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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Accused of Using His Office to Help His Wife Run For Senate

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Trenton NJ, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is facing  criticism for allegedly utilizing taxpayer resources to promote his wife, Tammy Murphy, as she campaigns for a U.S. Senate seat. Critics argue that the governor’s press office has released favorable press releases about Tammy Murphy, leveraging her role as first lady.

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Black Friday Bomb Scare Hits American Dream Mall in East Rutherford

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East Rutherford  NJ, the American Dream mall in New Jersey, the second-largest mall in the country, experienced an evacuation shortly after opening on Black Friday due to a bomb threat that was later determined to be unfounded, according to police.

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Applegreen Opening New Headquarters in Glen Rock ,to Invest $126 million Renovating 21 Highway Service Plazas in New Jersey

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Applegreen to start with the redevelopment of  Woodrow Wilson and Molly Pitcher Rest Stops and install EV charging infrastructure

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Glen Rock NJ,  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Applegreen, one of the largest on-highway service plaza operators in the United States and Europe, today announced an investment worth $126 million in the state of New Jersey, delivering hundreds of skilled new jobs to the Garden State over the coming years. Applegreen, an Irish-founded company, also announced that it will relocate its Travel Plaza Headquarters to Glen Rock, New Jersey. The opening of the new Applegreen Headquarters in Glen Rock – where the company already has a presence – will add at least 100 new jobs in finance, administration, development, and logistics to the region.

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Please continue to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, when visiting all Valley Health System

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli have recommended that New Jersey residents, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks indoors when there is an increased risk of COVID-19. This recommendation follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance that included a recommendation that all individuals resume indoor masking to prevent the community spread of COVID-19.

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In a Blow to Tourism a Travel Advisory Imposes A Quarantine For 14 Days to All Individuals Traveling From States With “Significant Spread of COVID-19”

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
This quarantine – effective midnight tonight – applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

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Multi-State Agreement on Beaches Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend !

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Ridgewood NJ,Acting on a commitment to coordinate regional policies in response to COVID-19, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, and Delaware Governor John Carney today announced a multi-state agreement to reopen public and private beaches with certain restrictions in place effective, Friday, May 22. This approach will better align the states’ policies ahead of the summer months. 

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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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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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This is Not A Joke , Governor Phil Murphy Proposes raising taxes to take the state’s economy off “life support” lol

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April 11,2018
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Ridgewood NJ, , no this is not from the Onion ,and it a little late for April fools, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s administration on Tuesday made the case to skeptical legislators that nearly $1.6 billion in new taxes is necessary to take the state’s economy off “life support” . Is this a joke the reason the state’s economy is on “life support” because of high taxes , have driven out private investment and massive fiscal mismanagement .

Poll after poll shows that most New Jerseyians feel high taxes are the biggest issue and the primary reason for leaving the state ,yet Phil Murphy running on a platform of raising everyone’s taxes won election .

Republican Sen. Declan O’Scanlon warned against taxing millionaires for fear they might move to states with friendlier tax climates.“You can squeeze the golden goose to get it to lay more golden eggs faster but at some point you either crush the goose or it gets pissed off enough and it flies to Florida, and either way you have no more golden eggs,” Bad news Senator its already happened , the “golden goose ” is long dead and the ship is sinking fast.

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New Jersey on the Verge of Becoming Greece

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March  20,2018

by Daniel J. Mitchell  (https://fee.org/articles/new-jerseys-fiscal-train-wreck/?utm_source=zapier&utm)

Trenton NJ, this is from an article called , New Jersey’s Fiscal Train Wreck, Just ask Greece how well continually raising taxes and spending works.

by Daniel J. Mitchell, Daniel J. Mitchell is a Washington-based economist who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review.

He starts with , here’s something especially amazing from a bit more than five decades in the past. New Jersey used to have no state income tax and no state sales tax.

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. The basket case of New Jersey used to be a mid-Atlantic version of New Hampshire. But once the sales tax was imposed in 1966 and the income tax was imposed in 1976, it’s been all downhill ever since.

An article in the City Journal helps explain the state’s fiscal decay.

Brendan Byrne, a Democratic former governor of the Garden State, …told mayors that the state would need a “large revenue package”… The heart of the package would be a new statewide income tax, which went into permanent effect in 1977. Byrne promised that the additional money would help relieve the high property-tax burden on New Jersey’s citizens… Four decades later, the plan has failed. …politicians and special interests don’t see new streams of tax revenue as a means to replace or eliminate an existing stream, but rather as a way of adding to the public coffers. (For those who entertain fantasies of a value-added tax replacing the federal income tax, take heed.) New Jersey’s income tax started with a top rate of about 2.5 percent; it’s now around 9 percent.

Needless to say, nothing politicians promised has happened.

Property taxes haven’t been reduced. They’ve gone up. The government schools haven’t improved. Instead, the test scores in the state are embarrassing. And debt hasn’t gone down. Red ink instead has skyrocketed.

And what’s amazing—and depressing—is that New Jersey politicians continue to make a bad situation worse. Here are some excerpts from a Bloomberg report.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy proposed taxing online-room booking, ride-sharing, marijuana, e-cigarettes and Internet transactions along with raising taxes on millionaires and retail sales to fund a record $37.4 billion budget that would boost spending on schools, pensions and mass transit. …Murphy, a Democrat…has promised additional spending on underfunded schools and transportation in a credit-battered state with an estimated $8.7 billion structural deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1. …Murphy said Tuesday in his budget address to lawmakers, “A millionaire’s tax is the right thing to do—and now is the time to do it.” …The budget…would…restore the state’s sales tax to 7 percent from 6.625 percent… Murphy’s proposal would almost triple the direct state subsidy for New Jersey Transit, which has been plagued by safety and financial issues.

More taxes, more spending, followed by even more taxes and more spending.

I wonder if Greek taxpayers would want to tell their counterparts in New Jersey how that story ends.

Assuming, of course, there are any taxpayers left in the Garden State. There’s already been a big exodus of productive people who are tired of being treated like fatted calves.

And don’t forget that New Jersey taxpayers no longer have unlimited ability to deduct their state and local taxes on their federal tax return. So these tax hikes will hurt much more than past increases.

In any event, taxpayers better escape before they die.

Though I know one guy who won’t be leaving.

P.S. Anybody want to guess whether New Jersey collapses before California, Illinois, or Connecticut? They’re all in the process of committing slow-motion suicide.