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The Jaffe Briefing - September 24, 2021

TRENTON – New Jersey reaped billions in COVID funds, so what now? Rather than go on another spending spree, two level-headed economists say it’s the ideal time to use our flowing resources as a down payment on all the fiscal problems ignored for decades. Yeah, that isn’t fun. But in an op-ed appearing on NJ.com, they note that people earning more than $100,000 here comprise 24% ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 23, 2021

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL  – In this super sleepy campaign season for governor, someone please awake the voters. The latest poll shows that nothing has really changed in recent months, with Gov. Phil Murphy still holding the same double-digit lead over GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli. The governor still has a comfy lead of 51% to 38%, just slightly down from the last Monmouth University ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 22, 2021

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – The Record doesn’t seem impressed with the platforms of the gubernatorial candidates, not providing titillating news copy as Election Day looms. Gov. Phil Murphy, who had a big, progressive vision in 2017, is now focused on “Moving New Jersey Forward,” featuring general ho-hum stuff. The governor wants better schools, a strong economy, a cleaner ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 21, 2021

OFF THE RAILS – There’s plenty of excitement about the new Hudson River tunnel, but who pays for New Jersey’s share of this massive, $10 billion infrastructure project? The short answer: drivers. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is on the hook for the state’s share, now estimated at $1.6 billion, to be fueled by tolls on the Turnpike and Parkway. NJ Spotlight reports ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 20, 2021

STATEWIDE – Are you an aspiring politician eager to grab easy headlines? Follow the lead of Sen. Michael Testa, earning a layup of media coverage for trying to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports in New Jersey. A Trump-backed conservative from South Jersey, Testa flung an arrow into the hyper, crazy world of high school athletics. Testa declared that ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 17, 2021

STATEWIDE – It’s never too young to learn about greed in sports, as the potential for financial windfall has gotten a bit more important than how fast a kid can throw a slider. So, now, after college students are permitted to profit off their name, image and likeness, the same deal may be offered to high schoolers. NJ.com reports on a questionable proposal before the New Jersey ...

Easy Fall Cocktails to Celebrate the Start of the Season

September 25, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The air is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Now’s the time to get into the autumn spirit with these easy cool-weather cocktails you can make at home.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian: Over ice, combine 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur, 1 oz. coffee liqueur and 1 oz. cream.

Maple Old Fashioned: In a ...

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Rutgers President Commits to Carbon-Neutrality by 2040 in University Senate Address

September 24, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway announced that he is committed to creating a carbon-neutral campus by 2040 during his second address to the University Senate on Friday.

Holloway alluded to the release of the final report and recommendations of the President’s Task Force on Carbon Neuatrality and Climate Resilience, established two years ago by former ...

Rutgers President Holloway, Other College Presidents Urge Congress to Increase Pell Grants

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway and more than 40 presidents of colleges and universities in New Jersey are urging members of Congress to double the maximum Pell Grant awards as they consider the federal budget.

A letter sent to the members of the state’s congressional delegation seeking to raise Pell Grant awards to a maximum of $13,000 was signed by Holloway, ...

Two Rutgers Football Players Charged in Paintball Shooting Incidents

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers could be heading into its nationally televised showdown with Michigan this weekend without two cornerbacks who were suspended from the team Tuesday.

Chris Long and Malachi “Max” Melton have been charged with three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose after three people were shot with paintballs from a ...

Man Dies After Driving His Car into Tractor Trailer on Route 130

September 25, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY - A 52-year-old man was pronounced dead on Route 130 south Friday night after he apparently drove his 2015 Dodge Dart into the back of a tractor trailer that was stopped at a traffic light.

South Brunswick police said the crash occurred at 7:16 p.m. near the intersection of Deans Rhode Hall Road.

Police did not identify the Somerset County man who was killed in the ...

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TAPinto Presents "Back to School" Magic Show Featuring Magic Bob, September 23

September 22, 2021

Don't miss TAPinto's "Back to School" virtual magic show with Magic Bob!  The free event will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Atlantic Health's Children's Hospital.

 

Registration is required to attend.  To ...

Middlesex County Can Become a National Model for Sustainable Construction

September 21, 2021

Momentum is mounting in our nation’s capital for the passage of a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal negotiated by President Joe Biden and Republicans in the Senate.

Recently, the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House of Representatives backed the plan, moving it one step closer to receiving the broad support it will need to pump billions into modernizing ...

NJ Stand-Up Comedian Discusses Vaccine Mandate and COVID-19 Safety

September 24, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with comedian John Poveromo about vaccinations and their role in stand-up comedy venues. Vaccine mandates have been making headlines recently in the stand-up comedy world, with Saturday Night Live alumni Jim Breuer making a statement against vaccine mandates at performance spaces. But Poveromo takes the opposite ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...