The “World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017″ is scheduled for a vote tomorrow, but in spite of Trump’s threats to congressmen it might be postponed as it’s unclear now whether there are enough votes to pass it.
- “The bill would cause nearly half a million New Jerseyans to lose health coverage. It would dismantle Medicaid, shift costs to NJ & lead to cuts to medical assistance.” (NJPP)
- Rep. Tom MacArthur said he will now support it after it was amended to help more middle-aged Americans afford their insurance premiums.
- In a move to gain more conservative Republican backers, the House has also changed the bill to allow states to require poor Medicaid recipients to work while speeding up the tax cuts going to wealthier Americans.
- Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen remains unclear on his position.
- Rep Leonard Lance has said he doesn’t want to support a legislation that would be rejected by his Republican colleagues.
- The leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus says there are still enough holdouts among conservatives to prevent the GOP’s plan from winning passage on the floor.
Senators Booker and Menendez highlight PennEast concerns in letter to regulator.
Gov. Christie’s team tried to cover up the Bridgegate scandal but failed. They did a better on the sleeper scandal in Hunterdon County. (Tom Moran)
Christie offered legislators a 100-day window to remake the school-funding formula with him, but so far there have been few takers.
Millennials are leaving Garden State at a faster clip than any other group: that’s a concern for business groups, who want to keep them here.
Seven in 10 Garden States voters polled by the Quinnipiac said they support raising taxes on people with annual income greater than $1 million, to shore up the seriously underfunded public pension system.
Religious diversity has long been a staple of New Jersey (commentary by Joseph Albright)
- ICE approves an application by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office to enroll in the pernicious 287(g) program: Three correctional officers will receive training to investigate, detain and and process for deportation undocumented immigrants.
- How South Jersey’s job landscape changed from 2005-2014: It has changed dramatically.
- Gov. Christie announced $1 million in grants for religious institutions and nonprofits in South Jersey counties that are ineligible for federal security aid.
- After a video of a fight between two teens in Atlantic City was published to Facebook it went viral (22 million views), but not for the violence.
Phil Murphy, the early Democratic favorite in this year’s race for New Jersey governor, has donated at least $1.15 million to state and local Democratic organizations and candidates since 2001.
School funding concerns dominate N.J. budget debate.
When it comes to governors: Out with the old, in with the new? “Occasionally a candidate will win a second term in office, but once the individual completes his or her first or second term in office, a candidate from the other political party typically winds up winning the next election – the last exception was in 1961.” (NJ 101.5’s Davis Mathau)
- U. S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch in testimony says, “I have offered no promises on how I’d rule to anyone on any case, He leaves Republicans pleased and Democrats upset by his “no answer” answers.
- Eyeing Trump’s budget G.O.P. governors say ‘No, Thanks.’ However, Christie seems more concerned about playing nice with Trump.
- Trump’s fight with sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities is heating up.
- Trump’s terrible job approval: Real Clear Politics average of March polls: Approve 43.6%, Disapprove 50.4%. The most recent poll from Gallup: Approve 39%, Disapprove: 56%. Such a high disapproval strengthens the position of Democrats who oppose his policies and serves to alienate Republicans – all hampering Trump’s political agenda.