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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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Ok so it’s clear you have some objections to the study. And I was misinformed in thinking some of edlaw researchers were related to Rutgers. Also if they are funded by JCEA I agree there is probably some bias there. But I looked on your blog and see no disclosure of your name/identity. I think that it would be powerful to disclose this information so we can see what your potential agenda/bias may be. Especially if you are accusing others...


Stateaids identity doesn't matter; the data does. If I were stateaid I'd stay anonymous, especially in NJ. Stop focusing on the wrong thing.


Stateaidguy's identity is entirely appropriate to focus on, especially when he (?) claims to be from "one of the Oranges". Why is he on this board? Who's interest is he serving with his posts? There could be very legitimate reasons for him to be here, but the conversation would be much better served by knowing the answer to those questions.

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Re: Tab for public workers' unused sick days tops $2 billion
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Sick days are banked for sickness. If you aren't sick, you don't take them. If you retire healthy, lucky you, you were healthy, but why do you get to cash them out?


Agree. If the public sector rules around disability are anything like what is common in the private sector, you'd probably never need to have more than a dozen or so sick days stockpiled. My experience has been if you are out more than five days in a row for a medical reason, you go on short-term disability. You are required to take the first five days as vacation or sick (it can vary). I can't imagine the circumstance where you'd be using hundreds of sick days; that's what disability is for.

Posted on: 3/14 12:59
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I can't believe there have been no comments on here today... PATH was shut down for a couple of hours this morning because of a broken track, leading to a refugee-like shuffle down Columbus to the ferry. I was fortunate enough to be one of the earlier arrivals at the ferry - by the time I got on the boat, the line for tickets extended to the Hyatt. NJ Transit had a train stuck in the tunnel this morning. JFK flooded over the weekend. LIRR had broken tracks last week. The bridge over the Newark Bay shut down the week before because it had "dropped several inches"...

Calling our infrastructure third world is an insult to a good portion of the third world...

Posted on: 1/8 11:58
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Dolomiti wrote: I don't think it will make a serious dent in DTJC prices, especially in the longer term.


In the longer term, the risk is overall net migration out of the region. A very real possibility. NJ has already experienced this to a modest extent recently. As technology advances, there are fewer reasons for corporations (and jobs) to remain affixed to NYC. Sure, the idle rich will always be there, but there is a breaking point for those for the bottom end of the 1% down through 3% of top earners. I'm not saying this will definitely be the motivator for an exodus, but there is definitely an inflection point beyond which things start to change.

Posted on: 12/5 10:50
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Re: Making Jersey City Yours
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Who would that be? It's on the sidewalk between the covering of the staircase and the building. Is there someone on the other end of the see-click and fix that has a rapid response pooper scoop?

(I didn't originally put this in the PATH thread - it got moved here.)

Posted on: 12/5 10:12
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Making Jersey City Yours
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Might want to avoid the PATH entrance on the SE corner of Grove and Columbus. Somebody took a dump alongside the stairs. From the looks of it, a large, well-fed someone.

Posted on: 12/5 9:38
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Short Hills Solomon  is not the white knight to save the day.He's a carnival pitch man. Exploiting his Cancer, going affter low hanging fruit Trump, Kushner to no effect, expoiting a kids traffic death  minutes after the tragedy.


Wasn’t someone whining about all the vicious attacks on Symes?

Posted on: 11/30 19:51
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Re: Hypocrite Solomon’s dirty push Poll
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As you no doubt know, PACs and campaigns cannot coordinate. So, by law, no. Symes is not controlled by a PAC.


I guess Santa Claus would believe that.


Posted on: 11/30 15:36
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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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Does Fulop crack 60%? Historically that’s a high bar, but Matsikoudis really doesn’t seem to have gained traction anywhere.

Posted on: 2017/11/6 19:07
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Re: Jersey City to Install Electric Car Charging Stations in Every Ward
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I would be 100% supportive of that as long as it covers the true cost. Cost of land, construction, operations and maintenance, overnight parking benefit, etc... And of course the electricity.

I don't trust the city to run this out directly but they could enter into a franchise agreement with a for-profit company.


Why hold the electric vehicle industry to a standard so much higher than that of the oil industry (and by extension, the internal combustion car)?? No one would be able to afford gasoline if oil companies were forced to bear the full cost of the pollution they spew, the associated health issues and premature deaths, the wars that are fought on behalf of access to oil, the various price subsidies it enjoys throughout much of the world...

Posted on: 2017/11/6 15:45
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Re: Jersey City to Install Electric Car Charging Stations in Every Ward
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That tax bill has zero chance of passing in anything like it's current form.

Posted on: 2017/11/3 13:53
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Re: Rich Boggiano JSQ/Ward C City Council
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And how would Hillary Obama answer that question?


