Casagrande antique gun bill endorsed by South Jersey Times

South Jersey Times Editorial – Mention guns and you’ll trigger passionate discussions. The recent case of a Cumberland County gun collector who found himself charged after cops discovered him with an antique weapon has focused the spotlight on the need for revisions in our own state laws governing firearms. The story all unfolded on Nov. …

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Bucco says governor’s budget speech was ‘on point’ [video]

Source: NJTV [vide] – “I’m pleased to announce today that the commission has — with my support — reached an unprecedented accord with the NJEA,” said Gov. Chris Christie at the beginning of a budget address that even some Republicans here were fearing could mean curtains for Christie’s political fortunes. Instead, it turned out to …

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Bramnick discusses pension proposal

Bergen Record – A day after Governor Christie announced what he is calling a “road map for reform” on public employee pensions and health care, legislators and union leaders aren’t sure what exactly the next step is, but they say any progress is most likely to hinge on negotiating changes to employee health benefits. And …

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Angelini fighting to keep legal pot out of New Jersey

Source: The Star-Ledger – A New Jersey Assemblywoman said that in light of the formation of a group that launched last week to fight for the legalization of recreational marijuana use in New Jersey, she is planning a group that will actively advocate against it. Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) has been a vocal opponent …

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Handlin discusses Port Authority Reform on panel at university

Source: The Jersey Journal – How should Port Authority be fixed? The short answer, all five members of a panel discussing Port Authority reforms at Saint Peter’s University Monday agreed, is with more responsible leadership and greater transparency. The five members of the panel at the event — entitled “How Should We Fix the Port …

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Fiocchi Bill Saving Customers on Electricity Costs Wins Assembly Approval

Source: Cape May County Herald – Legislation (A-2385) sponsored by Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, R-Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic, which allows municipalities with their own electric utility to form a shared services authority was approved by the Assembly. “Consumers will save on their electric bills as the combined purchasing power of participating towns will make it …

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Assembly Republicans on Christie’s FY 2016 Budget Plan

Source: NJ 101.5 – Shortly after Gov. Chris Christie proposed a $33.8 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, lawmakers commented on the state spending plan. Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini (R, Monmouth): “This is another fiscally responsible budget that keeps New Jersey on the right track. …

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O’Scanlon voices support for Christie’s budget plan

Source: NJ Spotlight – There was a pledge to not increase taxes. A promise to deliver the last installment in a $2 billion business-tax cut initiative. And an announcement that teachers through their unions are open to sweeping changes designed to make health and pension benefits more affordable.   “As we have said all along, …

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Rodriguez-Gregg supports Christie’s $33.8 billion budget

Source: Burlington County Times – Gov. Chris Christie unveiled a $33.8 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year Tuesday, as well as his administration’s proposed fix for the state’s public employee pension system woes. The pension issue dominated Christie’s address to a joint session of the Legislature, as he outlined what he described as a …

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Brown, Fiocchi applaud Christie for not raising taxes on New Jersey families

Source: Press of Atlantic City – Gov. Chris Christie called for a massive overhaul of the state’s public pension system. He touted his record of balanced budgets. And the potential presidential candidate stood his ground Tuesday on not raising taxes in his annual budget address. “Simply raising taxes on the middle class in the highest-taxed …

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