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Internal Revenue Service Says New Jersey’s SALT “Charitable Tax Dodge ” a No Go


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River Vale NJ,Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi , “Several months ago I raised concerns that the IRS would disallow NJ’s proposed charitable contribution of property taxes workaround. I implored my fellow legislators to stop pushing gimmicks and instead focus on much needed reforms to how we fund schools, reforms to our pension and health benefit programs, reestablishing caps on property taxes and working to change how we fund things in this State while reducing our expenses. ”

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Tone Def Pascrell Assails Trump Administration’s “Pitiful Acceptance of Iraqi Refugees” days after highly publicized crimes by Illegals

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Paterson NJ, just days an illegal immigrant from Mexico, Cristhian Bathena Rivera, 24, was charged with first-degree murder and stands accused of killing college student Mollie Tibbetts and dumping her body in an Iowa cornfield, after he allegedly accosted her during a July 18 jog when she threatened to call police.

And the father of a missing 3-year-old who was arrested at a New Mexico compound linked to “extremist Muslims” last week was training children to commit school shootings. Prosecutors allege Jihadi Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was conducting weapons training on the compound, where 11 children were found hungry and living in squalor.

Yesterday back home in New Jersey a brutal slaying in Long Branch (Monmouth County) was allegedly perpetrated by a man who is present in the United States on an expired visa.

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Reader says NJ Politicians should Stop Yelling about Trump and Clean their Own House


New Jersey State Assembly and Senate has been controlled by the Democrats for decades. Never mind who is the Governor, there lies the root of all of the state’s problems. All of the political payback to supporters has left New Jersey in this condition. So clean your own house Congressman Pascrell.

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73% of Democrats Want ‘A Fresh Face’ As 2020 Nominee

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July 24,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are among those touted as serious Democratic presidential contenders in 2020, but three-out-of-four Democrats think their party needs to turn to someone new.

But according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 73% of Likely Democratic Voters believe their party should look for a fresh face to run for president in 2020. Just 16% disagree and think the party should promote a candidate who has already run in the past. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided.

By comparison, with Clinton seen as a shoo-in for the 2016 nomination, just 36% of Democrats were calling for a new face in that election, but an unusually high 21% were undecided.

Among all likely voters, 65% say Democrats should find a new face for 2020, while only 19% think it should go with someone who has run for the White House before. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.

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Phil Murphy Establishes New Jersey Ministry of Propaganda and funds State Sponsored Media

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July 9,2018
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Trenton NJ, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that would dedicate $5 million in government sponsored local news.

Under the ruse of ‘social justice”, the so-called “Civic Info Bill” was passed by the state legislature in June and will create the Civic Information Consortium, a nonprofit organization that gives grants to promote media in “underserved communities, low-income communities and communities of color.”

After all “people of color” need to be told what to think by the state , and state controlled media is the best tool of the propagandist.

Applicants apply for grants by proposing a “collaboration” between one of five public universities and a community organization, a media outlet, or a member of the state’s technology sector. The proposal must also “offer a clear benefit to communities.” Which means if it keeps people down , promotes victimization and echo Democrat talking points  it will be funded .

One goal of proposed grants should be to “better meet the information needs of low-income communities and racial and ethnic communities that have been undeserved by the media.” Meaning the central idea is to push “fake news” that promotes the fialed state agenda .

Which translates into too many “people of color” are starting to think for themselves and we can have that.

The state Democrats will of coarse have a large role in deciding who is eligible to receive such grants.

Under the bill the state would establish a Ministry of Propaganda a 13-person board of directors will be in charge of approving grants will have two appointees each from the governor and the legislature, as well as five picks from the universities. Those nine directors will, by majority vote, choose the last four members.

Some activist organizations that have expressed support for the bill include Action 21 Immigrants Rights Advocacy Group, LAP Latino Alliance for Progress, and the Latin American Democratic Association. Just one Republican member of the state legislature voted in favor of the bill.

The bill was extensively lobbied for by a group ironically named , Free Press? There is no such think as a government funded “free press”,   The organization’s goal of promoting “diversity in media ownership” and is co-founded by at least one progressive journalist. Free Press Action Fund launched a campaign in 2017 to pass an earlier version of the bill. Another words lets force New Jersey’s hapless taxpayer to pay for more failed  journalists jobs.

