The Jaffe Briefing - June 5, 2017



ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - When it all started, we had big dreams of Cory Booker v. Phil Murphy v. Steve Sweeney v. Steve Fulop in a bloodbath of a Democratic primary for governor. But all the political intrigue never materialized, as Murphy appears to be walking away with the party's nomination, after spending $20 million or so. And it looks like he will be going after Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno this fall as the GOP candidate, after she spent nearly eight years working for Gov. Chris Christie, yet doesn't ever seem to mention him. While tomorrow's primary election is not the nail biter once envisioned, make sure to vote and show you are paying close attention. Not to overstate, but this election will be critical to the future of the state.

PATERSON - The owners of the Dawa convenience store are likely scratching their heads this morning, trying to come up with a new, catchy name for their corner store. That's because the copyright lawyers at Wawa successfully sued the mom-and-pop business to protect the mega-business with 700 convenience stores in six states. "Dawa" is a casual way to say "come in" in Korean and is interpreted to mean "welcome." Yeah, yeah. But lawyers argued Wawa has spent a fortune on its reputation and these Dawa people are nipping awfully close. Says a Wawa spokesperson: "We wish them nothing but success. Just without our name included."

Sign Up for E-News

ON THE RAILS - You go, Governor, bring home the billions! There's high, high hopes that Gov. Chris Christie will capitalize on what we hope is still a cozy friendship with the President, as he will be talking this week with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao about the billions needed for Gateway, a series of projects to finally modernize our crappy rail service across the Hudson. NJ 1015 reports the project could cost $20 billion (or so) over seven years (or so) and, of course, Jersey is flat broke. Christie remains optimistic, recognizing that Trump is a real estate guy (with plenty of investment in NYC) and fully believes Gateway is "not going to slide through the cracks."

BEDMINSTER - Rep. Tom MacArthur - lambasted by many of his voters for leading the President's health care reform efforts - is now clearly living in Trump World. The congressman has a high-end fundraiser at Trump National Bedminster, with you-know-who as the special guest on June 11, WOBM reports. Just $5,400 a couple, but perhaps all attendees will receive complimentary Trump neckwear. We could suggest the MacArthur campaign reimburse taxpayers for the tremendous security costs of having the President show up at his fundraiser, but, really, that just seems fair, not at all practical.


STATEWIDE - We often hear how no one cares about local news, which is why your daily newspaper has the heft of a pamphlet found on a car windshield. Yet TAPInto somehow keeps bucking the trend, out with its latest circulation figures among 60 franchised sites in New Jersey and New York. Readership is up 32 percent in a year-to-year comparison, ending May 31, with 6.1 million users and 150,000 Facebook friends. Check out sites like TAPInto New Brunswick and TAPInto Newark, providing daily coverage of cities without the financial burden of print or delivery.

TRENTON - And in, surprisingly, more good news for New Jersey media, there's $332 million coming from proceeds of a nationwide auction of broadcast airwaves. Of course, a huge chunk will be going to the state treasury. But, NJ Spotlight notes, about $100 million could possibly go to enhancing news coverage, through legislation proposed by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden). They want to create a nonprofit Civic Information Consortium in New Jersey, with grants provided over five years to media organizations, community groups, and others to counteract a decline in the state's newspaper industry, eroding local coverage. Others have other ideas, of course, how to spend the wheelbarrow of cash. But, finally, a good debate to have.


AUGUSTA, Maine - Let's assume it was "Message Received" at town hall, where a disgruntled resident believed that municipal workers weren't hearing his complaints about bed bugs in his former apartment. One Friday, he stopped by to ask for some financial assistance, but was told he didn't qualify. And, so like any normal person, he returned with 100 or so bed bugs, which he slammed on the counter, releasing them everywhere, the Kennebec Journal reports. Town Hall then had to be sprayed. Or, as municipal workers translated, an early weekend.


Perhaps this day in 1888 was not the best one for President Grover Cleveland, who blocked a war widow from getting her husband's pension. Because the soldier suffered from insanity, stemming from his Civil War battles, he killed himself. But since the widow could not prove his death was related to military service, no pension for her.


