The effects of Trump's executive orders on immigration have gone beyond the nation's airports and borders, and have found their way into hospitals in New Jersey and around the country. The Record breaks down the various areas of impact that the president's actions could have as they relate to doctors, medical residents, staff and patients.
ATLANTIC CITY COPS, FIREFIGHTERS VOW TO FIGHT COURT-APPROVED SALARY, BENEFITS CUTS
Last week's court decision in Atlantic City allows the state to essentially tear up its collective bargaining agreement with the city's firefighters' union, and police forces face similar cuts to salaries and benefits. NJTV says police and the state were reported to have been working on a deal up until the week before, but the talks eventually broke down. The unions have vowed to fight the decision.
TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE FLIP-FLOP COULD PUT GATEWAY TUNNEL PROJECT IN PERIL
There are only a few sentences about transportation spending in President Donald Trump's "skinny budget" released last week, but they suggest that the Trump administration plans to freeze new federal-grant agreements for infrastructure projects like the ambitious Gateway plan to build two new rail tunnels under the Hudson. NJ Spotlight says the project is supposed to begin this year, but the new budget calls the project's substantial federal funding into question.
LIKE CORZINE, GOVERNOR HOPEFUL MURPHY DONATED BIG TO NJ DEMOCRATS. HERE'S HOW MUCH.
Phil Murphy, the assumed Democratic frontrunner in this year's race for New Jersey's next governor, has donated at least $1.15 million to state and local Democratic organizations and candidates since 2001, according to an analysis of campaign finance records conducted by NJ Advance Media. The analysis found that more than 40 percent of that money – roughly $466,000 – was given out during the last three years.
COMMENTARY: WINDFALL COULD TRANSFORM NEW JERSEY MEDIA
Craig Aaron of Free Press explains how New Jersey auctioned off one of its public treasures – several of its public TV stations – for possibly hundreds of millions of dollars with very little public debate or any plan for what the governor expects to do with the money. But it's not too late. Aaron's piece for Philly.com lays out a plan to "seize this moment and use this money to transform New Jersey into the national leader in digital public media, local journalism, and civic technology." Full disclosure: The Center for Cooperative Media and Montclair State University are supportive of, and would be part of, the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS REPLACES COASTER THAT FELL INTO THE SEA DURING HURRICANE SANDY
Nearly five years after it was consumed by the sea as a result of Hurricane Sandy, Casino Pier in Seaside Heights is expected to open its replacement for the infamous Jet Star roller coaster next month. Philly.com says the new coaster, called the Hydrus, is 1,050 feet long with a seven-story drop. The amusement pier is also scheduled to add a 131-foot-tall Ferris wheel to its repertoire of two dozen rides.