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Opinion: Note to Governor: Take the Hint, and the Revised Revenue Estimates
Carl Golden | June 4, 2018 | Opinion
Sweeney and Coughlin & Co. have put Murphy in a bind: Go with their revised numbers or risk further alienating Democratic lawmakers
Opinion: Not Too Soon to Call the Murphy Agenda a Failure
Carl Golden | May 15, 2018 | Opinion
A new budget must be ratified in six weeks, and there’s already talk of government shutdown — with the governor’s own party controlling the Legislature
Opinion: Why Is This (Expletive Deleted) Funny?
Carl Golden | May 3, 2018 | Opinion
Michelle Wolf’s f-bomb-studded comic routine at the White House Correspondents Association dinner shows just how much profanity has replaced political satire
Opinion: Despite Potential Savings, New Jersey Has No Urge to Merge
Carl Golden | April 13, 2018 | Opinion
Consolidation has been a tough sell in the Garden State, as Sen. Sweeney has found. Residents want their ‘own’ police, fire departments, and elected officials
Opinion: Sweeney On Murphy’s Gun Legislation — What’s the Hurry?
Carl Golden | April 2, 2018 | Opinion
The Senate president may want time for negotiation and compromise, but he runs the risk of being seen as blocking progress on the emotionally charged issue of gun control
Opinion: After the Budget, Who Blinks First — Murphy or Sweeney?
Carl Golden | March 14, 2018 | Opinion
Governor might be asking Legislature to enact too many tax increases. Meanwhile, where’s his path to compromise with Senate President?
Opinion: The NRA — Vulnerable After Parkland Killings?
Carl Golden | February 27, 2018 | Opinion
Several large corporations have severed business ties with the National Rifle Association, while Gov. Murphy and counterparts in other states have created a coalition to share gun-crime data
Opinion: Sweeney Reminds New Governor, NJEA Who's Really in Charge
Carl Golden | February 13, 2018 | Opinion
The president of the senate emerges unscathed from a blitz of negative ads ordered up by the teachers union, makes it clear that he's as much a policymaker as Murphy
Opinion: Bad Blood — Sweeney Takes a Stake to Murphy's Agenda
Carl Golden | January 23, 2018 | Opinion
What was behind Senate President's Fox News bombshell that he plans to block the millionaires tax and possibly dig into the state's entire property-tax structure?
Opinion: Recalling Gov. Brendan Byrne’s Finest Hour
Carl Golden | January 8, 2018 | Opinion
His unprecedented decision to protect the integrity of the election that put his successor in office is what has stayed with me for more than 35 years
Opinion: Does GOP Tax Reform Spell Trouble for Murphy’s Millionaires Tax?
Carl Golden | December 18, 2017 | Opinion
Is true-believer Steve Sweeney starting to waffle? Will new administration stumble over key promise, or hit the ground running?
Opinion: Can Sen. Tom Kean Jr. Regroup Battered Republicans?
Carl Golden | November 28, 2017 | Opinion
Ironically, given the Republican rout, Minority Leader Kean Jr. could help his party deliver a viable alternative to the governor-elect’s left-of-center predilections
Opinion: Where Did New Jersey's GOP Go Wrong? Let Me Count the Ways
Carl Golden | November 13, 2017 | Opinion
The poisonous memory of Bridgegate, the unshakeable image of Christie basking on the beach, the NJEA’s doomed attempt to punish Sweeney — and that’s for starters
Opinion: Winning with the Party Regulars Rather than the Center
Carl Golden | October 18, 2017 | Opinion
Low voter turnout and poor name recognition may mean this gubernatorial election will be decided by dependable party loyalists who turn out year after year
Opinion: Doing the Murphy Math — Taxing Millionaires Won’t Cut It
Carl Golden | September 20, 2017 | Opinion
Dragging the Christie anchor behind her, Guadagno can’t get any traction when it comes to warning voters what her rival’s programs could cost
Opinion: How Left of Center Would Murphy’s New Jersey Be?
Carl Golden | September 5, 2017 | Opinion
A millionaire’s tax and closing corporate loopholes are pretty much a given, but what about legalizing pot and putting tighter gun control in place?
Opinion: Real Property-Tax Reform Is Guadagno's Only Real Chance
Carl Golden | August 15, 2017 | Opinion
If Guadagno wants to break the chains that bind her, she must give voters what they want, not more namby-pamby policies that won’t upset the status quo
Opinion: Senate President Sweeney — Poised on the Cusp of Power
Carl Golden | July 26, 2017 | Opinion
The Democratic leader has gone toe to toe with the NJEA on school funding — and bested it. A likely Murphy victory would put him in a position of undeniable strength
Opinion: Christie Gets Badly Burned by Clueless Moment of Sun and Fun
Carl Golden | July 6, 2017 | Opinion
Once the photo of the governor lounging in his beach chair went viral, he couldn’t bully or bluff his way out of what the world saw — hubris on a grand scale
Opinion: Putting Guadagno’s Very Long Shot in Perspective
Carl Golden | June 27, 2017 | Opinion
A come-from-behind victory for the lieutenant governor isn’t mathematically impossible, but it’s historically improbable
Opinion: Sweeney-Prieto School Aid Plan Could Defuse Campaign Issue
Carl Golden | June 20, 2017 | Opinion
Compromise could be seen as settling the matter for at least a year, but right now it’s still up to Christie to say ‘yea’ or ‘nay’
Opinion: Disorder in the Courts, the Case Against Electing Judges
Carl Golden | May 26, 2017 | Opinion
The corrosive effect of ‘justice for sale’ would be devastating to the idea that the courts represent a fair and just forum for grievances
Opinion: Imperfect Accuracy, Imperfect Honesty — the Sean Spicer Dilemma
Carl Golden | May 18, 2017 | Opinion
When President Trump said his press secretary couldn’t speak with ‘perfect accuracy,’ he suggested Spicer may be lying — leaving him in an impossible situation
Opinion: Christie and Public Employee Unions — the More Things Change …
Carl Golden | April 21, 2017 | Opinion
Christie looks as if he’s going to leave office much as he came in: battling the public unions over their pension and health benefits (again)
Opinion: Bridgegate — the Ugly Political Scandal that Keeps on Giving
Carl Golden | April 4, 2017 | Opinion
The lane-closure scheme that stalled and snarled traffic in Fort Lee cost Christie his political capital, as his recent appointment to chair Trump’s opioid task force makes clear
Opinion: Murphy and Guadagno and Their Gubernatorial Baggage
Carl Golden | March 22, 2017 | Opinion
While Murphy is burdened by Corzine’s ghost, Guadagno is shadowed by Christie’s presence
Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie — The Lame Duck Who Roared
Carl Golden | March 2, 2017 | Opinion
The governor may be on his way out, but he managed to turn his budget address into a referendum on school funding, much to dismay of gubernatorial hopefuls
Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie, Hardly Your Typical Lame Duck
Carl Golden | February 21, 2017 | Opinion
The governor isn’t just good at political brawling and trading shots, he likes doing so: Don’t look for that to change anytime soon
Opinion: Memo to Guadagno — Taking Reporters’ Questions is the Best Policy
Carl Golden | January 20, 2017 | Opinion
The newly minted gubernatorial candidate needs to learn a basic truth: Talk to the press or give the press something to talk about
Opinion: Christie’s State of the State, a Tour de Force on All Fronts
Carl Golden | January 12, 2017 | Opinion
In just 75 minutes the governor reaffirmed his political dominance, took the high moral ground, and issued a clarion call to fight off a deadly health crisis
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