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.
So I’m out of the state for a couple days with my family and boom! The gas tax makes it’s ugly return. Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney got together and came up with a scheme to raise your taxes…again.
What’s even worse is that they are calling it a tax cut. Sound familiar? It’s not. They will raise the cost of buying gas in the Garden State by $.23 a gallon and then through an elaborate and confusing pitch to distract you, make you think that because of tax deductions and a cut in the estate tax, you’re actually making money! It’s disgusting, dishonest and deceitful. And that’s not even the worst part…
The big issue today is that there are reportedly many Republican legislators who are considering voting to override the Governor’s expected veto of the tax. At least the Democrats are being honest, they campaign on revenue and higher taxes. But the GOP? They ask for your votes by proclaiming that they will be the strong voice of the people opposing further taxes on our already over-taxed citizens. It’s gotta stop. As Jersey Joe Piscopo put it on my radio show this morning, #StopIt. You’re right Joe, how many more people and businesses need to leave the Garden State before the politicians do something to improve the economy and cost of living here? Enough is enough. #NoGasTax. Call your Republican legislators and tell ’em to get a backbone and vote against the tax and support the Governor if he vetoes this latest assault on your bank account.
Today’s #BlueFriday honoree is the Director of Public Safety in Newark, Anthony Ambrose. Leading a police force in any major city is a huge undertaking. In a dangerous city like Newark it’s especially trying. Decades of failed leadership and increasing crime have hurt local residents. I’ve often talked about solutions that go back to successful models of city policing from the past couple decades. Looks like the team in Newark are starting to make some headway.
This morning I had an opportunity to spar with Governor Christie over his proposed gas tax. It took a bit of an ugly turn… Take a listen!
Late night, closed door meeting in Trenton. Can’t be good. And it wasn’t. Governor Christie saved the Democrats from themselves by giving them an opportunity to pass a tax on gas that will supposedly fund the Transportation Trust Fund. Well, it’s ain’t gonna be that easy.
First of all, the tax on gas will raise the cost for NJ commuters by $0.23 per gallon. This will potentially cost you hundreds of dollars every year in additional money just to get back and forth to work. If you’re a delivery truck operator, commercial fishing captain, landscaper or any other business in the Garden state, the cost will be much more.
Had a great conversation with New Jersey first Lt. Governor today, Kim Guadagno. We discussed the latest proposal to raise the gas tax, the Governor’s bold idea to reduce property taxes and a little Star Wars…
The Star Wars conversation was in reference to the ‘Lightsaber’ I brought into the studio courtesy of our Chasing News Senior Producer Jason M. Rosenberg. It was part of my message this week pushing back on #DarthOroho, the Republican State Senator pushing for a higher gas tax. Oroho has been using scare tactics about the financial depletion of the Transportation Trust Fund and the ‘imminent danger’ facing commuters from NJ’s infrastructure. Of course, as is typically the case in politics, much of what is being used to justify a huge burden on working and middle class families is an exaggeration.
Is that Sparky Lyle? Yup. That’s him.
Legendary Cy Young award winning major league relief pitcher who pitched his way to an exemplary career with Boston, New York and Philly. For the past few weeks I’ve been making the rounds with my colleague from Chasing News, Jessica Nutt to minor league ballparks around the Garden State.
It’s gotten to the point where someone came up to me at a recent speech I delivered and had a pressing question before I went on, pulling me aside, asking me to explain the joke. Oh boy.
Had a great guest on the radio this morning, Jay Pharoah.
A couple takeaways, first, he’s hilarious. Second, I grew up calling the candy spread on ice cream, Jimmies. Some call it sprinkles. Now, so do I. Listen to Jay’s take on the name and you’ll see why.