2019年2月11日 星期一

NJ Politics Digest: If NYC Doesn’t Want Amazon, Newark Still Does

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  NJ Politics Digest: If NYC Doesn't Want Amazon, Newark Still Does  
  Sources say New Jersey officials have let Amazon know they are interested in taking over the project if the NYC plan ends up falling through.  
Quote of the Day: "I tell Democrats all the time — I don't want to bash Republicans. They're Americans too," - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, while campaigning for president in Iowa.
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Chris Christie's new book shows how he loves to kick people when they're down
Chris Christie has this habit of kicking people when they're down. Remember his rants against the teachers who dared to question him at public meetings? Yep, that's our governor. He was the guy with the in-your-face temper, who never seemed to forget a slight and never seemed to avoid a chance for payback no matter how petty.
The Record
Chance 2 at HQ2? N.J. has been courting Amazon for weeks, source tells ROI-NJ
It is unclear if Amazon truly is considering pulling its HQ2 project out of New York City — as was reported Friday morning by the Washington Post — but this much is clear: Officials from New Jersey have been courting the company for some time, selling Newark as a viable and cost-effective alternative.
Cory Booker spreads upbeat 'we're all in this together' message in his first Iowa caucus campaign swing
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker launched his Iowa caucus campaign Friday with a pledge to inspire Americans to stop fighting and start stitching the country back together.
Des Moines Register
Will weed be legalized soon in N.J.? A new deal could come 'any day now'
State leaders have made significant progress on plans to legalize marijuana in New Jersey and could move forward on new legislation as early as next week.
Woman hired for NJ state job forced to resign after sex harassment allegations surface
An employee at the Schools Development Authority – who is related to the agency's chief executive officer – resigned Friday after top officials there learned she had been accused of sexual harassment in a previous public job.
The Record
New Jersey's LGBT education law passed with flying colors but its toughest tests may lie ahead
New Jersey students may soon begin learning about people like Barbra 'Babs' Siperstein, the transgender activist whose death last week came three days after Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a measure requiring LGBT-related content to be included in the curricula of public middle and high schools statewide.
Stop-Gap Attempt to Avoid Chaos as Court Action Awaited in PARCC Case
Two efforts are ongoing to maintain passage of the PARCC test as a state graduation requirement — just for the next few years — in order to ensure continuity for today's high school students. Either measure will depend on the support of Gov. Phil Murphy who has long promised to eliminate PARCC testing and has yet to weigh in on allowing its continued use.
Mayor shamed lawyer into resigning over offensive Facebook meme but her allies shared the same post
A day after a public defender working for Hamilton Township was asked to resign after sharing an insensitive post on Facebook, three other members of township staff are accused of similar behavior.
$1B autism bill would bolster support for those who 'age out'
Over the past several years, as diagnoses mushroomed, society has developed an increasing number of resources to help children with autism and their families.
Asbury Park Press
Joe Howarth will seek re-election
Assemblyman Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) says he will seek re-election to his 8th district seat despite losing the backing of the Burlington and Camden GOP organizations.
New Jersey Globe
Nobody in this entire town pays school taxes. Can it last forever?
Ask most people from New Jersey about their property taxes and you're likely to get a sigh or glare or just a string of furious expletives.
NJ must pay Point Pleasant Beach couple $330K for taking land for dune
A borough couple was awarded $330,000 Feb. 7 as compensation for the loss of about 60 percent of their oceanfront property to accommodate a federal beach replenishment project.
Asbury Park Press
'This golf course was built by illegals.' Trump's N.J. club hired undocumented workers for years, report says
There was a pipeline of workers who illegally crossed the U.S. border from Costa Rica and ended up with jobs at President Donald Trump's New Jersey golf courses, according to a report in the Washington Post.
EDA chief to testify in legislative probe of tax breaks
The head of the Economic Development Authority, the agency tasked with overseeing billions of dollars in state tax breaks, is expected to testify at a Feb. 11 legislative hearing on the effectiveness of those incentives, NJBIZ has learned.
'A clear money grab.' Politicians vote to allow bigger donations to their own campaigns.
Before Thursday night, if your company worked for the borough of Roselle Park, you couldn't donate much money to the politicians who would vote on your contracts. Not anymore.
$15 minimum wage compromise may leave NJ's poorest workers behind
It was dark when we drove the sandy road lined with naked blueberry bushes. We stopped before a white concrete building, in a wide spot in the road surrounded by the carcasses of dead pickup trucks leaning sideways on half-deflated tires.
The Record
Sen. Anthony R. Bucco undergoing treatment for throat cancer
Veteran Republican state Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (25th District) has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
Daily Record
Asbury Park director claims city wants to fire him for whistleblowing
A city director alleges in a lawsuit that top officials are trying to fire him because he blew the whistle on misconduct by city employees.
Asbury Park Press
Paid parking is coming to Freehold Borough
Paid parking is coming to downtown Freehold Borough. Council members introduced a $150,000 bond ordinance Monday night that will fund the purchase and installation of parking meters in borough-owned parking lots.
Asbury Park Press
Campos, treasurer fined $22K for 12-year-old Hoboken campaign finance reporting violations
Former Hoboken Councilman Christopher Campos, who is currently serving a 30-month federal sentence for a cab-leasing scheme -- and his campaign treasurer were fined more than $22,000 for 12-year-old campaign finance reporting violations, the state election commission announced.
Jersey Journal
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