Jaffe Morning Briefing

September 16, 2019

CLIFTON – It’s a sad morning, with no gum-cracking waitress calling us “hon” or warming up our coffee for the 8th time. Why? Because for likely the first Monday morning since the Truman Administration, the Tick Tock Diner is not slinging eggs and bacon on the side of Route 3. The landmark diner was ...

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CHERRY HILL – School officials may be backing down from their much-maligned tuna fish policy that spurred a statewide outcry. Alarmed by the number of students not paying for school lunches, totaling over $14,000, district leaders decided to crack down with a fishy new policy. Kids who owe ...

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STATEWIDE – If New Jersey is truly pro-business, it needs to give a boost to the weary small business owner, the backbone of the state’s economy. These are the people coping with high downtown rents, no advertising budgets, a minimal workforce to cover a mountain of responsibility, and often ...

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TRENTON – It is unclear when Mercer County will be attacked by foreign armies, storming the shores of the Delaware to rape and pillage. But we need to be prepared now. That is why the freeholders are set to blow $287,000 on Thursday night to buy an armored vehicle, Planet Princeton reports. Some ...

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STATEWIDE – An alleged shortage of White Claw hard seltzer could mean one of two things: Either the company’s complete misunderstanding of supply v. demand, or one of the most coordinated schemes of marketing genius ever seen. With a “shortage” of this tasteless, yet strangely popular, alcoholic ...

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DEPTFORD – It’s all good in Jersey this morning. That’s because we are now home to the largest amount of corn cobs on a single plant. It’s true! The Courier Post reports a local retiree has shattered a Guinness world record. It began when he noticed a particularly spry cornstalk over the summer, ...

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MILFORD – Crazy New Jerseyans are always in the news. Like in Westerly, RI., where a 26-year-old guy from Milford broke into Taylor Swift’s waterfront home to kick off the Labor Day weekend. He made sure to take his shoes off, as he told police he wanted “to be polite” as he ruffled around the ...

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STATEWIDE – It is Back to School, and for many kids, it is the sad return to the hallways, locker rooms and lunch tables, all bastions for bullying. And it’s no longer just about an ill-timed wedgie.  Cyber-bullying follows students home and continues every waking hour that he or she looks at ...

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DOWN THE SHORE – Still enjoying that summer place in Lavallette, Long Branch or maybe LBI? Well, get out while you can. You can probably still find an unwitting buyer who hasn’t perused the latest issue of Science Magazine, with a study that says your waterfront get-away will ultimately be swimming ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will be on vacation Monday, August 26, returning Tuesday, Sept. 3 NEWARK – City officials to downtown businesses: Stay away Monday. That’s the blunt message, as the city scrambles to host MTV’s Video Music Awards on Monday night at the Prudential Center. This is an ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will be on vacation Monday, August 26, returning Tuesday, Sept. 3 JERSEY CITY – You live here, and you just want to get some sleep. But the city is home to a growing number of Airbnb homes; the ideal place for penny-pinching tourists eager to flee the NYC hotel rates. The ...

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COLTS NECK – First, a word from America’s lousiest tipper. You may recall how state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon went on social media to out a customer at a Colts Neck restaurant who tipped only 74 cents on a $119 tab. Now, the tipper is telling the Asbury Park Press that he would have tipped even less, ...

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DOWN THE SHORE – The New York Times has this all-too-common move when it comes to its aloof coverage of New Jersey. It swoops in on an over-reported trend story, and writes it like it is the first time any of us heard about such “news.” Apparently, nothing happens officially in New Jersey until The ...

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CHERRY HILL – Hard to tell when tuna fish became so darn punitive, but that may be the punishment for local students who run a debt in the cafeteria. The Philly Inquirer reports the school district wants to crack down on deadbeats. If a kid amasses a $10 debt, he or she gets slapped with a tuna ...

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NEWARK – KISS came to Newark last night; our curious writers were there. Some takeaways: Fun, cheesy, loud and a real throwback to another era. KISS gives exactly what you expect: 1970s-era pyrotechnics, outrageous outfits, blood, and long solos to remind everyone they are real musicians. Some ...

