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Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer clarifies that the rental of certain stable stalls is an exemption from tax charges, a measure that is crucial to the viability of the state’s embattled horse industry.
“Confusion regarding the taxability of horse boarding and other services has placed New Jersey horse boarding businesses at a competitive disadvantage,” said Dancer. “This legislation is needed to level the playing field with our competing neighboring states of New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.”
The bill, A-4479, is welcome news for New Jersey’s equine business segment, which not long ago was a $1 billion industry, providing 13,000 jobs to care for 42,000 horses on 7,200 farms across 176,000 acres of open space in the Garden State.Read More >
Tuition Equality, Asking Voters to OK $200m for Open Space, Medical Marijuana Program Reforms & Commission to Explore Expanding Gaming to Bergen County Top Thursday Assembly Hearings
College Loan Redemption Programs for Doctors, Honoring Cold War Veterans, Cameras on Police Cars, Infrastructure Investment & Service Dog Protections Also on Tap
Hearings Set on Cyberinfrastructure & How Sandy Impacted Tourism
(TRENTON) - Bills to implement tuition equality, ask voters to approve $200 million to preserve open space, reforming the medical marijuana program and create a commission to explore whether to expand gaming to Bergen County top Thursday's Assembly committee hearings.
Modernizing Megan's Law, honoring Cold War veterans, requiring cameras on all new police cars, infrastructure investment and service dog protections are also on tap, along with hearings on cyberinfrastructure and how Superstorm Sandy impacted New Jersey's tourism season...Read More >
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), calling on him to immediately use the funds from the federal grant awarded to New Jersey under Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Pallone called on Governor Christie to use the approximately $7.5 million that the state was awarded for outreach and education on the ACA and to facilitate enrollment in the new health care marketplace that opened on October 1, 2013. These measures could help more New Jerseyans get access to the coverage they need at no cost to the state.Read More >
AFP to Congressman Frelinghuysen: Keep Your Promise!
Pro-Taxpayer Group Pressures Congressman to Oppose $1 Trillion Deal Violating Federal Spending Cap
BOGOTA, NJ – Americans for Prosperity – New Jersey is bringing grassroots pressure to bear on Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen to live up to his promise to keep federal spending in check.
“With the news breaking that a deal has been brokered that would violate the Budget Control Act spending cap and hike spending up to $1 trillion next year, the pressure is now on Congressman Frelinghuysen to live up to his promise to keep out-of-control federal spending in check,” said Daryn Iwicki, AFP-New Jersey state director.
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Developers Invited to Informative Session on Development Opportunities at The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor
(Bayonne, NJ) – On Wednesday, December 4, the City of Bayonne hosted a redevelopment seminar to introduce the development community to redevelopment opportunities at The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor. More than 75 individuals representing development firms, construction and building contractors and the real estate industry participated in the event. Presentations were made by Joseph Baumann, Esq. of McManimon, Scotland and Baumann, the City’s Special Redevelopment Counsel and Andrew Raichle, P.E. of Matrix New World Engineering, the City’s Engineering Consultant.
During his comments Mayor Mark Smith encouraged new and creative ideas that will “transform the waterfront and make us the jewel of New York Harbor.” He also assured everyone that those responding to the City’s Request for Expressions of Interest will not be alone in the process. He added that “with exciting and innovative projects in every corner, there has never been a more exciting time in the City of Bayonne from a development standpoint and I stand committed to being a part of this project every step of the way.”
Bayonne offers 55 acres of undeveloped land on the New York Harbor with direct access to highways, Hudson Bergen Light Rail and Cape Liberty Cruise Port, all immediately available for development. Successful respondents will have an opportunity to present their vision to develop a vibrant extension of our community including hotels, residential, retail, hospitality, cultural and residential space. A copy of the Request for Expressions of Interests, with responses due by January 31, 2014, is available by contacting Jong Sook Nee, Partner, McManimon Scotland & Baumann, at (973) 622-4868.
“It was clear from the enthusiasm in the room and the questions asked that the developer community is excited about this opportunity to start with a blank slate and create a vibrant extension to the Bayonne community,” said Mayor Mark Smith. “This was the first step in a long process that my Administration is committed to seeing through to its completion.”
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Dancer Bill Brings NJ into Compliance with Federal Child Abuse Act; Measure will Protect Federal Funding
In an effort to require public disclosure of findings and information in child abuse cases and prevent the loss of federal funding for child abuse identification, prevention, and treatment activities, Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation mandating that New Jersey regulations conform to federal regulations.Read More >
Coughlin, Johnson & Wimberly Bill Allowing Judges to Award Community Service in Lieu of Fines for Certain Crimes Continues Advancing
Measure Would Grant Courts Additional Discretion in Sentencing Individuals
(TRENTON) – Assembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Craig J. Coughlin, Gordon M. Johnson and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to allow New Jersey courts to assign community service as penalties for certain crimes in lieu of monetary fines was advanced Monday by a Senate panel...Read More >
Coughlin, Quijano & Riley Bill to Crackdown on Electronic Impersonation Advances
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig J. Coughlin, Annette Quijano and Celeste Riley to crackdown on criminal impersonation by electronic communications or the Internet was advanced Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee...Read More >
Johnson on GWB Lane Closure Hearing: No Clear Answers
(Trenton) - Assembly Democrat Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) issued the following statement on the testimony received by the Assembly transportation committee on Monday from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey?s executive director on the decision by the agency to close without public notice access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September:
"Shutting off access lanes to the George Washington Bridge without warning to the public or emergency services was irresponsible, and outright reckless. It is certain that more than one person was involved in making this decision.
