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  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 20, 2018

    April 20, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    ON THE ROAD - It looks like a State Police trooper is going to have to head to the bars to pick up chicks, indicted yesterday for intentionally pulling over ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 19, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    PLAINFIELD - Those who dabble in Union County politics are learning this morning that the former Democratic chairman, Jerry Green, has died at age 79 ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 18, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    PATERSON - At campaign rallies, why not just cut to the chase? That's what's happening in the Silk City, where a local social media celebrity was ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 17, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    AT THE POLLING BOOTH - Guess what? New Jerseyans don't like the Trump tax plan. It's also not surprising that a potential voter revolt could flip ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 16, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    TRENTON - As Gov. Phil Murphy was in Cleveland to celebrate his buddy, Jon Bon Jovi, who entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, the paperwork ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 13, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    STATEWIDE - One would think Gov. Phil Murphy, as our powerful chief executive, would be paid among the highest of all state employees after, of course, the ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 12, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    TRENTON - Senate President Steve Sweeney wants to teach the new governor who is really in charge of the Statehouse, blocking confirmation votes for at least ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 11, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    TRENTON - Sure, New Jersey loves the idea of free community college and expanded pre-K education. But are we willing to pay for it? Gov. Phil ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 10, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    IN THE CLASSROOM - As your kids trudge the school hallways this morning, the state is out with its list of the absolute worst teachers of 2017. All 76 of ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - April 9, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    DOWN THE AISLE - Wedding bells may no longer chime for anyone under 18 years-old if New Jersey finally becomes the first state to ban minors from ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 30, 2018



    The Jaffe Briefing heads on Spring Break Monday, April 2, returning Monday, April 9

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    RAHWAY - The fire chief who famously peed on ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 29, 2018



    The Jaffe Briefing heads on Spring Break Monday, April 2, returning Monday, April 9

     OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    HOWELL - There's a big beef in ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 28, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    JERSEY CITY - If you are a Donald Trump fan who owns all the Trump neckties, eats only Trump steaks, drinks only Trump water and is a proud graduate of the ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 26, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    STATEWIDE - Rep. Chris Smith is a great guy. He is hard-working, diligent and focused on serving the good people of the 4th Congressional District. This is ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 23, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    TRENTON - It's good to live in a state where the NRA is about as reviled as the act of putting peanut butter on a bagel. That's why we aren't ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 22, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    STATEWIDE - It's been excruciating to write about snow; there's only so much you can blindly repeat without sounding like a 24-hour news ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 21, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    STATEWIDE - Utility companies are dragging themselves back into the war room this morning, preparing for another day of downed wires, public scorn and ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 20, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    NEW BRUNSWICK - The governor has targeted The Hub City as the new hub for innovation and technology. Gov. Phil Murphy was in town yesterday to meet ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 19, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    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 ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 16, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    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 ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 15, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    NEW BRUNSWICK - When you rent out apartments to Rutgers students, expect some surprises. But one landlord received a shocker beyond expectation: a ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 14, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    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, ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 13, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    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 ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 12, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    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 ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 9, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    ON THE RAILS - Not only is President Trump against the Gateway Tunnel, it seems he is ready to shut down the entire federal government if any money is ...

  • The Jaffe Briefing - March 8, 2018

    OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

    STATEWIDE - It's still a mess out there, evident in the numbers: As of 6 a.m., nearly 230,000 electrical customers were without power. There was ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - April 20, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON THE ROAD - It looks like a State Police trooper is going to have to head to the bars to pick up chicks, indicted yesterday for intentionally pulling over women in a desperate attempt to land dates. Internal affairs learned the Trooper was pulling over two lovely ladies at the end of 2016, threatening to arrest them if they didn't hand over their ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 19, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

PLAINFIELD - Those who dabble in Union County politics are learning this morning that the former Democratic chairman, Jerry Green, has died at age 79 after a long illness. Green, a longtime assemblyman from Plainfield, rose through the ranks from serving on the freeholder board in the late 1980s.  He will be remembered as a Roselle native, a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 18, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

PATERSON - At campaign rallies, why not just cut to the chase? That's what's happening in the Silk City, where a local social media celebrity was handing out $20 bills to would-be voters at a rally on Sunday for mayoral contender Pedro Rodriguez. Our favorite entertainer of all time, Fatboy SSE, had a thick wad of cash, which he was passing out ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 17, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

AT THE POLLING BOOTH - Guess what? New Jerseyans don't like the Trump tax plan. It's also not surprising that a potential voter revolt could flip all five of the state's Republican House seats, according to a new Monmouth University poll. NJ.com reports that the new federal tax bill disproportionately hurts taxpayers in New Jersey ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - As Gov. Phil Murphy was in Cleveland to celebrate his buddy, Jon Bon Jovi, who entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, the paperwork is piling up at the office. NJ.com is quick to note we are approaching the end of the first 100 days of the Murphy Administration and there are a gaggle of bills to sign or reject. Lots of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 13, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - One would think Gov. Phil Murphy, as our powerful chief executive, would be paid among the highest of all state employees after, of course, the Rutgers head football coach. But the Asbury Park Press has revealed a startling fact: there are more than 1,060 government employees who earn more than the governor. Murphy makes a ...

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Rutgers professor named Pulitzer Prize finalist

April 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For Evie Shockley, poetry – and her professorship at Rutgers University–New Brunswick – are central to her engagement with a world that needs change and central to the ways she prepares students to do their own engagement.

This week, Shockley was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category. The Pulitzer ...

Rutgers Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

NEW BRUNSWICK - Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors distinguished professor emerita of chemistry and chemical Biology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Berman is among 213 people elected to the academy this year, including author Ta-Nehisi Coates, actor Tom Hanks, President Barack Obama, Supreme ...

Questions now swirl around reported Rutgers theft

NEW BRUNSWICK - A crime alert issued by Rutgers police about an armed robbery on Tuesday April 10 has turned out to be false. 

Upon further investigation, police said the alleged incident in front of the Campbell Hall dorm on George Street did not happen as was initially reported. Police had said initially that the suspect showed a handgun, ordered the ...

NB Public Schools task force takes on chronic absenteeism

April 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Being absent for just two days each month means a student will miss 10 percent of the entire school year – enough to negatively impact that student’s academic performance.

It’s sobering information, and a clear demonstration that chronically absent students are at a tremendous educational disadvantage, one from which many of them will never recover.

OPINION

Safe Sleep for Babies Requires Effort from All

April 10, 2018

For more than a decade, my organization, Keeping Babies Safe (KBS), has sounded the steady drumbeat of safe sleep awareness, which in turn has created bans on dangerous products and has helped enact laws that work to ensure babies are sleeping safely.

In 2018, KBS kicked off its latest awareness campaign designed to promote safe sleep practices and products ...

'Elementary, My Dear Watson!' Solving Mysteries with Genetic Geneaology

April 20, 2018

The next meeting of the New Brunswick Historical Society will be on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. Andrew May will speak about Genetic Genealogy. Humans are 99.9% identical in their genetic makeup, yet, differences in 0.1% of our DNA has helped us answer questions about our recent and deep ancestral origins. Direct-to-consumer DNA testing provides the toolbox for solving difficult ...

Why People Should Visit Black Churches and Black People Should Welcome Them

March 29, 2018

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,

In New Jersey, segregation is a cultural issue that demands the immediate attention of Christians. Nearly 87 percent of Christian churches in the U.S. are either made up of only white, or only African-American parishioners. When we worship in the comfortable bubble of segregation, we miss the opportunity for racial reconciliation, as mandated by Jesus:

"A ...