New Jersey

NJ: N.J. Democrats to launch campaign to override Christie's veto of $7.5M family planning funds

The Star Ledger:

When the state Senate voted to restore $7.5 million in family planning funds in June, 30 of the 40 senators supported it — more than enough to override Gov. Chris Christie if he vetoed the measure.

NJ: Law Firms that Employ Municipal Court Judges Are Banned from Making Political Contributions

Law firms in New Jersey that employ municipal court judges are banned from making political contributions, the state’s highest court ruled today.

To eliminate questions about the source of the money, attorneys can make political donations from their personal funds, but contributions cannot come from the firm’s business account, the state Supreme Court said in its unanimous decision.

NJ Privatization Panel Report Pushes Ideology Rather than Facts

Since he took office earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has waged an ideological war on state employees and programs, and advocated for unsustainable and costly privatization schemes.  Even in light of overwhelming public opposition to privatization and the significant pitfalls associated with these types of initiatives, the Governor established a privatization task force by executive order in early April, seeking to identify $50 million in savings.

NJ: Gov. Christie Vetoes Bill Restoring $7.5M Grant for Family Planning

TRENTON — Saying “the state simply cannot fund every worthy program,” Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would have restored $7.5 million for family planning clinics that provide birth control and health screenings to thousands of uninsured women.

Christie also cited budget woes to veto measures creating a $100 million home buyer tax credit program and shifting $24.6 million from the hospital charity care fund to enroll 39,000 working poor parents in the FamilyCare health insurance plan.

DE: Special Report - Drinking Water at Risk

Special Report: Delaware Drinking Water at Risk: What you haven't been told about chemicals polluting the aquifer that serves Del., Md., N.J.

Tainted groundwater is spreading across thousands of acres in northern Delaware and has reached the Potomac Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to people across much of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

NJ: Gov. Christie to borrow $1.4B to fund N.J. transportation projects

The Star-Ledger:
The Christie administration plans to borrow $1.4 billion this year to pay for transportation projects, though it has not laid out a plan to fix a funding crunch that could stop work across New Jersey.

NJ: N.J. Assemblywomen demand Gov. Christie restore $7.5M in family planning cuts

The Star-Ledger:

More than 10 Democratic Assemblywomen stormed Gov. Chris Christie’s office this morning to demand an appointment with him to push for the restoration of $7.5 million in family planning funds he cut from the budget passed last week.

NJ: New Jersey Property Tax-Cap Accord Reached by Senate, Christie

Bloomberg BusinessWeek:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the Democrats who control the Senate said they have reached agreement on a plan to curb increases in property taxes used to fund local government and schools.

NJ: Wind Bill Goes to Gov. Christie for Approval

TRENTON — This morning at 3 a.m. the New Jersey State Assembly passed a wind energy bill, which would provide $100 million in tax credits for companies manufacturing components for wind turbines in New Jersey, and a market-based incentive program for developers of wind farms off of the Jersey coast.

The "Offshore Wind Economic Development Act," is intended to help the state meet the mandate of its Energy Master Plan, which calls for the development of 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2020.

New Jersey Voters Reject Privatization

On June 15, voters in Trenton, New Jersey, soundly rejected a proposal to sell a majority of Trenton Water Works' infrastructure, including pipes, water towers, and tanks, to a private company. For several years, Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer argued that water privatization would generate immediate revenue for the cash-strapped city and end its obligation to maintain aging infrastructure in surrounding townships. Community activists, unions, and the Stop the Sale campaign, successfully challenged the Mayor's plan. In the weeks leading up to the vote, polling indicated that 95 percent of city residents disapproved of the initiative.