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Politics

Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Governor Christie Vetoes the Jersey Shore

Governor Christie Vetoes Jersey ShoreIt was rumored that New Jersey residents would pay $420,000 in production costs for the inaugural 2009 season of MTV’s, “Jersey Shore,” last week.

This tax break was awarded to the reality series by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, as part of their tax credit program.

This was one of the first tax credits the EDA approved since Governor Chris Christie suspended the program in 2010, in order to close the state’s budget deficit.

However, on September 26, Christie announced he would veto the award.

In a statement to the EDA, Christie stated, “In this difficult fiscal climate, the taxpayers of New Jersey should not be forced to subsidize projects such as ‘Jersey Shore’…I am duty-bound to ensure taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.”

Kaelyn Crede, a junior, is upset about the stereotypes the “Jersey Shore” has developed. “When I travel, people from all over the country assume that everyone from our state is like the characters on the Jersey Shore. It’s an awful image for us to have and I’m glad Christie made the decision he did.”

Christie further expressed tax dollars should only go towards programs that benefit the state.

Senior Heather Baginski agreed, “$420,000 could have done so much more for children who need school supplies or funding for significant programs, to avoid ending up like those fools on the show.”

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Candidates Wanted by Top Republicans

Candidates Wanted RepublicansGovernor, Chris Christie has grown to be enormously popular among conservatives and Republicans.

Even in the overwhelmingly blue of New Jersey, he continues to enjoy high approval ratings.

According to a Farleigh Dickinson Poll last week, the Governor had the approval of about 54 percent of New Jerseyans.

Many top conservatives and Republicans have been talking about Governor Chris Christie earlier this week following a nationally televised and closely watched speech he delivered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

He has garnered the admiration of many of the top figures in the news today.

Bill O’Reilly of FOX News said on his show, “I like the governor. I think he’s feisty and entertaining. I think he’s honest. But I think he should fulfill his obligation to the people of New Jersey who elected him to clean up the state.”

Dr. Joseph Patten, Chair of the Political Science Department, said, “Politics is striking while the iron is hot.”

 If Christie wants to take advantage of his popularity, he needs to get in now. When asked if Christie would have the same chance he does now, Dr. Patten explained that one year is an eternity in politics, never mind five years.

He said he could see there being some trouble with Christie, since he has stated repeatedly that he is not ready to be President, he doesn’t want to be President, that he’d rather “commit suicide” than be President.

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Roll Call: Words from the SGA Senate 10/5/11

default article imageThe Senators are very proud of the work they accomplished and the energy level during the annual retreat last weekend. “I think I speak for all seniors when I say thank you for making our last one so memorable,” Nicole Levy, President of SGA said.

This past Sunday, SGA hosted the annual Fall Leadership Conference for all the clubs and organizations.

SGA is also playing a more active role in the conference and conducting two workshops: Understanding SEF and Budgets, and a member retention workshop titled Retention Reinvention.

PRSSA was approved by the Senate for special event funding to attend a national conference in Orlando in order to gain more experience and knowledge to better the organization at the University.

The Senate has preapproved the Anime Club and the International Business Club who are currently working on their constitutions.

The Baseball Club (Club Sport) will be coming up soon, and there are Wrestling and Women’s Lacrosse Clubs in the works. The Criminal Justice and Pre-Law Clubs are also working to be reinstated.

Attorney General, Bryan Larco is working on side projects, such as a student discount card that can be used at local vendors for different days of the week, such as 30 percent off at Surf Taco on Mondays.

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We Balance Our Checkbooks, Why Can’t Washington?

default article imageUnless you were under a rock this summer, most of the political headlines in July and August were about the debt ceiling debate.

For those who have no idea what this means it means that America was about to top its 14.3 trillion dollar limit for borrowing money.

This was important because without this borrowed money the United States would not be able to pay its bills, causing a default.

A default on these payments would send a message that the United States would not be able to make necessary payments to operate and in today’s economic struggles, it would put less confidence in America’s already struggling market and economy.

Trillion of dollars is a lot of money and while yes the debt ceiling is important, there is something to be recognized here. As the economy continues to struggle and unemployment is at nine percent, Americans are cutting out luxuries and spending only on necessities.

Most American families accomplish their needs on limited income yet somehow the government can’t handle its finances with over 14.3 trillion dollars at its disposal.

