Jaffe Morning Briefing

March 22, 2019

HAMILTON - There are nearly 11,000 people employed at NJ Transit, yet not one of them has the responsibility of opening the Hamilton train station each morning. Rather, NJ.com reports, that task is delegated to the people who work at Dunkin' Donuts. No sugarcoating here, NJ Transit freely admits ...

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STATEWIDE - President Trump was busy attacking the news media yet again yesterday, as he continues to claim any negative reporting about his administration is "fake." Yes, this continues to be dangerous stuff, as the president is the zen master in breezily dismissing cold, hard fact as fanciful ...

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Welcome to the International Day of Happiness! This year's theme? "Happier Together!" Spring arrives, thankfully, at 5:58 p.m. MONROE - This town's mayor has devised a clever new strategy to block overdevelopment: fighting for the nesting grounds of a local bald eagle, TAPInto New ...

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HOBOKEN - Aww, c'mon. That's really the only thing one guy can say, after Google Maps somehow caught him in mid-fall. Up through 8 p.m. yesterday, if you typed "725 Willow Ave. Hoboken, New Jersey" in Google Maps and clicked "street view," this is what appeared. Really, what are the ...

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TRENTON - The state is going to the dogs, which apparently have a terrific lobbyist in Trenton. Somehow, Fido, Rover and other four-legged friends have convinced lawmakers in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to support a bill that would limit the number of dogs euthanized ...

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STATEWIDE - Well, this changes everything. Apparently, we now have the go-ahead to give the middle finger to cops who routinely pull us over. A federal appeals court has ruled a Michigan woman's constitutional rights were violated when she gave the Jersey salute to a cop in 2017. At first, the ...

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CAMDEN - It was in 1997 when City Clerk Luis Pastoriza took a second jobas the registrar of vital statistics. And now he thinks it's about damn time he gets paid. Pastoriza is demanding to plead his case to a jury, claiming in a lawsuit that he has been flatly denied compensation for those 22 years ...

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TRENTON - Fixing what ain't broke remains a favorite pastime of our stateLegislature, with some senators trying to ram through legislation tomorrow that would allow public schools to operate public child care centers for babies as young as six weeks old. Huh? Such a bill would require taxpayers to ...

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STATEWIDE - Gun owners are furious that Gov. Phil Murphy is proposing$9 million more in gun fees and taxes, noting it now costs less to get a handgun permit than a dog license in New Jersey.  The more the opposition complains about the bill, the more it seems like an absolutely terrific idea. Case ...

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STATEWIDE - Hey, did you hear this one: "A minister, a rabbi and an imam pull into a parking lot... and they are all taxed."  It's no joke, contends NJ.com, which reports the new Trump tax rules regard free parking at houses of worship to be a taxable benefit for employees. The law slaps a 21 ...

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PRINCETON - So, the sale of a choir college will bring down the United States? Apparently so, says two Republican lawmakers from Sussex County. They are trying to block the sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese Communists. Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space say the buyer, Kaiwen ...

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OFF THE RAILS - It is early in the state's budget season. Very, very early. But Gov. Phil Murphy knows it is political suicide to attempt to dare raise fares on NJ Transit, as commuters have been clinging to their last nerve for years. His fiscal 2020 budget throws $100 million at the beleaguered ...

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