The jury in the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez is resuming deliberations today after telling Judge William H. Walls on Monday that they’re deadlocked on all the charges, Andrew Seidman of Philly.com reports. The judge sent the jurors home at 2:30 p.m., telling them to rest and reconvene today. The jury had to start its deliberations from scratch on Monday after one juror was excused to go on vacation and an alternate was seated.
IVANKA TRUMP, MNUCHIN BRING TAX MESSAGE TO OCEAN COUNTY
As protesters chanted outside, Ivanka Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin joined Gov. Chris Christie on Monday to push the Republican tax overhaul plan to an audience of invited guests at the Bayville Fire Hall in Berkeley Township. “We believe cutting the rate on taxes on corporations, medium sized and small business, is going to accomplish the goal of putting more money into the pockets of American workers," the president’s daughter said, according to Stacey Barchenger and Michael L. Diamond of The Asbury Park Press. The 35 protesters were skeptical. They held signs that said: "No tax cuts for the mega-rich," "Stop Mnuchin on our deductions" and "No more pencils no more books, GOP are dirty crooks!"
PLAN TO MOVE HOSPITAL OUT OF RIDGEWOOD DRAWS SUPPORT
When Valley Hospital faced prolonged legal challenges to a proposal to expand the regional medical center in Ridgewood, a new plan was devised to build a new hospital in Paramus. At the first public hearing on the plan, held in Ridgewood on Monday, not one voice was raised in opposition, Lindy Washburn of The Record reports. Even the leader of the Ridgewood residents group formed a decade ago to block the expansion plan endorsed the relocation proposal.
MURPHY EXPECTED TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, a Democrat, promised in the campaign to restore cuts made by Republican Gov. Chris Christie to free and low-cost clinics for women, including Planned Parenthood. Lilo H. Stainton of NJ Spotlight reports that Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a Democrat from Bergen County, is ready to help in that effort. Weinberg says she will introduce a supplemental appropriation for $7.5 million. She said she will also urge Murphy to include $7.5 million for the clinics in his first state budget.
PARTY IN THE CEMETERY? FUNDRAISERS DRAW COMPLAINTS
The Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery covers six acres of land with historical significance. A number of Revolutionary War skirmishes took place at the site. An ammunition bunker and lookout point dating to the War of 1812 still stands on the property. But a new conflict has come up related to efforts of the cemetery’s board to raise money with events at the final resting place for hundreds of Civil War veterans, WABC reports. Olga Mustelier, whose son is buried in the cemetery, says recent parties held in the cemetery disrespect the dead. “He’s supposed to be resting in peace,” Mustelier said of her son.