In Budget Address, Murphy can’t Resist a Subtle Dig
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by Fred Snowflack
6h ago
Phil Murphy is a soccer fan and as such, he is already looking forward to July 19, 2026 – the day the World Cup final will be played at MetLife Stadium. By then, he will no longer be governor, so Murphy will need to be content with proclaiming again – and again – why New Jersey was chosen to host the final, beating out, among other locales, Dallas. A budget address, technically, is about facts and figures. That is important stuff to be sure, but it’s also a bit on the dry side. The governor began talking about a budget that helps the “middle class” and ..read more
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Governor Murphy Presents Fiscal Year 2025 State Budget
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by Insider NJ
9h ago
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy delivered his seventh annual budget address on Tuesday, outlining spending priorities for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY2025) that build on the Administration’s commitment to ensuring that New Jersey remains the best place to raise a family. The budget proposes investments targeted at expanding affordability, continuing fiscal responsibility, creating economic opportunities, and ensuring every New Jerseyan has a fair shot at a better future. The Governor’s proposed budget increases direct property tax relief to record levels, provides the highest level o ..read more
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LIVE STREAM: Governor Murphy’s Budget Speech
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by Insider NJ
9h ago
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Life of the Party or Fate of the Nation: Murphy v. Kim Defining Democracy
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by Bob Hennelly
9h ago
So, is there anything the Biden campaign can glean from Rep. Andy Kim’s recent winning streak in his  quest for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the U.S.  Senate seat now held  by three times indicted Sen. Bob  Menendez? Polling indicates that Biden’s party has a major enthusiasm gap, the kind of energy that Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) seems to be generating. Now, here in so-called Blue New Jersey, the Democratic Party is enmeshed in a no holds brawl between its organization that makes a living giving orders with its activist base that’s not on the payroll but appears drawn t ..read more
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Tammy Murphy Announces Special Guests for Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Address
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by Insider NJ
12h ago
On Tuesday, February 27, Governor Phil Murphy will deliver his Fiscal Year 2025 (FY2025) budget address, detailing the Murphy Administration’s financial commitments for the upcoming fiscal year. In attendance will be several special guests of First Lady Tammy Murphy, including educators, students, health care professionals, and workers who push our state forward every day. Each guest was selected as their stories reflect some of the key policies and initiatives prioritized in the FY2025 budget proposal. “As we look ahead to a new fiscal year, I am thrilled to be joined by this exceptional grou ..read more
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The Irony of the Kim Filing
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by Fred Snowflack
15h ago
Andy Kim is doing pretty well, having just racked up three wins this month in Democratic county conventions. But he’s still not satisfied with the process – so much so that he filed a federal suit Monday challenging the power of party bosses to draw up ballots. “The race took a turn” (in his direction), Kim told reporters over Zoom. “But it’s still the same thing.” The “same thing” is the “county line” – shorthand for a ballot makeup that puts candidates endorsed by county leaders in a favorable position. This is done by both parties in New Jersey, but the current ..read more
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Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 2/27/2024
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by Pete Oneglia
16h ago
Below is Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing:   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is not power people are just going to give up voluntarily. This is something that is so entrenched in our politics in New Jersey. They’re not going to change this unless the courts tell them to.” – Rep. Kim on his lawsuit challenging the county line ballot system   TOP STORY: 2024 InsiderNJ African American List in Honor of Black History Month     Download and read Insider NJ’s 2024 Advance publication.   Governor Murphy will deliver the FY2025 budget address today. NJPBS will broadcast an ..read more
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Hitting the Books, or Just Banning Them
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by Fred Snowflack
1d ago
Books are a hot issue these days, prompting heated school board meetings, litigation and pending legislation in Trenton. With that in mind, robust public discussion is expected – once again – at Tuesday’s meeting of the North Hunterdon Regional school board. A book called “Let’s Talk About It” is reportedly in the crosshairs – meaning it faces a challenge from those who consider it “porn,” or in the least, unsuitable for high school students. Backers of keeping the book in the school library point to this description of it: “How do you find the answers to all the questions you have about yours ..read more
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Being Wrong
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by Andrew Leven
2d ago
People are often wrong about fundamental things. Here is one that matters, which I offer up for your consideration. Karl Marx famously proclaimed – in espousing communism – that the inexorable forces of history render individuals irrelevant.  Which they plainly are not. George Washington did not create our Republic.  But he personally constructed many of its key foundations. Abraham Lincoln did not hold the United States together by himself.  Yet without him, the trajectory of the world changes.  Winston Churchill did not save western civilization on his own.  Yet were ..read more
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Monmouth Poll: 6 in 10 See Illegal Immigration as a Problem
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by Insider NJ
2d ago
Public concern about illegal immigration is higher during President Joe Biden’s term than it was under the prior two administrations, according to the latest national Monmouth University Poll. A majority of Americans support building a border wall for the first time since Monmouth started asking this question in 2015. Nearly half say the bipartisan border deal that was blocked in the U.S. Senate earlier this month is not tough enough on illegal immigration. More than 8 in 10 Americans see illegal immigration as either a very serious (61%) or somewhat serious (23%) problem. The ..read more
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