News Roundup & Open Thread — Hump Day, February 21, 2018

Good morning, Blue Jersey fam. Here’s your Hump Day round-up

Rutgers doesn’t want ICE; ICE doesn’t want Rutgers

ICE may be breathing down our towns’ back but they won’t be recruiting at the next job fair at Rutgers. The university has disinvited ICE and ICE has withdrawn from the event.

With marijuana, what are elected officials so worried about?

A healthy dose of skepticism was evident Tuesday at the Trenton War Memorial at a standing-room-only educational seminar for local and state officials on marijuana legalization.

Toxic Secrets

Pompton Lakes residents near former Dupont site had elevated rates of kidney cancer and lymphoma.

Gun Control Coalition

Phil Murphy wants states to form a gun control coalition after congressional inaction.

Year of the Woman

Gov. Murphy said he would nominate three more women to join his cabinet, bringing the total to 11 compared to nine men. His cabinet will be the first in New Jersey history with more women than men.

New Jersey leads blue-state defiance of Trump tax law SALT deduction

Democrats in New Jersey are moving at a lightning speed to institute one of the boldest workarounds of the new Republican tax law, potentially setting up the first tax showdown between high-cost states from coast to coast and the Trump administration.

ICE arrests surging in N.J. under Trump. Here’s why.

New Jersey saw one of the nation’s biggest surges in arrests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last year as the federal government cracked down on unauthorized immigrants during President Donald Trump’s first year in office.

Save the Trans-Hudson Tunnel!

Donald Trump’s long-awaited federal-infrastructure proposal has dashed any remaining hope that his administration will commit significant federal dollars to a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel, and that’s left New Jersey’s elected officials and other advocates for the long-planned Gateway infrastructure project trying to figure out what to do next.

New Jersey’s got lots of pizza. Here’s some of the best

Everybody’s got a piece of the pie. 


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