Murphy’s shallow defense of tax increases: Should look at schools, public pensions | Opinion

The keys to restoring our competitiveness and affordability are total reform of state school funding, public pensions and corporate business taxes. By Jack M. Ciattarelli The long-term fiscal implications of New Jersey’s recently adopted state budget are dire. The budget process revealed something else, however, that’s just as troubling. Gov. Phil Murphy’s conduct is insulting and divisive. It exploits the middle class and is offensive to the most overtaxed people in the nation. It exacerbates political divides along New Jersey’s fragile racial, geographic and economic fault lines. It is identity politics at its worst. A case in point: Prior to being governor, Murphy used his Wall Street fortune to buy… Read More

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Was woman accused of Bayonne car break-in tripped up by ‘selfie?’

A 31-year-old woman was charged with burglary and theft, police said. A Bayonne woman accused of breaking into a car on West 19th Street made it easy for police when, in her haste to get away, she left behind her cell phone with a photo of herself on it, authorities said. The 31-year-old, who was described as homeless, was charged with burglary and criminal attempted theft, Bayonne Lt. Eric Amato said. A witness told police that he saw a woman going into his tenant’s vehicle, but the woman fled troward Avenue C when he confronted her, Amato said. Police and the car’s owner responded and police found a phone that… Read More

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A self-made millionaire who retired at 33 says it took him months to adjust — here’s how he schedules his days to enjoy retirement

Self-made millionaire Justin McCurry retired early at age 33. However, he was in for a bit of an early retirement shock — he didn’t realize it would take him months to become comfortable “doing nothing.” McCurry found he needed to live by a schedule in early retirement, so he made time for everything from planning vacations and surfing to playing video games and socializing. If your dreams of early retirement resemble leisurely days on the beach, catching up on your reading list, or picking up that side hobby you’ve always been meaning to start, know that it may be easier said than done — at least at first. Justin McCurry… Read More

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We visited a convenience-store chain with a cult following in Texas, and we were amazed by what we found

Buc-ee’s is a convenience-store chain with a cult following across Texas. The chain serves as a supersized highway pit stop complete with “world famous” bathrooms, branded T-shirts, a beef-jerky bar, a wide-ranging home-decor section, and freshly made fudge. We visited Texas to see whether Buc-ee’s could live up to the hype — and we were shocked by what we found. If you’re on a road trip traveling through Texas, Buc-ee’s looms large as a highway oasis — and not just because of the endless signs along the road telling travelers how many miles until the nearest location appears on the horizon. Much like Pennsylvanians worship at the altar of Wawa,… Read More

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