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Jaffe Morning Briefing

October 20, 2021

TRENTON – One great writer could author a page-turner about the city’s dysfunctional governing body, which continues to find new ways to appear self-absorbed and incapable of serving the public. Mayor Reed Gusciora and city officials resorted to holding a press event yesterday afternoon at police ...

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STATEWIDE – Football, alone, is glorious fun. Add in some legalized sports betting, and now New Jersey has a $1 billion-a-month industry. That’s right, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to top $1 billion worth of bets as football kicked off in September. The nine casinos and three ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – It’s a terrific headline: Gov. Phil Murphy raised the state budget by $11 billion! That’s the ongoing message from his gubernatorial challenger, Jack Ciatarrelli. But there are some devils in the details, of course, such as a global pandemic and an enormous influx of federal ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK – For years, it was the Ferren Mall, with a nice place to grab Mexican food. Then, it was a big, four-acre hole in the ground. And now the site across from the city’s train station on Albany Street will be home to a $665 million project known as “The Hub.” TAPInto New Brunswick, all ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – Election Day is quickly coming to New Jersey and how do we know? Beyond all the TV ads, news articles and lawn signs, there’s now the steady stream of national Democrats hitting our shores. Tomorrow, there’s First Lady Jill Biden doing an event in Edison for Gov. Phil ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – The final gubernatorial debate took place last night, and it was a relief to see Gov. Phil Murphy and his challenger, Jack Ciattarelli, squabble over some substantial issues, such as pandemic response, the state budget and mass transit. But both sides brought their own ...

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GLASSBORO – Election Day is only three weeks away, and voters are already casting ballots by mail, so it can only mean one thing: Another Debate Night! Rowan University plays host to the second, and final, debate between Gov. Phil Murphy and GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli at 8 p.m. The polls are ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will not publish Monday, Columbus Day DOWN THE SHORE – Environmentalists have a point: beach replenishment is a great government giveback to the rich who have the oceans in their backyards. They also correctly argue that the millions and millions spent is an act of futility, ...

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LAWRENCEVILLE – So the lieutenant governor’s debate isn’t exactly must-see tv, especially since most people don’t know that New Jersey has a lieutenant governor or what that person actually does for a living. But Rider University very happily hosted Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and her GOP challenger, ...

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STATEWIDE – Wanna buy a cookie? Very soon, you can head over to someone’s home and purchase whatever baked goods are available. It’s all about easing some silly state law that banned people from selling pies, cakes, quiche, etc. prepared in a home. Perhaps the law was written at a time when many ...

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STATEWIDE – A new state law is a big lesson in reality. The plain fact is that school districts can’t find enough qualified teachers, and something needs to give if we are going to find trained adults to work in classrooms. And that’s why Gov. Phil Murphy is easing some of the requirements to ...

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TRENTON – First the bad news: a conservative think tank says New Jersey would need nearly $185 billion to meet its long-term financial obligations – working out to $58,300 for every living, breathing taxpayer. And the good news? Connecticut is ranked worse than us – taking over the dead-last ...

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Happy National Coffee Day! NEWARK – There was some good bare-knuckle brawling in last night’s gubernatorial debate; the accusations flying. The GOP challenger, Jack Ciatarrelli, claimed Gov. Phil Murphy delayed declaring a state of emergency for Hurricane Ida, and then 30 New Jerseyans died. “If ...

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TRENTON – Rather than giving unemployed people more money not to work, the state has concocted a new strategy: paying employers to hire the people they would’ve likely done on their own. At a time when employers are begging to find employees, they will now be handed up to a $10,000 incentive to ...

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STATEWIDE – We’re gearing up for “Debate Night” in New Jersey; you can just feel the tension, right? Well, not really. But a televised show is still planned for 7 p.m. tomorrow when Gov. Phil Murphy and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli take the debate stage in the race for governor. Maybe we ...

