Hundreds march at Newark airport for higher wages

Hundreds of Newark airport workers joined union leaders and federal, state and local elected officials Monday for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and rally to demand higher wages.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, former mayor and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), the state Assembly's new speaker, Craig Coughlin, and others addressed more than 600 aircraft cabin cleaners, custodians and others who had gathered inside Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport, after marching through Terminal B, then outside along the airport road on the frigid but sunny federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.

Officials noted that King was pressing for economic equality when he was assassinated in April 1968 while in Memphis to support sanitation workers seeking higher wages.

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Black Caucus Sees Murphy as Ally but Says ‘Not So Fast’ to Legalizing Marijuana

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Who is responsible for cleaning up N.J.'s toxic sites? A toxic banker | Editorial

There are roughly 114 Superfund sites in New Jersey, and the Trump Administration official tasked with overseeing the remediation of these toxic areas - along with a $3.3 billion account used to fund the cleanup - is a corrupt former banker who was banned from banking by the FDIC.

If you're still confused about how this All The Best People campaign is supposed to work, join the club.

Even for Scott Pruitt, the chief vandal at the EPA, it was an extraordinary act of arrogance to appoint his personal banker, Albert Kelly, as Special Advisor in charge of Superfund. Just five months ago, the FDIC fined Kelly $125,000 and banned him from going anywhere near other people's money - including the community bank his family has operated since the 1930s.

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Christie signs bipartisan bill to draw Amazon’s HQ2 to Newark

January 11, 2018

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Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation Thursday authorizing billions of dollars in state tax incentives to draw Amazon’s second headquarters to Newark.

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Newark, NJ – Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation Thursday authorizing billions of dollars in state tax incentives to draw Amazon’s second headquarters to Newark.

Amazon's move to Newark could bring up to 50,000 new jobs to the region.

The city was selected by Christie in October as the state’s endorsed recommendation to be the Seattle-based retail giant’s next corporate headquarters, or HQ2.

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Working on Plan B If Feds Leave NJ-NY in Lurch Over Trans-Hudson Funding

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N.J. and towns could be slammed by Christie pension move, Trump tax law and more

Looks like 2018 is going to be a tough year for New Jersey's state and local governments.

A Wall Street agency said Wednesday that New Jersey and its local governments will be fighting pressures on multiple fronts  as they grapple with the expiration of a key property tax control, a changing federal tax landscape and rising pension bills.

S&P Global Ratings warned that these three developments, which emerged as Gov.-elect Phil Murphy prepares to take office, risk "potentially straining both state and local budgets."

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Chaneyfield Jenkins launches bid to unseat Baraka

January 9, 2018

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Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins takes out petitions to run for mayor today, launching her bid to unseat Mayor Ras Baraka.

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Newark Central Ward Councilman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins began her campaign today to become the first female mayor of New Jersey's largest city, attacking the record and character of Mayor Ras Baraka. Chaneyfield Jenkins also framed her run within the struggle of women in Newark and across America to assert themselves as part the growing movement against sexual assault and harassment. 

"I've never seen myself as just a Central Ward councilwoman. Every vote I cast impacts every ward of the city. I'll putting it all out there on the table. It's about the city, and we can do better," said Chaneyfield Jenkins, 58, after she picked up the petitions at the city clerk's office needed to be filled out to enter the May 2018 municipal election as a mayoral candidate."You have to be willing to challenge the system, especially when you know it's broken." 

Baraka had previously announced his re-election on the steps of City Hall in June, surrounded by the eight other council members as well as a contingent of political supporters, including Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and Phil Murphy, who will be sworn in as governor next week.

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Boastful and Unabashed, Christie Gives Final State of the State Address

TRENTON — In a speech that was boastful and reminiscent, Gov. Chris Christie delivered his final State of the State address on Tuesday, capping a tumultuous eight-year tenure as the Republican governor of New Jersey marked by soaring highs, brought by reforms and a tough-talking style, and historic lows, from scandal and a failed presidential bid.

In a nearly 90-minute address, the governor, who has the lowest approval rating in New Jersey’s history, spun a rosy tale of a state he rescued from financial travails, citing a tally of accomplishments seemingly at odds with his constituents’ current view of him.

“Today, I want us to take a breath,” Mr. Christie said as he began, still basking from the nearly four-minute standing ovation he received as he entered the floor of the State House. “We need to remember where we were nine years ago: on the brink of financial ruin as a state.”

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New Jersey Lifts Prison Book Ban After A.C.L.U. Calls It Unconstitutional

New Jersey said it had lifted the ban on a best-selling book about mass incarceration after the American Civil Liberties Union called for an immediate end to what it said was an “ironic, misguided, and harmful” instance of censorship.

The state’s decision to reverse a prohibition on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander, at the two prisons came hours after the A.C.L.U. of New Jersey on Monday sent a letter to the state’s corrections commissioner, Gary M. Lanigan.

The letter argued that the book’s presence on a list of banned texts at New Jersey State Prison and Southern State Correctional Facility violated the First Amendment and the department’s own regulations.

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Essex County College reports favorable financial audit as major milestone

January 8, 2018

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Essex County College is reporting a favorable annual financial audit and says the report is a step in the right direction to remove itself from probation instituted by the Middle States Commission.

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Newark, NJ – Essex County College is reporting a clean bill of health on its annual financial audit.

The audit, completed last month by certified public accounting and auditing firm PKF O’Connor Davies, found no material weaknesses in the college’s internal controls and found ECC to be in compliance with all federal and state sponsored programs. In addition, the college says that all material weaknesses found in the 2016 audit have been corrected.

Although the audit does not affect accreditation, the college hopes that the clean audit finding will contribute to demonstrating compliance with accreditation, according to a college spokesperson.

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