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Mental health law debate is no place for N.J. politics

Mental health law debate is no place for N.J. politics
BY VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
COMMENTARY

Many of New Jersey's students who have just returned to school are studying civics, and over the course of the school year they will learn that a cornerstone of American democracy is the rule of law.

They will come to understand that as citizens, we are not able to pick and choose which laws we follow and which we simply disregard.

Hopefully these students can remind the Christie administration that it has the same obligation we all have to follow the law in New Jersey.

On Aug. 10, one day before the Department of Human Services was to begin a three-year implementation process of New Jersey's new involuntary outpatient commitment law, the administration announced that it would indefinitely delay the enactment of legislation that was passed by the legislature and signed into law last year.

 

Restoring Passaic County’s fiscal house

Restoring Passaic County’s fiscal house
BY PAT LEPORE
COMMENTARY

During my last six years as a Freeholder in Passaic County, tremendous progress has been made in getting the County's financial house in order. My colleagues and I reduced the ...

Christie should eliminate New Jersey’s income tax

Christie should eliminate New Jersey’s income tax
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Governor Christie stated on Bloomberg radio he wants to cut the state income tax in order to make New Jersey more attractive than Pennsylvania and New York to do business. H...

GOP woos Jersey Guy Chris Christie

GOP woos Jersey Guy Chris Christie
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In the midst of a tour around the country, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be "the one" for the Republicans, or so they are hoping. Is Christie t...

Kennedy-Nixon Debates taught us a bad lesson

Kennedy-Nixon Debates taught us a bad lesson
BY RICHARD A. LEE
COMMENTARY

With summer officially behind us, the fall campaign season is shifting into high gear. Over the next few weeks, in addition to the usual flurry of political ads, rallies and...

Fair or not, N.J. public pension and health benefits have become symbols of excess

Fair or not, N.J. public pension and health benefits have become symbols of excess
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

In his quest to secure a massive overhaul of the public employee pension and health benefits package, Gov. Chris Christie has two formidable weapons availa...

Don't turn NJN into the No Jersey Network

Don't turn NJN into the No Jersey Network
BY THE SIERRA CLUB NEW JERSEY CHAPTER
COMMENTARY

The Sierra Club opposes the potential sale and privatization of NJN, one of New Jersey's greatest assets. Along with our beaches, forests and state parks...

Christie's income tax cut pledge doesn't pass the taste test

Christie's income tax cut pledge doesn't pass the taste test
BY JOSH McMAHON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Gov. Chris Christie's latest promise to lower income taxes in two or three years would be about as good for the state as one of those pumpkin Dunkin Donut...

Chris Christie could be rising star Republicans need

Chris Christie could be rising star Republicans need
BY STEVE ADUBATO
COMMENTARY

So New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is on the road campaigning for Republican candidates throughout the country. It's not the first time a Garden State governor has left t...

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