Thursday, September 30, 2021
During Tuesday's debate, Governor Phil Murphy said he won’t raise taxes any further. Senator Michael Testa isn’t buying it.
“I don’t know how he can say that with a straight face,” said Testa (R-1). “Murphy’s middle name is ‘Tax Increase.’ He’s poised to implement no less than five unnecessary and preventable tax hikes on New Jersey residents over the next few years totaling approximately $2 billion annually.”
Testa, a Republican member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, said there is no excuse for Murphy’s insistence on the series of economy-crushing increases that will materialize over the next few years, including one on employers and one on employees in just three months’ time.
On October 30, struggling employers across New Jersey will be hammered by the first of three different tax increases of more than $1.3 billion. Indirectly, the increases will be passed on to consumers, and will cost jobs.
“He says he won’t raise taxes, but that is exactly what he is doing,” Testa said. “The Senate Republican Caucus proposed a plan to stop the massive unemployment fund tax. Governor Murphy has more than $6 billion in American Relief Plan funds sitting in the bank collecting dust. We’re calling for him to use a small portion of the billions in funds he has available to replenish the UI fund, stop an unnecessary tax increase, and save jobs, something almost 40 other states have already done.”
A $600 million tax increase on the state’s largest health insurer is set for June 30. The massive assessment on Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will impact families with health coverage.
“He is ignoring obvious solutions, preferring instead to pile tax after tax on the backs of New Jersey families at a time when the economy cannot withstand the additional pressures,” said Testa.
In addition, a regressive increase will hit low-income workers in the state with up to a 10% higher payroll tax deduction from their paychecks next year to cover the cost of a 10% increase in unemployment benefits on January 1, 2022. The boost will cost employees hundreds of millions of dollars.
“Imagine that. No-tax-increase-Murphy is raising taxes on people who work to give a sizable raise to people who don’t,” Testa noted.
“Governor Murphy will be responsible for $2 billion in avoidable tax increases. He refuses to take the easy steps to prevent them. Whether he admits it or not, Murphy owns every dollar of these tax hikes.”
-September 30, 2021 -
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President
of the United States of America
Snuck into the government funding bill, or CR, the Democrats are trying to pass, and just found, is unlimited money to random, unscreened, unvetted Afghan nationals. Republicans can't let this happen. This is a further insult after Biden's humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan, that needlessly killed 13 Americans.
This is not a “clean” government funding bill. It’s a major immigration rewrite that allows Biden to bring anyone he wants from Afghanistan for the next year—no vetting, no screening, no security—and fly them to your community with free welfare and government-issued IDs. We’ve already seen some of the horrible assaults and sex crimes that have taken place. But these terrible assaults will just be the tip of the iceberg of what’s coming if this isn’t shut down.
The CR even covers people who don’t live in Afghanistan and haven’t in many years, as long as they used to live there. So Biden and Blinken can load up planes of former Afghans from Pakistan or elsewhere without any limits, checks or even a lawful visa or refugee status. The only “rule” is that Mayorkas—an incompetent radical—give them a green light. This bill must be opposed!
New Jersey's 10th Legislative District lawmakers expressed shock over Governor Phil Murphy’s comments during the recent gubernatorial debate that he “already worked with Toms River” on school funding to address the school district’s concerns about massive cuts to State aid.
“If ‘working with them’ means gutting Toms River’s State school aid like a fish, then I guess Governor Murphy is telling the truth,” said Senator Jim Holzapfel. “The Murphy administration slashed aid for Toms River schools by more than 14 percent this year alone. The Governor ripped away more than $8 million in funding, an especially devastating loss for a district that has already seen its annual educational support from Trenton reduced by more than $17 million – 25 percent – under Murphy.
“Schools have had no choice but to make draconian cuts, and property taxpayers are forced to dig deeper every single year to make up for the shortfall. It’s an insult to every parent and property owner in the district for the Governor to hold Toms River up as a school aid victory,” Holzapfel continued. “It is a disaster.”
