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Archive for December 22nd, 2008

New Jersey Lost 6,200 Jobs in November

STATE—New Jersey employers shed jobs for the fourth consecutive month in November while the state’s unemployment rate moved higher. Employment was lower by 6,200 over the month.

The state’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent, the highest rate since August 1996.

“The November data underscore how deeply the national recession is hitting our labor market,” said Labor Commissioner David J. Socolow.

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By James J. Devine

New Jersey lost 6,200 jobs in November, the fourth consecutive month that the state’s unemployment rate moved higher.

In Elizabeth, Mayor Chris Bollwage and the City Council decided that something had to be done, so they gave themselves a pay hike.

Some people in Elizabeth are among the poorest in New Jersey, and while the number of Americans who take home a paycheck is dwindling every day, politicians who raise their own pay seem unbelievably arrogant.

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Shoes For Christmas

by Paul Z. Myers

Lots of people complained that throwing shoes at the president was an act of violence, and therefore beyond the pale of what should be allowed. I think they’re wrong, that it’s a harmless expression of naked contempt, and that there ought to be more contempt expressed towards this president, but let’s compromise. No throwing shoes. How about politely handing them to him?

The Rude Pundit had a brilliant and obvious idea.

This morning, the Rude Pundit decided to honor the efforts of Muntader al-Zaidi, the Iraqi shoe-tosser, by taking out a raggedy old pair of sneakers, putting them in a Priority Mail shipping box, helpfully provided by the United States Post Office, and shipping them to President George W. Bush at the White House. He included a note that read, “This is a farewell kiss from the American people, you dog.”

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