Handlin op-ed: What can N.J. do to improve its reputation?

Asbury Park Press – We should be used to it by now. New Jersey has been the butt of jokes since before Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states. But it still hurts to hear New Jersey spotlighted as the “least liked state in America” in a survey released by YouGov.com, an Internet …

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O’Scanlon op-ed: Not all Republicans see eye to eye on issues of homosexuality and addiction

Star Ledger – Last year, the New Jersey legislature voted on a measure that prohibited the infliction of “sexual orientation reparative therapy” on young individuals of our state. This is the frequently torturous “treatment” designed to turn the gay straight. Although I abstained on the vote because of a potential technical issue, I vocally supported …

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Rumpf, Gove Call for Action on Financial Exploitation Measure

Source: The SandPaper – State Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District are calling for action on an initiative that would create the new offense of theft by financial exploitation of a vulnerable person. The offense would apply to a person in a position …

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Fiocchi Leads Call for Improved Broadband and Telecommunications for Rural South Jersey Communities

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Sam Fiocchi met today with local elected officials and the chairman of the Board of Public Utilities to discuss ongoing frustration with making phone calls and connecting to the Internet in South Jersey. “In the rest of the state, people can take landline and cell phone service …

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Bucco: American Pharoah Creates Excitement for NJ Horse Racing

Assembly Republican Press Release – Haskell purse increased to $1.75M Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco, R-Morris and Somerset, who attended today’s press conference on the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park Racetrack this Sunday, issued the following statement about the race and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s participation: “The Haskell is the premier thoroughbred …

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Rumana bill approved by Senate could bring Dave & Busters to Wayne

Bergen Record – A bill that would change a 56-year-old state law that banned alcoholic beverages from being sold at establishments that offer amusement games has passed the Senate and is awaiting action by Gov. Christie. Assemblyman Scott Rumana sponsored the legislation that authorizes the selling of alcohol for on premises consumption, a move that …

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Fiocchi Announces State Grant to Estell Manor School District for Construction Projects

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Sam Fiocchi announced that almost $800,000 has been awarded by the School Development Authority (SDA) to the Estell Manor School District for major construction projects. “The taxpayers and school children are the beneficiaries of this investment in Estell Manor’s schools,” said Fiocchi. “The state commitment eases the …

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Space and McHose Bill Increasing Funding Options for Small Businesses Clears Senate

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – The Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Parker Space and Alison Littell McHose to help new and expanding small businesses access funding. A-2073/S-712, which passed the General Assembly in March, now moves to the Governor’s desk to await action. Under the measure, small businesses can utilize a …

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Casagrande calls for slot machines at race tracks to help sagging racing industry

Source: Asbury Park Press – Showplace Farms, a training center here that houses more than 400 horses, will close on Oct. 1, officials said Tuesday in an announcement that clouded what was supposed to be a celebration this week of New Jersey’s horse-racing industry. “There is bipartisan support for expanding gaming in New Jersey,” Assemblywoman …

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DiMaio: More irresponsible budget gimmicks from Dems

Asbury Park Press op-ed by John DiMaio – Gov. Chris Christie has signed another responsible state budget without raising taxes, and the uproar about funding for public workers’ pensions has hushed for the time being. However, the underfunded system is an issue that requires bipartisan attention from the Legislature to prevent bigger problems in the …

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