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Re: New Amazon HQ
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I'm kind of happy it's not coming to NYC. Detroit, Buffalo or Newark type cities (I'm sure there are a ton) which are desperate need of revitalization would be better suited for this.

Disney is still coming to Hudson Sq though.


There’s a reason why none of those cities, and other similar ones, were never serious contenders: they may need the economic boost and help, but they have little to offer in the overall sense, including dearth of functional mass transit, and cultural offerings.

Posted on: 2/14 14:24
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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amazon has decided not build HQ2 in Long Island City. Can't say that I'm too sad given all the financial incentives ("corporate welfare") amzn was due to receive. maybe they can expand their newark operations as well as dc and nashville.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/nyregion/amazon-hq2-queens.html


NY politicians and 'activists' trying to blackmail them into using union labor sure didn't help.


EXACTLY. A bunch of politicians and useless self professed "community activists" felt excluded and were upset they didn’t get their due in the selection process, so they decided to try and force Amazon into a corner via public agitation and shaming. Those bozos just did the LIC (and surrounding communities) a disservice: instead of a huge economic boost in the near future, they will be facing the reality of a slowing economy and softening real estate market. Kudos to Amazon for not letting themselves get smacked into submission.

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Re: Bayonne Costco opening March 7th...
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Geezzzz, that's not a deal at all! Why soo much to join? I got a BJs membership for 1 year for like 15.00.


Are you seriously arguing a low intro rate as comparison? Or are you complaining Costco doesn't have an similar intro rate?

Bohdipooh said it very well about the difference. I recall there's one more thing about Costco, they have a cashback Mastercard that adds 2 years to most warrantys of anything purchased with it anywhere.


Minor correction: Costco partners with Visa, not Mastercard. Their Visa card partnership includes additional cash back bonus (bonus ranges from 1% to 4%, depending on transaction type) and it is very much worth it. I get close to $200 every year on just the credit card cash back feature.

As of this writing, Costco only accepts cash, checks, debit cards, or Visa credit cards. In the past, their partnership for credit cards was AMEX. Prior to that (15+ years ago?) it was a Discover partnership.

Posted on: 2/13 3:47
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Re: Bayonne Costco opening March 7th...
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Geezzzz, that's not a deal at all! Why soo much to join? I got a BJs membership for 1 year for like 15.00. If I go like 1 or 2 times a month that's like a dollar each time so not bad at all.
Someone PM me & send me a scan of your card!


The only reason BJ memberships can be had for so low is because their product selection is crap, and none of their stock can compare to that of Costco in quality or value.

Comparing BJs to Costco is like comparing C-Town to Whole Foods... they are only similar in that they are both part of the same broad category.

Posted on: 2/12 12:18
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Dude, pack up your SUV and your wife's van and move to Maplewood or better yet Whitehouse Station!!

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Dude, you are making a fool out of yourself: those two specific examples (Mazda CX5 and Acura RDX) are VERY short by SUV standards. In fact, they are both shorter than the average mid size sedan, certainly shorter than a Ford Fusion.

I am not trying to argue or defend the ownership of SUVs (people can own whatever they choose!) but your stance just comes across as petty and misguided when your justifications are based on misconceptions.

You can keep spouting your crank, but it is nothing more than shaking your fist at the sky: you will accomplish nothing because your argument and logic are not based on facts, just feelings and misconceptions.


You are quite the character... when the error in your logic is pointed out, you turn to personal attacks.

I am not advocating for a parking free-for-all, nor am I arguing against higher fees! In fact, I think JC parking permits are ridiculously low ($15/year!!) but any change in regulations has to be rooted on good, sound policy and/or reason. Spouting obviously wrong logic or erroneous facts is not a way to get people to agree to your point.

Posted on: 2/12 12:15
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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In my earlier post I made it clear I was distinguishing between bigger SUVs mostly crossovers like the Acura RDX, Mazda CX5 etc and the huge SUVs like Hummers, utility trucks, vans etc.

