U.S. Immigration Crackdown Drives NJ's Undocumented Deeper into Shadows

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School districts clamor for more aid, others warn against cuts in funding debate

By Karen Yi | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on February 22, 2017

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop urged a bipartisan Senate committee to more thoughtfully forge ahead with changing how public schools are funded, arguing current proposals are vague and threaten to help affluent areas "at the expense of the most needy children."

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NEWARK -- The ongoing debate over how to fairly -- and equitably -- fund public schools prompted disagreements Wednesday between two Democrats who once were considered contenders for the gubernatorial race.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop urged a bipartisan Senate committee to more thoughtfully forge ahead with changing how public schools are funded, arguing current proposals are vague and threaten to help affluent areas "at the expense of the most needy children." 

Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who co-chaired the committee, said Fulop's remarks were "1000 percent wrong."

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Murphy Lays Out Big Ambitions for Urban Renewal in New Jersey

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Joe Piscopo Considers Running for Governor of New Jersey. No Joke.

He found fame in the 1980s impersonating Frank Sinatra, President Ronald Reagan and countless others on “Saturday Night Live,’’ followed by numerous Hollywood gigs, stand-up routines and a drive-time radio show.

So for Joe Piscopo, the weeknight scene at a high-dollar fund-raising gala in the tuxedo-packed Starlight Roof room at the Waldorf Astoria hotel seemed perfect for a little Ol’ Blue Eyes.

But Mr. Piscopo pocketed his “New York, New York” for the night — literally, as he travels with an instrumental version of the song on his iPhone for just such occasions — opting instead to trade a Jersey-centric joke or two with Stephen Baldwin, encourage guests to donate, offer praise to the hosts and scoot offstage.

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Christie’s Public Pension Legacy: Broken Promises, No Effective Fixes

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Is Newark the next Brooklyn? Mayor says no

By Karen Yi | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on February 19, 2017

NEWARK -- No, Mayor Ras Baraka insisted, Newark is not the next Brooklyn. 

In a video message posted on YouTube, Baraka said that despite the city's sprouting development, Newark was not displacing its longtime residents. 

"It's not accurate to say that we are gentrifying those neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods were neglected for 50 years," Baraka said. "You can't just be against development and not for the bettering of conditions.

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Trump stirs fierce blowback in NJ, and GOP Congressman hide | Moran

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'Day without immigrants' spurs N.J. store closures, work absences

By Karen Yi | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on February 16, 2017

NEWARK -- Along parts of Ferry Street on Thursday, doors remained shuttered, chairs were stacked and newspapers left uncollected on doorsteps at restaurants and businesses. 

Some had a message for passers-by: They were closed to support "A Day Without Immigrants," a national boycott meant to highlight the impact immigrants have on the economy. 

Storefronts posted signs in English, Spanish and Portuguese that read "Nos unimos a un dia sin immigrantes, CLOSED!" or "We are joining the day without immigrants, CLOSED!"

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Still Shadowed by Bridge Scandal, Christie May Find Sympathy at White House

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

FEB. 16, 2017

Gov. Chris Christie during a bill signing at the White House on Tuesday, when he had lunch with President Trump amid talk of a possible job.

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On Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey had a meatloaf lunch with President Trump at the White House amid talk, once again, that he was on his way to a job in Washington.

By Thursday, though, Mr. Christie was on the menu of a municipal court in Fort Lee, N.J., where a citizen had lodged a criminal complaint against him over the George Washington Bridge lane-closing affair and a judge ruled that the case could proceed.

Perhaps other events this week overshadowed the president’s meal with Mr. Christie, and the already thoroughly chewed-over political scandal of the traffic jams.

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Seton Hall Pres. Vacancy Stirs Talk of Soft Landing for Christie

By PolitickerNJ Staff • 02/16/17

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Chris Christie attended law school at Seton Hall University; the president of the college recently announced his departure

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Does the announcement that Gabriel Esteban will depart his job as president of Seton Hall University open up a potential opportunity for Gov. Chris Christie? 

Christie will leave office next January and his next career move has been the subject of much speculation in New Jersey and nationally. Christie wanted a top job in the Trump administration and briefly campaigned for Republican National Chairman, but without success. So far, much of the chatter has revolved around the two-term governor with record low approvals taking a job as a sports radio talk show host, as he’s shown off a strong regular-guy connection with callers during occasional guest spots on WFAN.

A college presidency in New Jersey, at the place Christie attended law school, could be an attractive landing spot for the man who hoped to be president right now. Thomas Kean, the last New Jersey governor to serve eight years, accepted the presidency of Drew University during his final year in office.

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