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Murphy signs executive order
In a room full of jubilant New Jersey women
Murphy makes his first act as Gov, signing an exec order aimed at equal pay for women
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Can a Rural Progressivism strategy work in New Jersey?
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That’s tone-deaf, on what’s beneficial for Camden residents, and also the potential role that NJ’s cities can play in a state desperate for more urban innovation

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The Public Pension System

Tom Moran of the Star-Ledger has a commentary this morning on the pension system for public employees. He cites abuses and legal tricks, such as:

Edison Police Chief Edward Costello is one lucky guy. On his final day in office, he negotiated a whopping pay hike that boosted his pension to $115,000 a year. That’s on top of the $62,000 he got for unused vacation and sick time.

In Newark a few months ago, the deputy police director retired to take a pension, then was rehired to do the same job as a consultant, for a combined income of $221,000. It was apparently legal, but so embarrassing that the plan was scratched.

South Orange allowed 11 police officers to boost their pensions by counting unused vacation time as salary. Bradley Beach gave several top officials big raises in their final year, and counted sick and vacation time as salary.

Wow.

News Round-up for Wednesday, March 1

News Round-up for Wed. March 1, 2006:

  • U.S. District Judge Jose Linares is scheduled to hear New Jersey’s lawsuit requesting an investigation of the deal to allow United Arab Emirates-based Dubai World Ports to take over of some U.S. port operations, including operations at Port Newark. Gov. Jon S. Corzine is also seeking permission to inspect documents given to a federal committee reviewing the deal. Of course, Bush’s mind is made up and says his position isn’t changing.
  • The citizens’ group Stop Renewal Of Oyster Creek will get the public hearing they wanted on the safety of the of a metal liner that helps keep radiation in the reactor core. The nuclear power plant is licenced through 2009 and seeking to renew its licence until 2029.
  • Yesterday the Democratic State Committee agreed to pay a record $255,000 fine, levied by the State Election Law Enforcement Commission, for being late in reporting of contributions during the end of the 2001 election year. Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D- Union) said the mistakes were caused largely by an overwhelmed computer system; the Democrats raised a record $28 million during that election year.
  • Assemblyfolk Bill Baroni, Jennifer Beck and Linda Stender urged Rutgers University to retain Douglass College as a separate institution and not to combine it with the University’s other colleges. Assemblywoman Stender has drafted a resolution to that effect, AR131. The companion bill, SR26, is scheduled for a committee vote on Thursday, while Douglass grads and students plan a rally at the statehouse.
  • The NJ Supreme Court unanimously upheld the state’s standards for water clean-up at sites polluted by industry. Federal Pacific Electric Co. had challenged the standards in court, saying they violated the 1997 Brownfield Act, but were shot down. Score one for the environment!
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness gave Our Fair State a C for its services to the mentally ill. They noted former Gov. Codey’s improvements to the system during his time as governor, but said they are simply good starting points. The nation as a whole recieved a grade of D.
  • The child-care industry in N.J. had a direct economic impact of $2.55 billion in 2005, according to a report released yesterday by the New Jersey Child Care Economic Impact Council. The impact is more than the revenues of the agriculture, scientific research and development, and hotel industries in New Jersey, and employ more people than many industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and transportation.
  • There was one winner in last night’s $267 million Mega Millions drawing, and the ticket was sold in… Ohio. Better luck next time, NJ lottery fans.

Solidarity with Denmark Rally in NYC

This Friday, March 3rd, from 12pm – 1pm, there will be a rally for Solidarity With Denmark outside the Danish Consulate in New York City.

Break out your Danish flags (or more than likely, go and buy some), make your best poster reading “Stand By Denmark” or any variation of this theme (such as “Buy Carlsberg/Havarti/Lego”) and take the afternoon off to defend free speech.

Where: Danish Consulate, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 885 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017-2201
When: Friday, March 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

more info can be found here.

We Are Still Suing SmearBoy

We Are Still Suing (0.00 / 0) 

What we said originally is clear:  if you repeat slander you can be sued.  This has been confirmed by the United States Supreme Court in a recent opinion.

