Bargaining CHIP: Children’s Care Is Used in Federal Budet Battle, NJ Kids OK for Now

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Amazon Names Newark and New York City as ‘HQ2’ Finalists

The New York metropolitan area picked up a one-two punch Thursday in the battle among North American cities hoping to become home to Amazon’s second headquarters, when both Newark and New York City landed on the retail giant’s shortlist.

The Seattle-based retailer had set off a frenzy among cities in the United States and Canada when it announced in September that it was looking for a location for its second headquarters, dangling promises of $5 billion in investment and as many as 50,000 jobs.

More than 238 applications poured in to Amazon from cities and regions vying to become its “HQ2.” Amazon has narrowed the list to 20, with most finalists far from the tech-saturated hubs on the West Coast. Along with Newark and New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Denver and Nashville all made the cut.

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On Day One Murphy Highlights $15 Minimum Wage But No Details or Timeline

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Governor Murphy Pledges a Progressive Course for New Jersey

TRENTON — Philip Dunton Murphy, whose brand of pragmatic progressive politics propelled him from Democratic donor and former American ambassador to the 56th governor of New Jersey, was sworn into office on Tuesday, claiming a mandate to provide sweeping change and promising to focus heavily on the stagnant economy.

“We can once again be the state that leads the nation in progressive policies and puts common sense and our residents first in line,” Mr. Murphy said during his 34-minute inaugural address inside a theater here.

An unabashed liberal, Mr. Murphy’s rise to one of the most powerful governor seats in the country comes against the backdrop of the polarizing Trump administration. And Mr. Murphy pledged that his stewardship of New Jersey will be a check on what he portrays as conservative overreach and abusive policies stemming from the White House.

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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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