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Sharon H April 21, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Smith's mindset is stuck back in medieval times. Why he has held office for this long is truly aRead Morewo nder. I agree, vote him back to his alleged home in Virginia.
District 4 Coalition for Change April 21, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Sharon H, He is in the dark ages for sure. Please share the D4CC info with friends and family. Read MoreEnc ourage them to vote and vote against Smith's anti woman agenda.
bob migliaccio April 21, 2014 at 09:00 AM
It's one issue in a very large budget. Not sure any of us can find a single budget ion history that Read Morewe agreed with 100%. I give the guy credit for actually putting a budget on table ever year, who el se can say that in Washington?
Scott Neuman April 21, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Bob, it's a budget that will torture the senior citizens of the three counties I'd be representing. Read More The fact that Chris will vote for it is because he is a party hack. Irina, thanks for the budget tips but our country needs another voice that isn't bought and paid for.
Sharon H April 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM
@JustDecks--Here, here! No truer words were ever written. This is the most corrupt government yet Read More(and it goes back quite a ways). Like Humpty Dumpty, it is beyond repair. It was a nice idea whose execution ultimately failed due to human greed, an unintelligent citizenry and the ridiculous need to send money to, and control, foreign countries while letting our own people starve. @Scott Neuman-you may have the best ideas in the world, but you don't seem to grasp the situation. Many a well-intentioned politician has reached Washington only to be ganged up on, ridiculed and then gotten rid of by the political machinery that functions on greed. The grand experiment seems to have failed. What is the answer? I don't know but the entire Congress should be tossed out of the building for allowing our great Nation to descend into 2nd world status.
Patrick Donnelly April 21, 2014 at 06:25 PM
John I agree with you 100%, I also do not think that unsed sick time should be compensated with aRead Morep ayout. If one does not use it they lose it, after all the public is paying that bill. Pension payments fine that should not be touched as every year we pay into same. The one's that die prior to cashing in on their pension, that ammount goes into the general fund. Believe me their are plenty of members that never get to collect a dime. As far as sick time that is a benifit as long as one in working, to allow one to cash in on unused time is a najor drain on the community and the public.
Joe Gajewski April 22, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Lot of mis-information on the "sick leave" payout. When you retire you can get paid forRead More30 days unused vacation. You also have a terminal leave provision that varies by contract. Term leave is X amount of days for each year on the job. All these so called "entitlements" were negotiated between the cities and the unions. Benefits were given in lieu of raises. So we gave then, and now we are supposed to give again? Had the cities and the state met their pension obligations, as required by law, there would be no problem paying their debts now.
Sharon H April 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM
The same politicians who call civil service pensions an entitlement also refer to Social SecurityRead Morein the same way, and dip their greedy little paws in the till, which should be illegal since it is a PENSION. Wake up, people, and smell the greed.
Sharon H April 17, 2014 at 09:36 AM
I can't understand the non-response from the police. Were you not believed? Were they going toRead Morewai t until something happened? I was thinking that if you had the means you could have gotten a video of this event--but then you probably would have been in trouble for using a phone while driving! How ironic is that? Guess you have done the only thing you could after not getting a response--writing this post and letting everyone know what happened and the lack of response to your warning. Also, get the license plate number if you can. I would say "citizen's arrest" but this could be very dangerous to do and also endanger yourself. This greatly disappoints me since many years ago I saw a very erratic and dangerous driver on Route 206 and did not have a cell phone with me at the time. So glad you and apparently no one else was hurt. How frustrating, esp. when I see so much bad driving around here on a daily basis. Thank you for speaking up.
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If you have OnStar in your car, you can report something like that to them and they know your exact Read Morelocation and contact police.
diva12 April 22, 2014 at 06:03 PM
It's unfortunate that I do not have onstar, but I don't see that to be any better. The state police Read Moredispatcher did stay on the phone, but she failed to understand that I gave a detailed description of the vehicle and I could not get a plate number due to the distance. She failed to convey the description to the police departments she dispatched until I yelled it over and over again. I am extremely disappointed and very concerned about the situation and if it happened again, and something worse occurred, would it be dismissed again? I truly am searching for a long term answer should this ever occur to me or anyone else out there.
Irina April 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM
It's easy for these BS artists to bash someone who's doing a wonderful job so they can get theirRead Morejok er elected. I sincerely hope voters can see through this BS.
Scott Neuman April 21, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Irina, Chris isn't doing that good a job.