But your need to defend your position on the SUV thing, suggests you should probably move to Montclair or Maplewood.
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Thankfully, you are not in charge of public policy. Here is the problem with your stand: some SUVs are so compact as to be smaller than most mid-size sedans. Heck, of the top 10 SUVs sold in the US last year, almost all are about the same length as a Ford Fusion, with only two being about a foot longer.


Dude, you are making a fool out of yourself: those two specific examples (Mazda CX5 and Acura RDX) are VERY short by SUV standards. In fact, they are both shorter than the average mid size sedan, certainly shorter than a Ford Fusion.

I am not trying to argue or defend the ownership of SUVs (people can own whatever they choose!) but your stance just comes across as petty and misguided when your justifications are based on misconceptions.

You can keep spouting your crank, but it is nothing more than shaking your fist at the sky: you will accomplish nothing because your argument and logic are not based on facts, just feelings and misconceptions.

Posted on: 2/10 17:57
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Re: 2/8/19: Interchange 14B on Turnpike Ext. to close this weekend
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Why does a toll plaza canopy need to be replaced. Isn‘t it superfluous? In fact, haven’t they extracted enough tolls already to pay for the bloody turnpike?


This is EXACTLY why the public in general is right to be skeptical about "time limited" or temporary tolls: everywhere around the world, temporary tolls end up becoming permanent fixtures because, once the costs of a project are recouped, the politicians will find a way to spend the funds being collected from tolls.

Posted on: 2/10 17:47
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Re: Nine-month suspension coming to three light rail stops in JC
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i understand the need to fix the pipe, but really a complete shutdown. what about reduced service? closure at night and/or just one track open.


They need to rip up the tracks, remove the overhead wires, and bring in equipment to dig down to the pipe. You can't run "reduced service" when the infrastructure itself is gone.


Some people just refuse to understand the constraints and limitations of certain situations.

Posted on: 2/8 18:32
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Owners of large SUV's should have to pay $1,500 a year for their residential parking stickers. Owners of commercial vehicles should have to pay $4,000.00 a year for a residential parking sticker


Thankfully, you are not in charge of public policy. Here is the problem with your stand: some SUVs are so compact as to be smaller than most mid-size sedans. Heck, of the top 10 SUVs sold in the US last year, almost all are about the same length as a Ford Fusion, with only two being about a foot longer.

Posted on: 2/8 12:30
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Monroe wrote:
...people complain if they have to walk a half block to a store or restaurant.


We have some of those here... (cough, Yvonne, cough)

Posted on: 2/8 12:06
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Re: Fulop and the ‘Fight for Fifteen’
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Politicians should look at San Francisco's experiment with the $15 minimum wage. One of its many unintended consequences was forcing a lot of "mom and pop" shops into closing down, and for low skilled workers to see their hours cut back.

There have been many studies done, and here is a Forbes write up on the matter:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adammills ... -wages-impact-employment/


Posted on: 2/7 17:40
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Re: New Jersey-New York area lost 5,700 millionaires in 2018
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i'm not surprised that many ultra rich people are moving to lower tax regions of the country.

Again, that rarely happens.

For example, let's say you're an investment banker at JPM. Are you going to quit and move to Florida solely to whack a few grand off your taxes?

As you get older (and are paid more, and accumulate more assets) you develop more ties to the community. Moving means taking kids out of school, leaving friends and family and business networks behind. It also means reducing or losing access to NYC, including all those job and business opportunities, cultural institutions, and so on.

If NJ announced tomorrow that it will tax incomes higher than $1 million at a 70% tax rate, that would motivate the 1%ers to leave. Are they going to move to Florida, because they want to pay a 1% property tax instead of 2.3%? I don't think so. They'll just hire a good accountant to reduce their tax liabilities.

The idea that people flee a state because of higher state taxes is not reality. It's a myth.


