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Christie Whitman: U.S. energy policy can and should be about more than just cap and trade

Christie Whitman: U.S. energy policy can and should be about more than just cap and trade
BY CHRISTIE WHITMAN
COMMENTARY

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one of those truly dire situations. Sadly, there are no winners here — it is a tragedy for those who lost loved ones, destructive to the people of the region, devastating to the environment and certainly negative for BP as a company.

President Obama missed his moment and is now faced with a significant political problem. He did not take control of the situation early enough. In his prime time speech on June 15 (Day 56 of the spill), he emphasized that he was leading the charge to bring justice and, with it, a major cleanup for the region. But all of these efforts were too little, too late.

By not having called in the heads of BP, Transocean and Halliburton right from the beginning and putting them on notice that they were responsible and that he would be watching, as well as mobilizing the unified response team from the federal government, he lost the chance to display leadership.

 

 

Funding teachers, police and firefighters with war makes for odd bedfellows

Funding teachers, police and firefighters with war makes for odd bedfellows
BY SUSAN SHAER
COMMENTARY

It's not enough that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have topped one trillion dollars. Now there is a supplemental appropriations bill awaiting a vote in the Senate that will...

Chris Christie’s N.J. property tax cap proposal: A political masterstroke by the Governor

Chris Christie’s N.J. property tax cap proposal: A political masterstroke by the Governor
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

I have served in the administration of one governor of New Jersey and have closely observed all other governors from Brendan Byrne up to the present....

Christie can cut billions more from N.J. budget if he really believes in limited government

Christie can cut billions more from N.J. budget if he really believes in limited government
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Governor Christie's first budget was passed by the Legislature before the June 30th deadline, but not before three Republican holdouts, Michael Doherty in the Senate and Alli...

N.J. civil service rules make a streamlined government almost impossible to achieve

N.J. civil service rules make a streamlined government almost impossible to achieve
BY WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, JR.
COMMENTARY

"We the people" can amend our Constitution — our basic framework of civil rights and self-government — but we cannot rescind a personnel policy decision made decade...

Legal costs are an issue for N.J. school budgets

Legal costs are an issue for N.J. school budgets
BY MARCUS RAYNER
COMMENTARY

In recent months, school funding has been hotly debated by many sides. And the most infamous school litigation of the past two decades, Abbott vs. Burke, is routinely invoked...

Gutting N.J. civil service rights would open state to ravages of patronage and corruption

Gutting N.J. civil service rights would open state to ravages of patronage and corruption
BY EVELYN LIEBMAN
COMMENTARY

Imagine if every time a newly elected mayor, county executive or governor was elected, he or she could snap their fingers, get rid of all of the people providing public serv...

Ingrid Reed: Public deserves praise for involvement in New Jersey’s budget discussion

Ingrid Reed: Public deserves praise for involvement in New Jersey’s budget discussion
BY INGRID REED
COMMENTARY

I doubt that there will be more than a few gatherings around the pool and or by the grill where friends and neighbors will be speculating if we really will have a state budget ...

Why is the N.J. DEP supporting the interests of polluters over oyster restoration?

Why is the N.J. DEP supporting the interests of polluters over oyster restoration?
BY ANDREW WILLNER
COMMENTARY

The recent pronouncement by Bob Martin, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, that may end more than a decade's worth of oyster research, restora...

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