Thursday, September 15, 2011

Diegnan and Barnes and Yet Another Tax Increase

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September 14, 2011 (732) 238-2418

Diegnan and Barnes and Yet Another Tax Increase
LD 18 Assembly Challenger: Gas Tax Just One of 115 Reasons Incumbent
Assemblymen are Out-of-Touch

HELMETTA – Long-time incumbents Patrick Diegnan and Peter Barnes are so used to raising taxes they don’t have any other ideas for New Jersey, Assembly Candidate Joe Sinagra said today in a statement.
“After over 100 tax increases, they just don’t know when to stop,” Sinagra said. “Peter Barnes has said he supports a gas tax increase. Patrick Diegnan was the primary sponsor of a gas tax increase bill. Does it ever end?”
He emphasized that the gas tax – one of the Trenton Democrats’ favorites -- leaves no person untouched.
“This affects everyone: seniors, families, individuals, small businesses. People want to be able to live and work here. People want to be able to take their children out or go visit friends. Diegnan and Barnes want to make that harder for them. There is no limit to what or who these Trenton drones are willing to tax,” he said.
Singara also highlighted the negative impact a gas tax will have on NJ businesses, “At a time when we face 9% unemployment and ‘ZERO’ job growth, Diegnan and Barnes want to force even more businesses to close their doors. This tax is a JOB KILLER, plain and simple.”
Sinagra added, “The Diegan-Barnes Team have increased payroll taxes, utility taxes and they even increased taxes on health care coverage! Not to mention that their cuts to school aid have driven property taxes through the roof.”
Everyday, people in this state have to cut back to make ends meet and, Sinagra said, it’s time Trenton did the same thing.
“Diegnan and Barnes aren’t willing to make any tough decisions to help our state. Their solution to every problem is to leech more money out of the citizens of New Jersey. It’s no wonder a record amount of residents are leaving our state every year.”
“There comes a point where enough is enough. Let’s stop taxing seniors, families, individuals, and businesses out of our state. Patrick Diegnan and Peter Barnes have sent enough people packing, maybe it’s their turn.”
Joe Sinagra is running for state Assembly in the 18th Legislative District which includes Edison, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield, and South River.

The article in which Peter Barnes expresses his support can be found at the link below.

Patrick Diegnan’s Gas Tax Bill A1194 from the 2006-07 Legislative Session is enclosed.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Jersey Edison 9.11 10th Years Memories

I was invited to speak at this solemn event held at the Edison Hotel

New Jersey Edison 9.11 10th Years Memories

Video Title: New Jersey Edison 9.11 10th Years Memories

Saturday, Sept 11, 2011, Edison Hotel, Edison, New Jersey

America: still the best country in the world

America is still the best country in the world, regardless of one might think. It is the citizens who make this nation great, when the chips are down these are the people on the front lines rolling up their shirt sleeves and getting their hands dirty. Whether they are home standing knee deep in water piling sandbags, or abroad standing on the front lines defending the freedoms that we all take for granted, it is the average individual who gets up in the morning, and see themselves looking back in the mirror that makes the difference. They are the ones who deserve the credit for making this country what it is. Fortitude, perseverance and innovation have always been the spirit of America.

It is also the people that decide how much freedom they want, not politicians. We only let government make that decision for us if “We the people” allow it. Government is supposed to act in behalf of the people as a whole, and if we as a people do not like that representation, we live in a country where a majority can change that representation.

There is much criticism about the direction of the country, whether it is on the local, state, or federal level, but we all have the freedom of choice to change that course. It is up to the people of this country to make a difference, not government.

If enough people become complacent and do not use their right to vote, some day you may lose that right. If you do not like what is happening, “We the people” have the ability to change it. “We the people” have the option to ‘allow’ government to create policy for us, or ‘make’ government represent the wishes of the people.

America is the sum population of its citizens; do not criticize America for its faults . . . You are America, do something to make it better.

~ Joe Sinagra
Candidate for NJ 18th District Assembly

Monday, September 12, 2011

Edison NJ 9/11 Tenth Anniversary: Remembrance, Renewal, Resilience Tribute

As we stand here today, we can all recall the events of September 11th, 2001 and what we were doing that day, a day that will be stamped forever in our memories.

Ten years ago today, on the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 hijackers took control   of four commercial airliners. Two crashing into the Twin Towers in New York, another into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania as passengers fought their hijackers. 

That day is more than a memory for the many that lost their loved ones, it changed their lives forever. They will live the reality of those memories for the rest of their lives. 

So many died needlessly, and so many rushed toward the flames to save countless lives.

Over 400 emergency responders perished at the World Trade Center as they tried to save so many innocent victims who were human targets. Even under difficult circumstances hundreds more persisted under the most difficult, dangerous conditions with no regards to their own safety.

Who can ever forget the images that played over and over, day after day for weeks of planes flying into the world trade center, and videos of smoke billowing from the Pentagon? All of us are here today to pay our respects for what happened ten years ago, is a testament to the impact it has made upon all of us.

After the smoke cleared, it was the quietness of the aftermath that made the most impact. Along with the 3000 that perished, all of us died a little bit as we knew it would forever change our perception of US invulnerability. 

But in that perception it also showed the courage of America as we stood united as one nation, undividable under God.

While dying is sad, the biggest tragedy is that life ends so soon. Remembering is what makes it difficult to say good bye.”
May God bless us all, and may we never live to see another September 11.

~ Joe Sinagra