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  • The U.S. Government is Funding Shore Replenishment in NJ-www.njmonthly.com
    Beach erosion causes people to have their blankets and chairs just inches away from someone they d rather not be that close to and puts oceanfront homes and businesses at risk New Jersey is the national leader in federally subsidized beach projects Our state has received about 450 million to pump sand along our coast since 1985 Federal tax dollars represent 65 percent of all the money spent replenishing sand in New Jersey That means if you live in Iowa or Texas you are supporting beach erosion projects in Ocean City and Beach Haven It strikes me as hypocritical What s worse beach erosion projects are a colossal waste of tax dollars Every time a big storm hits we lose another chunk of the beach And that is the way Mother Nature intended it Sand washes out to the sea Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything Think about this On April 15 there were huge so called tea parties across the country including right here in the over taxed Garden State where thousands of people got together to say enough is enough no more government bailouts no more boondoggles and no more pet projects funded with our hard earned tax dollars But I didn t hear anyone in that irate audience or at the microphone complain about all the federal dollars from other parts of the country coming into New Jersey so that sand can be pumped on to our beaches Environmentalists have long said that these beach erosion projects are a sham and irresponsible on many levels According to Dery Bennett who heads the American Littoral Society in Sandy Hook The funding for beach replenishment projects should be more local if the towns and people in these towns want it They could come up with a bigger share of the expense That s the way I see it I love the Jersey shore what s left of it But who are we kidding When most folks criticize government spending and so called bailouts what they really mean is that they don t want to see the government spend tax dollars on projects that do not benefit them In reality when it comes to government spending we want it both ways What one person calls a wasteful government subsidy or welfare initiative another calls a valuable beach replenishment project In fact what s been going on at the Jersey Shore for decades is nothing more than a massive wasteful and irresponsible bailout of our beaches At deadline the funding was the subject of intense debate in Washington Please e mail me at sadubato aol com and tell me what you think about this issue There are no photos with those IDs or post 54118 does not have any attached images Read more Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/another-beach-bailout/ (2016-02-11)
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  • New Jerseyans have been doing a lot of complaining about Governor Jon Corzine's proposed budget cuts and increases in taxes and fees-www.njmonthly.com
    to all districts unless they implement merit based pay for teachers Renegotiate state worker contracts Switch the pensions from defined benefit to defined contribution Sell new liquor licenses for small restaurants This would allow the sale of beer and wine in pizza places diners etc The state would make money on the sale of the license plus the tax revenue on the liquor Plus pizza and beer go well together Jim Dalton Springfield Eliminate the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority The state has no business being in the sports and entertainment business All of these jobs are high paying patronage appointments Sell off all the properties The racetracks don t make any money anyway And that s not even considering Xanadu In 2007 the NJSEA had a total operating loss of 106 million Similarly we should eliminate the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and merge these responsibilities into the Department of Transportation How is it that the DOT can manage thousands of miles of roadways but we need a separate authority for several hundred miles of Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike And do we need a South Jersey Transportation Authority to manage the Atlantic City Expressway and airport Recommended Reading On the Frontline in the Fight Against Cyberterrorism Donna Vineland Do an audit of every government agency and cut every job that is not completely necessary Get rid of all patronage jobs cut the amount of money each representative gets to run his or her office and eliminate government issued vehicles Consolidate school districts Put the school money into schools and teachers not the pockets of people in high paying positions sitting in offices with big pensions Line item veto all the pork barrel items in every bill passed by the Legislature Abe Elias Branchville Increase the state gasoline tax Our prices per gallon of gas are among the lowest in the Northeast Charles Murray Raritan Add a provision to the balanced budget rule if you must send it to an emergency vote and have an election that allows an exception in case of a recession This will allow the governor to pass a budget with a deficit maintaining our most needed spending and our tax rates and rebates If that does not handle the problem shift a greater burden to those making over 250 000 Mandate a larger tax increase on cigarettes and alcohol Tax casino owners And create a special lottery with proceeds going directly into fixing the budget crisis Bill Pack Little Egg Harbor Give health care to all state workers but let them pay for their dependents And not the Cadillac plans but health care like we all have Consolidate all school systems into county run systems There are no photos with those IDs or post 54114 does not have any attached images Read more Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/immodest-proposals/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure will hold its second Race for the Cure event in Newark's Branch Brook Park on April 26-www.njmonthly.com
