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10 Convincing Reasons to Choose New Jersey as Your Next Home

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When it comes to choosing a place to call home, New Jersey tends to be overlooked, thanks to its more prominent neighbors like New York and Pennsylvania. However, this Garden State has a charm all its own and a lot to offer. With its diverse communities, thriving job market, and natural beauty, New Jersey strikes a unique balance between urban and suburban living. In this article, we’ll delve into some compelling reasons why contemplating a move to New Jersey might be a smart decision.

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Ridgewood Village Council Moves Forward with a Resolution Supporting the “Green Amendment” Despite Wanting to Clear Cut Trees at Schedler

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Ridgewood NJ, at the March 22 Village Council work session, the five council members agreed to move forward with a resolution supporting the Green Amendment which, hopefully, will go to a state-wide vote to change the State Bill of Rights.  As Deputy Mayor Perron reported, this amendment would provide citizens of the Garden State with the inalienable right to potable water, clean air, a clean and healthy environment, the preservation of natural and healthy habitats, and the scenic qualities of the historic environment.  Perron went on to explain that if the Council moves forward with this, it will give a message to the State that Ridgewood thinks this is a good idea.

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Arming Yourself in the Battle Against the Spotted Lanternflies

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Ridgewood NJ, the war against the lanternfly is going to a whole new level . Many residents of the Garden State  are taking up arms against the dreaded insect and the weapon of choice is a salt gun .

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Do You Have to Live in New Jersey to bet Online?


As one of just three states to offer each type of online gambling possible, New Jersey offers no shortage of wagering opportunities. Apart from the Garden State, only West Virginia and Pennsylvania offer sports betting, casino games, and online poker. 

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Rent vs. buy in Jersey City: Which is Right for You?

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Finding an affordable home in any city is possible, but perhaps not on the top location. Whether you’re renting or buying, the cost will depend on the property size, proximity to city centers, and transit. Since not every New Yorker can’t afford to live in good locations in the Five Boroughs, moving to Jersey City is a great option. New Jersey and three state areas provide a slower pace for more affordable costs than NYC. Thus, if you’re considering becoming a resident of Garden State, you might want to explore which housing option suits you better: to rent vs. buy in Jersey City?

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New Jersey Ranks Dead last in the Nation for our Overall Business Tax Climate

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Trenton NJ,  A new report shows that New Jersey ranks dead last in the nation for our overall Business Tax Climate. Delaware is 13th, Pennsylvania is 27th, and New York is 48th. New Jersey also ranks 46th in property taxes, 48th in corporate taxes, and 50th in individual taxes.

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Jon Bramnick For Governor,a politician,comedian and damn good trial lawyer

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by Derek Michalski

LET’S DO IT JON! WHY NOT! If Ukrainian comedian Zelensky with zero political experience can become a president of a large nation. If a former Hollywood actor Reagan could become a governor and later the President of the United States. Why on earth a Yale educated trial lawyer and comedian can’t become a governor of New Jersey. Let’s give a try. What Do We Have to Lose? Right?

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Stockton Poll: Menendez Hugin Race a Dead Heat

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Ridgewood  NJ, The race for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey is a statistical dead heat, with incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez leading Republican challenger Bob Hugin by two percentage points, according to a Stockton University poll released today.

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Tea Party Express Endorses Three Candidates for U.S. Congress in New Jersey


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Sacramento CA,  Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest grassroots Tea Party political action committee, is pleased to announce its endorsement of the following candidates for Congress in New Jersey: Tom MacArthur in the 3rd District, Leonard Lance in the 7th District, and Jay Webber in the 11th District.

Tea Party Express Co-Founder and Chief Strategist Sal Russo said, “Today, we are excited to endorse three New Jersey conservatives with stellar records of fighting for lower taxes and limited government. Early voting began this weekend in New Jersey, and we encourage voters to cast their votes for Congressmen Tom MacArthur and Leonard Lance and State Assemblyman Jay Webber. We need them in Washington fighting to support the efforts of President Trump and our Tea Party Congress to reduce the size and intrusiveness of the federal government, balance the budget, and take on the culture of corruption inside the Beltway.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Charges at Windmills


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Trenton NJ,  The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition today welcomed New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (Don Quixote )as the Coalition’s newest member.

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Mushroom Poisonings Up in the Garden State

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Health Department joins with the New Jersey Poison Control Center in warning you about the dangers of picking and eating wild mushrooms.
“Picking and eating mushrooms growing in gardens, on lawns, in fields or in the woods is a dangerous game,” says Diane Calello, MD, NJ Poison Control Center Executive and Medical Director, Rutgers NJ Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Even experienced mushroom pickers are fooled by toxic look-a-likes at times.”

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Pascrell Fails to Accept Responsibility for New Jersey’s Failed Fiscal Policies

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“Pascrell Lambasts Latest Republican Tax Outrage”

July 25,2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. ,  Today, Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, hammered the release of the so-called second phase of the Republican tax plan which announced that the egregious cap placed on federal deductions for State and Local Tax Deductions (SALT) would be made permanent.