Myth, right? Or, perhaps the WSJ is just peddling some fake news? Or, why are the NY, NJ, and CT state governments freaking out over looming budget shortfalls they squarely blame on people fleeing the high taxes of their states?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/out-of-st ... lock-to-miami-11549325267

Posted on: 2/7 17:32
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Re: What's going there?
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I didn't realize the VNA has that kind of power. Does that mean the developers have to put this project on hold? I was hoping to see this work get started. That building is currently an eye sore.


It's a frivolous lawsuit. A waste of money x2. VNA is gonna hire attorneys along with the city using tax dollars collected from VNA members.

Fulop is giving out abatements any more. We should be thankful for the ratables. But no. This is why we can't have nice things.


I noticed the nice lamp post that was in front of BattatavCafe is gone. Why isn’t the VNA using these resources to actually fix up and beautify their neighborhood? Do they do anything besides oppose every single development? Let’s not forget how their corrupt board went behind its own community’s back and opened up a secret back channel with the city to modify zoning in certain areas.

This group is wasting money on attorneys and frivolous lawsuits to stop one single extra story being built. Ridiculous


The biggest irony is that, in the immediate aftermath of the reval results, a TON of residents from The Village were aghast over the increase in tax levies for the residents of the area. You would think that promoting additional development and (and, thus, ratables) would be high on their list of priorities so that the tax burden is distributed among more people and, in turn, that tax levies (and the inevitable tax increase that will happen in the next few years) can be better absorbed.

Some people want their cake, and eat it too.

Posted on: 2/6 19:11
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Re: Reason #110 Why not take your car to Jersey City Ford
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Hey, anyone have that video? The link was taken down.


The YouTube link in the OP works perfectly fine. Just tried it and it came right up.

Posted on: 2/3 11:09
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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...and to try and implement policies that discourage car use is 'social engineering'.


Huh? Are you trying to argue that "policies that discourage car use" is NOT social engineering!?

The very definition of social engineering is "the use of centralized planning in an attempt to manage social change and regulate the future development and behavior of a society".

Any policy enacted by a government entity that seeks to manage or regulate the behavior of society IS social engineering. And, of course, any policy to discourage car use is exactly that: social engineering.





Are you trying to argue 1:1 parking ratios and surface level parking lots everywhere somehow aren’t? Yvonne and the NA’s love to argue that eliminating parking minimums and discouraging car use are some nefarious government plot to infringe in their freedoms to have free street parking for life and that other taxpayers should subsidize their lifestyle at the expense of public transit and pedestrian friendly policies.

You’d better believe that Yvonne will rally the NA and her band of NIMBYs to thwart any Vision Zero initiatives or sensible policies to discourage car use.


I never expressed an opinion about parking regulations or policies. In fact, I have been open and clear in the past about my opinion of parking lots: we should not have so many empty lots all over DTJC, and the city should enforce parking regulations aggressively, and I also think the city could do more to encourage better pedestrian safety. But, that has nothing to do with what I was pointing out in my previous post, which is that you taking exception and questioning Monroe's characterization of parking regulations designed to discourage car usage as social engineering is completely off base.

Again, any government policy designed to control, influence, or regulate behavior is, by definition, social engineering.

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Re: New Jersey-New York area lost 5,700 millionaires in 2018
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The idea that people flee a state because of higher state taxes is not reality. It's a myth.


And yet, lots of professionals tells us otherwise! NY and NJ rank among the top 5 states in losing residents, and the three main causes are: jobs (not so much a factor in the NYC area), weather, and, wait for it... COST (of which taxation is a part, of course.)

Even the economists that reject the notion that taxes lead to people moving in droves admit that at least some small percentage of millionaires do choose to leave because of taxes, and peg that number at 0.04% annually. Sounds small, until you consider that NY has ~865K millionaires, and NJ has ~250K of them. A 0.04% of that would be ~350 and ~100 annually. Those losses, over the span of many years, can add up to some serious money. Of course, other economists think the numbers are much higher. But yeah, this is all a myth.

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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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Can you just buy a ticket at the ferry terminal?


