Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
On Monday January 10th our Monmouth Park Task Force met to discuss the future of Monmouth Park as it pertains to the recent Hanson Report Part 2. Our Task Force meeting was attended by a varied cross section of members including two former New Jersey State Senators, a horse veterinarian, thoroughbred owners, and concerned Oceanport residents. The meeting was very specific and our participants quite vocal and knowledgeable. Our Task Force once again maintained the position that VLT’s, slot machines, or an all out gaming casino in the Meadowlands is the only way to protect horse racing in New Jersey. All the surrounding states of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland now have some form of gaming at their race tracks. This uneven playing field enables our competitors to lure New Jersey horseman out of State with larger purses and better quality horse racing.Knowing the current legislative posture in New Jersey and knowing that gaming is not coming to the Meadowlands this year, our Task Force was once again proactive in seeking solutions to get us through 2011 and beyond. Among the suggestions were: working with Monmouth Park to seek alternative revenue streams such as a boardwalk type facility in the picnic area, upscale restaurants, concerts, retail boutiques and perhaps even a hotel. Anything to make Monmouth Park more desirable as an asset to the State, not just for horse racing, but as a destination placein the heart of the Jersey Shore.The Task Force continues to ask for the actual financials of Monmouth Park, not of the full New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, of which Monmouth Park belongs. Are the numbers the State uses correct when they say the facility loses $6 million? We do not think so and would like to see the empirical evidence.We continue to be concerned with the possible veto of a bipartisan bill approved in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly that would enable horse racing to not only survive, but to thrive. It is important to remember that horse racing contributes 7,000 jobs, $110 million in federal, state and local taxes, and 57,000 acres of working agricultural landscape and open space to New Jersey.Our Governing Body and our Task Force will continue to lobby our elected officials on behalf of Monmouth Park. It is important not only to Oceanport and Monmouth County, but to the state of New Jersey as well.Joseph IraceCouncilmanBorough of Oceanport
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Teacher: your allegations that good teachers can not be let go. It is false.
Gov. Christie: bad teachers can not be let go
Teacher: bad teachers can be let go. I have seen it happen.
Gov Christie: Really?
Teacher: Yes I have and I take great offense at your comment. There are bad politicians I'd like to see let go.
Gov Christie: Good then go to the polls and vote.
Teacher: But that's ok too. My question to you...
Gov Christie: No it's no ok. It's not ok because bad politicians, you should vote them out too except you don't have to go through 5 years of legal fights, hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to get rid of bad politicians.
Gov Christie: The worst part of your statement is that you know it's true. you know that the rules are setup, the rules that are setup on tenure are to get people, and to get people fired are so onerous and so difficult that school leaders won't even try because it's too expensive, it's too onerous and it fails.
Monday, January 10, 2011
well, there's always been something special about Christina and, you know, the way she came into the world, on 9/11 and the way she left the world yesterday is obviously one that everybody else will remember. We're going to remember her for the nine years we had her and she was a beautiful, vibrant, young girl. It shouldn't happen in this country or anywhere else. But, you know, it's a free society, we're going to be subject to people like this. So I prefer this to the alternative.