    were there We raised over 2 million and had a great day People loved their experience People who said You want me to come to Newark actually came and loved it This year s race is April 26 You can walk run or stroll The idea is to get to the finish line the finish line is defined as the world without breast cancer What is your personal experience with breast cancer I am a 21 year survivor this April I was diagnosed at the age of 33 and had a 2 year old daughter I was scared to death I really had no idea whether I would be dead or alive but here I am 21 years later I have been given the privilege of being part of this organization since 1997 helping to save the lives of women who otherwise would never have access to quality breast health care It is pretty great Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything Where does the money raised go The beauty of the Komen organization is that 75 percent of every dollar that is raised at Race for the Cure stays in our local communities and our nine county service area This money is dispersed through our grants program to community based organizations In the past eleven years we have put over 10 million back into the community The balance of that the other 25 percent goes back to our national organization and funds pure research Our affiliate has put more than 4 5 million back into research What is one example of the type of program Komen supports One that stands out is UMDNJ right here in Newark They have been a proud partner with a beautiful mobile mammography van that is hitting the streets of Newark It goes to the people who can t get to the hospitals or doctor s office to get examined We don t accept no for an answer How important is it that men get involved in this effort My husband has been involved since the day I was diagnosed Men have to be involved because they care about the women in their lives their moms sisters daughters and wives matter And men can and do get breast cancer Steve Adubato PhD is an Emmy Award winning anchor for Thirteen WNET and a media analyst and columnist for MSNBC com who also appears regularly on CBS 2 He is the author of the book Make the Connection as well as his newest book What Were They Thinking which examines highly publicized and often controversial public relations and media mishaps For more information log on to stand deliver com There are no photos with those IDs or post 54074 does not have any attached images Read more Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/the-race-is-on/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Steve Adubato talks about President Barak Obama's historic inauguration-www.njmonthly.com
    the oath of office and then listen to his eighteen minute appeal to our better senses What is particularly striking is the connection Obama made with younger New Jerseyans I am not just talking about African American youth in inner cities Virtually all young people even those in the first or second grades understood that something very special was happening on that day At the Robert Treat Academy Charter School a nationally recognized educational institution in Newark full disclosure the school was founded by my father Steve Adubato Sr young people from kindergarten through eighth grade watched the inauguration Many were moved to tears by Obama s speech Here is what a few of these eighth graders had to say Savonne Anderson The fact that Barack Obama is president of the United States means that any American no matter what race or gender can amount to anything they want to be India Stafford President Obama makes me believe that anything is possible He gives kids the hope they need for achieving their own goals Recommended Reading There s Work to be Done Legislation in 2016 Nathan Hawley president of Robert Treat s student council speaking to guests before the inauguration Every generation has their own inspiration or role models they want to live up to In the 60s it was Dr Martin Luther King Jr and President John F Kennedy Now in the 21st century I can say as an American citizen that Barack Obama is my inspiration and role model Yes today is significant to me as an African American However I have never been more proud just to say I am an American It s a source of hope that these young people want to do better and try harder because of Obama s leadership They want to make more of themselves and contribute to their communities How much money will New Jersey get from Barack Obama s economic stimulus package Who knows Perhaps several billion dollars to deal with our massive budget deficit But the larger deficit in New Jersey and other states may be one of personal responsibility With that in mind the sense of pride and possibility that our new president has given young people across the nation particularly in our inner cities may be the biggest stimulus package of all Write to me at sadubato aol com if President Obama has inspired you to make a difference in your community There are no photos with those IDs or post 54078 does not have any attached images Read more Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/a-special-day/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Steve Adubato muses on the gas tax in New Jersey-www.njmonthly.com