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TRENTON – Marinara with dearly departed Mario? Herring with dead Harriet? Sloppy Joes with, well, you know… With the stroke of his pen, Gov. Phil Murphy is now letting us eat and drink at funeral homes, as we mourn our loved ones. That means you can mix your condolences with condiments (hot sauce, ...

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TRENTON – Anyone with a teenager knows they can magically slumber way past noon. It will be rude awakening when school resumes in a few short weeks. But, for the lucky kids in five school districts, the bell won’t ring until after 8:30 a.m., giving the students some extra minutes of cherished, ...

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WOODBRIDGE – We all want to Save the Whales, fight climate change and magically remove the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. And, so it seems there’s very little space left in our activism to go after an aquarium set to open this fall. Yet, NJ.comreports, eight animal activists spent a beautiful Sunday ...

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ELIZABETH – Now, apparently, we are all supposed to hate Ronald Reagan. City activists are calling on the school board to strip the Gipper’s name from the “Ronald Reagan Academy” after an audio recording surfaced from 1971, in which then California Gov. Reagan referred to African delegates to the ...

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TRENTON – Things should start perking up in Trenton, with word that Gov. Phil Murphy is set to return today after 13 days of overseas vacation. NJ.com reports the governor will have little time to enjoy all his photos of sun and surf, as the bills from the state Legislature have been piling up on ...

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OCEAN CITY – The smell of desperation is in the ocean air as city officials seek a magic way to keep aggressive seagulls from swooping down on tourists to snatch their curly fries and funnel cakes. The city has come up with a $2,100-a-day solution, paying a Lodi-based “master falconer” nearly ...

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CLIFTON - With word the Rolling Stones stopped by the Tick Tock Dinerfor a bite before Saturday's show at the Meadowlands, here's the big question now: What iconic Jersey joint will be the band's choice for good eats before they take the stage for tonight's big gig? Perhaps sliced steak at the Lido ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will not publish next week - we return Monday, Aug. 5 STATEWIDE - Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman had been your friendly,local congresswoman, virtually guaranteed re-election every two years to the gerrymandered seat. But now, many in the 12thth ...

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TRENTON - Move over, "Real Housewives:" the best reality show in New Jersey is happening at the state's Schools Development Authority.  In the latest episode of this ever-unfolding drama, Gov. Phil Murphy has fired 30 state workers, announced yesterday, after it was revealed that most shouldn't ...

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TRENTON - After the Great Recession, New Jersey's rainy-day fund ran dry, prompting Gov. Phil Murphy to sign a fiscal '20 budget that earmarks $401 million to shore it up. Not too shabby. But, of course, the state should be doing a lot more. NJ Spotlight reports that the heavy-hitting Volcker ...

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MIDDLETOWN - Is Jon Bon Jovi the latest New Jersey millionaire to flee to Florida? Media reported the rocker bought a five-bedroom oceanfront villa in Palm Beach for $10 million last March. And now his 18,000-square-foot Middletown mansion is up for sale. The price is only available "by request," ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - Some potentially good news for freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who may be running for re-election against a loony right-winger who served as a senior aide in the Trump Administration. New Jersey Globereports that the anti-gay Robert Patterson, who lost to Rep. Donald Norcross ...

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STATEWIDE - It's so hot that Vanilla Ice changed his name to just 'Vanilla.' It's so hot that Dick Cheney is waterboarding himself. It's so hot that two trees are fighting over a dog. Yeah, it's hot out there, says the National Weather Service, which has issued a days-long excessive heat watch for ...

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STATEWIDE - Move along, Baby Boomers. That's the message of Generation X, as Rutgers researchers report that the Boomers are finally relinquishing the reigns of power in New Jersey and are now focused on retirement. RU Economist James Hughes is calling it "the greatest age structure transformation ...

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ON THE ROADS - It's as common in New Jersey as a bagel with schmear: Those annoying $50 fines for E-ZPass violations. But while it has been super EZ for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to slap on these fees, an appellate court is now wondering if the charges are excessive, NJ 101.5 reports. There ...

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