Recent Posts in Op Ed

Paterson can flourish with a second chance

By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement seminar to help young men get a second chance in life hosted by 4th Ward Councilwoman Vera Ames Garnes.

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The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan."

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Ryan's Budget Plan

BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs.  Rather than address the priorities of the middle class, the Ryan budget is an attack on American seniors, students, workers, and families- all for the sake of protecting loopholes for the wealthy and corporations that ship jobs overseas.

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It's time for real pay-to-play reform

BY JEFF BRINDLE In early April, the Commission will release its annual pay-to-play report.

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Let's use the RCA Framework to help people

By Jonathan L. Hornik Forgotten among the latest round of finger-pointing and investigations regarding the use of Superstorm Sandy funds are displaced low and moderate-income homeowners and renters who need help. This immediate and pressing need, combined with resources available from communities like Marlboro Township, in the form of affordable housing trust funds, present a unique opportunity for regional cooperation. Now all we need is some action in Trenton.

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McCutcheon case could have big impact on national parties

BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC.  And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money.  That could strengthen them, and help reverse the flow of money from parties to independent groups.

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Do Not Let New Jersey Tip the (Arbitration Awards) Cap

By Suzanne M. Walters

When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the terms of the contract, which include economic items like the salary scale, longevity bonuses, uniform allowances and overtime. In the past, that process has yielded results that all too often did not consider the interests of our property taxpayers.

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Fighting the War on Poverty

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty.  Although measures have been taken to help quell the burden of poverty, more must be done to eliminate the financial hardships faced by many New Jersey families who are living below the poverty line.

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Murray Sabrin Undeserving of GOP Nomination

By MARTIN L. MARKS Professor Murray Sabrin recently announced his bid to become the Republican nominee for this year’s U.S. Senate race against Democrat Cory Booker.  Professor Sabrin has been a candidate for office before and is also a frequent contributor to the PolitickerNJ website. 

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A-Rod’s transgressions don’t make The Yankees dirty

BY ART GALLAGHER Former future Hall of Famer Alex Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits against MLB last week and accepted his 162 game suspensions for doping with performance enhancing drugs.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

Op-Ed

Paterson can flourish with a second chance

By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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