Congestion Pricing Is Coming to New York. New Jersey Wants Revenge.

By Emma G. Fitzsimmons

THE NEW YORK TIMES

April 16, 2019

Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey said he would fight any effort to double toll drivers who use the George Washington Bridge and then travel into Manhattan’s congestion pricing zone.

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New York and New Jersey are neighbors, but they have not always treated each other in a neighborly way. Their proximity and pride have led to plenty of fights — over who can lay claim to Ellis Island (both actually), which state has the best pizza (still raging) and the proper way to get gasoline (solo vs. full service).

But the latest chapter in this rivalry might be among the nastiest.

New York recently approved congestion pricing, a plan to make it more expensive to drive into the heart of Manhattan. Officials in New Jersey are enraged and have griped, half-jokingly, that it will cost less to travel to California than to cross the Hudson River.

And they are vowing revenge.

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Murphy looks to oust Christie appointees to EDA board, amid mounting criticism over misspent billions

Posted Apr 16, 2019

Gov. Phil Murphy has requested the resignations of all the gubernatorial appointees to the troubled New Jersey Economic Development Authority, effective immediately, NJ Advance Media has learned.

In a late day series of calls, at least five board members were asked to step down, two sources with knowledge of the moves confirmed. All were put on the board by former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican.

The Trenton-based authority has been under siege in recent months, since a scathing audit by the state comptroller was publicly released in January. The report criticized the EDA’s oversight of a program it said had handed out billions in tax credit incentives with scant oversight.

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N.J. ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for kids won’t be overturned as U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge

Updated Apr 15, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take a case that sought to overturn a New Jersey law banning conversion therapy — a medically discredited practice of attempting to change a child’s sexual orientation from gay to straight.

That means the New Jersey ban will remain.

Licensed therapists in New Jersey have been prohibited since 2013 from engaging in reparative or conversion therapy for minors.

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NEWARK NIMBY ON STATE PLAN TO BUILD JUVENILE JUSTICE FACILITY IN BRICK CITY

The closing of New Jersey’s main youth detention facility is still years away, but social justice advocates are pushing back on a proposal to build a new juvenile justice facility in the state’s largest city.

In one of his last acts as governor, Chris Christie announced in January 2018 that the state would close the New Jersey Training School at Jamesburg, along with a smaller women’s facility. The plan was to replace them with smaller centers in the north, central, and southern parts of the state. Gov. Phil Murphy last October issued an executive order creating a task force to recommend reforms to the state’s juvenile justice system, including plans for shutting down and establishing new youth rehabilitation centers.

The Task Force for the Continued Transformation of Youth Justice in New Jersey held its first meeting, which was not open to the public, seven weeks ago. Just days later, on March 1, the task force held a conference call during which a representative of the state attorney general’s office announced a Newark site as the location for one new youth facility, according to a written summary of the call. While not including specifics of the proposed Newark site, the summary indicates the state wants sites to be between five and seven acres, with the new facilities to accommodate about 48 beds.

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Murphy must own the SDA fiasco | Editorial

Posted Apr 14, 2019

Currently, there is an internal inquiry of the hiring practices and payroll management at the Schools Development Authority, the agency still tasked with upgrading schools in our poorest communities despite its legacy of Jersey-caliber depravity.

There is also a “review” of hiring protocols at the SDA and other state authorities, by order of Governor Murphy.

Plus, various legislative panels are looking into the SDA’s eight-month makeover under the merry murderess of meritocracy, CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco.

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N.J. mental health patients will get help when they need it under new law signed by Murphy

Updated Apr 11, 2019

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday signed a bill into law that’s expected to eliminate some of the obstacles in New Jersey that force many people to forgo mental health care or go broke paying the bills.

The new law is intended to close the loopholes that have allowed managed care companies to limit mental health treatment and violate the intent of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

The landmark, bipartisan law required insurance companies to provide equal coverage for mental illnesses in the same way they cover physical ailments and diseases.

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When innocent people are locked up, guilty people go free. Now N.J. vows to put the true culprits in jail.

Updated Apr 11, 2019

Former Superior Court Judge Carolyn Murray speaks to reporters at a Trenton press conference where Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Murray would lead a new unit devoted to reviewing wrongful conviction claims.

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When prosecutors dropped charges against Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee last year, it had been nearly a quarter-century since the murder of a Paterson video store clerk for which the pair were wrongly convicted.

Two men who professed innocence were now free — but the case had long gone cold, leaving the victim’s family without answers.

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NYC’S NEW POLICY ON MEASLES VACCINE PROMPTS RENEWED FOCUS IN NJ

LILO H. STAINTON | APRIL 11, 2019

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New York City’s decision to threaten fines and legal citations against those who have not been vaccinated against measles could indirectly benefit New Jersey’s immunization efforts, although experts here agreed such measures are not necessary to address the measles outbreak on this side of the Hudson River.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency on Tuesday that requires unvaccinated individuals in the largely Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg — where 285 people have been diagnosed with measles since last fall, and nearly two dozen hospitalized — to get the measles vaccine or face citations or fines of up to $1,000.

“I’m not sure we need to do what New York City is doing, but I’m happy they are doing it,” said Dr. Puthenmadam Radhakrishnan, a pediatrician with a practice in Ewing. Close monitoring, plus education and outreach to further boost vaccination rates, are what currently make sense for the Garden State, he and others said Wednesday.

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Businesses with $10B in N.J. public contracts gave $9M to political campaigns last year

Posted Apr 9, 2019

Private companies doing business with the state of New Jersey and local governments donated $9 million last year to political organizations and political candidates, according to a new report by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Roughly 1,900 companies held public contracts worth $9.8 billion in 2018, ELEC said. Only firms with at least $50,000 in public contracts have to report their political contributions.

They weren’t as generous in 2018 as they were in 2017, when the governor’s race topped the ballot. But candidates for federal office and federal political action committees drew $763,000 in contributions from contractors, though the majority of that money went to a committee funding candidates outside of the Garden State, according to ELEC’s analysis.

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Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric inspires white supremacists and should be condemned, says this Jersey Democrat

Posted Apr 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — A resolution introduced Tuesday by New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski “rejects the hateful propaganda of white supremacist terrorists” and “condemns political leaders who legitimize white supremacist ideology."

That includes President Donald Trump, said the first-year Democrat and former assistant U.S. secretary of state.

“We’ve always had Nazis. We always will,” Malinowski, D-7th Dist., said at a Capitol Hill press conference. “We’ve never had to question whether the president of the United States stands on their way of thinking. We’ve never had these people echoing the words of the president of the United States before.”

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