Gee - How would Bob Dole or Michael Dukakis answer that question? Who TF cares? This automatic Hillary deflection is ridiculous. She was a horrible candidate. She lost. As have many other people before her, who also aren't the President. Your boy is making a supreme mess of things - it ain't Hillary who couldn't marshall the troops to do the one thing they said they'd do (repeal the ACA). Hillary hasn't failed to build a wall and get the Mexicans to pay for it. Hillary hasn't behaved like a twelve y/o girl posing as a circus peanut petulantly tweeting away all day - and more to the point, who cares if she was? She's just a washed up politician who has as much influence in what is happening in Washington as you do.


I was responding to someone else earlier lame attempt to connect a city council candidate to Trump. You really need to lighten up. I was not defending Trump, just challenging a smear.


So - it was just a stupid thing to say, unrelated to the topic at hand then? Because whoever "Hillary Obama" is, I'm pretty sure she doesn't live in ward C or have much to do with the race for city council there.

Posted on: 2017/10/28 12:16
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Re: Rich Boggiano JSQ/Ward C City Council
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And how would Hillary Obama answer that question?


Gee - How would Bob Dole or Michael Dukakis answer that question? Who TF cares? This automatic Hillary deflection is ridiculous. She was a horrible candidate. She lost. As have many other people before her, who also aren't the President. Your boy is making a supreme mess of things - it ain't Hillary who couldn't marshall the troops to do the one thing they said they'd do (repeal the ACA). Hillary hasn't failed to build a wall and get the Mexicans to pay for it. Hillary hasn't behaved like a twelve y/o girl posing as a circus peanut petulantly tweeting away all day - and more to the point, who cares if she was? She's just a washed up politician who has as much influence in what is happening in Washington as you do.

Posted on: 2017/10/28 12:01
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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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This is where I got these numbers. Possibly they were early returns?


Yes.

Posted on: 2017/10/28 11:50
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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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The last election ended up:

Fulop 14,675 votes
Healy 10,860 votes

Do you think Matsikoudis can get the same number as Healy?


Where did you get those numbers? Fulop had more than 20,000 votes. Also, there was a third candidate (Jerry Walker) who pulled about 8% of the vote.

Still, turnout was less than 30%. In a somewhat more competitive (albeit thoroughly unexciting) governor's race than last time, you'd think the mayor's race would pull closer to 50,000 votes this time compared to the 40,000ish last time.

Posted on: 2017/10/27 22:56
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Over/under on mayor's race
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What is the thinking on the mayor's race? I've been traveling a lot the past several months and haven't been around much. In the week that I've been back, it doesn't seem like Matsikoudis is putting up much of a fight and it's an unusually small field (just the two of them) - how much does Fulop win by?

Posted on: 2017/10/27 13:11
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Got to hand it to the rubes - one thing they are good at is twisting words: "Death Tax", "Death panels", "Sanctuary City" - too bad the media plays along. "Sanctuary City" is merely an unfunded mandate, when you strip away the breathless, ignorant hype around it and look at it objectively.

ma·jor·i·ty
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the greater number.
"in the majority of cases all will go smoothly"
synonyms: larger part/number, greater part/number, best/better part, most, more than half;

Oh, and asshat - when you use the words "majority" or "most", please make sure it conforms to what the actual meaning is, not some contorted arcane perversion.

Posted on: 2017/2/9 10:24
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Since when do majorities matter?

Posted on: 2017/2/8 16:58
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Re: Trump Pics Mega Thread
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BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Of all the people to wear the same dress as, Die Antwoord would not be my first choice.

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Amazing find, Azul!

I, of course, had no idea who (or what?) Die Antwoord was. So I turned on the google - their wikepedia entry included this:

Zef[edit]

Main article: Zef

Die Antwoord's musical and visual style incorporates elements of a "zef" culture, described as modern and trashy, appropriating out-of-date, discarded cultural elements.[7] Yo-Landi said, "It's associated with people who soup their cars up and rock gold and shit. Zef is, you're poor but you're fancy."[8]

Seems exactly right.

Posted on: 2017/1/24 15:35
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Re: JCFD Batallion Chief Arrested for DWI in Leonia
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Especially hard to excuse this kind of stuff in the ago of Uber. It costs relatively little to get from here to there.

Posted on: 2016/12/16 16:59
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Re: How teachers unions drive Jersey’s pension crisis
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And yes - exactly this.

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The anti-union screed ignores a basic fact: For decades, teachers accepted a low salary in exchange for good benefits, including good pensions. The politicians of that time chose to delay the full cost of paying teachers.

