Kean-Menendez Letter

I just sent this letter to the editor to the Courier-Post; knock on wood that it gets published….

“Though the November senate election in New Jersey is still a few months away, voters should now be considering which candidate, State Sen. Kean Jr. or U.S. Senator Menendez, will better represent the diverse New Jersey constituencies, providing a better plan for national security and for protecting our threatened environmental resources.  With these two issues in mind, I am certain that Bob Menendez, the first hispanic senator elected in New Jersey, is the far superior choice to the inexperienced Republican.  Since being appointed to the senate, Menendez has been particularly sensitive to the plights of average New Jerseyans, including introducing legislation that would provide a gas tax holiday from federal taxes on the rising price of gasoline. 

I also feel more secure with Menendez in office in terms of national threats, since he was one of the first senators to decry the shady and unexamined Dubai ports deal, and he has roundly criticized the Bush administration for compromising national security for personal vendetta in the Valerie Plame leak case. For South Jersey, Menendez has been a quick student of our priorities, including his opposition to the military’s proposed dumping of the VX nerve agent in the Delaware River and his call for federal funding for replenishing Ocean City beaches.

Meanwhile, as much as I have tried to find a concrete stand taken by Kean Jr., I still at lost to find any.  In a gesture of political posturing, he has decried Gov. Corzine’s budget but not offered a single substantial alternative. Further, in reaffirming his close ties to the Bush-Cheney administration, he had V.P. Cheney in Newark for a fundraiser, yet didn’t bother to attend until Cheney had left, as this might have made him seem too conservative, seemingly.  The last thing this state needs is a candidate who is unsure of where to take a stand and too close to the anti-New Jersey policies (taxation, etc.) of the Bush administration.”

Hold on to your wallet as the “Corruption Tax ” is on the march in Highland Park

The facts presented on this  website are, indeed, eyeopening which lead me to further research the happenings in Highland Park. It turns out, this redevelopment plan with the Y has many interlocking small circles that benefit and effect for ill our community.

As the Home News Tribune online 3/30/06 describes:

The YM-YWHA of Raritan Valley will present concept plans to the Planning Board tonight calling for a new Y and a 12-story, 164-foot residential multifamily high-rise. The Y on South Adelaide Avenue between Route 27 and Cliff Court would be demolished and replaced by a new 43,000-square-foot facility, according to documents submitted to the borough. A 258-unit condominium high-rise would also be developed on the site by Highland Cliffs LLC, which would receive land in exchange for building the new Y.

As an everyday moderately active citizen this article did not get my blood pressure up until it was further discovered, based on my basic research, that Sam Halpern, managing member with Highland Cliffs LLC was involved in this redevelopment deal.  In fact this is the very Sam Halpern through the Wood Cliff developers, owned by the Halperins, gave 27,000 to a later indicted public official Barry C. Bowers in an ethically challenged pay-to-play licensing scheme. I fear the same tactics are taking place in Highland Park.

  In addition, the Halpern family has in excess of 47 liens and judgements against them. Begging the question, is this business relationship between the Sam Halpern in the best interest of the city of Highland Park?

  As an avid reader of this blog, I think the mainstream media is a failure. That said, I look to my fellow bloggers  to raise the issue and uncover the truth, using your ability to highlight and uncover the corruption and the Sam Halperin’s of the world.

  I will be raising this issue in every public forum, I call on my fellow bloggers to do the same.

More recycling challenges

    But, anyway, Signor Sollozzo, my no is final, and I wish to congratulate you on your new business, and I know you’ll do very well; and good luck to you – as best as your interests don’t conflict with my interests.

      The Godfather

A significant challenge of recycling waste seems to be finding someone’s back yard to do it in. Awhile back I posted about a fight between Eastern Organic Resources, the DEP, and local governments. The last I heard about Eastern Organic was that the DEP revoked their license.

According to this Asbury Park Press article, a new controversy with a similar ring to it is brewing in Dover Township. Washington, D.C.-based Fuel Frontiers Inc. wants to build a new facility to manufacture ethanol from waste material. The ethanol would be blended with gasoline as a motor fuel.

Linda Stender for Congress Press Release

Ferguson Votes FOR Tax Breaks for Big Oil and AGAINST A Crack Down on Price Gouging!

SCOTCH PLAINS – Today, with oil prices again on the rise, New Jersey families deserve a real commitment to bringing down the cost of gas.  Last summer, gas prices hit all time record highs and George Bush, with the Republicans in Congress, decided to “fix” this problem by sending $8 billion in tax breaks and giveaways to the oil and gas industry.  Summer is around the corner again and oil prices are soaring.  While the energy company makes more and more in profit, we again see inaction from the Republican Congress.  It is time for action on the cost of gas because middle class families in New Jersey deserve better than sky-high energy industry profits and near-debilitating prices at the pump.