"Mr. Baroni testified in a previous hearing on the cause of lane shut down. Armed with a large poster board-size graphic, Mr. Baroni sat before us and blamed an ongoing traffic study being conducted at the time as the reason for the closures. However, Mr. Foye today testified he was unaware of a study taking place..."Read More >
Stender: Today's Hearing Made It Clear that the GWB Lane Closures Were Politically Motivated
(TRENTON) - Assembly Transportation Committee Vice-Chair Linda Stender issued the following statement Monday after the committee's lengthy hearing with officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over the questionable closure of access to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee that snarled traffic for nearly a week in September.
"It's clear from today's hearing that the actions of Bill Baroni and David Wildstein were done separate and apart from the rest of the Port Authority. Their actions were highly unorthodox and those who were forced to enact these directives questioned the wisdom of these decisions but refrained from speaking up out of fear for their job security..."Read More >
Johnson on GWB Lane Closure Hearing: “No Clear Answers”
(Trenton) – Assembly Democrat Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) issued the following statement on the testimony received by the Assembly transportation committee on Monday from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s executive director on the decision by the agency to close – without public notice – access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September:
“Shutting off access lanes to the George Washington Bridge without warning to the public or emergency services was irresponsible, and outright reckless. It is certain that more than one person was involved in making this decision.
“Mr. Baroni testified in a previous hearing on the cause of lane shut down. Armed with a large poster board-size graphic, Mr. Baroni sat before us and blamed an ongoing traffic study being conducted at the time as the reason for the closures. However, Mr. Foye today testified he was unaware of a study taking place.
“Others also testified to not knowing of a traffic study. This study is as much of a phantom as the entrance to the GWB for only Fort Lee residents, which has also been falsely claimed. “
"The Port Authority’s decision impeded first responders on the way to their destinations. Ft. Lee residents were disadvantaged by traffic overflow into their bureau. School busses were delayed on the first of day of school. The lane closures created a catastrophe for everyone on and off the highway.
“It is extremely hard to conceive that only Mr. Wildstein is the only one to blame for this and that his superior, Mr. Baroni, had absolutely no part in this decision.”Read More >
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today released the following statement of endorsement of Joseph N. DiVincenzo for re-election as Essex County Executive.Read More >
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes, Angelica Jimenez, John Burzichelli, Gabriela Mosquera and Shavonda Sumter to establish a five-year pilot program that would encourage private investment in preventive and early intervention health care to reduce public costs was approved Monday by a Senate committee.
Under the New Jersey Social Innovation Act (A-3289) the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will establish a social innovation loan pilot program to guarantee loan agreements among lenders, eligible nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and public sector entities.
"Providing adequate healthcare to our neediest residents can be costly to service providers, governments and residents," said Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester). "This bill seeks to reduce healthcare costs in the long run while increasing the wellness of our residents without raising taxes..."Read More >
(TRENTON) - Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Assembly transportation panel, released the following statement Monday after hearing testimony from Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials on the questionable closing of George Washington Bridge access lanes from Fort Lee in September:
"Several things are clear after today's hearing.
"Bill Baroni has outlived his usefulness as the Port Authority's deputy director. The testimony showed that Mr. Baroni has not been honest with the public and this committee about these lane closures and his mythical traffic study.Read More >
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) visited South Plainfield Middle School in South Plainfield, NJ to increase awareness among parents, schools and health professionals of pediatric cardiomyopathy and the risk of sudden cardiac arrest Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) that many children face. He also discussed the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assessment and Training in the Schools (HEARTS) Act, which Congressman Pallone reintroduced in February 2013.Read More >
Bramnick: Democrats using Constitutional Amendment to Avoid Legislative Process is Dangerous Approach
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Somerset and Morris, said Democrat resolutions (SCR-146/ACR-187 and SCR-162) which are proposals to amend the state’s Constitution are a dangerous pattern that avoids the legislative process. Both resolutions concern the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) requiring the state’s participation and are scheduled to be heard in a Senate committee on Thursday.Read More >
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace to bring an end to an archaic state law that bars New Jersey residents from participating in contests of skill was approved by a Senate panel on Monday.
The bill (A-3624) provides that participation by a New Jersey resident in a contest of skill in which a participant pays an entry fee for the opportunity to win money or something else of value is not considered a game of chance, does not constitute unlawful gambling and will not subject the participant or the sponsor of the contest to any civil or criminal liability.
"This addresses the reluctance of some contest sponsors to accept entries from New Jersey residents because of their belief doing so would violate New Jersey's gambling laws," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "As it stands now, New Jersey residents are barred from participating in anything even as simple as a baking or photography contest. The confusion on this point is apparently the result of a misinterpretation of New Jersey case law that addresses gambling, so let's clear this up and bring some common sense."
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Criminals will be Allowed to hide Conviction on Employment Application if Democratic Bill is Posted during Lame Duck
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is trying to stop the posting of a “bad” bill allowing criminals to hide their background of criminal convictions on an employment application.Read More >
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s inspector general is launching its own investigation into the lane closure controversy on the George Washington Bridge.Read More >
Sires erupts on Obama after Castro handshake incident U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) wasn't happy with President Barack Obama for shaking the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a South African memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela earlier today. "I'm very disappointed that the President would...
By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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