    the Myannis River Bridge collapsed and seven people lost their lives More recently it happened in Minneapolis when the I 35 bridge collapsed Thirteen people were killed and dozens more injured What do New Jersey s crumbling roads and bridges have to do with the gas tax A lot New Jersey maintains its transportation infrastructure through something called the Transportation Trust Fund which was created in 1984 I was a member of the legislature at the time and was proud to vote for the creation of the trust fund It designated a significant pot of money to pay for road improvement and mass transit projects As everyone in the Statehouse knows the fund has been running out of money for years The primary vehicle to support the Trust Fund is the gas tax which hasn t been raised in what feels like an eternity In fact New Jersey has one of the lowest gas tax rates in the nation Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything Granted when gas prices were up around 4 per gallon it wasn t feasible to hike the gas tax But now that prices have magically come down to the neighborhood of a buck fifty I say let s do it Let s raise the gas tax 3 cents a year for the next five years That will go a long way toward ensuring that New Jersey roads and bridges can be improved and the risk of disaster reduced Because the gas tax hasn t been hiked the state has maintained the trust fund primarily by refinancing the debt connected to the fund Recently the state refinanced 2 billion in transportation bonds lowering the annual debt payment by more than 100 million Sounds great right The only problem is instead of paying those bonds off in twenty years we will be paying them off in 30 What message does that send to our children who will eventually have to bear the burden of our failure to pay our bills as we go Every governor from Whitman to Jim McGreevey to Jon Corzine has been reluctant to ask for a gas tax increase But that s the wrong question to ask The more important question is whether voters are willing to pay a few more pennies at the pump to fix decrepit roads and crumbling bridges I say most New Jersey citizens and specifically those who use the roads would be willing to fund such improvements Hike the gas tax now Stop borrowing against the future and ballooning our debt like drunken sailors on a weekend pass What do you think Write to me at sadubato aol com There are no photos with those IDs or post 54138 does not have any attached images Read more Politics Public Affairs Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/hike-the-gas-tax-now/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Steve Adubato tackles the issue of gubernatorial power in New Jersey-www.njmonthly.com
    Party looks pretty anemic these days but there is an 800 pound political gorilla in the Garden State His name is Chris Christie and he has just stepped down as U S Attorney for New Jersey to consider a gubernatorial run Named U S Attorney at the beginning of this decade in what many thought was another bad decision by President George Bush Christie turned out to be the best U S Attorney this state has ever had He prosecuted more than 130 cases of corruption many in state and local government and never lost one He recently told the Star Ledger that he would not even know how to do an acquittal press conference It s no accident that at least as a prosecutor Chris Christie does not lose He too is an intense competitor Yes he is an avid Mets fan some things are hard to explain but he is also a lifetime devotee of New Jersey s musical boss Bruce Springsteen Recommended Reading There s Work to be Done Legislation in 2016 I m not sure Chris Christie was born to run but he was born to fight And I say a Corzine Christie battle for the governorship in 2009 is just what this state needs If they can only keep the battle out of the gutter and actually have a meaningful discussion about ethics or a lack thereof on State Street our struggling New Jersey economy pension costs that are skyrocketing businesses that are leaving and property taxes that are out of control then we will be getting somewhere But if this battle for political power disintegrates into a war of irrelevant words and a game of mutual destruction of personal and political reputation then once again New Jersey will be the loser Corzine and Christie will have the best political and media operatives money can buy Corzine will use his own money and Christie will attract whatever Republican money there is out there For the state GOP this will be a rare opportunity to win something of real value on the political landscape It s always good to run as a crusading ex prosecutor who put corrupt politicians in jail That sold big in New York City for Rudy Giuliani and it might sell well on this side of the river Christie is the goods The problem is if New Jersey businesses continue to shut their doors citizens continue to lose their jobs and health benefits and retirement savings continue to dwindle I am not convinced that a crusading prosecutor is what people will be clamoring for Then again while Corzine s financial expertise comes from his experience on Wall Street the folks on Wall Street have a worse reputation these days than used car salesmen or worse those clueless auto industry CEO s who flew into Washington on private jets to beg for a federal bailout Corzine and Christie each will face significant hurdles But in the end New Jersey could have two strong

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/corzine-and-christie-its-all-about-power/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Steve Adubato questions the condition of the NJ banking system
