The Cory Booker President to Senate Pivot

By Fred Snowflack | January 16, 2020

Insider NJ

 

Cory Booker certainly knows how to pivot.

For months, the Booker camp has been sending out emails to supporters insisting – contrary to reason and fact – that his presidential campaign was alive and well.

Just send Booker a few more dollars and everything would be fine and dandy; that was the message. It seemed not to matter that the senator was now failing to qualify for debates. Ignoring that, the campaign kept on saying that Booker had tons of real people support in Iowa.

And then – it was over.

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N.J. suing Trump administration over plan to cut thousands of residents from food stamps

Posted Jan 16, 2020

New Jersey is suing the federal government over a rule change that could strip food benefits from thousands.

Currently, some adults may only receive food stamps for three months during a three-year period if they’re not working or volunteering. However, states may extend that window if residents are having a hard time finding jobs.

The new rule would make it harder for states to grant those extensions.

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Murphy Signs Nine Bills to Protect NJ’s Health Insurance Gains from Federal Attack

LILO H. STAINTON | JANUARY 17, 2020

NJ Spotlght

Gov. Phil Murphy, left, discusses how to protect and improve the quality of health care with Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert C. Garrett.

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Gov. Phil Murphy said a passel of new laws he just approved will help protect New Jersey residents from federal actions to undermine the Affordable Care Act, building on his administration’s ongoing efforts to claim greater responsibility for the program’s operation and oversight.

Murphy signed nine bills into law Thursday that would essentially ensure certain health insurance benefits remain in place for Garden State residents, even if the federal program is further reformed or fully repealed. The Legislature approved the Democratic measures earlier this month.

“We’re too exposed if we’re relying on an unsettled, if not hostile, reality in Washington. We have to protect ourselves,” Murphy said at an event held at Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH)’s JFK Medical Center in Edison. New Jerseyans should not “wake up one day and find out their health care has been stripped away from them.”

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Murphy says he supports removing religion as a reason to skip child vaccinations in N.J.

Posted Jan 15, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy made it clear Wednesday that he would sign a bill into law that would no longer allow parents to cite religion as a reason to avoid getting their children the vaccinations required to attend school in New Jersey.

“If that were to come our way — I don’t talk about prospective bills in specifics — but I think we’ve given a pretty strong indication that that’s something that we would support,” the Democratic governor told reporters during an unrelated event in East Brunswick.

Murphy’s comments come two days after a planned vote on the measure (S2173) in the state Senate fell apart for the second time in a month, as hundreds of parents staged another loud protest outside the Statehouse in Trenton.

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Booker imparted a critical Newark lesson | Editorial

Posted Jan 15, 2020

There is an allegory that Cory Booker shares in his book about a woman named Virginia Jones, a brusque and intimidating 68-year-old tenant organizer in Newark’s Brick Towers, a nightmarish human warehouse across King Boulevard where Booker lived as a law student.

He had come to introduce himself and explain that he was starting a non-profit that would provide landlord-tenant legal help. After a few perfunctory questions, Jones dragged him out of her office, down five flights of stairs, through the lobby where her own son was murdered, through a courtyard, past the drug dealers on the front steps, and onto the street, which to a 27-year-old Booker “looked like a war zone.”

“Describe what you see,” said the woman, a former corrections officer, in a tone that did not invite debate.

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Affordable Care Act Has Upped Racial Equity in NJ’s Health Care Coverage, Access

LILO H. STAINTON | JANUARY 16, 2020 

NJ Spotlight

Study by the Commonwealth Fund found New Jersey’s uninsured rates for underserved groups dropped significantly by 2018.

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Before the federal Affordable Care Act took effect, four in 10 Hispanic adults and greater than one in five African Americans in New Jersey lacked health insurance. By 2018, the uninsured rate had dropped to nearly 25% for Hispanics and was cut in half for black residents, to less than 11%.

The findings are from a study released today by the Commonwealth Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the U.S. health care system, particularly for underserved populations. Coverage also expanded among white individuals, but not as much as for minority residents.

While the Garden State was not alone in this trend, some populations here had coverage gains that bested the national averages, according to the study, which looked at data from 2013 through 2018. Across all states, uninsured rates fell from 40% to nearly 25% among Hispanic adults and from 24.4% to 14.4% for African Americans between the ages of 19 and 64. The rate for white adults dropped from 14.4% to 8.6% during this period.

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Trump brags about all he’s done for cancer patients. Give him the credit he deserves | Editorial

Posted Jan 14, 2020

There’s nothing quite like seeing President Donald Trump champion himself as a hero in the fight against cancer. It feels almost surreal.

“U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History!” he said on Twitter last week. “A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.”

And, to put a finer point on it: “I was the one who saved pre-existing conditions in your health care,” Trump declared on Monday.

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Jersey City Attackers’ Bomb Had Range of Up to 5 Football Fields

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

Jan. 13, 2020

Officers at the scene of the deadly shooting in Jersey City last month.Credit...

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A bomb found in the van used by the man and woman who attacked a kosher market and killed four people in Jersey City, N.J., last month could have killed or wounded people up to five football fields away, federal officials said on Monday.

The man and woman, David N. Anderson and Francine Graham, also had materials to make a second bomb, officials said at a news conference.

In addition, officials provided new details on Monday about the activities of Mr. Anderson and Ms. Graham in the hours, days and weeks before their deadly rampage and, for the first time, linked them to a highway shooting near Newark on Dec. 3.

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Halfway Through Term, Murphy Touts Record in State of the State Address

JOHN REITMEYER | JANUARY 15, 2020

NJ Spotlight

Gov. Phil Murphy delivers the State of the State address, Jan. 14, 2020.

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With a potential bid for reelection looming in less than two years, Gov. Phil Murphy used his State of the State address on Tuesday to highlight some of his administration’s biggest achievements, such as increasing the minimum wage, boosting K-12 education aid and tackling climate change.

The first-term Democrat also unveiled a number of new initiatives during the annual speech to the combined Legislature, saying he will be targeting things like the rising cost of health care and the state’s persistent wealth disparities in the months ahead.

Murphy also returned to several familiar themes, like promising to keep pushing for new economic-development tax incentive programs. That was a main focus of his first State of the State address in 2019, but his preferred package of reforms is stalled in the Legislature, even though fellow Democrats control both houses.

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Booker says he ‘wasn’t good enough’ to deliver message of unity in presidential campaign

Posted Jan 13, 2020

WASHINGTON  Cory Booker says he ran the race he wanted for the White House but "was not good enough” to get his message of unity through to the Democrats who will nominate the party’s presidential candidate.

“This is one of those strange campaigns where I wouldn’t change things,” Booker said told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC Monday night, hours after he ended his quest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Booker said he ran the uplifting campaign he wanted, the same type of campaign he ran in Newark to become mayor

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