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NJ Attorney General Issues Guidance on Law Enforcement Involvement in Election Activities and Protections Against Unlawful Voter Intimidation

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Trenton NJ,  Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today issued guidance to New Jersey’s law enforcement leaders to ensure that voters can cast their ballot in the upcoming election safely and without fear of intimidation. The guidance marks the latest step by the Attorney General’s Office to bolster public confidence in New Jersey’s election process.

Since New Jersey is a vote-by-mail state we are not sure were the voter intimidation is going to come from?

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NJ’s Draconian Restrictions Are Proven Unnecessary, Economically Devastating

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Trenton NJ, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today criticized the Murphy administration’s continued blockade of New Jersey’s reopening and cited numerous metrics from surrounding states’ successful reopening.

“That the Governor, with a straight face, can cite a debunked study of an incident that happened over 8,000 miles away involving a restaurant in China with a wheezy, inadequate ventilation system that doesn’t conform to standards used in this country…to justify continuing to kill businesses here in New Jersey is outrageous and demoralizing for anyone trying to hold out hope that there’s any real, scientific focus on our safety and the health of our economy,” said O’Scanlon. “That the Governor, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, continues to suggest that we have to continue to destroy thousands of businesses and jobs and livelihoods is simply unconscionable. What we can see across the board – with the undeniable metrics and results from surrounding states in the Northeast – is that our draconian, timid, most-stringent economy, business-and-job killing restrictions in the region – if not the country – is providing tremendous, needless economic & mental health pain, with zero health benefit.” said O’Scanlon. “New Jersey is months behind other states in reopening indoor dining and gyms–even at a limited capacity–and yet our rate of transmission, deaths & cases is no better than our surrounding states. On virtually every metric we see no benefit to these polices. But the damage is evident. On virtually every economic metric we are underperforming our Northeast neighbors, dramatically on many fronts. If you don’t think these numbers are a big deal, think again. Our taxes and budget decisions will be tortured. Unemployment, mortgage defaults and bankruptcies will impact us all. Our children and grandchildren will be stuck with the bills and consequences. The very survival of New Jersey as we know and love it hangs in the balance.”

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The Governor Doesn’t Have the Authority to Unilaterally Alter General Election by Executive Order

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Trenton NJ, Senator Michael Doherty said the New Jersey Constitution doesn’t authorize Governor Phil Murphy to issue an Executive Order that unilaterally changes the manner in which voters will cast their ballots this November.

Doherty pointed to Article II, Section I of the New Jersey Constitution, which says: “General elections shall be held annually on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November; but the time of holding such elections may be altered by law.”

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Governor Murphy’s Vote-by-Mail Plan Will Cause Unnecessary Election Chaos in November

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Trenton NJ, Senator Michael Testa said Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to have voters cast their ballots almost exclusively by mail in the upcoming general election will cause unnecessary chaos in November.

“Governor Murphy’s plan to have everyone vote by mail will create unnecessary confusion in the upcoming general election when ballots will be cast for offices ranging from President of the United States to town council,” said Testa (R-1). “If our experience with the July vote-by-mail primary is any guide, New Jersey isn’t ready to pull off an election of such consequence by mail in a way that will ensure that every voter’s ballot is properly counted.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio called on Governor Murphy to make federal unemployment relief a reality for almost 700,000 out-of-work New Jersey residents

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Trenton NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio today called on Governor Murphy to help make federal unemployment relief a reality for almost 700,000 out-of-work New Jersey residents.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Saturday that would provide an extra $400 more than basic unemployment benefits, replacing the $600 federal contribution that expired on July 31.

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Individuals Arrested for Attempting to Ignite Police Vehicle Following Trenton Protests Facing 5 years in Prison

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Trenton NJ,  Two New Jersey men have been charged with attempting to set fire to a marked police vehicle following the May 2020 protests in Trenton, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Killian F. Melecio, 20, of Columbus, New Jersey, and Kadeem A. Dockery, 29, of Trenton, were arrested Aug. 5, 2020, by special agents of the FBI and charged by complaint with one count of attempting to damage or destroy by fire a vehicle owned or possessed by an institution receiving federal financial assistance, and one count of attempting to damage or destroy by fire a vehicle used in and affecting interstate commerce. Melecio and Dockery appeared by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni. Dockery was released; Melecio was detained pending a bail hearing.

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Murphy Ignores State’s Public Health Experts, Prioritizes Politics Over Science

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Trenton NJ,Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan slammed Governor Phil Murphy for excluding public health experts who work within his administration and for the State from discussions and decisions regarding New Jersey’s reopening procedures.

“It’s shocking that Gov. Murphy has left his administration’s public health experts – who should be advising him – in the dark, only for them to discover new policy actions when they tune into the governor’s press conferences,” said Testa (R-1). “Murphy’s unilateral reign, which is tanking New Jersey businesses and livelihoods, is not grounded in science or data. His decisions are solely dependent on which way certain political winds are blowing, or whatever Governor Cuomo opts to do first. For the health and well-being of New Jersey families, I urge the governor to consult with his own advisors prior to making major policy decisions.”

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May New Jersey Tax Revenues Fall 13.5 Percent as Businesses Remain Closed

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Trenton NJ,  The Department of the Treasury reported today that May revenue collections for the major taxes totaled $2.120 billion, down $331.2 million, or 13.5 percent, below last May as the economic impact of the global pandemic continues to take its toll on the State’s finances. Fiscal year-to-date, total collections of $26.864 billion are now down $2.498 billion, or 8.5 percent below the same period last year.

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In-Person Sales at Car Dealerships, Motorcycle Dealerships, Boat Dealerships, and Bike Shops to Open

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TRENTON NJ,  Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced an Administrative Order authorizing in-person sales to resume at car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops, by appointment only and with social distancing measures in place. The Order will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20.

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New Jersey Forced Covid-infected Seniors into Nursing Homes

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Trenton NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio has obtained a letter sent by the New Jersey Department of Health dated March 31 directing hospitals and nursing care facilities not to inhibit transfer of hospital patients with COVID-19 entering post-acute care settings such as long-term nursing and rehabilitations facilities.

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Phil Murphy Ranks 34th Worst Governor and New Jersey Ranks 41st Worst Run State

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Ridgewood NJ, some bad news for Governor Phil Murphy according to 24/7 Wall street  Phil Murphy was rated as the 34th lest popular governor  and New Jersey fared even worse by being ranked as the 41st worst run state . We are somewhat astonished the both Phil Murphy and New Jersey did as well as they did.

34. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) of New Jersey
> Approval: 46%
> Disapproval: 37% (16th highest)
> Don’t know: 18% (24th highest)
> In office since: Jan. 16, 2018
> New Jersey could run on only rainy day funds in FY 2018 for: 8 days (3rd least)
> Rainy day fund: $772.2 million (19th smallest)
> Dec. 2019 unemployment rate: 3.5% (20th highest)

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The New Jersey Business & Industry Association: it is paramount New Jersey puts a strong tax incentive program in place to attract and retain business

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Trenton NJ, The New Jersey Business & Industry Association testified today that it is paramount New Jersey puts a strong tax incentive program in place to attract and retain business in order to offset the high cost of doing business in the state.

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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.