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What is the incentive for safe vehicles without New Jersey car inspections?

What is the incentive for safe vehicles without New Jersey car inspections?
BY ED FERNANDEZ
COMMENTARY

Driver safety. Passenger safety. Pedestrian safety.

For those of us in the transportation business, these are our guiding imperatives. For those of us with children, these are our unrelenting obsessions.

It is therefore understandable that concerns are being raised about New Jersey's new inspection law — a law that eliminates the requirement for "mechanical" car inspections ... loosens the requirement for "emissions" car inspections ... and puts an end to all motorcycle inspections.

To be sure, it is unclear whether inspections actually lead to safer vehicles. As NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Raymond Martinez recently explained, there is a "lack of conclusive data" on the matter. And it was this lack of certainty — combined with the possibility of saving the state $17 million per year — that led to the change of policy.

 

Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor

Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Recently, The Record of Hackensack reviewed Governor Christie's first six months in office. Reporter John Reitmeyer reviewed the governor's promises kept and promises not m...

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy
BY LOU GREENWALD
COMMENTARY

The facts are simple.

Home sales in New Jersey fell 23 percent in May and 27 percent in June. Those numbers are even scarier considering those are typically busy times for the...

Hyped Corzine-Katz e-mails reveal absolutely nothing

Hyped Corzine-Katz e-mails reveal absolutely nothing
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

The Corzine-Katz e-mails (former Gov. Jon and former public employee union leader Carla) are finally out and they reveal — drum roll, please — absolutely n...

Pentagon losing control: Wikileaks and leaking Iraqi funds

Pentagon losing control: Wikileaks and leaking Iraqi funds
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Blame Wikileaks if you must about the 92,000 documents they obtained about the war in Afghanistan, but something is really amiss at the Pentagon. Th...

New Jersey’s pension obligation on Christie’s hit list

New Jersey’s pension obligation on Christie’s hit list
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

Numbers matter. Poll results, budget deficits, health statistics. Attach a number to any issue and it becomes reality. But sometimes a reality check is in order.

When this...

Sherrod case: Andrew Breitbart should be edited, too

Sherrod case: Andrew Breitbart should be edited, too
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Liberal, conservative, whatever ... it doesn't matter. What matters most from the entire Shirley Sherrod affair is the shoddy "journalism" Andrew Br...

Keynes, Obama and the future

Keynes, Obama and the future
BY CHRISTOPHER W. YOUNG
COMMENTARY

Despite the overwhelming amount of commentary about the Great Depression and the recently labeled Great Recession, the United States has survived twelve or more panics...

Christie’s N.J. property tax toolkit needs a hammer

Christie’s N.J. property tax toolkit needs a hammer
BY WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, JR.
COMMENTARY

Over the past month, the governor signed a budget that cut municipal property tax relief funding by about $400 million, and a new 2 percent cap on future property t...

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