Since the beginning of the Murphy administration, annual State aid to Toms River Schools has been cut from $66,975,394 to $49,724,966.
Funding for another school district in LD 10, Brick Township, has also been eviscerated with a loss of almost 20 percent in state aid this year, and a 37.9 percent cut during Murphy’s term.
“These fiscal assaults on our schools and taxpayers are happening while Murphy is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on hand-picked pet projects in his election year budget,” said Assemblyman Greg McGuckin. “The Governor stripped away money from Ocean County school children to build a new museum in Jersey City for $24 million and to dredge a marina in Woodbridge. What he has done to our schools is appalling.”
The 10th District lawmakers have fought for school funding transparency for years, and introduced legislation in 2019 that would require the State Department of Education to reveal to school districts the data and software algorithms used to calculate school aid.
“There is no accountability, no transparency in the process. Murphy’s school funding has been anything but fair, and the Administration refuses to tell us how they come up with the numbers,” said Assemblyman John Catalano. “New Jersey taxpayers deserve to know what’s behind the calculations and how the data is being manipulated. Something this important cannot be a State secret.”
The Veterans of Foreign Wars planned a gubernatorial candidate town hall, Save Jerseyans, but only Republican nominee Jack Ciattarelli has confirmed his attendance.
That’s according to the VFW which announced on Thursday morning that the incumbent – Governor Phil Murphy – had yet to confirm… or even respond.
“Invited candidates are Phil Murphy and Jack Ciatterelli,” the organization announced in a press release. “As of this date Ciatterelli’s campaign has confirmed his attendance and participation, Murphy’s campaign has not responded to the invitation.”
The event – hosted by the Kelley-Oliveira-Stanton Police Memorial VFW Post – is scheduled for Saturday October 2nd at 6:30 PM at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Toms River.
Some of the topics on the agenda – notably state budgeting priorities and nursing home deaths – likely scared Murphy away. At least 205 veterans died in New Jersey facilities over the past 18 months.
The U.S. Department of Justice subsequently launched a probe into shocking numbers of COVID-19 deaths at New Jersey’s state-operated Paramus and Menlo Park veterans homes back in October 2020.
“On October 27, 2020, we notified New Jersey state officials that we had opened an investigation into conditions of care at the New Jersey Memorial Veterans Homes at Menlo Park and Paramus,” the DOJ explained in March. “Our investigation under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) will look at whether there are systemic violations of the Constitution or Federal law at these two long-term care facilities. Our focus will be on the adequacy of medical care for residents generally, and during the coronavirus pandemic in particular.”
What’s telling? As of today, DOJ officials have concluded similar probes into Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York but the New Jersey case is still open.
The VFW’s leadership has vocally criticized the Murphy Administration for its role in veterans home deaths.
“The VFW has repeatedly expressed concerns that Governor Murphy’s budget cuts, along with his failure to fill the New Jersey Veterans’ Memorial Home Advisory Council vacancies, would impact the health and wellbeing of veterans,” complained Barbara Kim-Hagemann, VFW State Commander in an April 22nd press release. “We will be conducting an independent review of the investigation findings to determine if any deficiency or Governor Murphy’s budget cut of one million dollars from a veteran transportation program, which enabled these residents to obtain medical care from providers outside of the homes, had any impact in this crisis.“
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces the Closing Session in the Archdiocesan phase of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, William E. Atkinson (1946-2006), a professed priest of the Order of Saint Augustine, to take place on Tuesday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m., in the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova, on the campus of Villanova University.
Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova
800 East Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Six months after the federal government appropriated $6.2 billion to New Jersey to help suffering residents and small employers, and with the bulk of that money sitting idle in State accounts, Governor Phil Murphy last night announced another hastily arranged virtual hearing to discuss plans for the relief money.
“It’s a charade, a sham, just like the last hearing,” said State Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), a member of the Senate Budget Committee. “This is little more than an election year stunt where only favored invited guests will be permitted to comment. How can anybody take it seriously when the Administration only gave a few select few little more than 24-hour notice that a meeting even existed?”
