After over 40 years observing, studying and serving on
the political stage I am disturbed by what I see going on in politics today. Back
in 1980 when first elected in South Belmar (now Lake Como) I can’t remember the
intrusion of politicians (Federal, State or County) in our day to day lives
like I see today.
What bothers me most about today seems to be a lack of
understanding from citizens of how politics really work. Real politics, not fantasy promises.
In the 1960s anti-war activists adopted songs like the Eve of Destruction and For What It’s Worth as their anthems. Disenchanted youth feared that the world was on the verge of collapse; we were nearing the end of days. Concurrently, the civil rights activists were singing the hopeful “We Shall Overcome.” (Black folks singing an upbeat and emboldening song written by a white guy would be frowned upon today.) Both groups were buoyed by the blessing of free speech. Their voices were heard. Attempts at silencing them only made their voices louder and more widespread. Even people on the sidelines began to pay attention.
Governor Phil Murphy will announce that he is lifting restrictions on indoor dining from 25% capacity to 35% and that he will lift the 10 pm curfew on the establishments, according to a report at NorthJersey.com
Municipal officials with political death wishes will be allowed to impose their own curfews.
State Senators Declan O’Scanlon and Anthony Bucco launched an online petition today urging Governor Phil Murphy to allow New Jersey’s bars and restaurants to stay open for the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Murphy has mandated that eateries close at 10pm, despite the fact that there is no evidence of greater COVID-19 transmission after 10. With the Super Bowl scheduled to start at 6:30 pm, it is likely that the game will extend beyond 10 pm and forcing the establishments to send their customers home before the Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded.
Federal dollars flow from legislation he supported
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) applauded this week’s announcement that the federal government is sending $216,000,000 to New Jersey to reimburse the state for vaccination efforts against COVID-19.
“I greatly welcome this important federal reimbursement to assist New Jersey’s six mega sites in the distribution of vaccines,” said Congressman Smith.
Goals are endpoints. Missions are plans/strategies to achieve goals. Our “goal”, and it’s one we should shoot for, is to get 70% of the adult NJ population vaccinated by the end of June. We need to understand the mission we’ll need to accomplish to achieve our goal.
(Reuters) – Moderna said on Monday it believes its COVID-19 vaccine protects against new variants found in Britain and South Africa, although it will test a new booster shot aimed at the South Africa variant after concluding that the antibody response could be diminished.
On November 4, 2020, prisons in the State of New Jersey started releasing over two thousand (2,000) inmates nearing the end of their sentences as part of New Jersey’s effort to address coronavirus transmissions in crowded prison facilities. The early release of eligible prisoners is in line with Senate Bill No. 2519 (S2519) which was enacted and signed into law on October 19, 2020. The legislation provides for the grant of “public health emergency credits” to certain inmates and parolees during public health emergencies. It further prohibits contact with victims upon release of inmate awarded credits.
Over 700 healthcare workers in Monmouth County received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the holiday break as public health officials scrambled to ramp up their infrastructure to widely administer the shots as they become available.