PRESS RELEASE: NJGOP Chairman Urges Governor Murphy To Look At The Numbers And Wake Up

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NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt today, via press release, called on Governor Phil Murphy to “snap out of his tax and spend trance.” The NJGOP press release follows:

Trenton, NJ - Two more jarring statistics were released yesterday regarding New Jersey's economy. First, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimated that New Jersey lost 7,700 jobs in February. The state lost 9,300 private sector jobs, as the total number was offset by job gains in the taxpayer funded public sector.

Second, the Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) released an internal poll of 500 New Jersey CPAs, where 70% said they believe Governor Murphy's budget will harm the State’s economy. A measly 23% viewed the State’s economy as “good” and only 12% think it will get better.

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt urged Governor Murphy to reverse course.

"These numbers and their meaning are clear. Bad policies have bad consequences,” said Chairman Steinhardt.  "The Governor needs to snap out of his tax and spend trance. People can only struggle for so long before they lose faith or give up. We owe it to New Jersey’s 9 million residents to help. ”

Steinhardt continues, “New Jersey is teetering on the brink of an economic meltdown. How many CPA’s, accountants and economists need to sound the alarm before our elected leaders respond? There are honest solutions to the State’s real problems. We can start by turning a billion dollar surplus and simple budget savings into real property tax relief for New Jersey’s struggling families.”

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Who’s Worse, Aunt Becky Or Phil Murphy?

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It’s been nearly two weeks since the news of the college admissions bribery scandal, Operation Varsity Blues, broke and social media is still filled with folks talking about it. The national press is still churning out stories about it. I suppose the attention is because Lori Loughlin, “Aunt Becky” from the TV show Full House, is involved. Personally, I was never a fan of the show, so I really didn’t pay much attention to the stories.

I was, and am still, more concerned that over a month ago we learned that thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy New Jersey spent $1.6 million to help send 513 undocumented immigrants to college during the fall 2018 semester.

So, who’s worse, Aunt Becky or Phil Murphy?

On one hand you have a bunch of millionaires allegedly paying bribes to get their kids into supposedly good colleges, on the other hand you have a millionaire governor rewarding the children of illegal aliens for the bad behavior of their parents by helping the kids go to college.

Worse, Murphy, or the state, used $1.6 million taxpayer dollars to reward those kids for the bad behavior of their parents.

At lease Aunt Becky and the others used their own money to allegedly bribe their kids’ path to college admissions. Besides, who wouldn’t do whatever they could to help their kids?

I’m not saying it’s right, or fair, that a bunch of millionaires allegedly paid bribes to get their kids into colleges, but at least I can understand it.

What I can’t understand is why not nearly as much attention has been paid to Governor Murphy using taxpayer dollars to help send 513 undocumented immigrants to college. That’s not right either and I cannot understand why anyone would think it’s even remotely fair.

For all Murphy’s talk of a “stronger and fairer” New Jersey, when it comes to spending $1.6 million taxpayer dollars to help send 513 undocumented immigrants to college there is nothing “stronger or fairer” about that.

Bottom line: I think Phil Murphy is definitely worse than Aunt Becky.

Trouble In Paradise? Progressive Democrats Becoming Part Of The Loyal Opposition In Camco

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Camden County is one of the toughest places in New Jersey to be a Republican. It may be one of the toughest places in the country to be a Republican. It’s so reliably Democrat that it’s like paradise for the Democratic party machine.

An Assemblyman resigns. No problem, replace him with another Democrat of their choosing. A School Board member resigns. No problem, just replace him.

But, could there be trouble on the horizon for the machine Democrats? After a Haddon Township Commissioner was forced to resign he was replaced with a Democrat from the progressive wing of the party.

It appears the South Jersey Progressive Democrats are organized. They are actively recruiting progressives to take on the machine Democrats in Camden County.

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Reading their recruitment piece on social media I have to wonder if they borrowed some of their talking points from local Republicans. “You support open, responsive, and fiscally responsible government over party boss/machine politics; you support ending pay to play and ending corporate welfare/favoritism for political machine insiders” sound a lot like the same words that have been coming out of the mouths of Camden County Republicans for years.

There are also allegations of intimidation

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Frankly, I don’t think staffers showing up at a meeting is “intimidation.” More likely, it’s closer to a campaign sending a tracker to monitor the opposition. Intimidation or trackers, either way, it appears the progressives in Camden County are fighting back.

Who knows, maybe the machine Democrats now having to fight on two fronts means things could start to change for Camden County Republicans.

To the progressives: welcome to being a part of the loyal opposition in Camco. Keep fighting!