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What’s the deal with the N.J. homebuyer tax credit?

What’s the deal with the N.J. homebuyer tax credit?
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

So what's the deal with the New Jersey homebuyer tax credit? This program would give homebuyers in the state a tax credit worth up to $15,000 spread over three years. The bill (A1678) passed the legislature with overwhelming bi-partisan support and landed on the governor's desk on June 10. Yet, Chris Christie has yet to sign it.

On New Jersey 101.5's "Ask the Governor" program this week, Christie said he likes the idea, but will only sign it if he can figure out where the money is coming from. Proponents of the bill say it will spur construction and create jobs, which will increase revenues in both the realty transfer fund and income taxes, which will offset the cost of the program. A look at the numbers behind the program casts serious doubt that this will be the case.

 

Newark police misconduct demonstrates a disturbing pattern and jeopardizes community safety

Newark police misconduct demonstrates a disturbing pattern and jeopardizes community safety
BY DEBORAH JACOBS
COMMENTARY

Three weeks ago, amid news of layoffs in Newark, the city and its taxpayers took yet another financial hit: a high dollar verdict for a former police officer mistreated by t...

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 prope...

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...

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