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Protection of the N.J. Highlands receives a grade of F

Protection of the N.J. Highlands receives a grade of F
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

The Sierra Club believes that the Highlands are in more jeopardy now than in any time since the passage of the Highlands Act. On the sixth anniversary of the Highlands Act, the Sierra Club has released its annual Highlands report card showing this key region of our state is under attack. Governor Christie has drawn a bull's eye on the Highlands with transition team reports that call for eliminating the Highlands Council, Executive Orders that put our water supply at risk, and funding cuts that will invite sprawl and overdevelopment.

Budget cuts, Red Tape Review Committees, Executive Orders and secret stakeholder meetings with special interests will take away many important protections in the Highlands region and prohibit full implementation of the Highlands Act. The Highlands Council still has numerous vacancies. Of the 15 slots, five are vacant.

This year, we rate the actions on protections for the Highlands an F. This grade is not a reflection of the Highlands Act itself, but rather the lack of implementation of the act and the plan.

 

Trenton should forget N.J. Homebuyers Tax credit and work on toolkit to combat property taxes

Trenton should forget N.J. Homebuyers Tax credit and work on toolkit to combat property taxes
BY PAUL V. TYAHLA
COMMENTARY

Imagine your boss suddenly announced that the company would be giving $5 to the next 20 employees who took their lunch break, and that the money would be coming out of every...

Christie putting squeeze on home rule in N.J.

Christie putting squeeze on home rule in N.J.
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Deliberate or not, the strategy taking shape in the Administration of Gov. Chris Christie chips away at home rule in arguably the only way encroachment on ...

Reforms can make privatization a better tool for N.J.

Reforms can make privatization a better tool for N.J.
BY WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, JR.
COMMENTARY

The recent State Privatization Study by the Zimmer Commission has thrust this concept back into the public square. But privatization is not news to local government...

Vice President Chris Christie could be the ticket for 2012

Vice President Chris Christie could be the ticket for 2012
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Chris Christie is now the national media rock star for political conservatives and Republicans in general. He is to the Morning Joe show on MSNBC wh...

Stop playing politics with women’s health in New Jersey

Stop playing politics with women’s health in New Jersey
BY ANNE MAIESE
COMMENTARY

For 90 years, the non-partisan League of Women Voters of New Jersey has been fighting for women's equality. Frankly, we are disgusted with the need for this fight. It is shamef...

Purchase of Seaview makes sense for Stockton College

Purchase of Seaview makes sense for Stockton College
BY HERMAN J. SAATKAMP, JR.
COMMENTARY

The question is legitimate and natural. Why would The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey purchase Seaview Resort? The answer drives every College decision of ...

Alan Steinberg to appear on NJN’s ‘On the Record’

Alan Steinberg to appear on NJN’s ‘On the Record’

NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist will be joined by Ralph Caputo and host Michael Aron

Alan Steinberg, a NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist, will appear on this weekends broadcast of "On the Record." The Ne...

N.J. tax cap costs too much

N.J. tax cap costs too much
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

The Governor and Legislature are pushing a 2 percent tax cap as a way to deal with the state's soaring property taxes. However, a constitutional cap is not the answer to New Je...

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