Profiting on Disaster: NJ Senate Votes To Exclude Non-Union Construction Workers For Hurricane Sandy Work
A bill that was authored by an Ironworkers’ union organizer to expand union-only Project Labor Agreements–to include Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction–passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday along party lines 23-13.
The Ironworkers’ union organizer who drafted the pro-union bill, Steven Sweeney, also happens to be the president of the New Jersey Senate and recently accused New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of “praying” for Hurricane Sandy to hit New Jersey.
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Chris Christie Is Wrong
Once again the GOP is coming to the harsh realization that Northeast Republicans cannot relate to their conservative base. At a 2PM press conference, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slammed Speaker John Boehner and the Republican House Majority for its failure to pass the Hurricane Sandy relief bill. In his statement, Christie expressed his frustration and disgust with the Speaker and Congress for politicizing such | Read More »
Bob Menendez’s illegal immigrant sex offender intern arrested.
The Associated Press, in this one particular case at least, gets right to the point: Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official | Read More »
Chris Christie – Now it’s Politically Wrong to Do Your Job?
4.5 million votes – that’s the margin by which Barack Obama defeated a lackluster Mitt Romney in 2012. In their frantic search for somebody or something to blame, a number of people have decided that the defiantly pragmatic Governor Chris Christie may have been the buoy that floated Obama to the top on the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, all because he invited the President | Read More »
The Unemployment Rate Doesn’t Show the Full Picture
Last week was a mixed week for Wall Street and the capital markets on a number of fronts. Thanks or rather no thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the North East faced billions of dollars in damages with New York and New Jersey heavily hit by power outages, gas shortages, fallen trees and damaged homes. The storm damage resulted in a shortened trading week for the capital | Read More »
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22 Days to Election Day: New Jersey
In New Jersey, there is a senatorial race this year. Incumbent Democrat Robert Menendez seeks reelection to a second term. The last time a Republican represented New Jersey in the Senate was 1972. There are a few things about Menendez that would make one believe he is somewhat vulnerable. In 2006, when running for a full term after being appointed to complete the term of | Read More »
New Jersey SEIU Boss Exposes Himself: Why, Yes, We Do Use Union Dues To Buy Politicians
Back in July, ACORN-aficionado James O’Keefe exposed New York union bosses caught on tape showing their appreciation for the concept of taxpayer-funded “shovel ready” jobs–that is the idea of digging holes only to fill them back in and getting the government (taxpayers) to fund the make-work project. Well, Mr. O’Keefe and his hidden camera team have been at it again–this time exposing how how beholden | Read More »
Union Briefs: An Assorted Array of Raids, Rats, Refs & RICO…Oh MY!
With so much to write about (and so little time), here are a few selected news stories to remind us how today’s unions are all about…well…something. Solidarity Succumbs to Economic Greed: Teamsters attempt to raid TWU at American Airlines. Back in the 1930s through the 1950s, when the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) were rival federations expanding their memberships | Read More »
CAUGHT ON TAPE: Democrat Congressional Candidate Tussles with Cameraman & Takes Camera
In the world of politics, trackers have become a part of campaign life. Sometimes they are professionals and sometimes they are concerned citizens who are simply filming and happen to catch something on camera. YouTube has become the stomping grounds for pushing video out that reveals sides of politicians that they’d rather the public didn’t see. Yet, amazingly enough, these candidates never seem to accept | Read More »
The downticket implications of Obama losing the suburbs.
You probably have heard already that the McMahon/Murphy Connecticut Senate race is getting interesting: Rasmussen and Quinnipac both came out with McMahon ahead in the polling at this point. Even the Democratic-controlled PPP couldn’t get more than a 48/44 lead for Murphy… and if you look at the trend there you’ll see that this is a steady erosion of Murphy’s lead over the course of the election season. When a candidate is getting at or above 50 and then steadily loses it – which is what happened in PPP & Quinnipac – that candidate is not in a good position. Meanwhile, over in New Jersey: the Menendez/Kyrillos Senate race is not showing the same drift. It’s in fact pretty static (if you look at the 2006 polling, Menendez is in a much better place now than he was then). Menendez is not consistently hitting 50%, but that happens a lot in NJ polling.
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The Top 5 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Could Still Pick Chris Christie
By Matt Rooney | Cross-posted at SaveJersey.com I still don’t think it’s going to happen, Save Jerseyans. I’m not even sure that I’d want it to happen. But history often makes the man, and this could be Chris Christie’s time. All indicators (published and whispered) suggest he’s at least in the “final four” of veepstakes contenders; possibly better than that because I firmly believe Tim Pawlenty’s name | Read More »
Team Obama Asks New Jerseyans for Dirt on Christie
By Charles Measley | Cross-posted at SaveJersey.com I enjoy signing up to Democrat e-mail newsletters, Save Jerseyans; it gives you perspective as to what their upcoming attacks and extremist proposals will look like. Yesterday morning, Barack Obama’s New Jersey campaign sent out an e-mail saying that Gov. Chris Christie is on Romney’s short list for VP (I hope he is!) and that our Governor’s name has recently | Read More »
TMZ: @GovChristie Exchanges Angry Words on Seaside Boardwalk (VIDEO)
By Matt Rooney | Cross-posted at SaveJersey.com Is there something in the water up there? Governor Chris Christie may’ve accrued 5M+ YouTube views, Save Jerseyans, but you can’t truly be considered a modern American pop culture icon until you’re featured on TMZ.com. Congrats, Big Guy… you’ve arrived! Allegedly, he went toe-to-toe with a man on the [in]famous Seaside Heights Boardwalk last night and put the MTV ‘Jersey | Read More »
NJ public school with atrocious test scores paid singer Ashanti $20,000 for appearance
The public Atlantic City High School in New Jersey paid 2003 Grammy Award winner Ashanti $20,000 in taxpayer funds to appear at the school, despite the school’s atrocious test scores that show it is failing its students. Government bureaucrats defended the waste: “She was paid like any other vendor,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Donna Haye, who will take over as superintendent…. Incredibly, it occurred | Read More »
Tuesday’s Primary Post Mortem
On Tuesday, besides the Wisconsin recall effort, six other states held primary elections not only for President, but to determine Congressional and Senate match ups come November. Considering that Obama will face off against Romney because he has the nomination for the GOP, turn out was not particularly high in any state except Wisconsin, but other offices than Governor were not being decided. Wisconsin’s primary | Read More »