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?
I am self-employed and work an average of 14 hours a day and often times work 6 or 7 days in a week. Rest is important to me. Most nights I lay down around 7:00, scroll social media and news sites or watch YouTube videos for an hour or so and go to sleep by 8:00 in anticipation of my alarm going off at 4:00 AM. Most of the time I try to avoid nighttime topics that I know will keep me awake either angry or thinking about them. Last night I was unsuccessful in that endeavor having stumbled upon a Facebook post from Governor Murphy and laying awake reading the comments.
Why is it that New Jersey’s Governor and top state law enforcement officer do not feel the need to comply with federal law? We’ve had to stand by and watch Murphy and Grewal put a halt on marijuana prosecutions despite marijuana continuing both federally illegal and illegal in the State of New Jersey. Now Murphy and Grewal appear to be following through on Murphy’s campaign promise to make New Jersey a sanctuary state while defying federal immigration laws and blocking federal law enforcement offers from doing their jobs.
U.S. Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker, who I am embarrassed to say is from New Jersey, is introducing a bill to give every child born in the U.S. a government funded interest bearing savings account. Let me say that again. Just being born entitles you to an interest bearing savings account funded by the U.S. government according to Senator Spartacus. Much like the $15 minimum wage being pushed by Governor Murphy, State Senate President Sweeney and State Assembly Speaker Coughlin this is another bill that will disincentivize people. Why work hard and save? Why teach your children to be financially responsible and save? Uncle Spartacus has your back!
According to a story on NJ.com New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin says he expects a vote on a $15 minimum wage in December or January. New Jersey’s minimum wage is $8.60 an hour. It will rise 25 cents an hour to $8.85 in January due to past legislation tying annual increases to changes in the consumer price index. I’ll never understand why Democrats want to put the burden of a higher minimum wage on New Jersey employers (and ultimately consumers) rather than the state encourage and assist New Jersey residents in getting the education and skills needed to make them more valuable in the job market.
According to CBS News President Trump’s short list to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General includes Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani. In Christie and Giuliani Trump is considering two experienced ex-federal prosecutors and chief executives of New Jersey and New York City who are tough no-nonsense leaders and crime fighters.
Remember the job market that was booming? The job market that has reflected more available jobs then available talent for the first time in recorded U.S. history? The 3.7% unemployment rate? The U.S. economy that’s about to set a record for the longest expansion? The record breaking stock market? The U.S. once again becoming a leader on the world stage? The safety and security of our nation being a priority? President’s Trump’s America first strategy? Remember when our President was working with Congress to make the lives of the American people better? #MeToo. Like it was yesterday.