Fed Tax Reform Focuses New Attention on NJ’s Property-Tax Deduction

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If the G.O.P. Tax Plan Hurts You, Congressmen Say It’s Your State’s Fault

ALBANY — The five House Republicans have heard the calls for their heads, the references to them being traitors, hypocrites and worse for supporting a tax plan backed by their party, but harmful to the states they represent.

Not content to merely defend their votes, the five representatives from New York and New Jersey have begun a counteroffensive, seeking to turn the tables and blame state leaders for helping create high-tax environments.

“The problem is not the federal tax policy,” said Representative Tom Reed, a Republican who represents the struggling Southern Tier of New York, and voted yes on the House version of the bill in November. “The root cause of the entire issue is the tax-and-spend culture out of Albany that has created that burden on New Yorkers.”

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In its Last Gasp, Christie Panel Gives Dire Appraisal of NJ’s Public Pension System

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DiVincenzo Settles Campaign Finance Case for $20,000

By Christian Hetrick • 12/06/17

Observer

Joe DiVincenzo.

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After fighting the Election Law Enforcement Commission for years, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo has agreed to settle charges that he misused thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses.

DiVincenzo admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement, but he will pay ELEC a fine of more than $20,000. DiVincenzo, a Democrat, is perhaps the most powerful New Jersey politician that ELEC has accused of wrongdoing, and the case stalled and dragged on for years before the settlement announced Wednesday.

ELEC, the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency, found that DiVincenzo misused campaign contributions for 43 expenditures totaling roughly $14,000, and was late in reporting 602 credit card transactions worth more than $71,000.

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Tax Bill Could Derail Promises Made by New Jersey’s Next Governor

Throughout his 17-month campaign, Philip D. Murphy, the governor-elect of New Jersey and a Democrat, made promise after promise to voters: to fully fund the state’s floundering transportation network, fully fund its underfunded schools and to fully fund the underfunded public pension system, all part of a far-reaching progressive agenda that led to a 14-point victory in last month’s election.

Essential to Mr. Murphy’s agenda was a so-called “millionaire’s tax’’ to be levied on the state’s wealthiest residents. After the election, Mr. Murphy and his allies in the Democratic-controlled State Legislature made passing the tax their top priority when he takes office in January.

But now the federal tax bill passed by the Senate, which takes aim at high-tax and Democratic-leaning states like New Jersey, is threatening both House Republicans from New Jersey, who will be pressed to vote on a measure that will harm their constituents, as well as the state’s Democratic agenda.

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Murphy: New Jersey Could Sue to Stop GOP Tax Overhaul

By Christian Hetrick

Phil Murphy.

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Governor-elect Phil Murphy said Thursday that New Jersey and other states could sue the federal government if a proposed Republican tax overhaul becomes law.

Murphy, a Democrat, said he has spoken with leadership in New York and California and with legal scholars about doing “whatever it takes” to stop a GOP attempt to rewrite the federal tax code. Asked if that included a joint lawsuit with other states, Murphy said “emphatically, yes.”

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A Senate tax bill would eliminate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, something that would particularly hurt high tax states such as New Jersey, New York and California. A House bill that passed this month would remove the deduction only for state and local income and sales taxes, but cap it at $10,000 for property taxes.

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$79 Million Gubernatorial Election Was Second Most Costly in State History

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PATH extension to Newark airport set for public meetings this week

NEWARK -- The public can weigh in on a plan to extend PATH service to Newark Liberty International Airport at two informational meetings this week in Newark.

The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m, at the Weequahic Park Sports Authority Community Center, 92 Carmichael Drive, Newark. The second is set for the same time on Thursday night, also in Newark, in the Garden State Ballroom of the Hilton Newark Penn Station, at 1048 Raymond Boulevard.

The meetings will be hosted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to provide details of the project, take public input and answer questions. Comments on the project can be emailed to PATHextension@panynj.gov by Dec. 20.

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A Women’s Place? NJ Women Still Scarce at High Levels of Government

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Corruption Case Against Senator Menendez Ends in Mistrial

NEWARK — The federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey ended in a mistrial on Thursday after jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict, leaving Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, free to return to Congress but injecting uncertainty as he faces re-election next year and his party faces a difficult battle to retake the Senate.

After interviewing jurors individually in his chambers, Judge William H. Walls emerged to tell the court that, after nine weeks of testimony, the jury was deadlocked and that, as a result, “there is no alternative but to declare a mistrial.”

One juror told reporters that 10 of the 12 jurors supported finding Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, not guilty, saying that prosecutors had not made the case that the favors and gifts exchanged between the senator and a wealthy eye doctor went beyond what good friends do for each other.

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