It was a week of relaxation and family in New Jersey this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Still we covered a few important items.
U.S. Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker a proponent of criminal justice reform has indicated his support of a bill introduced in the Senate on November 15, 2018. Booker has said “Having a felony on your record is a lifetime sentence. You can’t get pell grants, you can’t get food stamps, you can’t get business licenses, you can’t get jobs. You have a lifetime sentence. This system is toxic in every way”. Booker appears to support reducing sentencing guidelines and hiding criminal records from potential employers. Perhaps Mr. Spartacus should focus on preventing crime not making our workplaces and streets less safe by giving criminals a pass.
Just in time for New Jersey residents with short memories to forget Governor Murphy allocating $2.1 million for the defense of illegal immigrants and his #SnowGate fiasco hearings and a possible vote on a legalized marijuana bill will begin on Monday. I have always believed that “legalized” marijuana is the only reason Murphy was elected. Anyone who looks at Murphy’s agenda for New Jersey realizes that he’s pushing the revenue generators out of the state. He told voters what he what do if elected (including raising taxes in a state with one of the highest tax rates in the country) yet he was elected anyway. “Legalized” marijuana seems the only explanation.
In a staggering release today the New Jersey Department of the Treasury announced that it has allocated $2.1 million in supplemental funding to help provide legal representation for illegal immigrants facing detention and deportation following through on Murphy’s budget initiative. Under the finalized grant agreement with the Treasury, legal representation will be administered through a consortium of providers. As the principal contractor, Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) will be allocated $925,000 for direct representation services to eligible immigrants. An additional $925,000 will be sub-granted to American Friends Service Committee for its direct representation services, and $125,000 will be sub-granted to each of the law school clinics at Rutgers University and Seton Hall University for representation services.
It was an interesting week in New Jersey from the $15 minimum wage moving forward to the state’s failed response to a relatively small snow event.
Disgraced and failed 2017 Pennsauken Township Committee and 2018 Camden County Freeholder candidate Vincent Squire may have officially lost his mind. Has the pressure of being a two time disgraced and failed candidate gotten to him? The pressure of a foreclosed home on its way to sheriff sale? The pressure of pending criminal charges? His anger at the Camden County GOP for disavowing him? His anger at bloggers and social media posters bringing out truths that I assume he’d have preferred remained hidden? His anger that his food drive was exposed as a thinly veiled political stunt?
New Jersey Governor Murphy does realize that we live in the Northeast, right? He knows it snows here right? A few inches of snow and complete chaos? In East Orange approximately 100 students had to spend the night at school because of road conditions. Commuters who commute by bus from Manhattan were told to find another way home. Drivers spent hours on roadways some even running out of gas and police responded to hundreds of accidents. Across the state we averaged 1 to 6 inches of snow. What would have happened had been a significant snow storm?