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Leasing N.J. parks to private companies would be a violation of the public trust

Leasing N.J. parks to private companies would be a violation of the public trust
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

Gov. Chris Christie is again advocating for increased privatization in the state government. The governor recently released a report that called for leasing out management of all 58 of New Jersey's state parks, among other things.

The Christie administration wants to give away New Jersey's most valuable public assets to private companies. These lands were bought by the people of New Jersey for use by residents of the state and for their historical, open space and environmental value. Leasing the jewels of New Jersey to private companies is a violation of the public trust.

About 17 million people visit New Jersey parks annually. The number of park and forest visitors increases every year.

 

Ranking in Money Magazine’s Top Places to Live in U.S. reveals troubling trend for N.J. town

Ranking in Money Magazine’s Top Places to Live in U.S. reveals troubling trend for N.J. town
BY MICHAEL MORRIS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Money Magazine recently came out with its annual list of the "Top 100 places to live in United States" for 2010; kudos goes to Middletown for once again...

The New Jersey budget ‘hunt’ is over. Now what?

The New Jersey budget ‘hunt’ is over. Now what?
BY SHARON E. SCHULMAN
COMMENTARY

The hunt is over. Our elected leaders have "bagged the game" and now have to figure out what to do with it.

After all the parrying and maneuvering, our Governor and Legis...

The economic drought continues, and there's no water in Obama's pitcher — Editorial cartoon

The economic drought continues, and there's no water in Obama's pitcher — Editorial cartoon
BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The heat across the country isn't limited to the weather. 125,000 jobs were lost in June, even though the unemployment rate fell to 9.5 from 9.7 percent (largely due ...

Christie commission should remember why NJN was created before making recommendation

Christie commission should remember why NJN was created before making recommendation
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

When New Jersey Public Television launched its first broadcast in April of 1971, it carried the hopes of a determined band of activists — including future ...

What happened to the N.J. Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate in new state budget?

What happened to the N.J. Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate in new state budget?
BY CHARLOTTE VANDERVALK
ANALYSIS

The dust has settled on the FY 2010-11 State budget debate, but many seniors and the disabled are still uncertain about just what was decided. Specifically, they want ...

Lengthy battle against N.J. property taxes must continue

Lengthy battle against N.J. property taxes must continue
BY PAUL MORIARTY
COMMENTARY

New Jersey recently struck a crucial blow in what will no doubt be a lengthy battle to once and for all slay runaway property taxes.

As a prime sponsor of this historic, bipar...

Alan Steinberg and NJEA to debate new 2 percent property tax cap on Ch. 9’s ‘New Jersey Now’

Alan Steinberg and NJEA to debate new 2 percent property tax cap on Ch. 9’s ‘New Jersey Now’

Governor's ‘took kit' proposal will also be a topic of discussion on the show hosted by Brenda Blackmon

NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist Alan Steinberg will appear as a guest on the television show, "Ne...

Keeping focus on safety saves young lives

Keeping focus on safety saves young lives
BY ED FERNANDEZ
COMMENTARY

Tragic but true: The leading cause of death among American teenagers is automobile accidents — careless, senseless, preventable automobile accidents.[ 1 ] For teens, there is no...

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