Jersey taxpayers.”

Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso criticized the Schools Development Authority’s firing of 26 veteran employees and hiring of 38 new people, many of whom have personal relationships with Gov. Phil Murphy’s top staff.

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Assemblywoman Schepisi Calls New Jersey ,”one of the most corrupt states in the entire country”

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Saddle River NJ, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi is calling on New Direction to release the list of its donors. She says with major legislation being debated, the Governor’s Office needs to be seen as above reproach.

“Under no circumstances should there be any perception, in one of the most corrupt states in the entire country, that people are being able to buy influence within the Governor’s Office,” she said.

Attorney Daryl Kipnis said on Facebook ,”This is what happens when career NJ politicians in both parties (mostly Democrats of course) get re-elected without trying. $2.4M spent on lobbying gets a $300M/year annual subsidy (that YOU pay for) for 1 company, who then cuts a $55K “Thank You” campaign check to the wrong political slush fund.”

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