Of course. There's nothing stopping anyone from paying the regular weekend rate, which is $5 each way. But, I guess if you want to save $7, you can do the swipe at Exchange Place and then take advantage of the ferry transfer ticket handed out at the station.

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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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When I first moved into my downtown home, there weren't too many cars parked on the streets. Certainly, parking was ample. From around 2006 that started to change with new construction and wealthier people moving into the neighborhood and JC in general. The most confounding phenomenon for me is the huge SUV phenomenon. I am not sure why so many people who have moved into a City area feel a need to have huge SUVs. One of the major benefits of living in an urban area as opposed to a suburban area is that you don't need to rely on a car so much. While I don't begrudge anyone a car to make special trips and all, I just can't comprehend the need for huge SUV's. I'm some how suspicious of the actual need. It seems the suburban mentality has set in our City. Certainly, it only unnecessarily exacerbates an already difficult parking crises.


As already mentioned and explained by others, this is not a local phenomenon. This is a national trend, and so strong that Ford has announced plans to stop production of all sedans, except for the Mustang (they will also continue to make a Focus hatchback) and GMC recently announced plans to stop producing 6 vehicles, all sedans, with rumors of further cuts coming.

But, don't be so quick so ascribe all parking woes to people choosing SUVs over cars. Since 2006, Jersey City has grown by 13% (a little over 30K people) so there is obviously a lot more people, and many of those have cars, and most of the growth has happened in DTJC, so the growth percentage for DTJC is certainly higher than the city's overall growth rate.

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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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dr_nick_riviera wrote:
...and to try and implement policies that discourage car use is 'social engineering'.


Huh? Are you trying to argue that "policies that discourage car use" is NOT social engineering!?

The very definition of social engineering is "the use of centralized planning in an attempt to manage social change and regulate the future development and behavior of a society".

Any policy enacted by a government entity that seeks to manage or regulate the behavior of society IS social engineering. And, of course, any policy to discourage car use is exactly that: social engineering.




Posted on: 1/31 19:01
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Re: Reason #110 Why not take your car to Jersey City Ford
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For the next 3-4 weeks I kept getting very pushy sales calls.


Exact same experience: they kept calling me for several weeks. It only stopped after I had to very rudely inform the sales guy that their absolute best deal ($200 below sticker price) was a joke and that I had already gotten my vehicle at Hackensack, and for several thousands of dollars below sticker price. That stopped the calls.

The idiots caught in camera racing in one-way, narrow city streets at speeds of 75 MPH should be arrested and tried. That could have ended very badly for many people.

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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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How do you walk indoors from the Atrium to the ferry? How close to the ferry can you stay indoors?


You can walk all the way from the Westfield Mall to Brookfield Place, and once inside Brookfield Place you can exit from the western most entrance and be just one block away from the ferry terminal area.

Posted on: 1/31 9:30
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Re: Reason #110 Why not take your car to Jersey City Ford
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I absolutely detest that Ford dealership. After making the mistake to step foot in there to inquire about purchasing a Fusion Hybrid some five years ago, I had to deal with a bunch of sleazeballs that were more interested in upselling me and tried to convince me that their offer to sell me that car at sticker price was an incredible deal.

I told them to shove it and went elsewhere. The Ford dealership in Hackensack got my business: heavy discount off the sticker price, pristine facilities, excellent service department, great salesman. I still take my car up to them to get routine work done, like oil changes.

100% STAY AWAY from the 440 Ford dealership.

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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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By the way, it's a long walk from WTC to the ferry.


Technically, yes. But, it can be done mostly indoors, so while the walk is long, it is much more pleasant than the massively windy JC waterfront walk from the Harborside ferry pier to Exchange Place, especially considering the cold weather we are expecting this weekend.

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Re: JC Woman Accuses Murphy Staffer of Rape
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The story isn’t going away. https://nypost.com/2019/01/27/phil-murphys-metoo-troubles/


Nor should it.


Agreed! If a sexual assault took place, and a coverup attempted, those responsible should be held accountable. Enough with the rationalizations and excuses. Given what we already know about this episode, something is not kosher.


