Meanwhile, most New Jersey voters have no idea who they think should lead the next administration. WBGO says the latest PublicMind Poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University shows that most Democratic and Republican voters in New Jersey are unsure who should replace Gov. Chris Christie, with many respondents simply choosing "someone else" as their candidate of choice for 2017.
NJ LAWMAKERS LIKELY TO CONSIDER LEGALIZING MARIJUANA DESPITE TRUMP'S NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL
President Donald Trump's new attorney general is an avowed enemy of marijuana legalization, but that won't stop New Jersey Sen. Nicholas Scutari from introducing a bill in Trenton that would regulate the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use in the Garden State. NJ.com says President Trump has indicated that he will take a hands-off approach when it comes to marijuana legalization, and Scutari hopes U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions "will follow the edict of the president."
WATER TESTS REVEAL UNSAFE LEAD LEVELS AT 2 TOMS RIVER SCHOOLS
School district officials in Toms River are planning their next move after water testing at two schools revealed lead levels that were five times higher than what federal environmental officials consider to be safe. The Asbury Park Press says that at this point, none of the water sources in question were used for drinking, but the district is currently waiting on results from other schools.
ADVOCATES HAVE GIVEN UP ON CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION UPDATING WATER PLAN
Speaking of water, New Jersey is supposed to have an updated plan that maps out the availability and supply of its water, known as a water supply plan. But NJTV says the latest water supply plan is long overdue, and advocates are starting to give up hope that the Christie administration will release an updated plan before the next administration takes office.
FARMLAND PRESERVATION COULD BE IN THE GREEN AGAIN, IF FUNDING CLEARS
For the first time in years, New Jersey is starting to distribute tens of millions of dollars in grants and aid to help preserve farmlands across the Garden State. NJ Spotlight says an Assembly committee is scheduled to consider a package of four bills on Monday, marking the first appropriation to preserve farmlands since voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2014 to dedicate corporate business taxes to the cause.
DAVE & BUSTERS TO OPEN 2 NJ LOCATIONS THIS YEAR
For the first time in more than 56 years, New Jersey businesses will be allowed to feature alcohol sales and amusement games – other than casino or video games – at the same location. As a result, NJ.com says Dave & Busters will open not one, but two, locations in New Jersey. The only question that remains is where they will set up shop.