Governor Murphy has not hidden his desire to increase the minimum wage in New Jersey to $15 per hour. In response to a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter to increase the minimum wage Murphy said “I congratulate and thank Assemblywoman Sumter and her Assembly colleagues on their efforts to ensure a fair and livable wage for all working New Jerseyans. We know what will happen when we put the minimum wage on a path to $15 an hour – workers will have more money to raise their quality of life and secure a better future for their families and employers will see less turnover. Ensuring a fair wage is about restoring basic fairness to our economy, and about ensuring that every working family can be part of growing our economy. I look forward to working with Assemblywoman Sumter and her cosponsors, Assemblywoman Mosquera and Assemblymen Egan and Wimberly, and all legislators, to pass an increase in the minimum wage by the end of this year.” But do economists agree with Murphy?
I grew up at the Jersey Shore but in 2012 I was living in a suburb of Philadelphia. I woke up on this morning in 2012 thankful that I still had electricity and no damage. As I headed out and to the marina to check on my boat I realized my neighborhood was a small pocket that did not experience damage. After checking on my boat I went home and started watching the news. I was heartbroken to find that my home – the place where I grew up – the Jersey Shore that I love was destroyed.
Disgraced 2018 Camden County Freeholder and failed 2017 Pennsauken Township Committee candidate Vincent Squire let another opportunity to tell the truth pass. On Monday October 22, 2018 Squire was a guest on the online radio program Elev8tion Radio. Squire gave a now third different explanation for his criminal convictions, his inaccurate version of why the Camden County GOP disavowed him, appears to complain that voters should not research him, plays the race card and gives yet another version of the actions of this blogger.
If you missed it last night Senator Menendez faced challenger Bob Hugin in the only debate of the NJ Senate race hosted by NJTV. It was an interesting debate and early polling showed Hugin came out on top by a 2 to 1 margin. I found Menendez unable to discuss his accomplishments after 25-years in the Senate and unwilling to answer questions about his indictment 3-years ago or his reprimand by the Senate Ethics Committee.
New Jersey may be on the verge of electing a Republican Senator for the first time since 1972. Many polls show Hugin and Menendez in a statistical dead heat in a state that has been reliably blue. A large number of New Jersey voters question Menendez’s honesty. You’ll recall that Menendez was indicted three years ago on charges of bribery, fraud, and lying to federal prosecutors about his involvement in an illegal immigration fraud . While a jury deadlocked and a Judge declared a mistrial the Senate Ethics Committee formally reprimanded Menendez saying he broke federal law “You failed to publicly disclose certain gifts as required by Senate Rule and federal law”. The letter from the Senate Ethics Committee continued “Additionally, while accepting these gifts you used your position as a member of the Senate to advance Dr. Melgen’s personal and business interests. The charges plus the reprimanding by the Senate Ethics Committee have left 54% of New Jersey voters rating Menendez unfavorably.
At issue is Camden County Freeholder candidate Vincent Squire’s attempt to shut down this blog. Mr. Squire, apparently unhappy with the extensive research reported and opinions expressed on this blog as well as political satire by the Blogger on social media has threatened to not only use the courts to shut down this blog but filed criminal charges against the Blogger. On Tuesday October 16, 2018 at a Probable Cause Hearing the Judge dismissed the most serious criminal charges and allowed one charge of Harassment to move forward. Continue reading “Can a public figure and candidate for public office shut down a news blog?”
If you didn’t already know from reading this blog I am a Conservative. I am against Socialism and support Capitalism. I support conservative values, less regulation and government interference in our lives and a conservative approach to fiscal matters. I believe that we are a nation of laws and the government is obligated to enforce those laws. I believe that we should take care of children, the elderly and those with physical or mental impairments but able bodied adults should support themselves and their own families (I am a strong proponent of welfare to work programs vs. lifetime welfare). I believe in a legal path to citizenship and vetting of those who want to come to the U.S. I am a strong proponent of the First Amendment and our right to free speech. I am a strong proponent of the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms. I believe America is the greatest country on earth and the land of opportunity (one only has to know my personal story to know why I believe America is the land of opportunity). I am thankful to be an American. It’s no secret that I support President Trump and support mostly Republican candidates in the mid-term elections (I don’t vote down party lines I vote for the best candidates. There are some Republicans I do not support. That is no secret either). Continue reading “President Trump indicates he may support Congress easing the U.S. ban on marijuana.”