Tag Archive: Seth Grossman

The Elephant in the Room

 In one of several versions of a famous parable, “three blind men encounter an elephant for the first time and try to describe it, each touching a different part. “An elephant is like a snake,” says one, grasping the trunk….
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Christie’s GOP opponent rips Town Halls

So Christie’s Director of Constituent Service says his ‘Town Halls’ are “private meetings on private property? (check ken’s link) What’s Christie so worried about that he has to control these ‘public’ ‘Town Halls’ so tightly? If Grossman does continue to make this point, it will be interesting to see if he gets any media attention for it. Promoted by Rosi

I don’t agree with GOP candidate for governor Seth Grossman very often, but on this issue he happens to be right. He has an interesting blogpost on his campaign website describing how he was nearly arrested for distributing literature at Christie’s campaign rally disguised as a Town Hall. He raises some important issues involving free speech and right of assembly. Keep in mind Steve Lonegan got himself arrested for doing the same thing at a Corzine Town Hall. and the charges were later dropped.

It will be interesting to see if Grossman seriously contests the restrictions on free speech at these campaign events. He is a lawyer and a former Atlantic County Freeholder, so he knows his way around.

Amend It, Don’t End It

When your Chevy gets a flat tire, you’re not happy, but you don’t throw out the car, you repair the tire. Yet, if Governor Christie were your mechanic, he would not only sell your entire car, but give the money to one of his friends to help buy a Lamborghini. That’s the analogy that fits the Governor’s approach to the highly successful Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program.

The UEZ program has been in effect in New Jersey for three decades. Started under Governor Kean, it provides incentives for the establishment and operation of businesses in challenging urban areas. The money spent in providing these incentives has provided returns many times over. Yet, Governor Christie has announced that he is ending the program on June 30 and will use the funds to once again help balance the state’s budget on the backs of those who can least afford it.

Assemblyman Albert Coutinho chaired a session of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee this afternoon to hear testimony on the UEZ program and the impact of the governor’s axe.

Assemblyman Coutinho