Christie slams Cruz for exploiting Sandy for 'political gain'

TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie slammed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Tuesday night for saying two-thirds of the Hurricane Sandy relief aid had "nothing to do with Sandy."

Christie, speaking on MSNBC a day after Cruz made the assertion on the same network the prior day, called the lawmaker out by name and accused him of exploiting national disasters for his own political gain.

Cruz had said the bulk of Sandy aid that helped New Jersey recover from Sandy was "filled with unrelated pork" and that it's "not right for politicians to exploit a disaster."

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In New Jersey Governor’s Race, Money Can Take a Circuitous Route

Sheila McPherson is listed as a homemaker on an Internal Revenue Service report from the Democratic Governors Association. This year, Ms. McPherson donated $80,000 to the association, the first time, records show, that she gave to the national group. She also sent $10,000 to the New Jersey Democratic Committee.

Mrs. McPherson, who lists her residence in Rutherford, N.J., is married to Kenneth McPherson, a lawyer at a powerful firm, Waters, McPherson, McNeill.

Had her donations gone directly to Philip D. Murphy, the Democratic candidate for governor in New Jersey, it would have prevented her husband’s firm from getting any state contracts under a potential Murphy administration, the result of New Jersey’s strict pay-to-play laws. She also would have been able to give only $4,300 to Mr. Murphy directly.

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N.J. mosque, finally approved, now under attack by out-of-state bigots | Editorial

The fight over Bernards Township's first mosque appeared to be over. The small Muslim group that sought to build it won, local bigots and their enablers lost.

Yet as township officials now try to do the right thing and allow its construction, they're facing an entirely new adversary: out-of-town crazies.
 
A well-financed group of professional bigots based in Michigan is tying this township up in frivolous lawsuits - even after a federal judge already sided with the Justice Department's conclusion that the township discriminated against Muslims when it initially rejected the mosque.

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Meet Peter Rohrman, the Libertarian Candidate for NJ Governor

By Alyana Alfaro • 08/25/17

Observer

Peter Rohrman.

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Peter Rohrman, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and current IT network engineer, is running as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor, hoping to bring new ideas to a governor’s race that has been dominated by Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno.

“My whole life I have always been the type of person to read the newspaper, pay attention to what is going on in politics, and get really angry,” Rohrman told Observer. “About four or five years ago, I just saw exactly how far government intrudes into our lives and it was just an amazing wake-up call where I just had to start getting involved. I was never really a Republican and I couldn’t be a Democrat but I just couldn’t look myself in the mirror anymore if I didn’t do something.”

After he got involved with the Libertarian Party, Rohrman, 47, ran in 2015 and 2016 for Bergen County freeholder. He lost both races, but he said he continues to be encouraged by growth in the party, now the third largest in the state with 7,464 voters registered as Libertarians.

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Gabrielle Giffords Endorses Philip Murphy for New Jersey Governor

Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman from Arizona who emerged as a high-profile advocate for tighter gun laws across the country after she was wounded in a mass shooting, endorsed Philip D. Murphy for New Jersey governor on Thursday.

Her political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions, praised Mr. Murphy, a Democrat, as a “strong advocate for responsible gun violence prevention policies.” The organization has backed candidates who are in favor of more gun control in races nationwide; this month, it announced support for Democrats running for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in Virginia.

Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut who founded the committee with his wife, Ms. Gifford, in 2013, announced the endorsement on Thursday.

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Murphy Blasts Christie’s Economic Record in NJ

By Alyana Alfaro • 08/22/17

Observer

Phil Murphy and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

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NEWARK — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy said that Gov. Chris Christie lacks “any credibility on the economy,” a response to Monday statements made by Christie that Murphy’s plan to boost taxes $1.3 billion will increase costs for New Jersey’s middle class.

“The economy has not grown and we have become, in addition to that, profoundly unfair,” said Murphy of Christie’s tenure in the State House. “I want to stand not the side of both growth and fairness. There is no reason you can’t do both.”

Murphy is facing Republican nominee Kim Guadagno, Christie’s lieutenant governor, in the November race. Guadagno’s plan is focused on tax reduction and hinges on a “circuit breaker” on property taxes that could credit families with up to $3,000 to defray their homeowner taxes. Murphy wants to impose a millionaire’s tax on wealthy residents, something his campaign estimates would inject $600 million into the New Jersey budget. On Monday, Christie said that increasing taxes on the wealthy would encourage them to flee the state.

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New Jersey Is Front Line in a National Battle Over Bail

Less than a year after New Jersey established a sweeping new law that all but eliminated cash bail, the state has found itself facing a challenge familiar to others that have overhauled their bail systems: an energetic legal attack from the bail industry.

In June and July, two lawsuits were filed in Federal District Court in New Jersey challenging the statute, the Criminal Justice Reform Act, which took effect on Jan. 1. While the suits have taken different legal tacks, they do have something in common: one was filed by a large corporate bail underwriter and the other has received support and publicity from professional bail agents. Both parts of the bail industry have said that their profits have plummeted since the law took effect.

New Jersey is among a handful of states where courts and government officials have begun in recent years to modernize — and in some cases, abolish — the assignment of cash bail, which critics say discriminates against defendants, many of them black and Latino, who cannot afford to pay. The New Jersey law, which was designed to keep the poor from languishing in jail — especially for minor offenses — has put the state at the forefront of a growing national movement toward major change and was notable for having the support of its Republican governor, Chris Christie.

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Guadagno: Jersey Can’t Afford Murphy’s $1.3 Billion Tax Hikes

By Alyana Alfaro • 08/18/17

Observer

 Kim Guadagno

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HAZLET — Phil Murphy’s plan to raise taxes by $1.3 billion if elected is too much for New Jersey’s overburdened taxpayers, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said Friday at a campaign stop, even if those tax hikes would be geared at the state’s wealthiest residents and marijuana users.

“Any increase in taxes on the most taxed people in the United States is unacceptable,” Guadagno said at a Friday town hall event, responding to new details about Murphy’s tax plan first reported by Observer.

The Republican gubernatorial nominee has run a campaign almost entirely focused on cutting taxes, namely the state’s property tax for homeowners. Guadagno’s plan would cap the school portion of a resident’s property tax bill at 5 percent of household income, and she would pay for it at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion from the state budget.

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Christie: I told WFAN I don't want a job there

TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday he pulled himself out of the running for any job as a sports-talk radio host on WFAN when he leaves office in January, confirming that he is no longer a candidate to succeed Mike Francesa at the New York City station but disputing a report saying he was axed from the field.

The New York Daily News, citing anonymous sources, reported Saturday that station executives informed the brash-talking New Jersey governor he was out of the mix to take over for Francesa, the iconic drive-time host who is set to step down at the end of the year. 

But Christie said in a statement that the story is "completely incorrect."

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Trump agents thank Afghan who served our troops - by jailing him in N.J. | Editorial

Let's not forget that long before President Trump was defending the "very fine people" marching with Nazis, he was calling to ban all Muslims. All of them.
 
Twenty-five-year old Abdul, imprisoned in our state for reasons still unexplained, is an apparent victim of that profiling, even though Afghanistan wasn't even one of the six Muslim-majority countries that ultimately made Trump's "travel ban" list.
 
The Afghan was rigorously vetted by the U.S. government, awarded a special visa and promised safety here, after risking his life to work for our troops.

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