Finally, New Jersey Might Be Cooler Than New York

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

Nov. 16, 2020

New Jersey cities like Hoboken and Jersey City are expecting an influx of visitors from nearby Manhattan once the state legalizes recreational marijuana.Credit...

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HOBOKEN, N.J. — In the very important, high-stakes fight for tristate area coolness, New Jersey rarely has the upper hand. (The tristate, for those without a Northeast-centric worldview, has traditionally referred to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.)

But two weeks ago, New Jersey residents voted to amend the state constitution and legalize recreational marijuana, something New York and Connecticut have not done.

The spunky underdog sneaked in a powerful left hook. The amendment kicks in on Jan. 1, 2021.

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‘I concede NOTHING!’ Trump tweets after saying Biden won in eyes of ‘FAKE NEWS MEDIA’

Posted Nov 15, 2020

President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to acknowledge for the first time that Joe Biden won the White House, but made clear he would not concede and would keep trying to overturn the election result. Trump’s statements came in tweets that included several baseless claims about the Nov. 3 vote, which state and federal officials say was safe and secure.

Trump, without using Biden’s name, tweeted that “He won,” something Trump had not said before publicly, though he said the Democrat’s victory was only “in the eyes” of the media. Biden defeated Trump by winning back a trio of Midwestern battleground states: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and topped the 270 electoral vote threshold to clinch the presidency. Biden so far has 77.5 million votes, the most ever by a winning candidate, to Trump’s 72.3 million.

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Cuomo threatens to sue Trump for equitable vaccine distribution

11/15/2020 

Politico

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is promising to “mobilize an army” to ensure that Black and brown New Yorkers have equal access to any coronavirus vaccines, and threatened a lawsuit against the Trump administration if its distribution plan isn’t overhauled to make that possible.

“The Trump administration is designing the distribution plan, and their plan basically has private health care companies administer the vaccines,” Cuomo said in a speech delivered during services in Manhattan’s Riverside Church on Sunday morning, a rare address in which he relied on a teleprompter.

“The president talks about CVS and Walgreens and national chains. Sure. But they are mainly located in rich communities, not in poor communities. My friends, we cannot compound the racial injustice that Covid has already created. And let me be clear — the Black and brown communities that were first on the list of who died cannot be last on the list of who receives the vaccines, period.”

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‘Patchwork’ public health system complicates COVID-19 contact tracing, community notification

LILO H. STAINTON, HEALTH CARE WRITER | NOVEMBER 16, 2020

NJ Spotlight News

A contact tracer at work

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The coronavirus is once again circulating rapidly in communities across New Jersey. State officials have reported thousands of new cases daily and shared data that shows how some situations — like youth sports and private parties — appear to have an outsize role in the spread.

But it is not clear if New Jerseyans are getting the information they need to keep themselves — and others — safe.

Much of the data is posted on the state’s COVID-19 website and Gov. Phil Murphy now intends to hold three media briefings weekly, instead of the twice-weekly events he convened during the summer and fall. The state also works with county and local health departments to alert the public when potential coronavirus clusters are identified. And schools have a protocol for contacting parents when outbreaks are discovered in a district.

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Trump Says COVID-19 Vaccine Could Arrive By April But Not For New York; Cuomo Erupts

By Mary Papenfuss

HuffPost

11/1/2020

 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) unleashed on Donald Trump after the president announced Friday that a new COVID-19 vaccine would be released as soon as April “to the entire general population — with the exception of places like New York state.”

Trump claimed New York wouldn’t get the vaccine right away because its governor would hold up distribution for “political reasons.” Cuomo “wants to take his time with the vaccine,” the president said. “He doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from.”

Cuomo snapped back on CNN that “first of all, luckily,” Trump “won’t be here” in April to manipulate vaccine distribution.

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Murphy, other governors to hold ‘emergency summit' to discuss more possible COVID-19 restrictions

Gov. Phil Murphy and five other governors of northeastern states will meet this weekend to discuss possibly coordinating new restrictions to help curb COVID-19 spread as as a second wave of the coronavirus grips the region.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the “emergency summit” on Friday. Murphy’s office confirmed the meeting to NJ Advance Media, saying the discussion will be held virtually.

