Friday January 20th marks the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. President Donald Trump took the oath of office at noon and a new era of politics began. As Piers Morgan put it in a tweet…
Brits love Obama.
Americans took a long hard look at his 8yrs in power & replaced him with his complete opposite. https://t.co/N8L4ozisMB
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 19, 2017
So the Trump era begins. We’ll have to see how the new President’s policies impact the economy and security in our region. I’m confident that his plan and leadership ability will be enough to succeed and earn him a second term. More on the President in later blogs…for now, the race to Drumthwacket begins in earnest.
This morning’s segment of #DigginInWithKim took quite a turn. Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno took the opportunity to agree with me and present her position on why we need to vote no on the ballot question regarding the Transportation Trust Fund. During the broadcast, the Governor’s spokesman issued a statement attacking Kim G going so far as to say this must be a misunderstanding. It would be difficult to find a more arrogant, out-of-touch and ignorant politician in America today. His approval ratings speak volumes considering that he’s lower than anyone in NJ, including the guy under indictment.
It’s time to stand up to the corruption and mismanagement in New Jersey Government. If you really are sick and tired of your taxes going up then stand with me in opposition to Question #2 on the Ballot this November 8th. Governor Christie wants you to vote yes in order to dedicate the gas tax to the Transportation Trust Fund. That might sound like a good idea at first…but the minute you dig a little deeper you see the real scam that will hurt all of us in New Jersey.
Not likely. Even if the current crusade by courageous community leader, Senator Kip Bateman is successful in forcing a vote it’s not gonna pass. Even if by some miracle the legislature voted to repeal the very tax they overwhelmingly supported, it would be met with a veto by the Governor who led the charge for the largest tax increase since Democratic Governor Jim Florio in the 1990’s.
This morning was more than a typical conversation with New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. She comes into our New Jersey 101.5 studios every other Thursday for a special segment called “#DigginInWithKim”. Today she told me that the segment should be renamed, “Sparrin’ with Spadea”. Guess she’s been listening over the past two weeks as I’ve been very critical about the lack of leadership, particularly among Republicans in NJ to oppose the largest tax increase since the 1990’s. At one point during the discussion Kim mentioned that electing more Republicans will help solve the problem. But I countered by reminding her that it was due to the Republicans cowering under pressure from GOP Governor Christie and Democratic Senate President Sweeney that enabled the tax to be passed in the first place.
The gas tax battle came to an ugly end in the floor of the NJ senate today. Lawmakers voting 24-14 to put a huge new tax burden on middle and working class families. We’ll now turn our attention to the 24. They’re all up for reelection in 2017. #rememberinnovember. Oh and unicorns. Really.
— Bill Spadea (@BillSpadea) October 7, 2016
Governor Christie and I had a tough conversation a couple months ago on my morning show. He dismissed my question about the Transportation Trust Fund paying for a “light rail project”…essentially saying that the TTF money would only be allocated to the roads, provided the voters pass a constitutional amendment ensuring that. Now it’s true that I mentioned Atlantic City specifically. But instead of correcting my location info, he dismissed the idea of a light rail as essentially being absurd! Then at Friday’s press conference, right before Jessica Nutt asked the Senate President and Assembly Speaker about another “Midnight vote”, Steve Sweeney discussed the funding for new light rail projects. Two light rails, Bergen-Hudson and Camden-Gloucester and a freight line. So because I had the location wrong, Governor Christie acted as if I pulled “rail projects” out of thin air for ratings! Yes I had bad information about the location but it seems the worst was I had bad info on the number of projects. The fact is that TTF money will be poured into not ONE but THREE projects completely unrelated to the roads. How exactly are three rail projects related to the crumbling roads and bridges??
For nearly seven years I’ve been a backer of New Jersey’s Governor, Chris Christie. He’s been a strong advocate for the overburdened taxpayers in the Garden State and taken on battles that prior Governors were too weak or ineffective to tackle. Until now.
And the win goes to… you! Because of your attention to the tricks and political games in Trenton, together we put a stop to two things today that could have had disastrous effects on life in the Garden State. The first was the gas tax… the legislature wanted to raise it $0.23 per gallon with a built in increase should the projected revenue fall below expectations. As we’ve discussed on Chasing News, NJ 101.5 and on social media, it’s because of your constant phone calls, emails and tweets that the GOP legislators on the fence thought twice about voting for a new tax and the Democrats on the fence found cover that helped firm up their opposition.
It’s been a busy week coming back from a few days away. The Gas Tax battle rages on in Trenton and the politicians are getting agitated with the public’s lack of cooperation on new taxes. As I’ve mentioned many times, the real problem is with the Republican caucus in the New Jersey General Assembly and the State Senate. If the GOP stuck together and stood up for working and middle class New Jerseyans already suffering under the crushing weight of NJ’s current tax burden we might actually move NJ toward affordability. We had two different positions taken from two GOP lawmakers on the show this week.