No, New York Isn’t Putting New Jersey on the Quarantine List

By Michael Gold and 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Oct. 20, 2020

A city worker handing out information sheets to travelers in Pennsylvania Station in August. Gov. Cuomo of New York said there were “too many interconnections” to put a quarantine on travelers from some bordering states.Credit...

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The coronavirus has spiked in states that border New York, with the rates of new cases hitting a point that is supposed to trigger restrictions on travelers entering New York.

But on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo excluded neighboring New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania from New York’s quarantine list, saying there was “no practical way” to enforce such a limitation.

The vast numbers of commuters crossing state borders, particularly from New Jersey and Connecticut, would make a quarantine nearly impossible to carry out, he said.

“There are too many interconnections,” Mr. Cuomo said on a phone call with reporters. “There are too many people who live in one place and work in the other,” he said, adding that it “would have a disastrous effect on the economy.”

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Newark Councilman Joseph McCallum charged with wire fraud

By Nikita BiryukovOctober 20 2020

New Jersey Globe

Newark West Ward Councilman Joseph McCallum.

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Federal authorities charged Newark West Ward Councilman Joseph McCallum for allegedly accepting bribes and kickbacks from developers, contracting companies and other businesses in exchange for access and aid obtaining public contracts.

McCallum faces charges of wire fraud to defraud Newark and the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito on Tuesday announced Malik Frederick, a 60-year-old Newark resident, pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and subscribing to a false personal federal tax return for his role in the alleged scheme.

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Pricey N.J. university slashes tuition by $10K for new students

Posted Oct 20, 2020

One of New Jersey’s most expensive universities will slash tuition by more than $10,000 for new students next school year as pricey colleges nationwide reconsider their sticker prices.

Fairleigh Dickinson University announced Tuesday that it will reduce its tuition to $32,000 a year at both its Florham Park campus and its Metropolitan campus in Teaneck for new full-time students.

The university currently charges $43,654 for the Florham Park campus and $41,154 for the Metropolitan campus.

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Trump vs. Biden On Health Care: A Stark Choice For Voters

By Jeffrey Young and Jonathan Cohn

10/20/2020

HuffPost


The future of the U.S. health care system will depend a great deal on whether President Donald Trump wins reelection or former Vice President Joe Biden defeats him, and the contrasts between Trump’s record and Biden’s aspirations make the stakes plain.

Although Biden, a Democrat, isn’t campaigning in favor of anything as dramatic as “Medicare for All,” it’s hard to overstate the differences between his vision for American health care and Trump’s.

Like his fellow Republicans, Trump wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and for the government to do less about the cost and the availability of decent coverage. Biden wants to preserve and build upon the 2010 law also known as “Obamacare” and enlarge the government’s role in making health care more accessible and affordable.

Either man’s agenda would depend on outside political forces.

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Murphy to nominate Angelica Allen-McMillan as New Jersey’s next education commissioner

10/19/2020

Politico

Angelica Allen-McMillan. 

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Angelica Allen-McMillan, a longtime educator and currently the interim Morris County schools superintendent, is Gov. Phil Murphy’s pick to be New Jersey’s next state education commissioner, POLITICO has learned.

If confirmed by the full state Senate, Allen-McMillan will be tasked with leading the state’s nearly 600 school districts through what may be a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Allen-McMillan’s nomination will be officially announced Tuesday morning, according to a spokesperson for the governor’s office. She will serve as acting commissioner until her confirmation.

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Voters Prefer Biden Over Trump on Almost All Major Issues, Poll Shows

Oct. 20, 2020

 

Joseph R. Biden Jr. holds a nine-point lead over President Trump amid widespread public alarm about the trajectory of the coronavirus pandemic and demand among voters for large-scale government action to right the economy, according to a national poll of likely voters conducted by The New York Times and Siena College.

With just two weeks left in the campaign, Mr. Trump does not hold an edge on any of the most pressing issues at stake in the election, leaving him with little room for a political recovery absent a calamitous misstep by Mr. Biden, the Democratic nominee, in the coming days. The president has even lost his longstanding advantage on economic matters: Voters are now evenly split on whether they have more trust in him or Mr. Biden to manage the economy.

On all other subjects tested in the poll, voters preferred Mr. Biden over Mr. Trump by modest or wide margins. Mr. Biden, the former vice president, is favored over Mr. Trump to lead on the coronavirus pandemic by 12 points, and voters trust Mr. Biden over Mr. Trump to choose Supreme Court justices and to maintain law and order by six-point margins. Americans see Mr. Biden as more capable of uniting the country by nearly 20 points.

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Rising Covid case totals could hinder plans for New Jersey’s economic reopening

10/19/2020 

Politico

Shoppers walk through stores at the newly reopened American Dream Mall on Oct. 1 in East Rutherford. 

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TRENTON — New Jersey’s grip on containing Covid-19 has started to loosen.

While the daily drumbeat of case totals, spot positivity rates and hospitalizations are hardly as grim as they were in the spring when New Jersey was losing hundreds of residents each day to the disease, Gov. Phil Murphy and administration officials nonetheless are facing impossible decisions on how to move forward with the state’s economic recovery amid worsening public health data.

“These numbers are sobering,” Murphy said Monday during his regular briefing, shortly after announcing that almost 1,200 new coronavirus cases had been reported in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to more than 221,000 since early March.

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Trump campaign adviser signals president will tone it down at upcoming debate

Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller signaled Sunday that President Donald Trump will take a less combative tack toward Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during their televised debate this week.

“When you talk about style and you talk about approach, I do think that President Trump is going to give Joe Biden a little bit more room to explain himself on some of these issues,” Miller said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Miller specifically mentioned dubious allegations against the Biden family detailed in recent New York Post reports and Biden’s refusal to articulate a firm position on expanding the Supreme Court as topics on which Trump would seek to pin down his opponent.

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Who asked for hundreds of millions in spending add-ons? Lawmakers so far aren’t saying

JOHN REITMEYER, BUDGET/FINANCE WRITER | OCTOBER 19, 2020

NJ Spotlight News

Sept. 29, 2020: Senate President Steve Sweeney, left, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin applauded as Gov. Phil Murphy signed the budget at the Trenton War Memorial.

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Lawmakers acted swiftly last month to pass a state budget that was packed with dozens of last-minute spending additions. Now weeks later, they’ve yet to make public any of the written “budget resolutions” required for each eleventh-hour revision.

Legislative rules for both the Assembly and Senate make it clear that lawmakers must draft budget resolutions to justify each change they want to make to the annual appropriations bill.

The legislative rules also say the budget resolutions “shall be made available to the public” through the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services. And they are generally supposed to be submitted by their sponsors at least two weeks before final votes on the budget legislation are held in either house.

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Gov. Murphy earns high marks from New Jerseyans in another poll

Posted Oct 17, 2020

Nearly eight months into New Jersey’s coronavirus outbreak, a new poll shows Gov. Phil Murphy continues to get positive grades from a majority of the state’s residents.

Sixty percent of Garden State adults approve of Murphy’s overall job performance, while 31% disapprove, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University survey released Friday morning.

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