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Bramnick speaks on proposed conflict of interest rules bill

Bergen Record – The governor’s office should follow the same ethical rules and the Legislature and close a loophole that has allowed Governor Christie to take a lavish overseas trip and sit in luxury box seats at football games, according to the lawmaker who is leading the George Washington Bridge lane-closure investigation. If the bill …

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Bramnick blames Wisniewski for stalling ethics reforms

Source: News 12 NJ – Recent reports about Governor Christie accepting expensive gifts from high-profile friends is about to lead to a new round of legislation. Think of it as the statehouse equivalent of what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.   “Why don’t we as legislators have the same disclosure requirements as the governor? Democratic Chairman John Wisniewski has rejected that.” — Assembly Republican Leader Jon …

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Bramnick debates a gas tax hike versus spending cuts

NJ 101.5 – As Gov. Chris Christie and state legislators scramble to find the best way to replenish the almost bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund, the debate continues about how best to accomplish this task. An increase in the state’s gas tax is the most talked about solution, but there is some push back as Republican …

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Rible bill addresses how much feds should know about a child’s school day

NJ 101.5 – Should the federal government know how many times your child has visited the school nurse or guidance counselor? Schools in New Jersey collect and forward this information but the practice could soon be illegal under legislation moving through Trenton. A measure to keep students’ personal information from being shared with the federal …

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Bramnick: Instead of more taxes, consider alternatives to reviving the TTF

Source: The Star-Ledger [letter-to-the-editor by Jon Bramnick]- Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) does not have veto power over ideas. To solve the Transportation Trust Fund problem (“Mixed signals on Transportation Trust Fund,” Feb. 5), we need to have a real conversation with everything on the table. Reducing spending should always be an option. Mr. Wisniewski has …

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Christie Signs Wolfe & McGuckin’s ‘Pet Purchase Protection Act,’ Inspired by Brick Case

Source: Brick Shorebeat – Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday signed the Pet Purchase Protection Act into law. This legislation, sponsored by Sen. James Holzapfel and Assembly members Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, requires pet stores to display additional information about each dog and cat for sale, including the name and address of the breeder. The …

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Webber named to Reagan Ranch Board of Governors

Source: PolitckerNJ – In advance of the anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth on February 6, Assemblyman Jay Webber and Young America’s Foundation have announced that Assemblyman Webber has been named to the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors of Young America’s Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving and protecting President Reagan’s Ranch in Santa Barbara, …

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Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove Chosen Legislator of the Year By NJ VFW

Source: The SandPaper – Ninth District Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove has been honored by the Department of New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars as Legislator of the Year. Gove told the presenters that veterans issues played an important role in her decision to serve in the Legislature. The award was presented at the Voice of …

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DiMaio on why Urban Enterprise Zones are counterproductive

Source: The Express Times – Phillipsburg’s Urban Enterprise Zone won’t see any additional funding after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed a proposal to funnel some sales tax revenues back to the local programs.   “Winners and losers should be based on their own abilities to perform in the marketplace. This is the …

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Rumana bill targets lightweight wood construction in New Jersey

Source: Daily Record – A New Jersey lawmaker wants to freeze new multi-family developments from using the same lightweight wood construction that was used in an Edgewater apartment complex that was destroyed by fire two weeks ago. Assemblyman Scott Rumana’s bill would impose a two-year moratorium while the state evaluates the safety of light frame …

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