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The Jaffe Briefing - January 16, 2018

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OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - Red-blooded New Jerseyans, in their respectable Republican cloth coats, have been dreading today. An actual breathing liberal, once again, takes over the governor's office and ruins everything. It was eight strong years of solid conservative stewardship, they think, as they trudge up the stairs of the War Memorial in Trenton, scuffing their high-gloss wingtips, and brace themselves for this former Obama-era German ambassador to take the oath as governor at high noon. To them, a basement of liberals is a "whine cellar." Murphy probably calls his Tic Tacs "Entite-mints," they grumble. He'll probably turn Drumthwacket into a community beet farm. But, hey, it is only four years, right? RIGHT?

TRENTON - It could be eight long, scary years for these wing-tippers,as the Murphy agenda is something concocted in their darkest nightmares. This landslide victory was built on legalized marijuana, a $15 minimum wage, a millionaire's tax and safeguards for all those undocumented immigrants allegedly stealing all the great jobs. The Washington Post questions if the Murphy agenda could be the template for a blue wave sweeping the country as a Trump backlash. With Democrats running the state Legislature, as well, will New Jersey's liberals be able to move the ball, or eat each other while battling through the process? Republicans will be watching from the sideline, eager to pounce.

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HOBOKEN - To Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and 100 or so other city residents, yesterday's "Day of Service" called for flooding NJ Transit's building in Newark to block the agency from buying a glorious piece of riverfront property that Hoboken wants as a public park. The privately-owned ferry company, New York Waterway, is salivating over the purchase of the Union Dry Dock. Fortunately, for Bhalla and others, the vote was postponed, but the whole scenario caught the attention of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, claiming this rush to vote on a federal holiday "is emblematic of everything the public has come to loathe about NJ Transit and another reason why it needs a complete overhaul." Rather then semi-secret land deals, NJ Transit should devote its attention to getting trains back and forth on a somewhat reliable schedule.

TRENTON - As workers were etching a new name on the door, and changing the drapes with fury, Gov. Chris Christie found a dusty, half-dried Bic yesterday to sign 109 bills in his final strokes as governor, and ignoring/rejecting 41 or so other bills. Thank you, Mr. Christie, for agreeing to ban "bump stock," from guns, stripping crazy policing powers from the NJSPCA and ensuring background checks for workers assigned to people with developmental disabilities. Yet he rejected an attempt to ban elephants from being used in circuses. And we thought Republicans liked elephants.

TRENTON - If your form of entertainment is slamming a fifth of bourbon and then taking a drone for a spin, you better head out to Pennsylvania. No more drunken slobs are allowed to fly unmanned drone aircraft in New Jersey, in one of the final laws signed by Gov. Chris Christie. It is doubtful many drunks stormed the Statehouse, demanding that it is their unalienable right to be completely plastered before sending their drones into the Jersey skies, making this an easy law for the governor to sign. Here is what you need to know: Curb your drinking to ensure a blood alcohol content level of 0.07 percent, or face six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both, if, for some reason, a cop is actually able to find you cowering behind that bush.

IN THE MEDIA

Q: What do you get when you take horses and attach big horns, shaggy fur and giant hooves?

A: Fake gnus.

IN OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Only in the Saudi capital - where the streets are carved in marble - is the local Ritz Carlton used as a make-shift prison. No joke, as the country's elite caught up in a corruption sting have been thrown in the Ritz Carlton "prison," forced to dine exclusively on room service, order only one afternoon massage and lounge in imported cashmere robes, as opposed to standard prison garb. Phone lines have been cut to the hotel since Nov. 5, when the crackdown began. Ritz Carlton is pleased to note the hotel will be open to actual guests just in time for Valentine's Day. Yet guests should expect to share a hot tub with crooked real estate developers. No extra charge for that.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

The guy selling shoes at the local Payless was laughing himself silly on this day in 2012 when hackers busted in on 24 million customer accounts at online shoe giant Zappos.

WORD OF THE DAY

Demiurge - [DEM-ee-erj] - noun

Definition: One that is an autonomous creative force or decisive power

Example: Will Governor Murphy be more successful than other state leaders at playing demiurge?

WEATHER IN A WORD

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OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - If New Jersey raises the sales tax back to 7 percent, will anyone notice? That's the big question from New Jersey Policy Perspective, which questions last year's gimmick that cut the sales tax rate to 6.625 percent. NJ 101.5reports that tax cut equates to $2 a week in "savings" for middle-class families. Meanwhile, this ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - February 20, 2018

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STATEWIDE - Jittery parents are sending their jittery kids to jittery schools this morning, as classes resume after a President's Day weekend filled with wall-to-wall news coverage about gun safety. School districts statewide have been reporting threats - all thankfully not credible - as district leaders are on the highest alert. East Brunswick, for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

E STREET - While a tired nation is demanding gun control (yet again), Springsteen guitarist Stevie Van Zandt is having none of it. No stranger to political opinions, the New Jersey icon tweeted "What happened to us? We are averaging 2 school shootings per week AND WE DO NOTHING ABOUT IT!" Many tone-deaf politicians on Capitol Hill ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 15, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - As state lawmakers are set to announce a bill at 11 a.m. to decriminalize pot - an issue that has consumed the Statehouse -  the Record is reporting on an often-ignored issue: the state's ridiculously antiquated liquor laws. For example, supermarkets in the state can only have up to two liquor licenses, stemming ...

Trees Have Sex? Rutgers Researchers Have All the Answers

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A few years ago, Rutgers researcher Jennifer Blake-Mahmud was working on a botany project in Virginia when colleagues pointed out a striped maple, a common tree in the understory of mountain forests from Nova Scotia to Georgia. 

 

“They told me, ‘We think it switches sex from year to year, but we don’t know why,’ and I said, ...

Rutgers Union Rally Planned Friday for $15 Minimum Wage

New Brunswick, NJ - On Friday, February 23, student groups, a coalition of Rutgers unions, and representatives from campuses across the nation will hold a rally and march on College Avenue to demand a $15 minimum wage.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In what many consider to be the biggest news of the day on the Rutgers University campus, the Starbucks at The Yard@College Avenue has once again reopened.

Officials with the New Brunswick Development Corp. reported this morning that the popular coffeehouse is open "for good."

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Valeski: Placing Police Officers in Schools was Planned for Two Years

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the midst of a media firestorm Tuesday, Dr. Victor Valeski, East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools, fielded questions from local and national journalists regarding the placement of armed police officers inside each of the district's K-12 buildings.  The move seemed to many as a "knee-jerk" reaction to the fear generated by the massacre of ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

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Letter to the Editor: Low-Income Families Who Need Safe Cribs Have Nowhere to Go

February 15, 2018

One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep.

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They all pleaded for the same thing: A safe crib for a ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Frontier League All-Star RHP Randy McCurry

February 17, 2018

The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Randy McCurry for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to play in the Atlantic League this year,” said McCurry. “It’ll be a transition for me but I am ready to face some really good competition and help the team win.”

McCurry enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and ...