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Straight Talk

August 30, 2021

Welcome to the first STRAIGHT TALK television show on TAPinto TV. Each show State Senator Ray Lesniak, liberal Democrat, and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, conservative Republican, take on the tough issues facing the Garden State. They may not always agree. But they will always be nice to ...

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California Gov. Newsom ordered school employees to get vaccinated or be tested regularly.  California school employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to a weekly test proving they are not infected with the coronavirus. Under this order California is positioned to be among the most ...

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The Delta variant of COVID19 virus is becoming the dominant variant in America. Cases are on the rise around the nation, and in New Jersey. The variant is concerning the medical community about slow vaccination campaigns and vaccine hesitancy, and its spread makes more important the long road ahead ...

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Recently, the New Jersey state legislature approved a $46.4 billion budget that includes more aid to property taxpayers, a much-needed pension payment and financial support for plans for early voting. Gov. Phil Murphy needs to sign the bill for it to go into effect. And unlike, the president, ...

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Under a new bill passed by the Senate and the Assembly, landlords in New Jersey would be banned from denying renters with criminal records.  The bill, A1919, called the Fair Chance in Housing Act, has as its goal to give the previously incarcerated a better shot at finding a place to ...

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The Garden State’s two Republican congressional representatives could not have more different backgrounds:  Chris Smith has served in the House since winning election in 1980, and is the dean of New Jersey's congressional delegation.  Jeff Van Drew, for his entire political career as a mayor, ...

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The 2020 census is finally out! And the good news for New Jersey: Unlike our neighbor to the east, the garden state will not be losing any congressional representation. We’ve still got an even dozen reps for the next decade! And we’ve reached 9 million people for the very first time. With all the ...

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Welcome to the first STRAIGHT TALK television show on TAPinto TV. Each show State Senator Ray Lesniak, liberal Democrat, and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, conservative Republican, take on the tough issues facing the Garden State. They may not always agree. But they will always be nice to ...

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This has been an unprecedented time in public health in the Garden State: Obamacare celebrates its tenth anniversary. COVID19 spread widely across New Jersey, with a recent uptick in reported cases. Many are still without adequate health coverage.  New Jersey ranks #35 in terms of obesity in the ...

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On April 30, President Biden will have completed his first 100 days in office.  The first 100 days of a president’s term is perhaps the most important of his first year in the White House. And Joe Biden is no different. Policy initiatives. Governance accomplishments. Communication with the ...

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Recently, several bills were signed by Gov. Phil Murphy providing the details to the constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2020 ending the state’s Marijuana prohibitions. As it is often said, "the devil is in the details."  These bills cover a range of issues that will delineate exactly ...

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The city of Camden has more white teachers than Black as charter school enrollment has increased very rapidly since the State of New Jersey has taken over the school system. Camden is 94% Hispanic and Black, while the charter schools employ a higher percentage of white teachers. This is according ...

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The rollout of the COVID19 vaccine in New Jersey has been anything but easy. Appointments, even for those in the prime tiers, have been tough to get. Unless, of course, you’re a donor to Hunterdon Medical Center in Hunterdon County.  Some of the first people to get COVID-19 vaccinations in ...

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In the summer of 2020, the governor announced that New Jersey schools would be required to offer in-person instruction unless there was a COVID19 issue in the particular school district. The school year is more than 50% over and about half of all school districts remain closed. They offer only ...

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"The First Hundred Days": Every newly elected president always talks about what they want to get done in their first hundred days in office. Whether the president shares political party affiliation with Congress, the new president is expected to articulate in a passionate and powerful manner what ...

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More than 50 of the most popular local restaurants in New Jersey closed this year due to COVID19.  Front Street Trattoria, Red Bank. Jake’s Restaurant & Bar, Flemington. The Jackson Diner, Jackson. La Campagna Ristorante, Morristown. Liberty Park Diner, Jersey City.  Sadly, the list goes ...

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If you’re over 60, you may recall lining up in grade school to be required to take the polio vaccine on a cube of sugar. That vaccine, along with required changes in our community and nations, enabled us to eradicate a disease that had ravaged American youth for generations. Perhaps now we face a ...

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New Jersey is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse states in the nation; and yet we are also one of the more racially segregated states.  State Senator Dick Codey (D-27) sponsored S-2781, which requires school districts to provide instruction on diversity and inclusion as part of the ...

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This has been a year of great challenges for New Jersey, and the United States as well. From a very contentious presidential election to the COVID19 pandemic, our nation and our neighborhoods have been pushed to the brink. The impact on our business community, our healthcare delivery system and our ...

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As we enter the beginning of the holiday season, the Center for Disease Control has issued warnings that the nation is in the midst of a second COVID19 wave. Everyday there are new record numbers of corona virus cases nationally. In, New Jersey, Governor Murphy has issues new executive orders ...

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The voters appear to have made their choice nationally, and in New Jersey: Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris will take the constitutional oath of office come noon on January 20, 2021. Whether President Trump will leave willingly, is a story for another day. But for today, let's ...

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