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The Jaffe Briefing - September 21, 2018

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 ride to school. To add to this, reports the 52-year-old driver had a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 20, 2018

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, small businesses and women to get retail licenses, as well as preferences given to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 18, 2018

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 benefits from 800,000 current and retired teachers. Retired teachers will be moved to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 17, 2018

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 request of well-intended children involved in a non-profit. These kids clearly ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 14, 2018

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 and the state is drowning in debt, the typical New Jerseyan seems to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 13, 2018

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 yelled. No one sat on beach chairs, on empty beaches. No one disappeared for two years to ...

Gloria Steinem, Activist Naomi Klein Speak Out at Rutgers Ceremony

September 21, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ  - The accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a professor when they were teenagers should be investigated by the FBI, Gloria Steinem said during a discussion celebrating Rutgers University's creation of an academic chair in honor of the activist.

Speaking on campus Friday at ceremonies for the establishment of the ...

R U Wrestler Arrested for Off-Campus Assault of Rutgers Students

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A member of the Rutgers University wrestling team was arrested and charged with beating two Rutgers students in an off-campus incident on Sept. 4, police announced today.

Brett Donner, 21, of Wall, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault, Rutgers police said in a statement.

The Rutgers wreslting team roster list's Donner as a red-shirt sophomore ...

2 people beaten in New Brunswick after argument, Rutgers police say

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers police are searching for a man who assaulted two people affiliated with the university following an argument early Tuesday morning.

Police said the two victims were beaten about 1 a.m. on Easton Avenue near Courtland Street.

No weapons were used, authorities said.

They said both of the victims went to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police ...

Update: Police Locate Missing 'Special Needs' Man

September 19, 2018

UPDATE - Police this morning announced that the missing man, Dijon Hodges, was located. No other information was released.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police early today issued a plea for the public's help in locating a missing 20-year-old special needs resident.

Dijon Hodges was last seen on Phelps Avenue in the city, police said.

Hodges, an African-American, is described as five-feet, ...

Jazz Aficionados Flock to Central New Jersey for 3-Day Music Festival

September 11, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  -  All that jazz started here ten years ago, and has since found a home in two other central New Jersey locations, a three-day festival of live music, visual arts and fine dining expected to draw thousands of jazz fans from throughout the tri-state region.

Founded in 2008, the Somerville Jazz Festival has grown in sophistication, drawing top-flight talent and a loyal ...


Dems Accuse Hugin of Using Cancer Patients as "Pawns"

September 18, 2018

WOODBRIDGE, NJ –  Senator Joe Vitale, Chairman of the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, has spent his entire political career fighting for quality, affordable health care.  Senator Vitale issued the following statement in response to Bob Hugin using cancer survivors as pawns to achieve political gain:

“Bob Hugin did not save people ...