New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Flickr/Phil Murphy for Governor Gov. Phil Murphy has long touted his progressive agenda by saying he wants New Jersey to be an East Coast version of California.But the problem is, some say, that New Jersey’s finances are nothing like those in the Golden State.Without a strong economy like California, the state can’t afford Murphy’s agenda without asking residents to pay more, experts say in a story in the Record.An analysis by the USA Network finds that Murphy’s plan to finance his dream projects, as well as correct the state’s long-standing financial problems, by fostering economic growth in the struggling state will not work. State funding will fall “at least $300 million short—and potentially much more—of what he needs next year to cover pledged funding for schools, public employee pensions and other priorities,” the story in the Record notes.That leaves Murphy facing a choice—either scale back … [Read more...] about NJ Politics Digest: Analysis Finds Murphy’s Agenda Needs New Taxes to Move Forward
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Cheryl Makin and Bart Jansen USATNetwork Published 10:38 p.m. UTC Jun 17, 2018 A dispute between rival gang members was the likely cause behind a shooting that erupted in the early morning hours of a popular all-night arts festival in Trenton, killing one, injuring 22, and leaving New Jersey's capital city in a state of shock on Father's Day. Gov. Phil Murphy, speaking at the Galilee Baptist Church after Sunday services, said the shooting may have stemmed from a local dispute a "low-end neighborhood-level dispute" that spilled over into the venue. But with thousands in attendance, that dispute quickly turned into a mass shooting involving multiple weapons, and adding New Jersey to the list of states nationwide that have suffered casualties from gun violence at large gatherings. "This is yet another reminder of the senselessness of gun violence," said Murphy, who said he would visit the wounded and their families at area hospitals. "Even having signed six stringent gun laws last … [Read more...] about Gunfire erupts at NJ arts festival leaving 1 dead, 22 injured on Father’s Day
Jai Agnish NorthJersey Published 3:33 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 Marriage, the birth of a child and buying a home — all major life-affirming events. Valdo Panzera Jr. and Megan Marie Panzera have achieved all three in the eight months since they survived the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The North Haledon couple looked at their newborn son, Valdo III, on Wednesday afternoon and said he's the reason they survived the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. "He's our hero," Valdo said. Megan was living and teaching in Las Vegas. Her boyfriend at the time, Valdo, Jr., from North Haledon was visiting. They attended the music festival together. She was four weeks pregnant on the last day of the festival and she was tired. So instead of standing in the crowd to watch the show they opted for bleacher seats at the back. The decision, they said, may have saved their lives. When the gunman opened fire on the … [Read more...] about NJ couple who survived Las Vegas shooting welcome baby as they try to move forward
Chris Christie. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer He’s got a career as a TV commentator and attorney, but former Gov. Chris Christie seems to be having a hard time letting go of the past, at least when it comes to Twitter.The Record reports that Christie’s preferred social media profile is the “official Twitter account of the 55th Governor of New Jersey.”The problem is that the state doesn’t have access to Christie’s Twitter or Facebook accounts, according to the report. And none of Christie’s social media posts or messages have been archived, according to the report. That’s important, since the posts may be government records, since Christie used social media as an official way to promote policies and communicate with the public. However, this is a grey area, since the state doesn’t have a social media policy for government accounts. There is also no policy on archiving social media material.Open policy advocates told the … [Read more...] about NJ Politics Digest: Chris Christie’s Twitter Account Raises Questions
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Should public officials be subject to background checks? Spring Lake Heights councilman Robert T. Merriken Sr. was arrested April 4 on drug paraphernalia charges. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Asbury Park Press Published 9:45 a.m. ET May 11, 2018 CLOSE Bodycam and dashcam footage from Neptune City Police show the arrest of Spring Lake Heights councilman Robert Merriken on drug paraphernalia charges on April 4, 2018. Ryan Ross, Shannon Mullen, Sean Oates and Michael Pettigano CONNECT TWEET … [Read more...] about Should public officials be subject to background checks?