By: Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington)
With the second highest foreclosure inventory in the country (7.2 percent) and the unfortunate distinction of being one of only four states where the foreclosure percentage rose over the past year, we cannot afford to sit idly by in New Jersey while other states continue to rebound from the housing crisis that laid waste to our economy.Read More >
By Mayor Janice Mironov
Whether it is preserved open space, farmland, the protection of vital environmental resources or parkland, all New Jersey residents enjoy the benefits of the state’s active and successful preservation efforts. These efforts enjoy broad bipartisan political support and strong public support, and for good reasons. Good land planning and environmental policy have long-term beneficial results.
Preservation efforts are investments in our communities, where we live and work, creating balanced land planning and greening our surroundings. Preservation actions are vital in preserving and safeguarding precious environmental resources, including protection of our drinking water supply, as well as reducing flooding.
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By Senator Robert Menendez and Debra L. Ness
It is hard to believe that 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, and at a time when women’s wages are vitally important to their families, women are still paid appreciably less than men. That is the sad reality we’re reminded of this week as we recognize Equal Pay Day – the day that marks how far into the new year women have had to work to catch up with men’s wages from the year before.Read More >
By U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director, Dr. Jaime R. Torres and U.S. Small Business Administration Acting Regional Administrator, Bernard Paprocki
For years, we had a health insurance market that was broken for small businesses. Because they had less bargaining power, small businesses paid an average of 18% more for the same health insurance plan offered to the bigger business down the street, and their premiums could skyrocket if a single employee got sick. That made it hard for many small business owners to keep offering coverage and grow their businesses.Read More >
By Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
Politicians and social commentators have both criticized the “pay day” loan industry and check-cashing businesses as unfairly targeting low-income populations, by skirting usury laws to charge obscene rates that only a person with no other options would pay.
Many would probably be surprised to learn that the State of New Jersey is acting in the very same way when it comes to surcharges attached to telephone calls made from prison.Read More >
By Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver
From Colorado to Connecticut to a courthouse, far too many lives have been cut short by senseless gun violence.
These are the mass tragedies that grab headlines. But every day, on the streets that wind their way in between, even more innocent Americans fall victim to a bullet. In 2011 alone, 269 New Jerseyans were killed by gun violence.Read More >
By Assemblywoman Linda Stender
It’s basic common sense - no gun licenses for those on the FBI Terrorist Watch List.
It is also the basis of key legislation included in a comprehensive Assembly Democratic bill package on gun violence prevention.Read More >
BY ZENON CHRISTODOULOU Two hundred years after Adam Smith identified the rational economic model which many believe explains the essence of market capitalism, our elected leaders are still unable to combine the virtues of free markets with the growing need for government support. In President Obama’s State of the Union, he pointed out that we don’t need “a bigger government, but a smarter government”; while Senator Rubio warned that more government will “hurt you” and “hold you back “. These divergent opinions are based on very different visions regarding government’s role and the best way to achieve competitive advantage.Read More >
Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.Read More >
Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions commentsHACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political...
By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >
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