- Murphy and the governors of NY and CA railed against a Republican tax bill, but they didn’t have a specific plan to stop the overhaul from becoming law.
- Christie nominates 20 people for state judgeships, including the daughter-in-law of Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and the wife of a top aide in the governor’s office.
- NJ Transit shows little progress on safety system as deadline looms.
- The push for pay equity legislation: With Murphy at the helm it appears almost certain.
- Cap on police, fire salary increases likely to expire this year.
- For families of adults with disabilities, Medicaid waiver is like winning lottery ticket. (commentary)
- State Sen. Joe Pennacchio introduced a bill expanding New Jersey’s income tax break for property taxes.
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- Booker, Menendez say House Republicans from blue states can save your property tax break: That means you: Reps. LoBiondo, MacArthur, Smith, Lance & Frelinghuysen.
- In the lead up to the House and Senate Conference, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7), unveiled a bipartisan fix to save the State and Local Tax Deduction,
- The only member of the tax Conference Committee from high state tax states is Devin Nunes of California (R),
- In the House vote to set up the Conference Committee Reps. LoBiondo and Smith voted NO along with the Democrats. MacArthur, Lance and Frelinghuysen voted YES.
- Sen. Codey backs Mikie Sherrill for Congress: ‘We’re not Alabama’
- Rep. Gottheimer, Democrats watching vicious GOP primary fight with glee.
- Michael Starr Hopkins (D): Why I want to challenge Bob Menendez in a bid for senator.
- Loot the middle class, crash Obamacare, mushroom the debt. What’s not to like? (Tom Moran)
- Rep. Pallone tours Puerto Rico, says it needs $100 billion for restoration. Amid Puerto Rico disaster, hospital ship admitted just 6 patients a day.
- Vertreese victorious in Hillside nailbiter.
- Hillside Flashpoint: Salters V. Fonseca.
- Jersey City runoff results.
- The most closely watched item facing the US Supreme Court this term: The case pits LGBT rights against the free speech and free exercise rights of those with religious objections. The likely outcome: probably hinges on Justice Kennedy’s vote.
- N.J. argues that it can legalize sports betting, and Supreme Court seems to agree.
- Sports gambling is good, wedding cakes not so much. (Alfred Doblin)
- With shutdown looming, conservative Republicans try pushing back the next spending deadline. Conservative leaders described the move as a “tactical decision” meant to reduce the chances that Republicans would have to accept an immigration deal [DACA] with Democrats or higher spending caps alongside a vote to cut taxes.