Governor Christie’s Big NJ Pension Problem/Opportunity
New Jersey is not able to pay enough into its state pension plans to pay public workers what they were promised when they signed on the bottom line. New Jersey workers currently receive a defined benefits plan, which Governor Christie would like to convert into a defined contribution one instead. A New York Times Dealbook column describes the situation. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey | Read More »
Senator Menendez Should Face Justice Regardless of Motive
So The Department of Justice is prepared to throw down on Senator Bob Menendez. CNN describes the effort to fumigate one of the New Jersey Senate seats of a particularly corrupt human being. The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic | Read More »
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NY and NJ impose Ebola quarantines; CDC and NIH have a cow (UPDATED)
Having been burned to the ground by the CDC’s lack of candor, duplicity, and incompetence, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Christ Christie in joining Texas Governor Rick Perry and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in showing leadership that no political or health care leader in the federal government has shown. (UPDATE: I wrote this around 4pm yesterday. This was before Cuomo folded | Read More »
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Cronyists, Fake Libertarians, and Poker Regulation
Often times in politics, we assume a very simple us-vs-them battle, where there’s one side of good guys looking to shrink government, and another side of bad guys looking to expand government.
However in the case of online poker, it’s a three-cornered fight, and the two sides getting the most attention are both after big government, even the side pretending to be libertarian.
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Tech at Night: The LOCAL TV Act needs retooling
Well here’s an interesting development. Deb Fischer is no Ted Cruz but Heritage Action does have her slightly above average for a Republican Senator. So it caught my eye to see that she’s working with Cory Booker on the LOCAL TV Act, which would direct the FCC to study how it divides up the country into “Designated Market Areas” (DMAs) to see how some areas might be poorly served by that.
Then I saw the intent, and I think it needs some work.
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New Jersey, Sports Betting and the Supreme Court
Today, the Supreme Court announced that they will refuse to hear the case out of New Jersey regarding sports betting. This essentially shuts the door on New Jersey’s ability to enact sports betting legislation through the judicial process. Instead, if they wish to have sports betting, they must now resort to the legislative process- a position I argued all along- but one the state likely | Read More »
Smart Guns Only: Coming to New Jersey?
In 2002, the New Jersey legislature passed and the governor signed, a handgun law designed to basically ban the sale of the traditional handgun in the state. In its place, one can purchase a so-called smart gun. Although the state would not go so far as to confiscate other handguns from gun owners in the state, their sale would be prohibited by licensed wholesalers and | Read More »
Republican Tom MacArthur Uses Lawfare Against Steve Lonegan
Tom MacArthur is running against Steve Lonegan in the 3rd Congressional District in New Jersey. According to my friend Charles Johnson, MacArthur is suing Steve Lonegan, Lonegan’s treasurer, secretary, campaign manager, consultants, researcher, Charles himself — everyone associated with Lonegan’s campaign. Why? It has to do with the Lonegan campaign distributing this news article. According to the Daily Mail: Tom MacArthur ran York Risk Services | Read More »
#Obamacare kills 1,800 New Jersey kids’ healthcare policies.
Why? Oh, the usual reason: the federal government swooped in and slapped a bunch of extra requirements on an existing state-run program, thus automatically invalidating the current policies. As is typical in these cases, the parties involved were not able to work out how to get around the problem – kids don’t give money to Democrats, so there was of course no Obamacare exemption given | Read More »
Steve Lonegan for Congress
In the U.S. Senate election between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan, Lonegan won the 3rd congressional district. It is a Republican area and its demographics and redistricting have made it more so. Lonegan won the 3rd, but lost the Senate race. Now he is running for the third congressional district. Again, he already won it. It makes sense to me that we support him. He | Read More »
New Jersey and Sports Betting: A Losing Proposition
The state of New Jersey has entered an appeal to the United States Supreme Court over sports betting. This was done at the apparent insistence of the Christie administration in conjunction with some state legislators who are in favor of sports betting. Being a resident and voter in New Jersey and having worked in the gaming industry in the state with knowledge of the law | Read More »
Congress’s Least Influential Lawmaker, Rob Andrews Steps Aside
For nearly my entire life, the place I call home has had one Congressman. That Congressman, Rob Andrews (D,NJ-01) announced today that he will resign after holding the office for 23 years to join a Philadelphia based law firm. Congressman Andrews district houses most of Camden County and includes the City of Camden, making it one of the most reliably blue districts in the state. In | Read More »
Rob Andrews (D, New Jersey-01) cuts and runs. While still under an House Ethics investigation.
Gee. I wonder why. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., will resign from Congress this month to take a job with a Philadelphia Law Firm, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Andrews, a Pelosi ally, is scheduled to host an 11:30 a.m. press conference in his southern New Jersey district, the newspaper also reported. The 12-term Democrat is currently under investigation by the House | Read More »
This is an Easy Fix by Chris Christie
First, it actually is pretty brilliant that Christie came out using Barack Obama’s standard excuse of not knowing and being misled. That’s well played.Second, this is such an easy fix. Christie can turn it around quickly. He needs to follow through and see that heads roll. Then he can point out that he has actually fired people, unlike President Obama.This may be the rough and | Read More »