 Most students are willing to assume debts in hopes of landing a solid job once out of college. University sophomore, Adam Sharkey said, “It makes me cringe every time I receive a paycheck.”

This is the view of many worried college students who are concerned about whether they will be able to pay off their tuition one day.

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New York Passes Marriage Equality Act as New Jersey Stands in the Shadows

New York Passes Marriage EqualityNew York State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act, legalizing same-sex marriage across the state. It was signed immediately by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 24, 2011.

One month after the law became legal, hundreds of young and old lesbian and gay couples, along with friends and family members, lined the streets of New York City to finally be wed.

"The state vote in New York to legalize gay marriage is an exciting move forward toward equal rights for lesbian and gay Americans," said Dr. Nancy Mezey, Associate Professor and Sociology Program Director at Monmouth University.

New York joins five fellow American states, and the Washington DC area, in legalizing same-sex marriage. Handful of countries like Canada, Argentina and Spain also recognize same-sex marriage.

Dr. Mezey, also a Director for the Institute for Global Understanding, commented, "The Republicans who broke rank and voted for gay marriage in New York showed a lot of courage and conviction...I think we will see more Republicans voting for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights as Americans in younger generations go to the polls."

One Republican State Senator, Mark Grisanti, said on the State Senate floor that he could not "deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the state of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife."

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Who’s Who in SGA: Mike Migliaro Sophomore Senator

SGA Mike MigliaroMike Migliaro is a sophomore majoring in Applied Communication. Migliaro is a Sophomore Senator and is also involved on the Human Relations Committee which works on public relations around the nearby communities and promoting events open to the public, such as the Big Event.

As a Senator, he gives his opinion on certain issues and votes on topics that should benefit the University community.

Migliaro became involved in SGA last year so he can get more involved on campus and make decisions that will benefit the University community.

“My involvement in the organization will help my time at Monmouth be so much more enjoyable. So far, in such a short amount of time, I’ve made great friends and am happy to be a leader on the campus. I suggest others to get involved with the Student Government Association as well. It’s a great feeling to know that your voice is heard and you make a difference,” Migliaro said.

The Sophomore Senator is looking forward to what unfolds this semester but is anticipating the BIG Event, after all the hard work that has been put into planning and organizing it.  

PHOTO COURTESY of Mike Migliaro

Sent to Jail: The Innocence Project

Sent to Jail1Picture yourself in a small prison cell. The long years have been passing. Thinking back on it, you can hardly remember when exactly it was you were put there, but you know one thing; you were innocent and you have been serving time in place of the true criminal.

There is hardly any hope and freedom may never come. It is in this type of desperate situation that organizations such as the Innocence Project step in.

Elizabeth Webster, the publications manager from the Innocence Project, was a guest speaker at the University last Thursday during Professor Susan Douglas’ class in the History Department.
Webster spoke about the mission of the Innocence Project, the type of work the organization does, and the inherent flaws in the current U.S. legal system.

The Innocence Project works on using DNA evidence to prove the innocence of wrongfully convicted felons, hopefully leading to their exoneration. The organization was founded at Yeshiva University in 1992 by two lawyers, Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld. It began as a small legal clinic that used DNA evidence to prove innocence, but due to the growing number of service requests, it eventually grew to become the national non-profit organization it is today.

While the exact number is not known, the current percentage of wrongfully convicted criminals in the U.S. judicial system is high.

Webster said, “The figure is somewhere in the hundreds or thousands, suspected to be between three and seven percent of the prison population.”

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Why Politics Are Important Now More Than Ever

Why PoliticsMany of today’s youth choose not to follow the world of politics, thinking that the decisions made by politicians have no effect on them. What college students and young adults sometimes fail to recognize is that all decisions made by the politicians in office either directly or indirectly affect them now or will affect them in the near future.

The most recent prominent issues to politicians are job creation, healthcare, and overall government spending and interference.

At first glance, these issues may not seem like concerns that the average 18-24 year old should worry themselves about, but these issues do affect this age group. The job market has been a very tough place for Americans over the past few years. Teenagers who had a hard time finding a summer job, or are currently encountering difficulties in finding a job, know what the market has been like, however small the scale.

