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Murphy Eyes a Gas Tax Hike

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is considering raising the state’s gasoline tax by 5 to 10 cents per gallon to cover road and rail projects as a commuting shutdown has decimated fuel sales, according to a person briefed on the matter, according to Boomberg.

That story can be found here.

On Friday, the state Treasury announced an increase in the gas tax of 9.3 cents per gallon effective on October 1st of this year.

During Trump’s Speech – a View over the Hudson River

During President Donald J. Trump’s speech on the last night of the Republican National Convention, fireworks erupted over the Hudson River in celebration of his reelection effort.

The view from Hoboken above.

Caba Formally Jumps into the Race in Perth Amboy

Perth Amboy Councilman Helmin Caba – chair of the local Democratic Party – didn’t surprise anyone today when he formally filed take a run at incumbent Mayor Wilda Diaz.

At 3 pm. today, Caba and his “2020 Vision” running mates filed petitions with the City Clerk containing 1,500 signatures to be put on the Nov. 3rd ballot for Mayor and two City Council seats.

Another rival, attorney Joseph B. Vas, promptly took a shot here.

I am proud to say our campaign actually collected more than 3,000 signatures, or over 1,000 signatures apiece, on our nomination petitions. That clearly indicates many people are eager for new, reliable leadership in City Hall and they are confident that Rose, BJ and I are the right choices to address our city’s most challenging issues,” said Caba.

Trump Van Drew

Kennedy Tags Van Drew Ahead of His RNC Speech

As Jeff Van Drew prepares to speak at the Republican National Convention tonight, the Amy Kennedy for Congress campaign launched a new online ad outlining the real reason Van Drew switched parties and explaining the devastating consequences for the  people of South Jersey.

The ad tells the story of Jeff Van Drew’s transformation into “another politician who cares more about serving himself than the people he was elected to represent.”   The ad breaks down the transformation into three steps:

  1. Step One: Jeff Van Drew switches parties to stay in power and declares “you have my undying support… always” to Donald Trump

  2. Step Two: Jeff Van Drew works for himself and not for South Jersey

  3. Step Three: Van Drew gets a spot on the national stage

Finally, the ad says, “and the voters of South Jersey got…” an economic and health crisis with no plan for how to recover.  “Jeff Van Drew has stopped doing his job.  It’s time to say…. You’re fired!”

The ad can be viewed here.


Becchi Tries to Get Something Going in CD11, Pt. 2

If you’re a Republican in CD-11 who likes to golf, Rosemary Becchi has an offer for you.
The GOP congressional candidate is sponsoring a golf outing fundraiser this coming Monday (Aug. 31) at the Knoll Country Club in Lake Hiawatha. Cost ranges from $250 to $1,000 depending on your interests. A grand can get you such things as a lunch or “hole-in-one” sponsorship.
The Knoll has experience with this sort of thing.
For years, the late state Sen. Anthony R. Bucco held a golf fundraiser at the same location.
Becchi, who is seeking to oust Democrat Mikie Sherrill, certainly can use some campaign money.
Recent filings with the Federal Election Commission show Becchi with about $308,000 in cash on hand; Sherrill has about $3.4 million.

Murphy: Gyms Can Reopen September 1st

Governor Murphy will announce that gyms can reopen at 25% capacity on Tuesday, September 1st.

Union County Freeholder Estrada Retiring

Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Angel G. Estrada, who became the first Latino elected to the board in 1999, is retiring from office Sept. 1, according to My Central

Estrada’s term was scheduled to end Dec. 31 and no reason was given for his departure. No replacement has been chosen and his slot will remain unfilled until January, according to a county spokesman.

For the full story, go here.


Wowkanech Comes out of His Chair to Confront Ciattarelli

NJ AFL-CIO Prez Charles Wowkanech had this to say to Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli in the aftermath of Governor Phil Murphy’s (revised!) budget address:

“Governor Murphy understands that in order to get out of our pension hole, you need to stop digging,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech.  “Governor Murphy is the first governor since Jim Florio to pay what is owed to the pension system each and every year according to the law.  He is doing the hard work that other governors avoided by kicking the can down the road, which created the pension mess Murphy is now working so diligently to clean up.”

“Leave it to Jack Ciattarelli to kick the can down the road by urging New Jersey to return to the failed budgetary maneuvers of the past. That not leadership, it’s the easy way out typical of irresponsible political candidates saying anything to get elected,” concluded Wowkanech.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO applauds Gov. Phil Murphy on his fiscal discipline in funding the public employee pension system.  Jack Ciattarelli, the failed 2017 candidate for the Republican primary for governor and current 2021 gubernatorial candidate, stated today on NJ-101.5 Radio in response to Murphy’s budget speech that New Jersey should simply skip this year’s pension payment due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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