Recent Posts in Op Ed

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 already accepted this challenge, cutting costs and implementing innovations that minimized tuition increasesThey range between 0% and 3% this coming year.

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Five ideas for strengthening the state's political parties

By Jeff Brindle An August 15, 2014 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler reaffirmed the place of political parties in the State’s electoral system.

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Simplify Pay-to-Play with one state law

By Jeff Brindle A lone PAC contribution to Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson’s campaign highlights the need for pay-to-play reform in New Jersey.

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Safety on the grid - and in the squad cars

By Randy Brown As an elected official I understand the cynicism that many residents harbor towards politicians.   In many cases it is warranted and I share their frustration.  Chris Rock has a classic skit where he essentially ridicules single fathers who seek credit for doing the most simplistic parental duties.  His basic point is that you’re supposed to take care of your kids! 

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The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he always has three pointing back at him.

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I count on these tools being in place to protect my brothers, sisters and the public we serve. That is why I was disheartened to hear about the recent investigation of more than five dozen home improvement contractors who were recently cited for violations totaling more than $1.3 million against New Jersey homeowners. I applaud the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs for its aggressive and swift action.

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Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups. 

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Assisted Suicide: Just Too Dangerous

By John B. Kelly No matter how many amendments get added to the assisted suicide bill, A2270, whether for a prettier name  (out goes“Death With Dignity,” in comes “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill”) or for a changed-then-changed-back-again definition of “terminal illness,” the bill is too dangerous. 

 

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A Letter to President Obama

By Leonard Lance Our country is facing a national security and humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border.  

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Protecting the right to vote... or not to vote in America

By Christopher J. Durkin Should we as a nation mandate voting by our citizens in every election under penalty of law?

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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  ...

Op-Ed

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 >

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Quote of the Day

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"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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