New Jersey

New Jersey Approves $750 Million in New Borrowing, Pension Reform for Judges

Both NJ ballot questions passed with significant majorities


question 1 supports obama's plan?

Voting in New Jersey via e-mail apparently runs through Friday, but there aren't any close races left. The reliably Democratic state sent a delegation back to Congress that looks a lot like the last one. There were two ballot questions up for storm-struck residents; borrowing $750 million to fund construction at public and private colleges in the state (question 1), and changing the Constitution to allow lawmakers to force judges to contribute into their own pensions (question 2). Question 2 was spurred by the state Supreme Court earlier this year ruling lawmakers' attempt to reform their benefits package unconstitutional.  Judges were barred from campaigning on the issue, and the amendment passed with by a more than four-to-one margin. It was supported by Chris Christie and both Democratic and Republican legislators, so its passage is no surprise. Yet despite the state facing a fiscal emergency, borrowing money to help fuel the rise in tuition costs came as no surprise either. The $750 million in new borrowing, which passed with more than 60 percent of the vote, was backed by Christie and lawmakers from both parties.

Disclosure: I voted no on 1 and yes on 2


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  1. Satan is a bumbling amateur, compared to those Tea Party Republicans.

  2. Yes, let’s bankrupt ourselves because we’re Keynesian assholes, and then blame the fiscal conservatives for what we’ve done.


    1. MARKET FAILURE!!!!11!

  3. A ballot initiative in North Canton, OH to limit pensions for new city employees, including retirees who get hired back as “new” employees and double-dip.

    1. ….

    2. Er… this ballot initiative passed.…..-officials

      As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, the issued pass by more than 4,000 votes ? 73 percent to 27 percent. That doesn’t include paper ballots cast on Tuesday, some absentee ballots and provisional ballots.

      Amongst other boondoggles, it removed coverage for family members of (part time) city council members.

  4. Disclosure: I voted no on 1 and yes on 2.

    As did I. I thought 1 had a chance of being shot down since my NJEA stooge, TEAM BLUE wife voted against it. I’m curious about the breakdown on votes there to see if this was her temporarily being sane or if it had something to do with her cohort (recent college graduates) since here response after reading the question was, “screw them; I didn’t go to Rutgers, why should I have to pay for their new buildings? And why can’t they just get the money from the tuitions they’ve been raising for the last decade?”

  5. I voted for the pension reform and against the borrowing. 50% is way above my usual voting batting average.

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