Opinion

Opinion

By John W. Kennedy, CEO, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program
New Jersey | October 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm

20 10, 2017

Stand with me to support manufacturing in New Jersey

2017-10-20T12:03:00+00:00

My mom was one of the smartest, most common-sensible people I have ever known. And while her words seemed simple, the reasoning behind them was not. One such statement was, “If you believe strongly enough in a stance, you need to be willing to be the only one standing in ...

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Stand with me to support manufacturing in New Jersey 2017-10-20T12:03:00+00:00
19 10, 2017

Debate 2: Struggling campaigns prove value of political handlers

2017-10-19T07:49:13+00:00

After three debates to help determine the next governor — two involving the top of the ticket and one the lieutenant governor selections — the winner was obvious: Political handlers. For all of those who have complained that candidates are all spin and no substance, the debates showed the value ...

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Debate 2: Struggling campaigns prove value of political handlers 2017-10-19T07:49:13+00:00
17 10, 2017

How you know minimum wage increase was a success

2017-10-19T08:40:34+00:00

Come January, New Jersey’s minimum wage will be 19 percent higher since a 2013 constitutional amendment raised the wage by $1 an hour and tied automatic future increases to inflation. The wage was $7.25 in 2013. The amendment raised it immediately to $8.25, and inflation-pegged increases raised the wage to ...

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How you know minimum wage increase was a success 2017-10-19T08:40:34+00:00
11 10, 2017

Gubernatorial debate: Have New Jersey voters already checked out?

2017-10-11T08:00:42+00:00

The cashier at the ShopRite saw the media lanyard I forgot was hanging around my neck. “That’s right,” she said. “I knew there was a debate tonight. “Of course, I couldn’t watch it because I was here.” That she even knew of the gubernatorial election — let alone the fact ...

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Gubernatorial debate: Have New Jersey voters already checked out? 2017-10-11T08:00:42+00:00
26 09, 2017

Why in the world is the NJEA opposing union man Sweeney?

2017-09-28T09:45:31+00:00

Labor unions — public-employee unions, in particular — are about as popular with New Jersey Republicans as Colin Kaepernick is with Donald Trump. Which is why the New Jersey Education Association’s expensive war against Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney is so bizarre. The union loses even if it ousts ...

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Why in the world is the NJEA opposing union man Sweeney? 2017-09-28T09:45:31+00:00
25 09, 2017

In praise of Gov. Christie’s opioid initiatives

2017-09-27T10:54:57+00:00

The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, which represents 160 of the state’s community-based mental health and addiction providers, loudly applauds Gov. Chris Christie on the unprecedented and wide-reaching investment of roughly $200 million to tackle the opioid epidemic. Gov. Christie announced the details of his plan ...

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In praise of Gov. Christie’s opioid initiatives 2017-09-27T10:54:57+00:00
19 09, 2017

Opioid fight could be as successful as battle against AIDS if done right

2017-09-27T10:58:45+00:00

Responding to public clamor in the 1990s, some of the nation’s drug companies worked together to develop a “cocktail” of drugs to fight HIV/AIDS. It worked. AIDS is no longer an automatic death sentence. Now, the National Institutes of Health and Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs the president’s opioid commission, ...

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Opioid fight could be as successful as battle against AIDS if done right 2017-09-27T10:58:45+00:00
18 09, 2017

Amazon and New Jersey would be perfect together

2017-09-27T11:00:13+00:00

Amazon should choose New Jersey for its vaunted HQ2. In the end, we won’t offer the biggest package of incentives nor the lowest cost of doing business. But Amazon should (and likely will) come for three reasons: talent, location and play. Talent More than 500,000 of the planet’s smartest technology professionals already live ...

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Amazon and New Jersey would be perfect together 2017-09-27T11:00:13+00:00
12 09, 2017

Rankings should be wake-up call for higher education in New Jersey

2017-09-18T09:35:19+00:00

Well, for the seventh year in a row, the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings have Princeton University in the No. 1 spot for best national universities. Great news for New Jersey, right? Eh, not necessarily. While Princeton has made great strides in making more connections with the ...

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Rankings should be wake-up call for higher education in New Jersey 2017-09-18T09:35:19+00:00
12 09, 2017

Holtec’s grand opening is grand moment for incentive programs

2017-09-18T09:36:19+00:00

For all of the positives that came out of Holtec International’s ribbon-cutting ceremony last week in Camden — and that starts with the soon-to-be 2,000 jobs that will help jump-start the depressed economy in an important area for the state — is this little nugget: Camden can now be considered ...

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Holtec’s grand opening is grand moment for incentive programs 2017-09-18T09:36:19+00:00
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