“As New Jersey’s Yogi Berra liked to say, it’s déjà vu all over again. Another day, another attempt by congressional Republicans to stick it to Garden State. Already burdened with the highest property taxes in America, for years people in my state relied on the state and local tax deduction to provide their families with flexibility to pay their bills. Republicans took care of that, capping those deductions to help pay for a trillion-dollar tax cut for big corporations and big tycoons. Now Republicans are announcing the SALT cap is going to be made permanent to bedevil New Jerseyans for all time. We already know Republicans go out of their way to bring pain on the people of the Northeast. They said so themselves. But they keep trying to prove it again to us. We’ve had it with this garbage. The GOP tax scam should be overturned and the full state and local tax deduction reinstated. Let the top 1% pay their fair share and leave New Jersey the hell alone.”

Pascrell, made no mentions of the 50 or so years of unabated irresponsible fiscal policies of the state New Jersey or the “Garden State ” as he like to say. Pascrell like many New Jersey politicians likes to blame the abject failure of state policies on the federal government .

Pascrell has represented his district since January 1997 and in that time there has been massive flight of people and businesses out of the “Garden State” for far greener pastures .  New Jersey ranks at the top only in taxes and ranks near the bottom is business climate and quality of life . Perhaps he and his fellow  New Jersey representatives could spend far more time on the problems in the state of New Jersey and less time grand standing and name calling .


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AFP-NJ: It Exists Therefore It’s Taxed

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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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Free college for all! (Except if you’re a NJ taxpayer)


By Bill Spadea September 19, 2017 5:44 PM

If Democratic candidate for Governor gets his way in November, his first few months in office will likely be a big change for the Garden State. With a likely strong majority in both houses of the legislature his spending proposals and tax increases will likely sail through to his desk and become the new normal in New Jersey.  Although if you take a critical look back over the past two terms with Republican Chris Christie, he really did foam the runway for higher taxes, new spending and more borrowing. See: Gas Tax, Question #2 and State House Renovation.

But Murphy is different.  While Christie campaigned as a fiscally responsible tax cutter, Murphy is at least being honest about his plan to raise your taxes.  What’s worse is that he’ll have the power to do it, nearly unchecked with a rubber stamp legislature counting on his massive wealth and insider connections to help them stay in power for the foreseeable future.

His latest spending place is free community college for everyone. I spent the better part of the morning discussing that there are several big problems and challenges with his plan.

The first is the cost.  The expected winner of the November contest, Phil Murphy (although political predictions  sometimes get it slightly wrong…See Hillary 2016) has said that it should only cost the taxpayers $400 million. Hmm, we’ve heard a similar number before. Remember the $38 million dollar state house renovation that over night turned into $300 million? Then the borrowing costs drove the potential cost to between $500 and $700 million? The Governor has referred to such amounts as nothing more than “rounding errors,” as if to say we have plenty of money and this is only a drop in the bucket. Seems Murphy has taken the same tactic as the Governor to downplay the real problem of out-of-control, unchecked spending. Yes, $400 million is small when compared to the overall $35 billion in our state budget.  But what about the tens of millions in debt?  What about the $100 million plus in unfunded future liabilities? What about the fact that we’re planning to borrow billions more for light rail projects? What about the fact that the gas tax is already in place to secure future borrowing, and now the Democrats are talking about raising fees on toll roads and fees?

The second issue is the focus on college as a ‘one size fits all’ solution.  Why are we not discussing the very real opportunity of kids graduating college and getting into a trade? Electricians, plumbers, truckers, HVAC, hair stylists, food and entertainment and even jobs in the medical field are all critical elements of New Jersey’s economy. You can become a Licensed Practical Nurse without a college degree. All of these professions are respected and can afford a person a good living while keeping them out of the hole of higher education debt. The practical training in a specific field may be the best way for people to make it on their own and start their careers without a burden of debt on themselves, if Murphy gets his wish, on the rest of us.

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New Jersey’s Medicaid program serves almost 2 million clients; increased cost efficiencies and enhanced responsiveness are a must — especially with ACA under fire

New Jersey’s Medicaid program, the health insurance plan that covers nearly one in every five residents, is in desperate need of modernization to better serve patients and provide them higher-quality care while remaining financially sustainable in the years to come.

That’s the assessment of a diverse group of healthcare stakeholders convened more than a year ago by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute to review the massive program, explore successful efforts in other states, and recommend reforms to improve the delivery of Medicaid in the Garden State. Representatives of the group, whose work was funded by the Nicholson Foundation, unveiled on Monday the results of their work: the Medicaid 2.0 Blueprint, a detailed plan with 24 specific recommendations designed to make the system more efficient, better integrated, and more responsive to patient needs.