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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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Yvonne wrote:
Show me the city ordinance that says no one can have free parking. As I said before in my letter to the editor, if someone has to pay for parking to attend a public meeting, then it is similar to a poll tax.


Show me the ordinance that says I can't have free ice cream whenever I want it....

Let's extend the poll tax "logic" to its ridiculous conclusion:

What about your gas? If you have to pay for your gas - is that a poll tax? Wear and tear on your car? The person who takes the bus to city hall? Is bus fare a poll tax? Hires a babysitter to attend a meeting? Poll tax?

Posted on: 2016/3/16 18:48
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Re: Chris Christie expected formally end presidential bid today
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You don't get millions in donations by just getting $5 from mom and pop.


Actually, yes - you can. Bernie Sanders raised over $40 million in February alone that way.

Posted on: 2016/3/2 21:26
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Re: Chris Christie expected formally end presidential bid today
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An amazing night for Trump and for this country. Christie certainly didn't look very happy, but I'm sure he will grow more comfortable in this new role.

Try actually watching Trump's speech tonight, as opposed to the snippets the mass media runs with. You'll find that he looked very Presidential.


Martin Sheen, Morgan Freeman and Harrison Ford have all looked very Presidential, too. Whoop de damn do.

The only thing that is becoming more certain with each passing Trump victory is the likelihood of a President Hillary - and that's the real tragedy in all of this.

Posted on: 2016/3/2 14:51
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Re: Chris Christie expected formally end presidential bid today
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Huh? The endorsement and his performance on Stephanopoulos are all that needs to be said. Sorry if that doesn't fit your snappy narrative, Chief.

Posted on: 2016/3/2 2:25
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Re: Chris Christie expected formally end presidential bid today
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Chris Christie is now ruined

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/r ... s-christie-is-now-ruined/


Couldn't happen to a nicer guy


Wow - hard to believe how quickly he has unraveled. This is a great cautionary tale to what can happen to overly-ambitious politicians hellbent on the next rung on the ladder... (see also: WEINER, Anthony; SPITZER, Eliot; EDWARDS, John)

They surround themselves with enablers eager for the fast ride to the top and after a while there's no one around them who will tell them the truth.

Posted on: 2016/3/1 22:09
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Re: In case you missed the news.. major cooridinated Islamic terror attack in Paris
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Thank you for continuing to demonstrate just how deluded and out of touch with reality "progressives" are.

These "articles" truly are coming out of Looney Land.


Wait, I'm confused. Are progressives bad? Or good?

Posted on: 2015/11/18 18:58
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Re: In case you missed the news.. major cooridinated Islamic terror attack in Paris
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If by "Progressive" you mean capable of thinking for myself and considering a broad range of options, accepting some and discarding others, to arrive at a conclusion that moves beyond the mistakes of the past, then guilty as charged! Your governor, like you, is a proud know-nothing who panders to people's fear and has an entirely outsized sense of place.

Posted on: 2015/11/18 17:16
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Re: In case you missed the news.. major cooridinated Islamic terror attack in Paris
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Looks like the start of Jihadi War now, because police are finding more and more terrorists linked to Paris attack are all ready with explosives and assault weapons and lots of suicide vests. They better find more of these terrorists but it's going to be tough cause these people are scattered around paris. Time is running out. Terrorists are bold and relentless now because they are ready to die via suicide vests.


The white-sheeted, tin-hat brigade never fails to entertain. Thanks, JCList!

JCMan8yourownass, JCorNYC, BobNesta, et al - may be time to stock up on the canned goods, get diesel for the generator, shells for your guns and move to Idaho with the rest of your end-times buddies.

Posted on: 2015/11/18 16:35
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Re: UBER - car service in Jersey City
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I don't believe there is anything on the books locally that prevents taxi drivers from also driving for Uber. I've seen it done elsewhere. If that is what the market is, that's what it is - you can choose to participate or step aside. No amount of unionizing and foot stomping is going to change that.

Posted on: 2015/11/16 18:33
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Re: NO RESTAURANT AT 61 ERIE STREET
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If 61 Erie Street is approved for a restaurant it will bridge with Newark Avenue where fights, noise, drunken behavior and car break-ins have become a problem.


Huh?

Does the approval include moving 61 Erie Street three blocks south?

Posted on: 2015/10/28 19:56
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Re: Jersey City writer hates new Shepard Fairey mural
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I also think it's better than what was there before so I don't get all the fuss. I'm sure it could be better, but isn't this better than nothing?


Pretty much sums up the attitude about most everything around here. T-shirts should be made with this:

Jersey City: I'm sure it could be better, but isn't this better than nothing?

Posted on: 2015/10/28 19:38
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Re: Other Than JC Where Would You Live ?
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If I were starting over, unencumbered by any of the factors one accumulates through a couple decades of adulthood, I wouldn't live within a thousand miles of here. Anywhere between SF and Vancouver would be high on the list. Colorado, west of Denver. Minneapolis. Sydney. Melbourne. Stockholm. Oslo. Copenhagen. Most of Germany, especially Berlin. Lots of Spain. Chamonix. Santiago. Buenos Aires. Coastal Uruguay.

