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Jaffe Morning 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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will not publish tomorrow, returning Friday. STATEWIDE – Cicadas emerge every 17 years in New Jersey, but – right now – insurance adjusters are even rarer. The Record reports that many property and vehicle owners have been waiting and waiting for an adjuster to show up ...

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STATEWIDE – When we talk about the trillions of dollars that the U.S. government is throwing around these days, New Jersey has just one ask: Increase the $10,000 federal tax deduction on our property taxes. Even though Democrats run things in New Jersey and on Capitol Hill, New Jersey appears to ...

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STATEWIDE – Want a no-win situation? Start debating public education during a pandemic. The kiddies are all back at school. But what’s going on, NJ.com asks? School districts are at full capacity. Masks are required. School employees are vaccinated or routinely tested. And there’s no at-home ...

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** The Jaffe Briefing is heading down the shore, returning Monday, Sept. 13 ** EAST RUTHERFORD – Since Giants Stadium opened in 1976 – with the Giants promptly losing to the Cowboys in front of 76,042 fans – Meadowlands traffic has been a nightmare. And the area has only become more and more ...

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STATEWIDE – Once upon a time, getting a teaching gig was a real coup. Not now, however. Just like virtually every other business, it has become increasingly more challenging for school districts to land good, qualified staff. NJ Spotlight reports that many teachers aren’t interested in getting in ...

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STATEWIDE – If you work with kids in New Jersey, get vaccinated. That’s the latest directive from Gov. Phil Murphy, following news leaked last week that he would be requiring all people working in schools – public, private, parochial, charter, renaissance, preschools or whatever else we aren’t ...

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HACKENSACK – Crying over spilled marinara sauce? That’s the case for an Englewood woman who is suing Brooklyn’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Hackensack. She says she dropped the cup of sauce all over her jeans in May 2017 while driving home from the pizzeria, armed with a pizza and mozzarella sticks. She ...

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TOMS RIVER – When it comes to public health, we need to be on the same page, right? Well, that’s not happening this election season, for sure, as GOP gubernatorial challenger Jack Ciattarelli appeared at a local school board meeting on Wednesday to gin up the anti-mask crowd. It all began with a ...

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STATEWIDE – We’re told to kill those spotted lantern butterflies that seem to be everywhere these days, destroying our vegetation and trees. But getting rid of them is not so easy, as NJ.com learned. First, these invasive bugs are quick. Don’t expect just a swift stomp. Figure you have at least ...

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STATEWIDE – Not long ago getting a vaccination appointment was a really big deal. And it looks like we will all be lining up again, as the feds are recommending that we should all get a booster shot after eight months of being fully vaccinated. Well, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work, ...

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READINGTON – Local residents are in a bit of a fog lately, as an abandoned Walmart on Route 22 is now being used as a full-fledged cannabis cultivation operation. Dozens of residents have complained to town officials about this constant odor of skunk in the neighborhood, as the manufacturer has not ...

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NOT IN NEW JERSEY – So, Gov. Phil Murphy is vacationing at his Italian villa. While we have not yet been invited to tour the lavish grounds and visit for a week or two, we can only assume it is lovely. Meanwhile, Republicans see his summer vacation as an opportunity. It is a great narrative: As New ...

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STATEWIDE – So, the U.S. Census came out yesterday, and what does that mean for New Jersey? Well, the population is up 6% over the past 10 years, to 9.3 million, countering all those tired news stories about how people are “fleeing” the state. It also means New Jersey is keeping all 12 seats in ...

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STATEWIDE – The U.S. Census figures are coming out today. While you may be wondering why we would lead with such ho-hum news, it is really a big deal, with its own share of drama for nerds like us. Newark will learn if it is no longer the biggest city in the state, perhaps usurped by Jersey City.

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TRENTON – This city’s scrappy tabloid is getting comeuppance from City Council members who are fed up with its punchy coverage of their often eye-popping antics. The council voted 4-2 to yank all legal advertisements from The Trentonian, giving $10,000 worth of annual public notices only to The ...

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STATEWIDE – Are hordes of COVID-infected immigrants really streaming across our southern border to infect us all? Gov. Phil Murphy says such allegations are “tin foil hat stuff,” and he’s blaming his GOP challengers.“The people I'm running against started repeating this ridiculous Fox News ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – If gubernatorial candidates are looking for meaty, contentious, headline-grabbing issues during the dog days of August, they can thank the pandemic. With the delta variant here, Gov. Phil Murphy and his contender, Jack Ciattarreli seem miles apart on how to respond, the ...

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STATEWIDE – Surprising no one, Gov. Phil Murphy will announce today that, yes, masks will be mandated in the public schools this fall. He will be in East Brunswick today to make the important announcement, back-peddling on his initial plan to have a full-time, in-person school reopening in the fall ...

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STATEWIDE – Finally some good news for landlords unable to collect a nickel in rent during the pandemic. After much howling from landlord groups, furious over the ongoing moratorium to boot out non-payers, Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a law that ends the shield on renters whose earnings exceed a ...

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STATEWIDE – New Jersey is often in a New York state of mind, which makes the Big Apple’s landmark decision to require vaccination cards in public indoor spaces by Sept. 13 to be particularly newsworthy. Mandates are a critical way to finally get rid of the delta variant. If you want to go to a ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – Welcome back to the stage, former Sen. Diana Allen. The moderate Republican from South Jersey is making a comeback, as the running mate for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Jack Ciattarelli. Allen is to be rolled out tomorrow as the candidate for lieutenant governor, with as much ...

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RIDGEWOOD – Plenty of drama surrounds this village’s new parking garage. Yes, seriously, the Record reports. The first issue: no one can find the Hudson Street garage, despite the fact the four-story, 240-space structure is one of the tallest in the downtown. The $12 million structure is tucked ...

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WESTFIELD – Is a local story about federally-funded tote bags really statewide news? Yes, if it happens to be in New Jersey Globe, reporting about scandal in leafy Westfield. The town used some of its federal CARES Act money to buy 2,000 tote bags last year, hoping to spread holiday cheer and ...

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TRENTON – So, yeah, masks are now “strongly recommended” indoors where there are crowds, says Gov. Phil Murphy, following the latest federal guidance. While this is a sensible request, as the COVID numbers rise in the state, not everyone is on board. Just ask super-conservative Sen. Michael ...

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STATEWIDE – Gov. Phil Murphy scored some quick mid-summer PR yesterday, dropping a press release announcing that nine rest areas on the Garden State Parkway will be renamed after New Jersey icons. But it may take some time for all to gel. Will we really start saying stuff like, “Hey, hit me up for ...

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STATEWIDE – Even the Washington Post now realizes New Jersey’s awkward relationship with the feds. The Garden State famously gives more tax dollars to Uncle Sam than it can ever dream of getting back in financial aid, infrastructure and other goodies. (In fiscal 2018, New Jersey received less back ...

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ROSELLE PARK – The story of a local woman with vulgar anti-Biden signs appeared to be over after a municipal court judge sided with basic logic and decency, ordering her to remove them from her fence. But now the ACLU is involved, for some reason, representing the resident in this senseless legal ...

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