Friday, February 23, 2007
A correct, but somewhat misleading headline?
Our first reaction was "why the hell would the Governor appoint a felon to the bench?"
Then we cliked on the link, which brought us to an article containing the following information (emphasis ours):
Although the new judge is in fact a Republican Crook, he's not a Republican crook. We're sorry that, in light of all the political corruption in New Jersey, we immediately thought he was an unsavory criminal.
Gov. Jon S. Corzine nominated Evan H.C. Crook of Mount Laurel on Thursday for a Superior Court judgeship in Burlington County.
Crook, 48, is the solicitor for the Burlington County Board of Freeholders. His law career since graduation from Rutgers University Law School in 1987 has focused on the public sector employment law, especially municipal and county government law.
Crook, a Republican, will fill a Republican vacancy on the Superior Court.
Labels: Jon Corzine
Monday, February 19, 2007
Asbury Park, which opened their clerk's office at midnight for an hour and then for four additional hours today (despite the holiday), had five couples arive just after midnight.
We're glad to see this day come.
NJ Democrats: Veterans and Memorial Day are meaningless
Seriously. We're not joking. They really did it. And it passed both houses of the Legislature.
Thankfully Governor Corzine conditionally vetoed the bill and the two days were added back in to the costly government mandates.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Cupid is CrAzY
Caryl Lucas, a spokeswoman for New Jersey's Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, said her office would look into the incident but declined to comment on whether Mr. Cupid would be returning to his State House office and $102,350 salary. If he gets canned, he may be happy . . . given that he commutes from West 150th Street in Manhattan to Trenton each day.
What a touching Valentine's Day story. More here and here.
It looks like Cupid is an Iowa Law grad. Possibly a Colgate undergrad and a basketball player for the Colgate Raiders. If someone can confirm that its the same person, it looks like Cupid didn't leave the team on the best of terms.
(a few stylistic changes made @ 11:33a.m.)
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
A few Democrats get it
We're gald to see that a few Democrats understand that the watered down "credit" proposal doesn't solve anything.
But Sens. John Adler, D-Camden, and Nia Gill, D-Essex, questioned how the state would pay for the $2 billion credit program in the long run. A financial quirk gives the state government extra money to use for this year only. Adler and Gill both said the credit program, which will take the bite out of tax bills but not address root causes of high property taxes, falls short of true reform.
"If we were selling this tax package as a product, we would be in violation of the Consumer Fraud Act," Gill said. She later added, "In plain language: We do not have the money to pay for this."
Adler said the caps had been "gutted" and called for lawmakers to go back to the property tax reform drawing board, rather than pass watered-down bills and declare them "good enough."
"We should step back, take a breath, ask for a do-over," Adler said.
At the end of the day this bad bill will become a bad law.
But at least some Democrats understand that it won't solve anything.
Diane Allen for U.S. Senate
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Dual officeholder ban might actually happen
But a bill banning the practice -- allowing a State Assemblyman/Assemblywoman or Senator to also be an elected mayor, councilman/woman, freeholder -- has already passed the Assembly and is set for a vote in the Senate tomorrow. Governor Jon Corzine has said he will sign the bill into law.
There are some unfortunate parts to the bill -- i.e., the ban won't likely go into effect until this time next year, allowing current elected officials to get in on the grandfather clause (if you hold dual offices before the effective date, you can continue to do so). But overall, we're happy that this practice will soon be a thing of the past.
Update: The Senate Democrats and Assembly Democrats can't get themselves on the same page -- they both want to ban the idea, but can't agree on when the ban should go into effect. We can't believe we're going to say this, but Sharpe James is right:
Just get this done already.
Sen. Sharpe James, D-Essex, who himself held two elected offices as Newark mayor from 1999 to 2006, said it would be "insincere" and "playing politics" to delay the ban until after November's election.
"Why are you waiting? So people can run, and then they would be grandfathered in? Then you're not sincere. It's not from the heart then. It's not gut. It's a political action," said James. "I don't think we should target the bill for any particular individual or what have you.
"I never wanted to be a dual-office holder. But if I resigned as mayor, it doesn't solve the problem," James said, before claiming that he quit his post to prove a point. "I voluntarily quit one to lead by example. Hello!"
You should have named him Penny
An Atlantic City woman playing the penny slots Saturday morning left the Resorts Atlantic City casino with her own little jackpot — a new baby boy.
Eight-months pregnant Nyree Thompson, 32, went into labor on the casino floor about 9:30 a.m.
Thompson told The Press of Atlantic City for Sunday editions that she mistook labor pains for gas at first, but after going to the restroom told a security guard that she might be giving birth.
Thompson said the guard thought she was joking. Then her water broke. "A guard came over and said, 'Don't push,'" Thompson said. "I said, 'Forget you, this baby is coming right now.'"
Minutes later, a boy weighing less than 5 pounds was born. Thompson named him Qualeem.
Four security guards helped Thompson deliver the baby, wrapping the child in a jacket until paramedics arrived at about 9:40 a.m., said Steve Callender, vice president of operations at Resorts.
Mr. Callender, who has worked at Resorts since it opened in 1978, said the birth was a first for the casino as far as he knew: "We've had people die here," he said, "but we've never had people born here."
Mother and baby are doing fine.
Thanks for the subsidies, but we're outta here
Its a lose-lose situation for New Jersey.
Tune into Fox News of CNN instead.
New Jersey's cigarette tax is #1
Now, we aren't opposed to the cigarette tax when its used to either deter potential smokers from picking up the habit or encourage current smokers to quit. But with such a high tax on each pack sold, the State is certainly taking in a good deal of money as a result.
Our question: With such a high cigarette tax, did we really need to raise the sales tax?
The Asbury Park Press gets it wrong
This is all quite simple: A property tax credit is not a property tax cut.
Joe Ryan of the Star-Ledger gets it right by calling the Democrats' plan what it is -- property tax relief.
But remember, property tax relief through tax credits is not property tax reform.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Um, Dina, what were you waiting for?
Some tid-bits from the Associated Press:
- "Lawyers for James E. McGreevey filed a two-page document in Union County Superior Court in Elizabeth seeking to dissolve his union with Dina Matos McGreevey. A spokeswoman for Union County Superior Court, Sandra Thaler-Gerber, confirmed receiving the filing Friday."
- "The two have lived apart since November 2004, when McGreevey resigned following a stunning public announcement that he was 'a gay American' who had had an affair with a male staffer."
- "The filing says McGreevey and his wife have lived apart for 26 months. 'This separation has continued to the present time and there exists no reasonable prospect for reconciliation,' according to the divorce complaint."
- "The document says the parties entered into a settlement agreement on Jan. 12, 'which resolves all issues pertaining to custody, parenting time, alimony, child support, equitable distribution and counsel fees.'"
Oh, not so fast, Mr. McGreevey:
"I note from news accounts of my husband's filing that he claims we have reached a comprehensive agreement. That is not true," Matos McGreevey said through her lawyer, John N. Post. "We continue to have profound differences about what our daughter should be exposed to, and until they are resolved, there will be no agreement."
Looks like this might not be so neat and clean after all. Maybe Dina will dish some dirt in her upcoming book "Silent Partner," due out in stores on May 1, 2007