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Bramnick bill would help residents who cultivate natural habitats

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When he created a natural habitat on the acre surrounding his Cape May County home, Mike Crewe didn’t know he’d be summoned to court to answer for it. His Lower Township property had become a kind of oasis amid the area’s manicured lawns, a colorful meadow for monarch butterflies, native bees, and other species of wildlife.

So Crewe, program director of the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory, was disappointed by the reaction of neighbors who complained about his un-mowed grounds to the municipality, which cited him for code violations last winter.

The clash was settled in a plea bargain, with the local prosecutor allowing half an acre as habitat, but the case clearly demonstrated the problem homeowners face in trying to provide food and shelter for wildlife, then running into municipal ordinances that require mowing.

That issue would be resolved by a bill that passed the New Jersey Assembly’s Environment and Solid Waste Committee last month and that awaits a vote by the full Assembly and passage by the Senate.

The measure, sponsored by Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman John Burzichelli and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, calls on the state Department of Environmental Protection to establish a certification program to encourage habitat plans and license them, heading off municipal code violations.

The program will help homeowners “take an active role in protecting our environment,” said Jon Bramnick, Assembly minority leader (R., Union), who has – with his wife, Pat – created a habitat at their Westfield home. “Altering a property to comply with standards established by the DEP will help wildlife return to its natural habitat.”

The change can’t come soon enough for New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation, New Jersey Audubon Society officials said. More than 30 percent of the land is considered urban, including lawns at office parks, golf courses, athletic fields, and residential yards. Lawns take up much of the 1.6 million acres of urban development.


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Bramnick Offers Condolences to Families of Israelis Killed in Synagogue

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, issued the following statement after four rabbis and a police officer were killed in a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers on Tuesday by two Palestinians:

“I offer my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the rabbis and police officer who were brutally murdered in their sacred place of worship. Such actions are senseless and indefensible. This is a terrible tragedy that affects not only Israel, but all peaceful and law-abiding people around the world.”

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Bramnick rallies the GOP in AC

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Refusing to be outshone by the three-ring circus on the Democratic side of the city, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) put together a function at the Borgata that not only drew his chief rival for the GOP nomination for governor in 2017, but beloved former Gov. Brendan Byrne.

“Hello, governor,” Bramnick grinned as Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno entered the packed party room.

They made nice for now.

At this moment, they are the two leading contenders to succeed Gov. Chris Christie for the GOP.

But not many wanted to talk about that here.

“I support Chris Christie,” said state Senator Tony Bucco (R-25) when asked about guv 2017.

In brief but animated remarks to the crowd, Bramnick promised an Atlantic City comeback, a battle cry with force behind it – then strained credulity in his next breath with a roaring promise of Republicans taking back the legislature in 2015.

The place offered a smart cross section of GOP players from around the state.

Veteran Morris County GOP Chairman John Sette was in the room.

State Senator Kip Batman (R-16) was here, and so was Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R-16).

Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-23) attended, and so did Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39), Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Assemblyman Tony Bucco (R-25), Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-39), and Republican State Party Chairman Sam Raia.

Mayor Don Guardian arrived with goodwill for Bramnick.

So did Monmouth County GOP Chairman (and Sheriff) Shaun Golden, who on Nov. 4th strengthened his party’s hold on power in the big Central Jersey county.

He’s a county chairman in demand right now.

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Bramnick in spotlight as 99th League of Municipalities Convention Draws Over 15000 to AC [video]

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The 99th edition of the League of Municipalities convention comes at a critical time for Atlantic City. With only bad news coming out of the city over the past two weeks, the convention is a shot in the arm economically, for sure, but also politically.

In a state with over 500 municipalities, the League’s annual convention draws over 15,000 participants. That includes newbies and veterans like Hope Township mayor and former League president Tim McDonough, who hosts the panel targeting new members.

“It’s amazing all that gets covered here and what you can find out if you want to whether it’s in a setting like a seminar or — as I love to do — just walking the floor here and talking to mayors and finding out what they’re doing and using, if you will, best practices,” said McDonough.

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Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick is co-chairing a panel called LOL, on using humor in government. The unofficial funniest man in New Jersey politics says the convention allows political opposites to sometimes attract.

“You know, if you have a beer with someone, I think Obama proved that, that’s probably a good thing. And that’s probably not what’s happening in Washington,” Bramnick said.

Bramnick is considered a GOP frontrunner for a gubernatorial bid in 2017 or before. He’s holding what he called the only GOP reception down here this week.

When asked if this is part of the process for someone who is considering a run, Bramnick said, “Someone once told me that every council person in the state of New Jersey when first elected probably thinks they’re gonna be governor. There’s probably 1,000 people here who think they’re gonna be governor, so I think it never hurts to talk to more and more people regardless of what your plans are.”

There is plenty to learn here if you are so inclined, hundreds of workshops and panel discussions, plus off-hour networking and elbow tipping, again, if you are so inclined. It’s all part of a well-rounded educational experience says consultant Stuart Koperweis.

“People have that perception about it being a big party but it really isn’t. It’s a lot of work and you work 9 to 5 but you also work 5 to 9 quite frankly, then you wake up tomorrow and do it again, so it’s like a 24-hour thing for the next 72 hours,” Koperweis said.

Highlights tonight include receptions featuring Democratic would-be gubernatorial candidates Steve Sweeney and Steve Fulop. The convention runs through Thursday.

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At League convention, Bramnick suggests politicians polish up on one-liners

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It’s the kind of seminar that ambitious civil servant Leslie Knope of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” would have circled on her calendar months in advance.

