Phil Murphy’s campaign has added another event alongside Khizr Khan, Gold Star father of Army Captain Humayun Khan, killed in Iraq. Collingswood, like Princeton where Khan is scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon (details here), is solid Democratic territory. This time, Khan will… Read more
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What are you thinking, Blue Jersey? – promoted by Rosi.
“Women, you increase your odds of keeping your men by being faithful, a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom.” “Tell your women they can’t talk to you but they can moan.” “Your new survival philosophy toward women should be pay, play, now get the F-k away.”
This disgusting language comes directly from the Twitter account of Republican senate candidate Phil Mitsch. I want to apologize to you, Blue Jersey community members, for sharing such foul sentiments. I’m sharing these remarks with you because, frankly, I am outraged. And you should be, too. Not only for the remarks themselves, but because of the deafening silence of the Republican Party on Phil Mitsch’s comments.
On Friday, I stood with local female elected and community leaders in my home town of Cherry Hill to condemn Mr. Mitsch’s remarks:
Incomprehensibly, Mr. Mitsch has downplayed his remarks as though making such derogatory anti-women comments is acceptable because they were intended as a joke. As I explain after the jump, he couldn’t be more wrong.
As thousands of New Jersey’s first-responders – firefighters, police, corrections officers emergency medical services members & many of the people they protect every day – rallied outside the State House, many of their signs expressed their disgust with Senate President Steve Sweeney, members of NJ’s other legislative body were out in force at yesterday’s massive rally.
Below, in video shot by the Assembly majority office, Democratic legislators look out at a sea of blue:
Mammograms, vaccinations, and prenatal care are just a few of the services that are unavailable to poor people in New Jersey thanks to Governor Christie’s veto of a recent women’s health care bill.
It’s hard to imagine a more sensible use of money than investing it on preventative health care, which is why activists are lining up outside the State House (above) and in the Senate gallery (below) to urge NJ’s upper house to overturn Christie’s Veto.
It takes twenty-eight votes to override a veto and today the prospects look pretty grim and according to my mathskillz we don’t have the votes for it anyway. Which is a shitty deal for poor people (who can’t get care) and taxpayers who end up with massive charity care bills.
There’s a rally being planned outside the State House. Noon, Monday September 20th, the day of the veto override. More later. – promoted by Rosi
Blue Jersey, it’s been a while since my last post here–too long, really–but I’m writing today on an issue I know you’ll agree is of the utmost importance to our state. On September 20th, the state Senate will vote on whether or not to override Governor Christie’s veto of life-saving women’s health care funds.
You all know the statistics associated with this funding. $7.5 million. 136,000 patients served. $150 million in savings to the state last year. $9 in federal funds brought in for each state dollar spent.
But this issue is about more than statistics. It’s about people.
It’s no secret; our economy is struggling. The troubles on Wall Street have rebounded to Main Street, as declining stocks have devastated some retirement accounts. Unemployment is rising; wages are stagnant. And as our President-elect Barack Obama has said, it will likely get worse before it gets better.
Here in New Jersey, we’re facing a truly urgent economic moment. And as a story in yesterday’s Asbury Park Press explored, the solution may lie in emerging green industries that promote energy efficiency and power from renewable sources. If haven’t read this story, I urge you to click here. It’s a great article that ties together the potential for green jobs to help both our economy and our environment.
With the economy in tatters, hitting blue-collar and white-collar workers alike, there’s a push for more workers who wear another colored collar.
The color is green.
“This is an opportunity to take a problem in terms of the economy and the work force and marry it to something that can be something great, like green renewable energy, green jobs,” said Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt, D-Camden, during a panel at last week’s 2008 Governor’s Conference on Workforce & Economic Development in Atlantic City.
Still, there are some who don’t believe that we need to pursue a green economy here in New Jersey. I couldn’t disagree more. I believe those who criticize the potential of green jobs fail to grasp the urgency of the moment we’re in.
The truth is the renewable energy industry is already benefitting New Jersey and becoming a vital part of our economy. More and more high-tech firms are making their homes here. According to the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, New Jersey ranks behind only California as the nation’s leading host for solar firms.
Years ago, New Jersey made a commitment to invest in a budding pharmaceutical research industry; today, New Jersey is a global leader , the “World’s Medicine Chest. ” Aggressively positioning New Jersey as a hub for green-collar jobs will not only combat global warming and ensure we pass on a healthy environment to our children and grandchildren, but leave them with a stronger economy, as well.
As the Center for American Progress and the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts estimates, New Jersey could create more than 57,000 jobs through investments in alternative energies, among other green initiatives. By supporting green education and workforce training, New Jersey will be better positioned to attract more green industry to our state.
New Jersey’s goal of producing 22.5 percent of the state?s energy through renewable energy sources by 2021 will take massive investments by cutting-edge companies. We should help these firms through stronger tax incentives for, and investment in solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal, and other renewable power sources.
For our economy, our environment, and our future, investing in renewable energy is an opportunity we can’t afford to miss.
UPDATE: Whoops, I almost forgot to include this video, produced by the Assembly Majority Office, in which I talk about green jobs:
Each week, Blue Jersey Radio streams LIVE with New Jersey’s latest political buzz, interviews with newsmakers, and your stimulating calls.
This week: Our guest is Asw. Pam Lampitt, the Assembly sponsor of a bill to eliminate the sales tax on “green” products. Supporters see the bill as a great way to encourage responsible purchasing. Opponents say it is a gimic that will cost the state valuable tax dollars. What do you think?
Give us a call tonight at 8:30 p.m. and have your say with Jeff, Jason and Asw. Lampitt (who is just over the line from NJ’s First Congressional District – not that there’s any questions we’d want answered about that). Should be fun!
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