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Bramnick in Bergen: Paid sick leave laws part of “left-wing” Democrat plans for post-Christie future

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Source: PolitickerNJ -

On a stop at a Bergen County hardware store, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) hit the Democrats with a figurative two-by-four, attacking the recent push for paid sick-leave legislation in New Jersey municipalities.

“The radical Democrats are now competing for the most radical ideas,” said Bramnick on Friday, standing next to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan at Kuiken Brothers Company in downtown Fair Lawn. “They have put on the table a paid sick-leave bill that is now starting to develop in municipalities around the state. In New Jersey, the last thing we need is more regulation on business.

“We know this is a political issue between the left wing of the Democratic Party getting ready for a post-Chris Christie era,” Bramnick added. “If we’re going to have this era, despite the fact that Chris Christie has three and a half years left as governor, we’re going to be in big trouble.”

Bramnick’s trip to Bergen, New Jersey’s most populous county, comes at a time when because of Gov. Christie’s increasing national profile as a potential Republican presidential candidate, the 2017 Garden State gubernatorial sweepstakes has begun sooner than usual.

Bramnick is reportedly looking to take the GOP nominee slot, while three Democrats, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, former U.S. ambassador to Germany and ex-Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy and state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) are testing the campaign waters on their side of the aisle.

Bramnick said he would “need a crystal ball” to figure out his own political future when pressed about his plans. But Bramnick cast a jaundiced eye at the current jockeying among some potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

“In the left wing of the Democratic Party, they are now trying to find out who hates Chris Christie more. They fight against each other to be more anti-Chris Christie. But when you’re anti-Christie, you’re anti-business,” Bramnick said. “Everything Gov. Christie has done is try to open the door to business. So if you’re going to have a primary for the next three years, you’re going to get anti-business legislation, and that’s what you see. Steve Fulop and Steve Sweeney – I don’t care if they run against each other. Just leave business alone while you’re doing it.”

 

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Bramnick bill could prevent GPS tracking without consent

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It is not illegal in New Jersey for someone, like an ex-husband or ex-wife to attach a GPS monitor to your car without your knowledge or consent. If you think that’s wrong you are not alone.

In an exclusive interview with Townsquare Media, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) said he is in the process of drafting a bill to make the practice a crime.

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“I received a call from a person whose ex-wife attached a GPS device to his car and when he contacted the prosecutor’s office and the police they said there is no criminal law that indicates that’s a violation,” Bramnick said. “To me that’s an invasion of privacy.”

The proposed legislation would make it a fourth degree crime to use a GPS device to track someone’s movements without their knowledge or consent. Anyone found guilty of the crime could face up 18 months in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. It is not likely that someone would go to jail, but it is possible Bramnick said.

“There are going to be some exceptions. For example, I think you should be able to monitor your own children. If there’s no family relationship whatsoever, that clearly should be a violation of the criminal law and there should be criminal penalties,” Bramnick said.

The bill will be officially introduced next month when the full legislature returns to Trenton, Bramnick said.

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Bramnick: Indictment of Gov. Perry Should Scare All Elected Officials and All Americans

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Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, issued the following statement regarding the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry:

“Although I do not agree with all of Governor Perry’s policy positions, I am a supporter of the American justice system. The system should avoid any appearance of political retribution or political interference. There was apparently a history between the county district attorney and Governor Perry. Under those circumstances, an independent prosecutor to investigate the allegations should be appointed to review any alleged wrongdoing.”

It appears that a funding issue of a government entity may be the basis for the indictment. Bramnick said if that is the case the public should be very concerned about this indictment. He added his concern of politicians investigating politicians may have reached a new level.

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Bramnick on George Washington Bridge scandal legal costs soaring

The law firm defending Gov. Chris Christie’s administration in the George Washington Bridge scandal has billed $6.5 million for its work, new public records show.

Along with other government legal costs related to the shutdown of bridge access lanes by Christie’s top aides, total expenditures now top $8.5 million. That money is being paid by taxpayers and by motorists who pay tolls on bridges and tunnels operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Invoices and summaries released Friday by the state Attorney General’s Office for 11 law firms included $3.26 million in new bills from the Gibson Dunn law firm for March and April. The firm previously submitted bills for $3.3 million for January and February.

