Recent Posts in Op Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that Patersonians be reminded that many of the candidates asking to be reelected and elected have held positions in the city for years. Some even as long as 12 years!

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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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The Back Room

Was Buono/Silva a precursor to a national Democratic ticket?

An unprecedented number of female U.S. senators (20; 16 of them Democrats) has insiders chatting about a possible all-female national ticket if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

Contributors

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

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