Murphy: New Jersey Could Sue to Stop GOP Tax Overhaul

By Christian Hetrick

Phil Murphy.

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Governor-elect Phil Murphy said Thursday that New Jersey and other states could sue the federal government if a proposed Republican tax overhaul becomes law.

Murphy, a Democrat, said he has spoken with leadership in New York and California and with legal scholars about doing “whatever it takes” to stop a GOP attempt to rewrite the federal tax code. Asked if that included a joint lawsuit with other states, Murphy said “emphatically, yes.”

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A Senate tax bill would eliminate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, something that would particularly hurt high tax states such as New Jersey, New York and California. A House bill that passed this month would remove the deduction only for state and local income and sales taxes, but cap it at $10,000 for property taxes.

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$79 Million Gubernatorial Election Was Second Most Costly in State History

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PATH extension to Newark airport set for public meetings this week

NEWARK -- The public can weigh in on a plan to extend PATH service to Newark Liberty International Airport at two informational meetings this week in Newark.

The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m, at the Weequahic Park Sports Authority Community Center, 92 Carmichael Drive, Newark. The second is set for the same time on Thursday night, also in Newark, in the Garden State Ballroom of the Hilton Newark Penn Station, at 1048 Raymond Boulevard.

The meetings will be hosted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to provide details of the project, take public input and answer questions. Comments on the project can be emailed to PATHextension@panynj.gov by Dec. 20.

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A Women’s Place? NJ Women Still Scarce at High Levels of Government

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Corruption Case Against Senator Menendez Ends in Mistrial

NEWARK — The federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey ended in a mistrial on Thursday after jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict, leaving Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, free to return to Congress but injecting uncertainty as he faces re-election next year and his party faces a difficult battle to retake the Senate.

After interviewing jurors individually in his chambers, Judge William H. Walls emerged to tell the court that, after nine weeks of testimony, the jury was deadlocked and that, as a result, “there is no alternative but to declare a mistrial.”

One juror told reporters that 10 of the 12 jurors supported finding Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, not guilty, saying that prosecutors had not made the case that the favors and gifts exchanged between the senator and a wealthy eye doctor went beyond what good friends do for each other.

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In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests

After nearly 100 applications to renew permits that let immigrants stay and work in the United States legally were rejected because they had been delayed in the mail, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency last week said nothing could be done; the decisions were final.

But on Wednesday night, the agency reversed its position. In light of the delays, it agreed to allow those rejected because of mail delays to resubmit their renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The Department of Homeland Security’s acting director, Elaine C. Duke, told the immigration agency to allow applicants to resubmit their paperwork if they have proof that they mailed their renewal in a timely manner and that the reason it missed the Oct. 5 deadline was because of Postal Service mail delays. Homeland Security issued the guideline in a statement Wednesday night.

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Another Round of Repairs for Penn Station NYC Will Mean More Schedule Changes

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Craig Coughlin: Low-Profile Legislator Taking Prieto’s Place as Assembly Speaker

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Murphy Names Transition Team, Signals His Priorities

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Fearful of Politicization by a Big Law Firm Type, Rice Wants Murphy to Pick Democratic Primary Rival Johnson for AG

By Max Pizarro | November 11, 2017

Insider NJ

 

Veteran state Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) wants Governor-elect Phil Murphy to consider former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jim Johnson, whom Murphy defeated in the 2017 Democratic Primary for Governor, for the office of state Attorney General.

“I think it would be great if he were considered,” Rice told InsiderNJ, in reference to Jonhson, a resident of Montclair in Essex County. “If you want to talk about laying down resumes,  no one’s going to match him. His experience in the White House gave him an entrée into relationships as well as to issues. The relationships Murphy has at the White House too – between two of them, they have contacts that will be great for the state.”

Rice too mentioned the leg up he believes Johnsons would have on economics and civil rights issues.

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