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 >
By Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.
I applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature on the passage of a sweeping law to improve gun safety and address mental health and firearm concerns in the Empire State.Read More >
BY JOHN TRAIER Good Morning!Read More >
By Paul Aronsohn
Imagine that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is still alive.
Imagine, for a moment, that he is still here on Earth … living, preaching, advocating and leading. Imagine that he was here to celebrate his 84th birthday before heading down to Washington to witness the second inauguration of the first African-American president.Read More >
Former Paterson Mayor, Lawrence "Pat" Kramer, today endorsed Jose "Joey" Torres for mayor of Paterson in the May 13th nonpartisan election.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
FDU Poll: Christie plummets 20 points Gov. Chris Christie's job approval took a 20 point drop in three plus months, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. Christie’s post Bridgegate job approval rating stands at 41% (with 44% who disapprove), down from 61% last November. Currently about...
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... Read More >
“Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure. As recently as late last year, his approval numbers were consistently bigger than his disapproves - by a pretty big margin - and more voters liked everything about him than disliked everything about him. One of the defining characteristics of the governor that makes him a nationally sought after Republican is his widespread appeal in a Democratic state. Bridgegate continues to erode that asset.” - FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins.- PolitickerNJ.com
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