There are only three days left before New Jersey's state budget deadline, and the budget is still tied up in negotiations. NJTV says there are four bills or issues that are being used as leverage by the key players as they attempt to get their way: the budget bill itself, the school funding formula, the governor's proposal to use lottery proceeds to fix pension payment problems, and Gov. Chris Christie's attempt to use the Horizon reserve fund to pay for state healthcare programs.
HOW A STATE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD AFFECT YOU IF THIS BUDGET MESS ISN'T SOLVED
With all those issues still up in the air, one word has been floating around Trenton lately: shutdown. Under the state constitution, Gov. Christie has until July 1 to sign a new budget and avoid a state government shutdown. NJ.com looks at what would happen if the state government shuts down, and how such a shutdown might affect New Jersey residents.
IN CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY, ICE DETAINEE DIES WHILE IN CUSTODY
Organizers gathered in front of the Hudson County Correction Center on Monday to protest the death of a Honduran immigrant who died in custody after being mistakenly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The Recordsays Rolando Meza Espinoza was detained in March on Long Island by ICE agents in a case of mistaken identity.
TRENTONIAN REPORTER SUES AG FOR $1M FOR MALICIOUS PROSECUTION, DEFAMATION
A Trentonian reporter who was wrongfully accused of stealing documents is firing back at the New Jersey Attorney General's office. The Trentonian says Isaac Avilucea filed a tort claim on Friday that claims he was maliciously prosecuted and defamed by the Attorney General.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLING BACK PROTECTIONS FOR SMALL STREAMS, WETLANDS
The Trump administration officially began the process of repealing a rule that extends environmental protections to small streams and wetlands, a move that environmentalists claim could severely affect water quality in New Jersey and around the country. NJ Spotlight says the federal repeal is likely to affect New Jersey by eroding protections for the many headwaters that feed the state's supply of drinking water.