December 6, 2011 |
After their youngest child finished high school in June, destined for college, Janice and John Potts lost no time bolting from New Jersey. By the end of July, the longtime Haddonfield residents were cheerfully ensconced in a three-bedroom rowhouse near Philadelphia's Washington Square. Their new abode is much smaller than the 4,500-square-foot home (with swimming pool) that they sold, but it comes with a huge plus. "We downsized in terms of space, but cut our property-tax bill in half," said Janice Potts, 52, an outsource-services manager for a Center City firm.
July 31, 2012 |
That New Jersey ranks highly as a good place to raise children isn't surprising. After all, its residents are among the wealthiest per capita in America. But the makers of public policy in the state must address shortcomings in combating child poverty that the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kid's Count report says have gotten worse since the recession. New Jersey ranked fourth overall in the report — below New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Pennsylvania was 14th.
December 13, 1993 |
New Jersey is in the news again and whenever New Jersey is in the news it's not good. The election of a woman governor, Christie Todd Whitman, should have brought us some positive media coverage as a progressive state. Instead, Ed Rollins, her political strategist, bragged that he suppressed the turnout of African American voters. If such political chicanery had happened in any other state, I suspect it wouldn't have been the lead story of the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. Of course, Rollins later said he was lying, but the damage was done.
November 7, 2012
(94% of vote) *Bob Menendez (D) . . . 1,705,501 Joe Kyrillos (R) . . . 1,139,696 Kenneth Kaplan (I) . . . 13,807 Ken Wolski (I) . . . 13,562 Gwen Diakos (I) . . . 7,827 David Dranikoff (I) . . . 3,066 Inder Soni (I) . . . 2,980 Robert Turkavage (I) . . . 2,829 Eugene Lavergne (I) . . . 1,909 Gregory Pason (I) . . . 1,808 Daryl Brooks (I) . . . 1,761 *Incumbent D-Democratic; I-Independent; R-Republican
August 28, 2007
With all due respect to Joseph "Red" Mascara and his New Jersey song ("Oh, say, can we get an official state song?" Aug. 19), the song needs to be more specific as to why New Jersey is great. Attached is another attempt, sung to the easy-to-sing tune, "Away in a Manger. " The final stanza is just for comic relief. New Jersey, New Jersey: Our state's got it all, From cities to farmlands We proudly stand tall. We've Pine Barrens and seashores, Lakes, mountains, and streams, Quaint towns and lush gardens It's the state of our dreams.
October 18, 2013
A TWEAK in New Jersey beer regs is paying immediate dividends for Garden State beer drinkers. Under longstanding rules, breweries had been prevented from selling beer for consumption on their own premises. That meant no tasting rooms, which are a significant source of revenue for breweries in practically every other state. The law was changed last year, however, to allow breweries to sell pints to those who tour their facilities. As a result, small brewers are opening what amount to quasi-brewpubs that sell only house beer (no food)
September 15, 2014 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse from summer break facing a withering indictment of the state's finances: two credit downgrades from Wall Street ratings agencies criticizing poor long-term fiscal planning. The immediate effect, an increase in the cost of borrowing, may not be too burdensome given the current low interest rates. But the downgrades by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings, the seventh and eighth on Gov. Christie's watch, magnify the state's systemic fiscal problems.
April 8, 2014
With a new United Nations report showing global warming is getting worse, the window to protect food supplies and endangered coastal communities is closing. But progress is being made. In New Jersey, an appellate court has ruled that Gov. Christie was wrong to pull out of a regional compact to reduce climate-changing pollution. As a result, New Jersey must allow for public input before the state can withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a consortium of nine Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states trying to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.
February 14, 2012 |
TRENTON - In a move that supporters called a civil-rights milestone, New Jersey's state Senate yesterday passed a bill to recognize same-sex marriages, marking the first time that state lawmakers officially endorsed the idea - despite the promise of a veto by Gov. Chris Christie. Yesterday's vote was 24-16 in favor of the bill, a major swing from January 2010, when the Senate rejected it, 20-14. "It means the world isn't changing; it means the world has already changed," Steven Goldstein, chairman of the gay-rights group Garden State Equality, said after the vote.