BUT MORE KIDS ON THEIR OWN
Overall homelessness in New Jersey is down nearly 5 percent since last year, but that drop comes with a troubling asterisk. Newsworks says despite the reduction, the report by Monarch Housing found that chronic homelessness and the number of unaccompanied children living on the street has actually increased.
WHY PRIETO WILL LIKELY BE THE BIG LOSER IN CHRISTIE'S LAST BUDGET BATTLE
As the countdown to a state government shutdown winds down, the cards seem to be stacked against New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. NJ.com says several lawmakers are considering side-stepping Prieto's plan to block Gov. Chris Christie's plan to tap into Horizon's reserves to plug holes in the state budget.
DEP TABLES PENNEAST APPLICATION, ANOTHER DELAY FOR TROUBLED PIPELINE
The PennEast pipeline project suffered another setback yesterday when the state Department of Environmental Protection stopped reviewing its application, citing the company's failure to submit necessary information requested by the agency. NJ Spotlight says the move by the DEP makes it more likely that the ultimate review of the key water permits required to build the pipeline may be up to the next administration early next year.
WITH $1.4 MILLION IN NEW BILLS, COST OF LAW FIRM RUNNING ATLANTIC CITY NOW AT $2.5 MILLION
The bills from the law firm tasked with running Atlantic City since November have reached $2.5 million, according to state invoices released on Wednesday. Philly.comsays Jeffrey Chiesa, a former U.S. senator and state attorney general who is a close ally of Gov. Christie, negotiated a contract that allows him to bill the state at $400 an hour and allows his entire law firm to bill the state for its work in Atlantic City.