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Sweeney plans Sandy 'bill of rights' hearings around state

TRENTON – Having already introduced what he said would be a legislative priority this term, a so-called Sandy Bill of Rights, Senate President Steve Sweeney said today he would tour hard-hit areas, including Perth Amboy, Toms River and Moonachie.

"There are still too many people who have yet to fully recover from the devastation of Sandy," said Sweeney, who announced when the new legislative session began that he would sponsor a bill to push for better accountability and transparency for Sandy victims.

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Report: N.J. 3rd worst in long-term budget planning

TRENTON – New Jersey ranks third worst in the nation when it comes to long-term budget planning, according to a new think tank report.

The report released Tuesday by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says better budget planning would reduce uncertainty for business and make the state a more attractive destination for employers.

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State unveils plan for $1.4B in Sandy aid; critics insist it falls short

State unveils plan for $1.4B in Sandy aid; critics insist it falls short
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo

TRENTON – The Christie administration sought today to defend its plans for spending $1.46 billion in second-round Sandy recovery funds while housing and environmental advocates in New Jersey blasted the proposal as lacking transparency as well as protections against politically motivated funding.

The administration has submitted to Housing and Urban Development its plan for how it will spend the federal aid, a proposal that it says will help the hardest-hit communities and most financially struggling towns but which critics say still shortchanges tenants as well as low- and moderate-income households.

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SCI: No public release of subpoenaed documents today

SCI: No public release of subpoenaed documents today

TRENTON – The co-chairs of the joint legislative committee investigating last year’s lane closures at the George Washington Bridge said no subpoenaed documents will be released publicly today, the deadline for 20 subpoena recipients to respond.

In a joint statement, co-chairs Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Sen. Loretta Weinberg said that “The committee expects today to begin receiving material responsive to its subpoenas, with more responses expected in the near future in a cooperative effort with subpoena recipients."

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NJEA: Both sides have to honor obligations under pension/benefit changes

TRENTON – A spokesman for New Jersey’s largest teachers union said this afternoon that if there is one thing they take away from today’s ruling regarding pension and benefits, it’s that both sides have to play by the same rules.

An appeals court ruled today against N.J. Education Association, the State Policeman’s Benevolent Association, the state Firefighters Association, and numerous Locals in regards to their challenges of 2010 changes to pension and benefits laws.

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Sweeney's 'Sandy Bill of Rights' introduced

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney has introduced the so-called Sandy Bill of Rights legislation that he promised to sponsor when the new legislative session began this month.

Among other things, the bill would seek to offer better transparency, more responsiveness and consumer-friendly language for victims of the 2012 superstorm.

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Court rejects public workers' challenges to pension/benefit changes

TRENTON – A N.J. appellate court this morning turned back appeals by public employee unions regarding their challenges to changes made in pension and healthcare benefits systems.

The court upheld a dismissal of the public sector workers’ complaints, affirming that a lower court’s action was proper.

The appeal had been brought by several public workers’ unions: Teamsters Local 97, the state Firefighters Association, the State Policeman’s Benevolent Association, the N.J. Education Association, and numerous locals.

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Whelan: Caesars' reported interest in Revel raises concern about lack of competition

TRENTON – One of the state lawmakers representing Atlantic City is raising a red flag about Caesar’s reported plan to buy the troubled Revel casino.

Sen. Jim Whelan, who heads the State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee, said today that Caesars’ reported plan raises concerns about possible violations of the clause preventing undue concentration that could hinder competition.

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Released in committee: Early voting, internet gaming machine bills

TRENTON – The Senate State Government Committee released two bills today that were reintroduced this month after the previous legislative session expired.

One bill provides for early voting at special polling places, and the other allows internet gaming equipment to be stored in Atlantic City at a location other than a casino.

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2014 Economic Opportunity Act bill advances

TRENTON – The Senate Economic Growth Committee advanced a bill Thursday that would promote elements of economic development removed from the Economic Opportunity Act that was signed into law last year. It was approved unanimously.

Sen. Ray Lesniak’s EOA of 2014 would provide affordable housing incentives, including rehabilitation of special-needs or low-income housing.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 2nd

Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080  ...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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