Reason Study author says gas tax must go up

We've all heard about the Reason Foundation study that claimed New Jersey had the most expensive roads in America.  The Reason study was controversial and other studies refuted it -- such as the one coming out of Rutgers University's Voorhees Transportation Center.

Some politicians seized upon the Reason study to argue that cost-cutting efficiencies should be put in place before any more money went to repair and maintain the state's roads and bridges.  We wonder if they would feel the same about the grossly mismanaged Veterans Administration -- close all those hospitals and services and dump the wounded out on the streets until the VA operates more efficiently. 

Others claimed that they could fund the entire Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) with savings from efficiencies and cost-cutting.  No numbers were produced to support this, but in testimony, Barauch Feigenbaum (Reason's Assistant Director of Policy) offered some excellent recommendations as to the areas in which significant savings could be achieved. 

The lamentable fact is that not since 1990 has the state's user tax on gasoline and diesel produced enough revenue to cover the cost to maintain the state's transportation system.  That year the gas tax collected $404.9 million to fund a $365 million transportation program.  The tax on gasoline and diesel hasn't gone up for 28 years, hasn't even kept up with inflation, leading to more and more being borrowed to pay for road and bridge maintenance and repair.  Today the cost of the debt service alone exceeds $1.1 billion.  In contrast, the gas tax collected just a bit more than $750 million in 2015. 

No wonder the author of the Reason study, David Hartgen (Emeritus Professor of Transportation Studies at UNC Charlotte), recently told New Jersey media that there was no way around the revenue problem the now-bankrupt TTF faces: 

Even as some say his report proves that New Jersey must cut costs before hiking the gas tax, Hartgen says the opposite may be true. The transportation trust fund is now $30 billion in debt. Without new revenue from the gas tax or some other source, it cannot spend any money on new construction. 

“I don’t think budget cuts will work,” Hartgen said. “They need to look at the gas tax.”

Assembly considering 3 anti-gun bills on Thursday

This is an ALERT from the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs:

On Thursday, September 22, the Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider three anti-gun bills which do nothing to make anyone safer and only restrict the rights of the law abiding.

A2938 is a reappearance of legislation from 2013 which would allow marriage counselors, social workers, nurses, and other health professionals to have their clients' firearms seized without due process if they believe the client is a danger to themselves or others. The legislation gives unprecedented power to suspend Constitutional rights to unaccountable health professionals, turning them into spies, pressuring them to err on the side of declaring someone a danger, and insulating them from liability for disclosing privileged information. The powers described in this bill properly belong in the courts, where due process must be provided - not in the hands of unaccountable health professionals. 

A3934 would ban and criminalize dealer sales of new handguns that do not incorporate so-called "microstamping" technology that imprints the make, model and serial number of the firearm on every cartridge fired. Only trouble is, the technology is largely theoretical, so this legislation is really about trying to eliminate the new handgun market in New Jersey. And even if the technology existed and were viable, imprinted metal parts wear out and can be filed down, revolver casings are rarely ejected at crime scenes, criminals don't use traceable registered guns, and criminals could easily use misdirection by scattering previously gathered cartridge casings of others (from a public range) at a crime scene. 

A1119 would ban toy guns and imitation firearms unless they are "a color other than black, blue, silver, and aluminum," are marked with a one-inch wide non-removable orange stripe running the full length of both sides of the barrel, and are "equipped with a barrel at least one inch in diameter." 

Please tell members of the Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee to oppose these misguided bills, to stop attacking Second Amendment rights, and to start empowering citizens to defend themselves against the growing terror threat in the wake of this past weekend's terror attacks. Since the government cannot protect its citizens when evil strikes, the government should be empowering its citizens to protect themselves, not trying to pose more and more restrictions on honest citizens.

Click here for committee member contact information.

Roger Stone on the Clintons and Trump

By Dr. Murray Sabrin

Last night political operative Roger Stone spoke at the Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club and had a book signing afterwards (The Clintons’ War on Women).

In more than 40 minutes of remarks Stone made the following points (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Stone is concerned that the election could be rigged because electronic voting machines can be easily hacked
  • The nomination was stolen from Bernie Sanders because 12 states had electronic voting machines that were probably hacked to give Clinton victories in states she lost
  • Former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was Clinton mole to help rig the primary for Hillary
  • Bill Clinton is a sexual predator with a long history of abuse against women
  • Hillary Clinton has run the cover-up of her husband’s sexual abuses by hiring lawyers to develop dirt on Bill’s accusers
  • Hillary is a congenital liar; Putin has met Hillary Clinton and think she’s a liar
  • The Clinton Foundation is a slush fund for the family and has received multi-million dollar bribes
  • Because Hillary used an unsecured private server while she was Secretary of State, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other countries probably have Hillary’s emails
  • Trump is an ardent nationalist who by no means is a perfect candidate and wants to have detente with Russia unlike Hillary who is making belligerent statements against Putin
  • Trump is a tough negotiator and should do well in international negotiations with other countries.  He does not want the US to engage in endless wars
  • The 1994 crime bill President Bill Clinton signed, which was responsible for the massive increase in incarceration of black and Hispanic youth because of draconian drug law penalties, will have an impact on minority turnout and support for Hillary

Roger Stone spoke without notes and did not miss a beat. He is an articulate spokesman for Trump’s candidacy and a “take no prisoners” critic of the Clintons. If Trump wins in November, Roger Stone’s expose of the Clintons would have proved invaluable.

Does the NJ establishment hate Christ?

It is no longer about the separation of Church & State, if it ever was.  Last week we had two senior Senators, Ray Lesniak and Nia Gill (both Democrats), deny a member of the Christian clergy the right to even mention the word "God" at a public hearing.  This week, we catch public school officials including admonishments from "ALLAH" in official school materials.

Could it be clearer?  For folks like Lesniak and Gill, is ALLAH in fashion and Christ out of fashion?

Read the story below, courtesy of the Asbury Park Press (kudos to reporter Amanda Oglesby):

Barnegat school health handouts: Allah loves cleanliness

BARNEGAT – The father of a second-grader in the Cecil S. Collins School was alarmed to see references to hijabs and thawbs – clothing worn by religious Muslims – and a quote from the Quran included in a health and hygiene worksheet given to his daughter.

The worksheet included instruction about cleanliness and neatness not just of shoes and clothing but of a student's hijab and thawb, an ankle-length robe-like garment worn by Muslim men, according to pictures sent to the Asbury Park Press by Barnegat father Chris Sharpe.

The sheet also included a reference to a Quran quote that read "Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure."

Read the full story here: