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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie must put politics aside, help needy

If you didn’t catch it this morning former NJ Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) had an excellent Op-ed piece published over at NJ.Com that emplores Governor Christie to put politics aside and help those that are the most needy by putting the needs of other before personal ambitions by creating a more progressive tax system that will help families that are currently living paycheck to paycheck:

When leaders of political parties in New York state recently agreed to raise the tax rate on the wealthiest to help the middle class, a truly revolutionary concept was born — politicians putting the needs of the people ahead of their own personal ambitions.

In New Jersey, unfortunately, Gov. Chris Christie has set his sights on the national stage and repeatedly refused to consider the democratically led effort to create a more progressive tax rate because it would defy the rules of the conservative playbook.

This same steely denial of the realities of the working class is evident on the conservative side of every major debate taking place in Washington — whether it’s on debt reduction, extending the Social Security payroll tax or the merits of the Occupy movement.

Overlooked is the growing number of Americans now living in, or just above, poverty. In New Jersey, the number of residents receiving food stamps has doubled in the past four years. Recently released Census figures based on a new poverty formula show that nearly 50 million Americans are poor and the number of those living just above the poverty line is far greater than once believed.

What makes this new formula unique is that it takes into account government assistance such as food stamps, housing aid, subsidized lunches and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Once these factors are considered, roughly 3 million people rise above the poverty line, proving government assistance can and does make a difference in the lives of working families.

Sadly, those on the right have no qualms about slashing these assistance programs, proving their empathy extends only to the super rich while the plight of poor and middle-class families is viewed with rote disregard….

Finish reading Senator Buono Op-ed that was posted online at NJ.Com …. Here

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>Demand For Social Services in Monouth County have Increased 51% Over The Past Year Due To Economic Woes

>By Freeholder Amy Mallet

Over the last four years, Monmouth County has seen a very significant increase in the demand for Social Services, most notably Food Stamps (now called NJ SNAP) and Family Care Medicaid. Recently, the numbers of people applying for basic welfare programs have also begun to rise.

The steady growth in need is not a surprise given the economic climate and the rate of unemployment. Many of these individuals are our neighbors, families and friends who want nothing more than to be able to return to work and support their families.

Specifically, we have seen a 64 percent increase in the total number of Food Stamp applications from 2007 through 2010. This year, in the month of March alone, we registered 1,245 new Food Stamp applications – up 51 percent from the same time last year. Currently, there are 14,436 families and individuals in Monmouth County receiving a monthly Food Stamp allotment.

The economic woes that have affected the whole nation have taken a toll here in Monmouth County. Despite the fact that the demand for services has increased significantly, the 2011 budget for the Department of Human Services was decreased by 6 percent.

The Monmouth County Department of Human Services is to be commended for continued commitment to providing assistance while facing growing need and shrinking resources. As the direct liaison to this department, I would like to publicly thank our dedicated employees for their perseverance. We are hopeful that everyone impacted by hard times will see their situations improve as the economy recovers. In the meantime, it is reassuring to witness the work being done by our committed county staff.

Amy A. Mallet

Freeholder, Monmouth County

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Times must be hard – Americans are buying Spam again

There is always one sure way to tell when the economy is hurting and times hard, you just have to look at the sales figures for that all American meat in a can “Spam”.

According to an article written by Mike Harvey of the Times Online  sales of this pink all American processes meat in a can have shot up by over 10%  in the last 3 months.
Evidently there seems to be a correlation between the the rise in spam sales to the record number of Americans who are currently using food stamps. More then 31.5 million individuals are participating in the food stamps program as of September of this year, which is a 17% increase from previous years according to the government.
If you haven’t purchased spam yourself in a while, it sells for about $2.40 per 12 ounce tin. 
I brought a couple of tins of spam a few months ago because the guys in my work crew and myself, were reminiscing nostalgically about it one day, remembering how our mothers would cook it with eggs or fry in a skillet for  a hot sandwich.  
It had to have been over 35 years since I last ate spam and believe it or not, it was really good!
The next time I’m in Shoprite I think i’ll pick it up again.  

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Times must be hard – Americans are buying Spam again

There is always one sure way to tell when the economy is hurting and times hard, you just have to look at the sales figures for that all American meat in a can “Spam”.

According to an article written by Mike Harvey of the Times Online  sales of this pink all American processes meat in a can have shot up by over 10%  in the last 3 months.
Evidently there seems to be a correlation between the the rise in spam sales to the record number of Americans who are currently using food stamps. More then 31.5 million individuals are participating in the food stamps program as of September of this year, which is a 17% increase from previous years according to the government.
If you haven’t purchased spam yourself in a while, it sells for about $2.40 per 12 ounce tin. 
I brought a couple of tins of spam a few months ago because the guys in my work crew and myself, were reminiscing nostalgically about it one day, remembering how our mothers would cook it with eggs or fry in a skillet for  a hot sandwich.  
It had to have been over 35 years since I last ate spam and believe it or not, it was really good!
The next time I’m in Shoprite I think i’ll pick it up again.  

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Filed under food stamps, Hormel foods, increase in sales figures, Mike Harvey, Spam, Times online