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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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Isn‘t it inconvenient to be shlepping from Exchange and braving the cold weather to get to the ferry?


There are two ferry stops... I assume you can choose where to board... and the one with the bar/restaurant is closer.


Bad assumption: the free transfer is only available at one ferry location, but the good news is that the ferry stop in use is the one at Harborside.

From the PA press release:
During this time, PATH service to World Trade Center will terminate at Exchange Place Station. Each Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., transfer will be available for NY Waterway ferry service between Harborside Ferry Landing in Jersey City and Brookfield Place Terminal in New York City.

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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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Isn‘t it inconvenient to be shlepping from Exchange and braving the cold weather to get to the ferry?


What's the alternative for someone that needs to get to WTC during weekends?

Riding thee 33RD St line from Grove is only an option if you don't mind wasting a ton of time. In addition to the Hoboken detour, you would then have to transfer to the subway in Manhattan, or walk a lot. I can think of three options, and they are all time consuming:
- get off at 9th St and walk down two blocks to the NE entrance of the 4th St subway station and from there ride the E down to WTC.
- get off at Christopher St and walk all the way to WTC, which is a longer walk than walking from Exchange Place to the ferry.
- if avoiding the weather is the ultimate goal, then ride the PATH to 33rd and then switch to the subway there, which avoids any outside exposure.

None of the options above are particularly convenient, really.

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Re: New Jersey-New York area lost 5,700 millionaires in 2018
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States have been able to balance their budgets and fund necessary programs by raising taxes on the highest bracks. California and Minnesota are examples. Meanwhile, Kansas's experiment with uber-supply side economics fared poorly.

But it is equally true that.

a) Relying too much on high bracket income taxes makes a state more vulnerable to economic swings.

b) The money has to be spent wisely.


That last line... isn't that the big thing? Can we seriously say that the NJ government is spending our money wisely? From all available data and reports, we seem to have above average spending on just about everything. But, our roads are pretty crappy all around, our urban schools underperform badly, our infrastructure seems to be in decline, and corruption seems widespread and unchecked.

It is a hard pill to swallow to see other states do more with less, and with better results.

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Re: JC Woman Accuses Murphy Staffer of Rape
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Has anybody thought about the possibility at all that the incident did it go down as she described it and that it was essentially consensual?

Up until the point that she realized she was going to get busted when her husband came home.

It’s gone through 2 separate, independent criminal investigations and both times a crime was not found.

Is that not possible???


You could be correct, or you may not be. But, what (I think) has gotten people (rightfully) rankled is the manner in which the matter was handled immediately after the report/accusation was made, and the ensuing charade.

Posted on: 1/26 11:00
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Re: JC Woman Accuses Murphy Staffer of Rape
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The Middlesex Prosecutor did not even interview her husband and best friend whom she had called immediately after the rape?

Jersey, especialy Dems and the GOP in bed with them, are so corrupt. The open secret is that Hudson County is probably one of the cleaner Counties. Middlesex County is so corrupt.

She sounds ridiculous, though, when she invokes anger at Kavanaugh and Tump.


Pretty much agree with everything you wrote. But, "The open secret is that Hudson County is probably one of the cleaner Counties.".... WUT?

Hudson is pretty much universally recognized as the most corrupt county in all of NJ, and that has been the case since forever.

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Re: Jersey City fighting $2.7M court award over Journal Square property
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Another week and another legal defeat for Jersey City. Next Mayoral election, I'm voting for the candidate that won't continue pissing away valuable tax dollars on legal fees fighting lost causes.


This is sad news. I do believe the mayor's heart and intentions are in the right place, but there has to be a better way to go about these things. It seems like JC has been on the losing end of too many recent court cases.

Take politics out of the process and do what is best for residents. It seems from the details of the case that the entire argument of the city was "well, even though it was a deposit towards future charges once you opened, we already spent the money, we don't want to give it back, nor are we able to do so."

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