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June 10, 2015


Win for Christie. Yesterday, the NJ Supreme Court said Christie won't be forced to return $1.57 billion in diverted pension funds before the end of June. The decision has been hailed as a victory for Governor Christie, but NJTV says it may turn out to be somewhat of a double-edged sword for the Republican presidential hopeful. NJ.com has a simple breakdown of the ruling, and NJ Spotlight outlines the remaining options for Democrats and labor unions when it comes to fighting the decision.

ANTANOFF PLANS A BONNAROO-STYLE MUSICFEST IN NJ

Jack Antanoff of the music groups Fun and Bleachers, and boyfriend to Girls creator Lena Dunham, thinks it's time for NJ to have its own big-time music festival.The Bergenfield native told Rolling Stone that he's planning a Bonnaroo-inspired music festival for September in Asbury Park. "I grew up in New Jersey, and it's one of those places where you spend your life trying to get out," he said. "It's funny because it's one of the most incredible places in the world."

NJ APPROVES $164M IN TAX BREAKS TO LURE COMPANY TO CAMDEN
The NJ Economic Development Authority approved a $164 million tax credit for American Water Works to get the company to relocate to Camden. If they take the deal, American Water Works will consolidate their offices throughout South Jersey and set up shop in the Gateway District. Philly.com says the deal is the latest in a long line of tax breaks and incentives for large companies under the Grow New Jersey program, championed Rep. Donald Norcross and his family of South Jersey power brokers. 

WEST NEW YORK MAYOR INDICTED ON BRIBERY CHARGES
Mayor Felix Roque has been indicted on charges that he accepted $250,000 in bribes – including election and campaign donations – from 2007 to 2012. The Record says Roque, an anesthesiologist, accepted cash from Rehan "Ray" Zuberi and his string of MRI centers in exchange for referrals for the high-priced imaging scans. Roque is the sixth NJ health care professional indicted since Zuberi began cooperating with law enforcement in his own bribery and money-laundering case.

CHRISTIE ON POT: BLOWING MORE SMOKE | EDITORIAL
The Star-Ledger Editorial Board tore into Governor Christie in its latest editorial. The focus of their rage? Christie's vow to eliminate legal marijuana in states like Washington and Colorado if he is elected president. The Star-Ledger says Christie is pandering to "the 'Reefer Madness' wing" of the GOP and points out that even the New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association supports legalizing pot.

JUDGE TOSSES OUT PART OF SUIT OVER 2012 CHEMICAL LEAK
A federal judge has ruled that Paulsboro cannot hold Conrail responsible for damages to their reputation after a Conrail train derailed and leaked hazardous vinyl chloride into the air in November 2012. The Associated Press says the judge threw out part of Paulsboro's claim that the derailment drew negative media coverage and discouraged businesses and residents from moving in, but he allowed Paulsboro to continue with a lawsuit against Conrail for disrupting school when the derailment caused evacuations.

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