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Christie’s proposal is good for sports complex — And the entire Meadowlands

Christie’s proposal is good for sports complex — And the entire Meadowlands
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Governor Chris Christie is a fan of baseball's New York Mets. His baseball club hasn't been playing very well recently, but the Governor hit a political and governmental home run last week with his release of the report of his Advisory Commission on New Jersey Gaming, Sports, and Entertainment.

The Governor and his Advisory Commission have come forth with a bold, comprehensive plan that provides for long range solutions to problems that have been plaguing New Jersey for years. Christie's proposal to create a Clean and Safe Tourism District for Atlantic City provides an essential pathway for saving the casinos and establishing Atlantic City as a true destination resort. He wisely proposes to significantly downsize the state's role in horse racing, a dying industry which New Jersey taxpayers should no longer be subsidizing. At long last, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority will cease its costly operations of the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park Racetracks and the IZOD Center arena, enabling these properties to be sold, leased, or licensed.

 

Now is the time to begin dialogue of shared services in N.J.

Now is the time to begin dialogue of shared services in N.J.
BY DOMENICK STAMPONE
COMMENTARY

Sharing services between local communities is an obvious and pragmatic approach to stabilizing our taxes and maintaining a high level of municipal services our residents ...

Real N.J. property tax reform takes more than caps and cuts

Real N.J. property tax reform takes more than caps and cuts
BY WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, JR.
COMMENTARY

Facing an unprecedented revenue gap this year, Gov. Chris Christie introduced, and the Legislature passed, a budget that cut funding for municipal property tax reli...

How well will the 2 percent cap work on NJ municipal budgets?

How well will the 2 percent cap work on NJ municipal budgets?
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The NJ Senate, Assembly and Gov. Chris Christie reached a compromise on a "hard" 2 percent cap on municipal spending, but with exceptions for health...

Times of uncertainty not helped by President Obama’s Financial Reform Bill

Times of uncertainty not helped by President Obama’s Financial Reform Bill
BY CHRISTOPHER W. YOUNG
COMMENTARY

One is not hard pressed to appreciate the energy and execution ability of President Obama. Since he took office, he has passed the Healthcare Reform Bill, the Economi...

N.J. must have an honest discussion on how to fund state’s transportation infrastructure

N.J. must have an honest discussion on how to fund state’s transportation infrastructure
BY FRED GRUEL
COMMENTARY

Recently Governor Christie announced his solution to replenish the dwindling Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), which is projected to be insolvent by June 2011.

That solution — ref...

It is clear the Catholic hierarchy has let down the church

It is clear the Catholic hierarchy has let down the church
BY MICHAEL P. RICCARDS
COMMENTARY

When he took over the papacy, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger took the name Benedict — probably after the great World War I peace pope, Benedict XV, and also St. Benedict of ...

Steve Adubato: What do we have to lose by Christie taking over Atlantic City?

Steve Adubato: What do we have to lose by Christie taking over Atlantic City?
BY STEVE ADUBATO
COMMENTARY

It's easy to criticize a bold and decisive plan to change the status quo, even when the status quo isn't getting the job done. But, the alternative — staying the course — is...

Christie’s making medical marijuana unworkable for New Jersey’s patients

Christie’s making medical marijuana unworkable for New Jersey’s patients
BY PAUL ARMENTANO
COMMENTARY

The Christie administration is contemplating making the nation's most restrictive medical marijuana law even more restrictive. Lawmakers do so at the expense of patients' we...

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