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.
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”.
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?
On February 2, 2019 i wrote a blog post entitled “New Jersey Democrats want to give Cory Booker’s Presidential campaign an advantage” about a bill before the New Jersey Legislature that “Requires candidates for President and Vice-President of United States to disclose federal income tax returns to appear on ballot” and “prohibits Electoral College electors from voting for candidates who fail to file income tax returns”. Yesterday the bill passed the New Jersey Senate by a 23 to 11 vote. The bill states that candidates for President and Vice President must now disclose 5 years of federal tax returns to appear on the ballot in New Jersey. Candidates would be required to submit their federal tax returns to the NJ State Division of Elections which would post them online. Electoral College Electors would be prohibited from voting for candidates who don’t comply. This is clearly an attempt to keep the incumbent President off the ballot and give Cory Booker a clear path to the White House. Continue reading “Are you mad yet New Jersey Republicans? Do something about it!”
We knew for over a year it was coming. As if Governor Murphy thumbing his nose at federal law by making New Jersey a sanctuary state was not enough “legalized” marijuana is becoming closer to a reality in the state. According to Politico Governor Murphy, State Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin have reached a deal on marijuana “legalization”. It gets worse. NJ.com reported that the marijuana bill would include a provision to expunge the criminal records of people who have been convicted of marijuana offenses in New Jersey.
New Jersey Governor Murphy has been chosen to serve as Vice Chair for 2019 and Chair-Elect for for 2020 by the Democratic Governor’s Association. In his new roles Murphy will help lead the charge to unseat President Trump in 2020 and help Democratic Governors keep their seats and the Democratic party gain additional state houses. I couldn’t be more thrilled. This means Murphy will spend his time traveling and focused outside of New Jersey. While traditional wisdom will say that we want our Governor in New Jersey and focused on our state I’m looking forward to a break from Murphy’s destructive vision for New Jersey.
Just in time for New Jersey residents with short memories to forget Governor Murphy allocating $2.1 million for the defense of illegal immigrants and his #SnowGate fiasco hearings and a possible vote on a legalized marijuana bill will begin on Monday. I have always believed that “legalized” marijuana is the only reason Murphy was elected. Anyone who looks at Murphy’s agenda for New Jersey realizes that he’s pushing the revenue generators out of the state. He told voters what he what do if elected (including raising taxes in a state with one of the highest tax rates in the country) yet he was elected anyway. “Legalized” marijuana seems the only explanation.
According to a story on NJ.com New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin says he expects a vote on a $15 minimum wage in December or January. New Jersey’s minimum wage is $8.60 an hour. It will rise 25 cents an hour to $8.85 in January due to past legislation tying annual increases to changes in the consumer price index. I’ll never understand why Democrats want to put the burden of a higher minimum wage on New Jersey employers (and ultimately consumers) rather than the state encourage and assist New Jersey residents in getting the education and skills needed to make them more valuable in the job market.