The scandal costs are growing at a time when polls show substantial skepticism about Christie’s version of what happened as well as public fatigue from the legislative probe launched in January to examine the bridge lane closures.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll found half of New Jersey voters don’t believe Christie’s explanation on the scandal. Still, a majority are willing to write off the entire episode as “politics as usual.”

Just 23 percent say they fully believe Christie’s version of what he knew and when he knew it. But 60 percent think the ongoing legislative investigation is a waste of time.

Christie’s fellow Republicans blame Democrats who control the investigating panel for prolonging the inquiry and driving up costs.

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“Stop the politicians investigating politicians,” Assembly GOP leader Jon Bramnick said, noting the U.S. Attorney’s Office is conducting its own probe.

Other scandal legal costs include:

• $850,000 due to 10 law firms representing two dozen Christie staffers or former staffers. The Attorney General’s Office has approved a $340-an-hour rate to the outside lawyers and $90-an-hour for paralegals representing individuals who have been subpoenaed.

• About $960,000 for legal counsel for the legislative committee controlled by Democrats. That figure is based on vouchers for $480,864 released by the Senate on Friday. The Assembly and the Senate each pay half of the legal costs associated with committee.

• The Port Authority has used revenue generated from bridge and tunnel tolls and other sources to pay a reported $300,000 to lawyers representing Executive Director Patrick Foye and 14 employees.

The grand total at this point: $8.61 million through May, but also including a handful of June invoices.

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Bramnick: Study Shows NJ Health Benefits One of Most Expensive in Nation Demonstrates Need for Further Review

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, said the recent report indicating New Jersey’s cost for public employee health benefits are the highest in the nation further supports the need for long-term planning committees.

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“New Jerseyans feel the pain of high property taxes and the long-term committees will be able to review this study and other data creating a strategic plan for our state. Trying to solve the problem one law at a time does not work. The governor has created a panel to review pensions and we need to follow that lead by establishing the four committees proposed recently.”

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Bramnick says bill requiring employers to give paid sick days to all workers wrong focus

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The state Assembly will in September begin advancing a bill that would require New Jersey employers to give paid sick days to all workers.

“New Jersey’s middle-class and working poor have waited far too long for this basic step forward in worker rights,” Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) said in a statement announcing the upcoming action.

Liberal groups, including labor unions, have been pushing for the bill (A2354) even as they engage in an effort to get New Jersey’s municipalities to adopt their own ordinances.

The bill would require employers to give workers one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.

Businesses with fewer than 10 employees would be required to let workers accumulate at least 40 hours of earned sick time. For bigger companies, it would be 72 hours. The time could be used either for the workers’ own health or to take care of family members.

Jersey City and Newark have already passed local paid sick leave laws. And on Tuesday, the liberal group New Jersey Working Families Alliance – which claims there are 1.2 million New Jersey workers who are not able to earn paid sick days — announced they’re delivering petitions to trigger referendums on sick leave ordinances in five municipalities: Irvington, Montclair, Passaic, Paterson, and Trenton.

Business groups oppose the measure. Michael Egenton, vice president of government relations for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, said in June that the bill is an “intrusion on the free enterprise system.”

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) said the bill is “the last thing New Jersey’s economy needs.”

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“I have spoken with hundreds of business leaders and they all tell me the same thing. Increasing the cost of doing business makes it difficult for them to hire employees,” Bramnick said in a statement. “If we’re going to create jobs and grow our economy, we have to stop blocking the way with costly mandates. Our top priority right now should be creating jobs and putting people to work.”

To become law, the bill must pass the Assembly and the state Senate, and be signed by Gov. Chris Christie.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he supports the bill but would not give a time frame for advancing it.

Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts said only the bill “will be reviewed” if it reaches the governor’s desk.

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Bramnick Calls Earned Sick Leave Bill Bad For Employment

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Calling it a threat to job growth and economic development in New Jersey, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset spoke out against Assembly legislation requiring employers to provide earned sick leave to all workers.

“Another obstacle to employment is the last thing New Jersey’s economy needs. I have spoken with hundreds of business leaders and they all tell me the same thing. Increasing the cost of doing business makes it difficult for them to hire employees.