    ago the state initiated a program which allowed local New Jersey municipalities to deposit funds in institutions throughout the country The governor is now attempting to drive some life back into the state by once again encouraging municipalities to direct their excess cash flows to local financial institutions which have a vested interest in the long term sustainability of New Jersey s economy I believe this is wonderful however the amount of money they are thinking of moving from the non local funds into New Jersey banks is relatively small and will not solely have enough of an impact What is on the horizon in 2009 in terms of the credit crunch for New Jersey consumers The federal government has taken some steps to inject capital into the banking system which is going to translate into the ability of banks to make more loans What we are facing right now however is a crisis of confidence The average person on the street turns on the TV or radio and hears nothing but bad news from the media and begins to believe everything is going to get worse As a result they individually start to cut back and that only exacerbates the situation Recommended Reading There s Work to be Done Legislation in 2016 For example the individual on the street hears that the economy is contracting and the first thing they decide is that instead of going out to dinner twice a week they only go out one night As a result the restaurant sees fewer customers and then lays off staff or sees lower profits Then the person owning the restaurant holds off buying a new car Then the car dealer who didn t sell the car turns around and says things are bad I am not going to buy the new house It feeds on itself Valley National has undertaken an aggressive ad campaign that addresses the current fiscal situation What is your thinking We took on the campaign to reassure our depositors and customers that our bank is sound our bank is safe and they can sleep at night The federal government came in and increased the FDIC levels up to 250 000 per individual account The average person on the street doesn t have near that amount on deposit but there is concern on the street that people are worried The American public needs to know that if their money is in a bank they don t need to worry Steve Adubato PhD is an Emmy Award winning anchor for Thirteen WNET and a media analyst and columnist for MSNBC com who also appears regularly on CBS 2 He is the author of the book Make the Connection as well as his newest book What Were They Thinking which examines highly publicized and often controversial public relations and media mishaps For more information log on to www stand deliver com Read more Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/banking-on-the-garden-state/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Tourism in New Jersey-www.njmonthly.com
    lunch Those businesses felt the impact Also the guys who rent jet skis and the other incidental things felt an impact What we found is that people were still going to the Shore but they were cutting back on incidentals such as T shirts and souvenirs However it is important to note that the economic situation also has seemed to help us this summer at least that is what we are predicting Based on anecdotal stories from Cape May to as high as Monmouth Beach people were still going to the beach because it was close For example you go to Long Branch and by looking at license plates you can see there are a lot of New Yorkers coming to our beaches The economy is helping us because you don t have to pay airfare and you can easily put four people in a car and use only a couple of gallons of gas Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything What are some of the hottest attractions Atlantic City is growing as a summer destination There are so many things families can do there Also if you haven t been to Asbury Park recently that place is coming back And Cape May had a fantastic summer What fall destinations should people consider Crystal Springs has expanded significantly in recent years adding a great spa a lodge and more golf now 108 holes For fall they are sitting pretty Why go to Vermont when you can head up to Sussex County Even AAA has acknowledged it is a great place You are in the mountains it is quiet and serene and most importantly it is nearby There is excellent food and lots of activities not to mention wonderful accommodations Lambertville is a great destination on the Delaware River as well as any of the towns north and south of Lambertville such as Princeton The Pinelands and the Shore are still popular in the fall as is Cape May Then there is bird watching which is really phenomenal during the migrating season In the fall they are heading south and Cape May is an ideal spot to see them The Meadowlands is another unique fall destination as you can kayak on the Hackensack River adjacent to Xanadu and see many species of birds all with the Empire State Building in the background That is a kind of experience you can t get anywhere else Steve Adubato PhD is an Emmy Award winning anchor for Thirteen WNET and a media analyst and columnist for MSNBC com who also appears regularly on CBS 2 He is the author of the book Make the Connection as well as his newest book What Were They Thinking which examines highly publicized and often controversial public relations and media mishaps For more information log on to www stand deliver com There are no photos with those IDs or post 54134 does not have any attached images Read more Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/tourism-gets-a-boost-no-fueling/ (2016-02-11)
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