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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 care costs, pensions, debt service and emergency funds, there is plenty of links for these plumbers.

 

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...

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...

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