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TRENTON – New Jersey reaped billions in COVID funds, so what now? Rather than go on another spending spree, two level-headed economists say it’s the ideal time to use our flowing resources as a down payment on all the fiscal problems ignored for decades. Yeah, that isn’t fun. But in an op-ed ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL  – In this super sleepy campaign season for governor, someone please awake the voters. The latest poll shows that nothing has really changed in recent months, with Gov. Phil Murphy still holding the same double-digit lead over GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli. The governor ...

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – The Record doesn’t seem impressed with the platforms of the gubernatorial candidates, not providing titillating news copy as Election Day looms. Gov. Phil Murphy, who had a big, progressive vision in 2017, is now focused on “Moving New Jersey Forward,” featuring general ...

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OFF THE RAILS – There’s plenty of excitement about the new Hudson River tunnel, but who pays for New Jersey’s share of this massive, $10 billion infrastructure project? The short answer: drivers. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is on the hook for the state’s share, now estimated at $1.6 billion, ...

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STATEWIDE – Are you an aspiring politician eager to grab easy headlines? Follow the lead of Sen. Michael Testa, earning a layup of media coverage for trying to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports in New Jersey. A Trump-backed conservative from South Jersey, Testa flung an ...

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STATEWIDE – It’s never too young to learn about greed in sports, as the potential for financial windfall has gotten a bit more important than how fast a kid can throw a slider. So, now, after college students are permitted to profit off their name, image and likeness, the same deal may be offered ...

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The Jaffe Briefing will not publish tomorrow, returning Friday. STATEWIDE – Cicadas emerge every 17 years in New Jersey, but – right now – insurance adjusters are even rarer. The Record reports that many property and vehicle owners have been waiting and waiting for an adjuster to show up ...

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STATEWIDE – When we talk about the trillions of dollars that the U.S. government is throwing around these days, New Jersey has just one ask: Increase the $10,000 federal tax deduction on our property taxes. Even though Democrats run things in New Jersey and on Capitol Hill, New Jersey appears to ...

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STATEWIDE – Want a no-win situation? Start debating public education during a pandemic. The kiddies are all back at school. But what’s going on, NJ.com asks? School districts are at full capacity. Masks are required. School employees are vaccinated or routinely tested. And there’s no at-home ...

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** The Jaffe Briefing is heading down the shore, returning Monday, Sept. 13 ** EAST RUTHERFORD – Since Giants Stadium opened in 1976 – with the Giants promptly losing to the Cowboys in front of 76,042 fans – Meadowlands traffic has been a nightmare. And the area has only become more and more ...

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STATEWIDE – Once upon a time, getting a teaching gig was a real coup. Not now, however. Just like virtually every other business, it has become increasingly more challenging for school districts to land good, qualified staff. NJ Spotlight reports that many teachers aren’t interested in getting in ...

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STATEWIDE – If you work with kids in New Jersey, get vaccinated. That’s the latest directive from Gov. Phil Murphy, following news leaked last week that he would be requiring all people working in schools – public, private, parochial, charter, renaissance, preschools or whatever else we aren’t ...

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HACKENSACK – Crying over spilled marinara sauce? That’s the case for an Englewood woman who is suing Brooklyn’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Hackensack. She says she dropped the cup of sauce all over her jeans in May 2017 while driving home from the pizzeria, armed with a pizza and mozzarella sticks. She ...

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TOMS RIVER – When it comes to public health, we need to be on the same page, right? Well, that’s not happening this election season, for sure, as GOP gubernatorial challenger Jack Ciattarelli appeared at a local school board meeting on Wednesday to gin up the anti-mask crowd. It all began with a ...

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STATEWIDE – We’re told to kill those spotted lantern butterflies that seem to be everywhere these days, destroying our vegetation and trees. But getting rid of them is not so easy, as NJ.com learned. First, these invasive bugs are quick. Don’t expect just a swift stomp. Figure you have at least ...

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