With three weeks left in the summer tourist season Governor Phil Murphy finally signed legislation repealing the tax and surcharge of Jersey Shore short term summer rentals.
Monmouth County legislators Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso say Murphy’s action today is “too little, too late.”
“The Governor made the right call in repealing this short-term rental tax–and we acknowledge that–however it comes way too late,” said O’Scanlon. “We are in August at this point, summer is nearly over and most of the damage of this ill-conceived aspect of this tax has been done. The Governor and his policy folks need to recognize when something is emergent and do their homework up front, so they’re ready to take action the minute such bills land on his desk. This was a total failure of administrative planning and it likely, needlessly, cost the New Jersey economy millions of dollars.” Read the rest of this entry »Posted: August 9th, 2019 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Serena DiMaso | Tags: Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Gov Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Summer Rental Tax | Comments Off on O’Scanlon and DiMaso: Murphy’s repeal of Shore Rental Tax is “Too little, too late”
Governor Phil Murphy issued the following statement on Thursday evening:Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: Gov Phil Murphy, ICE, Illegal Immigrants, Immigration Customs Enforecment, New Jersey, Sanctuary State, Trump Administration | 4 Comments »
Governor Phil Murphy and his team apparently failed to account for the impact on the minimum wage increase he signed into law earlier this year will have on his own State Budget. Senator Declan O’Scanlon called this omission a “shocking failure.”
“Just a month ago the Governor patted himself on the back as he signed the minimum wage increase bill. During today’s Senate Budget hearing, we learned that incredibly, while he was preparing this budget, the Governor failed to provide the very funding necessary to meet the increased spending obligations triggered by his new minimum wage policy,” O’Scanlon said. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: March 21st, 2019 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: Gov Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ FY2020 Budget, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | Comments Off on O’Scanlon blasts Murphy for not budgeting for minimum wage increase
After hours of delays for last minute amendments which caused the suspension of testimony and debate a legislation that legalizes and establishes a regulatory structure of recreation marijuana passed the Assembly Appropriates Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday night, according to reports on Politico, InsiderNJ and NJGlobe.
Legislation to expunge marijuana convictions, including felony convictions for selling over 5 lbs of pot, passed the committees. The felony expungement provisions prompted a strong reaction from Republican Senators Kip Bateman (Somerset), Michael Doherty (Warren) and Gerald Cardinale (Bergen). Bateman said the bill contained “evil.” Doherty said that the bill is a “deal with the devil.” Cardinale suggested calling the bill, “the Drug Pusher’s Friend Act.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Marijuana, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: Gov Phil Murphy, Legal Marijuana, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Legislature, Recreational marijuana, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Senator Vin Gopal, The Drug Pusher's Friend Act | 2 Comments »
The Murphy Administration’s directive that New Jersey Police and Corrections Officers thwart and/or refuse to cooperate with the enforcement of federal immigration laws took effect today, according to a NJ.com report.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the sanctuary policies in November:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Gov Phil Murphy, ICE, Immigration, Immigration Customs Enforecment, New Jersey, Sanctuary State | 24 Comments »
After seeing salt covering New Jersey roads today, despite the fact that temperature is not supposed to drop below 37 degrees Fahrenheit over the next few days, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said that “enough is enough” and demanded that the State put an end to the practice of unnecessary brining.
“It’s time for someone to challenge Governor Murphy’s assertion that this is a pennies per mile cost: it’s not. There was simply no way that a .17 per mile number was an accurate reflection of the cost to brine our roads when you account for labor, gas, and equipment. After speaking with a few of local officials we were able to confirm that the actual cost in totality is in excess of $12 or $13 per mile locally – and that is for areas that are more conservative with their usage of salt and brine,” O’Scanlon said.admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: Gov Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey brining, Opinion, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 5 Comments »
A prominent Monmouth County Democrat who wants the newly created position of chief ethics officer at New Jersey Transit finds himself in a self induced ethical controversy after an email he sent to other Democrat leaders was leaked to Politico.
Bob Salman, 79 of Marlboro, served as Inspector General of the Department of Transportation during the McGreevey/Codey and Corzine administrations. Governor Christie appointed him to the Council on Local Mandates. He is a member of the Democrat State Committee and is an inductee of the Monmouth Democrat Hall of Fame.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Democrats | Tags: Bob Salman, Gov Phil Murphy, Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik, Monmouth County News, NJ Democrats, NJ DOT, NJ GOP, Robert Salman | 13 Comments »
Bob Hugin will have a 25,000 vote lead over Senator Bob Menendez tonight but a winner will not be declared until November 20. Ballots post marked today and delivered by the post office by Thursday evening are to be counted under Governor Murphy’s new election law. There will be a record number of provisional ballots to be verified and counted or not. There will be counts, recounts, lawsuits and reviews of security cameras at the North Bergen and Jersey City Post Offices before the final outcome is known. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 6th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: 2018 U.S. Senate election, Bob Hugin, Gov Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Predictions, Vote by mail | 7 Comments »
The town hall crowd showed up Wednesday night in Willingboro to lambaste Gov. Phil Murphy over how New Jersey will dole out aid to public schools in his first state budget proposal. There was worry and anger. Some told Murphy he had let them down. One woman cried, and her 7-year-old son asked the Democratic governor… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: April 7th, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: Gov Phil Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey, NJ School Funding, NJ State Budget | 4 Comments »