Don't let today's clear skies and 60-degree weather fool you – it's still winter, and tomorrow will be a stark reminder of that fact. NJTV says New Jersey is expected to see an average of more than 6 inches of snow tomorrow, with some parts of North Jersey expected to get up to a foot of the white menace.
CHRISTIE VETOES BILL REQUIRING MORE CIVIL FORFEITURE TRANSPARENCY
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shot down a bill that would have required county and state prosecutors to disclose information about how they use civil courts to seize property in the course of criminal investigations. The Associated Press says the practice, known as civil asset forfeiture, allows police to seize money, vehicles, and other assets from people who have yet to be convicted of a crime.
NJ GETTING NEW LEAD SCREENING STANDARDS
Governor Christie signed legislation that requires New Jersey regulations on elevated lead levels in children to match federal guidelines. WBGO says the lower threshold will allow more children to get treatment quicker, but it will also add to healthcare costs.
NJ’S SOLAR STUMBLE: SECTOR SHEDS 1,000 JOBS IN PAST YEAR
The rest of the nation is seeing a 25 percent increase in solar job growth, but solar employment in New Jersey has fallen by 14 percent. NJ Spotlight says New Jersey lost 1,000 jobs in the solar industry, even as the state experienced its second-biggest growth year ever.
SHOULD RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA BE LEGAL IN NEW JERSEY?
Supporters and opponents of legal marijuana in New Jersey are mustering their arguments and forces in preparation for 2018, when Gov. Christie will be out of office and therefore no longer able to maintain his strong resistance to legalization. The Press of Atlantic City says supporters want a state-taxed and regulated system, while opponents worry about the potential pitfalls and a sub-optimal rollout process.
STATE PLANS POTENTIAL $1 MILLION ANTI-ADDICTION PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
New Jersey is planning to launch a $1 million multifaceted public-awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of drug addiction and the widespread availability of prescription opiates. NJ Spotlight says the campaign will build on a current outreach plan for a new treatment helpline that features Gov. Christie.
THREE OF THE FOUR HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO REFUSED TO WEAKEN ENVIRONMENTAL RULES ARE FROM NEW JERSEY
Only four House Republicans voted against the repeal of U.S. Department of Interior regulations that require federal officials to use the best available science when assessing plans to develop on public lands. NJ.com says three of the four Republicans – Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.), Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) and Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.) – are from New Jersey.
BLUE APRON BUILDING NEW FULFILLMENT CENTER IN LINDEN; 2K JOBS COMING
Fresh meal kit delivery company Blue Apron announced plans to build a new 495,000 square-foot fulfillment center in Linden later this year. NJ Biz says the new facility will employ more than 2,000 people in New Jersey.