Mars Wrigley Confectionary announced Tuesday that it will move its U.S. headquarters from Chicago to Newark. The candy maker will occupy a 110,000-square-foot space in the Ironside Newark center and renovate its facility in Hackettstown, Vince Calio reports for NJBIZ. The company, which makes M&M's and Snickers, will receive $31 million in tax credits over 10 years through the state’s Economic Development Authority’s Choose NJ program. Mars Wrigley's global headquarters will remain in Chicago.
SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINES SEEING INCREASE IN CALLS
Sexual assault hotlines in at least six counties have seen significant increases in the number of calls since The New York Times reported in October on sexual harassment allegations against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Erin Banco reports for NJ.com. In Burlington County, the number of calls from sexual assault victims requesting accompaniment to the hospital has tripled in the last two months. Surges in calls have also been recorded in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Salem and Warren counties.
NJ TRANSIT WITHHOLDS DOCUMENTS SUBPOENAED BY LAWMAKERS
A legislative committee investigating NJ Transit safety and financial problems issued subpoenas for agency documents in September, but many of them are being withheld, Elise Young reports for Bloomberg. Reports by NJ Transit’s auditor general covering eight years haven’t been delivered to the panel. And records about delays in the installation of safety technology, like positive train control, have not been provided. “Why play games with us?” asked Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a member of the committee.
TAX BILL COULD THWART PART OF MURPHY’S AGENDA
In his campaign for governor, Phil Murphy pledged full funding for the state’s transportation network, public schools and public pension system. The governor-elect said the state would raise taxes on millionaires to pay for those measures. But the federal tax legislation Congress passed may thwart Murphy’s plans, Nick Corasaniti writes for The New York Times. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and the incoming Assembly speaker, Craig Coughlin, have both said they want to reassess the plan to raise taxes on millionaires since many state residents will be seeing higher federal tax bills.
ICE CREAM SHOP’S SEXY LOGO GETS COLD RECEPTION
A new ice cream shop in Montclair says it will change its cartoon cow logo after some people complained that it was offensive and sexist, Linda Moss reports for Montclair Local. The logo for Dairy Air shows a cow wearing a beret and displaying human-like hindquarters, which have been described as hyper-sexualized. The controversy developed after Montclair merchant Amy Tingle posted a letter on Facebook criticizing the logo. Dairy Air’s manager, Natalie DeRosa, said the complaints were being taken seriously and the logo would be revised to be “more fun and less sexy.”