Jaffe Morning Briefing

September 22, 2020

TRENTON – Sorry to lead with a budget story, as we know you demand titillating excitement every morning. But this is important: State lawmakers have ground out a nine-month state budget, to the tune of $32.7 billion, which whacks millionaires, corporations and health insurers. Luckily, the ...

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Editor’s Note: It is a momentous moment! The Jaffe Briefing has surpassed 35,000 subscribers, growing from just 450 readers in 2011. Thank you to all in New Jersey who support our growing morning newsletter. STATEWIDE – Seniors read. Seniors talk to each other. Seniors vote. So why are seniors ...

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BEDMINSTER – In this Trump era, the news is numbing. The President’s ethical lapses are met with seething outrage on one side, and dismissive shrugs on the other.  Still, reporters are trying to educate the masses, for those who still read blurbs with more than 280 characters. NJ.com, for example, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - OK, call us excited. Rutgers football is back! Yet we don't know the fall schedule, we don't know if any fans will be able to go to the “away” games, we don't know how, if and when the coronavirus will affect the season. Heck, we don't even know if Rutgers supports this, or if this ...

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EAST RUTHERFORD – There was at least one item of interest from the Giants opening loss to the Steelers on Monday – the apparent UFO flying in an ominous dusk sky over the Meadowlands. Stunned gawkers pulled their eyes off their TVs, likely just as Daniel Jones was running away from another sack, to ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY – C’mon people. Those who claim mail-in voting does not work have yet another botched election in which to wag their fingers. Politico reports that nearly 1,700 mail-in ballots for the July primary went uncounted for two months, as they were apparently sitting in a mislabeled ...

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STATEWIDE – When the very first Model T chugged down Route 27 in 1908, let’s assume the motorist was heading to the state’s very first MVC office. And let’s assume he was welcomed by an unexplainable line of impatient people and one overwhelmed employee, already surly and on a smoke break. Long, ...

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NEW YORK – The pandemic is also affecting today’s solemn remembrance of the September 11 terrorist attacks, as there will be no live readings of victims’ names at the World Trade Center. But none of us can never forget, 19 years ago today. We continue to pay our respects. STATEWIDE – Remember ...

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TRENTON – As numerous government, business and non-profit entities are howling over proposed cuts in the upcoming state budget, Gov. Phil Murphy is busy promoting his “baby bonds” program. It sounds kinda off-message to hype a program that would hand out a $1,000 savings bond for each baby born to ...

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TRENTON – Expect plenty of colorful language – with some choice adjectives and verbs – as state lawmakers comb through constituent emails this week. That’s because New Jerseyans are now greatly limited in how they can express their opinions about the proposed state budget. Rather than the ...

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STATEWIDE – If you’ve awoken today to 14 eblasts, three robocalls and your Facebook feed filled with wild accusations, it could mean only one thing: politicians are welcoming you to the official start of their campaign season in New Jersey. Yep, summer is waaay over, folks. Time to pull yourself ...

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The Jaffe Briefing begins its summer hiatus today, returning right after Labor Day.  We are now accepting ads for the fall, in which you can reach nearly 30,000 business and government leaders in New Jersey each day. Click here to learn more or contact the office at 908-789-0700. TRENTON - It is ...

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The Jaffe Briefing begins its summer hiatus on Wednesday, August 5, returning right after Labor Day. We are now accepting ads for the fall, in which you can reach nearly 30,000 business and government leaders in New Jersey each day. Click here to learn more or contact the office at ...

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STATEWIDE - Not to overstate things in the slightest, but this November's election could be the most important in our country's history. As one particular top-tiered candidate is already yelling "Fraud!," it is vital that New Jersey not mess how it conducts the election. Gov. Phil Murphy certainly ...

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STATEWIDE – On top of everything else, what’s the deal with these stupid seeds? New Jersey mailboxes, like those from around the country, are receiving these strange packages from China that we did not order. Sure, we were expecting knock-off handbags, bogus sports jerseys and fake watches in the ...