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Reader says we are led by people that don’t know that eventually you run out of other people’s money

This is a great example of why this state is failing. The Federal government increases the pain we all feel by changing the property tax deduction which lowers our property values and the state increases the taxes on the decreasing value of our property. This in turn makes staying in NJ less viable, which again, lowers our property values. Instead of realizing that we need real structural changes in the state to bring the fiscal house in order, we are led by people that don’t know that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

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Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney ,”New Jersey’s Democrats can’t even agree on how much to increase spending and how much to raise taxes; meanwhile the state careens ever faster toward financial disaster”

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Let me try to put this year’s state budget insanity into perspective. Last year the Democrat Legislature shutdown the government because they were fighting over a $34.7 billion dollar spending plan, and this year they are fighting with Democrat Governor Phil Murphy over two spending plans: their plan to spend $36.5 billion and Murphy’s plan of $37.4 billion. Except this time it is over which taxes to hike to fund their irresponsible spending increase.

New Jersey’s Democrats can’t even agree on how much to increase spending and how much to raise taxes; meanwhile the state careens ever faster toward financial disaster. New Jersey has had more people move-out the past six years than any other state in the nation because housing costs and taxes are sky-high, which makes me ponder when New Jersey Democrats will stop the insanity.

Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney

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Trenton shooting kills one, leaves 22 injured , days after New Jersey Governor Signs Major Gun Control Legislation

June 18,2018

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Trenton NJ, just days after Governor Phil Murphy signed six new major gun control measures into law, giving the the Garden State the strictest gun control in America , a dispute between rival gang members may have led to a shooting that erupted in the early-morning hours of a popular all-night arts festival in Trenton, killing one, injuring 22. None of those laws stopped a mass shooting this weekend at a Trenton, or saved a single person .

Just four days ago Governor Phil Murphy on Twitter outlined some of the changes that would take place following the enactment of what he called “landmark legislation,” including requiring background checks on private gun sales, the reduction of magazine capacity, a ban on armor-piercing bullets, and keeping “guns out of the wrong hands.”

According to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri the deceased suspect has been identified as Tahaij Wells, 33. Wells was released from prison and on parole since February on homicide-related charges.

The one man in custody is Amir Armstrong, 23, who has been charged with a weapons offense. Armstrong remained hospitalized in stable condition.

A third unidentified suspect was hospitalized in critical condition.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Dead People Do Not Have a Right to Vote

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June 13,2018
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Washington DC , The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the state of Ohio Monday upholding its practice of purging people from registration rolls if they fail to vote. In a 5-4 decision, in a case know as Husted v. A. Philip Randolph the court ruled Ohio could continue to remove individuals from voter rolls if they had not voted in two federal elections and have not responded to a confirmation notice or updated their registration.

The plaintiffs in the case, Husted v A. Philip Randolph Institute, argued the Ohio law violated the National Voter Registration Act – that “just as you have a right to vote, you have a right not to vote” – claiming the state’s purges risk disenfranchising eligible voters.

Voter rolls have been a point of contention for years .Many critics claim inactive voter rolls create opportunity for voter fraud .

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74 percent of New Jersey CPA’s said that it would get worse, under Governor Murphy’s proposed budget plan

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May 31,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, in a new survey, certified public accountants (CPA’s) in New Jersey believe the spending plan put forth by Gov. Phil Murphy would be bad for the Garden State.

Nearly 75 percent of the 786 NJCPA members  responded to the survey conducted earlier this month said New Jersey’s economy would either get “significantly worse” (31 percent) or “marginally worse” (44 percent) over the long term under Governor Murphy’s proposed budget plan.

Ralph Albert Thomas, the CEO and executive director at the NJ Society of CPAs, says when members were asked about Murphy’s budget proposal “and the impact it would have on the economy going forward, an overwhelming 74 percent said that it would get worse, and 31 percent said it would get significantly worse.”

Meanwhile just 14 percent of respondents said Murphy’s proposed spending plan would help the Jersey economy.