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