Jaffe Morning Briefing

November 19, 2018

STATEWIDE - As it will require a joint effort among state lawmakers to pass a weed bill, with a Nov. 26 public hearing as the next step, expect declining prices to be a burning issue. Green-eyed legislators calling for legalized pot in New Jersey point to the gobs of sales tax revenue that could be ...

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STUCK - It's as if the entire state forgot how to deal with snow at the exact same time. The autumn storm created havoc during yesterday's commute, with cops responding to hundreds of crashes. Hours of traffic. Roads closed. Speed restrictions on major highways. Cars piled all over the place, or ...

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STATEWIDE - What?? Early dismissals in schools around the state? And for what?? Snow? Are you kidding? Isn't it just mid-November? A real winter weather advisory? A big wintry mix of sleet, snow and rain to hit in north and central Jersey this afternoon? Up to six inches? Really? ...

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WAYNE - There are many stupid reasons to drive drunk. But, a 57-year-old West Milford man came up with a real doozy, telling cops he drank too much and rear-ended another car Sunday night "because the Jets suck!" Apparently, this driver guzzled way too much whiskey, after suffering through his ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS - You love Bowcraft? Like, really, really so? Wow, now is your golden chance to grab the ideal souvenir, as Bowcraft is closing is doors after seven decades of thrills and chills. A Somerville company is selling all the rides, as the 13-acre site is bulldozed and turned into another ...

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STATEWIDE - Imagine real funding for the Gateway Tunnel, for our weary commuters. Or restoration of the full federal tax deduction on state and local taxes, for our weary wallets. Or a ban on oil drilling off our treasured shore. All these things could very well happen, NJ.com reports, with the ...

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NOT IN NJ - Chris Christie for Attorney General? There was a time, not too long ago, that idea would make people spray mouthfuls of coffee all over their computers. But, these are even stranger times with New Jersey being the West Wing's whipping boy. So, the fact that Christie is on the short list ...

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OFF THE RAILS - A big winner in Tuesday's mid-term election could be the Gateway Project, the political football that many argue is the most paramount infrastructure project in the nation. The President has famously ignored the $13 billion plan, after Chris Christie cancelled an earlier version, to ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - Finally, bleary-eyed Democrats were able to creep out of their homes this morning, and see some light. After two years of living in bizarro TrumpWorld, with both houses of Congress comprising bobble-headed sycophants scared to run afoul of wacky White House talking points, ...

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TODAY IS ELECTION DAY - GO VOTE Click HERE to verify your registration Click HERE to find your polling location Or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837)  ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - For $36 million, you can spend the rest of your life on a luxury ...

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AT THE POLLS - New Jersey is proudly welcoming 150,000 new registered voters, but will they show up tomorrow? That's the hot-button question as state Democrats salivate with the opportunity to overthrow some House seats in New Jersey. Voter registration has jumped nicely in New Jersey, mostly ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - The big message this campaign season: If you want to make a change, Vote! And it looks like New Jerseyans have finally gotten the message, as the Department of State reports there are 150,000 new registered voters gearing up for Tuesday's mid-term elections, NJ ...

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MOORESTOWN - Halloween is officially over; that can only mean one thing: Holiday sales! Yup, it's time to breathlessly race to the mall, while you still have time to Buy, Buy, Buy! It is the ideal time for NJ 101.5 to tell the story of a Moorestown art teacher on an anti-consumption campaign. Julia ...

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 6 Click HERE to verify your registration Click HERE to find your polling location Or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837)   NEW BRUNSWICK - We root and root and root. But there is absolutely nothing left in the ...

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 6 Click HERE to verify your registration Click HERE to find your polling location Or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837) ASBURY PARK - Hey buddy, can you spare $100?  That's the least it will cost panhandlers, ...

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 6 Click HERE to verify your registration Click HERE to find your polling location Or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837) STATEWIDE - Three days left until Halloween, and you still have absolutely no clue about ...

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BELLMAWR - Good eyes at Goodwill, where workers spotted framed pages from an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with the iconic "Unite or Die" snake design on the masthead. It is a tremendous find, says history buffs, with the frayed Dec. 28, 1774, edition of the "Pennsylvania Journal and the ...

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MIDDLETOWN - The band Blondie pioneered the new wave and punk scenes in the 1970s. Today, its founder, Debbie Harry, now 73 is more concerned with Stevenson Park, where there is a controversial plan to build soccer fields. Her home abuts the park, where she walks her dogs, says the Asbury Park ...

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TRENTON - After Bridgegate, a multi-million-dollar investigation that ground Trenton to a halt, New Jerseyans are wary of yet another lengthy investigation of a governor primed to consume headlines and make rich attorneys even richer, on the taxpayer's dime. But the state is looking down the barrel ...

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TRENTON - Pot smokers aren't your only typical slackers. Apparently, the New Jersey Legislature is a little sluggish these days, as well, when it comes to keeping with its self-imposed deadline to vote on legalizing pot. Everyone around the bong has been talking about Oct. 29, the deadline for the ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will be on Fall Break beginning Monday, returning Oct. 23 Voter registration deadline for the November 2018 election is Tuesday, October 16 Click HERE to see if you're already registered Or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will be on Fall Break beginning Monday, returning Oct. 23 OFF THE RAILS - Rail cars that are 40 years old. Buses that have run up 500,000 miles. And no plan to replace any of them. That's just one of the findings in the NJ Transit audit released ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will be on Fall Break beginning Monday, returning Oct. 23 OFF THE RAILS - NJ Transit riders: Sorry. Besides the chronically-cancelled, jam-packed trains, it looks as if commuters will also be slapped with rate hikes beginning next summer, to pay ...

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TRENTON - Legislative aides are getting raises, and you can assume that will tick off taxpayers. But it has been a really, really long-time coming. For 16 years, each member of the state Assembly has only had $110,000 for staff salaries. As time has gone by, and the jobless rate has dropped, it has ...

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STATEWIDE - Hope this doesn't make you more jittery: After all, New Jerseyans are the most stressed-out Americans. That's the latest word from Zippia, a California career counseling service, whose staff analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from 2012-16. New Jersey earned top honors because we "work ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - There's actually a battle for the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey. Republicans believe they may have a fighting chance of reclaiming a Senate seat - the first time since 1972. However, Quinnipiac pollsters still give a strong edge to Sen. Bob Menendez over his challenger, a ...

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STATEWIDE - How can any leader, with any degree of power, ignore the latest report of the Regional Plan Association? This one says that about half the tidal wetlands in the metro region could be underwater by the end of the century because of sea level rise, NJ Spotlight reports. We are talking ...

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NUTLEY - So, we haven't exactly read beyond Page 2 of the governor's 64-page blueprint to kick-start the state's economy, but, so far, so good. Gov. Phil Murphy envisions the state as a haven for start-up companies, fueled by a much smarter way to hand out state tax incentives. He wants us to think ...

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NUTLEY - It's been hyped for a few weeks, and now New Jersey will hear a long-awaited speech from Gov. Phil Murphy about his plans to supercharge the state's economy. The speech, at noon today at a biotech in Nutley, promises to show a "stronger and fairer" New Jersey, while promoting "a diverse ...

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TRENTON - Gov. Phil Murphy's rosy vision of free college in New Jersey is one step closer to reality, with 13,000 students from low-income families getting a financial boost beginning in January. It's part of a lofty pilot program, armed with $25 million in state funding. Hard to fathom how this ...

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