New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy took to social media on Saturday to announce that he has a tumor on his kidney saying “Over 50,000 New Jerseyans will hear the worlds “You have cancer”. Having been diagnosed with bladder cancer in December I was able to put political differences aside and sympathize with Murphy – until I realized he was politicizing his cancer diagnosis and making his announcement a commercial for the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Rather than admitting that the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) as been an abysmal failure as so many elected officials, employers and health insurance subscribers across the county have Governor Murphy continues to double double down. He announced in March that New Jersey will move to a state-based healthcare exchange beginning in 2021. Murphy claims the move is to protect New Jerseyans from the “sabotage” of Obamacare by President Trump and Republicans in Congress. What Murphy is really doing is putting politics before the health and lives of New Jerseyans and further ensuring that healthcare is unaffordable.
On this episode of the Informed Conservative Podcast we discussed the desire of Governor Murphy, State Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin and members of the Democrat controlled Legislature to “legalize” marijuana in New Jersey.
New Jersey Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and newly-elected Republican leadership held a press conference yesterday to discuss Governor Phil Murphy’s extreme policies that overwhelmed the agenda and failed to address any real concerns. See the video below.
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.
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.
Keeping a 2017 campaign promise Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 91 on Wednesday creating a Public Bank Implementation Board. The Board is tasked with developing an implementation plan for a public bank within one year. The private bank would hold the millions of taxpayer funds that are normally kept in commercial banks and use them for low-interest loans to small businesses, student loans, affordable housing and infrastructure projects that may not qualify for traditional funding. Murphy signed the order at a ceremony at New Jersey Citizens Action’s offices in Newark. New Jersey Citizens Action has been pushing the idea of a public bank for years.
The New Jersey Legislature began its lame-duck session yesterday. It’s expected that the Legislature will be busy trying to bring forward controversial bills that they didn’t want to move forward before the 2019 election to not damage Democratic candidates and before the new session begins in January in hopes the voters will forget by the 2020 election. Those bills will most likely include driver licenses for illegal immigrants, “legalized” marijuana (marijuana cannot be legalized on a state level while remaining federally illegal), and banning single use plastics. Expect Murphy to move his radical agenda forward knowing that voters have short memories and will forget before the 2020 election and before he is up for re-election in 2021.
While Democrats still hold a majority in New Jersey Republicans had reason to celebrate on Tuesday night and Democrat State Senate President Steve Sweeney slammed Democrat Governor Phil Murphy. After Murphy told reporters that Democrat wins in lower-tier races and tight races in competitive State Assembly districts amounted to a successful night for Democrats saying “the party is stronger than before without question” Sweeney replied “Are you kidding me?” . Sweeney told NJ Advance Media “Really? How do you spin that? It wasn’t a good day. This is the first net loss in the Senate in a decade. You can spin it however you want. We lost”.