DEP in another development flap

New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection appears to be joining the ever-lengthening list of governmental agencies set on destroying what they are supposed to protect, with increasingly concerning implications for Sussex County.

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Christie’s “creative accounting” for 911 service

“In 2015, the last year that data was available, only $75,000 of the $122 million collected went toward upgrading the system. No state in the country has collected more from its taxpayers to fund critical upgrades to the 911 system, and, according to the federal government, no state uses less of that money to actually fund improvements to their system.”

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Frankford Cuts Municipal Services

The Republican-dominated Frankford town council voted to approve an ordinance to eliminate the township’s construction department.

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Frelinghuysen between rock and hard place

Entrenched in the House of Representatives for what is now his 12th term and holding the powerful chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen would seem to be sitting pretty.

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Did Garrett flip on ‘crony capitalism’?

... or did Trump pick him to dismantle agency?

Scott Garrett may have been ousted after seven terms as a congressman, but he may not be going away.

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More Democrats file to run for municipal seats, but the door is still open.

The petition deadline has passed for appearing on the primary ballot in June. While a few more Democrats will appear on the ballot this year, there are still many gaps. The door is still open for anyone wishing to serve their community and challenge GOP in Sussex County.

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GOP ‘disinvites’ coverage of Lincoln Brunch

In a further concession to government by secrecy, Sussex County’s GOP “disinvited” the press to its annual Lincoln Brunch, the party’s flagship event and fundraiser, which was held April 9 at Lafayette House.

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Newton sees Trump tax protest

The day before a major religious holiday—in this case, Easter—is usually not great for group gatherings as people are at home or in supermarkets preparing for their celebration.

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Comment: How did regulation become a dirty word?

When Ronald Reagan was elected, rich Republicans saw an opportunity to cut their taxes, but how do you sell to voters a massive redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich? The answer was to invent a new economic paradigm: Cut taxes for the rich, and they’ll reward you by giving you jobs. Reaganomics was born, and Republicans rejoiced. The prosperous period that followed was the result of massive deficit spending to fuel an enormous military buildup, but causation is not correlation, and the narrative that cutting taxes results in economic growth was enshrined in the Republican doctrine.

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Business as usual not working for Frelinghuysen

The 2016 election demonstrated—in a yuge way!—that conventional wisdom about American politics, especially the “rush to the center” and the notion of independent thought within parties, no longer applies.  Which is probably bad news for Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (CD-11) who has so far held on to his seat for a whopping 12 terms and parlayed himself into the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful posts in the nation.

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