Unfortunately we find ourselves reporting far too often that New Jersey has joined a lawsuit against the Trump Administration. In February New Jersey joined a lawsuit filed against the Trump Administration to block the President’s emergency declaration to build a wall at our southern border. In March New Jersey joined a lawsuit over a regulatory opinion issued by the Trump administration regarding online gaming. In April New Jersey joined a lawsuit over the Administration’s decision to ease restrictions on power plants. In June New Jersey joined a lawsuit against the Trump Administration regarding children being separated from their illegal immigrant parents at the southern border. In July New Jersey joined a lawsuit claiming that the federal government does not adequately regulate asbestos. Also in July New Jersey sued the IRS and Treasury Department over the SALT deduction cap. This week New Jersey has joined a lawsuit against the trump administration over the President’s public charge immigration rule (a change that will save American tax payers $2.27 billion a year in public assistance to immigrants). That is seven lawsuits against the government in seven months begging the question when will Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal stop using our tax dollars in their political war against Washington?
God bless the Philadelphia police officers who were injured, those who put their lives in danger and those who were trapped inside the house for over 4-hours while the police were fired on.
The suspect, 36-year old Maurice Hill has a history of firearm convictions, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and other violent crimes. He has over a dozen arrests and has been in and out of jail since the early 2000’s. He opened fire on police officers when they arrived at the home to serve a narcotics warrant. The officers were inside the house when they were fired on. All but two officers were able to escape. Two officers from the Narcotics Strike Force were trapped in the house for over 4-hours.
Back in January we asked the question “Why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore?” On the same day that Murphy signed the bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour his new law went into effect forcing property owners in New Jersey to charge 6.625% state sales tax and a 5% occupancy fee on short-term rentals. After languishing on his desk Murphy finally signed a bill on Friday repealing the short-term rental tax telling News 12 New Jersey “The mom and pop who wants to rent out their place we’ve concluded they shouldn’t be burdened by this,” The bill has been waiting for Murphy’s signature since June 27th. If you follow the governor on social media he appears to be looking for a pat on the back for repealing legislation he signed into law and waiting 43-days after it landed on his desk
Barnegat Mayor Alfonso Cirulli spoke out against a law signed by Governor Murphy requiring middle and high school curriculum to include LGBT history beginning in the 2020/2021 school year at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting and urged residents to join the fight.
Governor Murphy and his appointed Attorney General Grewal announced on Wednesday that New Jersey has joined New York and Connecticut in filing a federal lawsuit against the IRS over the $10,000 SALT deduction cap. “We’re challenging that rule as unlawful, as a violation of our federal tax code, and we’re asking the federal court in New York to strike it down,” Grewal said. When you dig into it this is just another example of Murphy using our tax resources in his war against the Trump Administration
Governor Murphy announced on Monday that he will be making a seven day six city tax payer funded trip to India in September with the supposed goal of strengthening economic ties between India and New Jersey. While in India Murphy will meet with government officials and industry leaders to “chart a course” to bring more business and investment to New Jersey and to “strengthen the cultural, educational and political bonds” between India and New Jersey. Meanwhile New Jersey is ranked as one of the worst business climates in the U.S. and people are leaving the state like it’s on fire. Why is Murphy not focused on strengthening bonds with New Jersey’s current business community before it’s too late?
Back in February this blog asked the question why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore? At the time the legislature was debating raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. In another blog post we talked about why the $15 minimum wage is bad for New Jersey. What most New Jerseyans did not anticipate was Murphy’s short tern rental tax. On the same day that Murphy signed the bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour his new short term rental tax went into effect forcing property owners in New Jersey to charge 6.625% state sales tax and a 5% occupancy fee on short-term rentals. The increased minimum wage and short term rental tax are sure to have a damaging long term effect on the Jersey Shore as the cost of a family vacation at the Jersey Shore will increase by hundreds of dollars. Murphy appears more focused on using tax payer resources to assist illegal immigrants than protecting the livelihoods of those who depend on Jersey Shore tourism for their livelihoods. A bill is on the Governor’s desk to repeal the short term rental tax but Murphy has taken no action leaving New Jerseyans to again ask why Governor Murphy hates the Jersey Shore.
Multiple news outlets have reported that ICE is preparing for raids across the country this weekend, including in New Jersey, with the goal of arresting illegal immigrants. In a stunning statement New Jersey Governor Murphy has again demonstrated to New jersey’s legal tax paying citizens that they are not his priority.
Earlier this week we reported that Murphy and Grewal were not happy that New Jersey sheriffs are ignoring their Immigrant Trust Directive. Grewal’s office, who is sworn to enforce the law, threatened New Jersey law enforcement officers who are performing their sworn duty by arresting legal immigrants who are breaking the law. Many applauded the Monmouth and Cape May County sheriffs and called on other New Jersey counties to follow suit. It sounds like Ocean County’s Board of Freeholders is following their leads and voted to sue the Murphy Administration over the Immigrant Trust Directive stating “NJ is either part of the US or it’s not”.
Back in November Attorney General Grewal released the 11-page Immigrant Trust Directive Included in the new rules New Jersey law enforcement officers cannot cooperate with ICE, turn illegal immigrants over to federal law enforcement officers for deportation or ask the immigration status of any individual unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation. ICE is not to be provided access to state or local law enforcement resources including equipment, office space, databases or property. It turns out that not all of New Jersey’s law enforcement leaders share Murphy and Grewal’s sanctuary dream.