Tax Scam News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, December 20, 2017




Making sense of last-minute madness that can be the lame duck.

Gun owners are already prohibited from possessing ‘bump stocks,’ which can convert a rifle into a fully automatic weapon. The Legislature wants to ban these devices across the board.

Legislators fall short of votes to override Christie’s veto of the bill to improve oill train safety.

Former CD 5 Representative Scott Garrett loses again.  A Senate panel rejected his nomination by Trump to head the Export-Import Bank.

CHIP reauthorization takes center stage in New Jersey’s Third District.

Allies of Gov. Chris Christie got jobs or promotions at NJ Transit as the beleaguered agency struggled to fund its operations and staff.



South Jersey icon: Riletta Cream’s heart never left Camden. A former Camden High principal and Camden County freeholder, she died Monday. (Kevin Riordan) 

At South Jersey’s Ritz, a marquee effort to attract new audiences.

Comments (2)

  1. Sally G

    It is all very well to celebrate women nominees—and I agree that it is nice to see so many—but I am particularly interested in Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti’s nonauto background; NJTransit operates trains and buses, not roadways, and she will serve as the chairperson. We are a very auto-friendly state (too much so, in my personal opinion), clogged with highways and traffic, and I am interested in the experience of incoming administration officials’ public-transit experience. I saw the article about Mr. Murphy’s calling NJT “a disgrace”—sadly true, though it used to be professional and respected and wonder how that will be addressed.

  2. Bill Orr (Post author)

    I am also concerned about the nomination of Elizabeth Muoio as Treasurer. She has a law degree but no degree in finance, economics, business management or similar field. She currently has a job as Mercer County Director of Economic Development, which is only peripherally related. She has been an Assemblywoman since 2015 and currently is on the budget committee. She will have an important and complex job: management of the seven pension funds, Management & Budget Department, revenue & economic analysis, public contracts, public finance (issuance of debt), pension & benefits plans, property management & construction.


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