Posted on: 2016/12/5 12:40
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Re: How teachers unions drive Jersey’s pension crisis
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There's a great way to provide funding for increased pay to the military - scale the military back to a footprint that is more appropriate and use a portion of the savings to increase pay. Use of the term "defense" to describe the US military is a misnomer. The US plays a whole lot of offense.

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One public employee that is definitely underpaid (ridiculously so) is the American soldier. Whether it is a commissioned officer, or an enlisted serviceman, those salaries are definitely too low and I'm glad to see a pension system in place for them.

Posted on: 2016/12/5 12:38
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Re: Chris Christie 'Suspiciously Connected' To Revenge Traffic Jam
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He has expressed considerable interest in chief of staff and has called it a close second to AG.

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Chief of staff would be an odd position for Christie.

Posted on: 2016/11/10 16:29
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Re: Chris Christie 'Suspiciously Connected' To Revenge Traffic Jam
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It will be quite interesting to see if Christie is nominated to a post requiring Senate hearings. I don't see that going well for him, although I guess in the end the republicans can force the issue since they have the votes and it doesn't seem like something that would get filibustered given the sheer number of odious (to democrats) appointments that are likely to occur.

My money is on chief of staff for Christie and I'd like to volunteer to help him pack as soon as he's ready.

Posted on: 2016/11/10 14:16
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Re: Trump Our New President
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I'm originally from CA, the thought of it leaving sounds great when you read the propaganda. However, the reality is the state is only great because it is part of the US.


If you said Mississippi or Nebraska, I'd likely agree with you. If secession gained momentum in California, I think you'd see Oregon and Washington get interested. It's a fascinating topic (to me, at least) and I highly recommend that book if you have any interest in not only what a broken up US would look like but how the country evolved to what it is and the history of the various cultures of north america. I'm sure you know the basics but I found the origin stories to be really interesting.

Defense and business are definitely wildcards but I would argue that California would likely have very friendly trade status with the US and that militarily it would enjoy the same proximal benefits as Canada.

Posted on: 2016/11/10 13:27
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Re: Trump Our New President
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And if the US shuts off their water supply?


The money saved by no longer having to subsidize the "rugged individuals who yearn to live free from the yoke of Washington" in places like Alaska, Idaho and the Dakotas, etc. would be more than enough to fund desalination plants among other things given up by going it alone.

Posted on: 2016/11/10 13:21
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Lol if California even tried to seriously leave the Union the military would squash it so fast.

"Yes California is the nonviolent campaign to establish the country of California using any and all legal and constitutional means to do so. We advocate for peaceful secession from the United States by use of an independence referendum to establish a mandate, followed by a nationwide campaign to advocate in support of a constitutional exit from the Union."

Why would non-Californians support this? What about the tax base!


I'm not suggesting this is easily done or probably even feasible (today) - just curious how people feel about it.

You kind of make my (and their) points quite well:

California (like NJ, NY, CT and other higher-earning, high-taxed states) subsidizes a lot of the rest of the country. Why should they (we?) be concerned about "the tax base". And it the military would have to be called in to put it down - seems like a good indication of the fact that Californians probably aren't getting a good deal by being in the union if they have to be compelled to stay at gunpoint.

I truly believe the country will split up in my lifetime - culturally the union is untenable. I've felt this way for quite a while (although I used to think it would be beyond my lifetime) and a book I read a couple of years ago makes a great case for it - "American Nations".

Posted on: 2016/11/10 12:53
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Re: Trump Our New President
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If you were able to vote today on whether or not to finish what was left undone by the Civil War and split the country up, would you?

I would. The divide is so deep and requisite-days-after-the-election unity rhetoric aside, it is only getting deeper. That isn't going to change. I don't want to live in the world of the other side and they don't like my world. (They like my tax dollars, but that's a different story...)

It doesn't have to be this way - once you strip away the foolish sentimentality and nice round numbers and really consider it objectively, I think many people (most?) would come to the conclusion we'd be better off going our separate ways.

http://www.yescalifornia.org/

Posted on: 2016/11/10 12:36
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Re: 10/09/2016: Presidential Debate 2 (St. Louis)
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Or maybe blacks just do a better job of not voting against their self-interests.


Are you saying all blacks share the same self interests and they are different then whites?


Nope. I'm saying one party has spent the past half century running sometimes subtle, sometimes overtly racially charged campaigns and attempting to enact similar laws and policies. From Nixon's "southern strategy" and Lee Atwater's Willie Horton to the Storm Thurmonds and David Dukes, attempts at voter suppression and outright disenfranchisement I'd say the GOP has gone out of their way to usher blacks to the Democratic Party.

Posted on: 2016/10/10 21:49
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Re: 10/09/2016: Presidential Debate 2 (St. Louis)
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Or maybe blacks just do a better job of not voting against their self-interests.

Posted on: 2016/10/10 18:50
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