One of the many reasons that I love spring is due to the return of baseball. Some of my fondest memories growing up center around the game, and spending time with my Dad talking, watching and most years lamenting the woes of our favorite team each and every spring. That rite of the season is something I truly miss.
And frankly, is there anything more American than baseball, which, to slightly mimic a famous comedy routine, has been “very, very good to us”?Read more
We’re not the first, but this is one time New Jersey should be an enthusiastic follower.
I’m referring to Tennessee, which recently launched the country’s first animal abuse registry.
The approach is very simple. In Tennessee, if you are convicted of animal abuse, your name appears on a registry for two years. If you are convicted of animal abuse a second time, your name appears on the registry for five years.
The idea is particularly pertinent if someone plans on working with animals. Just as we place extra trust in teachers and law enforcement, so too should we ensure that those engaged in the handling of animals have a spotless record.Read more
I told a friend that my next blog was going to be about poverty in America. He blinked rapidly in succession. “Big topic,” he said.
“Important topic,” I replied.
But he had a point. The immensity of the poverty issue continues to be nothing short of stunning. I confirmed this belief when I learned about the numbers.Read more
Whether as a child, a teenager, or an adult, we have all sustained an injury or illness. It’s just a part of life. Sometimes these things are minor in nature; other times they are much more serious. When the serious times arrive, many of us are fortunate enough to secure quality health care services that we can afford. But for thousands of people across New Jersey, quality affordable health care remains elusive. It is something we as a state and as a nation can no longer tolerate.Read more
TRENTON — One of Burlington County's state lawmakers has penned legislation that could compel Gov. Chris Christie to reimburse the state for some of the costs of his travel and New Jersey State Police security.
Assemblyman Troy Singleton, D-7th of Palmyra, introduced the measure Monday, citing published reports that taxpayers covered about $613,000 in bills for the governor's state police protection unit last year, bringing the total cost of Christie's security detail to $1.76 million since he took office in 2010.Read more
Can you think of any subject where there is unanimous agreement that results in constant grousing other than on the subject of property taxes? Everyone complains, and I’m sure that you’ve never heard your neighbor say, “My property taxes are too low.”
But New Jersey residents, in particular, have solid footing for their complaints. We have the highest average property taxes in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation and the Fiscal Times. And, our residents have faced the gradual and tenacious rise of taxes for years. The average statewide property tax rose from $8,161 in 2014 to its highest level in New Jersey history at $8,353 in 2015.Read more
Despite new criticism from Democrats, Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t reimburse taxpayers for security details on out-of-state trips, even when he’s traveling for purely political reasons.
What makes Christie’s declaration particularly ironic is that the second-term Republican gained popularity early on for using his veto pen to reject questionable spending by government authorities, eliminating items as small as $37,500. And it follows a decision made by another governor who faced similar questions about political trips and ultimately decided to pay back taxpayers for his security costs.Read more
Most of us recall the frequent admonition of our parents from when we were younger: Don’t hang out with the wrong crowd. They had a basic fear. Associating with the wrong crowd could unduly influence our moral and personal code in a negative fashion. And when we did dabble in the wrong crowd, in the back of our brain, we knew in this instance that our parents were right.Read more
His endorsement gives front-runner Mr Trump a further lift before the 1 March Super Tuesday nomination contests. That’s the different between a governor and (senator) Marco Rubio. Well, Christie did Donald Trump a favor.Read more
Gov. Chris Christie may be backing Donald Trump in the Republican race for president, but key GOP leaders in Burlington County said they weren't ready to make the billionaire businessman their nominee.Read more