The Seattle-based company, which is seeking a second headquarters in the United States or Canada, announced its list of finalists today, which includes Newark, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, The New York Times reports. New Jersey's offer to Amazon includes up to $7 billion in tax incentives.
FLU OUTBREAK IN NEW JERSEY CALLED WORST IN YEARS
Confirmed cases of the flu are growing at a faster rate than in the past two years, NJ.com reports, with 1,166 cases in the past week. That compares with 697 for the same period last year and 24 the previous year. Nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the worst flu outbreak since the agency has been keeping track, News 12 New Jersey reports.
SCHOOL AT CENTER OF CONTROVERSY ON LETTERS TO TRUMP
The Frisch School, an Orthodox Jewish high school in Paramus, is at the center of a storm after Haaretz reported that students were encouraged to write letters to President Donald Trump praising his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The school’s principal and some parents have responded, saying students’ participation in the letter-writing was strictly voluntary, The Forward writes. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a White House adviser, graduated from Frisch in 1999, The Record reports.
WOMEN TO MARCH SATURDAY IN MORRISTOWN
Thousands of women are expected to converge on Morristown on Saturday as part of the Women’s March, one of many events planned across the country to mark the anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, myCentralJersey.com writes. The organizers intend the marches to push back against President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda. Gov. Phil Murphy is scheduled to speak at the Morristown event, the Daily Record writes.
JON BON JOVI CALLS TRUMP’S TACTICS ‘EVIL GENIUS’
In an appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show Wednesday, musician Jon Bon Jovi said the “evil genius” of Donald Trump helped thwart his efforts to buy the Buffalo Bills football team, the Asbury Park Press reports. The rocker, who lives in Middletown, said that Trump had persuaded Buffalo residents that he would move the team to Toronto. But Bon Jovi said he would have kept the team in Buffalo and would have moved there from New Jersey. Ultimately, both men failed in their efforts to buy the NFL team.
TAX BREAKS GRANTED BY CHRISTIE TO AFFECT MURPHY’S TENURE
When Chris Christie was governor he granted more than $8 billion in tax breaks to persuade companies to move to the state or to stay here, WNYC reports. Hundreds of companies participated in the tax subsidy program and the effects on state revenue will be seen mostly after Christie’s term ended.
MURPHY BACKS $15 MINIMUM WAGE BUT DOESN’T SAY WHEN
On his first full day as governor, Phil Murphy conducted a roundtable discussion in Newark on raising the state’s minimum wage, to $15 from $8.60, NJ Spotlight writes. But the Democrat did not indicate when legislation might be introduced to make the change. He did listen to workers talk about how a higher minimum wage would affect their lives.
COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN STRUGGLE TO KEEP GOING
Christopher Maag of The Record heads out to sea on a commercial fishing boat based in Belford, near Sandy Hook, to chronicle the difficulties a family faces as it tries to keep a 350-year-old business afloat.