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Bramnick: Best way to observe April 15 is to lower taxes

Bramnick: Best way to observe April 15 is to lower taxes

Today is the final day for filing federal and state income taxes. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said the deadline is a reminder that reducing the tax burden should be the highest priority for legislators.

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Obamacare an enemy to New Jersey seniors and kids, says Senate candidate Sabrin

Obamacare rips off seniors and middle-class kids

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Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1042 has today endorsed Senator Linda Greenstein for Congress in New Jersey’s 12thCongressional District.

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Lance Denounces Militant Tactics

Lance Denounces Militant Tactics


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Bucco Happy to Hear Discussion on Eliminating Estate and Realty Transfer Taxes

Bucco Happy to Hear Discussion on Eliminating
Estate and Realty Transfer Taxes

Hopes Legislature will take action on A-397 and A-389

Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco said he is pleased to hear of the support for repealing the estate and realty transfer taxes which lead New Jersey residents to leave the state for a more tax-friendly climate. Bucco sponsors two bills in the Assembly (A-397 and A-389) that address both issues which he has sponsored in the previous legislative session as well.

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Pallone Participates in Internet Safety Event at Fords Middle School

WOODBRIDGE, NJ– Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) participated in Google’s Online Safety Roadshow, an innovative program designed to teach young adults how to stay safe on the internet, at Fords Middle School in Woodbridge, New Jersey.  Congressman Pallone highlighted the importance of carefully considering what is being shared with others online and the lasting impacts that even seemingly small actions can have on the internet. 

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Bateman Recognized by New Jersey Environmental Lobby

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) was recognized Wednesday evening by the New Jersey Environmental Lobby for his contributions to the protection and preservation of New Jersey’s environment.

Senator Bateman and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. were awarded the annual Frank J. Oliver Environmental Award at NJEL’s awards reception at Seton Hall University.

“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from the tireless advocates at the NJEL,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee. “I have always believed as a legislator that we have a responsibility to make our beautiful state a healthier and safer place to live for future generations.

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Sabrin tops GOP field in fundraising efforts

Sabrin fundraising amount bests combined total of rest of GOP field in U.S. Senate primary

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Allen to Introduce Bill Repealing Realty Transfer Fees

Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is introducing legislation to repeal Realty Transfer Fees in New Jersey, in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s vow to eliminate this tax if given the opportunity.

“When you sell your home in New Jersey, you’re getting whacked by this arbitrary tax, and that’s wrong,” Allen said. “This initiative will help struggling homeowners, including those who might be facing short sales or foreclosures. It will save property owners across this state a burden of thousands of dollars, which particularly hurts those who have lost equity in their homes due to the economic recession.”

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AFP Commends Gov. Christie’s Call for the Elimination of the Realty Transfer Fee

Urges Legislature to Get Rid of “Foolish” Tax 

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – Americans for Prosperity is commending Gov. Christie who earlier today called for the elimination of the Realty Transfer Fee, or better known as an exit tax.

“This legislation is foolish. New Jerseyans are leaving our state because they are taxed too much and yet the state gives them one more reminder as to why they should never return,” submitted Justin Henson, grassroots coordinator for AFP’s New Jersey chapter. “Taxes like these show how out of touch Trenton is with the struggles of every day folks.”


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Pallone Highlights Concerns with Seismic Testing Off New Jersey Coast

BELFORD, NJ – Today Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) visited the Belford Seafood Cooperative to highlight the potentially damaging impacts of seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey.  Congressman Pallone specifically addressed concerns regarding the application recently submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to conduct marine seismic surveys off the coast of New Jersey.  NMFS has proposed granting permission for the tests that would potentially be conducted this summer.  Pallone was joined by Roy Diehl, President of the Belford Seafood Co-Op and Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action. 

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ALEC’s Rich States, Poor States Issues Gloomy Forecast for New Jersey’s Economy

State’s Economic Outlook Ranking Drops Six Spots to 45th 

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – New Jersey’s economic performance isn’t getting any better and the state’s economic outlook is worsening—this according to the most recent edition of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Rich States, Poor States report.

“The barrage of bad news keeps coming and it’s clear Trenton is failing New Jerseyans miserably,” said AFP spokesman Mike Proto. “The ALEC report is just the latest in a slew of poor fiscal and economic rankings, coupled with numerous downgrades from Fitch, Moody’s and S&P.”


