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NJ News Commons: GOP REACH ACROSS AISLE TO WORK ON REFORMING SICK-DAY PAYOUTS

 

An analysis by NJ Spotlight has led to a bipartisan effort to reform New Jersey's flawed sick and vacation leave system, which has let public workers amass nearly $2 billion in unused sick and vacation days. Three Republican senators have reached out to Democrats in both houses and asked them for help reforming the system.

 

JIM JOHNSON FILES ELECTION LAW COMPLAINT AGAINST PHIL MURPHY

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson has filed a complaint with the Election Law Enforcement Commission against frontrunner and fellow Democrat Phil Murphy. WBGO says Johnson claims Murphy violated state election law by using non-profit political and social welfare groups to avoid disclosing the source of campaign contributions and expenditures.

 

BRIDGEGATE SURPRISE: WHY DID BRIDGET KELLY GET LESS JAIL TIME THAN BILL BARONI?

On Thursday, Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni were both sentenced for their roles in the 2013 Bridgegate scandal. But while Baroni received a sentence of two years in prison, Kelly got a lighter sentence of 18 months. Why? NJ.com explains it's because the judge thought Baroni deserved more blame. 

 

IS YOUR INTERNET PRIVACY AT RISK?

Your internet service provider is allowed to track your every click and move while you're online, and soon they'll be allowed to sell your data and browser history to the highest bidder thanks to a Republican-sponsored resolution recently passed by Congress. The Verge reports that five New Jersey Republicans, who also happened to collectively receive more than $137,000 in contributions from major telecom companies, voted in favor of the bill. 

 

NEW JERSEY IS ONE OF THE LEAST FEDERALLY DEPENDENT STATES

A report by WalletHub ranks the most and least federally dependent states in the country, and New Jersey comes in as the third-least dependent state (Kentucky is the most dependent). The report found that New Jersey was also in the top five when it comes to the lowest amount of federal contracts received, federal grants received, and other federal assistance received.

 

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