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Official New Jersey News Thread

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by MasterShake29, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. MasterShake29

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    Here's your official news thread for the Garden State, proudly one of two states where residents can't be trusted to pump their own gas.

    Sen. Bob Menendez (D) gets us started.

    Let's hold him to that.
     


  2. Revolt

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    In New Jersey, its only a crime if you get caught.

    --Bob Dylan
     
  3. Claymore

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    Can someone explain that?
     
  4. Footer Phooter

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    And are we supposed to tip the "fuel dispensation specialist"?
     


  5. MasterShake29

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    Surprisingly no.

    This actually came up for discussion last summer. One state Senator suggested it might be time to get crazy and let people pump their own gas. The silence was deafening, and that was the end of that.
     
  6. Revolt

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    Oregon and New Jersey require attendants to pump gas. Mere citizens are prohibited from doing it on their own.
     
  7. DoctorD

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    NJ has cheap gas and attendants pump your gas for you.

    Simply wonderful.
     
  8. Kobranzilla

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    yes but they collect the taxes they don't charge you at the pump on the Turnpike and Parkway

    and in inflated prices for hairspray and valeur track suits
     
  9. Cascarino's Pizzeria

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    And for those not living in NJ, if you see a clueless man or woman sticking the nozzle in the exhaust pipe at your local fill er up.......you know where they're from.
     
  10. Barbara

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    When I first moved up here, more than once I would pull up to the pump at an Oregon gas station and get out and start trying to pump my gas. The attendants would have to shoo me away.

    I actually don't mind it anymore. Gas on the Oregon side of the river isn't more expensive than the gas on the Washington side and I don't have to get rained on.

    Still, it's retarded.
     
  11. Cascarino's Pizzeria

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    I love it. Creates jobs for surly teenagers & foreigners, no dirty hands or ass-like smell. And thanks to the refineries by the Turnpike, NJ's gas is like 50 cents cheaper per gallon than in NYC. We'll never get rid of it.
     
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    Yeah, but it was a New York ditz in my office who filled her car up with diesel.
     
  13. Cascarino's Pizzeria

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    Happened to a co-workers wife too (Jersey resident). Except she was 250 miles from home. D'oh!
     
  14. MasterShake29

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    Well, it's an obvious infringement on freedom, and thus complete crap.

    Part of the price disparity is due to NJ's relatively low gas taxes, and NYC just being insanely expensive for anything.
     
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    OK - you can serve yourself in a restaurant too. But why bother. Let the grease monkeys handle the greasy stuff IMO. :)
     
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    Ahhhh......The Daily Show's take on this. Where would we be? Stunning......

    [youtube]uXNqh_UMqVo[/youtube]
     
  17. MasterShake29

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    Gov. Jon Corzine (D) gives his State of the State speech today at noon ET in Trenton.
     
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    Corzine wanted to "test" it by making some -- not all -- of the gas islands at some -- not all -- of the Turnpike rest stops self-serve, to see if the price would be lower if NJ allowed self-serve. You would have thought that Corzine told the state that he demanded human sacrifice rituals into the Raritan River. Totally insane...
     
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    Is that guy in the Daily Show clip for real?
     
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    It was amazing. The State Senator on the clip was the only politician other than Corzine that would speak for the proposal.

    But I think we have too much freedom and liberty in New Jersey. Why should master government give us more?
     
  21. MasterShake29

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    From the New Jersey State Constitution:

    I kid you not.

    Now, I have no clue how that reconciles with more than 20 people voting in the latest election cycle.

    Apparently some politician noticed this, and they're going to start the process to remove the word idiot.
     
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    Official New Jersey Ironic News Thread

    Mayor of Nation's Safest Town Pleads Guilty!
    http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070109/NEWS/701090318
    "Scarpelli, 67, who abruptly resigned as mayor last month after almost 13 years, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court ... that he took more than $5,000 in bribes between 1998 and 2003 from an unnamed developer with an expectation he would use his official position to assist in obtaining building approvals."
    Considering the way that homes & developments have been squeezed in, I'm not surprised.
    Seems like the most crooks have been located inside Town Hall! A previous mayor also resigned while under investigation & the Director of Public Works pled guilty to thefts & payoffs last year!
     
  23. Claymore

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    $5000 over seven years? Either they didn't find all the money, or that guy could be bought for a Grand Slam breakfast at Denny's.
     
  24. MasterShake29

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    Re: Official New Jersey Ironic News Thread

    That's one way to keep criminals off the streets.

    New Jersey has an insane number of towns and school districts, so it has an insane number of politicans, and thus more opportunity for corruption.
     
  25. Matt in the Hat

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    Re: Official New Jersey Ironic News Thread

    Agreed. This state need some serious ass consolidation. Why is it that Long Island can have county wide police forces and NJ has to have a different department in each itty bitty town?
     

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