News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday May 17, 2017

This year’s budget blunder: The head of Christie’s Treasury Department says the state has a $527 million budget hole in the current fiscal year that ends June 30 and plans to delay payments on a property tax relief program and to chase down those who haven’t paid their tax bill.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES

REASONS WHY WE NEED MORE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING 

GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS

Chris Christie says he accepts he’ll be blamed for the state’s 11 credit downgrades, but stresses that his new plan to use lottery dollars to pump up the state pension system will soothe Wall Street and be ‘a gift’ to the next governor.

A bipartisan trio of state senators filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to renovate the state house.

The accident waiting to happen at Teterboro Airporhas happened… Again. (Mike Kelly)

About 85 Paterson teachers get layoff notices.

Although not getting a lot of attention, Senate and Assembly contests are on a pace to becoming the most expensive in state history.

“It’s not the federal government that’s the first responder — it’s local police departments, county sheriff’s offices.” Anti-terror officials discuss how N.J. can fight against future attacks.

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