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Military committee approves bill giving benefits to National Guard veterans

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Ridgewood NJ, Legislation allowing veterans who served in the National Guard to access military benefits today passed the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Under the bill (A3455), sponsored by Assemblyman Sean Kean and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, the guard’s honorable discharge form qualifies as proof of military service and can be used to get a county veteran’s ID card.

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Assemblyman Robert Auth Promotes North Jersey business sites to Japanese corporations

Assemblyman Robert Auth

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Montvale NJ, Dozens of acres of vacant corporate campuses in Montvale and other municipalities could be destined for court-mandated, high-density housing. At the former Sony Electronics corporate campus in Park Ridge and Montvale, office buildings are being replaced by 615 units, including more than 100 designated for affordable housing.

Assemblyman Robert Auth said he would prefer to see these centers revived as dynamic employment hubs providing income opportunities for hundreds of Bergen and Passaic County families.

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Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney bills fighting opioid epidemic become law

opioid and heroin epidemic

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Wyckoff NJ, Two bills sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney to combat the destructive opioid crisis in New Jersey were signed Monday by Gov. Phil Murphy.

“Drug addiction and overdose has become a life-and-death problem in every community in the state,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “The Legislature unanimously approved these measures, and the governor’s signature demonstrates the bipartisan commitment to supporting law enforcement, first responders, and healthcare professionals in the daily fight to save lives and prevent addiction.”

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Hirsh Singh: Is this all just a big game for Cory Booker?

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Trenton NJ, “New Jersey’s senator-turned-Spartacus-impersonator-turned-full-time-presidential-candidate Cory Booker is pledging to rename the New York Giants as the “New Jersey Giants.”

Booker has apparently spent a lot of time thinking about this critical initiative to the point that he intends to leverage his “swagger, Secret Service, and the nuclear codes” to implement the change.

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Phil Murphy and his Attorney General’s Push for Sanctuary Status Called “egregious overreach of their power”

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Paramus NJ, District 38 Candidates Kazimir & DiPiazza Statement on Governor Murphy & AG Grewal

“Phil Murphy and his Attorney General are committing an egregious overreach of their power. Their empty threats to our wonderful law enforcement community over its cooperation with Federal Law Enforcement authorities should immediately be checked by all of New Jersey’s citizens. The political theater out of Phil Murphy and the rest of the Trenton Democrats must come to an end in this year’s elections. When we go door to door and attend community events throughout our district, we hear an overwhelming outcry against sanctuary cities and for law enforcement. So, we ask Phil Murphy, his Attorney General and all of the Trenton Democrats; why do you blatantly ignore the people you are elected to represent?”

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New Bill Requires Training for Judges & Court Personnel to Improve Treatment of Sexual Assault Survivors

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Totowa NJ, Following her call yesterday for increased training for New Jersey judges on dealing with sexual assault survivors in their courtrooms, Senator Kristin Corrado will introduce legislation that requires the judiciary to develop and implement such a training program. Additionally, the legislation sets minimum standards to ensure the training is thorough, and requires it to be conducted annually.

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Hudson County Federation of Republican Women Hold Successful Launch Party!

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Jersey City NJ, The Hudson County Federation of Republican Women held a successful launch party June 29, Saturday night at Dorrian’s Red Hand in Jersey City. Dedicated to empowering female voices and growing women’s leadership, the launch party celebrated the newly chartered Hudson County chapter of the New Jersey Federation of Republican Women (NJFRW). The launch party was attended by women and men from across the county as well as NJ Congressional District 5 candidate Dana DiRisio, US Senate hopeful Natalie Rivera, and Gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli. GOP leaders in attendance included Hoboken Municipal Committee Chairman Chris Carbine, Hispanic Republicans of North Jersey Herminio Mendoza, NJ GOP State Committeeman from Hudson County Joshua Sotomayor Einstein, NJFRW Region 2 Vice President Celeste Homaychak, and NJFRW President Angelique Scholl. 

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Want lower taxes? Murphy should focus on pensions, aid to some schools

By Jack Ciattarelli 

On his inauguration day, Phil Murphy received two gifts any new governor of New Jersey could only wish for – the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years and hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue based on U.S. Supreme Court decisions on internet sales and sports betting. It wasn’t enough. In his first budget, Murphy raised other new and existing taxes more than $1.5 billion, including New Jersey corporate and personal taxes, despite both already being among the highest in the nation. Murphy’s political justification was, “We need to make New Jersey stronger and fairer.” His policy justification was, “The Trump tax reforms lowered corporate taxes” and “People need to pay their fair share.” While businesses and people may never leave a country over taxes, they will leave a state. Moreover, if you try to offset federal tax decreases with state tax increases, you only make your state an outlier. That’s exactly what’s happening to New Jersey. The proof . . . For the fifth year in a row, New Jersey’s business climate has been ranked dead last in the country. And the annual United Van Lines study shows New Jersey is, once again, one of the leading out-migration states in the country, with nearly 50 percent listing “jobs” as their reason for leaving. 

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Republicans Solidify Their Slate Of Candidates In The Murphy Midterms

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Trenton NJ,  Tonight, Republicans elected a solid slate of candidates around the state to fight back in the Murphy Midterms. NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt releases the following statement regarding the results: 

“Republicans have a diverse slate of candidates in every corner of the state ready to fight back in the Murphy Midterms. The NJGOP is proud to support the Republican efforts to pick up a Senate seat in LD-1, fight for the majority in the General Assembly, and continue to add ideological diversity to our county and local governments. New Jersey residents deserve honest answers to our state’s real problems, and dishonest, Democratic spendthrifts like Phil Murphy and his bevy of rain tax, success tax, business tax, shore rental tax, Uber tax and gun taxes simply aren’t getting the job done. We can do better.”

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Do you file jointly in NJ? This GOP lawmaker wants to remove your tax penalty.

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Trenton NJ, When married couples approach tax season, the best option is usually to file a joint tax return. But that’s not always the case.

New Jersey is one of 24 states with a marriage penalty built into its income tax brackets. It taxes married couples 140 percent more on their income between $20,000 and $70,000.

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