You can go back all you want and repeat different things if you would like.

Your story is STILL WRONG – We made it clear that we requested that you STOP REPEATING THE SLANDER.  The whole story was made up to deflect attention away from the ethnic slurs of Corzine.  Now it has been reported that the star witness in the case is under federal investigation concerning a dental school slush fund as per Wally Edge and other website postings.  That is going to go well in Court.

It is not a difficult concept to grasp about repeating slander and seeking to smear someone who is innocent. 

It is clear from your posting that you are seeking to smear an innocent person – intent probably malicious, just as Corzine is and was malicious.  Our lawyers are preparing the case and we will argue this in court.  The file-sharing cases have made it clear we can obtain a court order in order to get your name and address and we can proceed from there.  The website will also be named in the lawsuit as per the Supreme Court decision.

Have a nice day.

Our case is really solid.
 

Princeton Township Dems Seeking Candidates

Juan suggested that I post this (below the fold – what we’re doing in Princeton Township to recruit local candidates) … I suppose because we’re trying our best to open up the process. How candidates emerge does remain a mystery up and down the ticket. My belief is that opening the doors, turning the lights on  and inviting the folks in is a good way to strengthen the Party and democracy generally.

How’s it done in other towns? Something even more open? Or a few insiders behind closed doors? Would love to hear.

Morris County: 10th to Extend Domestic Partner Benefits

Nearly half of New Jersey’s 21 counties now offer domestic partner benefits. Tonight, Morris County – the most populous traditionally Republican county in the state – became the 10th county to grant domestic partner benefits. Morris County will now offer both health and pension benefits to domestic partners of county employees. The other counties offering domestic partner benefits are Bergen, Hudson, Mercer, Union, Monmouth, Camden, Passaic, Ocean and Essex. The ten counties are in the top 12 of the most populous counties and together they constitute over 2/3rds (67.8%) of the state’s population.

In an email to supporters, Steve Goldstein of Garden State Equality commented:

Most impressively, the Morris County freeholders took this step with minimal pressure from the LGBTI community, truly doing the right thing on their own. Morris’ action will no doubt accelerate the pace of the rest of New Jersey’s 21 counties to do the same. We’re seeing an unbelievable phenomenon in New Jersey now where counties in New Jersey, including Republican counties, are jumping all over each other to expand the rights of the LGBTI community.

Congratulations to the Morris County freeholders for doing the right thing. Which county will be next?

Ron Rice – Gaming the System

Seems like Newark’s Senator Ron Rice is at it again. This time, he is serving his fellow Real Estate brokers with a mechanism to get more money. A real estate broker himself, Ron Rice is pushing a bill that would remove Property Tax Record cards from the list of government records. This essentially makes it harder for regular folks to view and review tax records for houses in a particular area and puts the access solely in the hands of Real Estate agents and brokers. Can you see agents charging even more fees than they already do?

Senator Rice’s justification is that tax assessors are apparently overwhelmed with requests for these records since they are the keepers of the cards.

We should be moving towards more open government not a more secretive one. If tax assessors are overwhelmed then put these records on the internet and be done with it.

It is extremely rare that I agree with things that appear on the Asbury Park Press editorial page but in this case they hit a bullseye. Go read the whole thing.

Then call Ron Rice’s Office at (973) 371-5665 and tell him he is supposed to be serving his constituents in Newark, not himself and his buddies in the Real Estate business.

Oh… While you have him on the horn, ask him why he keeps letting NJ be in the dark ages when it comes to our AIDS policy, which happens to affect his district disproportionately.

NJ Citizen Action Awards

From ChangeNJ.com

If you want to bring about progressive changes in New Jersey , get involved with NJ Citizen Action. A good way to get involved is to go to it’s Annunal Awards dinner.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW ! !

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2006 NJCA’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner.

Location:

Marriott Trenton at Lafayette Yard
One West Lafayette St.
Trenton, NJ

For more information 24 Commerce St., Suite 504
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973)643-8800
Fax: (973)643-8100
www.njcitizenaction.org
see you there.