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.
Today Governor Murphy highlighted his accomplishments from his first year in office live on YouTube from the St. James A.M.E Church in Newark. What Murphy considers “accomplishments” most New Jerseyans I talk to consider further degradation of our state. Our Governor appears to take every opportunity he can to get his face on video. I often wonder if he wants to be Governor or a social media celebrity. I found it telling that no members of the legislature joined Murphy for his self promoting year in review speech. Murphy did a good job playing to his Newark audience. I lost count how many times he said “people of color”.
A bill before the New Jersey State Senate would allocate $20 million per year for 5-years out of the state’s general fund to subsidize purses at NJ’s horse racing tracks. That’s a total of $100 million in tax payer dollars. In 2011 Governor Christie ended subsidies for horse racetracks saying they defied “reason and logic”. While the Murphy administration is putting more burden on businesses in New Jersey why is the state bailing out the horse racing industry?