Bipartisan action in the House of Representatives resulted in a compromise deal that everyone hopes will avoid another government shutdown cliff hanger.
How did our Congressman Scott Garrett vote? You guessed it! “No”. House approves budget deal aimed at averting shutdown
The rift between conservative and moderate Republicans is on full display ahead of Thursday's budget vote.
House approves budget deal aimed at averting shutdown
Posted 4 hours, 26 minutes ago
Miller Wiley’s comic strip “Non Sequitur” sometimes (well, maybe most of the time) hits the nail on the head.
Last week Congressmen Rodney Freylinghuysen and Scott Garrett helped Tea Party Republicans in Congress pass a bill to relax regulations put in place shortly after the “financial meltdown” in order to try to prevent the disaster from occurring again.
This was one of a continuing string of actions taken by the GOP led House of Representatives which Garrett and Freylinghuysen have supported to comfort the financial industry, an important constituency. After all, you don’t ruffle the feathers of the goose that lays the golden egg. This applies especially to Garrett whose campaign war chest approaches three million dollars, most of which came from the constituency Wiley illustrates in the cartoon as men standing in Santa’s line.
For more Wiley cartoons click here: http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur#.UqsMbtJDs1I
Posted 4 hours, 52 minutes ago
This Christie lane closure blow off is meeting some blow back.
It's implausible that the Governor had no connection to the GW Bridge lane closures or the people who ordered them.
National Democratic groups are not letting him get away with the glib sarcastic repartee that usually works to deflect attention from things he'd rather not address. They appear prepared to hold his feet to the fire on this one. National Democratic groups attack Christie over George Washington Bridge lane closures
Correct the Record, an arm of a Washington D.C. super PAC that supports Democrats, is attacking Governor Christie over the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September.
National Democratic groups attack Christie over George Washington Bridge lane closures
Posted 1 day, 3 hours ago
There’s a worthwhile double header of events this Saturday morning in the Fellowship Hall at the Sparta United Methodist Church, 71 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, NJ, 07871 – a blood drive and an opportunity to help free a political prisoner.
-- From 9:30 am until noon, the local chapter of Amnesty International is holding its third annual Write-a-Thon. AI invites you to stop by to write a letter to a prisoner of conscience and in support of human rights. Also, please bring the children and make it a family event. Paper, glue, glitter, and markers will be provided so that children can make a holiday card and a peace crane ornament. Light refreshments will be served. For more information email Mike at email@example.com.
-- Simultaneously, from 10 am through 3 pm, and at the same location, the American Red Cross, together with the Northwest New Jersey Democratic Women's Caucus, is conducting a blood drive. Your are encouraged to join in this lifesaving endeavor. Click here to make an appointment:
Posted 1 day, 4 hours ago
Chris Christie ducks fallout from GW Bridge lane closures.
The Governor made light of unnecessary closures at the George Washington Bridge. It’s doubtful that thousands of commuters and just plain folks in Fort Lee who spent hours tied up in traffic are finding humor in Christie’s attitude.
Their travail got no more than a passing joke from the Governor about “working the cones”.
And now the plot thickens. A Christie long-time friend and PA appointee resigns. Nobody knows why the lane closings took place. Everyone is ducking for cover. The New Jersey Assembly is investigating and holding hearings. The management culture at the PA is under a microscope.
And where’s Christie? Well, he’s not around. He’s off travelling across the country on a tour that seems a lot like he’s running for President. He’d like to be done with all of this after one joke.
. The New Jersey Traffic Conspiracy
Were Fort Lee’s access lanes to the George Washington Bridge shut down as part of a political dispute?
The New Jersey Traffic Conspiracy
Posted 2 days, 4 hours ago
Christie seems OK with NJ breathing upwind state air pollution.
Eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require states to the west and south of New Jersey to take steps to reduce emissions within their borders. Their pollution is carried by prevailing winds, and contributes to increased asthma attacks, respiratory disease, and other public health problems in downwind states, like ours.
Governor Christie refused to join in the request.
“[T]he failure to join the petition reflects Gov. Chris Christie putting his presidential ambitions ahead of what is good for New Jersey residents.”
. Administration Takes a Pass on Multistate Petition to Fight 'Upwind' Air Pollution - NJ Spotlight
Signers lobby EPA to require states south and west of region to cut down on emissions within their borders
Administration Takes a Pass on Multistate Petition to Fight 'Upwind' Air Pollution - NJ Spotlight
Posted 3 days, 2 hours ago
Freylinghuysen & Garrett help moneymen keep to the shadows.
They helped pass a bill (HR 1105) that seeks to strip out of Dodd-Frank financial regulations, a requirement that big private-equity firms (read too big to fail) must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission so that their balance sheets can be scrutinized before it’s too late.
The bill, which passed with support from Congressmen Rodney Freylinghuysen and Scott Garrett, will likely be shelved in the United States Senate where the Tea Party doesn’t have control.
Posted 3 days, 3 hours ago