News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Good morning, Blue Jersey fam! It’s hump day, so here we go, throttling toward the weekend.

Yup. New Jersey Is Diverse. Nope, It’s Not Integrated

New Jersey is more diverse than the rest of the nation, and it’s becoming more diverse. But before we get all cumbaya, a new report warns about mistaking diversity for equality: “Many of the different ethnic groups are still segregated within a town.”

Here’s the top 25 most diverse towns, so you don’t have to scroll through.

  1. Jersey City, Hudson County
  2. Englewood, Bergen County
  3. Atlantic City, Atlantic County
  4. North Brunswick, Middlesex County
  5. Franklin Township, Somerset County
  6. Carteret, Middlesex County
  7. Piscataway, Middlesex County
  8. Hackensack, Bergen County
  9. Pennsauken, Camden County
  10. Union Township, Union County
  11. Bergenfield, Bergen County
  12. Rahway, Union County
  13. Linden, Union County
  14. Woodbridge, Middlesex County
  15. Bloomfield, Essex County
  16. West Orange, Essex County
  17. Teaneck, Bergen County
  18. Fairfield township, Cumberland County
  19. East Windsor, Mercer County
  20. North Plainfield, Somerset County
  21. Belleville, Essex County
  22. Asbury Park, Monmouth County
  23. Ridgefield Park, Bergen County
  24. Harrison, Hudson County
  25. Burlington Township, Burlington County

Staying Net Neutral

The Murphy administration has ordered that internet service providers “adhere to the principles of net neutrality” if they want to do business with the state. More, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that the state would be the 22nd to join a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission following the agency’s repeal Obama-era consumer protections. Murphy acknowledged that New Jersey cannot “unilaterally regulate net neutrality back into law,” but with his ninth executive order in just under three weeks as governor, unilateral lawmaking to push back at the Trump agenda seems to be a general theme these days.

About All Those Executive Orders

Gov. Murphy is using the power of the executive order to implement the agenda he promised during the campaign, brushing aside Democrats who have shown tepid support at best.

Paul Ryan’s Tax Cut Tweet Targeted in NJ Races

Democrats are hoping to pick up seats in the House of Representatives this election cycle, and they’re enlisting GOP Speaker Paul Ryan in the effort.

Sleeping Disorder Tests Necessary to Prevent Rail Crashes

A lack of adequate testing for a pernicious sleep disorder was the primary cause of two serious train crashes in New Jersey and New York, federal investigators concluded in a report Tuesday as they renewed the call for the testing to be mandatory.

Pay Raises for High-Ranking Officials and Judges?

New Jersey’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, chaired by Paul Sarlo, cleared legislation that would increase the pay of several high-ranking state officials, including executive-branch cabinet members and state Supreme Court justices.

Let It Snow

Parts of northwestern New Jersey may see 4-8 inches of snow today. Can Gov. Murphy issue an executive order that ends winter yet?

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