District 4 Coalition for Change April 21, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Smith just voted for the Ryan budget which is bad for just about everyone except if you're a theRead Morewea lthiest in the nation. He vote against the Violence Against Women's Act in 2014 He does not support Universal Background Checks he is trying to outlaw the Birth Control Pill as well as women's choice even in the case of incest, rape, and the life of the mother. He voted to close the government and hold the country hostage because of his fanatical obsession with blocking women's choice. That's right he forced the govt close down and held the country hostage so he can platform his anti choice agenda. It is about Choice. It is about the government not telling women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. Smith does not believe that women should have any say over their bodies. That is why he has voted for fetal personhood. So the fetus has rights but the mother has none. Women must unite and vote against Smith's agenda in Nov. He is a tea party fanatic pretending to be a moderate in a fiscally conservative, socially liberal district. If the majority of people knew about his extreme anti women agenda, they would vote him out. Sadly, people don't vote or vote without knowing Smith. His followers know who he is and vote him in over and over again and delude themselves into thinking that is what we want.
dj coombes April 10, 2014 at 05:33 AM
No surprise there! HE votes lock step as he is told by the Republican leadership. Haven't youRead Morenotic ed that ever since he was punished ( he was removed from the powerful Veterans Committee) by the leadership for voting against them, he does what he is told- even if it is against the interest of us voters. That's not as important as maintaining his standing in the Republican Party! It is long past due for a change. We need a Rep. who stands UP for us- not one who works against us!!!
District 4 Coalition for Change April 10, 2014 at 06:18 AM
dj, Not aware of him being punished and removed from the Veterans Committee. Can you expand onRead Moretha t? His vote for the Govt Shutdown was a betrayal to Veterans. It impacted their benefits. It was not in the best interest of our district, our state or our country. For those that defend and have defended our country, it was a true disgrace. Thanks for your support. Please share our posts. D4CC mission is to educate the public. People do not realize that it is our Congressman that impact our lives the most and we must be aware of their voting record. Local Government is Government.
April Ellis April 04, 2014 at 11:37 AM
no woman should have the right to murder her own baby. Why cant some people understand ending aRead Morelife is murder?
Mattie April 10, 2014 at 05:48 PM
There is just no point arguing the actual science of reproduction with people like ^ AprilRead Moreabove.... they can't see through the fog of religion to understand the science of it all. So, I don't bother trying to clear their heads about it and educate them any more. But how about we just keep telling them to simply MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS about other women's (and men's) reproductive choices??
April Ellis April 10, 2014 at 09:20 PM
There is nothing to argue about Mattie.Life is Life, and Murder is Murder.And I will fight untilRead Morethe day I die to save innocent children from being murdered .It is my business.
Scott Neuman April 02, 2014 at 07:54 AM
Want change? Http://www.ScottNeumanforCongress.com
Sharon H April 02, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Smith has been around way too long. Time for him to retire. He is getting more archaic in hisRead Morethi nking by the year.
District 4 Coalition for Change April 02, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Sharon H - thank you for your comment. We can impact change by sharing this info with other womenRead Morean d men that care about this issue. Please share this within your social network. I know politics is uncomfortable to talk about with people but if we do not take Smith's anti women attacks seriously, he will continue to work against us.
Scott Neuman March 27, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Deb (my wife) goes it's amazing to her how 50% of the District votes for Chris Smith year afterRead Moreyear . Lets go for change. http://www.scottneumanforcongress.com in 2014
Artist/Engineer March 31, 2014 at 10:32 AM
It's not just women who need to understand Smith's twisted thinking. Smith has shown time and timeRead Morea gain that his ultra right wing views are harmful to women and men. He doesn't live here, he doesn't listen to his constituents, and his extreme anachronistic policies are damaging to us all.
District 4 Coalition for Change March 31, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Artist / Engineer Thank you!! Please share Smith's policies with your social network. It is soRead Moreimp ortant that the community becomes aware of his HR3 and HR7 legislation. He also voted against the Violence Against Women's Act in 2013. You are right. He does not live in NJ and has not for over 30 years. He lives full time in VA and his children received in state VA tuition. Our district deserve someone that represents us and lives among us. I do not know why we put up with this.
Scott Neuman April 02, 2014 at 08:04 AM
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Artist/Engineer March 22, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Smith needs to go. He hasn't even lived in NJ for decades.
Sharon H March 22, 2014 at 07:49 AM
People keep re-electing him. Who is the greater fool? Smith is a religious nutcase. Oh wait,Read Morethat makes him a perfect politician!
Thomas I Mooney March 24, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Our Representative, Chris Smith went to Africa to speak to ....whom? When was the last time heRead Morespo ke to his constituents in Manchester? When was the last time, anyone from his office came to speak to his constituents on his behalf? Representative Chris Smith should read St Thomas on the subject of ensoulment. Representative Chris Smith should not impose his religious beliefs on others.
Irina March 21, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Scott Neuman....Give it up already, nobody elected you in ALL you attempts at public office. SaveRead Morey our $ and go away. The VOTERS have spoken several times.
Scott Neuman March 21, 2014 at 05:12 PM
More misinformation. Voters will make up their minds in November, and my second time running forRead Moreoff ice.
John E March 21, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Just another day..I did vote for him in past..felt bad for the guy..and knew he had no chance. IfRead Moreno body challenges..why even have a vote then! I always vote no matter what the election is for..but 99% of the time I do a write in vote..those jerks who pay millions to be elected are up to no good..common sense!