“Governor Murphy looks forward to continuing our work with our regional partners to address the public health crisis,” spokesman Mahen Gunaratna said.

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As Soon as Trump Leaves Office, He Faces Greater Risk of Prosecution

By William K. Rashbaum and 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Nov. 13, 2020

President Trump has fought to prevent the Manhattan district attorney from obtaining his tax returns for more than a year.Credit...

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President Trump lost more than an election last week. When he leaves the White House in January, he will also lose the constitutional protection from prosecution afforded to a sitting president.

After Jan. 20, Mr. Trump, who has refused to concede and is fighting to hold onto his office, will be more vulnerable than ever to a pending grand jury investigation by the Manhattan district attorney into the president’s family business and its practices, as well as his taxes.

The two-year inquiry, the only known active criminal investigation of Mr. Trump, has been stalled since last fall, when the president sued to block a subpoena for his tax returns and other records, a bitter dispute that for the second time is before the U.S. Supreme Court. A ruling is expected soon.

Mr. Trump has contended that the investigation by the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Democrat, is a politically motivated fishing expedition. But if the Supreme Court rules that Mr. Vance is entitled to the records, and he uncovers possible crimes, Mr. Trump could face a reckoning with law enforcement — further inflaming political tensions and raising the startling specter of a criminal conviction, or even prison, for a former president.

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Despite COVID-19 rise, NJ sticks with plan to allow schools to decide instruction plans locally

LILO H. STAINTON, HEALTH CARE WRITER | NOVEMBER 13, 2020 

NJ Spotlight News

Sept. 25, 2020: Red Bank Middle School. The school opened with a hybrid model of instruction on Sept. 14.

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With COVID-19 rates rising nationwide, school officials in a number of large cities — including Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. — are opting for online education to try to preempt the surge of coronavirus cases that experts predict for the weeks to come.

But in New Jersey, where nearly 10,500 new cases have been diagnosed this week, state leaders said Thursday that they will stick to the current plan that allows district and local health officials to decide what is best for the community’s schools. Currently, roughly one in five districts is providing remote lessons only, they said, and relatively few outbreaks have been tied directly to schools.

“The general community reality is obviously taken into account” when determining school plans, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday. “But there is a clear disconnect between the reality of what is going on in our school buildings and the communities that surround them. There’s just no question about that.”

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19% Positivity Rate as Outbreak Accelerates in N.J.’s Largest City

By Kevin Armstrong and 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Nov. 11, 2020

“If I touch something, I wash,” said Carlos Ribeiro, a manager of Calandra’s Bakery in Newark. “I support masks 200 percent.”

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NEWARK — As the coronavirus started surging in New Jersey’s largest city, officials introduced the state’s first new coronavirus lockdown two weeks ago, mandating an 8 p.m. indoor closing time for all restaurants, bars and nonessential businesses citywide.

But then the number of new cases in the city, Newark, climbed even higher: Over the last four days, there have been 842 new reported infections, and 19 percent of people tested over three days last week were found to have the virus, city and county officials said.

The uptick mirrors a troubling statewide trend that has resulted in a spike in Covid-19 hospitalizations across New Jersey to levels not seen since June.

On Tuesday, New Jersey reported 3,877 new cases, a figure the governor called “devastating.” By the next day, 3,078 new cases were recorded. Hospitals also reported 15 coronavirus deaths, adding to the more than 16,400 New Jersey fatalities already linked to the virus.

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Lies, rage, and baseless lawsuits: Say goodnight, Trump | Editorial

Posted Nov 11, 2020

The only remaining method for the moribund Trump Administration to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election is to subvert democracy in any way possible, so we have reached the malignant monkey phase of these proceedings.

The strategy is to spread disease throughout the body politic with claims of Democrats “cheating” and “welcoming fraud,” as spewed Monday by a Trump mouthpiece of Himmler-esque dependability named Kayleigh McEnany, whose flagrant lies stopped Fox News host Neil Cavuto in his tracks and forced him to cut away.

“Whoa-whoa-whoa,” said Cavuto, a longtime Mendham resident. “Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this.”

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