At the annual New Jersey State League of Municipal Governments convention there are seminars on the wonky aspects of government ? strategic planning, new traffic safety tools and best practices in infrastructure. But elected officials also presented an event on humor.

And that’s no joke.

Panelists said a good one-liner or self-deprecating comment can ease tensions during heated meetings, neutralize political opponents and make officials appear more approachable.

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The seminar packed a meeting room at the Atlantic City Convention Center ? and even got a few belly laughs out of the attendees. In the bit that got the loudest laugh, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick looked over the crowd and said he saw the head of the Hoboken Parking Authority.

“I can’t imagine what he does,” Bramnick said. “Because there’s no parking in Hoboken.”

Bramnick, who was joined on the panel by Flemington council member and standup comic Joey Novick and Democratic strategist Joshua Henne, said humor can help bridge partisan divides and ease negotiations.

The session, titled “The Power of LOL: Using Humor to Solve Municipal Issues,” also focused on the dos and don’ts of using humor in government.

Novick advised local officials to listen twice as hard as they speak, a lesson he learned from his father. Henne, citing Gov. Chris Christie’s appearance on the Dave Letterman show in 2013 when he pulled a doughnut from his pocket, said government officials should take a page from his playbook and be self-deprecating.

Novick agreed.

“The first person you should be making fun of in your humor is yourself,” he said. “If you can make fun of yourself you can control the room.”

But, Bramnick, who has been involved in comedy since the 1990s when his wife entered him in the “Funniest Lawyer in New York” contest, warned that humor doesn’t work in every situation.

Early in his career as a trial lawyer, he said he made a joke he thought was funny but the jury didn’t. The lesson is: Know your audience well, he said.

“If you’re not funny, don’t try to be,” he said.

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Bramnick comments on potential N.J. gas tax increase

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As the Republican governor of a blue state who has presidential aspirations, Chris Christie has spent much of the past five years carefully considering whether what plays in New Jersey will also play in more conservative states like South Carolina.

That balancing act is about to get a lot tougher as calls to raise the state’s gas tax grow louder.

New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund — which pays for major transportation projects — is almost broke. And Democrats who control the Legislature say that after years of fiscal maneuvers and borrowing for road projects, more revenue is needed.

The issue is expected to come to a head over the next couple months, before Christie introduces his next budget.

Christie had been adamantly opposed to raising the gas tax and bashed Democrats for entertaining the idea, even though it had been not been taken up by the Legislature.

Many don’t expect Christie to sign a cut-and-dried increase in the gas tax into law – even if the state hasn’t raised it since 1988, and New Jersey has some of the cheapest gas in the nation.

One possible way to fund the Transportation Trust Fund is to extend the state’s sales tax to gasoline sales, whether at the pump or for wholesale purchases from refineries. And that could be coupled with an agreement by Democrats to reform New Jersey’s “death tax” structure, which currently includes both an inheritance tax and an estate tax on transfers of over $675,000.

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) commented:

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“The governor said that everything was on the table to negotiate. Those were his words. Nothing was off the table. I think what’s going on is there are discussions and Legislature,” he said. “There will be some way to fix the Transportation Trust Fund, but if we were to discuss all the possible options, it’s very difficult to get something done. The governor said everything is on the table. Those are his words.”

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Bramnick Saddened to Learn of Passing of Former State Senator Robert Littell

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick issued the following statement regarding the passing of former New Jersey State Senator Robert Littell, whose daughter, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, represents the 24th Legislative District:

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“I am truly saddened to learn of Senator Littell’s passing. The senator’s 40 years of service in the Legislature is testimony to his dedication to the people of New Jersey. Senator Littell was a great public servant and will be sorely missed. Alison’s public service is a tribute to her father’s legacy. On behalf of the Assembly Republican caucus, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Alison and her family.”

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Bramnick: ‘We’ve reached a good place’

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New Jersey lawmakers passed a pair of measures Thursday stemming from the politically motivated lane closures near the George Washington Bridge last year.

The Assembly approved legislation that would subject the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to the open-records laws of both states. It also would require an annual audit, lobbying restrictions and the creation of whistleblower protections.

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The bill passed with Republican support.

“We’ve reached a good place in the state of New Jersey,” said Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick. “Hopefully we can leave the bad politics to the past.”

Both states must adopt identical bills for the legislation to take effect. New York lawmakers passed the measures in June, while New Jersey’s Senate passed one in June and the other in September.

The measures now head to Christie. An administration spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment. In New York, the proposal awaits action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A spokesman for the Democratic governor said the legislation is under review.

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Bramnick Introduces Cyber Fraud Hotline Number Bill

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick introduced legislation that is intended to allow residents to call a hotline number or access a website when they believe cyber fraud has been committed. Bramnick is combining efforts with the Attorney General’s Statewide Computer Task Force. The legislation increases public awareness of computer crime and provides the public with a phone number to report suspicious internet activity.

Bramnick stated, “We are constantly observing fraudulent activity on the Internet and do not know how to report same,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “This bill will provide a one-stop consumer hotline for New Jersey citizens. The reporting of this fraud will be helpful to our Homeland Security officials at the state level.”

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Bramnick: Gov. Christie Demonstrates Real Leadership in Atlantic City

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R- Union, Morris and Somerset, issued the following statement today following Gov. Christie’s second Summit discussing Atlantic City’s future:

“Governor Christie was successful in having everyone at the table in Atlantic City. This is the first step in solving the problems facing our gaming capital. A unified approach led by the governor is the only solution to challenges facing Atlantic City. There are tough decisions ahead, but we are facing the realties as one team.”

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