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Jaffe Morning Briefing

July 6, 2022

TRENTON – Bring em’ on. The more gun restrictions in New Jersey, the better. And that’s why we should also welcome seven new gun laws the governor signed yesterday. Let’s now celebrate that people must actually learn how to fire a gun before getting a gun permit. New Jersey is also banning 50 ...

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TRENTON – With the state budget signed and the governor heading off to his Italian villa on vacation, it’s time to catch up on all that was missed. Hmm. Here’s one, from the pile:  New Jerseyans who buy electric cars receive a nice gift from the state, up to $5,000 off the purchase or lease, ...

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**The Jaffe Briefing will be on break, returning Tuesday, July 5** TRENTON – As media tries to chip away at the new $50.6 billion state budget in the final hours before lawmakers adopt the plan and flee Trenton for the holiday, Politico is focusing on line items related to public schools.

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TRENTON – There’s no clever angle to describe what’s happened to Roe v. Wade.  Let’s just localize it for New Jersey, with confirmation from Gov. Phil Murphy that a woman’s right to decide what to do with her own body is safe in this state, for now.  The governor said: “it is incumbent that we do ...

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TRENTON – So, it looks like New Jersey has a budget that Democrats can live with: a $50.6 billion spending plan with no additional taxes, a $6 billion rainy-day fund and a full payment for the underfunded pension system, Politico reports. The highlights – thanks to this unprecedented amount of ...

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TRENTON – Gun control may not be in the national headlines today, yet there needs to be a constant drumbeat to force lawmakers to act before the next crisis. So, let’s push it to the forefront, celebrating that the Assembly advanced a package of bills yesterday to further tighten the state’s ...

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ON THE ROAD – Politico states the obvious: the Holland Tunnel offers two lanes heading in and out of New Jersey. And, unless there is some super project to somehow expand vehicular capacity under the Hudson, the Holland Tunnel will remain the same, always. And that’s why some locals are scratching ...

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OFF THE RAILS – NJ Transit is back in the news, after the rail agency was forced to cancel all trains during rush hour on Friday night. Sigh, and why? NJ Transit's locomotive engineers didn’t show up, causing 80 trains to vanish off the board. Engineer call-outs were nearly triple the rate of an ...

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TRENTON – After all the glorious debate about what to do with $9 billion in record tax revenue, New Jersey now has the answer: $2 billion in property tax relief. Gov. Phil Murphy and state legislative leaders unveiled the long-awaited plan yesterday, announcing that more than 2 million homeowners ...

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STATEWIDE – To the dismay and disappointment of your local bodega owner, you no longer need to enter his corner store to buy your lottery tickets. Politicoreports on a new third-party app, called Jackpocket, in which you can simply swipe to buy tickets, create pools and collect your winnings, if ...

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Happy July! Independence Day is right around the corner, and we have all the details of where you can catch those nighttime fireworks! Check out all the fun-filled events coming up this week! Monday, July 1  Roseanna Vitro’s Music Mondays 8-11 pm Where: Tavern on George Presented by the ...

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