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2019年2月5日 星期二

NJ Politics Digest: Feds Refuse Blame for NJ Transit Woes

 
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  NJ Politics Digest: Feds Refuse Blame for NJ Transit Woes  
 
  An FRA spokesman said that since NJ Transit voluntarily suspended service on certain lines, it can restart that service whenever it likes.  
 
   
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quote of the Day: "The totality of these bills is just a recipe for taxpayer disaster two or three years down the road," - John Donnadio, executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties, on Gov. Phil Murphy signing the $15 minimum wage bill, coupled with other state actions and inactions that Donnadio says will seriously raise the cost of government.
 
 
 
 
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Don't blame us. Feds say NJ Transit can resume service on suspended rail lines whenever they want.
NJ Transit doesn't need federal approval to resume service on three suspended rail lines that were sidelined for months to install Positive Train Control, Federal Railroad Administration officials said.
NJ.com
 
 
 
Guess who's not happy about New Jersey's new $15 minimum wage? Local governments
As New Jersey's minimum wage has risen through the years and business owners have protested their rising costs, one class of employer has been exempt: the government.
Inquirer
 
 
 
Gov. Phil Murphy signs NJ $15 minimum wage bill into law
After years of rejection by a Republican governor and many months of dispute between Democrats, New Jersey on Monday joined the national movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The Record
 
 
 
N.J. public-worker pensions paid $670M to investment managers last year
The pension fund for public workers in New Jersey paid more than $400 million in fees and $268 million in bonuses to investment managers in the fiscal year that ended in June, according to an annual report of the State Investment Council.
NJ.com
 
 
 
New Jersey casinos lose $4.6M on $34.9M in Super Bowl bets
New Jersey gambling regulators say its sportsbooks lost $4.6 million on $34.9 million in Super Bowl wagers, the first major sporting event for bettors since sports gambling was legalized in the state last year.
Associated Press
 
 
 
The $11B question: Smart Growth coalition, NJPP debate controversial audit of EDA's tax incentive program
The headlines and talking points were easy: The state spent $11 billion on tax breaks for huge companies — with little to show for it.
ROI-NJ
 
 
 
Report: Undocumented workers hired, fired, at Trump property in Camden County
Officials at a Trump golf course in Camden County declined Monday to discuss a report that they had fired several undocumented workers, one of whom had been employed for 16 years.
Inquirer
 
 
 
Sanders' New Jersey chairman still undecided
Former Democratic State Chairman John Wisniewski, who served as chairman of Bernie Sanders' New Jersey campaign in 2016, isn't ready to pick a candidate to take on Donald Trump next year.
New Jersey Globe
 
 
 
Environmentalists Raise Questions About Salting of NJ Roads
New Jersey commuters won't soon forget the snowstorm that stalled the northern part of the state last November 15. A few inches of snow brought traffic to a halt because the roads weren't salted. Since then, the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy has had the brine and salt trucks out at even the mention of snow. But some environmentalists say that strategy is not without risk.
NJTV News
 
 
 
Rutgers students who protested for minimum wage increase are fined $750 each
On the same day Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $15 minimum wage bill into law, a group of Rutgers University student activists who campaigned for that cause on campus pleaded guilty to criminal charges that stemmed from a minimum wage protest.
The Record
 
 
 
LGBTQ activist Babs Siperstein, namesake of new N.J. birth certificate law, dies
Barbra "Babs" Casbar Siperstein, a prominent New Jersey LGBTQ rights activist and the first transgender member of Democratic National Committee member, died Sunday. She was 76.
Politico
 
 
 
Sensitivity Training May Soon Be Required For NJ High School Coaches
A proposed law advancing through the Legislature aims to toss discrimination and harassment out of high school sports — negative practices the lawmaker who sponsors the bill says he's all too familiar with as a head football coach.
NJ101.5
 
 
 
Christie won't rule out presidential run in 2024
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said he isn't ruling out a presidential run in 2024, adding that he would only do it if he could 'see a pathway to victory.'
Politico
 
 
 
Flawed Lakewood master plan allows homes at Eagle Ridge, without street improvements
It took dozens of hours in contentious public meetings and more than a year for planning officials here to hash out a master plan to guide growth.
Asbury Park Press
 
 
 
NJ District 13 Assembly: Scharfenberger throws his hat in for the seat
So long, Gerry? We hardly knew ye. Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger announced his plans to run for New Jersey Assembly exactly a year after he was appointed to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. He was elected to the seat in November.
Asbury Park Press
 
 
 
Waldwick facing $6.75 million in pending lawsuits
The borough is facing $6.75 million in pending lawsuit claims related to a borough administrator who was fired in September.
The Record
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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