“Families in the 7th District need a member of Congress committed to bringing down the cost of gas for middle class families, not padding the already exorbitant profit margin of greedy oil companies,” said Linda Stender, candidate for Congress.  “Last year Republicans in Congress passed an energy bill that sent billions to energy and oil companies and did nothing to lower gas prices.  The soaring cost of gas harms our economy and affects every family. We need someone who will act now to bring down the price of gas.”

Last year, Ferguson cast votes on key pieces of legislation that show his commitment to big oil:
– On 7/28/05 he voted to give $8 billion in tax breaks and subsidies to the oil and gas industries (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll445.xml);
– On 9/29/05 he voted against an effort to crack down on price gouging (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll500.xml);
– On 10/7/05 he voted to give $2 billion in tax breaks and subsidies to the oil refinery industry (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll519.xml).

“With the Memorial Day holiday fast approaching, Congress needs to act fast to combat rising gas prices,” said Stender. “If they don’t, there’s no telling how high gas prices will go. If the big oil companies won’t voluntarily cut into their record profits to provide relief, then Congress must force them to do it by revoking the tax breaks it gave them last year. Left unchecked, rising gas prices will have catastrophic effects on families and cripple the economy. The big oil tax breaks Mike Ferguson supported enabled the CEO of Exxon to get a $400 million retirement package while we pay more and more each day at the pump. It’s time for Ferguson to show some independence from George Bush and big oil and stand up for the families of New Jersey.”

On the web at www.lindastenderforcongress.com

Meet the Candidates

This is the most recent listing of candidates that have filed petitions for federal office. The first candidate listed in each category is the incumbent. The number after their names indicates the number of petition signatures submitted, and I also included the slogans of some of the candidates running without the party endorsement.

US Senate:
    Bob Menendez (D) 8029
    James D. Kelly Jr (D) 1300
    Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R) 4202
    John P. Ginty (R) 1742

House Districts
1:  Rob Andrews (D)

2:  Frank LoBiondo (R) 804
    Viola Thomas-Hughes (D) 298
    Henry David Marcus (D) 207 "Change the Course!"

3:  Jim Saxton (R) 949
    Richard Sexton (D) 293

4:  Chris Smith (R) 675
    Gary Schiavone (D) 310

5:  Scott Garrett (R) 513
    Michael Cino (R) 300
    Paul Aronsohn (D) 495
    Camille M. Abate (D) 427 "A New Spine For Congress"

6:  Frank Pallone Jr (D) 310
    Leigh-Ann Bellew (R) 278

7:  Mike Ferguson (R) 896
    Linda Stender (D) 532

8:  Bill Pascrell (D) 4301
    Jose Sandivol (R) 407

9:  Steve Rothman (D) 1020
    Vincent Micco (R) 321

10: Donald Payne (D) 1244
    Deshon Porter (D) 211

11: Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) 699
    Tom Wyka (D) 332

12: Rush Holt (D) 1216
    Joseph Sinagra (R) 225

13: Special election for unexpired term
    Albio Sires (D) 530
    James Geron (D) 268

13: For full term
    Albio Sires (D) 3229
    Joseph Vas (D) 594
    John Guarini (R) 255

Every NJ Congressional District Will Be Challenged

Update 3 (A big one, so I’m posting it up top): There WILL be two Democratic challengers to Frank LoBiondo in NJ-2. Fairfield Township councilwoman Viola Thomas-Hughes and Henry David Marcus will compete in the primary. This now means that every Republican House member in New Jersey will face a challenger in November.

According to the Division of Elections, Gary Schiavone has filed to challenge Chris Smith in the 4th Congressional district. With about two hours left until the filing deadline, no Democrat has filed in the 2nd yet to challenge LoBiondo.

The GOP has failed to file challenges to Rob Andrews (NJ-1) and Donald Payne (NJ-10).

Update 1: Donald Payne (NJ-10) will have a challenger in the primary, and Michael Cino has just filed to challenge Garrett in the primary. Assemblywoman Oadline Truitt (D) from the 28th legislative district will face a primary challenge.

Update 2: (via politicsnj)

Joe Vas filed petitions to run for the full 2-year term in the 13th district, but not for the Special Election.

John Ginty filed petitions to seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate today.  Ginty filed with 1,742 signatures.

James Kelly, a resident of a group home for the mentally disabled , filed as a U.S. Senate candidate in the primary against Bob Menendez.