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STATEWIDE — Now, this is bound to work out well for New Jersey taxpayers. (Not!) Lawmakers have been cooking up a bill to allow local governments to borrow a bucket-load of moolah — up to 30% of their annual budgets, NJ Spotlight reports — to help offset what they’ve lost during the pandemic.

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JACKSON – If you could afford a mansion on Airbnb, why would you rent smack in the middle of Central Jersey suburbia? Probably to invite 700 or so partiers who appear to have zero concern about the pandemic. Assume there were less masks than shot glasses, as it took local cops until 1 a.m. to ...

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STATEWIDE — Another thing we kvetch about: Our state's gas tax. Well, fuel up for some more complaining because, according to NJ Spotlight, “If you buy gas in New Jersey, you might be paying more before long.” It’s all based on the current pace of gas-tax collections — uh-oh! — and what affect ...

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STATEWIDE – First, the alarming news: Another 25,000 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment this week. But a silver lining: The numbers are down by 12,000 applicants from last week. NJ Spotlight reports that there have been more than 1.4 million claims filed in this state since the pandemic started – ...

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STATEWIDE - For those who have been holed up at home since March, a bottle of booze is likely an easy arm’s length away. But even with this spike of at-home drinkers, there hasn’t been enough take-out business for the state’s distilled spirits industry, claiming much of the $4.6 billion industry ...

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LONG BRANCH – So, a beachfront mansion owner installs a bunch of off-putting amenities on his oceanfront beach: Six white canopies, wooden planters with palm trees, a professional-looking volleyball net, orange traffic cones and a sign reading “No Trespassing.” All this on a half-acre of sand in ...

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STATEWIDE – Will these kids ever leave the dang house? That remains frightfully unclear, as Gov. Phil Murphy is now giving us the choice to decide if we want to send our cherubs to school this fall. Instead, parents can opt for “all-remote learning,” akin to what we all dealt with since March, ...

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TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy sure likes to bill himself as “Captain Transparency.” But when it comes to delivering facts about how he’s spending more than $5 billion in federal funds to cope with COVID-19, this masked crusader may not be living up to the big red “T” emblazoned on his chest. Sure, he ...

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DOVER – Hey, mess up your own parks. That’s the message for all those slobs from Pennsylvania and New York, who have been heading to the 420-acre Hedden County Park this summer. They’ve fouled the bathrooms in indescribable ways, littered everywhere, drank themselves silly, built illegal fires and ...

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BARNEGAT LIGHT – Snapping pictures of female lifeguards’ butts touched off a tidal wave of trouble. A councilwoman took the photos as proof that most of the borough’s two dozen female lifeguards aren’t wearing shorts over their municipal-issued two-piece swimsuits. Upset lifeguards demanded ...

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STATEWIDE - First, we couldn't vacation by plane or boat. Now, by car? Hitting the open road will be a bit more limited for vacationing New Jerseyans, desperate to get the heck out of here for R&R. New Jersey officials have hiked the number of states where we just shouldn't go, as they try to ...

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STATEWIDE – Hey, buddy, can you spare some change? Sure, times are tough, but these nickels and dimes are especially needed as our sputtering nation is dealing with yet another blow: a national change shortage. First COVID, then a shattered economy, and now this. (Can 2020 suck anymore?) The ...

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TRENTON – Consider it the $10 Billion Week in New Jersey, as state lawmakers will set a speed record for borrowing a whopping pile of cash. Gov. Phil Murphy is agreeing to a $9.9 billion plan to keep the lights on, as the plan zips through the Senate with a committee hearing tomorrow and a full ...

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TOMS RIVER – Even before all those Halloween pop-up stores begin cropping up next month – for those who must absolutely have their costumes really, really early – there is already some COVID-related Halloween news to report: the announcement of the first parade being canceled because of this damn ...

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TRENTON – No surprise that not everyone is on board with Gov. Phil Murphy’s mandate for all of us to wear masks outside. Of course, there are some concerned Republicans, who’ve been known to fire off a press release, or maybe two, just to be critical of anything. And there’s lawmakers like Sen.

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