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Garden State

Deep Blue Jersey Feeling Obamacare’s Sting

October 24, 2013

Many useful idiots here in the Garden State, who voted 58-41% to keep America an Obama Nation (including 60-70% of my county), probably didn’t see this coming:  because of the new insurance mandates under Obamacare an estimated 800,000 New Jerseyans will have their health insurance directly threatened, dropped, or face significant changes.  Even my plan [...]

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A Poorer New Jersey

September 8, 2013

During the first four years of Governor Pop N’ Fresh Chris Christie New Jersey is still in the grips of the Great Recession.  The Garden State has a stagnant 8.6% unemployment (higher than the national faux-average of 7.3%), along with a staggering 24.7% poverty rate, the highest it has been in 52 years.  My county [...]

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Booker vs. Lonegan — The NJ Senate Race is Set!

August 14, 2013

Yesterday, New Jersey held special election primaries to select candidates to replace the deceased Frank Lautenberg as senator for the Garden State. The Democrats nominated Newark Mayor Cory Booker, while the Republicans nominated Steve Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota, NJ.  Both won decisively. However, the fix may already be in.  On top of the fact [...]

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Here Comes Sandy!

October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is forecast to nail the Jersey Shore sometime tomorrow night.  As you can imagine, the supermarket shelves are bare, many stores are closed, and a general sense of excited panic has gripped the Garden State.  Governor Christie is on TV every few hours telling us to use common sense and not to be [...]

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Chicago Teachers Strike Making Union Look Terrible

September 10, 2012

This morning Chicago’s teachers union decided to go on strike.  The sticking points which led to today’s action revolve around changes to teacher evaluation, health insurance, and job security, even though the teachers would still get a 16% raise over the course of the contract. That’s better than I’m getting and I also have to [...]

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Christie to Veto Gay Marriage Bill

February 16, 2012

The NJ State legislature has passed a bill today which would legalize gay marriage in the Garden State.  However, Governor Christie has vowed to veto the measure on two grounds:  first, he’s opposed to the idea since NJ already has a civil union law which is effectively the same thing;  and also that Christie wants [...]

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Millionaire Tax Passes NJ Legislature

May 20, 2010

The New Jersey State Legislature has passed a “Millionaire’s Tax” which should redistribute $637 million from the wealthiest 16,000 New Jerseyans to about 600,000 people in some kind of state-identified need.  If I were a real estate dealer in Pennsylvania, I’d be salivating right about now — bring us your tired, not-so-poor huddled masses yearning [...]

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Leaving New Jersey

February 4, 2010

No, I’m staying, but a recent study just found that from 2004-2008 $70 billion did leave the Garden State, while the amount of money donated to non-profit organizations dropped $1.3 billion — that’s partly due to the fact that charitable giving in New Jersey is NOT tax deductible! Yeah, we suck.  Especially when MTV’s Jersey [...]

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Happy Fall!

September 22, 2009

This afternoon, just after 5:15pm, it became fall in the Garden State.  Fall’s my favorite season:  football’s back, I get paid again, in-season apples, hayrides, Halloween, my birthday, and so on.  Plus, I love light-jacket weather with a slightly chilly evening — must be a New England thing. Anyway, I used to love this TV [...]

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Don’t Text and Drive: Who Knew?

June 25, 2009

Here’s a study you know everything about before you even click on the link:  texting while driving is… (wait for it)… pretty dangerous!  I know this comes as a huge shock, and I’m glad the report has a tinge of humor about it. Beyond the sarcasm, I tried it once after I got a surprisingly interesting text that I absolutely had to [...]

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“Shared Sacrifice” Budget Increases Pain in New Jersey

March 11, 2009

In his 2009 budget address, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine told the people of New Jersey – you’ll have to pay up!  Most of the budget proposal is terrible (he keeps education pretty unscathed; every NJ politician is scared to death of the NJEA union), but here are some proposals everyone in Jersey is talking about: [...]

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