Jaffe Morning Briefing

October 12, 2018

The Jaffe Briefing will be on Fall Break beginning Monday, returning Oct. 23 Voter registration deadline for the November 2018 election is Tuesday, October 16 Click HERE to see if you're already registered Or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will be on Fall Break beginning Monday, returning Oct. 23 OFF THE RAILS - Rail cars that are 40 years old. Buses that have run up 500,000 miles. And no plan to replace any of them. That's just one of the findings in the NJ Transit audit released ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will be on Fall Break beginning Monday, returning Oct. 23 OFF THE RAILS - NJ Transit riders: Sorry. Besides the chronically-cancelled, jam-packed trains, it looks as if commuters will also be slapped with rate hikes beginning next summer, to pay ...

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TRENTON - Legislative aides are getting raises, and you can assume that will tick off taxpayers. But it has been a really, really long-time coming. For 16 years, each member of the state Assembly has only had $110,000 for staff salaries. As time has gone by, and the jobless rate has dropped, it has ...

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STATEWIDE - Hope this doesn't make you more jittery: After all, New Jerseyans are the most stressed-out Americans. That's the latest word from Zippia, a California career counseling service, whose staff analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from 2012-16. New Jersey earned top honors because we "work ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - There's actually a battle for the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey. Republicans believe they may have a fighting chance of reclaiming a Senate seat - the first time since 1972. However, Quinnipiac pollsters still give a strong edge to Sen. Bob Menendez over his challenger, a ...

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STATEWIDE - How can any leader, with any degree of power, ignore the latest report of the Regional Plan Association? This one says that about half the tidal wetlands in the metro region could be underwater by the end of the century because of sea level rise, NJ Spotlight reports. We are talking ...

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NUTLEY - So, we haven't exactly read beyond Page 2 of the governor's 64-page blueprint to kick-start the state's economy, but, so far, so good. Gov. Phil Murphy envisions the state as a haven for start-up companies, fueled by a much smarter way to hand out state tax incentives. He wants us to think ...

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NUTLEY - It's been hyped for a few weeks, and now New Jersey will hear a long-awaited speech from Gov. Phil Murphy about his plans to supercharge the state's economy. The speech, at noon today at a biotech in Nutley, promises to show a "stronger and fairer" New Jersey, while promoting "a diverse ...

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TRENTON - Gov. Phil Murphy's rosy vision of free college in New Jersey is one step closer to reality, with 13,000 students from low-income families getting a financial boost beginning in January. It's part of a lofty pilot program, armed with $25 million in state funding. Hard to fathom how this ...

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STATEWIDE - Unhappy hunters are taking aim at our governor,threatening to sue Phil Murphy for banning bear hunting on all state land. A spokesman for the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, the Sportsmen's Alliance and Safari Club International tells NJ 101.5 those groups are determined to regain hunting ...

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STATEWIDE - Hmm, what is an accountant to do?  The IRS says there is no way the feds are going to allow New Jersey taxpayers to circumvent a federal limit on local tax deductions. Yet, state officials think they concocted a brilliant workaround: allowing local government to create charitable funds ...

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LAKEWOOD - It's now national news, and of course it's from New Jersey. People across the country are seeing the photo of a 10-month-old baby crawling across a busy street. A passing motorist snapped a photo of the baby while he was driving to work at 5 p.m. Saturday on Joe Parker Road. A reporter ...

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STATEWIDE - In this era of social media, we've all lost our minds. Yes, we freely give away any and all personal information about ourselves, with the desperate hopes of getting a "Like." But even more shocking is what we are doing with our kids, who hide away in the basement to play Fortnite, ...

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EAST ORANGE - Another day, another school bus driver about to be fired. This one works in East Orange or Orange, where apparently he was driving Tuesday morning "under the influence," slamming into five cars in the two towns, as well as a fire hydrant and two traffic poles, on this very bumpy bus ...

