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N.J. property taxpayers are the winners with the two percent cap compromise

N.J. property taxpayers are the winners with the two percent cap compromise
BY STEPHEN SWEENEY
COMMENTARY

As the old saying goes, "It is better to bend than break."

In New Jersey politics, that thought hasn't been at the center of many policy debates. But when the issue is property taxes, the need to position for a partisan advantage all but evaporates. With average property tax bills topping $7,000 — and some communities with average bills well over $10,000 — taxpayers don't care whether a solution comes from Democrats or Republicans. They just want a break.

That's what makes the recent compromise on a 2 percent property tax cap so remarkable. On the most important issue facing New Jersey — both in polls and around kitchen tables — common sense took precedence over party.

 

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez facing a tough road

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez facing a tough road
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

This has not been a good political year for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey). A June 17, 2010 Quinnipiac Poll reported that New Jersey voter...

N.J. property tax cap is just the first step

N.J. property tax cap is just the first step
BY MICHAEL BUSLER
COMMENTARY

Personally, I love living in New Jersey, especially at the southern New Jersey shore. In the summer I can enjoy the nicest beaches in the world and in the winter the small ...

How will N.J. properly fund education in the future?

How will N.J. properly fund education in the future?
BY CELESTE RILEY
COMMENTARY

On Monday, I cast a vote in favor of the 2 percent property tax cap, but I concede it was among the most difficult votes I've ever taken.

Voting for the new cap was the right ...

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ — Then and Now

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ — Then and Now
BY MICHAEL W. KEMPNER
COMMENTARY

Without question, Tom Robinson would be better off today.

He would be able to vote. He would have access to all public accommodations. He could win a seat in Congress, ...

History shows that attacks on civil liberties persist through the generations

History shows that attacks on civil liberties persist through the generations
BY DEBORAH JACOBS
COMMENTARY

In 1969, a group of African-American students in Burlington were suspended for wearing black gloves to school to protest discrimination in their school.

In 2009, Bridgeton Hi...

Chris Christie speaking out of both sides of his mouth

Chris Christie speaking out of both sides of his mouth
BY JOSH McMAHON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Gov. Chris Christie's cultivated image is that of a straight-talking Jersey guy. No bull, no spin, no hidden agenda, just what he thinks.

At least that's t...

Alan Steinberg to appear on ‘New Jersey Power and Politics’

Alan Steinberg to appear on ‘New Jersey Power and Politics’

News 12 will air show on Saturday and Sunday

NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist Alan Steinberg will appear on "New Jersey Power and Politics" hosted by Laura Jones and Jim McQueeny (McQueeny is on vacatio...

Gulf oil spill exposes our loss of American ingenuity

Gulf oil spill exposes our loss of American ingenuity
BY KAREN BOROFF
COMMENTARY

Plug the damn hole! Months into the BP deep water rig explosion, Americans are still wondering why this thing can't be fixed. Let me put aside, although not because these ar...

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