With more than 99 percent of the federal money sitting idle in State accounts, according to a recent nonpartisan analysis, Thompson said Wednesday’s panel “masks a breathtaking lack of competence in getting the aid to suffering people and small businesses in a timely manner.
“Murphy was given more than $6 billion a half a year ago, and astoundingly, almost none of it has reached those it is intended to help,” said Thompson.
“He hasn’t spent one dime of this money to help renters catch up on payments to small landlords who are unable to make mortgage payments or needed repairs on properties. He hasn’t used a dime to stabilize New Jersey’s insolvent unemployment benefits fund and head off a massive $252 million tax increase on employers due in October,” the Senator continued.
“The Governor wasted the entire summer doing God-knows-what while real people were working, and now he’s holding a pre-election dog and pony show which is little more than a campaign prop. He should be ashamed.”
Thompson said he expects Wednesday afternoon’s “hearing” to be a well-orchestrated attempt to help Murphy secure a second term.
“We will hear a parade of invited guests praise Murphy a month before the election and lay the groundwork for a spending plan that is no doubt already prepared and ready to be released just prior to election day,” Thompson said.
“The Governor has already approved $1.5 million of this money to pay for the dredging of a Woodbridge marina that serves fewer than 30 large boats while people and businesses drowning financially from COVID closures wait endlessly for even a small life preserver. Maybe during the hearing someone will try to explain how it makes sense to spend money to protect expensive yachts during low tide while hard-working real people are ignored and left to suffer.
“The only thing transparent about how this money is being spent is that incompetence and politics are on full display,” concluded Thompson.
Monday, September 27, 2021
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President
of the United States of America
Just eight months ago, the whole world knew that if you illegally violated America’s borders, no matter where you came from, you’d be immediately caught, promptly detained, and swiftly removed—perfect precision clockwork. Our border was the envy of nations. Now, our border is the laughingstock of the globe. Anyone, from anywhere, can just illegally walk across our border, turn themselves in, and then be on to the city of their choice. No testing, no masking, no mandates. Free healthcare, deliveries, and medical services in our emergency rooms, all paid for by taxpayers. Drugs pour through like water. Our border agents are disrespected, denigrated, and demoralized.
Now, news reports indicate another 20,000 Haitians are staged in Columbia preparing to make the trek to our Southern Border. But that’s just the beginning. Wave after wave are heading our way, INVITED here to break our laws by Biden, Mayorkas, and the Marxist Democrats. Indeed, at this very moment, House Democrats are preparing to pass a Reconciliation Bill that includes total amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, and removes all limits on green cards and chain migration. Democrats are playing for keeps—Republicans better fight hard, fight strong, and stay united for America, or we won’t have a Country left.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
A new poll shows that if the election were held today, Trump easily wins as follows:
These results are according to the latest Rasmussen poll. This is such a turnaround that one in every five Democrats now say they would vote for Trump.
And there's more bad news for Biden from the McLaughlin poll as shown below:
The Rasmussen Reports Immigration Index for the week of September 12-16, 2021, decreased to 89.6, down from 90.0 two weeks earlier. The Immigration Index has been under the baseline in every survey since Election Day last year, and reached a record low of 82.3 in late March. The index is now about 16 points below where it was the week of October 22, indicating voters are looking for tighter immigration control from Joe Biden’s administration.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021
One of the most impressive spots we've seen in ages! Breathtaking!
I am just a kid from Wrightsville, Georgia, who has lived the American Dream. Now, I’m running as a Republican for the United States Senate to keep that dream alive for everybody. To join the fight, visit https://t.co/J4UbhIPvuU pic.twitter.com/e1ZX5PHdVY— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) August 25, 2021
The students yelling at these two brave young men are morons. Very low IQ and brainwashed. pic.twitter.com/whTq6mW7sK— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) September 24, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Mail-in voting is already underway in New Jersey and nowhere is the vote more important than right here in Cherry Hill. For 44 years Cherry Hill has been under entrenched, machine-controlled one party rule. 44 years! This isn't healthy. This isn't helpful. This isn't democracy.