Posted on: 2015/10/27 18:12
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Re: Trader Joe's to open in Hoboken
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... thousands of people have the perception that building a pedestrian bridge to Manhattan is remotely feasible."



feasible [fee-zuh-buh l]

adjective

1. capable of being done, effected, or accomplished:
a feasible plan.

Not only is it "remotely feasible", it is entirely feasible. (Teleporting yourself to Manhattan is not feasible. Time travel is not feasible.) It can be done - the question is, will it? Likely not, but objections get thrown out with little to no factual basis. What does it cost? Probably less than an unnecessary $1.1 billion extension of the PATH to EWR. One thing the PA is very skilled at is extracting dollars from a variety of sources to fund projects. If the will was there (and I'm not saying it is), this could definitely be built.

Posted on: 2015/10/9 19:26
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Re: PATH-Weary Jersey City Wants to Build a Pedestrian Bridge to Manhattan
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This thread is a great example of why this area sucks and likely always will. The animosity towards progress is amazing. Is the idea perhaps a bit farfetched? Sure. Will things always be the way they are today? No - car culture, in the long run is unsustainable. People are already in the early stages of moving away from/limiting their participation in it. Big change has to start somewhere - why not here, or something like it. It amazes me how backward NY is - very little innovation comes from the city, really it just monetizes ideas from elsewhere and chronically adapts ideas late. (And the height arguments are silly - cruise ships are the only things of any height at all that travel up the river from the harbor. Why should we configure our infrastructure in a way that only benefits tourists and the profits of a few corporations - especially when there are new and growing cruise ship ports in Red Hook and Bayonne.)

Rant over

Posted on: 2015/10/9 14:39
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Re: Preparing for 'Transportation Armageddon' on the Hudson
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By the way, fuel costs are roughly 18% of the Seattle ferry's costs ($79m out of $450m circa 2012).


... and the price of diesel fuel on the west coast has fallen more than 30% (2015 vs. 2012, according to EIA.)

Seattle's light rail system is rapidly expanding and has the advantage of being built out to serve current development and transit patterns, not based on what existed in the 19th century. Also, their bike infrastructure is about 400 years ahead of the NYC area. Not mass transit, but when you go to a city that has wonderful bike infrastructure (Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Vancouver, pretty much the rest of the entire developed world) you realize the burden bikes take off public transportation.

Posted on: 2015/10/7 16:04
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Re: Local Control of Schools
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Weird that the mayor would be touting this as an accomplishment that ties back to him, after essentially taking a dump last November all over the people who did the work on this - for political gain. Don't let shame get in the way of some self-aggrandizement, right?.

Posted on: 2015/10/7 15:20
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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"OK this is technically still NJ, so...here's some massive TVs -- come watch football, yeah!!"


"Technically?", Tommy?? It's called JERSEY City! There are people here who live on JERSEY Avenue, JERSEY City, New JERSEY - how much more Jersey does it get?

Posted on: 2015/10/6 17:32
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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There are at least three places in JC that are still BYOB and doing just fine (Abbondanza continues to get packed...)


I continue to be amazed that Abbondanza remains in business. The two times I was there the food was subpar and the service uneven - one of the times I'd describe my service experience as more of an argument. Whatever we asked for/about was answered in a hostile, sarcastic manner. Maybe it's gotten better - this was probably within six months of their opening.

Posted on: 2015/10/6 16:37
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Re: Freeholder and Fulop appointee ticks off Steve big time!
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"Trust and relationships are big. You cant be driven by monetary gain. You have to have some character.? Indeed, Steve. Indeed. I'm sure the folks at Parents for Progress would agree. Maybe David Tepper and B4K, too.


Posted on: 2015/10/5 16:13
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Re: Proposed Recommendations to Downtown Parking
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Third, we have agreed as a civil society that we do not directly pay for all of the public services we enjoy.


You are discussing services. We aren't talking about services when we discuss free onstreet parking - we are talking about land use. There is a well-established history and practice of the government charging "tax-paying citizens" for use of public lands - many state parks have entrance fees. The beaches, inexplicably, are allowed to charge people entrance during the summer. The airports have fees baked into your airfare for this purpose. Even many of the roads, bridges and tunnels have fees associated with them, despite the fact that drivers have paid their registration and licensing fees. The federal government charges private companies who want to drill or ranch on their lands. What I am saying only seems bizarre because it is a long-standing accepted practice. But it wasn't a conscious decision early on to say "hey, let's give over 30%? 40% of the street for people to just stop their car on the side and leave it there." I'm not sure that if the situation were just starting today (without the legacy of existing practice) that people would automatically jump to an outcome that gives over so much land (for free!) for the benefit of one segment of the population.

Need money for better public transportation and infractructure? Raise the gas tax. Dissolve the PA. Encourage municipal consolidation to start to eliminate the incredible amount of overlap in services and government that chokes the NJ taxpayer.

Posted on: 2015/10/2 17:04
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Re: Proposed Recommendations to Downtown Parking
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JCMan8 wrote:
I think that some people have what we can call "car envy."


