Calling it cold turkey therapy, Gov. Jon Corzine today unveiled his preliminary 2009 budget, which is smaller by $500 million than this year's $33.5 billion state budget.
The budget demands 1,000s of state job reductions, and the elimination of three departments: personnel, agriculture, and the commerce commission.
The governor said after leading 13 townhall meetings in 13 counties around the state, he could feel the outrage out there and recognizes the need for substantial cuts.Read More >
NJN News will provide complete live coverage of Governor Jon Corzine’s Budget Message to a joint session of the New Jersey State Legislature on Tuesday, February 26, at 11:30 am. Kent Manahan hosts the program live from the Trenton studios with senior political correspondent Michael Aron at the State House. This special public affairs program will be simulcast on NJN Public Radio, and web cast and archived on the NJN web site. The budget message will be rebroadcast on NJN Public Television at 10 pm.Read More >
Second in a five-part series on the revolving door between journalism and government in New Jersey. Yesterday, Debbie Holtz wrote about post-employment ethics for the journalist-turned-spokeswoman.
It’s described as a “century-old” practice. The list of reporters who moved from the Fourth Estate to government /political spokesperson positions is long and impressive.
It includes Pierre Salinger -- who went from reporter to White House press secretary and back again to chief European correspondent for ABC News. Add Bill Moyers to the list -- his tour of duty began at a local radio station in Texas, made a few stops at posts in the Johnson Administration, only later to return to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). And let’s not forget Jerald terHorst -- President Gerald Ford tapped the former Detroit News Washington Bureau Chief as his press secretary in an effort to return some integrity to the Office of the President after Richard Nixon’s resignation.
The list also includes some lesser known names, and the dividing line between actual and perceived conflicts of interests seems a bit more blurred.
The reality is people change jobs all the time, and for a variety of reasons. Reporters are no different than the rest of the working population. No one's going to get rich from a job in journalism, and particularly at newspapers. The leap from the news room to "the front office" can mean a mean a sizable bump in salary. The average salary for reporters is $42K according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while communications positions in NJ government and politics are typically in the six figure range.Read More >
FLEMINGTON - U.S. Senate candidate Murray Sabrin stuck to his Ron Paul roots tonight on the issue of Congress’ reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act FISA).
Unlike his fellow Republican primary contestants, Anne Evans Estabrook and State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris), Sabrin dug in against FISA, saying, "Government always claims it has special needs. What they need to do to protect us is to get a warrant from a judge."
"I follow the Constitution," added Sabrin, who claims FISA’s allowance of warrant-less wiretapping violates the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed the Protect America Act, which, the majority argued, modernizes FISA.Read More >
FLEMINGTON- After hearing one of his would-be successors refer dismally to his recent re-election struggles, retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson of the 7thdistrict went to the microphone to offer a good-natured rebuttal.
"When I saw Mike Ferguson going down steadily," Dr. A.D. Amar, a professor of business management at Seton Hall University and low or no-hoper in this GOP primary race, said in his remarks, he felt compelled to get more involved in politics.
"He won with only 3,000 votes," Amar reminded the crowd in Plaza One in Flemington, and there was an uneasy murmuring as people glanced nervously at Ferguson, who stood smiling amid a cluster of other ruffled Republicans.
"Democrats are making huge inroads into the district," said Amar, standing under a portrait of President George W. Bush.
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FLEMINGTON - State Sen. Leonard Lance flattened the other 7th Congressional district primary candidates in his home county tonight at a meeting of the Hunterdon County Republicans, and specifically targeted Kate Whitman in his speech to the county committee.
In his most animated remarks so far on the campaign trail, the former minority leader vowed to fight the terrorists and fight the Taliban, and quoted Lincoln’s "America is still the world’s last best hope on earth."Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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