“If we’re going to create jobs and grow our economy, we have to stop blocking the way with costly mandates. Our top priority right now should be creating jobs and putting people to work.”

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Bramnick, Handlin: Stand with Israel against terror [op-ed]

Source: The Times of Trenton Op-Ed by Jon Bramnick and Amy Handlin -

Amy Handlin

Jon Bramnick

In today’s über-connected world, Gaza is not so far away.

People of good conscience everywhere are horrified by the ongoing cycles of violence in the Middle East and can’t help but be saddened by the death toll and loss of innocent life.

Yet, as in all thorny problems, understanding context and causality is important. Winston Churchill’s definition comes to mind: “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

In the current fighting between Israel and Hamas, it is clear who are the fanatics.

Hamas represents an extremist movement that does not look to the possibility of negotiation or compromise. Its members see jihad as the duty of every Muslim, and they are not interested in peace unless and until they get their way.

“We have learned since 9/11 that we cannot remain oblivious to threats to our values and security from overseas — and that the best defense is a good offense. We need to support the struggle against fanatics wherever they arise and seek to undermine the values and civilization we hold so dear.”

It’s a movement that attacks Jews and Christians alike. In Gaza, where they have had the opportunity to govern for years, they have also put their own people at risk. Rather than investing in education and public works projects, the main development project they have funded is the construction of tunnels where they now store rockets and which they use for cross-border attacks into Israel.

Such behavior is not the sign of a group that wishes to live in peace with its neighbors or that even can be reasoned with. This is the context of the current situation in Gaza.

The cause is simple. Hamas has now fired more than 3,000 rockets into Israel this year. On the one hand, Israel is fortunate that it has had years of preparedness, along with shelters and the Iron Dome, to protect its citizens. On the other hand, this is what happens when a country is a liberal democracy living on the front lines of Western civilization.

That is a large part of the reason why this conflict is important to us, as leaders focused on our constituents in the state of New Jersey.

We’ve seen what happens when fanatics aim their hatred at us, as a beacon of Western civilization. The 9/11 massacre — devastating families throughout our state — was carried out by a terrorist group that shares the same extreme ideology. They don’t differentiate between military and civilian targets. Their main aim is to sow terror and destruction. And they don’t care about their own people’s well-being.

We have learned since 9/11 that we cannot remain oblivious to threats to our values and security from overseas — and that the best defense is a good offense. We need to support the struggle against fanatics wherever they arise and seek to undermine the values and civilization we hold so dear.

That is why all Americans should support Israel in this battle against Hamas. It is also our battle against extremism. The nature of this particular conflict is simple. We know the cause. We know the context. And our stance should be unequivocal.

Jon Bramnick (R-Union) is the New Jersey General Assembly Republican Leader and Amy Handlin (R-Monmouth) is an Assembly Deputy Republican Leader.

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Bramnick Introduces Legislation Reforming Legislative Re-Districting

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On Monday, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick introduced legislation (ACR-183) that makes legislative elections more competitive by reforming the re-districting process.

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“We need legislators who appeal to the middle ground and are problem solvers,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “The current legislative map makes it harder for bipartisanship. In more competitive districts, both parties will be forced to work together.”

The bill asks voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would make the state’s legislative districts more competitive. Bramnick believes this would result in the election of more lawmakers willing to find common ground on important issues.

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, R-Monmouth, is also a primary sponsor of the bill.

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Bramnick Submits Legislation Creating Long-Term Strategic Planning Committees

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On Monday, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick introduced legislation that creates strategic long-term planning committees (ACR-184) to focus on fiscal priorities important to taxpayers.

Jon Bramnick

“Successful businesses plan for long-term challenges,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “Executives are constantly asking themselves what goals to set in order to further their company’s success. The Legislature needs to do the same for taxpayers. Let’s start by creating strategic planning committees that will think about the steps we need to take now to achieve better results in the long-term.”

Bramnick’s bill creates four bipartisan committees that would examine issues such as the school aid funding formula, the public employee pension system, business incentives, and taxes that drive residents to live in other states such as the inheritance tax, estate tax and income tax.

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, R-Monmouth, is the other primary sponsor of the bill.

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