If New Jersey is going to invest in its most important priorities, the legislature should pass its own budget, and it should include revenue raisers according to Better Choices for New Jersey, a coalition of business groups, environmentalists and labor leaders.
In his $34.4 billion budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year, Gov. Chris Christie wants to tax electronic cigarettes at the same rate as traditional cigarettes. That tax hike proposal has one Democratic asking if that means the governor is open to other revenue raising taxes.
States across the country, including New York, are finding new and innovative ways to lure corporations, entrepreneurs, investors and developers, something the Garden State isn't doing enough of according to state business leaders.
Leading Republicans in the New Jersey Assembly say they understand and support the Democrat-controlled legislature's investigation into the Bridgegate scandal that continues to dog Gov. Chris Christie, but they also think a little multitasking wouldn't hurt.