NJ JOINS MULTISTATE SUIT TO STOP TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FROM DEPORTING ‘DREAMERS’

COLLEEN O'DEA | JANUARY 25, 2018

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Gov. Murphy looks on as Attorney General Gurbir Grewal swears in Parthiv Patel, the first Dreamer to become a lawyer in NJ. His wife Sarika Patel is assisting.

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New Jersey plans to help an estimated 22,000 young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” by creating a state office to assist them and by joining a multistate lawsuit opposing the Trump administration’s decision to deport them. These young people, who were brought to the United States as children, could be forced to leave in as few as six weeks, if the Republican administration ends the policy currently protecting them.

Gov. Phil Murphy discussed his administration’s tactic during a Trenton event at which he also introduced a man who is New Jersey’s first Dreamer to become a lawyer, a 27-year-old brought to the United States by his parents from India 22 years ago. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal administered the oath of the New Jersey Bar to Parthiv Patel in front of a crowd of family, supporters and the press.

At the same time, Grewal said New Jersey will do everything in its power to support those covered by DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that President Barack Obama put in place in 2012. An important part of that, he said — and numerous immigrant rights groups, state legislators, and others agreed — is joining the lawsuit. The suit was filed by New York and 14 other states and the District of Columbia last September seeking to stop Trump from ending DACA on March 5. It contends that “rescinding DACA will cause harm to hundreds of thousands of the States’ residents, injure State-run colleges and universities, upset the States’ workplaces, damage the States’ economies, hurt State-based companies, and disrupt the States’ statutory and regulatory interests.” New Jersey’s joining the suit is “long overdue,” Murphy said.

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Lower Tuition Under Murphy? Not So Fast, Rutgers Pres. Says

January 23, 2018

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Gov. Phil Murphy, following his inauguration last week, ​ticked off a list of lofty goals and​ progressive​ proposals for the state.

Yet allies and opponents have shown skepticism, or at least questioned, his vision for New Jersey

Rutgers President Robert Barchi made himself no exception, during ​a start-of-the-semester kick-off address at the Rutgers University Senate on Friday afternoon.

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Murphy Moves to Relax Restrictions on Buying Medical Marijuana

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Will 'Active, Angry' Voters Make GOP Congressmen Endangered Species in NJ?

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Gov. Phil Murphy Orders Audit of New Jersey Tax Incentive Programs

By Christian Hetrick

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Retrial of Senator Menendez Adds Twist to Midterm Elections

The Justice Department announced on Friday that it intended to retry Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, two months after a jury deadlocked on federal corruption charges against him. The move means Mr. Menendez will have to defend himself again in a year when he is up for re-election.

A new trial for Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, who has been in the Senate for 12 years, adds a wrinkle to the political map in this year’s 2018 midterm elections. While the senator has not officially announced that he is running, he has given no indication he intends to retire.

Another politically damaging trial could put Democrats in the unexpected position of having to spend resources in New Jersey, a reliably Democratic state, in an election in which they are hoping to pick up seats and possibly shift the Senate back to Democratic control. So far, however, no strong Republican challenger has emerged.

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Bargaining CHIP: Children’s Care Is Used in Federal Budet Battle, NJ Kids OK for Now

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Amazon Names Newark and New York City as ‘HQ2’ Finalists

The New York metropolitan area picked up a one-two punch Thursday in the battle among North American cities hoping to become home to Amazon’s second headquarters, when both Newark and New York City landed on the retail giant’s shortlist.

The Seattle-based retailer had set off a frenzy among cities in the United States and Canada when it announced in September that it was looking for a location for its second headquarters, dangling promises of $5 billion in investment and as many as 50,000 jobs.

More than 238 applications poured in to Amazon from cities and regions vying to become its “HQ2.” Amazon has narrowed the list to 20, with most finalists far from the tech-saturated hubs on the West Coast. Along with Newark and New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Denver and Nashville all made the cut.

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On Day One Murphy Highlights $15 Minimum Wage But No Details or Timeline

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Governor Murphy Pledges a Progressive Course for New Jersey

TRENTON — Philip Dunton Murphy, whose brand of pragmatic progressive politics propelled him from Democratic donor and former American ambassador to the 56th governor of New Jersey, was sworn into office on Tuesday, claiming a mandate to provide sweeping change and promising to focus heavily on the stagnant economy.

“We can once again be the state that leads the nation in progressive policies and puts common sense and our residents first in line,” Mr. Murphy said during his 34-minute inaugural address inside a theater here.

An unabashed liberal, Mr. Murphy’s rise to one of the most powerful governor seats in the country comes against the backdrop of the polarizing Trump administration. And Mr. Murphy pledged that his stewardship of New Jersey will be a check on what he portrays as conservative overreach and abusive policies stemming from the White House.

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