Years-long feud just ended with a $155M deal that will help lead crisis

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Judge tosses N.J. lawsuit seeking to save your property tax break. Here’s what Murphy said.

Updated Oct 01, 2019

A federal judge Monday threw out a lawsuit that New Jersey and three other northeastern states filed against President Donald Trump’s administration seeking to reverse a controversial $10,000 limit on how much you can deduct in state and local taxes on your federal tax return.

Previously, you could write off an unlimited amount in those taxes — which was popular in states like New Jersey, where property taxes are the highest in the nation.

But the federal tax overhaul passed by Republican-controlled Congress and signed by Trump, a Republican, in 2017 imposed the cap.

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Newark water crisis will get another $155M to help with lead line replacement

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Booker rushes to Biden’s defense as Trump seeks to deflect impeachment

Updated Sep 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who has clashed with former Vice President Joe Biden on the 2020 presidential campaign trail, rushed to his defense Sunday.

“Joe Biden is a statesman. He is truly an honorable man," Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I would be standing firmly in defense of Joe Biden throughout this process because this is in no way can besmirch his character, his honor and his incredible service to this country over decades.”

During the campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Booker has lashed out at Biden over criminal justice issues. Biden returned the favor, questioning Booker’s stewardship of the Newark police department when he was mayor.

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Giants co-owner gave $5M to NJPAC. Here’s what the huge donation will do.

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Christie accuses Murphy of playing ’political charade’ and dismisses federal probe into tax incentive program

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The bully-in-chief lashes out at refugees | Editorial

Updated Sep 27, 2019

The country is riveted on a scandal that could bring down a president, as he threatens the whistleblower at the center of a new push for impeachment.

And now, in the midst of this, he’s thrown a dash of cruelty: A drastic new cap on the number of refugees allowed to enter America.

The number of people we take in who are fleeing violence and persecution will be slashed by almost half under President Trump’s executive order, down from the current limit of 30,000; a fraction of the 110,000 that President Obama said we should take in.

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Christie dismisses notion that Trump leaned on Ukraine leader. ‘That’s the way he talks.’

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A Look at the Fuzzy Math of NJ’s Homestead Tax-Relief Program

Applications for the state’s “Homestead” property-tax relief are going out this month, but the senior citizens and other homeowners who qualify can be forgiven if they are confused about just what they are applying for and why.

Time was the New Jersey Homestead program was relatively simple, offering low- and middle-income homeowners a break on the state’s ever-rising property taxes in the form of a one-shot payment, first a check and later a direct credit on tax bills.

But a number of recent changes to the inner workings of the program have created some befuddling quirks. For example, as the applications go out this month for the next round of benefits, homeowners are still waiting to receive the final installment from the last round.

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Merging towns or schools might cut your property taxes. What Murphy just did about that.

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