MMM Year in Review – May

Seal Team 6 killed Osama Bin Laden.

Having lost the legislative map battle, Governor Christie made a deal with Senate President Stephen Sweeney over Supreme Court Justice nominees’ confirmation hearing.  In making the deal, six months before the general election, Christie implicitly conceded that the Democrats would retain control of the State Senate and the Sweeney would remain Senate President.

Howard Birdsall resigned as chairman of the Brookdale College board of trustees.

The world did not end.  The Rapture was rescheduled for October.

The State Supreme Court reaffirmed the Abbott decision, assuring that New Jersey’s educational system would remain racially segregated  and funded by the highest property taxes in the nation.

The Neptune Board of Education made a deal with the ACLU that prevented litigation and kept the high school graduation at the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium.

Governor Christie pulled New Jersey out of the RGGI cap and trade scheme.

86 veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and their families attended a Survivors Reunion and Monument Rededication Ceremony at Thorne Middle School in Middletown.

Rutgers paid Snooki $32,000 to bestow her wisdom upon the student body. They paid retiring University president Richard McCormick $550,000 to take a year off and will pay him $335,000 per year to teach history when he returns.

Posted: December 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 Year in review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on MMM Year in Review – May

Lonegan Praises Christie For RGGI Withdrawal

By Art Gallagher

In an email to Americans For Prosperity-NJ activists, Steve Lonegan delivered strong praise to the Governor, his former primary opponent:

Today, Governor Christie dealt Cap & Trade a death blow – one that could well signal not just the end of RGGI but the end to any effort to implement a job-destroying Cap & Trade energy tax in America.

At a press conference today at the statehouse in Trenton, Governor Christie announced his decision to use his executive authority to withdraw New Jersey from the ten-state scheme.

“RGGI is nothing more than a tax on electricity, a tax on our residents and on businesses with no discernible effect on our environment,” Christie said. “We remain completely committed to the idea that we have a responsibility to make the environment of our state and world better. We’re not going to do it by participating in gimmicky programs that don’t work.”

Governor Christie deserves enormous credit for taking this stand on behalf of our state. The Governor easily could have succumbed to mounting pressure from the left and its many environmental special interest groups.

Instead, Governor Christie stood tall knowing that this was the right thing to do for New Jersey and our state’s future economic prosperity.

Governor Christie will no doubt come under attack from the left for his decision and you and I need to lend him our support.

I urge you to call Governor Christie now at 609-292-6000 to thank him for taking this stand on behalf of New Jersey!

Additionally, a tremendous debt of gratitude goes out to those legislators who have sponsored the repeal effort – in particular, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-24), Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25), Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) and Sen. Steve Oroho (R-24), primary sponsors of the repeal bills in the legislature. These legislators were the first to step up and lead the fight against RGGI and they, too, deserve our thanks and appreciation.

Today’s victory is also a credit to you, our valued AFP citizen activist. Over the past year, many of you have contacted your legislators, signed petitions, written letters to the editor or joined us at numerous press conferences and rallies around the state.

Thanks to your dedication, Cap & Trade is one giant step closer to being tossed on the ash heap of history!

Posted: May 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Energy, Global Warming, Steve Lonegan | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Christie Announces NJ’s Withdrawal From RGGI Cap and Trade Scheme

Posted: May 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, Energy, Global Warming | Tags: | 1 Comment »

NJ Should Exit RGGI Now

By “Firesign58”

Steve Lonegan, NJ state director for Americans for Prosperity (AFP), correctly identifies in his latest email how eco-marxist progressives are actively working Cap and Tax in individual states, where they feel resistance is less organized.

NJ, NY and 8 other states in the Northeast now participate in ‘RGGI’ – a carbon auctioning (energy rationing) syndicate that has already increased energy costs in the participating states.
Lonegan is crusading for NJ’s withdrawal from this repressive and unnecessary program. The program has had no impact reducing greenhouse gas emissions in NJ and has created a ‘slush fund’ for the participating state governments.
In effect, this program is a backdoor energy tax on every resident and business owner in New Jersey.
The citizens of NJ, struggling under a crushing tax burden and high energy costs, understandably want to exit the RGGI program. 

New Jersey was brought into RGGI by then-governor Democrat Jon Corzine. Chris Christie, current governor of NJ, wants to use proceeds from the carbon auctions for a huge offshore windfarm off the coast of Ocean City, NJ. While Christie has done some great things in his short tenure as NJ governor, his perception of the need and value of this program, and his goal for these taxpayer funds, is misguided at best for a state with high unemployment, a huge deficit, and no need for a pie-in-the-sky offshore windfarm.

The New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA), AFP and other groups are now petitioning Governor Christie and state legislators to  repeal state “Cap and Tax” law, as well as exit from RGGI: http://bit.ly/cD7pun (American Spectator article).

Lonegan begins his ‘November is Coming’ tour this Friday at the brand-new Bayshore Tea Party campaign office, a state-of-the-art phone banking and Get Out The Vote center. New Jersey’s participation in RGGI and state energy policy are sure to be primary topics of the ‘November is Coming’ tour. 

Other states are considering, or already participating, in ‘regional greenhouse gas’ initiatives like RGGI. New Jersey’s actions on “Cap & Tax” are being watched closely. New Jersey could be a model for other states either to encourage economic recovery or to allow economic stagnation and malaise to continue. Americans for Prosperity and local homegrown organizations will continue to fight the battle at the state level. 

Posted: September 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | Comments Off on NJ Should Exit RGGI Now