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McQueeny on New Jersey

December 1, 2022

UNION, NJ — The moderator for a round table about New Jersey’s future issues jokingly put it in perspective when he said the conversation was going to be “a panel of formers talking about the future.”   But the conference at Kean University sponsored by the state’s largest utility -- Public ...

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NEW JERSEY — The U.S. Department of Transportation has proven there is no room for humor in a federal bureaucracy, moving to stamp out the inspired levity that New Jersey has been putting on its road signs to make drivers notice them. Humorous messages had been appearing on New Jersey’s highway ...

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NEW JERSEY — Forty years ago this month, a founder of Automatic Data Processing (ADP), a businessman with no political experience and never having held elective office, vaulted past a heavily favored Republican icon to later become New Jersey’s longest-serving United States Senator. Frank R.

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NEWARK, NJ — There was a nice ceremony last week unveiling a memorial bust for Peter Rodino, the Newark congressman who went on to Watergate fame as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that voted articles of impeachment against President Nixon. Rodino began his 20 terms as a congressman in ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Millions of Chinese revolutionaries were encouraged to riot by Mao decades ago with his "Red Book" sayings, inciting crowds to rampage throughout the country. Well, Trenton has one too, spilling the secrets of state government. "Fitzgerald's Legislative Manual" is literally a ...

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NEW JERSEY — Despite the more than three years left in Gov. Phil Murphy’s last term as Governor, the ranks of those who wish to succeed him are plentiful. The Republicans may find it politically convenient to settle early with Jack Ciattarelli, the former state legislator. He very nearly denied ...

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NEW JERSEY — There’s no doubt that the federal COVID-19 and Biden Administration infrastructure aid fortified New Jersey’s economy along with that of most other states. When the Legislature passed New Jersey’s record $50 billion state budget last June, it was as if the state had just simply ...

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NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton. The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New ...

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NEW JERSEY — With a summer behind us, it seemed like a good time to regroup at TAPinto, and catch up to the more recent reader mail and comments that were piling up. By far, the reader responses were focused on two separate stories recently written about two former Governors, Democrat Jim ...

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TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Third party political candidates have always been strange bedfellows in New Jersey politics. Princess Diana’s quote that “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded” might be how Democrats and Republicans feel about third parties intruding upon ...

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NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey. The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials ...

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WILDWOOD, NJ — Wasn’t it just grand how Rich Gibson’s excavator recently dug up a thousand dollars under his house down at the Jersey Shore? Now, he’s scratching his head as to whomever so carefully bundled those $10 and $20 wads of bills and buried them under his porch. And maybe there’s even ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades.  It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the ...

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The way people get their news in New Jersey has changed, and rather drastically. Which is why I have agreed to become TAPinto’s News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist. I have been a part of these media changes for decades, starting as a print reporter then television. In the ...

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