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O’Scanlon Statement on Interest Arbitration Bill

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, issued the statement below following a press conference held by Gov. Christie today explaining the need for the conditionally vetoed interest arbitration bill (A-3067) to be passed: “The two percent arbitration cap is an essential part of managing our property tax issue. …

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Angelini op-ed: Don’t ignore fact marijuana is addictive, destructive drug

Source: Daily Record - (Op-ed by Mary Pat Angelini) Imagine for a minute a world in which marijuana is available in a vending machine or corner grocery store near you — like any other snack machine — pot-infused lollipops, gummy candies, baked goods and beverages available at the push of a button. As futuristic as this farfetched …

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Handlin-Schepisi discuss future of legislative bridge panel

Source: Asbury Park Press – It is a good time to reassess the goals of the Legislature’s joint committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lanes closing and ask whether it is in the best interests of justice that the committee be dissolved. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that Bridget Kelly, former deputy chief of …

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AFP Applauds Asm. Ciattarelli’s Push On Estate, Inheritance Taxes

Source: Americans For Prosperity – Americans for Prosperity state director Daryn Iwicki is praising another New Jersey lawmaker, Assemblymen Jack Ciattarelli (R-16), for taking steps to cut or eliminate New Jersey’s estate and inheritance taxes. “Yet another member of the New Jersey Legislature has called out for the need to remove the estate tax. “Asm. …

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Webber-Casagrande-Simon spend a night for homeless youth and raise $25K for Covenant House

Source: PolitickerNJ – Camped under the stars outside the Statehouse last night, New Jersey lawmakers raised over $25,000 for homeless youth in Covenant House’s first ever legislative sleep-out. “It was a worthwhile night; a notable and meaningful event,” said Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), co-chair with state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19). “There was a lot of …

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Dancer Moves To Legalize Warning About Speed Traps (video)

Source: Chasing NJ (video) – There is going to be a time when a driver will pass a speed trap. That driver may flicker their high-beams as a warning to oncoming traffic but the only problem with that is that it’s illegal to do so in New Jersey. One assemblyman is trying to change that; arguing …

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Casagrande ‘Sleeps Out’ in Trenton to Raise Awareness, Funds for Covenant House

Press Release – Monmouth County Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will participate in a legislative ”sleep out” tonight on the grounds outside the State House in Trenton to raise awareness and funds in support of New Jersey’s homeless runaway and trafficked youth who are served by Covenant House. “Covenant House is always there, when no one else …

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Bramnick: My question is why not do legislation? (video)

Source: NJTV (video) – It’s been a tough week on West State Street for the Special Committee on Investigations. First the panel looking into the GWB lane closures had its reason for being questioned by the Senate president. “Everybody agrees that the Port Authority is out of control and it’s a dysfunctional agency,” said Assembly …

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Handlin says SCI should shift priorities

Source: Bergen Record – Democrats leading the panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures met with their lawyer Thursday to decide their next move, one day after a judge ruled that they could not compel two central players in the controversy to hand over documents. Also weighing on their decision is concern over whether …

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Bramnick: Investigative committee was created to establish policy

Source: NewsWorks – A day after New Jersey judge decided not to force two key witnesses to turn over subpoenaed documents, the next moves by legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal are uncertain. “To spend more money on politics versus policy doesn’t make any sense to me.” – Jon Bramnick Democrat John Wisniewski, …

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