Actually, not. Many people who own cars (myself and the councilwoman included) solidly support efforts to improve pedestrian/bicycle safety and catch Jersey City up to at least the late '90s in terms of how streets function and recognizing the needs of everyone. I would suggest envy here, if it exists, lies with the folks who play the Free Parking game. Free, onstreet parking is not a constitutional right. In fact, its a very expensive subsidy (around $3,000 per year, per space) that somehow has been taken as a given. You want to own a car in a city? Pay for parking (I do. The councilwoman does.) It's widely available.

Could public transportation be better? Of course - quite a bit. But that's a bit of a red herring. I'm not saying (nor is anyone, I think) ban all cars - as I said, I have one. But it would be great to see progress toward rules and infrastructure that actually resembles how people choose/want to live today and not how they did fifty years ago. Look at the bike lanes - even with shoddy execution and a result that has been, to date, a substantial under-delivery from the original hype, there are a lot more bikes on the streets as a result. Citibikes have quickly been embraced. Many people want these changes.

Posted on: 2015/10/2 15:18
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Re: Man found dead draped over fence
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Um, he's alongside a very busy road and dead enough to be stiff. No one noticed him for the several to many hours he was in various stages of dead?

Posted on: 2015/9/10 0:17
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Re: Man found dead draped over fence
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"Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Gene Rubino said the death is not considered suspicious at this time."

Where the hell do I live??? A dead body showing signs of rigor Morris, draped over a fence along what may be the busiest road in the city.... Not suspicious? This is typical?

Posted on: 2015/9/9 19:40
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop plays 'hide the ratables' from suburban taxpayers
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My favorite part of the article was whiny Bob Somers: "it is a little creepy that Sen. Doherty would pry closely into the Mayor's personal life in order to grandstand."

That's rich. Fulop doesn't take a shit without trying to get coverage. You can't whine when you live your life like a realty show and people actually notice what you are up to.

Posted on: 2015/7/5 20:26
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Re: JC mayor purchases house in the Heights (PHOTOS)
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You open yourself up to all sorts of issues. What if Christie had been boinking the Bridget Kelly? Or when you date someone you do business with, like Corzine and Carla Katz.


What was that woman's name who Christie made (and subsequently forgave) the $40-ish thousand loan to? She worked for him at the U.S. attorney's office. I think he made her head of economic development if I'm remembering correctly. I'm sure he did all that for her because she makes a nice baked ziti.

Posted on: 2015/6/18 20:31
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s
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I think some of the anti-FOL people should remember-the theater would be either an office building or a giant hole if they hadn't stepped up, voluntarily, to stop the wrecking ball . . .


I don't think anyone has forgotten the contributions of the FOL in that regard, it's more that there is a legitimate belief that they've reached the end of their usefulness. They are not programmers. They are not fundraisers on a large-scale basis. It isn't even clear if they have the wherewithal to do the heavy lifting needed on the rest of the restorations. The plan the city put initially put forward included a role for local programming that FOL claims to be most concerned about and FOL had an opportunity to participate in that.

If you really, really, really like the Yankees - I mean like you have every baseball card, season tickets and named your child "Seven" - does that mean you are qualified to be the GM of the team? Or if you helped install the seats at the new stadium you are somehow qualified to manage? That seems to be the stance the FOL is taking.

Posted on: 2015/5/30 17:46
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Re: How much do Jersey City residents spend on taxes? Report says more than most
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And the ward with the largest number of affordable housing units is Ward E because of a large concentration in, wait for it, Newport. They are in the older buildings, but Newport nonetheless.

Posted on: 2015/4/21 20:44
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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This story made the AM 1010WINS news cycle.


Then the initiative is already a success.

Posted on: 2015/4/7 20:38
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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I think the point - besides Fulop getting a headline, which is the real point -


Amen.

And no, I don't feel inundated - merely pointing out that "chains" can mean a bigger number than you might initially anticipate. I'm happy to have a Home Depot and Target available when needed and I stop in Starbucks once a month on my way in or out of the PATH - but in general, I think we are well-served by the pretty good number of independent shops we have. If anything, I think the effort is misguided. Not that he'd have the balls to do it, but if Fulop wanted to really help out quality of life, he'd go after spaces that sit empty or underutilized and fine/tax building owners into action. Or pass legislation limiting concentration of type of retail - pizza and deep discount retailers on Newark come to mind...

Posted on: 2015/4/7 16:42
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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jc_dweller wrote:
is there a proliferation of chain stores that I haven't noticed? Seems like an imaginary problem.


That's a good question. Assuming only grocery stores are exempt, there are probably more chains than you realize when you stop to think about it. At least 3 Dunkin Donuts, 3 McDonalds, 4 Starbucks, Duane Reade, CVS, Capital One, Bank of America, Chase, Home Depot, 2 Cosis, Target, Chili's, Edible Arrangements, GNC, pretty much the entirety of the Newport Mall.

Do gas stations count? FedEx and UPS? How is 30% determined - by square footage? 300 miles seems very arbitrary - would include DC and Boston. Wonder how they came up with it - maybe it's the language used in an ordinance elsewhere?

Posted on: 2015/4/7 15:50
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