Under the “Other Events” Category: I am invited to headline the Monmouth County Democratic Organization Fundraiser tonight at the West Park Avenue Recreation Center in Oakhurst. The progressive newly elected County Leader, Vin Gopal, is working hard to bring renewed life (and a few dollars) to the organization. I’m looking forward to seeing some BJ folks there from 7 to 9 this evening.
Under the “Cerf Day” Category: Senate Judiciary Committee meets on Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m. Lots of appointments to boards and commissions on deck, but the “main event” will be the Committee hearing on “Acting” Commissioner Chris Cerf’s appearance to remove the “Acting” from his title. No shortage of questions for this nominee. Charter school standards and regulations; charter authorizers; virtual charter schools and/or “hybrid” charter schools; the rest of our school system (remember them?); school funding formulas; selection of state run school superintendents, etc., etc. You can tune in to the hearing on your computer.
Assembly will also hold a hearing on the state contracted halfway houses today. After this hearing, hopefully the Assembly and Senate Committee chairs will meet and discuss the necessary steps to institute proper accountability measures.
I’m actually rooting for a real Jersey Comeback. But a little reality is setting in. Our unemployment rate has crept up to 9.6%, and that’s without increasing taxes on all those “job creators”. Star Ledger ran an interesting article, chart and all, putting an end to the Christie (Republican) myth about lower taxes producing more jobs and a better economy. They reminded us of Mr. Christie’s challenge to the Governor of Connecticut when he raised taxes on the rich in his state. Our Governor said he’d be waiting at our border for all those fleeing Conn. It didn’t quite happen that way and Connecticut is actually doing better than we are at the moment. Hey Governor Christie, I do want New Jersey to “come back”. But we need the money to invest in out schools, roads and infra-structure in order to keep our state attractive for all those businesses that do create those jobs.
And Note to Governor: We can start celebrating some of those institutions we already have that actually produce those scientists, mathematicians, and engineers we need for those high tech jobs! Check out the New Jersey Institute of Technology. I visited there last week and continue to be impressed with the brilliant young minds we have working and studying there.
Aurora, Colorado Tragedy, and why can an individual buy so many rounds of ammunition on line? How can a person in our country build such a stockpile of semi-automatic weapons, and canisters of chemical compounds? We need federal leadership here. President Obama? Governor Romney?