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Norcross and Sires – again, these two – vote with Republicans on KeystoneXL

Here’s the list of Democrats who voted with the Republicans today to approve the $5.4 Billion Keystone XL pipeline. Two of the 29 are from New Jersey; Donald Norcross (NJ-1) and Albio Sires (NJ-8). House vote was 270-152, on a bill identical to one passed by the Senate in late January.

If you want to say anything to them about it, you can use Twitter. Tweet to:



Neither has posted on this vote; both know it wouldn’t be their best play (Norcross’ Twitter account is inactive since Jan. 21).

Oddly enough, the tweets at the top of both congressmen’s accounts are about jobs; Sires here (from today) and Norcross here (pinned form Oct. 22, 2014).

President Obama will have 10 days to issue a veto, which he’s very likely to do. Speaker John Boehner says the president is “standing with a bunch of left-fringe extremists and anarchists. (Watch). Norcross and Sires are standing with Boehner and the Republicans.  

Lautenberg & Menendez fire off a letter to GOP leadership on FAA shutdown

Update: I found this table of where and what the stopped projects are. All of NJ’s are at the same emerging South Jersey airport; search the table for Atlantic City.

Nearly 650 South Jersey workers were furloughed over the weekend at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center near Atlantic City, as the FAA halted work on air travel infrastructure projects across the country. Construction workers. Planners. Engineers. All were sent home after Congress failed to pass legislation re-authorizing federal ticket taxes – these are used to fund building projects for facilities like new runways and new control towers and modernizing air traffic control systems. Nearly 4,000 FAA employees across the country are furloughed without pay. Plus 87,000 construction jobs stopped, across the US. To maintain a safety baseline, the shutdown can only be partial. Unaffected are air traffic controllers and safety inspectors, who will remain on the job. So will FAA employees who inspect planes and test pilots.

Today, senators Lautenberg and Menendez fired off a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to steer his GOP conference to resolution that gets FAA back up. Our senators peg Republicans in both the House and Senate for the failure. GOP lawmakers tacked on a list of provisions to a long-term spending bill for the FAA approved by the GOP-led House this spring. On that list is a GOP-driven proposal, sought by the airline industry, that would make it more difficult for airline workers to unionize.

And they’re not budging, even as the FAA warns that grinding these projects to a halt could significantly increase their ultimate cost to taxpayers. Even though FAA’s also unable to collect the full measure of taxes on airline tickets bought, depriving the government of revenue (with most airlines pocketing that as a bonus instead of passing that savings on to you).

Senators’ letter, after the jump.

Master Plans

One thing as a land use professional that really distresses me lately is the fact that someone is trying to force a new Master Plan forward in Teaneck.  I don’t know if the usual suspects are involved but it is chilling when I consider that Dennis Oury, Ferriero’s consiglieri is a land use attorney working on projects in Teaneck.

Be aware – folks, there are things that just fall into place for these guys when they win council seats and these towns become Ferriero towns.  Next thing you know, you have a different city planner and city engineer and stuff just gets pushed through.  And then neighborhoods become emminent domain for the money men. 

Just as troubling right now, is the County Executive’s office trying to pressure Tenafly and some other Bergen County towns to accept this DMU passenger rail deal, which honestly makes the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up. I’d like more info on that one before I just sign on.

Be vigilant – go to your planning board meetings – know what is going on.  There is stuff going on right now that some folks would rather you not know. 
Turn the lights on – in every corner of your borough government.  Use the Sunshine Laws – that’s what they are there for.

Sunday, April 23, 2006 News Roundup

  • State Republicans, as usual, are trying to attack Governor Corzine , by using the public’s displeasure of his proposed budget to gain support for their party’s candidates. Because Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state by 3 to 2 and the majority of independent voters in NJ vote democratic, it looks like the Republicans are taking any shot they think they can hit to try to turn the state red.
  • Less people are lighting up, so Governor Corzine is going to have a problem if he is trying to solve the state’s budget crisis purely by raising the tax on cigarettes. The Governor is proposing a 35-cent increase in the tax, which would create the total tax on cigarettes to $2.75 per pack. This would make NJ’s cigarette tax the highest in the nation.
  • The State Budget panel is warning DYFS that they wont be receiving any more money for the upcoming fiscal year. DYFS is requesting more money to fund programs such as mental health services, paralegals to help expedite adoptions and hospital services to help physically and mentally treat victims of abuse.
  • Newark mayoral hopeful Cory Booker could be facing a challenge from opponent, Ron Rice. Longtime mayor, Sharpe James, endorsed Rice last week. This endorsement could sway the voters, as Newark residents hold onto James’ opinion like gospel.
  • Speaking of Newark, the race for councilman in the North Ward has been extremely interesting to watch. It’s between current councilman, Hector Corchado, Anibal Ramos Jr and newcomer to Newark politics, Aracelis Sanabria Tejada, however, the ongoing feud between Corchado and Ramos has been dominating the majority of the press on the race.
  • Chatham’s Board of Education approved $19.9 Million in construction contracts. The money appropriated is to help expand the middle school, two elementary schools and the athletic fields as well as field house.
  • Did you order your Blue Jersey tee shirt yet?