The New Jersey Council on Local Mandates as ruled that the state’s automatic vote by mail law, passed by the Democratic lead legislature, is an unconstitutional unfunded mandate. Before the 2018 law voters had to request a vote by mail ballot for each election. The new law required County Clerks to automatically issue vote by mail ballots to registered voters who previously requested them. The New Jersey Association of Counties to filed the complaint with the Council on Local Mandates insisting the law violates the state constitution’s prohibition on unfunded mandates because of the expenses to process, print and mail the additional mail in ballots. The Council ruled that the law’s requirements should “cease to be mandatory in their effect and shall forthwith expire.”
According to a recent survey conducted for the Garden State Initiative (GSI) and Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Public & Global Affairs, 44% of New Jersey residents are planning to leave the state within five years. While most believe weather is the reason people leave the state weather ranked 8th of 11 factors surveyed. The main reasons people cited as leaving was property taxes and overall cost of living. Meanwhile Governor Murphy and the Democrats in the Legislature appear to be doing nothing to make New Jersey more affordable for residents.
Press Release from the NJGOP
Trenton, NJ – The fix is in! Governor Murphy and legislative Democrats are fast-tracking a law that will upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey businesses and families The law prevents independent contractors from working for businesses unless the contractor is hired as an official employee of the business. The move will generate millions in new taxes, proving it’s just another Democratic tax grab at the expense of New Jersey’s hard working families. (NOTE: The Informed Conservative published an article on this last week. Read the article HERE).
Apparently New Jersey being rated one of the worst business climates and thousands of businesses, jobs and residents leaving the sate is not good enough for Governor Murphy, State Senate President Sweeney (D, Gloucester) and other legislative Democrats. State Senate Bill 4204, sponsored by Sweeney, would end businesses using independent contractors. The law will have a negative impact on companies that use project based professional contract consultants or freelancers. Should this bill pass companies will no longer be able to work with professional contract consultants meaning that projects will leave New Jersey and jobs and tax revenues will leave the state. It’s a lose/lose for New Jersey businesses, a lose/lose for professional contractors and those who work in the “gig economy” and a lose/lose for the State of New Jersey.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal released the LGBT Equality Directive instructing the state’s 38,000 law enforcement officers on how to deal with the LGTB community. The directive’s provisions include law enforcement cannot ask a person’s anatomy unless it’s necessary to an investigation, must use people’s chosen names even if that name does not appear on official documents, cannot question or detain someone for using a restroom “consistent with that person’s gender identity or expression” or conduct “invasive search procedures to determine a person’s genitals or assign gender”. Wouldn’t you or I be arrested for giving police a false name or information?
After failing to get enough support in the New Jersey State Senate to get a “legalized” recreational marijuana bill passed State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D, Gloucester) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D, Middlesex) have introduced a constitutional amendment to have a ballot question to “legalize” marijuana on the ballot in 2020. There is just one problem. New Jersey voters cannot “legalize” marijuana while it remains federally illegal.
A report released by the Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission made recommendations on Thursday that included elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug and property crimes and a retroactivity provision that would allow inmates currently serving sentences on such crimes to seek early release. The retoactivity provision would allow thousands of inmates to petition for their release from prison. Attorney General Grewal served on the Commission.
Sue Altman, Executive Director of the far left New Jersey Working Families and vocal critic of South Jersey Democrat Powerbroker George Norcross was physically removed from a State Senate hearing on New Jersey’s tax incentive programs by State Police yesterday. State Senator Bob Smith (D, Middlesex), Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies, asked State Police to remove protesters after a series of demonstrations and booing after witnesses completed their testimony. “I want that entire back wall of people removed” Smith told state police. The officers began removing people from the room. When they got to Altman she refused forcing officers to physically remove her.
The NJ GOP will be holding their 2nd annual Toys for Tots Holiday Party on Tuesday December 10th from 7 to 9 PM at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick. The NJ GOP will celebrate statewide Republican victories with Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Senator-elect Michael Testa, Assemblyman-elect Erik Simonsen and Assemblyman-elect Antwan McClellan. There will be a special comedic performance by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Brammick. Tickets are $75 per person with an unwrapped toy or $100 per person with no gift. For more information visit the NJGOP Facebook page.
The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee held hearings on Assembly Bill No. 5823 on Thursday. The bill will allow New Jerseyans on probation or parole to vote giving 71,500 convicted of crimes who are not currently permitted to vote the ability to do so. The law currently allows those convicted to have their voting rights restored once they complete their sentence. Apparently New Jersey Democrats do not feel people should pay their debt to society before having voting rights restored. The current bill does not allow for those incarcerated to vote but one of the bill’s sponsors Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D, Union) hopes to change that.