Notabilia - [no-tuh-BEEL-ee-uh] - noun

Definition: Matters, events or items worthy of note

Example: This issue of the Jaffe Briefing talks about winners, widows, weather and other notabilia.



Editor's Note:  Jaffe Communications is the franchisee/publisher of TAPinto New Brunswick.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - March 19, 2018


TRENTON - New Jersey, one of the only employers who pays its workers for unused sick time, and then appears mystified when it struggles to balance its budget, may finally be capping sick-leave payouts.  The proposal, obviously unpopular with labor unions, has been discussed before, but not with traction. It is back in the mix again, to cap payouts ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 16, 2018


ON THE RAILS - Another commuting mess this morning, as the antiquated Portal Bridge got stuck in the "up" position at 4:22 a.m.  That caused a bunch of rush hour trains to be cancelled between Newark and Manhattan for four hours or so.  Both NJTransit and Amtrak riders were completely screwed. You may recall the proposed Gateway ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 15, 2018


NEW BRUNSWICK - When you rent out apartments to Rutgers students, expect some surprises. But one landlord received a shocker beyond expectation: a $8,117.07 water bill for the last three months of 2017, TAPInto New Brunswick reports. The landlord went to the City Council meeting this week, pleading that the bill on his Comstock Street ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 14, 2018


TRENTON - Ever since we met Gov. Phil Murphy, he has been talking about the same stuff: higher taxes for the rich, saving NJ Transit, legalizing marijuana, giving more money to public schools and a higher minimum wage. So, when lawmakers went to Trenton yesterday to hear the rookie governor's first budget message, there weren't a lot of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 13, 2018


TRENTON - As Gov. Phil Murphy prepares to deliver his first budget address at 2 p.m. today, at the State House, observers will be curious if his proposals jive with the state's pension mess. Look for the governor to talk about campaign topics like equal pay, health care, climate change, immigration and offshore drilling, as well as the proposed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 12, 2018


NEW BRUNSWICK - If you want to succeed in New Jersey, you need to figure out, to some degree, what all these millennials are thinking.  New Jersey Future tried to get to the answer, during a recent day-long event in New Brunswick that NJ Spotlight covered.  Bottom line? Our millennials are fleeing and that is bad. We need them to buy ...

Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

March 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Deep in a tropical forest in Borneo 15 years ago, Rutgers student Didik Prasetyo first encountered a young male orangutan that he named “Jerry.”

The great ape was one of several orangutans that Prasetyo and other researchers followed at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in the Mawas Conservation Area in Indonesia. Prasetyo was skeptical when colleagues said ...

RU police investigate assault on Douglass campus

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University police are investigating an aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault  reported to March 14 at 3:55 a.m. in front of Hickman Hall on the Douglass campus.


The victim, not affiliated with Rutgers University, reported that she was walking with a male whom she did not know in the area of Commercial Avenue and George ...

Rutgers voices support for proposed state budget

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University officials have often been wary of the governor's annual budget message, wondering what type of budget cuts the university may sustain and how it would potentially impact tuition and the overall quality of education.

This budget message, delivered March 13, appears to be a sigh of relief.

Pete McDonough, Vice President of External Affairs at ...

Technology ‘Hub’ proposed for Hub City’s downtown, covering 12 acres

March 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – State and city officials on Monday unveiled plans for a “hub” for research in the fields of technology and health care services to stretch over 12 acres.

Gov. Phil Murphy, speaking at a meeting at Rutgers University, said the "Innovation and Technology Hub,” which is in the planning stages, would include construction of 2 million to 4 million ...


This National Literacy Month, Let's Rein In Screen Time

March 13, 2018

Dear Editor: As speech-language pathologists across New Jersey prepare to mark “National March into Literacy Month,” let’s address the alarming number of young children who spend countless hours a day on a handheld screen.

According to a study from the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the more time that children under two years spend on smartphones, tablets and ...

New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters Clinches Gold Certification

March 16, 2018

NEWARK - The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) is proud to announce that the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters has once again received Gold Certification – awarded to the strongest chapters in the nation.

NJAHU achieved Gold Certification from national headquarters underscoring how well the organization has operated and achieved its lofty goals in the ...