NEWARK MAY GO TO COURT TO DEFEND LEAD LEVELS IN ITS DRINKING WATER

TOM JOHNSON | APRIL 25, 2018

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The city of Newark and the acting commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection are facing a court battle over unsafe levels of lead in drinking water.

With lead levels in supplies nearly twice the federal action level for the contaminant, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Newark Education Workers Caucus yesterday announced plans to sue the government for violating the federal safe drinking-water law.

In 2017, more than 10 percent of samples collected by the Newark Water Department show lead levels in excess of 26 parts per billion (ppb), nearly double the federal action level of 15 ppb under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Approximately 20 percent of the samples exceeded the 15 ppb federal action level, according to the groups.

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Will this N.J. teacher be deported by ICE, then hanged? | Editorial

Posted Apr 23, 2018

Ahmed Abdelbasit, a physics teacher at Rising Star Academy in Union City, was detained by ICE agents outside his home in Jersey City, HuffPost reported.

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Immigration agents have refused to say why they are moving to deport a New Jersey physics teacher and father of three - a man sentenced to death in Egypt.
 
But Ahmed Abdelbasit says he knows exactly what will happen if he's sent back.
 
"The Egyptian government will not wait one minute to kill me," he told WNYC's Matt Katz, on a phone from the Elizabeth detention center.

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Gov. Murphy announces proposed NJTransit funding increase

April 23, 2018

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Gov. Phil Murphy announced a proposed $242 increase in spending on NJTransit bus service. Murphy said the increase would lead to jobs at NJTransit and would improve the lives of commuters.

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Newark, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other officials spoke about how vital the bus service is to the lives of people in their communities. 

“For far too long, NJTransit  bus customers have had to face some harsh challenges in their daily commute to and from work,” said Murphy. “Today, I am pleased to announce we are continuing to deliver on our commitment to turn NJTransit around with improvements that will minimize delays, alleviate overcrowding, and invest in workforce capital to support bus services and enhanced customer service.” 

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Gov. Murphy's first 100 Days delivers . . . normalcy | Editorial

Posted Apr 22, 2018

New Jerseyans pretty much agree that tens of thousands of women who cannot afford mammograms and cancer screenings should have access to them.

By a considerable majority, we think that medical marijuana should be available for people in ceaseless pain from migraines or lupus and other musculoskeletal nightmares.

We want to live in a state where workers are not only given the dignity to earn their own bread, but also not forced to choose between keeping their jobs and nursing an illness or a sick child.

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MURPHY ACCUSES TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT OF TRYING TO RUSTLE GARDEN STATE COMPANIES

JOHN REITMEYER | APRIL 20, 2018

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Gov. Phil Murphy has gotten into his first tussle with a governor of another state, reacting to an appeal by the governor of Texas to New Jersey residents and business leaders to relocate to the Lone Star State if they are concerned about high taxes.

Murphy’s wrangling with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began after the Star-Ledger newspaper published an op-ed written by Abbott that criticized Murphy for proposing tax hikes. Abbott’s missive portrayed the Lone Star State as a place that’s on the rise economically, due largely to low taxes.

“Come to Texas and be a part of our economic success story,” wrote Abbott.

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Phil Murphy Signs Automatic Voter Registration Bill Into Law

By Christian Hetrick • 

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law on Tuesday that could add hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans to the voter registration rolls.

Under the new law, residents will automatically be registered to vote when they apply for a driver’s license or non-driver ID card at a Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office, unless they specifically opt out. They could also be registered when they visit any state agency that collects basic biographical data needed to confirm voter eligibility, though it’s unclear which agencies will participate and when.

“We come at this from the point of view that there should be no barriers to registering to vote,” Murphy said during a signing event in Trenton. “Registering to vote should be simple and seamless.

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Hey, Jersey, don't move to Fla. to avoid high taxes, come to Texas. Love, Gov. Abbott | Opinion

By Greg Abbott

Posted Apr 17, 2018

When Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled his budget proposal in early March, it left people throughout New Jersey shaking their heads in frustration--and for good reason.

Under his plan, Gov. Murphy is calling for a $2.7 billion increase in the state's previous budget, the majority of which will be funded by higher taxes. These tax hikes include raising the sales tax and applying that tax to everything from ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to online room booking. It also includes raising income taxes on anyone making more than $1 million.

This tax hike would only exacerbate the economic woes for a state whose tax burden and cost of living are already among the highest in the nation.

That's why I'd like to throw a lifeline to businesses and families throughout New Jersey who are looking for greater economic opportunity and relief from high taxes. Come to Texas and be a part of our economic success story.

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STUDENTS’ LIVES ARE PRICELESS, BUT SCHOOL SECURITY CAN BREAK THE BUDGET

CARLY SITRIN | APRIL 17, 2018

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Jill Marino is scared for her son Jaxson’s life. The second-grader attends school at Parkview Elementary in Westville and with the nearly weekly reports of school shootings unfolding across the country, Marino says she will do whatever it takes to make sure Jaxson comes home safe every day.

“When Sandy Hook happened, I lost all of the oxygen in my lungs for days,” Marino said, referring to the 2012 elementary school shooting. After the tragedy at Parkland, FL, in February, she set up a Facebook group for New Jersey parentsconcerned about school safety to talk about what they can do to protect their kids. “All of us are trying to be involved and make sure none of this ever happens again anywhere. But statistics are not on our side,” she added.

With concern over school safety growing, the Legislature just added an additional $500 million to a proposed bond issue for vo-tech and community colleges. The bond — now totaling $1 billion — is expected to be on the November ballot. It will set aside $500 million for school security upgrades at K-12 buildings. The bipartisan legislation calls on acting Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet to develop procedures, project plans, and criteria for school security grants, without requiring the schools to match funds. This additional funding could go a long way to help schools upgrade their security systems.

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ICE MOVES TO DEPORT EGYPTIAN DISSIDENT WHO SAYS HE FACES HANGING BACK HOME

MATT KATZ | WNYC NEWS | APRIL 16, 2018

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Ahmed Abdelbasit posed with one of his students from Rising Star Academy, Yusef Haddabah, who is trying to prevent his deportation.

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A New Jersey physics teacher who says he faces death by hanging in Egypt because he's a pro-democracy dissident is being held at an immigration detention center in New Jersey and may soon be deported.

"If they send me back to Egypt they will kill me, and I will not see my wife and children again," said Ahmed Abdelbasit Mohammad, who goes by Ahmed Abdelbasit, in a scratchy phone interview on Sunday from Elizabeth Contract Detention Center. The 33-year-old father of three said that he was sentenced to death in absentia in Egypt, so if he's deported he will be taken from the airport, tortured and then hanged. "The Egyptian government will not wait one minute to kill me," he said.

Abdelbasit was a physics professor and doctoral candidate at the University of Cairo, but he was fired in 2014 after working as an organizer and spokesperson for protesters who opposed the military coup that led to the election of the current Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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After wrongful convictions, a cry for reform from Murphy's AG | Editorial

After filing a flood of lawsuits against the Trump administration and seeking to improve police transparency, Phil Murphy's Attorney General is narrowing his eye for justice on a badly bungled murder case in Passaic county. 
 
Gurbir Grewal this week vowed to do what Chris Christie's AG and a local prosecutor would not: investigate how two innocent men spent nearly 25 years in prison for the killing of a Paterson store clerk, while the most likely murder suspect still walks free.
 
He also wants to prevent this kind of mistake from ever happening again, and is asking outside experts for help.

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