Candidates for governor file suits to stop $300 million NJ Statehouse renovation plan

Candidates for governor file suits to stop $300 million NJ Statehouse renovation plan

State Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has filed a suit against Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to stop the Statehouse renovation from going forward. Wisniewski filed the lawsuit on Friday. On Monday, a bipartisan trio of state senators filed a separate lawsuit to stop the project from moving…

Poll: Majority of NJ voters still undecided on gubernatorial pick to succeed Christie
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Poll: Majority of NJ voters still undecided on gubernatorial pick to succeed Christie

Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno are the early front runners in the New Jersey primary races for governor, but neither candidate has the June primary race locked up. About 57 percent of registered Democrats and 42 percent of registered Republicans are still undecided in the primary races, according to the latest poll by…

Republican Leonard Lance plans on voting no on American Health Care Act in current form

Republican Leonard Lance plans on voting no on American Health Care Act in current form

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton), a leader in New Jersey politics for the past two decades, told CNN today he will vote no on the Republican House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act in the bill’s current form. In Lance’s district, which includes all of Hunterdon County and portions of Morris, Union and Somerset…

Gov. Christie declares a state of emergency
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Gov. Christie declares a state of emergency

Governor Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency ahead of winter storm Stella. The state of emergency authorizes the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. There is no state travel ban, but…

NJ Assembly passes anti-Trump legislation on DACA and immigration ban

NJ Assembly passes anti-Trump legislation on DACA and immigration ban

The New Jersey Assembly today passed two bills containing resolutions opposing President Donald Trump’s positions on immigration — one bill calling for the protection of “dreamers” and the other bill opposing Trump’s immigration ban. The Assembly voted 44-11-7 to pass legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano opposing any attempt by the…

Wisniewski slams Gov. Christie’s ‘lunch date’ with Trump

Wisniewski slams Gov. Christie’s ‘lunch date’ with Trump

State Assemblyman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Wisniewski criticized Governor Chris Christie today for meeting President Donald Trump for lunch in Washington, D.C. “For weeks, Governor Christie has made statement after statement fawning over President Trump in the hopes of landing a lunch date. Instead of groveling for a new job, our governor should be…

State Assemblyman from Hamilton sponsors bill weakening Open Public Records Act

State Assemblyman from Hamilton sponsors bill weakening Open Public Records Act

New Jersey Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton)  is the sponsor of a bill that would substantially weaken the state’s Open Public Records Act. DeAngelo wants the key element that gives power to citizens removed from the law as mandatory — the collection of legal fees if a private citizen is the winning party in a public…

Women’s March on New Jersey Set for Jan. 21 in Trenton
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Women’s March on New Jersey Set for Jan. 21 in Trenton

Dozens of buses will head from the Princeton area to Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 for the national Women’s March. But supporters who can’t make the trip or want to make their voices heard closer to home can still participate by heading to New Jersey’s capital instead. Trenton is one of 170 sister cities that…

Ciattarelli Challenges Governor on Statehouse Renovation Spending

State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican candidate for governor, issued a statement today criticizing Gov. Chris Christie’s plans to spend $300 million to renovate the New Jersey Statehouse. “The governor’s plan to renovate the Statehouse begs more questions than it answers,” Ciattarelli said. “We just finished debating a massive but avoidable 23-cent increase in the gas…

Zwicker Bill Forgiving Student Loan Debt in Event of Borrower’s Death or Permanent Disability Signed into Law
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Zwicker Bill Forgiving Student Loan Debt in Event of Borrower’s Death or Permanent Disability Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker that forgives certain student loan debt in the event of a borrower’s death or total permanent disability has been signed into law. Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law on Monday. Last July, an investigation by ProPublica and The New York Times showed how New Jersey’s student loan…

Backers of Question #2 Say It’s Only Way to Make Sure Gas Tax Goes to Transportation Trust Fund
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Backers of Question #2 Say It’s Only Way to Make Sure Gas Tax Goes to Transportation Trust Fund

Over the past three decades New Jersey voters have approved several ballot questions that have protected revenue raised from state fuel taxes from being used for anything other than transportation projects. Now, in the wake of the unpopular 23-cent gas-tax increase that went into effect today, voters are being asked to do so again. One…

WNYC: In Wikileaks Emails, a Glimpse of Phil Murphy’s Campaign for Governor
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WNYC: In Wikileaks Emails, a Glimpse of Phil Murphy’s Campaign for Governor

NPR affiliate WNYC ran a story on Thursday that looks at what the Wikileaks emails reveal about Democrat Phil Murphy and how he used his non-profit organization to put himself and his issues in front of voters before formally entering a race. Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and one-time ambassador to Germany, co-founded New…

Ciattarelli Will Officially Kick Off Gubernatorial Campaign Oct. 4

State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough) will formally kick off his campaign for governor of the State of New Jersey at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Manville High School. Ciattarelli, a small business owner and entrepreneur, said he plans to run a campaign that appeals to Republican, Democratic and unaffiliated voters across the state…

Bill That Would Prohibit Citizens from Challenging Tax Valuations and Exemptions Is Amended

Bill That Would Prohibit Citizens from Challenging Tax Valuations and Exemptions Is Amended

A New Jersey Assembly committee has amended a bill that would forbid residents from appealing a property assessment or exemption that is granted to another taxpayer. The bill would now only apply in the case of institutions and corporations that have payment agreements with municipalities such as Princeton University. Currently, a taxpayer who questions the…

Bill That Would Prohibit Citizens from Challenging Tax Valuations and Exemptions Advances in NJ Assembly

Bill That Would Prohibit Citizens from Challenging Tax Valuations and Exemptions Advances in NJ Assembly

A bill sponsored by New Jersey Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) that would prohibit residents from challenging the tax valuations and tax exemptions of properties other than their own cleared a committee this week and will be put before the full assembly for a vote. If the legislation is passed, citizens in New…

Bill Would Prohibit Taxpayers from Challenging Others’ Property Valuations and Exemptions in New Jersey
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Bill Would Prohibit Taxpayers from Challenging Others’ Property Valuations and Exemptions in New Jersey

A bill will be considered by a New Jersey Assembly committee this afternoon that would prohibit residents from challenging the tax valuations and tax exemptions of properties other than their own. Residents would no longer be able to challenge property assessments they think are too low, like Princeton residents did after the town-wide property revaluation…

`Bridgegate 2.0′: Area Residents Vent Frustrations Over Bridge Closure, Protests Planned
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`Bridgegate 2.0′: Area Residents Vent Frustrations Over Bridge Closure, Protests Planned

Pilar Lopez Rodriguez now spend three hours of her day driving back and forth between South Brunswick and Princeton, almost double the time her commute took before the New Jersey Department of Transportation shut down the bridge on Route 518 in Rocky Hill. Her commute used to be about 40 minutes each way. Now it…