A New Jersey Senate committee gave initial approval to a bill banning pharmacies from selling tobacco and e-cigarettes on Tuesday. Bill S992 was amended to include retailers with pharmacies such as supermarkets and big box retailers. The bill follows a New York City law that went into effect in January 2019 banning the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products from pharmacies including supermarkets and big-box stores with a pharmacy.
Eleven days ago we reported that New Jersey had joined a lawsuit against the trump Administration over the President’s public charge immigration rule. At the time we pointed out that New Jersey had been involved in seven law suits against the U.S. government and/or the Trump Administration in seven months and asked the question when will Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal stop using our tax dollars in their political war against Washington? Yesterday we were given our answer when New Jersey joined the eighth lawsuit against Washington in seven months.
There is a question that New Jerseyans find themselves asking far too often. Why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore? First it was the $15 minimum wage and short term rental tax (even the repeal of the short term rental tax sat on Murphy’s desk for approximately 6 weeks with no action). Now Murphy has vetoed legislation that would have allocated $4 million a year to make repairs to the boardwalk in and around Wildwood. Murphy will not help tourism in New Jersey while he approves spending almost $8 million a year on college tuition for illegal immigrants and the legal defense of illegal immigrants facing detention or deportation. Murphy appears to be doing all he can to destroy tourism at the Jersey Shore. Meanwhile in 2016 tourism generated $32.2 billion of GDP representing 6.5% of the entire state economy. That same year tourism in New Jersey generated $4.9 billion in state and local tax revenues. How can our Governor not do all he can to protect this revenue stream?
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.
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
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.
On April 15, 2019 the NJGOP released the following press release.
Late last year when Attorney General Grewal released his sanctuary rules ICE responded with a threat of more immigration raids in New Jersey. A representative of the ICE office in Newark told NBC News at the time that ICE raids will “likely increase” as a result of the directive. “The probability is that at-large arrests and worksite enforcement operations, which already exist, will likely increase due to the fact that ICE will no longer have cooperation related to immigration enforcement,” ICE spokesman Emilio Dabul added “the highest priority is public safety and enforcing immigration laws, we must pursue that to the best extent possible, which will likely involve more at-large arrests and worksite enforcement operations.” That appears to be exactly what’s happening as ICE recently announced it had arrested 123 immigrants during a month long operation in New Jersey.
I am not a fan of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and probably would not know the name Joe Giudice if it were not for his legal issues. What I do know that Guidice was set to be released from prison on March 14, 2019 but is being held on an immigration detainer as his appeal on his deportation order makes it’s way through the court system. That appeal process could take up to a year. This leaves me wondering why we have not heard from Murphy, Menendez, Booker or other New Jersey Democrats on the Joe Guidice case. Guidice has been in the U.S. for 45-years and has a wife and children in New Jersey. Murphy has allotted $2.1 million for the legal defense of illegal immigrants facing detention or deportation in New Jersey. Why are New Jersey Democrats not stepping in to help Guidice?