Archive for Tag: Craig Coughlin

Sales tax holiday another gimmick, says Assembly GOP Leader

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio continued his call for permanent tax cuts after a joint announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Nick Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin today that there will be a back-to-school sales tax holiday. “Another underwhelming gimmick when people need real...

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Bigger rebates don’t fix New Jersey’s over taxation addiction, says Assembly GOP Leader

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio blasted the joint announcement of a bigger ANCHOR rebate program by Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Nick Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin today. “Injecting steroids into Murphy’s recycled rebate program won’t get anyone more excited about it than when Murphy announced...

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Playful Trenton tradition returns to mark Assembly members’ first bill to pass

TRENTON, N.J. – A playful tampering of the machine vote for Assemblymen Brandon Umba and Michael Torrissi’s bill on Thursday marked a return to a lighthearted Trenton tradition that hasn’t been seen in the Statehouse since pre-Covid times. After Umba moved the bill, Speaker Craig Coughlin said, “Assemblyman, this...

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Mansplaining by Democrat majority derails GOP women’s push to address student learning loss, mental health and safety

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s majority party derailed attempts by Republican Assemblywomen Vicky Flynn and Kim Eulner to address three years of student learning loss, mental health funding and school safety during the Assembly voting session on Thursday. Spoken over, interrupted and bullied by male Democrats while their female...

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Democrats block GOP’s school safety bill in Assembly two days after South Texas school shooting

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Democrats blocked a motion by Republicans to pass school safety legislation two days after a gunman murdered 19 innocent schoolchildren and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The measure would have standardized school emergency response training for police...

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DiMaio agrees with Murphy to break Dems blockade of GOP bills

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy further broke away from Senate President Nick Scutari and Speaker Craig Coughlin Wednesday by calling for up-or-down votes on Republican sponsored bills with his stalled gun control package introduced last year. “What’s more American than having a hearing and an up-or-down vote?” asked...

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DiMaio criticizes Coughlin’s tax relief proposal as another government gimmick, says N.J. needs tax cuts

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio was critical of Speaker Craig Coughlin’s statement promising to use the surging surplus to fund the ‘largest tax relief program in state history’ as another short-term government gimmick that does little to address the root causes of New Jersey’s affordability crisis. “A...

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Dems violate Assembly rules to block GOP energy crisis debate

TRENTON, N.J. – In blatant violation of the rules of the General Assembly on Thursday, Speaker Craig Coughlin and Democrats shut down Republican efforts to address the skyrocketing gas prices and America’s energy crisis. The contentious exchange between Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio and the speaker arose following Coughlin’s...

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Dems violate Assembly rules to block GOP energy crisis debate

TRENTON, N.J. – In blatant violation of the rules of the General Assembly, Speaker Craig Coughlin and Democrats shut down Republican efforts to address the skyrocketing gas prices and America’s energy crisis during an Assembly voting session. WATCH: Dems violate Assembly rules to block GOP energy crisis debateCoughlin ruled...

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There are more important things than marijuana, says Bergen

TRENTON, N.J. – On Friday, Speaker Craig Coughlin announced the postponement of all Assembly business for 10 days, a move designed to allow the governor and Senate more time to come to an agreement on the details of marijuana legislation. “An internal political feud is not more important than...

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