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Lance Statement on Tax Day

Lance Statement on Tax Day


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New website highlights disparity in pay between NJ's CEOs & workers

Average NJ-based CEO paid 121 times more than average worker, 331 times more than those working minimum wage

TRENTON – A new website unveiled today highlights the growing disparity in executive pay in relation to that of regular workers, putting into numbers the stark reality that while the economy has rebounded for those at the top of the pay scale, those at the middle and below are falling back.

The new site, paywatch.org, is sponsored by the national AFL-CIO, and includes facts for all 50 states and breakdowns among industries, gender, and other demographics and geographic areas. In New Jersey, specifically, the latest data shows the average pay for executives at corporations based in-state – at $5,684,012 – outpaces the $46,825 earned by the average worker by 121 times. When compared to minimum wage earners, the CEO pay differential nearly triples, to 331 times.

“What these figures show is a recovery that is only rewarding the very rich at the expense of everyone else,” said Charles Wowkanech, president of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO. “The middle class is disappearing, and it’s because corporate profits are going into the hands of a very limited few, rather than rewarding the work force that actually created those profits.”

Nationally, CEO pay was 331 times that of the average worker, and 774 times that of one making the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

“We need to realize that workers, and not CEOs, are the real ‘job creators,’” said Wowkanech. “It’s the  purchasing power of the middle class that creates new economic opportunity. Until we return to that ideal – that workers paid good, livable wages are the key to our economic future – we will continue to see working families struggling at the margins while the wealthiest keep getting more.”

“This should be a wake-up call that our economy is out of balance,” said Wowkanech. “We must restore economic power to those who actually make businesses run: workers.”

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Open Space Exposed: New Report Raises Serious Questions about Plan to Spend Billions on Open Space

“…amid the state’s growing pension funding crisis seems fiscally irresponsible and unwise.” 

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – A new report raises serious questions about a proposal to amend the state Constitution and spend billions of taxpayer dollars on open space. The legislation, Bill SCR84, sponsored by state Senators Bob Smith (D-17) and Kip Bateman (R-16), seeks to dedicate 6% in corporate tax revenue for open space over the course of 30 years (FY ’16-FY ’45) .

“Open space preservation might make for feel-good politics, but when taxpayers take a look at this new report I think they’ll be stunned what they’ll learn and reject what’s being proposed. There’s just no rationale for spending untold billions years into the future given the facts revealed in this new report,” said AFP state director Daryn Iwicki.


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Tax Day Brings More Bad News for New Jersey

Garden State Ranks 48th on Small Business Tax Index 

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – AFP state director Daryn Iwicki has issued the following Tax Day statement:

“Tax Day has arrived and there is yet more bad news for New Jersey. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE) has come out with its 5th annual “Small Business Tax Index”, and where does New Jersey finish? 48th—third to last.


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"As we find ourselves amidst the Spring holiday season, I wish all those currently observing Passover a sweet holiday and all who will be celebrating this weekend a happy Easter.

This past weekend we were all shaken by the shootings at the two Kansas City area Jewish Centers. America was founded on the belief of ten basic human birthrights, one of which is the freedom of religion. With that freedom comes a mutual respect and tolerance for any and all religions. I bereave for the senseless loss of life that occurred and the prejudice that has propelled these actions, and I pray for the families of the victims. Although our religions may be founded on altering principles, there is one basic cornerstone to each, being a kind and decent human. During this season of reflection, I hope you will keep those that lost their lives in your thoughts and prayers and consider how together, as one community, we can bring an end to hatred and intolerance.”


Upendra Chivukula is a New Jersey Assemblyman in district 17 serving Franklin, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, & Milltown, and Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly. For more information on Assemblyman Chivukula visit [http://chivukulanj.com/], “Like” on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/chivukulanj], and “Follow” on Twitter [https://twitter.com/UChivukulaNJ].


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NJ Senate President's Dad 'Good as Gold' After Massive Stroke Experience Shows Value of Swift, Expert Emergency Stroke Care For All Patients, including the Elderly

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ – Robert Sweeney points to his 14 grandchildren in the photographs around his Cherry Hill home, listing their ages, colleges and professions. He is thankful that he is here, in his own home — and not a nursing home — after a massive stroke left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak.

 “After my stroke, I woke up in the hospital, and I could move everything. I could speak. I am good as gold now. I was not afraid to die, but I didn’t want to be paralyzed,” Sweeney said.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...


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." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >


(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... 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 »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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