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TRENTON - So, if New Jersey lights up for legal weed, what will it all mean? New Jersey lawmakers have emerged from the fog with a proposed bill - not yet fully baked - suggesting the lowest marijuana taxes in the nation, at just 10 percent (for starters.) There would be set-asides for minorities, ...

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TRENTON - If, one day, New Jersey becomes a shining example for miraculously digging itself out of debt, perhaps historians will dig up this little story. Gov. Phil Murphy and the public sector labor unions seem to be on the same page - for this fleeting moment - to save $500 million in health care ...

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CHATSWORTH - Lot of chatting this morning in New Jersey's cranberry bogs, with word of a new bill in Trenton that would officially deem blueberry as the official state muffin. Politico reports that Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) has introduced this controversial legislation, at the ...

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STATEWIDE - Are you happy? Like, really, really happy? Well, you should damn well be, according to one of those clickbait websites that churns out "studies." The site has declared that New Jersey is the 13th happiest state, based on 31 "key indicators." Even though taxes are high, traffic is heavy ...

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MORRIS PLAINS - Former Gov. Chris Christie was in town yesterday, as the locals celebrated the dedication of "Chris Christie Drive," from Hanover Avenue to Central Park. There were no traffic cones, traffic jams or local officials being threatened in any way. No one carried ice cream cones and ...

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JERSEY CITY - Not the target of an investigation (yet)? Well, no harm in being prepared. Perhaps, that really is the reason why 10 top city officials suddenly got instructions should they ever get slapped with subpoenas. Corporation Counsel Peter Baker fired off a memo telling officials ...

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STATEWIDE - The kiddies were sooo close to having a mandatory 20-minute recess this school year.  But as NJSpotlight reports, it looks like this new initiative is getting bounced until next school year. A law was signed this summer, after eight years of crazy debate, analysis and a governor's veto, ...

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ATLANTIC CITY - Well, America has a new "Miss America." Likely the only reason you know that is because of the controversial decision this year to ditch the swimsuit competition, the only part of this woefully outdated annual event that generates any interest at your local bar. That said, the new ...

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HIGHLAND PARK - It's been a quick football season for the Highland Park Owls, calling it quits after just one game. The varsity team was blown away by Montclair Kimberly Academy by the score of 41-0, after going winless last year.  With only 19 players on the roster, looking down the barrel of a ...

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STATEWIDE - Marijuana is clearly the growth industry in New Jersey,where the state has received a whopping 146 applications for just six permits to open new medical marijuana dispensaries. State health officials want to spread these permits around the state to serve more than 30,000 patients in ...

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ASBURY PARK - Remember when a balloon was your friend? You'd run, skip and hop with your faithful pal. Tee-hee. Well, now, that balloon is your arch-enemy and its must be exterminated, with all its cronies, to save the planet from clear annihilation. The war on the balloon is ravaging through New ...

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TRENTON - Gov. Phil Murphy has sure gotten used to his veto pen, somehow vetoing more bills in the first eight months of his administration than the last five elected governors combined. Politico did a lot of leg work here, diving through three titillating decades of gubernatorial actions to ...

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The Jaffe Briefing is (finally) on Vacation Monday, Aug. 27, returning Tuesday, Sept. 4 TRENTON - Well, kudos for trying. In a wild Hail Mary, New Jersey officials tried to dodge Trump's controversial tax plan, suggesting that towns set up their own charities so ...

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The Jaffe Briefing is (finally) on Vacation Monday, Aug. 27, returning Tuesday, Sept. 4 LITTLE EGG HARBOR - Local politics has gotten way too personal here, with a Democrat threatening to sue a Republican for $1 million for allegedly calling him "Baldilocks" and ...

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The Jaffe Briefing is (finally) on Vacation Monday, Aug. 27, returning Tuesday, Sept. 4 ON AIR - Usually, New Jersey gets a break from the heavy political ads until after Labor Day. But Republicans smell blood this year, and have been attacking Sen. Bob Menendez on ...

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