By having exposure to the tough job market, most would expect these young adults to show some interest in the policies politicians try to set forth in regards to job creation because today’s youth will soon feel the brunt of the uncertainty surrounding job security. However, not only do young adults not show interest in the policies enacted to create jobs, but many aren’t aware of the consistently increasing unemployment rate.

Decisions made by today’s political leaders about job creation have a direct impact on the youth.

The ability to secure internships, and most importantly, a job after graduation, is affected by the approach politicians take to create jobs now.

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Who’s Who in SGA Jackie Reed President Pro-Tempore

Whos WhoJackie Reed is a senior, holding the position of President Pro-Tempore on the Student Government Association’s Senate. She is a communication major focusing on the public relations and journalism cluster. Her position involves filling in for the Vice President of SGA if he or she in not present, and delegates tasks.

Reed joined the Senate as part of the fresh start program her freshman year. Originally, she saw the perspective of joining SGA as a good way to get involved and meet new people.

“I had no idea how passionate I would become about the organization or how far it would take me in my college career,” Reed said.

She described how she feels very fortunate to be able to work with a variety of student leaders, advisors, and faculty at the University.

“Senate has provided me with opportunities I never thought I would have.” Reed served as Finance Chair last year where she met with the leaders and advisors from many clubs and organizations on campus to allocate over half a million dollars for their programming. She also had the opportunity to work with fellow Senators and advisors to increase funding for club sports.

“SGA has allowed me to truly make a difference on this campus and be a voice for my peers. It is safe to say that joining SGA has been the best decision of my life. I’ve been involved, made a difference, and made friendships that will last beyond these four years,” Reed said.

She said that if she could give any advice to freshmen, it would be to get involved and find something they’re passionate about. For those thinking about joining Senate, Reed strongly encourages them to do so.

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How Will Fort Monmouth’s Closure Affect the Surrounding Community?

How Will Fort Monmouths Closure Affect the Surrounding CommunityIn 1917, the first 32 soldiers arrived at what was then called Camp Little Silver, after the near-by town. Once a potato farm, the location was considered ideal because it was close to river and rail transportation. It was named Fort Monmouth in 1925 and soon be-came a breeding ground for many technological innovations, such as radio advances and language interpreters.

Over the years, the Fort’s research teams devised radar that could locate enemy artillery and mortars. The Fort created a field television camera with a backpack transmitter, and a pocket-sized radiation detector. It also developed or improved systems for surveillance and air traffic control as well as night-vision devices.

The Fort’s garrison flag was lowered, rolled up and covered for the final time last Tuesday. This week, the property will be turned over to a 14-member force that will maintain and secure it while another government commission seeks developers for its 1,100-plus acres.

After 94 years of helping soldiers communicate with each other while keeping tabs on the enemy, Fort Monmouth officially closed last Thursday. The military intelligence base was the victim of congressional budget cuts and relocation. Thousands of jobs have been transferred to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.

“It’s a huge waste of money. Politicians were involved, so what do you expect?” said Joe Jenkins, a resident of Eatontown, whose mother, father and brother all worked at Fort Monmouth.

“They’re spending all this money moving it to Maryland instead of keeping it here where people need it. It’s going to hit a lot of people and businesses hard.”

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Ways Politicians Can Better Target Student Voters

default article imageWhen campaigning, politicians often overlook the importance of the young voters. During President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he made it a point to reach out to today’s youth and to hear what they had to say. His campaigning led the youngest members of the United States’ electorate to vote, the majority of whom voted Democratic.

Young voters, especially college students, were a major component in President Obama’s road to the White House. In 2008, Rock the Vote, an organization supported by the University’s Political Science Club, promoted political involvement directed towards today’s youth.

The program was responsible for the largest youth voter registration drive in history. Also, according to CIRCLE, (the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), more first time voters participated in the 2008 election than ever before.

By going to events where there would be a large and youthful crowd, as well as influential celebrities, President Obama was laying the foundation and exposing an effective campaign strategy. His appeal to the youth only emphasized his campaign theme of hope and change.

The young, first time voters were looking for change, and by listening to their views and appealing to the youthful masses, President Obama marketed himself as the man who could give them what they wanted.

In order to attract young voters in the upcoming November elections, politicians should go to the places where their potential constituents spend the majority of their time, school. High schools and colleges are good places to begin. Speaking to students on a one- on- one basis helps politicians learn about the issues that pertain to and are on the minds of today’s youth.

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