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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 — refinancing the fund to generate up to $800 million will cover costs for one more year. This quick fix does not solve New Jersey's transportation problem, but pushes it off until next year.

AAA Clubs of New Jersey represent more than two million motorists on New Jersey's roadways, which continue to fall further into disrepair because the TTF continues to fall short. As advocates for New Jersey motorists, AAA believes that the only long-term solution to this problem is a stable, sustainable funding source. It is our hope that this year's refinancing is merely an interim measure to allow for a serious conversation between the Governor, the Legislature and the public about how we can best achieve that.

 

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...

Christie’s budget puts Band-Aids on New Jersey’s core challenges

Christie’s budget puts Band-Aids on New Jersey’s core challenges
BY GARY S. SCHAER
COMMENTARY

When both houses of the New Jersey Legislature passed the $29.4 billion state budget June 28 — which Governor Christie signed the next day — I was not one of those voting in...

There are signs N.J. is starting to value state’s colleges

There are signs N.J. is starting to value state’s colleges
BY DARRYL G. GREER
COMMENTARY

Expanding the state's competitiveness by providing more college opportunity in the Garden State has not been a high priority for New Jersey. This has been the case for man...

N.J. requiring fire sprinklers will save lives

N.J. requiring fire sprinklers will save lives
BY JOHN S. WISNIEWSKI
COMMENTARY

We've heard the stories all too often — horrible fires that leaves fatalities in their wake, ripping apart families and ending lives too soon.

These are tragic events, ma...

Washington understands it takes a village to raise a child

Washington understands it takes a village to raise a child
BY HILDA L. SOLIS
COMMENTARY

A colleague of mine in the Obama administration sparked a political controversy about 15 years ago when she wrote about the impact a village can have in raising a child. Whi...

Merging with Cherry Hill could save Merchantville

Merging with Cherry Hill could save Merchantville
BY GINA GENOVESE
COMMENTARY

In Merchantville, Camden County, a group of concerned residents are moving their community toward long-term sustainability by proposing that their town seriously look at conn...

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