News Roundup – Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Governor Murphy’s first State-of-the-State Address – Today at 2:00 PM on NJTV or at this link. Columnist Charlie Stile says the Governorship needs to be rebooted.  Colleen O’Dea grades the Governor’s first year.

Oops! Tax revenues are falling short of what Governor Murphy planned.

Recreational Marijuana Legalization. By delaying, New Jersey is moving backward. Key Republicans who might help push recreational marijuana over the top are demanding concessions.

Congratulations to Congressman Andy Kim on being named to the House Armed Services Committee. The region’s largest employer – Joint Base MDL – looks like it will have a good future. And many military veterans stay in the area after their terms of service or retirement. They now have a friend in Congress after Tom MacArthur abandoned them.

Kim stated:

The continued success of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is critical to the economic success of the Third District, the state of New Jersey and the nation’s defense infrastructure.  Serving on the Armed Services Committee will allow me to be a strong a vocal proponent of the Joint Base, to put my national security expertise to work for the people of Burlington and Ocean counties, and to advocate for more good-paying jobs and economic opportunities across New Jersey’s Third District,

Investigating the EDA. Attorney General Grewal is looking to see if any laws were broken during the course of the agency’s granting of $11 billion in tax credits.

Pot: Meet Kettle. Donald Trump (he’s the guy that has broken all presidential vacation records) blasts Senator Menendez, among others, for going to Puerto Rico to investigate storm recovery status.

If you want to smoke on the beach, do it today. Because tomorrow it will be illegal.

Another nail in the coffin of journalism in NJ. Hedge fund offers to buy Gannett which publishes USA today along with several New Jersey newspapers.

The Feds may be shut down, but Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill opens her District Office in Parsippany.

A First for Hudson County: Congratulations to Alba Boutaba and Salim Mostefaoui on the birth of their quintuplets.

Ten years ago today: The Miracle on the Hudson

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