Medicare Proposal Urges ‘Drastic’ Cut in Home Health Funding

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Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Pledge to Fix NJ's Transportation Woes

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Phil Murphy for Governor of New Jersey|The New York Times

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

THE NEW YORK TIMES

OCT. 29, 2017

Phil Murphy at a campaign event in June.

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Who should be the next governor of New Jersey? That’s not even a close call. There is only one choice on the ballot next week who guarantees voters an end to the Chris Christie era, and that’s the Democratic candidate, Phil Murphy.

Mr. Murphy, who was ambassador to Germany during the Obama years, is running against Mr. Christie’s loyal lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, whose agenda differs little from that of her boss. New Jersey can’t afford another four years of Christie-inspired chaos.

Indeed, Mr. Murphy would be taking on a formidable task. Eight years ago, Mr. Christie arrived promising to fix “our broken state,” as he called it. Instead, he is leaving it even more damaged than he found it.

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Jones and Essex County Dems Revel in Oliver for People Power Projections, Lean on Middlesex for Insider Power Connections

By Max Pizarro | October 25, 2017

Insider NJ

Sheila Oliver.

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WEST ORANGE – Some pretty grizzled and cynical battle-worn faces dotted the décor of Mayfair Farms Tuesday evening, but with two weeks to go before Election Day in an otherwise fairly flat atmosphere, Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones went ahead anyway and – completely straight-faced – praised “the little chapel of democracy” sitting in the center of Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver’s (D-34) heart.

It worked.

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Governor’s Race 2017: Democrats Would Deliver Greener New Jersey

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Frelinghuysen Votes to Repeal State, Local Tax Deduction

By Alyana Alfaro • 10/26/17

Observer

Rodney Frelinghuysen.

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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) is the only representative from New Jersey’s 12-member House delegation to vote in favor of a budget resolution that could eliminate the state and local tax deduction, a boon for New Jersey taxpayers seeking to defray their bills.

The resolution passed the House by a vote of 216 to 212 and could save $1.3 trillion over 10 years; GOP lawmakers say they would use the money to pay for President Trump’s promised tax cuts. But critics say the collateral damage would be an unfair spike in taxes in states such as California, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, some of the highest-taxed states in the nation. The state and local tax deduction (SALT) helps residents lower their overall tax bills.

Frelinghuysen — who has a target on his back as Democrats seek to unseat him in 2018 — is the chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

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Governor’s Race 2017: Murphy, Guadagno Short on Specifics for Higher Ed

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Phil Murphy for governor, but N.J. deserves so much better | The Star-Ledger

Someday, somewhere over the rainbow, New Jersey voters will have a choice between two impressive candidates for governor. But not this year.

Our choice is Democrat Phil Murphy, by default. He has profound weaknesses, starting with his lack of political experience, and his ferocious loyalty to the public worker unions, the same two weaknesses that sank former Gov. Jon Corzine.

But Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Republican candidate, is the worst nominee of either major party to come along in decades. Her knowledge of the issues is paper-thin, she's failed utterly to separate herself from the disastrous legacy of Gov. Chris Christie, and she has surrendered her integrity with dishonest attacks on her opponent designed to inflame bigotry against immigrants.

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Murphy Leads Guadagno By 20 Points in New Poll

By Christian Hetrick • 10/25/17

Observer

Phil Murphy.

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Less than two weeks before the gubernatorial election, Phil Murphy has a comfortable, 20-point lead over Kim Guadagno in the latest poll of likely voters.

Murphy, the Democratic nominee, received 57 percent support compared to 37 percent for Guadagno, according to a poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday.

Guadagno, the Republican lieutenant governor, has trailed Murphy for months. The poll showed she has picked up some support from voters after two debates, but not much.

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Governor’s Race 2017: Back Seat for Healthcare in Final Phase of Campaigning

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