With a mid-term election on the horizon and a restless if not angry electorate, the minority party should be poised to make significant gains, if not to take over the legislature. We saw the minority party do just that on a national level last year. Will it happen in New Jersey this year?
We've had six years of massive spending, tax and borrowing increases. The governor is proposing a borrowing scheme, called monetization, that will make the excesses of the last six years look prudent.
The fastest growing groups in New Jersey are state workers and gangs. Illegal immigrants who have already been indicted for child rape are free to roam the streets and execute college students.
Two State Senators are indicted and a third is the target of a grand jury investigation.
No wonder New Jerseyans are leaving the state at a clip of 70,000 + per year.
Where is the opposition? Where is the outrage? Where is the leadership? What is the alternative?
Who is calling for a reduction in state spending? Who is calling for a rational, equitable, "thorough and efficient" education funding? Who is proposing solutions to illegal immigration and gang violence?
Who has the fortitude to take on the state workers' unions and the teachers' unions?
Do we have an opposition party in New Jersey?
This upcoming election should be a slam dunk for Republicans. The Republicans should be swinging for the fences. Yet, with only 4 seats needed to take the Senate, the Republicans have forfeited 4 seats and are playing small ball statewide.
Michael Shapiro of Shaptalk suggests we need a third party. While that might be a good idea nationally, in New Jersey it would be good if we had two show up.
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