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June 23, 2022

It is late June, and in New Jersey, that means one thing and one thing only: It is budget season. The fiscal year ends on June 30th in New Jersey, and our Legislature needs to have a budget ready for the Governor’s signature by that date to ensure that our government remains funded. If they do not, ...

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The economy is crashing in ways that were almost unimaginable just 4 years ago. In 2019, the Dow was over 36,000, inflation was under 2%, and wages were soaring. And then the downslide came. Unconscionable spending, along with poor energy policy, lead to an economy in freefall. Inflation is almost ...

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Places we once regarded as safe havens- churches and schools- can turn dangerous in an instant- as is evidenced by recent shooting in Uvalde, Texas. While police waited outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde for 77 minutes, a shooter killed 19 children and two adults. In light of those tragic ...

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After the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, 20 United States Senators came together from across the aisle to propose new measures aimed at curbing gun violence. While these proposals currently exist as a simple agreement between Senators, they lay the groundwork for the first major ...

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Real Talk with Fernando Uribe, host Fernando Uribe sat down with Felicia Milelli, the Board Chair of the New Jersey Public Health Innovation Political Action Committee (NJPHIPAC) and co-founder Rula Ballantine. PHIPAC’s mission is to protect and strengthen the constitutionally guaranteed and ...

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There is a very high likelihood that you obtain news from either Fox, CNN, or MSNBC. And there is an exceedingly small likelihood that you get any, much less all, of your news from News 12, the Bergen Record, or NY 1. As a result of this increasingly national focus of our news, local news outlets ...

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Car thefts across New Jersey are out of control, and the police have finally been given back a major tool in fighting those car thefts: pursuits. Here is everything you need to know: December 2021 Powers Taken Away: In an attempt to use social justice techniques in policing, then-Attorney ...

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The political views of the next generation are starting to make an impact. While some elected offices may have statutory or constitutional restrictions, young people are increasingly sharing views on social media.  Individuals as young as 13 on most platforms are starting to make a difference by ...

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New Jersey grocery store shelves are looking a little sparse these days- and price tags of our favorite snacks and produce are on the rise due to rapid inflation and ongoing supply chain issues.  Consumers are adjusting their purchasing habits- and making difficult household budget decisions these ...

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PARSIPPANY, NJ - Jersey 1st has announced the launch of a new website! You can check it out by clicking here!  

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Last week, a jury found that Amber Heard defamed Johny Depp on three separate occasions and ordered her to pay him $8.35 million. It was a stunning rebuke of the “believe all women” mantra from the #metoo movement and revealed s crack in the cancel culture movement in cases of suspected sexual ...

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This year, the average American household will spend an extra $5,200 to maintain the same standard of living as the previous year. This is a startling statistic. Evidently, we are seeing an exponential and never-ending rise in the price of goods. Inflation is to blame for this issue, but why is it ...

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With Memorial Day Weekend behind us, summer is officially underway. Many of you will start spending time in Seaside, Long Beach Island, or in the beautiful mountains of Sussex County. But there is one under-appreciated option: the Absecon Lighthouse. Steeped in history, the Absecon Lighthouse is ...

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If you told someone five years ago that gas would cost $5 per gallon, they would have thought you were joking. Yet, right now, gas is $4.77 per gallon in New Jersey and rising.  If a family was spending $172.20 per month three years ago on gas, they are now spending $286.20 per month. That is an ...

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This Monday, people across the country will observe Memorial Day - a holiday to honor those who have served in the military.  As Americans, we also celebrate the nation’s veterans on Veterans Day.  Understandably, these two holidays are sometimes confused for one another, but the intent of the ...

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It’s graduation season, which means hundreds of thousands of young people will be walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. After the graduation celebrations are over, the majority of college graduates will face the reality of their college loan debt. The average undergraduate leaves ...

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Sometimes our politicians seem to lack common sense. They spend time focusing on the wrong issues, in the wrong places, at the wrong time. Instead of focusing on learning loss in school, the Governor is over-developing towns and stretching existing municipal infrastructure through his affordable ...

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Previously on Real Talk with Fernando Uribe, host Fernando Uribe sat down with Nicholas Luciano, CEO of Safe Way Out. Formerly called Forever Your Overwatch, Safe Way Out is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides protection, security equipment, self-defense training, and empowerment to New Jerseyans ...

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As the search continues for the person who leaked a draft opinion and apparent votes in the Roe v. Wade case many people are wondering how this will change the availability and accessibility of abortions here in New Jersey.  The news leaked in early May suggests that the Supreme Court seems ready ...

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On November 4, 2020, Governor Murphy instituted a ban on single-use bags and styrofoam containers with the support of the majority of the state legislature. The ban went into effect at restaurants and grocery stores as of May 4, 2022.  As a result, customers either need to use reusable bags or ...

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Disney has waded into the culture wars, openly opposing Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act. In response, the Florida Legislature is working to remove Disney’s special taxation status in Florida. Here is everything you need to know: Reinforcing Parental Rights: The Parental Rights ...

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When you turn on the news, you see the same format, regardless of your channel preference. There are three people from one political affiliation screaming at a fourth person from the opposing party. No matter what that fourth person says, their view is dismissed. The minority voice is drowned out, ...

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No matter where you live in New Jersey, you may have heard some rumblings about “Affordable Housing” lately.  What is everyone talking about? Here is some quick background, and insight on what it might mean to you and your town. Here is the basic background: 1985 the Fair Housing Act ...

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In the past few weeks, a draft of the Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization leaked, and it represented a seismic shift in the American legal landscape. Beyond the unprecedented nature of the leak, it revealed that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade ...

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On the latest installment of Real Talk with Fernando Uribe, host Fernando Uribe sat down with Anjali Mehrotra, President of the National Organization for Women of New Jersey. Mehrotra, who was raised in India and immigrated to the United States to attend Stevens Institute of Technology, describes ...

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It is springtime in New Jersey, and that means it is primary season. Candidates up and down the ballot across the state are campaigning for their party’s nomination. Part of the primary process is collecting signatures for a petition to be allowed on the ballot. As happens with all elections, some ...

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New Jersey is a coastal state with world-renowned beaches and beautiful forests. This natural beauty makes climate change a serious concern in New Jersey for many reasons including health, quality of life, and the economic impact on our tourism industry. This week, A.J. Mellilo and Stephen Rumbolo ...

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Polling numbers indicate that people are leaving the Democratic Party at a steady pace. Indeed, President Biden’s Latino support has dropped by more than 30 points. This week on the Nader Narrative, Damien Jarret and Erica Davidson of the #walkaway movement talked about how they are facilitating ...

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Governor Murphy went into a blind panic last year as the budget season began concerned that the state was going to have a budget shortfall. In response, he borrowed almost $10 billion, and he went to great lengths to convince the State Supreme Court that such a move was constitutional. Turns out, ...

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This week on Real Talk with Fernando Uribe, host Fernando Uribe sat down with Assemblyman Christian Barranco of the 26th Legislative District. Barranco represents portions of Essex, Morris, and Passaic Counties. Their discussion offered insight into topics including redistricting, the New Jersey ...

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