A couple of weeks ago a study showed that New Jersey is the #1 state in the country that people leave. New Jersey just came in first again and again in a category that is not good for New Jerseyans. Yesterday NJ 101.5 radio reported on an ATTOM Data Solutions study showing New Jersey’s rate of foreclosure was the highest among all 50 states and D.C. in 2018.
It seems to be a growing trend in New Jersey. Politicians attempting to silence citizens who oppose them by using the court system. First failed Camden County Freeholder candidate Vincent Squire filed frivolous criminal charges against this blogger in an attempt to silence this blog. Then the hosts of the Bob & Steve radio show blogged that former Salem County Sheriff candidate Bob Gant served a Notice of Tort Claim informing the radio hosts and 18 others that he intends to sue them for $350,000. Now New Jersey 101.5 radio is reporting that Springfield Councilman David Frank is suing three residents for defamation over a petition they submitted to the Municipal Clerk to have him recalled. Do New Jersey politicians not believe in the First Amendment?
ICE has responded to the new sanctuary rules by New Jersey’s Attorney General with a threat of more immigration raids in New Jersey. ICE says it has no choice but to conduct more arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites in New Jersey. A representative of the ICE office in Newark told NBC News 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 the cooperation of the jails 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.” Attorney General Grewal has not responded.
This week we began the rebranding of the blog to The Informed Conservative. A new web site is being developed and our Facebook page was created. This week we discussed Cory Booker’s potential run for President in 2020, Democratic leadership in NJ rushing through a constitutional amendment that will rig the legislative redistricting process, an Asbury Park Press editorial regarding marijuana legalization, Vincent Squire’s “Season of Giving”, Murphy accomplishing his dream of making New Jersey a sanctuary state, a discussion about leaving NJ or staying and fighting Murphy’s destructive agenda, hundreds of jobs and millions in tax revenues leaving with Honeywell and Murphy focusing his time outside of New Jersey.
A November 23, 2018 editorial in the Asbury Park Press makes strong points for the legislature to hold off on advancing a marijuana bill until legitimate concerns that have been raised about legalization have been answered. By now a bill has already passed legislative committee but it’s not too late to ensure that legislators take a close look at unanswered questions. While I continue to oppose a legalized marijuana bill in New Jersey I believe the legislature will pass some form of legislation and want to ensure that the legislature does it’s due diligence. Why rush a bill to meet a self-imposed timeline?
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?
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.